UC Davis School of Medicine


A Publication of UC Davis School of Medicine

Volume 11 • No 3 • Winter 2014/2015

Alumni updates


M.D. Alumni

Geoffrey Smith

As a medical volunteer, I started through Indian health, Chicano Clinic and Indigents. Over the past 20 years, I have been the teaching physician for clinics in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (Burma). Outside medicine, I have contributed to various museums, including the Museum of Man, San Diego and Cal State University San Bernardino, Denver Museum of Natural History and the San Bernardino County Museum.

Earl Washburn

As a retired pediatrician, I am serving on my county’s First 5 Commission to help improve access and quality in children’s health exams. As a board member of the Sierra Health Foundation, I help oversee a wide variety of programs to improve health in California. I am also a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. I am also writing a historical novel for middle-grade readers and enjoying my retired life.

Bruce D. Greenberg

I came to my rural community 35 years ago after graduating from Family Practice residency and joined a wonderful group of doctors who were nearing retirement.

I have been working in that same practice for all of these years doing full-scope medicine, including obstetrics and inpatient care and have taken care of a couple of generations of patients.

I was fortunate to be able to activate various student programs and involve the students in seeing what rural medicine is really like. Several years ago, we joined the UC Davis Rural-PRIME network and have been able to share our clinical setting with the future generation of medicine.

Peter Thomas

After retiring from the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in San Diego, I have been an at-large member, treasurer, president and field trip chair of the San Diego Audubon Society. I am also a volunteer and a member of the board of trustees of the San Diego Meals-On-Wheels.

Thomas Koch

Our five clinics serve over 70,000 patients a year in the communities where we are located and I am actively teaching clinical students. I also offer tattoo removal for gang members looking to make positive changes in their lives. Additionally, I am involved in Living Opportunities, a program that places the disabled into the workforce.

Tony DeRiggi
Tony DeRiggi

I’ve been enjoying retirement, traveling and being a co-author of a recently published book: The American River, Insider’s Guide to the Recreation, Ecology and Cultural History of the North, Middle and South Forks. Also, I take pleasure volunteering for local environmental issues here in Sacramento. I enjoyed visiting classmate Don Zacharias at his new home in Maui.

Warren Liang

I retired six years ago and, in the last year, my partner, Fred, and I have joined an 18-person, not-for-profit accordion band. I continue to volunteer as a resident supervisor, board examiner and Red Cross disaster mental health worker, as well as offering talks on HIV psychiatry for the American Psychiatric Association.

Helena Leiner

I’ve gone from Emergency Medicine to Family Practice to Geriatrics. I’ve been at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco for 14 years, currently doing long-term nursing home and palliative care. I still play the violin as often as possible. It’s all too interesting to retire. For my community, I’ve worked with the underserved, refugee and minority populations.

Nancy and Jim Joye

Jim and I both greatly enjoy being volunteer faculty at UC Davis Medical Center. Jim works with the cardiology fellows and teaches ECG reading to the medical students. I attend with the pediatric residents in their continuity clinics.

Kate Goonan

I became a Eucharistic minister to be involved with patients directly; I typically round on 20-plus patients a day. It’s been hugely rewarding and I plan to increase my work in this area, possibly ultimately doing a fellowship in palliative care.

Christine Hrountas

I co-founded Greet the Day, a non-profit organization with the mission to improve quality of life for those with cancer through education and integrative oncology. I am involved with clinically trained infusion centers and a new pediatric inpatient hospital at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

Ken Murray

I have been continuing my writing career, after the publication of my end-of-life essay “How Doctors Die,” which was just republished in Readers Digest, and competed for the Pulitzer Prize. In the last year, I’ve published essays on water solutions in Los Angeles, and mandatory drug testing of physicians, both published in Time; and on trails in the Sierra, in multiple media sources in the Central Valley.

Jamie Ross
Jamie Ross

I am working at UC as an interventional nephrologist and enjoying my life with my partner of 23 years.

Bobby Osloughain

I contribute to my community by serving all patients regardless of ability to pay. I provide free public education sessions on concussions and serve on the state’s traumatic brain injury advisory board. Additionally, I work as a volunteer faculty at the School of Medicine. I now work for St. Luke’s Clinic in Honolulu doing physical medicine, EMG and running our Concussion Care Center.

Jeff Shimoyama

In the past several years, I have had opportunities to travel to New Orleans for relief work, to Chiang Mai, Thailand to counsel children at high-risk for being trafficked and to Ishinomaki, Japan, to provide post-tsunami relief work. What heart-enriching experiences these were, to serve warm groups of people in non-medical capacities.

Imei Hsiu
Imei Hsiu

I am still working as a family practitioner and partner in Sutter Medical Group. I served as the chair of our group’s Finance Committee, the chair of our philanthropy committee and, currently, I am serving as the chair of the Board of Directors. Our group is known for many charitable contributions – both in terms of monetary donations and volunteer hours served. When not working or with my family, I continue my therapies of oil painting and hula performances.

Kari Carlson
Kari Carlson and Suzanne Swanson Mendez with Mendez' daughter

I wanted to pass on some news from myself and Suzanne Swanson Mendez, both Class of 1999. I was luckily on call when Suzanne came in to deliver her daughter this past June; it was quite the honor to bring Cora into the world. I’m currently at Kaiser Redwood City, where I’ve been in the OB/GYN department since finishing residency in 2003 and have been the chief of the department since 2007. I’m currently in Palo Alto with my husband, Mike, and my daughters, Maya and Elyse. Suzanne is a pediatric hospitalist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She currently lives in Mountain View with her husband Ariel and sons Leif and Enakai.

Polly Baldwin

I recently became the medical director at the Santa Barbara county public health department. I am also on the board of a not-for-profit that provides emergency services at events in Santa Barbara.

Alice Brock-Utne

I’m living in Lafayette, Calif., and recently joined Bishop Ranch Pediatrics for John Muir Medical Group. I have three children: Matthew, age 10, Toby, age 8, and Jasper, age 6. My husband is Arne Brock-Utne.

Este Geraghty

As the Deputy Director for the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), I thought of my community broadly – 38 million Californians! My passion and my charge at CDPH had been to make public health data sets more valuable to improving public access to them. Through the generous sponsorship of the California HealthCare Foundation and a top notch team, we launched an Open Data Portal that will allow users to learn about our data as well as filter, visualize, map, download and consume data. Check it out at health.data.ca.gov! Following that success, I have recently joined the Esri team. Esri is a geographic information system software development company and my new title is Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director. I’ve barely begun, but have already had the opportunity to make a small contribution to the CDC’s efforts in Liberia surrounding Ebola. Looks like my new community is going global! Amazing challenges await.

Resident Alumni

Mark Blum
Mark Blum

At Bristol Hospice, Sacramento, where I serve as medical director, we provide quality end of life care to an average daily census of 180 terminally ill patients. We hold special programs, serving specific communities in our region, including “We Honor Veterans,” “Namaste,” and “Shalom Hospice.”


Daniel Thomas O’Connor, Jr., M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine Class of 1974, passed away after a long battle with cancer at his San Diego home on Wednesday morning, August 6, 2014 at age 65.

He was born on October 31, 1948, in Chicago to Daniel T. and Catherine Ann O’Connor. Dan was the eldest of four siblings, all of whom became physicians. He graduated from Loyola High School in 1966 and Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles in 1970. Following graduation from medical school at the University of California at Davis in 1974, Dr. O’Connor trained in internal medicine and nephrology at the University of California at San Diego. He was an internationally recognized leader in the study of the genetic causes of hypertension and how the adrenergic nervous system regulates blood pressure.

Dr. O’Connor is survived by his wife Kellie and his three brothers, Dennis, Brian and Rory O’Connor, as well as nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of Dan’s life was held in September. In lieu of flowers, the family would deeply appreciate contributions to the UC Davis School of Medicine Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D., Memorial Scholarship. Checks can be made payable to the UC Davis Foundation and sent to Health Sciences Development, 4900 Broadway, Suite 1150, Sacramento, CA 95820.

Michael H. Buonocore, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Radiology for 27 years, died of cancer on June 21. He was 59. Born on Oct. 24, 1954, in Rochester, N.Y., he received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics from Syracuse University and, from Stanford University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1979, his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1982, and his medical degree in 1983.

Dr. Buonocore joined the UC Davis Department of Radiology in 1987 and quickly developed clinical and research MRI opportunities for the UC Davis School of Medicine and UC Davis Medical Center. He developed many courses in advanced MRI for the biomedical engineering program at UC Davis, and was an advisor and mentor for many students. He specialized in functional MRI and was a brain-mapping expert.

Dr. Buonocore is survived by his wife, Kim, and his son, Christopher. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Dr. Michael Buonocore Memorial Fund by contacting Jennifer Marsteen of UC Davis Health System Health Sciences Development at 916-734-9448. The fund will be used to advance research and teaching in magnetic resonance imaging in medicine at UC Davis, a cause to which Dr. Buonocore devoted much of his professional career.