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1986 - 20th reunion

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2006 - Autumn


The wet weather failed to dampen our spirits at the 20th reunion of the Class of 1986. On Friday evening we gathered under the tents to eat clams and lobster with Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, who continues his research in the department of psychiatry at Columbia University. We also saw Ben Li, chief of the division of surgical oncology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences. Dan Fierer showed up looking dashing in a suit. He continues his work on the faculty of Mount Sinai in infectious disease and plays oboe with the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York. Dae Song joined us from his private ophthalmology practice in Birmingham, Ala.

Samir Bhatt and his wife came to the clambake. He has a private practice in otolaryngology in Boston; she is an ophthalmologist. Mike Miller is repairing our health care system from Cambridge, Mass., where he is a consultant. John Detre is on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania department of neurology and directs the Center for Functional Imaging. Lee Bailey flew out from California, where he specializes in interventional and consultative cardiology. Paul Wang is working in developmental and behavioral pediatrics for Pfizer Global Research in New London, Conn. Paul Chang is chief medical officer for Tengion, a biotech company in King of Prussia, Pa., involved in tissue regeneration.

The dinner on Saturday was at my house in Ridgefield, Conn., with entertainment provided by Catfish, a local band. We saw Dave Atkins, who coordinates the Clinical Preventive Services Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research, and chairs the Subcommittee on Health Promotion and Maintenance in Washington. Amanda Dill flew out from her new home in California. She recently moved from Connecticut and is putting down new roots, both personal and professional. Tim McGowen joined us from Winston-Salem, N.C., where he specializes in spinal surgery and scoliosis and builds things in his spare time. Brad Reich is at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., the largest psychiatric hospital in the Harvard system. He does research in post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders and personality disorders. Barbara Harvey joined us from her solo internal medicine practice in Pennsylvania. We also had the pleasure of seeing Gail Mizner and her son Matt. She is practicing internal medicine and HIV care in Prescott, Ariz., and he just finished middle school. I continue to practice retinal and vitreous surgery in Danbury, Conn. I can’t help noticing that everyone seems to grow more accomplished, attractive, charming and articulate with each reunion. We hope to see you at the 25th.

Betty Klein