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An alumna learns about how low-resource medicine in Borneo

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Chickens in the house, the price of clinical acumen, and the practice of medicine with few resources.

Jennifer Blair, M.D. '04 writes about her month at a clinic founded by Kinari Webb, M.D. '02, in the rain forest.

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Keeping body and soul together

Keeping body and soul together

If you type the name “Halperin EC” into the medical journal search engine PubMed, the results—nine pages worth—seem to be the works of different authors. There are articles about brain tumors and radiation treatments. But then there’s one about the theft of the bodies of African Americans for anatomy classes in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. There is one entitled “The pornographic anatomy textbook?” And...

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The granddaughter of a legend finds her own way as a physician

The granddaughter of a legend finds her own way as a physician

Sally Winternitz, M.D., HS ’86, grew up in northern New Jersey consumed by things that are typically only passing...

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Medical School Reunion Weekend June 4-6, 2010

Alumni lectures: — Robert Klitzman, M.D. ’85 —When Doctors Become Patients — Jerrold M. Post, M.D. ’60 —When Illness...

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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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1960s

Helen L. Smits, M.D. ’67, was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in October. Smits, a retired physician-manager whose most recent work has been in Mozambique and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, was honored for her work as an international health care leader and teacher. She currently serves as a senior consultant to the Doris Duke Foundation’s African Health Initiative. She...


Helen L. Smits, M.D. ’67, was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in October. Smits, a retired physician-manager whose most recent work has been in Mozambique and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, was honored for her work as an international health care leader and teacher. She currently serves as a senior consultant to the Doris Duke Foundation’s African Health Initiative. She is the former director of the John Dempsey Hospital at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, and is a former member of the board of directors of the Hartford Stage.

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1970s

Colleen Livingston, M.D., HS ’73, FW ’75, was recognized as a Distinguished Life Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association at the annual meeting in San Francisco last year. Livingston has a private practice in Canton, NY. She has a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders.

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1980s

Howard S. Jaffe, M.D. ’82, is president of the Gilead Foundation and a member of Gilead’s senior management team. Gilead is a nonprofit that seeks to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities around the world through expanding access to HIV and hepatitis B education, outreach, prevention, and health services. He has been a member of the management team since 1991, serving in...


Howard S. Jaffe, M.D. ’82, is president of the Gilead Foundation and a member of Gilead’s senior management team. Gilead is a nonprofit that seeks to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities around the world through expanding access to HIV and hepatitis B education, outreach, prevention, and health services. He has been a member of the management team since 1991, serving in such roles as chief medical officer and senior vice president for drug development. Prior to joining Gilead, Jaffe was director of clinical research and cytokine project team leader at Genentech.

From 2002 to 2004, he served as research director at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Jaffe is a former faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco, and has served as an attending physician in internal medicine at San Francisco General Hospital.

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Diane Louie, M.D. ’87, M.P.H., wrote to say that after several years as an attending pathologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York, she reinvented herself. She earned a degree in Health Policy and Management at Columbia and moved from academic medicine to the pharmaceutical industry. After positions at Merck & Co. and Roche, she now works at Sanofi-Aventis, where she is a...


Diane Louie, M.D. ’87, M.P.H., wrote to say that after several years as an attending pathologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York, she reinvented herself. She earned a degree in Health Policy and Management at Columbia and moved from academic medicine to the pharmaceutical industry. After positions at Merck & Co. and Roche, she now works at Sanofi-Aventis, where she is a regulatory liaison to the FDA, developing oncology drugs and companion diagnostic tests. She lives in Madison, N.J., with her husband, Paul Rothenberg, M.D., Ph.D., who works in the pharmaceutical industry as a clinical pharmacologist.

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2000s

Jennifer Davids, M.D. ’05, and Matthew Davids, M.D. ’05, announced the birth of their first child, Emily Isabella, on August 20, 2009. “Emily couldn’t wait to see everyone, so she decided to come a month early. Mom, Dad, and baby are all doing well.” Jennifer is a general surgery resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Matthew is a hematology/oncology fellow in Harvard’s combined Dana-Farber...


Jennifer Davids, M.D. ’05, and Matthew Davids, M.D. ’05, announced the birth of their first child, Emily Isabella, on August 20, 2009. “Emily couldn’t wait to see everyone, so she decided to come a month early. Mom, Dad, and baby are all doing well.” Jennifer is a general surgery resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Matthew is a hematology/oncology fellow in Harvard’s combined Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital program. They live in Boston.

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George Lui, M.D. ’02, was recently appointed director of adult congenital heart disease at Montefiore Medical Center, and assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. He also received the Outstanding Research Award in Pediatric Cardiology at the American Heart Association’s 2009 Scientific Sessions.

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Jordan M. Prutkin, M.D. ’02, was married on December 5 to Heather S. Camp, R.N., M.P.H., a nurse with the Seattle branch of a company that provides nursing and medical staff to hospitals and other organizations. Prutkin is an assistant professor in the medicine-cardiology department at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

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Michael Singer, M.D. ’02, Ph.D. ’02, has completed his work with HealthHonors, a behavioral economics company that he co-founded in 2006. He is now at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, where he’s working on early-stage drugs for ophthalmology. He lives in Newton, Mass. with his wife, Baha, an optometrist, and their two children, Leili and Samia.

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Barbara A. Wexelman, M.D. ’08. M.B.A. ’08, was married on October 24 to David S. Spar, M.D., HS ’08, in Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Wexelman is a second-year resident in general surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. Spar is a second-year fellow in pediatric cardiology at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

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