The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Brown Medical Alumni Association. The Executive Committee consists of a President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President. All officers serve for a two-year term elected by the Board of Directors. Members-at-large serve three-year terms with possibility of one additional term.
The Board of Directors meets twice a year, over Reunion-Commencement Weekend in May and again during Family Weekend in October. Attendance at all meetings is strongly encouraged.
Preston Calvert ’76 MD’79
Dr. Calvert truly enjoyed his time at Brown, where he concentrated in biology as an undergraduate. In return for scholarship aid through medical school, he received a US Army officer commission, and he trained while on active duty in the US Army in neurology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and then as an Army-sponsored fellow in neuro-ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute at Johns Hopkins in 1984-85. He left the Army in 1990, after 15 years of service. Preston then began private practice as a neuro-ophthalmologist in northern Virginia. In 1998, he became the vice chair of neurology and director of the neurology/neurosurgery outpatient clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a position he held until 2000. He still serves on the faculty of the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as assistant professor of neurology. Additionally, Preston has served on the board of directors of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society since 2002, and is currently serving as the president of the society. He has been married to Brown alumna Margaret Guerin-Calvert ’76 since 1977, and they have one daughter, Kate. Preston and Margaret have been long time supporters of the educational institutions with which they have had contact, and they remain especially interested in the extension of the opportunities that are offered by high-quality, values-driven private educational institutions to talented young people from families of limited financial means. Preston has served as a class representative for the MD Class of 1979 since 2006, and on the board of directors of the Brown Medical Alumni Association since 2008.
Srihari S. Naidu ’93 MD’97
New York, NY
Dr. Naidu is director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program at Winthrop University Hospital, the primary teaching affiliate of SUNY - Stony Brook School of Medicine, where he is an associate professor of medicine. Prior to joining Winthrop University Hospital in 2006, Dr. Naidu was an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he was a high volume interventional cardiologist and developed the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center, performing their first series of alcohol septal ablations. Dr. Naidu trained in internal medicine at Cornell, and general cardiology and interventional cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Dr. Naidu is also an area committee member of Brown Alumni Schools Committees and participates in the Medicine in Action Program (MIAP), which gives PLME students the opportunity to observe a physician in action. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for Biology and Medicine and is co-president of the Undergraduate Class of 1993. Dr. Naidu serves on several prestigious national committees, including the ACC Interventional Science Council (two-term member) and TCT Organizational Committee. In addition, Dr. Naidu founded and chairs the Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program run by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) in partnership with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF), a dedicated interventional pipeline that selects and mentors 10 interventional cardiologists every two years for national leadership roles. For his leadership work within SCAI, he was recently elected trustee of the Society. At Winthrop, Dr. Naidu has risen as a national expert in percutaneous ventricular assist devices for patients undergoing high-risk coronary intervention, atrial septal defect or patent foramen ovale closure for patients with heart failure or stroke, and alcohol septal ablation for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Naidu has published more than 100 original articles, book chapters and abstracts dealing with angioplasty outcomes, new technology and innovative procedural modifications, and regularly lectures throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, he routinely serves as invited speaker for the American Heart Association, ACC, TCT and SCAI Scientific Sessions. In 2014 Dr. Naidu was named an alumni trustee of the Corporation of Brown University.
Lisa J. Goldstein ’78 MD’82
Dr. Goldstein is assistant pathologist at The Miriam Hospital and a clinical assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Brown University. After graduating from the Brown University Program in Medicine, Dr. Goldstein completed her residency in pathology at Rhode Island Hospital in 1986, serving as the chief resident during her final year. She completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City in 1987. Dr. Goldstein is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. In June, 2013 she was awarded the Dr. Charles Carpenter Outstanding Physician of the Year Award at The Miriam Hospital.
Daniel DiPrete ’85 MD’89
Dr. DiPrete is a board-certified radiologist in Rhode Island specializing in diagnostic radiology. He recently sold The Imaging Institute, a network of out-patient medical imaging centers in Rhode Island, of which he had been President and Medical Director. The centers were the first all-digital, filmless and paperless facilities in the state. Formerly, Dr. DiPrete was an owner and president of X-Ray Associates Inc. and chief of diagnostic imaging at South County Hospital, where he was also the director of MRI services and established the Women's Imaging Center. Dr. DiPrete completed his residency in diagnostic imaging and his fellowship in cross sectional imaging at Brown University-Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. DiPrete is a past President of the Rhode Island Radiology Society, a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, a member of the Rhode Island Radiology PAC Executive Committee, a member of the RADPAC Advisory Council (which is the American College of Radiology's political action committee in Washington, DC), and he is a BASC volunteer for Brown.
Philip D. Wey ’82 MD’86
Dr. Wey is a plastic surgeon in private practice in Princeton and New Brunswick, NJ, and is a clinical associate professor of surgery at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. At Brown, he pursued a double major in Biology and English, and then graduated from the combined medical program at Brown and Dartmouth Medical School. He received general surgery training at Northwestern University, completed a plastic surgery residency at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, and two fellowships in breast surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and microsurgery at NYU’s Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. He joined the full-time faculty at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as director of breast plastic surgery, and then entered private practice as a partner with Plastic Surgery Arts of New Jersey. Dr. Wey has held several leadership positions within the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, having served on the Advisory Council for Plastic Surgery for the American College of Surgeons, Board of Directors of the Plastic Surgical Educational Foundation, and the prestigious Jacques W. Maliniac Circle of the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery. Dr. Wey’s clinical work has been recognized regionally and nationally in New York Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, New Jersey Life, and Redbook Magazine. Dr. Wey has been involved with Brown for over 20 years as an active BASC volunteer and host of many events for the Brown Club of Central New Jersey. Dr. Wey has served on the Board of the Brown Medical Alumni Association (BMAA) since 2009, and on the capital campaign leadership team for both the BMAA and the Class of 1986 25th medical reunion. He is married to Elizabeth Lies Wey ’87, and has two sons, Nicholas and Alexander.
Monique Anawis, JD ’85 MD’90
Dr. Anawis is a board certified ophthalmologist in private practice and serves as an attending physician at the University of Chicago/Weiss Memorial Hospital and Thorek Hospital. At Brown, she graduated magna cum laude with degrees in biology (with honors) and anthropology. She continued on to graduate with honors from the Medical School. Dr. Anawis received her law degree with a certificate in health law from DePaul University with honors. She has since become a fellow and member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Legal Medicine. She is a consulting attorney specializing in health law who advises physicians, health care workers, hospitals, and other attorneys; serves as medical/legal consultant in cases of medical malpractice; and lectures and publishes in the field of health law. Dr. Anawis is the chair of the Health Law section of the Illinois State Bar Association. She also works with Health for Humanity in Mongolia where she travels and collaborates with colleagues to fuse traditional and western medicine. She is a professor of health law at John Marshall Law School and has taught in the Brown summer studies program for six years. Dr. Anawis is a member of the Brown Chicago Women's Network and has served as a BASC interviewer, an ACCess volunteer, a Brown Medical School Class Representative, and most recently, an alumni marshal for her 20th medical reunion in recognition of her continued work for the Medical School.
Deborah Archer ’95 MD’02
Fort Collins, CO
Dr. Archer is a pediatrician serving mostly underserved and underinsured children in the Fort Collins community. She completed her pediatrics internship at Howard University Hospital and residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She attended Brown as part of the PLME program, graduating cum laude with a degree in educational studies. As a recipient of an Echoing Green Fellowship at Brown, Dr. Archer established collaboration with the Providence community, the Swearer Center for Public Service, and the Medical School and founded the Community Health Advocacy Program, which continues to play a role in medical education. A National Health Service Corps scholar, she served on the national board of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. Dr. Archer’s student awards included the Frederick W. Barnes prize, given to the graduating PLME senior who best utilized the program to pursue interests in the humanities and social sciences; and the David S. Greer prize, awarded to the graduating medical student who best exemplifies the view of medicine as a socially responsible human service profession. She and her husband, Shane McGregor ’95, have three children.
Todd B. Baird, MD RES'04
After graduating from the Medical College of Virginia in 1999, Dr. Baird completed his surgical internship, diagnostic radiology residency, and fellowship in cross-sectional imaging at Brown. He served as a clinical instructor at Brown before joining Commonwealth Radiology in Richmond, VA, in 2006. Dr. Baird is the medical director for the Reynolds Crossing Imaging Center in Richmond as well as the radiology director of Virginia Cancer Institute and served on Commonwealth Radiology's board of directors from 2010-2015.
Preetha Basaviah ’91 MD’95
Menlo Park, CA
Dr. Basaviah is clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University, where she serves as assistant dean for pre-clerkship education, director of the Practice of Medicine Course (two-year doctoring course) for Stanford medical students, an educator for CARE (Compassion, Advocacy, Respect, Advocacy), and as an inpatient and outpatient attending. She completed her internal medicine residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School, where she was among the institution's first hospitalists as well as one of the primary care chief residents at the West Roxbury Veteran’s Administration during her last year. While at BIDMC, she was the recipient of the Lowell B. McGee Teaching Award and the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Award for humanism in medicine. She became one of the first Rabkin Fellows in Medical Education at the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research. Subsequently, she was a hospitalist, assistant clinical professor of medicine, co-director of Foundations of Patient Care (FPC), a member of the Academy of Educators, and a Teaching Scholar at University of California, San Francisco. She served as a Harvard Macy Scholar in 2004-2005 and in 2011. She received the 2007 General Internal Medicine Division Teaching Award, the 2009 Kaiser Award for excellence in preclinical teaching, the 2010 Larry Mathers Award for exceptional medical student teaching and mentoring, the 2010 California Region Clinician Educator of the Year Award, and the 2011 SGIM National Award for Medical Education Scholarship. She has actively participated in the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) at regional and national levels by chairing and co-chairing committees involving national meetings, clinical vignettes, medical education, and clinical updates. She served as SHM Annual Meeting Chair in 2005, Pre-Course Chair in 2004, CA Regional SGIM President in 2004-05 and Association of Chairs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) Program Co-chair in 2011. Her research interests include medical education, curriculum development and assessment, and preparing medical students for the transition to clinical training. Dr. Basaviah remains active with Brown by interviewing, coaching local students, hosting local Brown events, and serving on the BMAA since 2010-11.
Patricia A. Buss '78 MD'81
Woodland Hills, CA
Dr. Buss is Medical & Health Care Services Operations Officer for Health Net, Inc. and previously served as Vice President & Chief Medical Director for Health Net Federal Services. She served on active duty in the US Navy for 24 years. Her assignments included executive medicine positions at the TRICARE Management Activity, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and US Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan and clinical (plastic surgery) positions at five other military hospitals. As part of the faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, she teaches medical executive skills to Military Health System leaders.
Dr. Buss earned both undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown. After general surgery residency training at the University of Rochester, she completed specialty training in plastic surgery at Brown University. She has a Master of Business Administration degree from George Mason University. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Certified Physician Executive.
Peter Chai ’06 MMS'07 MD’10 RES'14
Dr. Chai is an emergency medicine physician and fellow in medical toxicology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He enrolled in the Program in Liberal Medical Education, graduating with honors, and received his Master in Medical Science for his work on the development of novel devices for three-dimensional cell culture and aggregation. During his time at the Medical School, he served as the BMAA liaison to the Medical Student Senate, and received the American College of Emergency Physicians and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine medical student awards. Dr. Chai completed his residency in emergency medicine at Brown, receiving the Haffenreffer Family House Staff Excellence Award. He is completing a fellowship in medical toxicology at UMass, researching wearable devices in emergency medicine as well as wearable and ingestible biosensors for medication adherence and substance abuse treatment. He continues to collaborate on multiple projects with researchers at Brown. For four years he has been an admissions reader for the PLME program. He is a member of the Massachusetts State Medical Tribunal and serves on the Telemedicine and Public Relations committees in the American College of Medical Toxicology, of which he is a member.
Roberta Haynes de Regt '76 MD'79
Dr. de Regt is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist in private practice outside of Seattle. She performs hands on Obstetrical ultrasound, prenatal diagnosis, and consultation for high risk pregnancies for three hospitals. As a student in the Seven Year Program in Medicine, she assisted with medical school admissions, graduating with a ScB biology ’76 and MD in ’79. She has been on clinical faculty at SUNY Downstate where she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine as well as at Mt. Sinai (N.Y.), Yale, and University of WA Schools of Medicine. She has enjoyed many administrative roles including President of Washington State Obstetrical Association, Department Chair, Chief of Quality Improvement, and Medical Director of Women’s and Children’s Services. She enjoys mentoring students at various levels of training. She is a Fellow in American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. She and her husband Mark de Regt, Brown ’74, have remained actively involved interviewing high school students annually since graduation for the Brown Alumni Interviewing Program. She will be Seattle Area Chair this fall. She is passionate about deep powder skiing, hiking, and traveling which she often pursues with her husband and her three children.
Mitchell H. Driesman '74 MD'77, P'07, P'12 MD'16
Dr. Driesman is a senior partner with Cardiac Specialists; director of interventional cardiology and cardiac catheterization at Bridgeport Hospital, part of the Yale-New Haven Health System; and a clinical instructor at the Yale School of Medicine. He was part of the third class of Brown’s six-year program, and was president of the student council and a more-than interested observer as it evolved into a full medical school. His years at Brown, he says, were “my most formative and important years, and I am extremely grateful.” Dr. Driesman completed his residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center and his cardiology fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. In 1982 he joined another Sinai alum to help found Cardiac Specialists, which is now a 16-person group providing clinical, interventional, and cardiac electrophysiology study (EPS) services for southern Connecticut. Past posts have included president of the medical staff of Bridgeport Hospital, president of the medical executive committee, member of the board of trustees of Bridgeport Hospital/Yale-New Haven Health, and governor of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He is vice chairperson of the board of the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation. Dr. Driesman and his wife, Shelley Kaplan Driesman MD’80, a practicing ophthalmologist, have three children, Emily, Ali ’07, and Adam ’12 MD’16. The Driesmans have an additional attachment to Rhode Island with a house in Block Island.
Charles R. Effron ’80 MD’83, P'16
New York, NY
Charles R. Effron, MD, is a neurologist in private practice, specializing in spine and peripheral nerve disorders. Dr. Effron is also a clinical instructor of neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has been with Mount Sinai since completing his residency in neurology in 1987. Dr. Effron completed his internship at Beth Israel in 1984. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Paul George ’01 MD’05
Dr. George is an assistant professor of family medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (AMS), where he also serves as the director of the 2nd year curriculum and the Primary Care-Population Medicine program in the Office of Medical Education. As a Brown undergraduate, he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology (with honors), where he continued on to graduate from the medical school. Dr. George trained in family medicine at AMS and later obtained a Master of Health Professions Education degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. George joined the AMS faculty in 2008 and is the course leader for the Clinical Skills Clerkship. He is also the director of the Rhode Island Area Health Education Center. Dr. George has received numerous teaching awards, including the Medical Senior Citation, awarded to a single faculty member as the highest honor a graduating class can bestow, in both 2013 and 2014. He has published over 30 papers, mostly focusing on medical education. Dr. George is married to Joanne Silvia, ’00 MD’04 and has two sons, Paul Joseph and Benjamin.
Stephen Gilheeney '95 MMS'97 MD'99
New York, NY
Dr. Gilheeney is a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. He completed residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, followed by a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a fellowship in pediatric neuro-oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. His main area of academic interest is the development of novel agents and early phase treatment protocols for pediatric patients with tumors of the brain and spinal cord, both at initial diagnosis and in the recurrent setting. He is also an active participant in the Children's Oncology Group and PBTC (Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium), developing national protocols for brain tumor treatment. Dr. Gilheeney is also an active alum, currently serving as treasurer for his undergraduate Class of 1995 and has served on the President’s Advisory Council on Biology and Medicine. Outside of Brown and alumni activities, Stephen is a fierce human rights advocate, having donated his time to the Human Rights Campaign, the Anti-Violence Project of NYC, and multiple local and national associations that promote equality in all its permutations. Stephen also worked to help create Employee Resource Networks (ERNs) at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one of the largest private healthcare employers in New York City—embracing diversity in all its forms.
Jeffrey F. Hines '83 MD'86
Dr. Hines is an gynecologic oncologist with Wellstar Health System in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Hines is a native New Yorker who practiced in San Antonio, TX, before moving to Atlanta. He completed his fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Hines is a clinical instructor of obstetrics and gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine. He has served numerous positions with the United States Armed Services, including assistant chief for the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and was deployed during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Dr. Hines is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a member of the National Medical Association. He is involved in collaborative clinical oncology research with interests in papillomaviruses, cervical cancer vaccines, clinical cancer trials, disparities in health care, and undergraduate student education. He was also recently appointed by Georgia's Governor Sonny Perdue to the Cervical Cancer Elimination Task Force as a Gynecologic Oncology Representative. His wife, Sivanthini Suntharalingam 'Sivan' Hines '84 MD'87, is a pediatrician in Atlanta and they have two children.
Joseph Kim MD'89
Dr. Joseph Kim is an Anesthesiologist at Allegheny General Hospital where he serves as the immediate past chair of the department. Originally from Korea, Dr. Kim grew up in Rhode Island. After medical school at Brown, Dr. Kim completed his Internship training at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, NY and his Residency training in Anesthesiology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Both Dr. Kim and his wife, Cathy Kim, MD, spent time working at Miriam hospital before moving to Pittsburgh with their three children. The Kims are active in Medical Mission trips throughout the world—most recently to Kenya and North Korea. Dr. Kim has been an active BASC volunteer and participates with his Medical School reunion efforts.
Resa E. Lewiss MD’92
Dr. Resa Lewiss is chief of Point-of-Care Ultrasound and associate professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at University of Colorado. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, Dr. Lewiss attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She spent one year at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland in the Howard Hughes Research Scholars program. A graduate and former chief resident of the Harvard-affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program in Boston, Dr. Lewiss is board certified in emergency medicine. She graduated with the first Emergency Ultrasound fellowship class at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City and from 2003-2014, served there as fellowship director and chief of Emergency Ultrasound Division. She is a medical educator and leader who has mentored trainees at all levels, including at Columbia University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has also led point-of-care ultrasound education courses regionally, nationally, and internationally, and has numerous publications and chapters related to point-of-ultrasound education, global health, simulation, pediatrics and national policy. She was the first President of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, a founding member of WINFOCUS, co-founder of SonoGames, and the chair for the Ultrasound Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She currently serves on the board of PURE (Point-of-care Ultrasound in Resource-limited Environments) and on the American Board of Emergency Medicine Clinical Ultrasonography Task Force.
Abeel A. Mangi '93 MD’97
Abeel A. Mangi, MD, is an attending surgeon in the Section of Cardiac Surgery at Yale University, and is surgical director of the Center for Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation at the Yale New Haven Heart & Vascular Institute. Dr. Mangi is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is Associate Professor of surgery at Yale University. Abeel has performed more than 2,000 heart operations since 2005, and his accomplishments include pioneering clinical work and research for treatments of patients with end-stage heart and lung failure.
Michael E. Migliori ’79 MD’82, P’11, P’12, P’14
Dr. Migliori is a life-long resident of Rhode Island. He received both his undergraduate degree in Biology and his MD from what was then called the Brown University Program in Medicine. He then went on to complete his ophthalmology residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and his fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He has been in practice in Rhode Island since 1987. Dr. Migliori is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Rhode Island Hospital.
Dr. Migliori served as President of the Rhode Island Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons from 1994-1996, and President of the Rhode Island Medical Society from 1997-1998. In addition, he served as the Rhode Island Medical Society’s Delegate to the AMA’s House of Delegates for 16 years and three terms on the Board of Directors of AMPAC, the political action committee of the American Medical Association. He currently serves as Chair of the Public Laws Committee of the Rhode Island Medical Society and is Immediate Past President of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Glenn Mitchell '67 ScM'69 MD'75 RES'77
Dr. Mitchell, who is board-certified in emergency medicine and preventive medicine, is a consultant on health care and physician change management, focusing on education and strategy to deal with generational differences, conflict resolution, and new program implementation. His interests include preparation for ICD-10 conversion, EHR optimization, and coping with other government-mandated change. A retired US Army colonel, Dr. Mitchell commanded a medical teaching center and multiple overseas humanitarian missions, and received the Defense Superior Service Medal and three awards of the Legion of Merit. He was the chief medical officer of Mercy health system in St. Louis for five years and is the former vice-chair of the American Board of Preventive Medicine and past president of the Aerospace Medical Association. Dr. Mitchell serves on the board of the Brown Association of Class Leaders, as co-VP of the Class of 1967. He has been a class agent for both the undergraduate and medical schools for many years and is a member of the Carrie Tower Society and the Dean’s Circle.
Steven Pavlakis ’76 MD’79, P'05
Port Washington, NY
Dr. Pavlakis is the director of pediatric neurology at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and professor of neurology and pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Previously the director of the Center for Brain and Behavior at the Infants & Children’s Hospital of Maimonides Medical Center, where he was also chief science officer, he is board certified in pediatrics, neurology with special competency in pediatric neurology, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. His research interests include genetic and mitochondrial diseases as well as cerebral vascular disease. Important findings from his many years in research include the disease MELAS (mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke like episodes); the basic pathophysiology of stroke in sickle cell disease; and magnetic resonance spectroscopy changes in pediatric AIDS encephalopathy, which he showed were reversible with therapy. Dr. Pavlakis was a founding member of the International Pediatric Stroke Study, a dataset that has been important in spearheading research and fellowship programs. He also studies pediatric hypertension and effects on the vasculature.
Steven Shin ’95 MMS’97 MD’99
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Shin is an orthopaedic hand surgeon and partner at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California. He is on the clinical faculty of the Kerlan-Jobe Sports Medicine Fellowship. In addition to his medical degree, he received his undergraduate and MMS degrees from Brown. He performed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City and his fellowship in hand and upper limb surgery at Stanford University. He is board-certified in both orthopaedic surgery and hand surgery. He is the hand consultant to several professional sports teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Kings and Anaheim Ducks, as well as to the athletic departments of the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University. He serves on the board of directors of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and the Institute for Sports Sciences. He has served on committees for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is a contributing editor for the Yearbook of Hand and Upper Limb Surgery. He is an active contributor to hand surgery literature and has given numerous lectures and presentations on this subject. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MPH ’00 MD’05
Dr. Tucker Edmonds completed her undergraduate degree at Brown in community health and African American studies before continuing on to receive her medical degree. She later completed a master of public health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Tucker Edmonds trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center, where she served as an administrative chief resident in her final year. Dr. Tucker Edmonds is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the ways that race, class, and culture influence patient-provider communication and decision-making. Her other research-related interests include medical ethics, humanism in medicine, and cultural competency in medical education. Dr. Tucker Edmonds is married to Joseph Tucker Edmonds '00. The couple has one daughter, Zora, born in 2010. They will be relocating to Indianapolis in the summer of 2011, where Dr. Tucker Edmonds will join the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine. While at Brown, Dr. Tucker Edmonds led the local chapter and later served in the regional and national boards of the Student National Medical Association. She also assisted in the development of the cultural competency training that is used in the first-year Doctoring course.
Roger J. Waltzman, MBA '88 MD'92
New York, NY
Dr. Waltzman is the global program head responsible for development of antimalarial drugs at Novartis. Previously he served as the global clinical program head for several oncology compounds, including Jakavi, Tasigna, and Glivec. For nearly 12 years, Dr. Waltzman worked as a clinical medical oncologist and clinical researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Saint Vincent’s Cancer Center, all in New York. He is a board-certified medical oncologist. He held academic positions as assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and New York Medical College. Dr. Waltzman completed his internship and residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital and his fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in hematology and oncology. He earned his MBA from Columbia University.
Norman Ward MD'81
A native of Middletown, RI (and a ninth-generation descendent of Roger Williams), Dr. Ward was one of the first University of Rhode Island students considered for early admission to Brown Medical School in 1974. He completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Rochester Highland Hospital and then, as a National Health Service Corps Scholarship recipient, he served in rural northern Georgia from 1984 to 1986. Dr. Ward joined the faculty of the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1987. He is the executive medical director of Accountable Care at Fletcher Allen Health Care and OneCare Vermont, A statewide Medicare accountable care organization. He is immediate past president of the Vermont Medical Society and has been very active in the state's healthcare reform efforts with Vermont's CMMI State Innovation Model grant, the Vermont Blueprint for Health medical home project, Medicaid pharmacy and utilization reform, and hospital readmission reduction/transitions of care improvements with University Health System Consortium. He has lectured on a variety of topics relating to the evolving role of the “physician adviser” in the modern hospital. Dr. Ward is enrolled in Dartmouth's Masters of Health Care Delivery Science program, which he expects to complete in 2015.