Alumni Association transitions: new president, new committees, the passing of a longtime friend

Dear Fellow Alumni,

It is an honor to serve as president of the Association of Yale Alumni in Medicine (AYAM) at this time in our history. At the personal level, it is a fulfilling sequel to my service to Yale. I started out as a delegate to the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) from the Yale Club of Silicon Valley in 2004, and was elected to the AYA Board of Governors in 2007. Two years later I was elected to the AYAM, and through both organizations have enjoyed reconnecting with fellow alumni, the university, and especially our medical school! I have witnessed a growth in programming of the AYA and worked with former president Christine Walsh, M.D.’73, and the AYAM Executive Committee during our own two-year strategic planning process. That process is bearing fruit, and it will be my privilege to help facilitate new collaborations that will build on our current momentum.

New AYAM Working Committees

At our October executive committee meeting we voted to establish four working committees of the AYAM to identify ways in which our members might contribute their time, talent, or treasure in support of YSM. Committee membership is open to all interested alumni, and I invite you to be in touch with me at if you’d like to participate in the discussion and work of these four committees:

  • Alumni Communications will review and explore ways to enhance print and electronic communications, including broadcast emails, the web, and social media, to our alumni (chaired by Donald Moore, M.D. ’80, M.P.H. ’81)
  • AYA/University Collaboration will identify and foster cross-communication and collaboration with other alumni groups of the university including other professional schools (chaired by: Christine Walsh, M.D. ’73 and Harold Mancusi-Ungaro, M.D. ’73)
  • Alumni Fund will provide insight and direction regarding the Alumni Fund, donor recognition, and reunion gift communications and strategies (chaired by Michael Tom, M.D. ’83, YSM Alumni Fund Chair)
  • Student Engagement will explore mentoring, alumni speakers for student groups, and informal residency interview hosting (chaired by Richard Kayne, M.D. ’76, and Douglas Berv, M.D. ’74)
With the creation of these new committees, we are officially bringing the membership and activities of the Yale Medicine Advisory Board and Medical School Alumni Fund Board under our AYAM umbrella. We appreciate their member’s insight and service on the separate boards and look forward to continued conversation with many of them going forward.

In Memory of Arthur C. Crovatto, M.D. '54

In closing, I add the sad news of the passing of Dr. Arthur Crovatto, Class of 1954, in early October at the age of 85. After his retirement from a successful urology practice in Pennsylvania, Dr. Crovatto returned to campus to serve our alma mater as Director of Alumni Affairs. During this time, from 1990 to 1996, he also lectured in surgery (anatomy), and was beloved by students, who parodied him with affection in their Second Year Shows. Upon his second retirement and return to Pennsylvania, he remained active as his class secretary, known for acknowledging each classmate's birthday with a greeting over the years. The School of Medicine honored him with the Peter Parker Medal in 1996, and the AYAM conferred the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2004. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Janet (MSN ’55), and family.


Susan Ryu Gaynon, M.D. ‘76
President, AYAM

Photo 1: Courtesy of Susan Ryu Gaynon, M.D. ’76
Photo 2: Courtesy of YSM Alumni Affairs, Arthur C. Crovatto, M.D. ’54

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