Frederick M. Kapetansky (M.D. 1957) was presented with the 2005 Excellence in
Teaching Award from the Department of Ophthalmology at Ohio State University.
The award, presented last June, is based in part upon student evaluations and
peer reviews. Kapetansky has been clinical professor in the department for 44
years. Though he resides in Columbus, Ohio, and has a son attending medical
school at OSU, he would like his fellow U-M alumni to know he still says, “Go
Walter C. Willett (M.D. 1970) has been selected to receive the 25th annual Bristol-Myers
Squibb/Mead Johnson “Freedom to Discover” Award for Distinguished
Achievement in Nutrition Research. Willett is chairman of the Department of
Nutrition and Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at
the Harvard School of Public Health, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical
School. He received the award in recognition of his development of large studies
and methods to assess dietary intake in large populations. This work led to
the discovery of significant relationships between nutrition and chronic diseases,
including cancers, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. He resides in Cambridge,
Barbara J. Gruebel, M.D. (Fellowship 1979), was selected by the Consumer’s
Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Physicians for 2004-05.
After completing her American Lung Association Fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine
at the U-M in 1979, she was recognized by the American College of Chest Physicians
as one of The Young Pulmonary Physicians of the Future. She served as a clinical
associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center (1979-93)
and as co-director of pulmonary services at Methodist Medical Center (1980-
93), both in Dallas. Gruebel has received the American Medal of Honor for Teaching
Abroad (2001) and the International Peace Prize for Lecturing Abroad (2002).
She has also lectured at the International Conference on Women’s Health
in Beijing, and has been recognized in Who’s Who in Medicine and Health
Care (1990-present), International Who’s Who of Women (1992), and Women’s
Inner Circle of Achievement (1992). She now lectures in the Nacogdoches, Texas,
area and supports the arts and performing arts, civic leadership, and community
volunteer leadership (including programs for underserved populations and camps
for chronically ill children). Gruebel may be reached at email@example.com.
Rajabrata Sarkar (M.D. 1990, Ph.D. 1995, Fellowship 1999) was named the 2005
Wylie Scholar in Academic Vascular Surgery by the Pacific Vascular Research
Foundation, a San Francisco-based, non-profit organization that supports medical-scientific
research and public education about vascular disease. Sarkar is assistant professor
of surgery at the University of California — San Francisco School of Medicine
and staff surgeon at the UCSF Medical Center and the San Francisco VA Hospital.
The award includes a $150,000 grant for the continuation of Sarkar’s independent
scientific investigations focused on post-thrombotic syndrome and the role of
key proteins in the healing of veins. Sarkar is married with two children and
lives in Burlingame, California.
Hyung Tai Kim, M.D. (Residency 1995), in April was appointed vice president
of research and development for Ascension Health, a Catholic non-profit health
system based in St. Louis, Missouri, that serves 20 states and the District
of Columbia. In this role, Kim provides oversight and leadership to internal
research resources, strategic partners, and external organizations. Previously,
he served as vice president of clinical practice leadership at Thomson Medstat.
Kim resides in Ann Arbor.
James E. Lutz (M.D. 1960) of Redlands, California, died on January 8, 2005 at
the age of 69. Lutz practiced internal medicine in the San Bernardino area for
40 years. During his career he served as president of the San Bernardino Foundation
for Medical Care and of the San Bernardino Community Hospital medical staff,
and served on the hospital’s board of directors.
Rodney Pacifico (M.D. 1997) died on August 28 at his home in Ann Arbor after
battling cancer. He was 33. Born in New York, New York, Pacifico graduated near
the top of his class from Clarkstown North High School, where he was a star
member of the track team and field squad. He then completed the seven-year Inteflex
medical program at the U-M in 1997. While at the U-M, Pacifico met Edda Toting,
a nursing student, and they married in 1999. Pacifico completed his internal
medicine residency in Wisconsin, and a gastroenterology fellowship at the Mayo
Clinic in Minnesota. He then returned to Ann Arbor in 2003 to accept an attending
position at University Hospital. In July of that year, Edda gave birth to their
twin daughters, Alexa and Gabrielle.
Elsie Belle Nessia Panlilio (M.D. 1948) died in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 22
after a brief illness. She was 87. Originally from Valladolid, Occidental Negros,
Philippines, Panlilio received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from
the University of the Philippines in 1938 before coming to the U-M, where she
received a master’s in 1943 prior to her medical studies. She then returned
to the Philippines and taught chemistry at her alma mater for seven years before
settling permanently in the U.S. in 1955. After starting a family, she returned
to her career in 1962 and completed her residency in pathology at Albany Medical
Center in New York, then taught pathology there for more than 20 years, retiring
in 1987 as professor emeritus. In 2004 she moved to Atlanta to be closer to
one of her two daughters.
R. James Russell, M.D. (Residency 1967), of Atlanta, Georgia, died on August
17, 2004, at the age of 75.
Donald H. Ter Keurst (M.D. 1957), 72, of Rockford, Michigan, died on September
10, 2004, after a long illness. He was a graduate of Christian High School and
Calvin College, as well as of the U-M Medical School. Ter Keurst served in the
Army and was a pediatric physician in Grand Rapids and Grandville for many years.
John Morgan Thompson, M.D. (Residency 1956), of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
on July 21. He was 81.
Thompson received his master’s degree from Tulane University in 1946,
his M.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1948, and completed his neurological surgery
residency at the U-M in 1955. Early in his career, he taught briefly at Johns
Hopkins and at Michigan, then returned to his native Florida where he practiced
from 1956 until his retirement in 1991. From 1971-86, Thompson served as clinical
associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of South Florida School
of Medicine in Tampa, and as clinical professor there from 1986 until his death.
He staffed the neurosurgical clinic and trained neurosurgical residents at Tampa
General Hospital from 1993 to 2005, and was a member of the staffs of several
other Florida hospitals during his career. He served in the Navy from 1943-46,
and from 1950-52.
Billy J. Tucker (M.D. 1962) died on April 28 at Lake Taylor Transitional Care
Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, after a two-year illness. He was 73. Tucker attended
Michigan State University as an undergraduate, and studied briefly at the Sorbonne
in France during service in the Air Force. When he returned to the U.S., Tucker
completed his medical degree at the U-M, married Cecelia Taliaferro, and moved
to Virginia where he opened a private practice in family medicine. Tucker was
involved in numerous civic and political activities, and was a member of the
Norfolk Medical Society, the Old Dominion Medical Society, the National Medical
Association and the Norfolk Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Donald F. Woomer (M.D. 1955) died on March 24 at the age of 75. Born in Detroit,
Woomer graduated from Wayne State University in 1951, received his M.D. at the
University of Michigan in 1955, and completed his internship at Harper Hospital
(Detroit) in 1956. He was a flight surgeon in the Air Force in Frankfurt, Germany,
from 1956-58, attaining the rank of captain. In 1961 he completed a residency
in obstetrics and gynecology at Saginaw General Hospital in Michigan, and then
moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he founded Women’s Medical Services, was
an associate staff member at Sacred Heart Hospital, and served on the board
of directors of Planned Parenthood. Woomer enjoyed fishing, symphony music,
Henry Naoki Yokoyama (M.D. 1955), 81, died on February 2, 2005. Born in Honolulu,
Yokoyama was a Military Intelligence Service veteran and former editor of the
Hawaii Medical Journal.
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