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Health and ecology in Borneo

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In 2007 Kinari Webb opened a clinic in Indonesia, where she links health care to preserving the environment.

To explain why she started a clinic in Borneo, Kinari Webb, M.D. ’02, tells the story of a farmer on the Indonesian island.

The farmer made his living from two rice fields and occasional fishing. Industrial-scale logging in the nearby rain forest not only felled trees, but created a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and the farmer—who couldn’t afford mosquito nets—fell ill with malaria. His wife...

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A Navajo doctor tends to the spirit and body

A Navajo doctor tends to the spirit and body

When Patricia Nez Henderson, M.P.H. ’94, M.D. ’00, was a child in rural Arizona, her grandfather would come to her house early in the morning and splash water on her and her siblings. “Get up! Get up! Go run and meet the rising sun,” he told them in Navajo. “If you sleep too much, you’re going to be left behind, and the morning gods are ready to bless you.” The children would jump out of bed and run toward the glow...

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At 86, head and neck surgeon still contributes to medicine and hospice cause he helped found

At 86, head and neck surgeon still contributes to medicine and hospice cause he helped found

One medical school memory that Donald P. Shedd, M.D. ’46, HS ’53, holds dear is of the day he walked into the “croup...

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Alumni tour Smilow Cancer Hospital

Alumni tour Smilow Cancer Hospital

During this year’s reunion, about a dozen alumni toured Smilow Cancer Hospital, which is scheduled to open in October....

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2009-2010 Association of Yale Alumni in Medicine

The Executive Committee of the Association of Yale Alumni in Medicine directs association activities, links the School of Medicine with its graduates, and helps alumni stay in touch with Yale.

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In preparation for the School of Medicine’s Bicentennial in 2010,Yale Medicine is seeking archival photographs, motion pictures, videos, and sound recordings depicting the history of the school and its students, faculty, and alumni.

Areas of interest include medical education, student life, medical practice, and scientific research. Please let us know if you have materials that could be borrowed or duplicated. All formats are acceptable, including photographic prints, slides, digital files, film and tape reels, and cassettes. Write to us at ymm@yale.edu[subject line: Bicentennial images] or via U.S. mail to Bicentennial Images, Yale Medicine, 300 George Street, Suite 773, New Haven, CT 06511. To join the Bicentennial news and events mailing list, visit medicine.yale.edu/alumni.

1940s

Aaron T. Beck, M.D. ’46, received the 2009 Award for Extraordinary Accomplishment in Medical Research from the Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation in May. The $50,000 award is one of three given each year for basic or clinical research in cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neuropsychiatry. Beck, the University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of...


Aaron T. Beck, M.D. ’46, received the 2009 Award for Extraordinary Accomplishment in Medical Research from the Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation in May. The $50,000 award is one of three given each year for basic or clinical research in cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neuropsychiatry. Beck, the University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

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1950s

Richard Lamb, M.D. ’54, received the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychiatric Association. The award honors individuals and organizations that have contributed meritorious service to American psychiatry.

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1970s

Katherine Benesch, M.D. ’70, J.D., a partner in the health law practice group at the Princeton, N.J., office of Duane Morris LLP, was appointed to the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Health Care Advisory Council in March. The council is a national group appointed by the AAA to develop dispute resolution solutions for the health care industry.

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Anthony V. Proto, M.D. ’71, was awarded the 2008 Gold Medal of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) for his contributions to radiology. The Gold Medal requires the unanimous approval of the RSNA board of directors. Proto, who recently completed more than 10 years as editor of the journal Radiology, is a professor of radiology at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

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1980s

Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D. ’80, the Edward W.D. Norton Professor of Ophthalmology, was named chair of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in June. A 1984 graduate of the institute’s residency program, Alfonso has been on the faculty since 1986. He is known for his clinical expertise in diseases and surgery of the cornea...


Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D. ’80, the Edward W.D. Norton Professor of Ophthalmology, was named chair of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in June. A 1984 graduate of the institute’s residency program, Alfonso has been on the faculty since 1986. He is known for his clinical expertise in diseases and surgery of the cornea and in ocular microbiology and laser vision correction.

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1990s

Matthew B. Klein, M.D. ’97, has been named the David and Nancy Auth-Washington Research Foundation Endowed Chair for Restorative Burn Surgery at the University of Washington. Klein is associate professor of plastic surgery, associate director of the University of Washington Burn Center, and director of the plastic surgery residency program.

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Jiyon Lee, M.D. ’96, assistant professor of radiology (breast imaging) at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, was honored at the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Diamond Luncheon in May for her volunteer work with the ACS in Westchester County, N.Y. Lee has been serving as medical director and a member of the board of advisors for the past five years. She is a mammographer at the NYU...


Jiyon Lee, M.D. ’96, assistant professor of radiology (breast imaging) at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, was honored at the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Diamond Luncheon in May for her volunteer work with the ACS in Westchester County, N.Y. Lee has been serving as medical director and a member of the board of advisors for the past five years. She is a mammographer at the NYU Clinical Cancer Center and at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City.

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Gualberto Ruaño, Ph.D. ’92, M.D. ’97, was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s College of Fellows in April at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., at the National Academy of Sciences. Recipients of this honor are chosen for exceptional leadership and achievements in medical and biological engineering. Ruaño is president and chief executive officer of Genomas...
Gualberto Ruaño, Ph.D. ’92, M.D. ’97, was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s College of Fellows in April at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., at the National Academy of Sciences. Recipients of this honor are chosen for exceptional leadership and achievements in medical and biological engineering. Ruaño is president and chief executive officer of Genomas Inc., a biomedical company based in Hartford, Conn.; director of genetics research at Hartford Hospital; and adjunct professor in the medical faculties of George Washington University and the University of Puerto Rico.
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