1996 - 10th reunion

The rain did not dampen the spirits of the members of the Class of 1996 who returned for their 10th reunion. Attempting to bring a little sunshine to New Haven were the Californians, including Owen Garrick, who is COO of HOV, a clinical research company in Oakland. Owen attended with wife Jocelyn, an ER physician, and their children—Owen Jr., 3, and Evan, 13 months. Peter Ferren is a child psychiatrist at UCSF and was accompanied by partner John Prigeon, a successful Silicon Valley type. Susan Wolf, a dermatologist in San Mateo, came with husband Bill Greene, a recovering radiologist and venture capitalist, and 8-year-old daughter Corynn. Representing SoCal were neuro-ophthalmologist Peter Quiros, a member of the USC faculty and resident of Venice Beach and Palm Springs, and plastic surgeon Jane Kim and husband Paul Maggio, a surgeon.

Traveling just a little less distance to the Elm City were Monica Escarzaga and husband Cyrus Cramer of Albuquerque, N.M. Monica is a cardiologist and Cyrus is a high school English teacher. Newlyweds Kathleen Figaro and businessman Alan Rice journeyed from Nashville, Tenn., where Kathleen is on the Vanderbilt faculty. Double Yalie Chris Muntzel is a pediatrician in greater Atlanta.

From our nation’s capital came Matt Poggi, a radiation oncologist at the National Naval, Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and Sarah Hougen Poggi, a perinatologist in Alexandria, Va. They were accompanied by daughters Eliza, a veteran of the fifth-year reunion, 5, and Julia, 3.

Closer to our Eli home, Pfizer executive Yin Ho and plastic surgeon Henry Hsia, M.D. ’95, traveled from New York City with daughters Thalia and Viola. Anil Panackel and fiancée Jennifer Gribskor made time for the reunion with their wedding only two weeks away. Anil is an infectious disease specialist in Boston and Jennifer is graduating from business school. Best wishes to them! Simon Cornelissen and Rebecca Crichton are living in Providence, R.I., with Simon commuting to his private orthopaedics practice near Boston and Rebecca working locally as a gynecologic endoscopist. They have two children—Ross, 5, and Anneke, 3. Also visiting from Providence were child psychiatrist Karyn Horowitz and husband Michael Robbins, a psychologist. They also have two children, Simon and Asher. From the shade of the Charter Oak were Helena Nolasco, a rheumatologist, and Dr. Victor Chang of Hartford, Conn.

Representing New Haven were Yale-New Haven infectious disease attending Krystn Wagner and infant daughter, as well as Lisa Sanders, who continues to work as an internist at Water-bury Hospital and as a journalist and mother to daughters Tarpley and Yancey.

We enjoyed the clambake and the chance to add to our collection of Yale Medical School beer mugs. For those of you who did not make it back, Harkness Hall kind of looks like a Starbucks and is much improved from our days. The elegant dinner at the Quinnipiack Club on Saturday was appreciated by all who attended. We heard second-hand that the CME was very informative, but it was not structured around our nap times so we were unable to attend.

One excused absence was perinatologist Eleanor Rhee, enjoying bed rest in Durham, N.C. Her twins may be delivered by press time! We are grateful to all our classmates who attended our 10th reunion and hope to see even more of you at our 15th.

Sarah and Matthew Poggi