UC Davis School of Medicine

A Publication of UC Davis School of Medicine

Volume 12 • No 2 • Fall 2015

Alumni updates


M.D. Alumni

Geoffrey Smith

When I do volunteer work in Southeast Asia, our usual patients are children with disabilities. But we take care of older patients as well, such as a 96-year-old Laotian who was near incapable of communication with her family until our help. We provided the medical examination and hearing aids for her profound deafness. We continue to encourage docs, medical students, residents, speech path and audiologists to volunteer with AHAC (Americans Helping Asian Children).

Dennis Devereux

I’m happy to say I have been married to the same wonderful and tolerant woman, Susan, for 45 years. We have three amazing daughters who are married and have given us a total of six grandchildren (3/3). We spend time traveling to California, New York and Pennsylvania to visit them. Never enough time, as many of you are aware.

I practiced surgical oncology for more than thirty years and am now partially retired in North Carolina. I am finding it difficult to quit “cold turkey.”

A recent visit to UC Davis, for our 40th class reunion, took place at the new med center last year. We were given a private tour by Frank Sousa. Wow, what a transformation. The training facilities are world-class. I am proud and thankful to say that I am a graduate of UC Davis School of Medicine as it continues to have an esteemed national reputation. Regards to all.

Kevin Keck
Kevin Keck

It has been a cool career. I am entering my last job for the third time. I am now working with big data with a health care analytics company, providing clinical input to their analyses. Big data is going to have a very substantial role in the economics of U.S. health care in the next two to three years. This is an exciting opportunity. I get to use all of my background, including the engineering.

Gail and I are very happy to be back in Sacramento after an 11-year hiatus in Portland, Oregon. Seeing the sun is very nice.

With this update I am again reminded of how lucky I am to have been a member of Class of ’75. Dean Tupper increased the class size from 50 to 100 just as my late application got to the school in November of 1970. For me that was very nice. Thank you!

Bruce Greenberg

I’m still doing full-scope family practice here in King City with Mee Memorial Hospital and Clinics. This summer will mark 37 years. Who could have possibly imagined this back with the Gorilla Pit in 1975? I hope to continue on for a while more.

I continue to be involved as a clinical site coordinator and lead FP preceptor for UC Davis Rural-PRIME. We are expecting a larger cohort of students this year. Rural medicine has so many challenges. We feel that it is great that students are exposed to this at an early stage, so that they can make good career choices.

Our two grown daughters and four grandchildren are all doing well, and we try to spend as much time with them as possible. Kim, our oldest, has relocated to Redding, but Katie, our youngest, still lives locally. Ana Maria and I have now been married for 36 years.

We enjoy getting away to our vacation home on the farm in Puerto Rico whenever possible. Recently, a lawn was put in and we have people there working a patio. If you want to check it out, just go to: www.caribereality.com.

When we are not there, we use it as a rental property. We are letting community non-profit organizations auction or raffle off time there to raise funds. It would be a great place for a UC Davis-related group to use for a Caribbean retreat, and we have organized an elective there in rural medicine that is open to UC Davis students.

Robert Lowe

I continue “moving toward retirement.” Yes, I’m collaborating on several grant submissions and helping mentor a few faculty colleagues, but I am also training to be a National Outings Leader for the Sierra Club; I have two short pieces of creative nonfiction in press, one in Academic Emergency Medicine and one in Lillith (which, you may infer, is not indexed in Pub Med); and I am teaching a class for our synagogue. Lots of things I never would have imagined doing!

Be sure to visit if you’re in Portland.

Jamie Ross

I am still a clinical professor in the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Nephrology. I am an interventional nephrologist and started a program at the university to train nephrologists on procedures.

My partner Pamela White and I have been together since 1990 and now live in Fair Oaks, California with our 4-year-old German Shepard, Shana.

Randy Reed and Linda Davis-Reed
Reed family photo

We have yet another Aggie in the family! Our son, Grant, graduated from UC Davis last year and is working in Sacramento. Randy is almost retired but keeps his hand in medicine by supervising mid-level practitioners at the clinic where he’s worked for the last 10 years. I’m slowing down as well and looking at cutting back to a couple of days a week or retiring in the foreseeable future. I still enjoy seeing patients, but EMR has definitely cut into some of the pleasures of practice.

We took a wonderful trip to Costa Rica last year with the Wilderness Medicine Group and continue to enjoy hiking, traveling, swimming (Linda) and running (Randy). Hope all of you are doing well and look forward to reconnecting with you at the next reunion.

Bobby Sloan
Sloan family photo

I moved back to the Honolulu side to be closer to home and town as I am now the president of the Hawaii Medical Association. The challenges of the ACA, ICD 10, and SGR etc. are overwhelming, so I am planning to cut back in October to try to stay on top of things.

I have been speaking on brain injury more frequently and even spoke at the California PMR Annual meeting. Nice to be remembered! Concussion care is still my passion second only to my family. We love star gazing, movies, hiking and surfing, not necessarily in that order.

Remember, few ever say “I wish I had worked more” when they are old. Don’t let the American Medical Machine make you wish you had worked less while you and your family suffered. A healthy happy healer is the best healer!

Katherine Gregory

I continue to love my little gynecology practice in San Francisco. In the last few years, I have become interested in health care technology since it has become such an integral part of our lives. I even developed my own personal health record app called “Healthprint.” Very fun, but after four years of working with techies, I am very happy as a physician and will not be looking for a career change anytime soon! I really think we physicians need to be more involved in the development of the products so they work for us and our patients.

On a personal note, my husband and I enjoy growing Pinot Noir grapes and making wine. “Godetia Pinot Noir,” is in its fifth year of production, and I am happy to say that it is quite potable. My oldest stepson is getting married later this year which is very exciting. I think of my years at UC Davis with great fondness and look forward to visiting the campus later this year.

Joseph Habis
Joseph Habis

I started a medical group in Marin County 10 years ago, and things are moving along well. Went from myself, a nurse, and a receptionist in a tiny hole to a 70-plus physician multispecialty group with 13 sites across Marin and Sonoma counties today. We continue to grow and face the challenges of our health care times. That said, we are excited about the prospects and feel we are aligned with the future changes anticipated. Proud to be a UC Davis grad and grateful for the preparation to dream big, and to plan and organize effectively!

Whitney Dixon
Dixon family photo

I am still holding on in private practice, doing gynecology in Chico, California. Dale and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary last month. Dale is a computer engineering professor at Chico State. Our daughter Alyssa (who was born during my first 4th year) is a first-year medical student at UC Davis and engaged to marry this year. Our son Spencer (who was born during my second 4th year) is working as a political survey analyst in San Francisco. Our son Parker is a senior in high school, anxiously waiting for his college acceptances. Our foster son Trevor is at the local junior college. Life is good. We are fortunate to be healthy and happy.

Mike Carl
Carl family photo

I’m doing great in retirement and just got home last night from 10 days on Kauai. Susan and I have three grandsons now, with Elliott Harrison Carl being born to David and Michelle Carl on Dec. 6, 2014. Noah (Christy and Steve) turned 5 this year, and Elliot’s big brother, Wesley, turned 2 in 2014. Peace to all.

Mike Gallagher

Was board certified in clinical informatics in the seminal class of BC informaticists in 2013, and now am the medical director for clinical reasoning for Humana’s Silicon Valley-based technology companies (name to be announced later this month). I also serve as the area medical director for Humana’s eight Concentra Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine clinics in the Bay Area.

I am an active member in AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) and ACOEM (American College of Occupation and Environmental Medicine) and am working on population medicine initiatives for improved clinical efficacy and cost.

Windy and Joffre Olaya
Olaya children photos

Joffre is a pediatric neurosurgeon at Children’s Hospital Orange County. Windy (Valenzuela) Olaya is starting private practice plastic surgery in Orange County. We have two kids, Julian, 4 and Sofia, 3.

Mindy Young-Reeves
Young-Reeves family photo

Mindy Young-Reeves (Young-Spint) and her wife Deanne welcomed Jackson Kai Young-Reeves into the world on Dec. 2, 2014. Mindy is a partner with the Permanente Medical Group, practicing as a general surgeon in Roseville, California.

Neary Arpajirakul

I’m still with CCRMC family practice and loving my 20h/w shtick. Hope everyone is happy and healthy.

Fernando Boschini

I finished radiology residency at UNC last July, will be finishing a fellowship in neuroradiology at Duke this July, and then will be joining a group, Rocky Mountain Radiologists, in Denver, Colorado this summer. My wife and I are expecting our third daughter due at the end of June.


Neil Corbly Andrews, M.D.

Neil Corbly Andrews was born March 31, 1916 in Spokane, Washington and died at home with family and friends on June 6, 2015 at the age of 99. Neil grew up in Oregon and received his M.D. from the University of Oregon in 1943. He completed residencies (and later boards) in general and thoracic surgery in Virginia, where he also qualified for a pilot’s license. He continued flying during his Army service at a Texas hospital, and foresaw the day doctors would reach emergency cases by air. Neil later joined the faculty at The Ohio State University and eventually became chief of surgery at the affiliated Ohio Tuberculosis Hospital, where he developed a surgical procedure known as the Andrews Technique. He also worked in clinical trials of early cancer chemotherapy drugs.

In 1970 Neil joined the faculty of the new UC Davis Medical School as chair of Community and Postgraduate Medicine. In 1971 then-Gov. Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Governor’s Cancer Advisory Council. Neil was president of the American Cancer Society’s California Division in 1987 and earned an Honorary Life Membership in 1995. He also served as president of the Yolo County Medical Society and assisted the California Medical Association.

Neil loved to golf, built his first computer, restored his 1965 Mercedes and had multiple projects going at all times. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Carla, son David (Jerrie), daughter Corbly, four grandchildren (Chris, Kathy, Stacy and Sarah) and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Yolo Hospice, 1909 Galileo Court, Suite A, Davis, CA 95618.

Michael J. Rosenberg, M.D.

Michael J. Rosenberg, a School of Medicine alumnus, physician and entrepreneur honored for innovations that speed availability of improved medicines and devices to patients, died on Dec. 8 in an accident while enroute to a meeting at the Food and Drug Administration. He was 66.

Dr. Rosenberg received the 2014 Award for Innovation in Clinical Research from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. He was an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of more than 200 articles in medical journals and industry publications, as well as The Agile Approach to Adaptive Research: Optimizing Efficiency in Clinical Development (Wiley 2010).

Dr. Rosenberg founded Health Decisions, a clinical research organization, in 1989 and led it until his death. During his career he also served in leadership positions at the Centers for Disease Control, Family Health International and the American Social Health Association.

Dr. Rosenberg is survived by his wife, Alicia Paladin and four stepchildren; his children, Zachary and Caroline Rosenberg; his father, Allan J. Rosenberg and his wife, Jeanne Kennedy; his siblings, Marjorie Devon, Kenneth Rosenberg, and Nancy Yeomans and her husband Rick; many nieces and nephews; and by his beloved dog Sage.