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Alumnus Receives Prestigious Dermatological Award

Dr. Howard Maibach
Dr. Howard Maibach

Dr. Howard Maibach (M'55) is arguably one of the most well-known and well-published dermatologists today. Maibach was recently honored with the Master Dermatologist Award from the American Academy of Dermatology for his significant contribution to dermatology. The Master Dermatologist award recognizes an academy member who, throughout the span of his or her career, has made significant contributions to the specialty of dermatology, as well as to the leadership and educational programs of the American Academy of Dermatology.

After graduation from Tulane University School of Medicine, Maibach attended the residency program at University of Pennsylvania Hospital. In 1961, Maibach joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco. During his time as an assistant professor, Maibach began his lifelong professional interest in toxicology and on-going quest to better understand the toxic effect of chemicals on human skin.

Currently a professor of dermatology at University of California, San Francisco, Maibach has written and lectured extensively on dermatoxicology and dermatopharmacology. He has served on the editorial boards of over 30 scientific journals. When he is not in the lab conducting research or in the classroom he is seeing patients.

1950s

Dr. Herbert S. Bell '53 recently received the Meritorious Award from the Joint Section of Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the American Association of Neurosurgeons and the Congress of Neurosurgery. He is the first recipient of this award.

1970s

Dr. Christopher Bell '73 (R '79) is semi-retired from general surgery in east Tennessee and is currently performing endoscopic procedures and office-based minor surgery.

Dr. James Laborde '73 (SS&E '69) is the director of foot surgery at Louisiana State University Health Science Center. He has 11 grandchildren.

Dr. Dwight Lee '73 (A&S '71) is still in Dallas, Texas after 32 years and plans to retire there. He is currently the president of the governing board of Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake.

Dr. Glenn Libby '73 is still practicing full time as a pulmonary medicine specialist in Long Beach, Calif. for Health Care Partners. He is planning on retiring at the end of 2013.

Dr. Howard Moore '73 (SS&E '69) is board certified in orthopaedic sports medicine. He has practiced in Dallas, Texas since 1978. He has been involved with giving care to the Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks and Sidekicks and currently cares for numerous north Texas high school programs.

In 2009, Dr. D. Melessa Phillips '73 (N '69) retired from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. after 19 years as chair of family medicine. In 2009, she also received a master's in public health degree from San Jose State University. She is currently the chief medical office for the United Healthcare Community Plan located in Ridgeland, Miss.

Dr. Ulla Ule '73 (NC '70, R '76, F '81, B '91) practices hematology and oncology and is the medical director of Christus St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Center in Alexandria, La. She has two daughters, one located in New Orleans and the other in New York. Dr. Ule lives in Alexandria with her husband Dr. James Knoepp (M'71, I '72, R '80).

Dr. Ronald Wender '73 is the chair of anesthesia and head of residency and fellowship programs in anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. He is the past-president of the medical board of California.

Dr. Ira J. Udell '74 is the Arlene & Arthur Levine Professor and Chair, department of ophthalmology, at Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine. He is also the chairman of the department of ophthalmology at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and the president of the New York State Ophthalmologic Society.

Dr. Gordon Love '78 (R '83), medical director of the Los Angeles Quest Diagnostics laboratory, has been appointed medical director of the western region of Quest Diagnostics. Love was previously the medical director of the Sacramento Quest Diagnostics. He is a professor of clinical pathology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, cytopathology, medical microbiology, and medical and public health mycology, Love is the author of "Benchtop Atlas of Mycology" published by the College of American Pathologists. Love and his wife, Margaret, are in the process of relocating to the Los Angeles area.

1980s

Dr. Richard A. Hodin '84 has been appointed as chief for academic affairs at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Hodin will continue his roles as chief of endocrine surgery and surgical director of the MGH Crohn's and Colitis Center. In his new role, he will be actively involved in faculty development and academic promotions and will join the leadership of the department on the chief's council.

1990s

Dr. Danielle Coppola '93 left an academic practice in internal medicine several years ago when she joined the pharmaceutical industry. She currently conducts clinical trials in schizophrenia in the neuroscience group at Janssen Pharmaceuticals. She has two sons, ages nine and 11, and spends a lot of time on the soccer fields in their home of Princeton, N.J.

Dr. Philip Gould '93 (PHTM '93) is currently a colonel in the Air Force in Norfolk, Va. He has traveled extensively and has lived in Nebraska, Japan, Germany, Washington D.C., San Antonio, Atlanta and now Norfolk. He is currently looking for a post Air Force position in epidemiology or research.

Dr. Franklin Long '93 (PHTM '93) is currently working on Catalina Island as a family physician and ER coverage to support his habit of travel. He is the medical director of XELA AID in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and other medical missions around the world. He has board certification with the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.

Dr. David Robinson '93 (R '94, R '96) has been married to Stacey for 20 years and together they have two children, David (12) and Claire (10). He is currently working in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dr. Polly Stephens '93 (PHTM '93) is a breast surgeon in Richmond, Va. Her son Elias graduated from college and is working in Boulder, Colo. Her daughter Amelia is currently a junior in college.

Dr. Douglas Tamura '93 is pediatric surgeon at Children's Hospital in central California. He has two children, Zachary and Ava.

Dr. Sujatha Venkatesh '93 is a nephrologist in private practice in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Amanda Hilmer '99 (NC '95), board certified in internal medicine, has just joined the staff at Family Care Health Centers in St. Louis, Mo. She completed her residency program at Washington University School of Medicine.

2000s

Dr. Christopher Joplin '03 (R '07) works at the Tulane Medical Center pediatric E.R. and the Ruth U. Fertel Tulane Community Health Center.

Dr. Diana T. McDermott '03 (PHTM '03) completed a medicine and pediatric residency at LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans, La. She was hired as a clinical faculty member by LSU and helped develop the private medicine/pediatric faculty practice at the St. Charles Clinic which serves as the teaching clinic for LSU residents. She has two children – one born right before Krewe de Vieux parade in 2012!

Dr. Nicole E. Rogers '03 (R '07) is enjoying private practice at Old Metairie Dermatology in Metairie, La. where she works with another dermatologist, Dr. Patti Farris. She also volunteers some clinic hours at the Tulane dermatology clinic in downtown New Orleans. Her specialty is hair loss and hair transplantation and she really enjoys all of her patients. She lives in uptown New Orleans in a condo on St. Charles Avenue and feels very lucky to live in the great city of New Orleans!

Dr. Lynn Stewart '03 works and lives in Austin, Texas where she did her family medicine residency. She was married in August of last year and is enjoying married life. Her cats are well and they still like to walk on keyboards when someone's at the computer!

Since graduation, Dr. Kimberly A. Boswell '08 has gotten married and has an amazing baby girl. She completed an emergency medicine residency and is currently finishing a two-year fellowship in surgical critical care at Shock Trauma in Baltimore, Md. She will take a faculty position at Shock Trauma, The University of Maryland in July, doing both critical care and emergency medicine.

Dr. Amanda Goertz '08 (PHTM '08) completed residency in Minnesota and has been practicing part-time in rural northern New Mexico, near Taos. When not working, she is found playing with her two children, Leyla (4) and Tavia (2), raising chickens, rafting, hiking and skiing. Her husband Brock has a biomedical start-up that is currently testing cardiac ablation technology in clinical trials.

Dr. Amy M. Gordon '08 (PHTM '08) lives in Nashville, Tenn. with her fiancé Mike. They are getting married in September. After residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, she began to practice outpatient internal medicine in Hermitage, Tenn. just a few miles east of Nashville.

Dr. Katie Gallagher Kerisit '08 (NC '03, PHTM '08, R '11) will be finishing her dermatology residency at Tulane University this June and will be then staying in the area and joining Dr. Coller Ochsner's practice on Metairie Road in Metairie, La.

Dr. Marlow Macht '08 (PHTM '08) has completed a residency and fellowship in emergency medicine at Denver Health Medical Center.

Dr. Angela C. McCormick '08 practices emergency medicine in Waukegan, Ill. She has three children.

In June 2009, Dr. Christopher B. Sugalski '08 (TC '04) finished a general surgery internship at BAMC in San Antonio, Texas. In August of that same year, he completed a flight surgeon course in Ft. Rucker, Ala. In September 2009 he became a 1-6 CAV flight surgeon in Ft. Riley, Kan. In October, he married Haley Ann Gettle followed by service in Iraq from 2010-2011. He welcomed baby Avery William in August 2012. He matched in orthopaedic surgery in March 2013 at Ohio State.

Dr. Ajay Tejwani '08 (PHTM '08) is finishing up residency in Brooklyn, N.Y. and is planning to move to Kansas.

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