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Sauces, sunflowers and letters home

Sauces, sunflowers and letters home

An Air Force surgeon in Iraq talks of his soldiers, Iraqi families and his feelings about the war.

Christopher P. Coppola, M.D., HS ’01, didn’t get much sleep during the four months he spent as a surgeon at Balad Air Base about 40 miles north of Baghdad.The injured would arrive without warning. For instance, soon after Coppola, an Air Force major in the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group, arrived in January 2005, insurgents attacked a police graduation ceremony in the nearby city of Baqubah. Six surgical teams, including Coppola’s, rushed to Balad’s tent-and-shipping-crate hospital as one helicopter after another delivered gruesomely injured policemen.On other days—and nights—the burned and wounded who kept Coppola from his rest were...

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A long, full and active life—keeping fit and taking on lots of jobs

A long, full and active life—keeping fit and taking on lots of jobs

“The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off,” is a saying quite familiar to Henry...

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A Montana doctor’s 30 years of medicine without a safety net

A Montana doctor’s 30 years of medicine without a safety net

On January 7, 1984, Ron Losee, M.D. ’44, tramped out the front door of the hospital in Ennis,...

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The passing of two with years of service to the medical school

As the new year opened, Yale Medicine received word of the passing of two people with long-standing...

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1940s

David E. Morton, M.D. '48, HS '55, writes to say that his third granddaughter, Kan Kojima, was born last year and that he has been working on the biography of his great-grandfather, Edwin Emery. Emery, a hero on the Union side during the Civil War, was an instructor for the Revenue Cutter Service, a forerunner of the Coast Guard.

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Gerard N. Burrow, M.D. '58, HS '66, has been named chair of the board of the University of Connecticut Medical Center and a trustee of the University of Connecticut. Burrow, who is president and CEO of the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, is the David Paige Smith Professor Emeritus of Medicine and dean emeritus of the Yale University School of Medicine.

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1960s

Mary L. Warner, M.M.Sc., PA-C, assistant dean and director of the Physician Associate (PA) Program, met with PA alumni in Falmouth, Maine, in August. Joining them was Ruth Cole, widow of Jack W. Cole, M.D. ’66, former chair of surgery, who founded the PA program in 1970. Attending the gathering were Frank J. Noreika, PA ’94; his wife, Stacy; Lauren T. Ormsby-Pieri, PA ’85; Cary J. Stratford, PA-C...


Mary L. Warner, M.M.Sc., PA-C, assistant dean and director of the Physician Associate (PA) Program, met with PA alumni in Falmouth, Maine, in August. Joining them was Ruth Cole, widow of Jack W. Cole, M.D. ’66, former chair of surgery, who founded the PA program in 1970. Attending the gathering were Frank J. Noreika, PA ’94; his wife, Stacy; Lauren T. Ormsby-Pieri, PA ’85; Cary J. Stratford, PA-C ’80; Michelle A. Roy, PA ’98; Lisa Brown, PA ’04; and Sherrie A. Downing, PA-C ’93.

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Robert I. Finkel, M.D. '65, writes to say that he retired on July 1, 2005, after 32 years of practicing rheumatology at the Toledo Clinic. He plans to devote his energies to other interests, hobbies and, hopefully, travel.

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Ralph S. Greco, M.D. ’68, HS ’73, the Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor and chief of general surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, is one of 10 recipients of the 2006 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award, given by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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Karen H. Toker, M.D. ’67, received the first Francis Edwards Rushton Award last year from the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics for her work in community pediatrics and child advocacy.

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Rock G. Positano, D.P.M., M.Sc., M.P.H. '89, received a Spirit of Cabrini Award at the Cabrini Mission Foundation 2005 Gala and Awards in New York City on November 3. Also honored were NBC “Today” co-host Katie Couric and former mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, and his wife, Judith S. Giuliani.

Positano, co-director of The Foot Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, delivered the...


Rock G. Positano, D.P.M., M.Sc., M.P.H. '89, received a Spirit of Cabrini Award at the Cabrini Mission Foundation 2005 Gala and Awards in New York City on November 3. Also honored were NBC “Today” co-host Katie Couric and former mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, and his wife, Judith S. Giuliani.

Positano, co-director of The Foot Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, delivered the keynote address.

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Lee M. Akst, M.D. ’99, was married in October to Jodi S. Wilkoff in Cleveland. Akst, who graduated from Yale College in 1995, is a fellow in laryngology at Massachusetts General Hospital. His wife is a partner in The New Teacher Project, an educational consultancy in New York.

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Pauline W. Chen, M.D., HS '98, has won the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction from the Virginia Quarterly Review, for her article, “Dead Enough?: The Paradox of Brain Death,” published last fall.

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Anu Gupta, M.D. ’97, HS ’00, FW ’02, was married in November to Arnab Ghatak, M.D., M.B.A., in Roslyn, N.Y. Gupta directs philanthropic programs for HIV/AIDS and women's and children's health at Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey. Ghatak consults on pharmaceuticals and medical devices for McKinsey & Co.

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Tim Mello, PA ’99, and Alice (Hofmann) Mello, PA ’99, announce the birth of their second child, Margaret Ella. Tim practices at Connecticut Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Springfield, Vt., and Alice practices in pediatric neurology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

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Gualberto Ruaño, Ph.D. ’92, M.D. ’97, president and CEO of the biomedical company Genomas, received the BEACON Medical Technology Award in September in recognition of his contributions to personalized medicine. BEACON (Biomedical Engineering Alliance and Consortium) is the professional association of the medical device industry in Connecticut.

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Gerard N. Burrow, M.D. '58, HS '66, has been named chair of the board of the University of Connecticut Medical Center and a trustee of the University of Connecticut. Burrow, who is president and CEO of the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, is the David Paige Smith Professor Emeritus of Medicine and dean emeritus of the Yale University School of Medicine.

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