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Alum finds fascination in disease and the end of life

Alum finds fascination in disease and the end of life

Robert Buckingham’s career has taken him around the world as he studies HIV/AIDS, prostitution and hospice care.

Robert Buckingham, Ph.D. ’78, saw a lot of people die when he served in the U.S. Navy during the height of the Vietnam War. But he was more drawn to illness-related mortality, even in combat zones. “In my travels throughout Southeast Asia during the war, I saw a lot of disease and death,” he said. “I got fascinated...

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An international traveler makes himself at home in the world’s great libraries

An international traveler makes himself at home in the world’s great libraries

Wherever Stanley Simbonis, M.D. ’57, travels, he visits the local library. If it’s Athens, you’ll find him in the...

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A life in public health takes an alumnus around the world and back to Brooklyn

A life in public health takes an alumnus around the world and back to Brooklyn

Research, teaching and other projects have exposed Michael A. Joseph, M.P.H. ’96, Ph.D., to Zimbabwean health crises,...

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1960s

Martin Wand, M.D. ’67, was elected vice chair with succession to chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Wand is also the chair of the council and trustee of the 27,000-member American Academy of Ophthalmology. He specializes in glaucoma and remains in full-time practice with an eight-physician subspecialty group in Connecticut.

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1970s

Laura M. Finkelstein, M.P.H. ’79, and Lawrence N. Rothbart were married on November 17, at the River Café in Brooklyn. Finkelstein is a quantitative and qualitative market research consultant based in Brooklyn, where she works with financial service companies, advertising agencies and consumer packaged-goods companies. Rothbart is a lawyer in Manhattan specializing in matrimonial and family law.

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1980s

Juanita Merchant, M.D. ’84, Ph.D. ’84, professor of internal medicine and of molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Michigan Medical School, was named to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in October. She was also named an Outstanding Woman in Science for 2008 by the American Gastroenterological Association Foundation for Digestive Health and...


Juanita Merchant, M.D. ’84, Ph.D. ’84, professor of internal medicine and of molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Michigan Medical School, was named to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in October. She was also named an Outstanding Woman in Science for 2008 by the American Gastroenterological Association Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, in honor of her contributions to digestive disease science.

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1990s

Michael A. Coady, M.D., M.P.H. ’97, has been named cardiac surgeon at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I. He is also chief of surgery at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, R.I.

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2000s

James M. Kessler, M.D., M.P.H. ’01, was married to Jessica A. Bassik in Kings Point, N.Y., in November. Kessler is a third-year radiology resident at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. He graduated summa cum laude from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He received a master’s degree in public health from Yale and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins. His wife is a third-grade teacher...


James M. Kessler, M.D., M.P.H. ’01, was married to Jessica A. Bassik in Kings Point, N.Y., in November. Kessler is a third-year radiology resident at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. He graduated summa cum laude from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He received a master’s degree in public health from Yale and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins. His wife is a third-grade teacher at Public School 75 in Manhattan.

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John Strasswimmer, M.D., Ph.D., HS ’03, was part of a group that traveled to Malawi in September to assess the surgical needs of albino patients and to determine how dermatologic surgeons can help. Strasswimmer is a Mohs surgeon in Delray Beach, Fla.

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