J. Franzblau (M.D. 1952), clinical professor of dermatology
at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco,
has been given the Truth and Justice Award by the Anti-Defamation
League and the Louis D. Brandeis Award by the Zionist Organization
of America. Franzblau was given the awards for his efforts over
many years to bring to international attention the role of Bavarian
physician Hans Joachim Sewering in the 1940s in Germany in the
killing of many physically and mentally handicapped children
and adults as part of the Nazi government's "racial hygiene"
program. Franzblau's efforts are featured in The Last Survivor:
In Search of Martin Zaidenstadt by Timothy W. Ryback (Pantheon
Books, 1999) and were described in a segment on CBS-TV's Sixty
Minutes in October, 1996. Franzblau can be reached at email@example.com.
Menzel (M.D. 1959), an allergist in Boulder, Colorado, retired
last fall from his practice with the Boulder Valley Asthma and
Allergy Clinic, which he founded in 1966. A residency and fellowship
at National Jewish Hospital brought him to Colorado in 1964.
The photo here appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera last August
when Menzel was featured in an interview about his career and
his hobby, which involves researching the health of American
Herbert L. Cares (M.D. 1963), a Boston neurosurgeon,
invites his classmates and others to visit his Web site at http://www.hlcares.com/.
There he discusses and provides photos of his professional life
and his work as well as his personal life, including his marriage
last year to nurse Karen DiPietro, who shares his love of serious
The work of Irene Zsuzsi Danek (M.D. 1968) was featured
in the December, 1999, issue of Michigan Medicine, the publication
of the Michigan State Medical Society. Danek, who is on the
staff of the private Interlochen Arts Academy south of Traverse
City, specializes in a new field known as "arts medicine,"
dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries
common to dancers, musicians, singers and others in the performing
arts. She is also conducting research on lung function in musicians.
Danek herself is a pianist. She is married to Medical School
classmate Charles Danek, who earned his M.D. from U-M in 1968
and completed his residency in physical medicine at Michigan
Glenn Geelhoed (M.D. 1968) is the author of Out of Assa,
Heart of the Congo, Medical Adventures in Central Africa (Three
Hawks Publishing, April 2000). Geelhoed is professor of surgery
and professor of international medical education at George Washington
University in Washington, D.C. The book is an account of his
volunteer medical work in Assa, a remote village in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo in the summer of 1998. Henry Berry, editor
and publisher of The Small Press Book Review, wrote about Out
of Assa, "Geelhoed's detailed, observant journal has an
immediacy that will satisfy the arm-chair traveler or inform
a reader looking for a picture of life in central Africa today
Geelhoed observes it all with a sharp anthropological eye, subtle
humor, and humanitarian affinity." The book may be ordered
from the publisher (1300 Bishop Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302)
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information may be obtained
by visiting the publisher's Web site at http://www.3hawks.com.
Gary S. Kaplan (M.D. 1978) has been elected chairman
and CEO of the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Kaplan, a practicing physician in internal medicine, was elected
to the four-year term by the Center's member physicians. Kaplan
has served in a number of senior leadership positions at Virginia
Mason, where he began practicing medicine in 1978. As chairman,
Kaplan assumes the helm of a health care system with annual
revenues of $500 million providing health care to more than
150,000 residents of the Pacific Northwest.
Alice D. Ma (M.D. 1989) has been awarded a Junior Faculty
Scholar Award by the American Society of Hematology. The award
was presented to her at the 41st annual meeting of the Society
last December in New Orleans. Ma, an assistant professor of
medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Medicine, will use her award to study pleckstrin,
a protein found in platelets and white blood cells. Ma's study
will focus on the DEP domain, a group of amino acids within
pleckstrin, and its role in intermolecular interactions.
Ma earlier in her career received several honors including
a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholarship at the
National Institutes of Health, a Mentored Clinical Scientist
Development Award from NIH and the National Heart, Lung and
Blood Institute, and a University of Pennsylvania Pearls Teaching
Award. Ma was a fellow and instructor in hematology at the Penn
School of Medicine before joining the faculty at North Carolina
Richard E. Fry (M.D. 1978), on May 5, 2000, in Indianapolis.
He served as assistant professor at the University of Texas
Southwestern Medical School prior to moving in 1989 to Indianapolis,
where he directed vascular surgery at St. Francis Hospital until
his death. He was chief of surgery at St. Francis from 1997
to 1998, a member of its medical staff executive and policy
committees, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
He was 47.
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The Dangers of Market-Driven Beauty: Anesthesiologist Linda
McBryde Helps Women Look Beyond the Mirror in Her New Book
M. McBryde (M.D. 1987, Residency 1991) is the author of
The Mass Market Woman: Defining Yourself as a Person in a World
that Defines You by Your Appearance, published in 1999 by the
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challenge for physicians responding to market-driven desires,"
she says, especially regarding the younger and younger girls
seeking new faces and bodies through plastic surgery. "When
do we draw the line and say 'This is not ethical?'" McBryde
can be reached at linda@ massmarketwoman.com.
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