Medical Alumni Reunion Weekend 2017
The Wayne State University School of Medicine Alumni Association Medical Alumni Reunion Weekend was held Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017.
Reunion is a special opportunity for alumni, resident alumni, graduate alumni, and friends to get together and reminisce with classmates and old friends. While all alumni are invited back for every reunion the main focus was on the special reunion classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962,1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012. On Saturday, these classes had a class reunion cocktail reception prior to the awards reception and dinner. It was a time for classes to anticipate the sharing of memories, anecdotes and nostalgia that made their class a special one. Along with the reunion events, a special reunion class donation campaign was initiated for maximizing financial support for the School of Medicine for alumni in their milestone years.
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2017 Reunion Weekend Schedule
Friday, May 19 Activities
Comerica Park-Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers Game with buffet dinner in Tigers Club
Saturday, May 20 Activities
Breakfast, Morris S. Brent Lectureship, Luncheon
Reception and Dinner
Sunday, May 21 Activities
Downtown and Beyond Bus Tour
Detroit Medical Orchestra Concert:
Watch the Dr. Morris S. Brent Lectureship
The Dr. Morris S. Brent Lectureship took place in the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons Margherio Family Conference Center. This year’s program provides continuing medical education credits and feature presenters from our own Wayne State family of physicians who will speak on a variety of interesting topics.
Watch the Morris S. Brent Lectureship:
Dr. Morris S. Brent Lectureship Series- Margherio Family Conference Center
Trifun Dimitrijevski, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. ’02, Res. ’05
Vice President elect
Medical Alumni Association
Co-Chair, Medical Alumni Reunion Day Committee
|8:10am-8:35am||Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing in 2017 and Therapeutic Strategies to Address the Opioid Issue
Ariel Majjhoo, M.D. ’07
Medical Director, NeuroInterventional Pain Management
Site Director Pain Management, ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital
|8:35am-8:40am||Dr. Dimitrijevski ask for Q & A and introduction of next speaker|
Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis: One World, One Fight, One Health
|9:05am-9:10am||Dr. Dimitrijevski ask for Q & A and introduction of next speaker|
|9:10am-9:35am|| Zika Virus Update
Adam Skrzynski, M.D. ’10
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine
|9:35am-9:40am||Dr. Dimitrijevski ask for Q & A and announce break|
|10:05am-10:10am||Dr. Dimitrijevski introduction of next speaker|
Alternative and Complementary Therapies-Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
|10:35am-10:40am||Dr. Dimitrijevski ask for Q & A and introduction of next speaker|
Precision Medicine in Oncology
|11:05am-11:10am||Dr. Dimitrijevski ask for Q & A and introduction of next speaker|
|11:10-11:35am|| Business of Medicine/Dangers of Physician Burnout
Thomas Simmer, M.D. ’80
SVP & CMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
|11:35am-11:40am||Dr. Dimitrijevski ask for Q & A|
|11:40am-11:45am|| Closing Remarks and Announcements
Trifun Dimitrijevski, M.D. ’02, Res. ’05
Vice President elect, Medical Alumni Association
Co-Chair, Medical Alumni Reunion Day Committee
The Wayne State University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Wayne State University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The goal of this conference is to provide attendees with the most updated information, which will help them in treating their patients using the most advanced and up-to-date procedures. As a result of participating in this activity, the learner should be able to identify and define the key terms used in CME.
Objective for lecture #1:
- Describe the prescription painkiller epidemic
- Describe the meaning and importance of significant boundary issues and limits in relation to each during controlled substance prescribing
- Define the importance of monitoring in compliance with treatment for Opiate Use Disorder
Objective for lecture #2:
- Explain the current status of antibiotic resistance in the U.S. and worldwide.
- Describe the challenges that exist in managing the problem of antimicrobial resistance.
- Make appropriate therapeutic decisions for patients with bacterial infections.
- Counsel patients on the appropriate and inappropriate use of antibiotics.
Objective for lecture #3:
- Understand the background of Zika virus prior to the current outbreak.
- Understand the current epidemiology of Zika virus and its path of spread.
- Understand the natural history of Zika virus infection and it’s mechanism of spread.
- Understand the implications of Zika virus for pregnant women and babies.
- Understand current efforts to find effective treatment and vaccines.
Objective for lecture #4:
- Discuss the history of complementary and alternative therapies.
- Explain the concept of holism and its application in healing.
- Identify the most commonly used complementary and alternative therapies in healing.
- Differentiate the different types of complementary and alternative therapies appropriate to and common to different populations.
Objective for lecture #5:
- Understand the evolving role of precision medicine in oncology
- Describe the current approach of integrating genomic data in clinical oncologic practice
Objective for lecture #6:
- Participants should identify the following as important motivators for cognitive work:
- Alignment with sense of purpose
- Participants should identify the following root causes of underperformance of the healthcare delivery system:
- Poorly aligned payment
- Weak primary care foundation
- Lack of focus on population management
- Lack of focus on process
- Fragmented delivery system
- Lack of patient engagement / passive patient role
- Participants should recognize how the fee for service payment system not only encourages over use, but strictly confines the care model to the delivery of “payable services.”
Reunions & Dinner
While all alumni are invited back for the reunion, the classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 will celebrate a special class reunion reception before the dinner and will be seated together during dinner. This provides an opportunity to catch up with former classmates. Special reunion classes have the opportunity to make a collective class gift to the School of Medicine in honor of their class years.
The alumni dinner tradition began in 1971 with approximately 100 alumni in attendance. Last year, more than 300 alumni attended.
Class of 1942 – 75th Reunion
Class of 1982 – 35th Reunion
The Lawrence M. Weiner Award
The Lawrence M. Weiner Award, established in 1979, honors the outstanding contributions made by individuals who are not M.D. alumni of the WSU School of Medicine. This award is based on exceptional performance in teaching, research and/or administrative duties. The individual who receives the award this year has met the high standards established by Dr. Lawrence Weiner’s outstanding record of service to the school.
Recent Alumni Award
The Recent Alumni Award, established in 2003, is presented to alumni who received a medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine within the last 15 years and who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, community contributions or service to the WSU School of Medicine.
The Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes, whose contributions to the health field in the broader sense is outstanding and for service to the School of Medicine.
Raffle and Auction
- Pistons game tickets
- Tigers game tickets/Zimmerman autographed baseball
- Grand Prix tickets
- Red Wings game tickets
- Overnight stay and breakfast for two at TAP at the MGM Grand Detroit
- $150 gift certificate to be used for dinner at one of the restaurants in MGM
- Microderm gift certificate and skin product basekt
- Two Night Accommodation with breakfast for Two at Edward Hotel and Convention Center
- 4 tickets for admission to Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield village
- Admission for 4 adults into The Automotive Hall of Fame Museum
Dinner and DIA:
- Dinner for 4 at Giovanni’s Ristorante – Michigan’s Finest Italian wine and cuisine
- 4 VIP tickets to DIA exhibit (Monet in Argenteuil) October 22, 2017-March 4, 2018.
- Indian Dancers painting on silk and Disputes 10/100 Dewey GNA
- Three Level Townhome at The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, MI – October 13-20, 2017. ($4300 value)
- Mechanical Bank “Eagle and Eaglets” Circa 1883 (This priceless object is from the collection of Dr. Greg Zemenick who is part of the Mechanical Bank Collectors of America)
Room are available at the MGM Grand Hotel (877-888-2121).
Things to do in Detroit
- Things to do in Detroit
- Detroit events during MARD 2017 weekend
- River Walk Festivals
- Greektown activities
- Campus Martius activities
- Eastern market
- Pewabic Tile
- Rouge Factory Tours – Family
- Henry Ford Museum
- Salt Mines (Tours are not available)
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Detroit Sympony Orchestra
- Broadway in Detroit
- Detroit Science Center
- Detroit Experience Factory
- Preservation Detroit Tours
- Motown Historical Museum
- Detroit Historical Museum
- Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
We’ve lost touch with some of our alumni over the years. If you have updated contact information for the alumni listed below, please send an email to email@example.com or call 877-WSU-MED1.
Class of 1947
Jack Pearlman, M.D.
Class of 1952
Frank Lee, M.D.
Class of 1967
Sheldon Wieder, M.D.
Geraldine Yarne, M.D.
Class of 1972
Michael Eidelman, M.D.
Stephen Renzin, M.D.
Robert Shiurba, M.D.
Marc Stretten, M.D.
Class of 1977
Pentha Brouse, M.D.
Margaret Edwards, M.D.
Brian Kaay, M.D.
Jerome Lentini, M.D.
Aaron Strefling, M.D.
Class of 1982
Pamela Nelson, M.D.
Russell Robertson, M.D.
Class of 1987
Brian Daly, M.D.
Colin Elliott, M.D.
Timothy Greydanus, M.D.
Paul Koch, M.D.
LuAnn Labian, M.D.
Marjorie Malleck Ojo, M.D.
Mary O’Brien, M.D.
Susan Phelps, M.D.
Michael Somero, M.D.
Class of 1992
David Gordon, M.D.
Effie Gumbs, M.D.
Anita Guttierrez, M.D.
Robin Hibbett, M.D.
Ramesh Jasti, M.D.
Tammy Kejonen, M.D.
Glenn Krieger, M.D.
James London, M.D.
Dale Moreno, M.D.
John Paas, M.D.
Ronald Paler, M.D.
Paul Pathadan, M.D.
Wayne Starks, M.D.
Vincent Trent, M.D.
Class of 1997
Michael Bednarz, M.D.
Laura Gowans, M.D.
Alexander Imas, M.D.
Latisha Keith, M.D.
Marlene Kennerly, M.D.
Jennifer Lewiston, M.D.
Julie Moldenhauer, M.D.
Gladys Palomeno, M.D.
Darryl Patterson, M.D.
Shawn Tittle, M.D.
Class of 2002
Cheryl Bailey, M.D.
Kai Bickenbach, M.D.
Jerry Burgess, Jr., M.D.
Alexander Franko, M.D.
Rasvin Grewal, M.D.
David Komjathy, M.D.
Erin Nunnold, M.D.
Jason Roberts, M.D.
Candice Sech, M.D.
Geoffrey Sultana, M.D.
Class of 2007
Jennifer Birch, M.D.
Sarah Deighton-Collins, M.D.
Mark Deneau, M.D.
Lawrence Jacobs, M.D.
Tiffany Lisk, M.D.
Paul Mazaris, M.D.
Christopher Najarian, M.D.
Neal Palmreuter, M.D.
Stephanie Rains-Lynema, M.D.
Melissa Roche, M.D.
Kimberly Smash, M.D.
David Steiger, M.D.
Teresa Vandenbergh, M.D.
Shree Venkat, M.D.
Thomas Walker, M.D.
Antonette Whitehead, M.D.
Class of 2012
Umberto Berlasi, M.D.
Alexis Drutchas, M.D.
Norriece Gibson, M.D.
Peter Howard, M.D.
Ashutosh Kaushal, M.D.
Faisel Khan, M.D.
Tomasz Pietrus, M.D.
Michael Will, M.D.
Wayne State University School of Medicine alumni will gather on May 20, 2017, to continue the tradition of Medical Alumni Reunion Day. Because WSUSOM alumni are committed to improving the health of our community, the activities that are available provide continuing medical education credits to attendees. This event is coordinated and organized by a Planning Committee.
Wayne State University School of Medicine Alumni Association
540 E. Canfield
1369 Scott Hall
Detroit, MI 48201
313-577-3587 | 877-WSU-MED1
Lydia C. Torres-Rozof, M.D., Class of 1992
Medical school provides the perfect opportunity for you and your classmates to create a meaningful experience at your reunion. In 2017, medical school class graduation years ending in 7 and 2 celebrated milestone reunions.
We ask all of our reunion classes to participate in Alumni Annual Fund Reunion Giving. While reflecting on your medical school experiences, we ask you to consider the current class of medical students. This year’s Reunion Giving will provide resources and opportunities that enrich our medical students’ experience. Many of our students rely on assistance to finance their education. Consequently, they often face the challenge of paying back more than $150,000 in loans after graduation. We are focusing on raising funds for scholarships and other student activities with the goal of removing the obstacles that many students face as they pursue a medical degree.
|Class||Class Giving Total to Annual Fund|
*totals as of 6/8/17