UC Davis School of Medicine

A Publication of UC Davis School of Medicine

Volume 13 • No 1 • Spring 2016

Alumni updates


M.D. Alumni

Joanne (Berkowitz) Murphy, M.D.

I retired September 2014 and am enjoying retirement immensely. Shortly after, we welcomed our first grandchild, Isaac Murphy, into our lives. When not restoring antiquarian books or working with my stamp collection, Bill and I are in Richmond, California with the grandson, our son and daughter in law.

Jim Unger, M.D

Solveiga and I have finally retired after I practiced pathology for seven years in Kansas City and 33 in Las Vegas. Had recent back surgery with fusion of L4-L5, discectomy and attempted release of sciatic branches in the area, unsure if successful, and won’t know for certain for another year if I will get full function back in left leg. Certainly interesting being on the other end of the scalpel, and not something I’d want to repeat anytime soon. Now dividing our time between Vegas and northern New Mexico with eventual goal to retire permanently to the Santa Fe area, and do some travelling around the country. Recently had dinner with Steve and Barb Whitgob who were in Las Vegas to celebrate their daughter’s birthday and caught up on old times. Let us know if any of our class are either in the Vegas or Santa Fe area.

Janice P. Dutcher, M.D.

I am a medical oncologist. I have had a long career in clinical research and clinical care, and am currently working on clinical research related to the following:

Cancer Research Foundation of NY: we have developed a registry of familial hematologic malignancies, collecting pedigrees and working with genetics laboratories at MSKCC and University of Washington. We are also working on registries of patients with adenocarcinomas and heme malignancies, particularly interested in BCA and LY, RCC and HM, head and neck cancer, and melanoma and HM. There may well be joint pathways and/or genetic links. If you have such families, please be in contact. E mail: jpd4401@aol.com Website: thecrf.org

I still love the discovery phase of clinical research and continue to be active in this. I have more time for family, which I also love, but am driven by discovery!

Thomas C. Koch, M.D.

Still co-owner and part-time provider at our five urgent care clinics in southern Oregon. A big emphasis on the “part-time.” One of the clinics is still actually using a paper chart... imagine that! Travel a lot: Budapest, New York, Scotland, hiking in the southern Sierra... all in the last year. Next year looks to Budapest again, Berlin, New York several times, return to southern Sierra. Still ski a lot but have retired from active patrolling at Alpine Meadows at Lake Tahoe after 32 years. I road bike summers, still split my firewood for our lake cabin with a maul. Have been to 14 Wagner Ring Cycles and are season members of Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera and Portland Opera. The Met in New York is a frequent stop as well. And I now carry a Medicare card!!!

Aric Schichor, M.D.

I completed my residency at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in New York City in social medicine. The program had a focus on inner-city health care. My field of interest was in pediatrics. After graduation l moved with my wife to Hartford, Connecticut. My first position was in the Burgdorf Clinic where I developed an adolescent program funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. Once the grant funding expired, I was able to move the program to St. Francis Hospital. I remained at St. Francis until the founding of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. At that point in time I also began to work at the newly developed Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. I continued to work at both hospitals until I retired and relocated to Washington, D.C. I spend summers at beautiful Lake Champlain in Vermont.

Terril Spitze, M.D.

Retired in late November after 37 years as a general internist in Sonora, California. The computer/EMR finally got to me… uncle!!

Ernie Bodai, M.D.
Ernie Bodai

As some of you may know, in 1998 I was able to convince the U.S. Postal Service to issue a fundraising stamp for breast cancer research. What many thought would never be a successful venture has turned out to be an extremely effective mechanism for raising research funds. I am pleased to share that in December 2015 the USPS announced it had sold the one billionth stamp. This was a major milestone and has resulted in raising nearly $82 million. For those of you have bought the stamp, I want to thank you for your support. Please continue helping us in an effort to raise $100 million for crucial breast cancer research.

Warren Liang, M.D.
Warren Liang

With the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ohio, Warren Liang and Fred Martens were married September 24, 2015, in a surprise ceremony at Fred's 60th birthday party. First dance was everyone doing the chicken dance (a tradition with the 25-piece accordion band they've played with for more than two years). Fred, Warren, and officiant Chrissy played clarinet, accordion, and tuba, respectively. Honeymoon was two weeks in Australia.

Bob Lowe, M.D.

I continue “moving towards retirement,” an ambiguous phrase that reflects the fact that I’m still figuring this out. I no longer work clinically, but I’m still working on a few research projects. I particularly enjoy mentoring the next generation of academic researchers and, to my delight, I’ve had a chance to work with emergency medicine faculty at UC Davis who have received an NHLBI-funded institutional research career development award very similar to ours at Oregon Health and Science University. I’m also becoming a Sierra Club national outings leader and — gulp — I’m president of my synagogue (something I never would have imagined happening). My wife Michelle continues as vice chair of ob-gyn and co-director of the Center for Women’s Health at OHSU. Our daughter Sarah, 23, graduated from Boston University last spring and is taking a year off before applying to graduate schools in sociology. Life is busy, crazy and exciting!

Dan Fields, M.D.

I moved up to Fiddletown in Amador County full-time and took over at Sutter’s rural health clinic in Plymouth and Pioneer, where I am working full-time. I typically have a UC Davis 3rd year student in the traditional rotations or through the rural health tract. The biggest change in my life is my 30-year-old daughter, who never took a serious science or math class in her life, earned a degree from UC Santa Cruz in community studies, decided to go to medical school and was accepted into UC Davis School of Medicine for the upcoming year. Clearly will need to keep working.

Seth “Chip” Rosenfeld, M.D.

Greetings fellow alums! I am enjoying adjusting to the life of a retiree. After 30 years as a primary care internist, I retired from Northwest Permanente in Portland, Oregon three years ago. Since then I’ve been involved in some administrative work in disability management and resource stewardship, but mostly working on my tennis backhand, traveling with my honey Sara, volunteering and enjoying the heck out of my three kids, their partners, and two granddaughters. Traveling to the Northwest? Look me up for dinner, wine-tasting, and local travel advice.

Richard Rudd, M.D.

I am in my 33rd year of practicing general ob-gyn in Berkeley. The first 23 years were in a small group practice and the last 10 have been in the Sutter Medical Group with 10 other outstanding partners. We deliver at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley which remains one of the top private obstetric hospitals in the nation.

My oldest daughter has her Ph.D. in education, specializing in science and is in the nonprofit world helping teachers improve science education. My stepdaughter, whom I raised, has a successful career in the I.T. field also in the nonprofit world in L.A. My son is a business analytics student with aspirations of getting an M.B.A. and working in the food industry. Finally, my youngest is a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara majoring in biology with an emphasis on molecular biology, and is considering research or medicine as a career. She likely has an exciting internship in a large “biologics” biotechnology company in Berkeley this summer.

Francie Segal, M.D.
Francie and June Segal

After practicing dermatology for 29 years, I am selling my practice and cutting back to two days a week, giving me more time to spend with the love of my life Joe (thank you, Plenty of Fish). We have been living in our new home for five months, loving the new neighborhood in South Orange County. My adult son is doing great in San Francisco. Looking forward to travel, bike rides, learning to paddle board, getting through the books on my Kindle. Who knew life at 65 would be so much fun (and the practice of medicine would involve so much aggravation)?

David J. Manske, M.D.
David Manske enjoying his houseboat

Hello, all! I was going to retire this year, at age 60, but still very much enjoy my practice at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento! My 30th anniversary here is July 2016. I anticipate another 5-11 years of practice, enjoying the teaching of medical students and residents. I was honored, in 2014, with a prestigious teaching award from The Permanente Medical Group, rising to the top of a list of many very excellent candidates, the first physician at South Sacramento to win the award, and the first orthopaedic surgeon ever to win this accolade!

Baby Milena

For my 60th birthday I bought an awesome 47’ Gibson houseboat and in all my spare time you’ll find me relaxing on my home on the water or cruising the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. And on June 28, 2015 my daughter, Sarah, born during my fourth year of medical school, gave me my first grandchild, beautiful Milena! I am grateful, every day, to be part of a helping profession! Who’d want to stop??

G. Wendel Yee, M.D., Ph.D.
>G. Wendel Yee, M.D., Ph.D.

Last July, after 28 years of private practice in interventional cardiology, I finally hung up my catheters and entered semi-retirement! Original plan was to fully retire, but my patients, many of whom have been with me over 20 years, didn’t like that. So, now I am enjoying the life of an office cardiologist, seeing patients two days per week, reading echos and doing pacer reports, etc., a half day each week. I get paid to come in to see people I like; and without hospital duties, I have enough time to pursue my other love, music. January 2016 marks the beginning of my second season as a tenor with the Carmel Bach Festival and I continue as tenor section leader with I Cantori di Carmel, with whom I’ve been singing 17 years. Reiko, my wife, and I send our fondest regards to all of my former classmates in the Class of 1982!

Thanh Cung, M.D.
Cung family

I’m practicing obstetric anesthesia at Miller Children Hospital in Long Beach, California. I have been living in Corona Del Mar since 1991. Christine & I have been married for 17 years. Our daughter Alise is a ninth grader and is a coxswain with the crew team at the Newport Aquatic Center in Newport Beach. Our son Christopher is in the sixth grade. They both play the piano. I still play the piano, alpine ski and fly radio controlled model airplanes and helicopters. We enjoy traveling, camping and skiing during the winter.

Wayne Inman, M.D.

I am still on active duty in the U.S. Navy as an orthopedic surgeon at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, until mandatory 30-year retirement in 2017. My wife Madeleine and I are now empty nesters with our son Brett recently graduating UCLA in computer science and electrical engineering and now working as a dev ops engineer in San Francisco, and our daughter Erin graduating Stanford and now in her third year at University of Michigan Medical School. We do have new golden retriever puppy to fill the empty nest though. Enjoying paddle boarding, mud runs and traveling.

Brad Anawalt, M.D.

I am still in Seattle. I have three daughters, ages 11, 14 and 16. Kirsten and I alternate between celebration and commiseration. I am still at the University of Washington Medical Center and happy with my job. I try to stay fit with triathlons and road races.

Agnes Huang, M.D.

Private practice glaucoma in Seattle, Washington (Seattle Ophthalmology, PLLC). Three kids, son, age 19, two daughters, ages 16 and 13. Busy but would love to have med school class of 1990 reunion!

Nick Gutierrez, M.D.

I did my residency in adult psychiatry at UCLA/San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Program and a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA/NPI in Westwood. Since then, I have been working at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, an L.A. County contract agency treating chronic, persistent, severe mental illnesses in adults and older adults. Three years ago I was promoted to associate medical director of the adult division and have been growing and learning in this capacity ever since. It’s been a different experience than being a frontline psychiatrist but I love it. Also, I have been supervising UCLA psychiatry residents and have since been appointed assistant clinical professor at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. I sometimes miss my days in school at Davis and realize now how fortunate I am to have had the opportunity to learn at that great institution. Email: rockyinla@aol.com.

Michael Carl, M.D.

Retired in March 2013 after 18 years in the emergency department at Kaiser South Sacramento. For the last three years of my career, I worked on establishing the trauma center. Since retirement, I have been traveling with my wife, Susan, to Hawaii, the Caribbean (just returned from a 14-day cruise from Fort Lauderdale), and am going to Russia in August 2016. We have three grandsons now, Noah, 5, Wesley 3, and Elliot, 6 months. Best wishes to all of my classmates, Mike.

Ann Marie Engfelt, M.D.
Cung family

I’m living in Solana Beach, married to Bill with two boys, Ben, 19, and Zach, 15. We also have three dogs and a much-used Roomba vacuum. Ben is a freshman at Colgate University in New York and Zach is a sophomore in high school.

I’ve been practicing general pedi-atrics at Scripps Clinic for the past 16 years. I enjoy the work but have not enjoyed the transition to electronic medical records. We have unfortunately experienced health issues with my parents. My father passed away in 2007 from gastrointestinal stromal tumor, and my mother in 2014 from progressive supranuclear palsy. My mother’s disease and complications were especially difficult.

On a brighter note, the rest of us have been healthy. Now that I have more free time, I hope to be able to be more involved with alumni events and keeping in touch with friends.

Sunil Bhopale, M.D.

As far as updates, I have been the chief of the emergency department at Kaiser Redwood City for the past two years. I have a wife, son, and daughter and enjoy spending whatever free time I have with them. We enjoy sports, watching movies, and traveling together.

Francis Chu, M.D.

After 20 years at Kaiser Riverside and serving as core faculty for the program I graduated from, I will be heading to Kaiser San Jose to become the new family medicine residency program director! We anticipate residents beginning in July 2018. Good to be back in the Bay Area, closer to family. Get in touch with me at francis.n.chu@kp.org.

Kijung Paul Sung, M.D.
Cung family

Hi everyone! My family and I are currently living in Huntington Beach and it’s been 15 years since I joined SCPMG/Kaiser in South Bay as an internist. John Kim from our class is an emergentologist there so I see him every once in awhile. My daughter, Kaitlin, is a senior in high school and is headed to college this fall as a pre-med. My son, Brandon, is a freshman in high school. For the past two summers we have been spending some of our vacation time volunteering in Haiti, working with the U.N. and Serving Friends International (NGO). It’s been a real blessing being able to use my training for medical relief work and to work together with my wife and kids to help the good people of Haiti! We’ll head there again this summer. Hope everyone is well! — Paul

Amy Underwood-Jolly, M.D.

I completed my residency at UC San Diego in 1998 and have since been living in San Clemente with my husband, Jason, daughter, Hannah, age 17, and son, Ethan, age 15. I have been working part-time with Mission Internal Medical Group (now St. Joseph’s Mission Heritage Medical Group) since 1999. I have been really fortunate to have such great life-work balance!

Edward Lim, M.D.
Lim Twins

Finished psychiatry residency at Harbor-UCLA then moved to the Bay Area. Now back in the Sacramento Area, along with my partner, JD, and raising two newborn twins. Email: edlimmd@gmail.com

Suzanne L. Swanson Mendez, M.D.

My main news for this year is that I’ve relocated with my family to Bend, Oregon. I started in June 2015 as the medical director for the pediatric hospitalist program at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Dennis Khalili-Borna, M.D.
Dennis Khalili-Borna Family

I continue to work at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, as a faculty member of the sports medicine fellowship program. In addition to this, I have been the physician-in-charge for the Kaiser Fontana Family Medicine clinic since 2014. I had the opportunity to serve as the physician lead at the USC venue for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. I am a happily married father of four, and I still reside in Chino Hills, California.

Lauran Mizock, M.D.

I am happy to announce that I have recently been named chief of adult and family medicine for Kaiser in Vallejo. I am overseeing 70 doctors and 18 residents. Kaiser Vallejo is Kaiser’s only family medicine residency program in Northern California.

Jeff P. Sharman, M.D.

I live in Eugene, Oregon where I practice medical oncology. My practice is affiliated with US Oncology and I serve as medical director of hematology research. As a fellow, I proposed an unusual idea to use drugs being developed for nasal allergies and rheumatoid arthritis to be used in lymphoma and leukemia based upon their mechanism of action. Those efforts have led to the FDA approvals of ibrutinib and idelalisib. It has been a lot of fun to start with a left-field idea and run with it all the way to approval. Loving work and life.

Jennifer (Papazian) Clary, M.D.
Clary Family

Love living in here in Davis with my two young boys, Carson, 4, and Camden, 18 months, while still with Sutter driving just ten minutes to work each day! Continuing the quest to find a healthy work-life balance with a great practice-share partner these days, typically seeing patients in the office three days per week. That precious free time is spent with my adorable boys! They grow so fast!

Beth Brannan, M.D

I completed residency in the triple board program (pediatrics, general psychiatry and child psychiatry) at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in June 2015. I continue to live in Providence and am now an assistant professor at Brown and working as a child psychiatrist in a day hospital program for kids with severe obsessive compulsive disorder. I got married in June 2014, and my husband and I just welcomed our daughter, Caroline, into the world on October 21, 2015. We are happy and healthy and very grateful. I miss everyone from my med school class and look forward to making it back for a reunion sometime soon!

Jessica Beauchene, M.D.
Clary Family

Since finishing residency my husband and I have moved back to Sacramento. I now have my own private psychiatry practice and am working with children/adolescents at new residential facility for eating disorders. So happy to be back, finished up, and doing what I love!

Tyronda “Ty” Elliott, M.D.

I will be starting fellowship this July in the division of Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine at UCSF.

Erin (Booth) Honig, M.D

I have completed my residency in family medicine and am currently working at an urgent care. I have also married my partner of 12 years, and we are kept busy by our 4-month-old son, Liam.

Taylor Nichols, M.D.
Taylor Nichols Proposing

UC Davis School of Medicine Class of 2013 alumnus and current UCSF emergency medicine resident Taylor Nichols got engaged to Class of 2013 classmate and current Kaiser Oakland ob-gyn resident Katie Alton on December 5, 2015 in Yosemite.

Nahid Yakuby Vidal, M.D.
Taylor Nichols Proposing

Since graduating, I married David Vidal. I completed a preliminary year in internal medicine at UC Davis Health System. I’m currently in my last year of dermatology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. During my residency, I have continued volunteering at free medical clinics and mentoring students. I matched at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and cutaneous oncology, which begins July 2016. My husband and I have an English cream golden retriever who just turned two years old.

Resident/Fellowship Alumni

Lucas D. de Clercq, M.D., Otolaryngology Residency

After graduating in 1981 from the famous Bernstein department of Otolaryngology, Otology, Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery at the Sacramento Medical Center (under the auspices of UC Davis), I pursued private practice in otolaryngology from 1981-1995 in Seattle. In 1995 I retired to Whidbey Island, Washington where I still live, age 87, with my wife, Agna. Address: 2035 North Bluff Road, Coupeville, WA, 98239. Telephone: 360-678-6339

Dean Berkus, M.D., Anesthesiology Residency

My wife Karen and I are proud of our daughter who graduated Magna Cum Laude in her accelerated BSN program from Regis College in Denver. She now works at the University of Colorado Medical Center in the SICU having completed their two-year nurse residency program. I continue to work as an anesthesiologist in an eye center in Beverly Hills and a plastic surgeon’s office in the same building. The wife continues to work as an RN in a sister facility near our house in Encino. It seems like a long time ago that I completed my anesthesiology residency at UC Davis. We have new anesthesia gases, new drugs and new technology that have definitely benefited the quality and safety of anesthesia since graduating. We give thanks for the invention of the pulse oximeter everyday.

Balbir Singh, M.D., Nephrology Fellowship

I have a busy private practice in the San Fernando Valley. I am currently looking to add another nephrologist to the practice. If you have interest or know of anyone who might be interested, please contact me and send along a CV to my office email: vennasin@yahoo.com.

Sepehr Egrari, M.D., FACS Plastic Surgery Residency
Sepehr Egrari

I have been in private practice for the past 16 years. My practice is mostly aesthetic surgery, but a main portion of my time is dedicated to massive weight loss body contouring. I have been involved with clinical research and continue to present on a regional and national arena. My wife Rita and I have three children and my oldest just started college. We are both very active in Seattle area philanthropy and continue to travel to great places.

Paul Krause, M.D., Family Medicine Residency
Sepehr Egrari

I’ve practiced hospital and outpatient medicine with Truckee Tahoe Medical Group for the past 15 years. I teach UC Davis medical students as an assistant professor and direct our local Rural PRIME education program. My love of sports medicine has led to work at ski areas and travel with the U.S. ski team in Europe. I continue to compete in triathlons and was medical director for Ironman Lake Tahoe over the past three years.

With all the changes in health care, I’m transitioning to a more administrative leadership role as the chief medical officer for 23 accountable care organizations via a company called the National Rural ACO. We’re helping rural health systems in 42 states to adjust to and strive under the new and upcoming health care policy changes. I’ve moved closer to Tahoe City and I’d love to hear from colleagues visiting on vacation – drop me a note at Truckee Tahoe Medical Group. Go Aggies!

Enrique Ochoa, M.D., Psychiatry Residency

I retired from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in May 2011 but I still work as volunteer clinical faculty supervising residents and giving some lectures. I teach over 40 hours a year. I am still a Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, but I do not practice out-patient medicine. Instead, I am a hospitalist working as a consultant at Heritage Oaks Hospital, a 120-bed psychiatric hospital in Sacramento.

Ashby Wolfe, M.D., M.P.P., M.P.H., Family and Community Medicine Residency

Over the past four years I’ve been working in the family medicine division of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland with fellow residency buddy Wai Kiu Lee! This year, however, I began a new phase of my career, joining the federal government as the chief medical officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regional office in San Francisco. Since March 2015, I’ve been enjoying the challenges and excitement of helping the western states implement the ACA, and manage the health of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. It’s been an interesting transition doing more policy and public health work, but I am also able to keep my feet on the ground with clinical practice at a local community health center. I’m regularly biking, hiking and kayaking all around the Bay Area and looking forward to a trip to Spain and France with my partner, Mark. Hoping to see more fellow alums soon as well!

In Memoriam

I am writing on behalf of Mark Lee Lipman, who was a fellow in infectious diseases from 1986-1988. It is with great sadness to report to you that he passed away on October 20, 2014 at the too-young age of 57.

He very bravely underwent a double lung transplant on October 4, 2014 due to progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The transplant itself was a great success. However, on the day he was transferred out of ICU he unfortunately developed a massive pulmonary embolus which took his life. I never left his side after the surgery and am grateful that I was with him at the time.

He is the finest man I ever knew. He was so well-respected in our medical community and his absence is tremendously missed. He was a devoted father to our two children Malorie, 23, in her third year of medical school at the University of Florida, and Mathew, age 21, in his fourth year of engineering at the University of Florida. Nothing was more important to Mark than his family, which was always his first priority, and I feel honored that he chose me to spend his life with. We miss him so very much.

Kind regards,
Michele Lipman and Family