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The long view of psychoanalysis

The long view of psychoanalysis

As a high school student in Manhattan, Jocelyn Schoen Malkin, M.D. ’52, found her calling during a lecture by the prominent psychoanalyst Lawrence S. Kubie, M.D. Though Malkin had long been...

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From art to medicine and back—how one physician pursued her dreams

From art to medicine and back—how one physician pursued her dreams

As a high school student in New Britain, Conn., Sophie Trent-Stevens, M.D. ’43, made up her mind to see and paint the far-flung places she saw in exotic landscape paintings at the local art museum....

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1960s

Robert L. Johnson, M.D., HS ’64, and his wife, Barbara Johnson, R.N., have formed a nonprofit organization called Village Relief Foundation to supply medical drugs, books, tapes and instruments to such developing countries as Liberia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, New Guinea and Chad. Any suggestions for networking for gifts and donations to these countries are appreciated. “We are a hands-on, grass-roots...


Robert L. Johnson, M.D., HS ’64, and his wife, Barbara Johnson, R.N., have formed a nonprofit organization called Village Relief Foundation to supply medical drugs, books, tapes and instruments to such developing countries as Liberia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, New Guinea and Chad. Any suggestions for networking for gifts and donations to these countries are appreciated. “We are a hands-on, grass-roots organization and make personal trips to these countries. Next stop: Indonesia.”

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Lionel M. Nelson, M.D. ’69, writes from Camp Stryker in Baghdad, where he is a colonel in the Army and the brigade flight surgeon with Task Force 449: “I have been here a month now, and have fallen into the routine. The day starts at 0 dark 30 with my usual exercise routine. ... no different than home. I get to fly about once a week, usually something to attend to at one of our forward operating...


Lionel M. Nelson, M.D. ’69, writes from Camp Stryker in Baghdad, where he is a colonel in the Army and the brigade flight surgeon with Task Force 449: “I have been here a month now, and have fallen into the routine. The day starts at 0 dark 30 with my usual exercise routine. ... no different than home. I get to fly about once a week, usually something to attend to at one of our forward operating bases where we keep air crews, and a good excuse to get outside the wire and see some green fields. Parts of the Iraqi countryside along the rivers are quite beautiful. Otherwise, most of the day is a combination of staff duties (coordination, reports, briefs, etc.), supervising medical care for the task force personnel and overseeing the medical portion of our medevac operations. I have a staff of 25, with several physicians to help me with this. Operational tempo remains quite heavy, but threat level is relatively low at this time. I came out of retirement (21 years in, mostly as a reservist, and retired for five years) to do this. The need for flight surgeons with experience is significant. The Army asked, and I volunteered. I will be here about 90-120 days, and have temporarily closed my ENT practice in San José, Calif., for that time. Although I have had other deployments in the past, this is my first time in Iraq. It is great to be back around the aviators. Helicopter crews, particularly the Apache and medevac folks, are full of bravado and practical jokes. I am glad to have the opportunity to be here and help take care of these very dedicated and brave Americans.”

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1970s

Leonard I. Banco, M.D. ’74, has been appointed senior vice president and chief medical officer at Bristol Hospital in Connecticut. Banco previously spent 12 years at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.

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Cleve L. Killingsworth, M.P.H. ’76, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the MITRE Corporation, a nonprofit organization that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the federal government. Killingsworth is chair and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as well as a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Ross M. Tonkens, M.D. ’74, has been hired by MDS Pharma Services, a provider of drug discovery and development solutions based in King of Prussia, Pa., to provide medical oversight for its Phase IIa clinical research activities and to direct the medical and clinical activities of its development and regulatory services. Prior to joining MDS, Tonkens was chief medical officer of Regado...


Ross M. Tonkens, M.D. ’74, has been hired by MDS Pharma Services, a provider of drug discovery and development solutions based in King of Prussia, Pa., to provide medical oversight for its Phase IIa clinical research activities and to direct the medical and clinical activities of its development and regulatory services. Prior to joining MDS, Tonkens was chief medical officer of Regado Biosciences, a Duke University biotechnology spinoff founded in 2003, and was global head of cardiovascular therapeutics at Quintiles Inc., a transnational contract research organization.

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1980s

Holly Ardito, M.P.H. ’89, has been named director of fee schedule and business configuration at Network Health in Medford, Mass. Ardito previously served as the director of client services for MedVentive, Inc., a health care information technology company also based in Medford.

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Sandra C. Castro, M.D. ’84, has been named medical director of the Children’s Emergency Department at Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee. Castro was previously the medical director of pediatric emergency services at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.

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Robert S.D. Higgins, M.D. ’85, surgical director of the heart failure and cardiac transplant program and professor and chair of the department of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, is president of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing board of directors. He is serving a one-year term that ends in June.

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Donald E. Ingber, M.D. ’84, Ph.D. ’84, Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston, was named director of the new Hansjörg Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard in October. The institute was founded with the largest individual gift in Harvard’s history, a $125 million donation from Wyss, an engineer who led the...


Donald E. Ingber, M.D. ’84, Ph.D. ’84, Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston, was named director of the new Hansjörg Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard in October. The institute was founded with the largest individual gift in Harvard’s history, a $125 million donation from Wyss, an engineer who led the Swiss medical device company Synthes for three decades. The institute will bring together engineers, scientists and clinicians across disciplines and will focus on synthetic biology, a “living materials program,” and biological control.

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Joseph J. Napolitano, M.P.H. ’87, Ph.D., R.N., was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing in April 2008. Napolitano is a program officer at The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust in Allentown, Pa., which is committed to improving the health of the citizens of the Lehigh Valley.

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1990s

Marc Agronin, M.D. ’91, was named the 2008 recipient of the Clinician of the Year Award by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry for demonstrating a “profound commitment to the field of clinical geriatric psychiatry.” Agronin was also recently promoted to associate professor of psychiatry in the voluntary faculty of the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. Agronin is...


Marc Agronin, M.D. ’91, was named the 2008 recipient of the Clinician of the Year Award by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry for demonstrating a “profound commitment to the field of clinical geriatric psychiatry.” Agronin was also recently promoted to associate professor of psychiatry in the voluntary faculty of the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. Agronin is currently the director of mental health services at the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital at Douglas Gardens.

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Jeffrey M. Dembner, M.D. ’96, has been named chair of the department of neurosurgery at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif. He continues to be director of Newport Neurosurgery, a multi-subspecialty neurosurgical practice in Newport Beach.

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Jean Hee Park, M.P.H. ’98, J.D., was married in September to Albert S. Cho, J.D., at Riverside Church in Manhattan. She is a law clerk in Brooklyn to Marilyn Dolan Go, a United States magistrate judge for the Eastern District of New York. Her husband is a partner in the Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis and works in the corporate department of the firm’s New York office.

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2000s

David F. Jeng, M.D. ’07, HS ’08, has begun a three-year ophthalmology residency at Doheny Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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Benjamin Negin, M.D. ’04, and his wife, Brina, announced the birth of healthy twin boys, Aaron Isaac Negin and Zachary Evan Negin, on July 20. Negin is a second-year medical oncology fellow at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

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