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Seeking a continent’s history in its DNA

Seeking a continent’s history in its DNA

A Yale alumna finds clues to agriculture, malaria, lactose tolerance, and pygmies’ stature in Africans’ genes.

Sarah Tishkoff, Ph.D. ’96, has lost count of the trips she’s made to Africa since 2001 to study the continent’s genetic history. “By looking at your blood,” she explains to sub-Saharan villagers, “we...

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Africa beckons two Yale practitioners after long careers in medicine

Africa beckons two Yale practitioners after long careers in medicine

Three years ago, an unexpected postcard arrived in the Denver mailbox of Christopher (Kip) Doran, M.D. ’73, and Maureen O’Keefe Doran, M.S.N. ’71. It was an invitation to a reception for potential...

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1950s

Robert J.T. Joy, M.D. ’54, received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for the History of Medicine. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to a member of the association who has retired from regular institutional affiliation or practice with a distinguished record of support for the history of medicine and has made continuing scholarly contributions of a...


Robert J.T. Joy, M.D. ’54, received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for the History of Medicine. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to a member of the association who has retired from regular institutional affiliation or practice with a distinguished record of support for the history of medicine and has made continuing scholarly contributions of a distinguished nature.

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1960s

A chair has been established at the University of California, Irvine, in recognition of Philip J. Di Saia, M.D., HS ’67, and his more than 30 years of service to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology. Di Saia, the former chief of the division, helped the school become a leader in women’s cancer care. Robert Bristow, M.D., was named the inaugural holder of...


A chair has been established at the University of California, Irvine, in recognition of Philip J. Di Saia, M.D., HS ’67, and his more than 30 years of service to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology. Di Saia, the former chief of the division, helped the school become a leader in women’s cancer care. Robert Bristow, M.D., was named the inaugural holder of the Philip J. Di Saia Prestigious Chair in Gynecologic Oncology in January.

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Arthur I. Eidelman, M.D., HS ’67, FW ’67, has been elected president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. As chair of the policy committee of the section of breastfeeding of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), he is the lead author of the new AAP policy statement on breastfeeding, published in Pediatrics in March 2012.

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David J. McConnell, M.D. ’62, has been named clinical professor emeritus of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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1970s

Edward C. Halperin, M.D. ’79, has been named chancellor for health affairs, chief executive officer, and professor of radiation oncology, pediatrics, and history at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. He was also named vice provost for biomedical affairs of the Touro College and University System. Halperin was previously dean of the school of medicine and vice provost of the University of...


Edward C. Halperin, M.D. ’79, has been named chancellor for health affairs, chief executive officer, and professor of radiation oncology, pediatrics, and history at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. He was also named vice provost for biomedical affairs of the Touro College and University System. Halperin was previously dean of the school of medicine and vice provost of the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

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C. Seth Landefeld, M.D. ’79, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Landefeld, an internationally known clinician and researcher in geriatrics, epidemiology, and biostatistics, previously served as chief of the Division of Geriatrics and associate chair for strategic planning and implementation of the Department of Medicine at the University...


C. Seth Landefeld, M.D. ’79, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Landefeld, an internationally known clinician and researcher in geriatrics, epidemiology, and biostatistics, previously served as chief of the Division of Geriatrics and associate chair for strategic planning and implementation of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

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John A. Patti, M.D. ’71, was elected president of the American College of Radiology (ACR) in May. Patti, the immediate past chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, is a thoracic radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

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1980s

Kenneth Andreoni, M.D. ’88, was elected vice president/president-elect of the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the nation’s organ transplant network under federal contract.

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Jeffrey P. Carpenter, M.D. ’86, has been named the inaugural chair of the Department of Surgery at the newly formed Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, N.J. He was previously professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Barbara G. Fallon, M.D. ’80, has been named medical director of the breast program at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Fallon, a hematologist-oncologist, was previously in private practice.

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1990s

Cynthia B. Lord, M.H.S., PA-C ’91, a clinical associate professor in Quinnipiac University’s PA program, received the 2012 Outstanding PA of the Year Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants at its annual conference in Toronto in May.

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Robin L. Smith, M.D. ’92, M.B.A., has been chair of the advisory board of NeoStem, a leader in the development and manufacturing of cellular therapies, since 2005, and in 2006 became the chief executive officer and chair of the board. She is the president and serves on the board of the Stem for Life Foundation, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization.

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2000s

Phillip P. Chan, M.D. ’00, Ph.D. ’00, CEO of CytoSorbents Corporation, was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® 2012 program in the New Jersey region. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who have demonstrated success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Chan has been CEO and president of the...


Phillip P. Chan, M.D. ’00, Ph.D. ’00, CEO of CytoSorbents Corporation, was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® 2012 program in the New Jersey region. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who have demonstrated success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Chan has been CEO and president of the company since 2009.

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Garth N. Graham, M.D. ’01, M.P.H. ’01, has been named to the advisory board of LodgeNet Healthcare, a company that develops evidence-based, customizable tools that enable hospitals to engage patients and their families before, during, and after hospitalization. Graham is the assistant dean for health policy and the chief of the Section of Health Services Research at the University of Florida...


Garth N. Graham, M.D. ’01, M.P.H. ’01, has been named to the advisory board of LodgeNet Healthcare, a company that develops evidence-based, customizable tools that enable hospitals to engage patients and their families before, during, and after hospitalization. Graham is the assistant dean for health policy and the chief of the Section of Health Services Research at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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2010s

Elliot J. Rapp, M.D. ’11, received the 2012 Massachusetts Medical Society’s Information Technology Award in June for his project Cube Knowledge, a software-based learning platform for self-testing and spaced repetition suited to the study of medical information. Rapp began a diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Washington in July.

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