Class Notes

Winter 2020
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James W. Langley (M.D. 1957), a longtime family medicine physician in Northglenn, Colorado, passed the Family Medicine Certification Examination in 2019, making him one of only 24 physicians who took the first exam offered by what is now the American Board of Family Medicine in 1970-1971 to remain certified. “Your dedication to self-assessment and life-long learning is to be applauded,” the organization’s president wrote to Langley. 



Michael D. Colman (M.D. 1967, Residency 1972), a psychiatrist in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, received an award for 50 years of practicing medicine in Michigan from the Michigan State Medical Society in 2017 and recognition for his tenure as program chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Committee of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute from 2016 to 2019. 

Walter A. Franck, M.D. (Residency 1968), retired Bassett Hospital (Cooperstown, New York) chief of medicine, received the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons 2019 Distinguished Service Award in Clinical Science. 

Hossein Gharib (M.D. 1966), an endocrinology consultant at Mayo Clinic, recently edited Thyroid Nodules: Diagnosis and Management (Springer, 2017), which includes contributions from an international team of thyroid experts. 

P. Jay Howard (M.D. 1961, Residency 1964), a urologist in Worcester, Massachusetts, wrote Yankee Yooper on the Keewenaw (Xlibris Corporation), about Upper Peninsula culture and the history of the upper Midwest, told through the lens of his experience as a urologist on the Keewenaw Peninsula. 

David L. Jones (M.D. 1960), a family physician in Melbourne, Florida, celebrated his 85th birthday by treating indigent patients at a volunteer clinic where he’s the medical director. 

Joseph R. Novello (M.D. 1966, Residency 1974), a psychiatrist in Ashburn, Virginia, published his seventh book, Dag: Savior of AIDS Orphans (Cefari Communications, 2019), a biography of Angelo D’Agostino, an American priest and physician who built the first orphanage for HIV-positive children in Africa and brought the first antiretroviral drugs into Kenya. 

James M. Roberts (M.D. 1966, Residency 1971), professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, was profiled in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s “Giants in Obstetrics and Gynecology” series for his research on preeclampsia. 

Eugene Rontal (M.D. 1967), an otolaryngologist in Detroit, is set to publish the fifth in his Ben Dailey, M.D. mystery novel series in 2020. 

Marshall Strome (M.D. 1964, Residency 1970), an otolaryngologist in New York City and cofounder of Aero-Di-Namics, received FDA approval for the company’s patented balloon platform that could be used in the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal cancer. 



James W. Albers (Ph.D. 1970, M.D. 1972), professor emeritus of neurology, of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and of psychiatry at the U-M Medical School, received the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors major contributions to the field through teaching, research, and scholarly publications. 

George K. Anderson (M.D. 1971), a retired Air Force major general, received a letter of appreciation from Thomas McCaffery, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. The letter recognized him for eight years of service on the Defense Health Board and for his leadership on several key reports that led to improvements in health care for more than 2.3 million pediatric patients; the preservation and continuation of advancements made in amputee care during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and the centralization of continuing education administration, which resulted in saving nearly $1.5 million. 

Bruce Carr (M.D. 1971), the Paul C. MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, was honored by several of his former fellows, who recently established the Professorship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, in Honor of Bruce R. Carr, M.D. Carr and his wife, Phyllis, met at U-M in a botany class in 1964; both have undergraduate degrees from LSA. 

David L. Coulter, M.D. (Residency 1978), associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, received the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 2019 Dybwad Humanitarian Award. “U-M taught me the meaning of humanism, which I have tried to promote throughout my career,” says Coulter. 

Michael F. Epstein (M.D. 1971), former chief operating officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston and Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as a retired associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, has written some 2,400 book reviews, published on his website, and writes BookMarks, a biweekly book review column that runs in several Vermont newspapers. 

Thomas M. File Jr. (M.D. 1972), an infectious diseases specialist in Akron, Ohio, became the president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in October 2019. 

Richard Funk Lockey, M.D. (Fellowship 1970), an allergy and immunology specialist in Tampa, Florida, co-edited The Early Years at the USF Morsani College of Medicine: First Hand Accounts of the Founding of the Department of Internal Medicine and Its Divisions (KnightsBridge, 2018). 

Richard T. Miyamoto (M.D. 1970), professor emeritus of otolaryngology at Indiana University, received the Indiana University President’s Medal, the highest honor the president can bestow.



Evelyn Eccles (M.D. 1980), a physician in Manchester, Michigan, and 2019 president of the Washtenaw County Medical Society, successfully challenged a Michigan State Medical Society redistricting initiative in order to retain control of local societies and medical schools. 

Gus M. Garmel (M.D. 1988), an emergency medicine physician in Santa Clara, California, has received the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor. 

Joel K. Greenson (M.D. 1984), professor of pathology at Michigan Medicine, recently published two books: Diagnostic Pathology: Gastrointestinal (Elsevier, 2019) and Tumors of the Esophagus and Stomach (American Registry of Pathology, 2019). 



Thomas G. Boyce (M.D. 1990), a pediatric physician in Charlotte, North Carolina, recently published Moffet’s Board Review for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (Wolters Kluwer, 2019). 

John Bradley Hackert (M.D. 1997), a general surgeon in Rancho Cordova, California, recently self-published Contemptible: A Surgeon’s Battle for Justice Against Insurance Giant CIGNA and a Biased Federal Bench (2019). 



Emily Damuth (M.D. 2008), assistant professor of medicine at Rowan University Cooper Medical School (Camden, New Jersey), received the W. Eric Scott M.D. Award for excellence in bedside teaching and delivery of multidisciplinary critical care at Cooper University Hospital. 

Maya S. Iyer (M.D. 2009, Residency 2012), a pediatric emergency medicine physician in Columbus, Ohio, was one of four to be named a visiting scholar by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The Visiting Scholars Program supports early-career physicians and researchers.