McCann (M.D. 1957) received the 2001 award for outstanding
services to maltreated children from the American Academy of
Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect. McCann is a pediatrician
at University of California Davis and medical director of the
UC Davis Child and Adolescent Abuse Resource and Evaluation
Prasanna K. Pati, M.D. (Residency 1958), has been writing
short stories since he retired from Oregon State Hospital in
1986. The Statesman/ Journal in his hometown of Salem,
Oregon, said of his book, Adventures and Misadventures of
Dr. Sonjee: A Collection of Short Stories: This fluid
collection of short stories is designed
to stimulate both
mind and spirit, to awaken the reader to possibilities and to
the marvels of life. The title was inspired by the role
Pati played as Dr. Sonjee in the 1975 film One Flew Over
the Cuckoos Nest. Copies can be ordered by contacting
Pati at email@example.com.
Lawrence Brotman (M.D. 1964) is a radiologist at an
outpatient imaging center in Fort Worth, Texas, specializing
in musculoskeletal MRI and CT. He and his wife, Joan, an antique
dealer, have three children.
Karl T. Pregitzer (M.D. 1972) served part of his residency
at Queens Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, served in the Navy for
two years, then completed his residency at Los Angeles County
and University of Southern California Hospital in Los Angeles.
He then joined Kaiser Permanente in Honolulu where he chaired
the Department of Emergency Medicine for 12 years. He is now
president of Hawaii Permanente Medical Group and fellow of the
American College of Emergency Medicine. He resides in Kaneohe,
Hawaii, with his wife of 28 years, Linda, and their two children.
Pregitzer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
E. Brolin (M.D. 1974) served as president of the American
Society for Bariatric Surgery for 2000-01. During his tenure,
the Society increased its membership by nearly one-third. Brolin
also co-chaired a research workshop, Research Considerations
in Obesity Surgery, sponsored by the National Institutes of
Health. He is director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Saint
Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Rick Goodman (M.D. 1975, Residency 1978) has been working
with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta
for more than 23 years. He served as editor-in-chief of CDCs
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for more than 10
of those years. In May 2001, Goodman graduated from Emory Universitys
School of Law and is working to create a new program on public
health law within the CDC. He co-authored Precision Woods
and Long Iron Shots (Human Kinetics, 1998), about one of
his favorite pastimes, golf.
Harker (Ph.D. 1985) worked jointly for the Division of Vascular
Surgery and the Department of Physiology at Oregon Health Sciences
University in Portland until 1998, when he founded and became
president of Cayuse, Inc., a grant management software company.
Cayuse has just released GrantSlam version 5.0, a software program
that assists biomedical researchers in preparing grant proposals
for the National Institutes of Health.
Siden (M.D. 1988, Residency 1992) is director of Canuck
Place Childrens Hospice in Vancouver and founded and is
the director of Telehealth at Childrens and Womens
Health Center of British Columbia. He resides in Van-couver
with his wife, Anne Gorsuch, a Michigan alumna with a Ph.D.
in history, and their twin daughters.
Calvin J. Bergsma (M.D. 1971), 56, of Holland, died
July 7, 2001. Bergsma practiced with West Shore Urology, P.C.,
in Muskegon since 1978. He received his bachelors degree
from Calvin College, completed a surgery internship at Presbyterian
Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, and served his urology residency
at the Mayo Clinic.
Walter A. Freyburger (Ph.D. 1951), a pharmacologist,
died in Florida on October 6, 1999, at 79. Freyburger retired
as director of cardiovascular disease research at The Upjohn
Co., now Pharmacia & Upjohn Inc., in 1982, where he had
received the WE Upjohn Award for Excellence. During his 32 years
with the company, he played a key role in the development of
several drugs on the market today, including Rogaine, Colestid
and Cleocin. An outdoorsman who enjoyed bird watching, fly-fishing
and raising orchids, Freyburger co-founded the Kalamazoo Nature
Center in 1960.
Betru (M.D. 1995) was aboard American Airlines Flight 77
when it crashed into the Pentagon on September 11. He was 35.
Betru was born in Ethiopia, raised in Saudi Arabia and immigrated
to the United States in 1982, hoping to pursue his dream of
becoming a doctor. Ever since he was a little kid, he
always wanted to be a doctor, remembers one of his brothers.
He always wanted to help people.
He achieved his dream at the U-M and served as medical affairs
director at IPC The Hospitalist Company. Betru was a
pioneer in hospitalist care, a new trend in hospital practice
management focusing on patients in acute, sub-acute or long-term
care settings, and had personally trained hundreds of physicians
across the country in the field.
On September 11 he was returning from a trip to Ethiopia, and
Flight 77, for him, was a connecting flight from Washington
Dulles Airport to Los Angeles; Betru lived in Burbank, California.
Other family members had accompanied him on the trip but took
separate flights back to the U.S. and arrived safely.
While in Ethiopia, Betru met with government officials to discuss
his plans to establish a kidney dialysis clinic in Addis Ababa.
He took on the task of improving health care in Ethiopia after
his grandmother died due to a lack of equipment and supplies
while he was visiting her there in 1998.