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Katie Higashi Lee, M.D., shared, “Hi friends, can’t believe we are 13 years out from BUSM now. Wanted to let folks know that I am embarking on an unusual venture now – becoming the Medical Director of the Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health affiliated with Milford Regional Medical Center (new location at 100 Medway Rd Milford, right off exit 19 of route 495).

I have been a family physician, but adolescent med has always been my favorite. I am now part of a gem of a center that serves “patients in their tweens, teens and twenties” of both genders, a kind of “special primary care” as we are calling ourselves, not specialty care. The center developed a website a few years ago called which has good local resources and basic useful info for parents of teens. It previously covered only up to age 24, but now we will cover up to 29 with my family med style.

Curious if anyone else is in the Adolescent Med area of practice. Contact me any time at Best to you, Katie”

Anthony Sullivan, M.D., shared, “I have been stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs at Evans Army Community Hospital since 2003 after completing my training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. I recently returned from a 6 month tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where I was stationed at Camp Dwyer in Helmand Province Afghanistan. I am currently the Chief of the department of OB/GYN at Evans Hospital where we are delivering 180-200 babies per month. Life is good out West but my wife Colleen and I are looking forward to returning to Boston when the kids, Alexandra (12), Scott (10) and Megan (6), are grown.”


Michael Christy '97 participates in face transplant team in Maryland







Michael Christy, M.D., shared an article about his recent accomplishment. The following is an excerpt from the article submitted by Dr. Christy.
Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center performed the most extensive full face transplant to date, replacing everything from the hairline to the collar bone of a 37-year-old man, including the upper and lower jaw bones, teeth, and a portion of the tongue. The operation took place over 36 hours on March 19 and 20 and involved more than 200 medical professionals.

Dr Rodriguez led a team of 5 plastic and reconstructive surgeons who performed the operation. Dr. Michael R. Christy, a 1997 graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, was an integral member of that surgical team. “It was truly an honor to be part of this surgical team and to see this transplant from all the planning stages over the years come to this point with such a team of individuals. (Photo) To be able to give Richard some semblance of a normal life has been amazing”, Christy said. Dr. Christy trained in both general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery in New York and then completed Fellowship training in microvascular surgery at USC in Los Angeles.

The face transplant was part of a 72-hour operation at the hospital when four other patients received organs donated from the same anonymous donor – a heart, lung, liver and kidney.

The process began at 9:30 pm on Saturday, March 17, when the donor was identified and doctors began to evaluate characteristics for a match-like skin tone and overall health. At 4 a.m. on Monday, the team began a 12-hour effort to remove the face from the donor. Doctors then connected the bones, muscles, tongue, nerves and blood vessels to Norris, using computers to guide them. The surgery was complete at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

The surgery was the 23rd face transplant since doctors began doing the procedure in 2005.


Jeffrey Johnson, M.D., shared, “I joined Dartmouth Hitchcock in New Hampshire five years ago, and have a thriving practice. I am the Director for Obstetrical Specialties at Dartmouth, and also am on the board of the Dept. of Health and Human Services for the state. My son is 10 and is an avid fencer, and my daughter is 8 and is the diva, and has been in several plays in the Palace Theater Group in Manchester. My wife is going back to work in the fall as an RN and served as president of the neighborhood association for two years prior. We have an overachieving Entlebucher, which is a Swiss mountain breed, and she just got her second agility title with the American Kennel Club last month.”


David Fox, M.D., shared, “Recently completed construction of my new facility for the treatment of patients with varicose veins and hemodialysis access problems. Stop by and say hello if you are in NYC.


Josh Feder, M.D., shared, “My classmate Steve Ober, MED ’86 works at BU hleping marry academia and industry for technology development. He has been such a great friend and help recently with his advise and resources in my efforts to develop technology systems for intervention and distance learning for clinicians and families working in the autism field.
Thanks Steve!

Josh Feder, M.D.
Director of Research, Graduate School, Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders
Medical Director, SymPlay LLC Family Games for Autism”


Mark Weissler, M.D., shared his following appointments:” Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Serving as a Regent for the American College of Surgeons; Serving on the American Board of Otolaryngology”


Thomas A. Morris, M.D., shared, “At this time I remain self-employed in solo private practice of Pulmonary Disease in Brockton, MA. In 2006, at age 55, I was commissioned a Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, USN (RC) and in 2010 promoted to Commander and mobilized to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for six months in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. I have also served active training tours at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD and Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA as a Visiting Attending Pulmonologist. For the last 14 years I have been an active Freemason in Massachusetts .I have also been active in the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England States Chapter of the American College of Chest Physicians. My wife Andrea, son Robert and I reside in Kingston, MA.”


Gary Stanton, M.D., shared, “I have a general neurology practice at Emerson Hospital, in Concord, Massachusetts. My subspecialty interests are in pain medicine, sleep medicine, and acupuncture. I just published my first (and probably only) research article in Medical Acupuncture (volume 24, number 1, 2012) called “The Human Auriculo-Cervical Reflex.” It’s a very small step in further understanding the neurophysiological basis of auricular acupuncture. Apart from work, a change is that we now live in Cambridge, which is great. My wife continues to work at Groton School as Head of Modern Languages. We have a daughter who is in her third undergraduate year at BU, and a son who is a sophomore at the International School of Boston.”


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Neal Anderson, M.D., shared, “Greetings! After 20 years of Federal service (Air Force and Togus Maine VA) I retired and went to law school the University of Maine School of Law. I am now admitted to the Florida Bar and have a small general practice in Seminole Florida. I am married to the former June Lucas (School of Nursing ’76) and we have 6 girls. My oldest is a lawyer in Boston, and not a physician among them!”









Joseph Edward Paris, M.D., shared, “2011 was a good year. I was appointed Chair of the Policy and Standards Committee of the National Commission of Correctional Health Care. The NCCHC is the nationally recognized creator of the standards in use for the accreditation of health services in prisons and jails. I continue to work part time at a couple of local jails and at the Public Health Department. These jobs entail consulting on HIV and HCV care. These diseases did not exist when I went to BU!

2011 was also good because I became a Grandfather. Attached is a photo with Maddie Paris, my Granddaughter by wa of my son, Joseph John Paris, and his wife Elisa Wilson Paris.

At 71 I am not as strong as I was decades ago, but life is good.”


Sam Shaumba, M.D., shared, “As some of you already know, I am currently working on my memoirs (and the eventual publication of my late dad’s…), and enjoying it immensely.”










Marc Hirsch, M.D., shared, “I have retired from medicine except for volunteering at a local Free Clinic. I have just published my first book, a murder mystery set in 1955 New York City and up the Hudson River. It follows divorced legal assistant Alice White up the Hudson as she investigates the violent death of a doctor. What at first appears to have been an accident turns into a deadly power play of greed and marital discord and threatens to take her life just as she has begun to thaw. It is available on Amazon and Kindle.”


Mark Michelman, M.D., shared, “I have been practicing Hematology in Clearwater, Florida since 1974. I have been teaching at the University of South Florida as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine for over 20 years. My main hospital is a 700 bed tertiary teaching hospital where I have been in a number of positions including Chief of Medicine, President of the Medical Staff, and a member of the Board of Trustees. I currently am Vice President of Medical Affairs, Medical Director of Quality Management, Utilization Management, Case Management, and Physician Coding Advisor for our four hospital system. I also chair the ICD-10 Clinical Documentation Implementation Committee for our eleven hospital network. I have been the Clinical Director of FMQAI which is the state of Florida Quality Improvement Organization since 1995. I wrote and helped implement the Admit to Case Management Protocol, now being used throughout the country, to determine patients’ hospital status. I received the Excellence in Medicine award from my hospital that is given to two physicians each year. I also received the Distinguished Service award from our state Health Information Management Association. (First and only physician to receive this award) I was the lead author on a book recently published entitled “Optimizing the Physician Advisor in Case Management”. I have had a number of articles published and have given numerous presentations at the state and National level on a variety of health care related topics.”


Hernan F Mendez, M.D., shared, “Class 1965, I am enjoying retirement since Sept 2009.Have more time to enjoy and orient my 9 grandchildren. Looking forward to see all of you at our 50th class reunion in 2015.Wishing all of you the best,
Hernan and Jeny Mendez”

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Alan J Wabrek, M.D., shared the following: “Dr. Wabrek was named Executive Dean of International American University (IAU) College of Medicine in Vieux Fort St Lucia.

After graduation from BUSM, he did a residency in OB/GYN at Hartford Hospital (CT) and a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in OB/GYN and Psychiatry. For the next 20 plus years he developed and directed a marital – sexual counseling program at Hartford Hospital. During that time he published 87 papers, with approximately 50 in peer reviewed journals. The research focus was primarily on erectile dysfunction and sexual implications of disease or the treatment of disease. In 1986 he became Professor of OB/GYN at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine.

In 1989 he was elected President of the World Association of Sexology (now the World Association of Sexual Health) with societal members from approximately 75 countries.

During the 1990s he rekindled an old love of Public Health and received a Master of Public Health from UCONN and a Doctor of Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill. In 1999 he became Professor of OB/GYN and Director of Population Based Medicine at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse NY.

In 2006 he traveled to Afghanistan on two occasions – once at the CURE hospital in Kabul working with the only Family Practice residents in the country and the second time to work with the newly formed Master of Public Health Program.

He retired in 2008 and became Executive Dean of IAU.
In 2010 he traveled to Kenya with 24 medical students on a Tropical Medicine Selective and to Haiti as a Board of Directors member of Hospice St Joseph. The medical clinic has been mostly destroyed in the earthquake. The devastation was enormous.

Thoreau’s famous quote has always been an inspiration to him. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”.

He thanks BUSM for preparing him so well.”


Thomas Zaccheo, M.D., shared, “Hi all, Getting ready to celebrate our 50th reunion and looking forward to seeing many of you. What a great journey from the time we spent in the hallowed halls of BUSM, BCH and University hospitals learning how to survive the rigors of our training to the present. Retirement came 22 years ago after many rewarding years practicing Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine in a large, multi specialty group in central CT where we still live. Along the road there was divorce and remarriage to a wonderful woman named Jan and between us we have 9 children and are blessed with 16 grandchildren who keep us very busy. Our winters are spent in Marco Island, FL. and we still enjoy our Hilltop aerie in Farmington, CT.
In my retirement I have had more time to volunteer on Medical Missions, local boards, etc., and to pursue my woodworking and ceramics. I started ceramics as a way to relax when I was in practice but had little time to pursue this form of artistic expression. In retirement I have continued to take courses in Advanced Ceramics at the local University. Lately I have combined my ceramics, woodworking and metalworking in mixed media wall hangings which have been exhibited widely. My pieces have been selected for the cover of Connecticut Medicine and an article entitled, The Physician as Artist, exhibitions of Connecticut Artists at the CT State House and Bradley International Airport, juried shows, art galleries and numerous one-man exhibits. It has been a very relaxing and rewarding hobby. Tennis is my other hobby and I play 3-5 days a week throughout the year. Don’t look for me at the Open, but I have managed to play a decent game and enjoy the camaraderie of the group with whom I play.
I would not hesitate to choose medicine again as a career in spite of the intervention from Insurance Companies and the Government and feel blessed to have participated in helping people with their medical problems and making a difference in their lives. The family of friends that I had in my practice are what I miss most but still see many of them in my retirement.


Frank Marcus, M.D., shared, “I received two awards last year :

  1. Outstanding Achievement Award from the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society on
    April 10,2011
  2. Pioneer in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology Award from the Heart Rhythm Society on
    May 6, 2011.”


Frank Pettinga, M.D., shared, “Graduated 1952 – the best class ever. Earned a MA in Pharmacology and an MPH in Tropical Medicine. Family Medicine for 19 years in Muskegon, MI and became too busy. Joined the US Dept. of State and served as an embassy physician for 13 years in Afghanistan, Austria, Washington DC, Egypt, and Dominican Republic. My work took me to 77 countries in all. Returned to become the Medical Director at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon MI for 7 years and then worked part time in Occupational Medicine at Hackley for 8 years. Non medical positions served included President Muskegon County Medical Society, President Calvin College Alumni, member Calvin College Board of Trustees, President Board of Trustees of Western Michigan Christian High School. Now retired with wife Sue who helped me survive at BUSM. We now live vicariously in the exploits of our 4 children and 10 grandchildren.”