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Tulane band director Barry Spanier invited Dr. J. Dudley Talbot '38 to homecoming November 2011 to be a guest of the band. Talbot was drum major for two years (1935-36) while he was a medical student.


Dr. Arthur D. Hertzberg '45 (A&S '43) is proud that nine of his children and grandchildren are Tulane graduates.

Dr. Takeshi Okano '47 is a thoracic surgeon at VAMC in Bay Pines, Fla.


Dr. Henry S. Carter '52 has practiced internal medicine primary care in DeRidder, La. for the past 55 years.

Dr. A. Barnard Russell Jr. '55 has retired from the general practice of medicine at Magnolia Medical Clinic.

Dr. John B. Hill '56 was named the medical director for Youth Challenge Program at Camp Minden. The Louisiana National Guard administers the program. With the exception of this program he has retired from active practice.

Dr. Howard Cheek '58 retired from his otolaryngology practice.

Continuing to practice in the division of gynecologic oncology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in N.Y., Dr. Carmel J. Cohen '58 is completing a six-year term on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society. He will continue his role as scientific chair of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Dr. Lewis A. Rainey '58 retired in June 2012 after working 18 years as the chief of otolaryngology surgery at the Temple VA hospital. He will continue teaching at Texas A&M Medical School as associate professor.

At age 80, Dr. Patrick J. Unkel '58 (R '61) is still teaching clinical pediatrics and nursery in the LSU family practice residency program.

Dr. Patrick Colliton '59 is enjoying retirement after over 30 years in ophthalmology practice.

Dr. John A. Ferris Jr. '59 celebrated his 59th reunion in Ocean Springs, Miss with his classmates.


Dr. Martin P. Rappaport '60 (A&S '57, R '64) received the 50-year award from the Texas Medical Association in 2012.

Dr. Schales Atkinson '61 (G '61) was named medical director for pre-hospital programs at the Mid-America Technology Center in Wayne, Okla.

Dr. Jack Hoover '62 has returned to part-time work performing social security disability exams for MDSI in Ogden, Utah.

Dr. Howard H. Russell Jr. '63 (R '67) received the Louisiana Nursing Home Association Medical Director of the Year Award in 2012.

Dr. Roger L. Spark '63 (I '64) is enjoying retirement in Sun Lakes, Ariz. He plays senior league softball and batted .540 last year. He also enjoys volunteering and keeping abreast of medicine at annual conferences.

Dr. B. Eugene Berry '64 (A&S '61) was honored by the Baton Rouge General Foundation with the Excellence in General Award, which recognizes those who have made a significant impact in the community through their leadership and philanthropy.

Dr. Charles P. O’Brien '64 (A&S ’61, G ’64,’66, F ’68) received the James B. Isaacson Award from the International Society for Biomedical Research on alcoholism. This honor is the latest in a string of international awards O’Brien has received for a lifetime of research on the biological basis of alcoholism.

Dr. Eugene Shafton '65 is proud to report that his youngest son, Asher, is a first year cardiology fellow at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Asher completed his residency at the University of Michigan.

The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Trinitas Regional Medical Center has named Dr. Charles M. Moss '67 its medical director.


Dr. John M. Hobart '73 received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from Benedictine University in Illinois. A former chief of obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Hobart currently resides in Watersmeet, Mich.

Dr. Richard E. Wood Jr. '73 is now semi-retired and working part-time in correctional medicine.

Dr. P. Michael McFadden '74 (R '79) received the 2012 Outstanding Alumnus Award from Tulane University School of Medicine and Tulane Medical Alumni Association for his contributions to the field of cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation.

The American College of Physicians elected Dr. Bruce S. Samuels '74 (I '75, R '77) as a fellow.

Dr. Marilyn Mackey Skinner '74 (R '77) is happy to announce that in June 2012 the Remi Gonzalez MD Professorship in child psychiatry at Tulane was created thanks in large part to the support and help of her classmates.

Dr. Harold F. Sherman '75 is proud to announce that he has happily retired.

Dr. George W. Sledge Jr. '77 was named the chief of the division of hematology and oncology at Stanford University. Sledge is an internationally known breast cancer researcher and was previously at Indiana University’s School of Medicine as distinguished professor.

Dr. Gerald Hickson '78, assistant vice chancellor for health affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named chairman of the National Patient Safety Foundation and chairman of the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety. Hickson is also an associate dean for faculty affairs, director of clinical risk and loss prevention, and director of the Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. John R. Schreiber '79 (PHTM '79) is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Services Award from the American Association of Immunologists.


Dr. Bill Gallman '80 has been practicing diagnostic radiology since completing a residency at Duke in 1987. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Christus Health Northern Louisiana in Shreveport, La. Gallman, along with wife JoEllyn, are the parents of four children, two of whom are following in Gallman’s footsteps in the medical profession.

A new member of the TMAA board of directors, Dr. Penelope Manasco '84 (R '86) is CEO of MANA Consulting, LLC which helps sponsors and CROs to better use clinical trials software to conduct clinical research and bring new medicines to patients.

Dr. Clifford Hendricks III '85 (A&S '80, F '87, R '90) is the past president and current medical director of the Southern Eye Bank.

Dr. Michael Whistler '85 (R '86, '88) is in private practice in Colorado and loving it. He enjoys time with wife Dr. Patrice Gendel Whistler (NC '76, PHTM '83, M '83, R '86).

Dr. Thomas Frank '89 (A&S '83, G '85) was appointed chief in the division of medicine at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. He also serves as a consultant in allergy and immunology to the European Regional Medical Command and consultant to the Army Surgeon General on medical corps history.

Dr. Gina Lagarde '89 (R '86) is the public health regional administrator and medical director of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals in the Office of Public Health’s southeast region.


For the past two years, Dr. G. Edward Newman '94 has worked to turn the Knoxville Kidney Center into the most active medical philanthropy private practice in the Knoxville, Tenn., area. Newman has served as chief of staff at Parkwest Medical Center and served on the hospital board. He recently served as the inaugural medical director of Parkwest Palliative Care and a member of the Covenant Health System IRB.

Dr. Samuel B. Field '95 is a general surgeon at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, La.

Dr. Anne Arikian Rison '95 and husband Richard announce the birth of their fourth child, Abigail Madeline Rison. She is welcomed by her siblings Katie, Sam and Max.

Dr. Aaron Charles '96 (R’01) was named one of Baltimore’s “Top Docs” in geriatrics by Baltimore Magazine. Charles is an associate medical director with Gilchrist Hospice Care and medical director of Gilchrist Hospice inpatient unit. He also serves as the medical director of the Acute Care for the Elderly program at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Dr. Ross Winakor '99 (PHTM ’99) has been installed as the president of the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians.


Dr. Robert C. Corley '01 was appointed chief of emergency medicine and medical director of SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. Greg Buchert '02 (PHTM '79, R '85) serves as the principal for Health Management Associates, a national health consulting firm focused on publicly funded healthcare.

Dr. James Mott Bliss '02 passed away after a battle with ALS on November 10, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Laurel Bliss, and their four-year-old daughter, Devon. James was an orthopaedic surgeon in Santa Barbara and Laurel is currently practicing internal medicine in Santa Barbara.

Dr. Robert From '03 was appointed medical director at the John Peter Smith Ambulatory Surgery Center in Fort Worth, Texas. He currently lives in Colleyville, Texas with Lindsay and their three children, Dean, Doug and Tilly. He works for Sheridan Health Care of Texas as an anesthesiologist.

Dr. Elbert K. St. Claire III '04 (PHTM '04) left his group practice and started a solo practice, St. Claire Medical, PLLC (

Since graduation, Dr. Michael Freehill '05 performed an orthopaedics residency at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He was chosen for a fellowship in orthopaedics sports medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and a fellowship in orthopaedics shoulder at Harvard Medical School. Freehill has recently joined the orthopaedics faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Dr. Brook Vergales '06 announces the birth of a son. Daughter Alexis turned two just in time for her brother’s arrival.

Dr. Timothy K. Brenna '08 (PHTM '08) is currently serving as a fellow in addiction medicine at Columbia University and is a fellow in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School.

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