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Alumnus brings social perspective to post

Alumnus brings social perspective to post

New York State’s new health commissioner will apply lessons learned in public health.

When Nirav R. Shah, M.D. ’98, M.P.H. ’98, HS ’01, was a medical student, he found a research paper that proved to be such a useful study tool that he left a photocopy at the library’s front desk with a note urging his classmates to use the paper.Yale’s teaching philosophy, with its emphasis on collaboration rather than competition, “was extremely useful for learning,” said Shah, who is now applying the same principles to his new job as New York State Commissioner of Health. “It’s fundamental in public service,” he said. “You all have a common goal, and you have to figure out how to advance your shared agenda, so working together as a group...

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In retirement, a urologist finds a new career bringing health care to rural Kenya

In retirement, a urologist finds a new career bringing health care to rural Kenya

Three years ago, Ralph F. Stroup, M.D., HS ’73, a retired urologist, stepped out of his comfort...

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Pioneer in genetic engineering and biotech wins Parker Medal

Pioneer in genetic engineering and biotech wins Parker Medal

In the early 1960s, a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh wrote to Edward A. Adelberg,...

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2011-2012 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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1950s

William M. Gould, M.D. ’58, has announced the publication of his second novel, Three Boys Like You, which is the story of a complicated boyhood friendship and how it changed over more than 30 years. Gould, who lives in northern California, is a practicing physician, jazz musician, and writer. His first novel, A Little Score to Settle, a tale of suspense about a man’s search for his father, was...


William M. Gould, M.D. ’58, has announced the publication of his second novel, Three Boys Like You, which is the story of a complicated boyhood friendship and how it changed over more than 30 years. Gould, who lives in northern California, is a practicing physician, jazz musician, and writer. His first novel, A Little Score to Settle, a tale of suspense about a man’s search for his father, was published in 2008.

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1970s

Felix Freshwater, M.D. ’72, HS ’74, published a humorous look at medical jargon in the April 2011 issue of the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. In the article, Freshwater proposed an alternative to both the Oxford English Dictionary and the Dictionary of American Regional English, to be called the Yale American Plastic Surgery dictionary, or YAPS. Entries include DIEP,...


Felix Freshwater, M.D. ’72, HS ’74, published a humorous look at medical jargon in the April 2011 issue of the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. In the article, Freshwater proposed an alternative to both the Oxford English Dictionary and the Dictionary of American Regional English, to be called the Yale American Plastic Surgery dictionary, or YAPS. Entries include DIEP, “acronym for a type of patient to be avoided—demanding individual expecting perfection,” and “fillerologist—specialist in injecting fillers.” Freshwater lives in Miami, where he treats diseases of the hand and performs reconstructive plastic surgery.

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Eliot Sorel, M.D., FW ’75, led work groups in developing two policies that were adopted by the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Assembly and its board of trustees last year. Those policies were titled Conflicts of Interest: Principles & Guidelines, and Psychiatry & Primary Care Integration. Sorel directs and teaches courses in the School of Public Health and Health Services at the George...


Eliot Sorel, M.D., FW ’75, led work groups in developing two policies that were adopted by the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Assembly and its board of trustees last year. Those policies were titled Conflicts of Interest: Principles & Guidelines, and Psychiatry & Primary Care Integration. Sorel directs and teaches courses in the School of Public Health and Health Services at the George Washington University, where he has professorial appointments in global health, health services management and leadership, and psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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1990s

Cynthia Booth Lord, PA-C ’91, clinical associate professor and director of the physician assistant program at the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University, was appointed to the Primary Care Coalition of Connecticut in March. The coalition comprises Connecticut health care professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and public health workers, as well...


Cynthia Booth Lord, PA-C ’91, clinical associate professor and director of the physician assistant program at the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University, was appointed to the Primary Care Coalition of Connecticut in March. The coalition comprises Connecticut health care professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and public health workers, as well as community health centers, government health programs, and private medical practices, and works to build and promote a more effective system of primary health care in the state. Lord is a former president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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Alex Madlener, M.D. ’95, HS ’99, has created a firm in North Haven, Conn., to help physicians manage their finances. His firm, Open Circle Wealth Partners, offers comprehensive and individualized wealth management services. Madlener worked at Paine Webber, Charles Schwab, and CIGNA Individual Financial Services before entering medical school.

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Farzad Mostashari, M.D. ’96, was named National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in April. Mostashari joined the office of the National Coordinator in July 2009. Previously, he served in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as assistant commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project. Mostashari also led...


Farzad Mostashari, M.D. ’96, was named National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in April. Mostashari joined the office of the National Coordinator in July 2009. Previously, he served in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as assistant commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project. Mostashari also led the NYC Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics, funded by the CDC, and a project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that focused on quality measurement at the point of care. Mostashari also established the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the NYC Department of Health. He was one of the lead investigators in the outbreaks of West Nile virus and anthrax in New York City and among the first developers of real-time electronic disease surveillance systems nationwide.

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2000s

Alfred I. Lee, M.D. ’04, Ph.D. ’04, was named an assistant professor of hematology at Yale Cancer Center in March. Lee will continue his research efforts at Yale on clinical lymphoma and critical care hematology and will be actively involved in medical education. Lee was previously an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he was the recipient of several teaching awards. A...


Alfred I. Lee, M.D. ’04, Ph.D. ’04, was named an assistant professor of hematology at Yale Cancer Center in March. Lee will continue his research efforts at Yale on clinical lymphoma and critical care hematology and will be actively involved in medical education. Lee was previously an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he was the recipient of several teaching awards. A graduate of Stanford University, Lee completed his residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he served as chief medical resident, followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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