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Winter 2003 ^ ' 

Volume 52 ISIifmber 2 

The Magazine for 
Alumni, Facult 
Friends of 

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Call For Nominations 

Do you have an alumni friend or colleague who deserves recogni- 
tion? It's time to send nominations. 

MCV Alumni Association of VCU 

MCV Campus Outstanding Alumnus Award honors a graduate 
of the MCV Campus who is nationally recognized for distinguished 
contributions to health care in his or her chosen field. 

Hodges-Kay Service Award honors an MCV Campus graduate for 
service to the MCV Alumni Association, his or her School and/or the 

Dentistry Division 

The Dr. Harry-Lyons Outstanding Dental Alumnus Award honois a 
graduate for outstanding loyalty and dedicated service to the School 
of Dentistry, its alumni and students. 

Medical Division 

Outstanding Medical Alumnus Award honors a graduate of the 
School of Medicine who is nationally recognized by leaders in medi- 
cine for distinguished contributions to health care. 

Caravati Service Award honors a graduate for service to the MCV 
Alumni Association, participation in activities of the School of Medi- 
cine and contributions to the locally community. A complete nomi- 
nation must be received by Dec. 4, 2003. 

Nursing Division 

Outstanding Nurse Alumnus Award honors a graduate of the 
School of Nursing who is a leader and expert who has contributed to 
health-related and other groups and whose creativity and innovation 
have made an impact on the profession. 

Nurse Alumnus Award for Outstanding Service honors a graduate 
who has shown outstanding leadership and service to the communi- 
ty, the School of Nursing or the University, or to professional or 
community organizations. 




In The Spirit ofGivittg story on page 19 of the summer edition of 
Scarab, the correct name of the Women's Auxiliary is the MCVH 
Auxiliary of VCUHS. 

The Yetta Lowenstein entry in the Alumni Scope section of the 
summer has been revised: 

Yetta Brown Lowenstein '23P was the only pharmacy alumnus to 
celebrate her eightieth reunion this past April. She is 100 years old 
and enjoys good health, music, painting and her family. 

Although Yetta began her career as a pharmacist after graduation, 
she practiced for only two years. Yetta joined her husband Harry in 
a jewelry business that eventually became H. Lowenstein and Son 
Jewelers on Sixth St. in downtown Richmond. Lowenstein and Son 
continues to do a thriving business to this day, under the ownership 
of Yetta's son and daughter-in-law. 

Do you have feedback for us? Do you know an alumnus with an 
inspiring story or have an idea for an article that would be interesting 
to MCV Campus alumni? Share it with us! We are always looking for 
great story ideas. Call the MCV Alumni Association at (804) 828-3900, 
fax us at (804) 828-4594, email us at or write to 
Scarab editor, P.O. Box 843044, Richmond VA 23284-3044. 

Nurse Alumnus Award for Outstanding Clinical Practice honors a 
graduate who exemplifies an innovative, professional and scholarly 
approach to his or her clinical practice and contributes to the devel- 
opment of others. 
A complete nomination form must be received by Jan. 16, 2004. 

Pharmacy Division 

Distinguished Pharmacy Alumnus award honors a graduate of the 
School of Pharmacy who has made significant contributions to the 
profession and/or the community. 

Pharmacy Alumnus Service Award recognizes a graduate for loyalty 
and service to the School of Pharmacy. 

To submit a nomination, include: 

1. Name of the award. 

2. Name and address of the nominee. 

3. A statement from the nominator about why the nominee 
should win the specific award. 

4. The nominee's resume/vitae or a description of past experi- 

5. Name, address and phone number of the nominator. 

6. Letters supporting the nomination are welcome but not 

AH nominations must be received by Jan. 16, 2004, except where 

Send Nominations to: 

Alumni Awards Committee, P. O. Box 980156 

Richmond, VA 23298-0156 

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April 23-25, 2004 
Festivities will feature 
the Fat Ammon's Band 




Alumni Scope 


Grand Rounds 


Vital Signs 


Executive Editor 


u Brooks '77BFA/A 


'82BS( PT )/ AH 

Winter 2003 


loan Tupponce 

Volume 52 
Number 2 

Art Director 


le McGinnis '95BFA/A 

Grand Rounds 


Kyra Newman 


In Memory 

Marcy Horwitz 
loan Tupponce 

Vital Signs 

Michaelann Greene-Russell '91BS/E 

V C U staff 

Keith Braxton 

Lynn Dowdy 

Michaelann Greene-Russell '91BS/E 

Ann Nclms 

Barbara Payton '83/MC 

Nannette Wall 

© 2003 Medical College of Virginia Alumni 
Association of Virginia Commonwealth 
University, P.O. Box 980156, Richmond, 
VA 23298-0156 (804) 828-3900; 
Web site: 

Scarab is the official magazine of the Medical 
College of Virginia Alumni Association of 
Virginia Commonwealth University. 
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University 

Reunion Weekend 

Celebrating alumni award recipients 
and 50-year class reunions 



Saving Lives 

on the Battlefront 

and at Home 

Health Care Professionals 
Share their Experiences 


Testing for Safety 

The Division of Consolidated Laboratory 
Services Stays Prepared for Emergencies 


Nurse Anesthesia 

Program Receives 


Simulation Center is State-of-the-Art 


Prostate Cancer 

Alums and Instructors 
Populate Virginia Urology 

Cover Photos Courtesy 

Special Collections and Archives, 

Tompkins-McCaw Library 

Staff assembled at main entrance 

of hospital at Toul, Base Hospital No.45 

nurses transportation 

M C V A 1 

Rebecca T. Perdue '62(CLS)/AH 

George W. Burke 111 "yOMD 
Preiident Elect 

Rebecca Snead '85BS/P 
Past President 

Helen H. R. Clemo '81PhD/M-BH 

Patricia B. Bernal '80BS'91MS/N 

Hugh E. Aaron '88MHA 
Assistant Treasurer 

Lou Ohver Brooks '77BFA'82BS(PT)/AH 
Allied Health 

Sandra P. Welch '87PhD/M-BH 
Basic Health 

Richard D. Barnes '77DDS 

George W. Burke 111 '70MD 

Paula B. Saxby '86MS'93PhD/N 

Amy L. Whitaker '98DPHA 


Term Expires 2006 

John Andrako '75MD 

Ross Arena '97MS(PT)/AH'01PhD/M-BH 

Kimberly Brill '89BGS'97MS(G)/AH 


Elizabeth Kleiner '98MS/M-BH'02MD 

Kenneth Kolb 'B2DPHA 

Andrea Lister '94MS'03PhD/M-BH 

Timothy W. Lucas '93BS/P 

EUzabeth Taylor Nance '77DDS 

Term Expires 2005 

Ziba G. Chang '96BS"98DPHA 

Shirley S. Craig '72MS'79PhD/M-BH 

Amy N. Edwards '96MHA 

Ann S. Hardy '99BS/N 

Myra G. Owens '96MS(G)/AH 

Elizabeth C. Reynolds '91DDS 

Maurice C. Schwarz '73MD 

Kit Tucker Sullivan '83DDS 

Monica M. Walton '93BS'98MS(RC)/AH 

Term Expires 2004 

Russell Bogacki '97DDS 

Bromvyn McDaniels Burnham '89BS/P 

Jane K. Garber '52BS/N 

Chris Kenney '95MS'02PhD/M-BH 

Barry V. Kirkpatrick '66MD 

Tim McGranahan 'OOBS/N 

Dr. Colenda Named Medicine 
Dean at Texas A&M System 

Earlier this year, Dr. Christopher Colenda '77MD, 

was named Dean of the College of Medicine at the 
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. 
Dr. Colenda served on faculty after earning his degree 
from the School of Medicine. 

Dr. Chiappini Recognized as 
"Top Doctor" 

Dr. Rocco Chiappini '92MD, physiatrist for the Brain 
Injury Center at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation 
Center in Greenfield, New Hampshire was recognized 
as "Top Doctor" in the field of rehabilitation physical 
medicine in the April 2003 issue of Business New 
Hampshire Magazine. Since 2000, Dr. Chiappini has 
been medical director of rehabilitation services at 
Cathohc Medical Center in Manchester, New Hamp- 
shire. He is a 1996 recipient of the Arthur Siebens Award from Johns 
Hopkins University and author of numerous publications. 

Dr. Long appointed to Board of 
Directors of the VCU Health System 

Dr. Stephen P. Long '86MD'91HS, Medical Director of the Center 
for Pain Relief, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the VCU 
Health System by Governor Mark R. Warner effective July 1, 2003. 

Dan Herbert named P r e s i d e n t- E l e ct 

Dan Herbert '63P, shown 
here with his daughters, has 
been named President-Elect 
of the American Pharmacists 
Association (APhA). Herbert 
now sits on the boards of Epic 
Pharmacies, the American 
College of Apothecaries 
(ACA), the MCV Foundation 
and the APhA. 

Dr. Cutter Reappointed to the 
Advisory Board on Athletic Training 

Dr. Douglas Nathan Cutter '88HS, Medical Director of the Chip- 
penham Sports Medicine Center, was reappointed to the Advisory 
Board on Athletic Training by Governor Mark R. Warner. 

Dr. Cook Elected State Patient 
Safety Coalition President 

Dr. Sallie S. Cook '76MD, chief medical officer of the Virginia 
Health Quality Center in Innsbrook, has been elected 2003-2004 
president of Virginians Improving Patient Care & Safety, a statewide 
patient safety coalition representing more than 40 health care organi- 
zations. Dr. Cook has served as chief medical officer of the VHQC 

since 1990, acting as corporate medical officer and senior clinical 
advisor for quality improvement initiatives, review activities and 
other related VHQC functions. Dr. Cook is board certified in 
anatomic and clinical pathology and in the subspecialty of blood 
banking. She is an associate clinical professor of pathology in the 
VCU School of Medicine. 

Dr. Beales Re-Appointed to the 
State Board of Health 

Dr. Julie Leftwich Beales '87PhD'96MD'99HS'02MSHA medical 
director of long-term care at McGuire Veteran's Affairs Medical 
Center, was re-appointed to the State Board of Health by Governor 
Mark R. Warner. 

John Beckner Appointed to the 
Board of Pharmacy 

John O. Beckner '78DPHA has been appointed to the Board of 
Pharmacy by Governor Mark R. Warner. 

GiLSTRAP Receives N.C. Hospital 
Association's Highest Honor 

M.E. (Rick) Gilstrap '68MSHA, president and CEO of Halifax 
Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, has been awarded 
the North Carolina Hospital Association's 2003 Distinguished 
Service Award. 

The award is given each year to a hospital chief executive and 
honors the individual's unique service to his or her institution, the 
healthcare field, and NCHA. 

Mr. Gilstrap received the award July 17 at the NCHA Summer 
Meeting in Hilton Head, S.C. 

"The Association is proud to honor Mr. Gilstrap for his leader- 
ship at Halifax Regional and his tremendous support of NCHA 
through the years," said William PuUy, president of NCHA. "Rick is 
never one to ignore the tough issues, and is respected for his willing- 
ness to discuss the reimbursement challenges facing 
rural hospitals." 

"His strong leadership of Halifax Regional Med- 
ical Center, his ongoing support for NCHA and its 
programs, and his courage as an advocate for small 
and mid-sized hospitals in North CaroUna make Rick 
Gilstrap an outstanding choice for this award," 
added PuUy. 

After graduating from Furman University, Rick 
Gilstrap completed his Master's degree in Hospital Administration at 
MCV and took the helm of Woodruff Memorial Hospital in South 
Carolina before a tour of duty as a Medical Service Corps Office in 
the U.S. Army. Following his military service, Mr. Gilstrap served 
as executive director at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville 
for 1 1 years before being recruited as president and chief executive 
officer of Halifax Regional Medical Center in 1982. 

lumni y^drti Kecipi 

MCV Alumni Association of VCU award recipients Lou O. Brooks 
'77BFA'82BS(PT), Hodges-Kay Service Award and Mary D. Ellison 
'85PhD/A'01MS/HA, Outstanding Alumnus Award 

Mariann Johnson '78MD presents the Medicine Outstanding 
Alumnus Award to Harold Kimmerling '53MD 

Rebecca P. Snead '85BS recipient of the Pharmacy Alumnus 
Service Award, and Ronald G. Davis '73BS recipient of the 
Distinguished Pharmacy Alumnus Award 

Dean Ronald J. Hunt (R) presents the School of Dentistry's 
Harry Lyons Outstanding Alumnus Award to James H. 
Revere, Jr. '65DDS 

Barbara A. Reyna '94MS recipient of the Outstanding Nurse 
Alumnus Award, and Jerry Gradek '98MS recipient of the Nurse 
Alumnus Award for Outstanding Practice 

Dr. Chai Choi Chang '35M (left) received a special distinguished service award from 
Dr. Walter Lawrence, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Surgery and Director Emeritus of ihe 
Massey Cancer Center (right) at the Annual Grand Alumni and Retired Faca'U' ! •i-T.-i 





School of Medicine Class of '53 

Seated, left to right: Drs. Calvin Garrett, Joseph Gardner, Julius Griffin, 
Robert McDonald, M. G. Martin, Ross Orr, Paul Tanner, Harold Kimmerling, 
Thomas Stratford, Arthur Reynolds, Earl Fox and Baxter Byerly 

Standing, left to right: Drs. Charles Thedieck, Allen Pirkle, Warren Hagood, 
George Chappell, Robert Hu<%ens, Herman Brubaker, Terry Tanner, 
Claiborne Irby, Julie Moller Sanford, Fred Given, William Gee, Bill Fletcher, 
Charles Townsend, Richard Smith, John Watson, Earl Brown, Leroy 
McDaniel, Paul Deaton, Harry Johnson and Robert Howes 

Alumni kick up their heels to the beat of the music 

C A R A B 

School of Pharmacy Class of '53 

First row, from left to right: Barbara Plunkett, Nancy Gayheart, Barbara Jean Willis, 

S. Wallace Cundiff, Brantley Jefferson, Beverly Carson, Robert Jones 

Second row, from left to right: James Williams, Alan Pearson, Marshall Gayheart, Jr., 

Norman Hilliard, Fred Sarver, Raymond McFarlane, A. P. Myers, Reuben B. Young, 

E. Brannock Easley, Everett Lyon, Jr. 

Third row, from left to right: Harry Plimkett, Jr., Fred Weinberg, Jacob Chemitzer, 

Joe Jones, James Poole, Frederick Rahal, Hunter Gaunt, Jr., Austin Farley 

School of Dentistry Class of '53 

First row, from left to right: Philip B. Peters, Richard T. Bruce, Jr., 

John "Jack" Atkins, Clifton E. Crandell, Ronald N. Levin, Oliver L. Burkett, Jr., 

Richard C. Fisher, Jr. 

Second row, from left to right: J. Dan Reasor, Paul Burbank, Jr., Robert T. 

Edwards, T. Roy Jarrett, Jr., Marbury "Hutch" Hutchinson, Oscar P. Smith, 

D. W. Fawley, Jr., Edwin F. Irish 

School of Nursing Class of '53 

First row, from left to right: Alice L. Smith, Anne W. Hubbard, Patricia W. Foster, 

June Poteat Gwynn 

Second row, from left to right: Elsie Solonka Linn, Dorothea H. Patrick, 

Margaret "Billie" Way, Janet "Kitty" Kelly, Hilda R. Taylor 

Third row, from left to right: Rosemary Cook Via, Spencer Harvety Charetle, 

Clara Deyton, Joanne Flanagan Reynolds, Nancy H. Brame, 

Joann Lawson Garrett, Mary Sue Hudson 

Fourth row, from left to right: Joyce Hughes Gillespie, Gay H. Boswell, 

Ann L. Grant, Elsie Glavich Couchman, Jeanie Sutton, Romona P. Williams, 

Eleanor Leach Gouldin 

School of Nursing Class of '48 

First row, left to right; Emajean Davis, Madeline H. Snead, Frances K. Mc Claren 
Second row, left to right: Laura L. White, Ann Steigleder, Mary T. Krimm, 
DeUa D. Tolson, Louauna Byrd, Anna R. Fitts, Jeannette Howard 

Reunion Gatherings 

School of Physical Therapy Class of '53 

First row, from left to right: Robert L. West, Philip N. Pulizzi, and Joseph L. Gehris, III 

Second row, from left to right: Christine Erickson Friedrich, William J. Zoltowicz, Betty R. Landen, 

Barbara Winkler Jeffrey, Lucille Hannah Cocke, and Joseph A. Taylor 

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Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences 

left to right: Kim Sanford '91BS/AHP'01MD; Department Chair Barbara Lindsey '78MS/AHP; Rhonda 
Cafazza '77BS/AHP; and Beclcy Burkey '82BS/AHP celebrate at a Reunion reception and dinner com- 
memorating the 75th anniversary of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences' undergraduate 
program and the 35th anniversary of its graduate program. Alumni were joined by former and current 
faculty members at the Downtown Club of Richmond for the festivities. 

Reunion 2004 is coming, 

The MCV Alumni Association of VCU welcomed 
home over 1,200 of your fellow friends and classmates 
in April to celebrate Reunion 2003. Plans are currently 
underway for Reunion Weekend 2004. We hope you 
will mark your calendar and plan to join your class- 
mates April 23 - 25, 2004. All of our Grand Alumni 
(graduates from 1954 and earlier) and classes ending 
in 4's and 9's will be invited to attend activities at the 
Omni Richmond Hotel and at other locations in and 
around Richmond. 

You can look forward to a fun filled "thank-you" to all 
of the MCV Alumni Association's former illustrious 
leaders during a "Parade of Past Presidents" at Satur- 
day's Annual Meeting and Luncheon. You can plan to 
dance the night away to Uve music by the Fat Anunons 
Band at Saturday night's Campus Party. You can 
count on an inspiring tribute to our 50-year graduates 
at their Sunday morning Grand Alumni Induction 
Brunch. The School of Dentistry will present their 
Harry Lyons Alumnus of the Year Award at their 
dinner on Saturday night and the School of Pharmacy 
will bestow Alumni Recognition awards on deserving 
alumni at their dinner on Friday night. The School of 
Nursing vnH host its 36th Annual Mahoney-Hamner 
Nursing Alumni Lectureship on Saturday afternoon, 
and The School of Medicine will have a fiill Friday 
night at the Country Club of Virginia. We are always 
looking for a few interested graduates to help make 
their individual class events a success. Our weekend 
evaluations consistendy rank individual class events as 
being the highlight of the weekend for most alumni. 

Please contact the MCV Alumni Office at 804-828- 
3900 or 800-628-7799 if you are interested in assisting 
with your class activities, hosting your classmates at 
your residence or at a private club. In September, we 
mailed out personal data update forms to all invited 
alumni classes. Please help us keep our records accu- 
rate by returning your form to us as soon as possible. 



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avmg Lives on the 

Battlef ront and at Home 

Health Care Professionals Share their Experiences 

By Marcy Horwit; 

Warriors are trained to take life. Health care professionals are trained to 
save it. What happens when the two paths meet? 

The answers are as diverse as the people who serve in the armed forces 
in both wartime and peacetime. These are some of the stories MCV's 
graduates and faculty members tell of their experiences. 

All photos from Base HospitalNumber 45, Courtesy Special Collections and Archives, Tompkins-McCaw Library 

SCARAB n Winter 2003 

An honorable past. 

Lieutenant Colonel Stuart McGuire, 
M.C., commanding officer 

First, it's important to know that MCV and its staff have a long and 
honorable history of serving during wartime. During the Civil War, 
MCV was one of three southern medical schools to graduate a class 
each year of the Civil War and the only one now in existence. Some 

patients were housed in 
MCV's Egyptian Building 
after the separate MCV 
Hospital building, opened 
in April 1861, was closed as 
a hospital and used as a 
rooming house. Less than 
two miles away, Chimbora- 
zo Hospital was among the 
largest hospitals at that 
time. Dr. McCaw, who was 
on the faculty of MCV 
during the war, served as 
the commandant of the 
hospital and took some medical students with him to make rounds 
at the hospital. 

When the United States joined World War I in April 1917, MCV 
alumni and faculty served once again. In those days, military hospitals 
were staffed by physicians and nurses drawn from civilian hospitals. 
Many MCV doctors and nurses from St. Luke's Hospital found them- 
selves in Europe at Base Hospital Number 45, 
under the leadership of the legendary Stuart 
McGuire. Although base hospitals were sup- 
posed to be located at least 100 miles from the 
fighting. Base Hospital Number 45 was a 
mere eight miles away from the front lines. 

Allied troops began the St. Mihiel offen- 
sive on September 12, 1918. Base Hospital 
Number 45 cared for 8,000 casualties in just 
two weeks, taking transfers from the field and 
evacuation hospitals which were closer to the 
front lines. Contrary to expectations, medical 
admissions gready outnumbered surgical 
admissions. Why? 

James P. Neifeld '72MD' 78HS, F.A.C.S., 
offers a possible explanation. "Over 1,000 
soldiers were gassed by the Germans. And 
the flu epidemic of 1918 would have hit the 
soldiers first." October was a heavy time for 
flu cases at Base Hospital. 

Dental clinic in ac^iiort 

Dr. Neifeld is the Stuart McGuire Professor and Chair of the 
Department of Surgery at MCVH/VCU when he isn't researching the 
history of MCV at war. It's his passion. In a very real sense, his inter- 
est in MCV's wartime activities led him to MCV in the first place. 
His late father was a member of the 45th General Hospital — the 
successor to Base Hospital Number 45 — during World War II. 

The 45th General Hospital was staffed by many of the names who 
would later help lead MCV to greatness, including Buck Cherry, W. 
T. Thompson, Richard Michaux and others. High words of praise for 
the 45th come from none other than Dr. Michael DeBakey. The 
world famous transplant surgeon was a consultant to the military 
during that war. 

"The 45th General Hospital was as fine a mihtary hospital as I 
ever saw. The results were second to none." 

Serving behind the scenes. 

Dr. Duncan S. Owen, Jr. '65HS'66Fellowship, is Professor Emeritus, 
Internal Medicine; he spent 35 years on the MCV faculty. He 
reminds us that there were many medical people who served in 
important ways outside of combat zones. 

Dr. Owen was just beginning his medical residency when his 
active reserve papers came through. In July 1962 he headed for the 
Army's Medical Field Service School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to 
learn to be a doctor "the Army way." Within the year, the newly- 
qualified internist was sent to Korea. 


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When the Battle Raees On 

By Marcy Horwitz 

Dealing with Post Traumatic Stress 

Is there such a thing as a "good" war? The answer is irrelevant, 
because war — "good," bad or undecided — is indeed hell. Combat- 
ants and medical personnel alike witness unspeakable acts and 
endure intolerable situations. What is the effect of repeated exposure 
to war and its atrocities on the human mind? 
Joel Silverman, M.D. is Chairman of the Psychiatry Department at 
VCU School of Medicine. He sketches this scenario. 

Expose 100 people to the same horrific experience - rape, sexual 
assault, fire, a car or plane crash, random acts of urban violence, 
terrorism or war. Two-thirds of the group will cope well. The other 
third will experience some degree of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

What exacdy is PTSD? 

"It is an illness," says Dr. Silverman, "and it can be treated." 

Dr. Silverman was Chief of Psychiatry for the U.S. Army from 
1973-75. At the end of the Vietnam War, he saw his share of trauma- 
tized soldiers. But it was an incident in Richmond that compelled 
him to study PTSD in depth. In 1982, an industrial catastrophe 
involving a gas 3,000 times more toxic than cyanide killed one 
person and injured many others. A number of those who tried to 
help the injured later developed PTSD. 

PTSD is defined by four criteria. First, a person has to have legiti- 
mately experienced a trauma. Second, he or she must experience 

intrusive nightmares, flashbacks or memories. Third, the sufferer must 
be avoiding situations or relationships that trigger memories of the 
trauma. Finally, the PTSD victim will experience sleep abnormalities, 
increased irritability, concentration deficits and other difficulties. 

"PTSD is egalitarian," says Dr. Silverman. It can strike old and 
young, rich and poor, educated and uneducated. People who rou- 
tinely work with trauma victims — police and fire personnel, doctors 
and nurses — are definitely at risk. But certain biological and genetic 
factors can predispose an individual to PTSD. For example, says Dr. 
Silverman, persons with pre-existing mental illness are more likely to 
develop the disorder than others. 

Unchecked PTSD can ruin lives and families. But PTSD can 
be treated. 

"Psychology and biology cannot be separated," says Dr. Silverman, 
and the reality of PTSD means that the biology of the brain has been 
impacted in a negative and unhelpfiil way. Treatment — both medica- 
tions and psychotherapy — aims at restoring the biology of the brain 
and helping the PTSD patient put the experience in perspective. 
"People do bad things to each other. But there are aU kinds of ways 
to help. And we're pretty darn effective at helping people who've 
been hurt." 


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At Camp Kaiser, above the 38th Parallel, Dr. Owen was named 
post surgeon and assistant division surgeon. He found himself in 
charge of the medical care of five battalions, 125 medics, four physi- 
cians, and four dentists. His resources were limited to a 10-bed med- 
ical ward. He was in the boonies, just four miles away from the 
DMZ, and he was, by his own admission, green. 

But, as Dr. Owen says, "Being in the Armed Forces as a medical 
ofiScer is a maturing experience." The young medical officer set to work. 
The experience of morning sick call was his first target for reform. 

"It was, to my mind, a disaster," recalls Dr. Owen. Sick call 
would start at 0900 hours. The medical officer would arrive at 0930, 
by which time countless soldiers would be waiting "all over the place. 
They would even sit in the trees." 

On his first day on the job. Dr. Owen reworked the entire sick call 
process. He had each company medic start sick call at 0600, ready to 
deal viith simple illnesses such as colds. "If a venereal disease was sus- 
pected — and we had about 5,000 personnel who acquired one of the 
venereal diseases the year I was there — the medic would send the 
person to one of our lab technicians for the appropriate tests." Other 
medical cases would be referred to a senior noncommissioned officer 
and the appropriate tests done. Most patients would be sent back to 
their units, able to perform their usual duties. When Dr. Owen and 
his fellow medical officers would arrive on the scene at 0700, they 
would see 15 persons in need of medical care — not 125, as they had 
been seeing under the old system. These innovations were so effective 
they were adopted in three other dispensaries. 

Dr. Owen's military experience taught him a lot. "You not only 
learn administration and teamwork, but you also experience things 
you have not seen before." He has good 
advice for new doctors who find them- 
selves in uniform. 

"When in doubt as to whom you should 
salute — go ahead and salute anyway." 

A new practice - 
and a notice. 

Rudolph Bruni '51DDS graduated with 
MCV's dentistry class of 1951 — "the 
greatest class there ever was," as he recalls 
— and immediately set up a private prac- 
tice in Richmond. Despite the pressures 
of office rent and equipment payments, 
he managed to make a down payment 
on a house where he and his wife Sara 

planned to raise their new baby boy. 

That was on a Sunday in June of 1952. The very next day, Dr. 
Bruni was recalled to serve in the Korean War. 

Three months after reporting for duty, Dr. Bruni was told that 
he'd been recalled in error. He had already spent three years in the 
Navy. Still, he chose to serve at the Naval Operations Base (NOB) in 
Norfolk for the next 10 months. 

His new tour of duty had its perks. For one thing, Sara and the baby 
were able to join him in Norfolk, and the proximity to Richmond made 
it possible for him to visit his sick mother. For another, it gave him 
invaluable experience in endodontics and general dentistry. 

Fifty years ago, not everyone had access to quality dentistry. And 
it showed. "Some of these boys coming out of boot camp, they were 
dental wrecks," Dr. Bruni remembers. It could take as much as a 
hundred hours to repair their teeth and gums to the point where 
they could function. That represented a change fi:om the old World 
War II approach, when the goal was to patch a man up as quickly as 
possible and return him to his unit. The new approach was better for 
the men and for the service. As Dr. Bruni notes wryly, "You do not 
want a man in pain behind a gun." 

Lt. (JG) Bruni and his colleagues saw 12 to 20 patients each day 
— from the Naval Air Station and the War College, off destroyers 
and tenders, and from NOB. The work was hard, he remembers, but 
he discounts the hardships when he recalls fi-iends and colleagues 
who served, literally, in the foxholes. "We were busy doing what we 
were supposed to do. We didn't think about much else." 

His tour of duty over, Dr. Bruni left the Navy "with $20 to my 
name." Still, he re-opened his practice, where for the next 47 years 




in the dispensary 

he treated generations of Richmonders. He retired in 1998. Although he 
still misses his patients, he stays in touch with his professional friends 
and colleagues from MCV. The Class of '51, whose every single member 
served in the U.S. armed forces, has published an annual newsletter 
("The Painless PubUcation") continuously since graduation. 

"The hardest physical thing 
I have ever done." 

Diane Beiring '94MS/N '95FNPC, doesn't do things half-way. So 
when a friend suggested that she join the Army Reserves, Beiring 
opted instead for active duty, enlisting in the Army in February 1989. 
From October 1990 to April 1991, Capt. Beiring served in Iraq dur- 
ing Desert Shield/Desert Storm. 

"It's the hardest physical thing I have ever done," says Beiring, who 
is on the faculty of Bon Secours Memorial School of Nursing. "But it 
was a positive experience, both personally and professionally." 

Attached to the 46th Combat Support Hospital, Beiring carried 
an M-16, filled sandbags, helped put up tents and more — all in 
addition to her nursing duties. She has the highest praise for the 
doctors with whom she worked. 

"We treated more Iraqis than Americans, and the doctors were just 
as professional and caring with them as they were with the American 
wounded," she remembers. Still, there were difficulties. She remembers 
one case in particular. 

"We had to amputate the leg of an 
Iraqi. In that culture, an amputated Umb 
must be buried." While the necessary 
permissions were sought and obtained — 
a process that took several days — Beiring 
and her colleagues coped as best they 
could. "We just carried it around with us." 

In 1999, having been promoted to 
major, Beiring retired from the mihtary. 
What was the most difficult part of serving? 

"The hardest part was not knowing 
when you were going home," she says. 
But she thinks that the people back home 
had an even harder time. "They watched 
it all on CNN. We didn't know what was 
going on. We had less worry. We were 
doing our jobs." 

Experience, intuition 
overcome obstacles. 

Harry J. Tillman '97PhD, Capt., NC, USN earned his Ph.D. in nursing 
administration from the School of Nursing in 1997. He deeply appre- 
ciates the education he got at MCV. 

Busy hour in receiving ward 

"In the Navy, we train in the finest hospitals in the world, on 
equipment that is second to none. We have faculty who are the best 
in their fields. We train in ideal conditions." 

But conditions during the first Gulf War were a Uttle less than 
ideal. Then LCDR Tillman was assigned to Fleet Hospital 5, just 90 
miles from the Iraq-Kuwait border, in the fall of 1990. There young 
doctors, nurses and corpsmen discovered an important truth: "You 

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can't plug a monitor into the sand." 

That's where good training and good 
instincts came into play. Capt. Tillman 
recalls one example. He had been trained 
to run IV Unes by manually adjusting the 
flow. His newer colleagues — doctors, 
nurses, corpsmen — were only able to run 
TVs that depended on electrical pumps and 
battery backup packs. Neither source of 
power was available in their tent hospital. 

"Doing things the manual way, I was 
like a throwback," recalls Capt. Tillman. 
For the welfare of their patients (which 
included both civilians and combatants), 
he trained hundreds of his fellow health 
care professionals how to run manual TVs. 

That kind of flexibility and creativity 
is greatly valued even — especially — 
today. In rural settings, during civic emer- 
gencies and similar scenarios, "the most success is done by those 
who have the best experience and the best intuition for caring for a 
patient. Those permeate and stay with you regardless of the situation 
you're in." 

As a nurse, Capt. TUlman cared for his patients. Today, he's caring 
for the rights and dignity of research subjects as Deputy Director Navy 
Nurse Corps, for the Naval Medical Education & Training Command. 
And he's an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Inte- 
grative Systems and the Department of Maternal and Child Nursing. 
To what does he attribute his career path and success? 

"Great opportunities in the Navy and a great education from 
VCU School of Nursing." 

Return to N.Y. Harbor 

The spoils of war. 

War brings pain and loss. Yet war also brings hope and healing: 
many medical advances have been made in times of war. Dr. Neifeld 
reels off just a few. 

MCV admitted women for the first time during World War I. 
During World War II, a new method of transporting patient records 
was devised. (It involved punching holes in the documents and tying 
them to the patient's toe.) The use of fibrin sealant was pioneered 
during that war. New techniques for rapid blood acquisition were 
developed. The 45th General Hospital was the first wartime hospital 
to surgically repair nerves in the field following traumatic wounds. 

Dr. Neifeld welcomes inquiries about his slide show presentation, 
"MCV at War." Contact him at 

Marcy Horwitz is a freelance writer in Richmond. 

'03 Medicine & Dentistry Graduates 
Headed to the Armed Forces 

Air Force 

Todd Bruno, Travis Air Force Base, California; internal medical 

Kathleen Davey, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; internal medicine 

Jessica Powers, Wilford Hall AFB, Texas; internal medicine 

Zane Berry, Langley AFB; AEGD-1 

Jared Cardon, Las Vegas AFB; AEGD-1 

Kip Jones, Air Force Academy; AEGD-1 

Brad Pierson, Elgin AFB; AEGD-1 

Kelly Viau, Travis AFB; AEGD-1 


Gaelyn Eaton-Scuderi, Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, 

Virginia; transitional 
Marc Ferrera, Pensacola NMC, Florida; family practice 
Wes Hodgson, Bethesda NMC, Maryland; OB/GYN 
Katherine McNiff, Portsmouth NMC, Virginia; pediatrics 


Steve Lee, Wm. Beaumont Army Medical Center, Texas; surger)' 

David Stagliano, Walter Reed AMC, District of 

Columbia; pediatrics 
Robert Mansman II, Fort Meade; AEGD-1 
Mark Vagnetti, Fort Benning; AEGD-1 
Clay Williams, Fort Gordon; Endodontics 

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.ise Pettit processes 
I Class II Type A2 Bi( 


The Division of Consolidated Laboratory 
Services Stays Prepared for Emergencies 

By Sande Snead Fulk 

The nation will not soon 
forget the devastating threat 
that anthrax presented to 
the public. Nor will Denise 
Pettit '85BS'94PhD, lead 
scientist for The Division of 
Consolidated Laboratory 
Services (DCLS), neighbors 
to the MCV Campus. 

"Routinely we process 
legal samples that require 
special handhng," Pettit says. 
"But with anthrax the vol- 
ume was so much greater. 
We analyzed approximately 
1,000 samples that came into 
the lab." 

DCLS, a state-of-the-art 
facUity, is charged with devel- 
oping, implementing and vali- 
dating methods for the rapid 
detection of biological agents 
associated with terrorism. Fed- 
eral dollars are given to the 
state through the Center for 
Disease Control and Preven- 
tion (CDC) to enhance the 
Commonwealth's prepared- 
ness. Virginia is one of only 
five states in the nation fully 
funded for both biological and 
chemical preparedness, accord- 
ing to Pettit. 

Denise Pettit '85BS'94PhD and Becky Perdue ■62BS 


"It is critical to our national preparedness plan for 
an intentional release of a biological agent, that we have 
early rapid detection in order to limit disease transmis- 
sion and death," Pettit says. "The quicker the response, 
the better off we will be in the community. Our lab is 
the only National Laboratory Response Network confir- 
matory lab in Virginia." 

For biosecurity, only an individual who has gone 
through a federal security clearance can handle these 
select biological agents associ- 
ated with terrorism. They are 
stored under lock and key. 
Although citizens can request a 
tour of the facility, they must 
produce identification and 
information is recorded about 
the visit. Citizens can see the 
scientists at work through win- 
dows in the lab, but no one 
without clearance can access 
the containment labs. 

The lab focuses its testing 
on the samples that represent 
the highest risk and each sam- 
ple brought to the lab is 
assessed to determine its 
potential threat to the commu- 
nity. After the release of 
anthrax, it also had to field 

hundreds of calls vdth questions about collecting samples, etc. "We 
had to set up an in-take center to manage inquiries and sample sub- 
missions," Pettit says. "We had people working around the clock. 
We were rotating staff to accommodate the need." 

There were important lessons learned, especially in the area of 
communications. "We had an unprecedented number of samples 
that needed to be analyzed rapidly," Pettit says. "We had to establish 
a triage system for samples coming in and a reporting center to com- 
municate the results of our testing. We set up internal networks for 
communication where the laboratorians could use a computer to 
enter results. Then, the reporting center could view the results and 
communicate to the submitter... 

"It was crucial for information about the samples tested to be 
communicated to both emergency responders and public health 
departments. They would be responsible for starting an investigation 
to determine who has come in contact with a sample if one were 
positive for anthrax. We also have to communicate with law enforce- 
ment, the people who would want to pursue where the letter came 
from and who was the perpetrator. We worked to establish a rela- 
tionship v«th all the agencies that respond." 

"The breadth of testing here is incredible," 
"It's all in support of the citizens and 
their health and well being." 

The lab did testing on chnical 
samples at the same time it was 
receiving environmental samples 
like mail. "The safety issues were 
different," Pettit says. "We had 
to work with samples, using the 
most appropriate safety precau- 
tions. Our space was limited. 
Our high containment labs were 
small. It was challenging. During 
our response, we identified the 
need for more space to accommodate these types of emergencies and 
for people trained to work in containment environments." 

Some laboratories that did receive purified anthrax spores for 
analysis had to stop testing samples due to contamination issues. 
"They couldn't properly contain it," Pettit says. 

DCLS's new facihty has several isolation rooms so if one room 
needs to be shut down for disinfection, workers can continue to process 
samples in another room. "We are a hub for testing information. We 
get the big picture, not one piece of the puzzle," Pettit says. "We stUl 
are doing testing related to that intentional release — we provide 
services to postal offices that are being remediated, facilities that had 
contamination and are now cleaning up." 

This summer and fall, Pettit also directed the West Nile virus 
testing of samples in the Commonwealth. She and other scientists 
at the facility tested dead birds, sentinel chicken flocks, mosquitoes, 
horses and humans. Surveillance of anything endemic in the state 
such as West Nile virus is only a part of the picture. Other projects 
that Dr. Pettit's group works on include microbial source tracking, 
a method being developed to identify sources of fecal population in 
recreational watersheds. 

Becky Perdue '62BS and William Chase 

"In the summer there is a lot of arbovirus activity throughout the 
U.S.," Pettit says. "We've seen the West Nile virus spread across the state 
fairly comparably to the way it had spread last arbovirus season. However, 
a higher percentage of birds have tested positive this summer." 

Fortunately this year fewer human infections have been detected in 
Virginia residents. DCLS has identified 17 WNV probable cases so far 
this year, compared to the 29 cases identified last year. Environmental 
conditions play a role in the spread of West NUe, which is transmitted 
through the bite of an infected mosquito. Large epidemics of West 
NUe virus have been associated with drought conditions. 

"Last year was the largest outbreak of arboviral disease ever 
recorded in the western hemisphere," Pettit says. "We and other 
states do surveillance testing to detect the presence of arboviruses 
in a community so that citizens can be informed as soon as virus is 
detected in their vicinity. Then people can implement prevention 
measures to reduce mosquito exposure. These measures include 
eliminating standing water in containers and on flat surfaces out- 
doors, wearing long, loose, and light-colored clothing, and using 
insect repellent products. 

DCLS works closely with the CDC in Fort CoUins, the Virginia 
Department of Health, state epidemiologists and physicians in the 
surveillance of West Nile virus and other arboviruses among the 
human population. 

Another area that DCLS covers that most people don't know 
about, is testing on newborns, according to Becky Perdue '62BS, 

quality assurance training 
and safety manager. 

"We perform blood 
tests on every baby born 
in the state of Virginia," 
says Perdue, who is now 
president of the Alumni 
Association. "And more 
than 95,000 babies are 
born in the Common- 
wealth each year. We 
conduct eight tests when 
the baby is born including 
one for PKU which most 
people are familiar with, 
as well as for Maple 
Syrup Urine Disease, 
a very rare disease." 

The environmental 
chemistry section performs 
drinking water testing for 
the state. Recently, DCLS 
and the Department of Environmental Quahty developed practical 
sampUng and analysis techniques that allow accurate determination of 
minute quantities of metal in water. DCLS is one of only a few labs in 
the nation with this capability. 

DCLS is also responsible for testing gasoline. 
"We test octane levels to make sure you are getting what you pay 
for," Perdue says. "We test samples collected by the Virginia Depart- 
ment of Agriculture from every gasoline station in the Common- 
wealth twice a year." 

Also, if there is a complaint that someone has administered a 
pesticide incorrectly DCLS provides analytical testing to verify the 
complaint. The lab also tests commodities to ensure that products 
used by state agencies meet specifications for quaUty. "We even test 
lottery tickets," Pettit says. "We test tickets to ensure that they meet 
specifications, such as tensile strength, and we make sure they are 
tamper proof" 

"The breadth of testing here is incredible," she adds. "It's all in 
support of the citizens and their health and well being." 

Sande Snead Fulk is a Public Affairs Officer for the Virginia Depart- 
ment of Transportation and a Chesterfield County-based freelance 
writer. She has won numerous state and national writing awards, and 
is public relations chairman of Virginia Press Women. 

Joan Tupponce, editor o/ Scarab, contributed to this article. 

Receives Accolaaes 

Simulation Center is State-of-the-Art 

By Sande Snead Fulk 

It could be a real situation — 
anesthesia is being adminis- 
tered to a patient and suddenly 
the patient has an allergic reac- 
tion, a heart attack or a massive 
hemorrhage. Thanks to VCU's Depart- 
ment of Nurse Anesthesia's "Center 
for Research in Human Simulation," 
nurse anesthesia graduate students 
wiU know what to do even in these 
unusual situations. 

"Anesthesia is very safe, but if things 
go wrong and are not managed properly, 
it can be catastrophic," says Dr. Michael 
D. Fallacaro, certified registered nurse 
anesthetist, professor and chairman of 
the Department of Nurse Anesthesia. 
Located on the 1 1th floor of West 
Hospital on the MCV campus of VCU, 
the state-of-the-art laboratory features 
various simulation technologies 
including two patient simulators. 

I First organized in 1969, the Depart- 
; ment of Nurse Anesthesia has a long 
; history of educating nurse anesthetists. 
In fact, the Department was first in the 
nation to offer a Masters degree in nurse 
anesthesia more than 23 years ago. Five 
academic nurse anesthesia faculty (three 
with doctorates), work with more than 
20 adjunct faculty, two staff members 
and 1 1 chnical affiliated training sites to 
offer a 71 -credit hour, seven-semester 
program of study. Through the School 
of Allied Health Professions, the 
Department also participates in a dis- 
tance learning Ph.D. program of study 
in Health Related Sciences. 

The 1,300-square-foot simulation 
center opened in 1998 is one of a very 
few such laboratories in the country. 
Its dedicated patient simulators mimic 
human patients in eveiy way possible. 
The simulators breathe, have a pulse, 

Dr. Michael D. Fallacaro 

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heart and breath sounds, their eyes open and close, their arms move 
and they even talk via the faculty who program them to do so. 

"The simulator can make rare events commonplace," Fallacaro 
says. "Not many nurse anesthetists have experience in managing rare 
and critical events, because you don't see them very often. With the 
simulator, now they can." 

While a nurse anesthesia graduate student is working on a patient 
simulator in distress, the event is videotaped, and 
there is a debriefing afterwards, so that the cur- 
riculum is more experiential and applied than it 
once was. The facility also houses an adjoining 
classroom/conference room with closed-circuit 
television and projection screen that offers live 
viewing from the simulation lab. An intercom sys- 
tem allows classroom participants to communicate 
directly into the simulation center. A study area is " 

located within the facility for participants to work 
on computer-based educational programs. _. 

"I used to lecture about how to give anesthe- 
sia to a patient with a lesion in the brain, but 
now I can program the simulator to be that 
patient," Fallacaro says. "It's not enough that on 
paper a graduate student knows what to do in a critical situation. In 
the real world, an anesthetist must be able to apply that knowledge 
through positive actions. If something goes wrong in surgery on a 
real patient, the learner is often pushed aside for a more experienced 
provider and the learning opportunity is quite appropriately halted. 
With the simulator, the trainee can use critical thinking to solve the 

problem, apply their knowledge in such situations, and learn from 
their mistakes." 

The simulation lab is part of the Department of Nurse Anesthe- 
sia's patient safety initiative. Another part of the initiative includes 
patient safety trigger video vignettes. These films are recreated scenes 
of clinical problems that have occurred in the past. The problem is 
videotaped showing the crisis evolving, and the trainees are asked, 
"What would you do now?" Solutions are then 
visually presented based upon best evidence prac- 
" tice. These videos are made available as learning 
tools for other schools and professionals as well. 

Following time spent in the lab, and three 
didactic semesters of study, nurse anesthesia grad- 
uate students participate in a four-semester expe- 
riential practical curriculum where they get a 
^T" ^ chance to work direcdy with patients. They are 
[»'^^^^' challenged with planning for and administering 
all types of currently accepted general and regional 
anesthesia techniques to a variety of patients 
ranging in medical and surgical acuity. Graduate 
students are assigned to various anesthetizing 
locations at the VCU Health System or selected 
affiliate partner hospitals. 

VCU's nurse anesthesia program has garnered a host of accolades 
including being ranked as the best graduate nurse anesthesia program 
in the nation by US News and World Report for 2004. 

Dr. Fallacaro has four academic degrees including a masters and 
a doctorate in nursing, which he earned from the University of Buffalo 
in 1993 and 1994 respectively. 


Medical College 
of Virginia Societ)4 

Celebrating a proud heritage ... 

building a strong future for the MC V Campus^ 

of Virginia Coniiiionwealth University 

What's in a name? Close to 150 years of tradition, pride 
and honor for alumni of the university's medical 
campus. That's why the MCV Foundation has decided 
to change the name of its Heritage Society to the Medical 
College of Virginia Society. 

"We beheve the Society's new name will have greater meaning 
for MCV Campus alumni," says Mickey Dowdy, president of the 
MCV Foundation. "The name celebrates the historical roots of this 
medical institution while buOding financial support for the future." 

Since its creation in 1994, the Heritage Society has recognized 
more than 300 alumni and friends who have made provisions in 
their estate plans to benefit any area of the MCV Campus, including 
the Schools of AUied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, 
Nursing and Pharmacy, as well as the VCU Health System and the 
Massey Cancer Center. The MCV Society will continue with this 
honored tradition. 

Contributions from MCV Society members are a grov^ing area 
of financial support for the campus, says Dowdy. "Planned gifts 
represent 15 to 20 percent of the money we receive each year, and 
we are looking forward to the day we induct our 500th member, 
when planned gifts are providing 30 percent of our total support." 

In the nine years since the Heritage Society was estabhshed, 
planned gifts to the MCV Foundation have grown from just under 
$700,000 in fiscal year 1994 to $3.6 million in fiscal year 2003. 

Why are more and more donors choosing to make a planned gift 
versus traditional methods of giving? Dowdy explains that "planned 
giving can be an extremely tax- wise way to accomplish philanthropic 
goals, depending on the type of gift a donor makes. And, like many 
of us, if a donor is concerned about outhving his or her resources, 
then a bequest is the most efficient way to make a gift." 

Current Gift 
Annuity Rates at 
MCV Foundation 















Estate gift highlights, FY 2003: 

• A $950,000 bequest firom the estate 
of Dr. Robert Woolv^dne D'42 
and his wife, Elizabeth, will help 
the School of Dentistry toward its 
$4 million capital campaign goal 
to modernize the school's clinical 
simulation laboratory. 

• Dr. Harold KimmerUng M'53 and 
his wife, Martha, have pledged 
more than $1 million to create a 
Chair in Cardiology at the VCU 
School of Medicine. The Kimmer- 
lings fulfilled a majority of their 
pledge by donating undeveloped 
real estate on Sea Island, Ga., valued 

at $950,000. Through their gift, they were able to avoid a substantial 
capital gains tax, estimated at more than $180,000. 

• Ten individuals created charitable gift annuities last year at the 
MCV Foundation, together bringing in more than $350,000 for 
areas across the MCV Campus. AU of these donors wiU receive 
annual income from their annuities for the remainder of their lives. 

Join the Medical College of Virginia Society 

The Society is open to individuals who provide future support 
of the MCV Campus through provisions in their estate plans 
in any of the following ways: 

• Charitable Bequest in a Will 

• Retirement Plan Designation 

• Irrevocable Gift to a Charitable Trust, Gift Annuity or 
Pooled Income Fund 

• Insurance Policy Provision 





PHONE 804.828.9734 

Facsimile 804.828. sooi 

If you would like to learn more about giving opporluniiies, 
please feel free to contact Michael Dowdy at 804. 82S. 9734, 
email: mdowdy@mail2.vcu.edii, or go to our web page at 
www. mcvfoundation. org. 


Fighting Prostate 

■ ^k "t^ /^#j"f^Alums and Instructors 
^^^CIX Lv^^^X Populate Virginia Urology 

By S a n d e Snead Fulk 

Many people are surprised to learn that one of the 
most common forms of cancer in American 
men is prostate cancer, second only to skin can- 
cer. The good news in all of this is that there are 
many new and varied treat- 
ment options for men diagnosed with this disease. 

While surgery remains one of the best ways to 
eradicate prostate cancer, surgical options are less 
invasive than they once were. For example, lapro- 
scopic prostactomies can be performed using a 
special robotic arm to make a smaller incision than 
in traditional surgery. 

Additionally, medications and even vaccines 
are being developed to combat the disease. VCU's 
Massey Cancer Center is one of more than 400 
sites in North America to participate in the 
Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial, 
known as SELECT. The trail includes 32,400 men, 
and will evaluate whether the two dietary supple- 
ments can protect against prostate cancer. 

Another study shows that oral sodium clodronate, a drug com- 
monly used to prevent bone loss, may slow the spread of cancer to 
the bone and reduce the risk of death. Estimates show prostate 
cancer spreads to the bone in about 85 percent of men. 

But perhaps some of the most exciting news 
for men is that a prostate-cancer vaccine, 
Provenge, is being fast-tracked to accelerate 
development. Provenge is designed to build up 
a man's immune system against prostate cancer. 

Screening tests that help physicians detect 
prostate cancer as early as possible are also 
promising. These tests are currently under investi- 
gation and in Hmited use. 

While treatment options are many and varied, 
the first thing a man with prostate cancer should 
do is find a good physician. 

Virginia Urology is one medical center that 
speciahzes in urologic cancer and in particular, the 
treatment of prostate cancer. 

"I've watched a whole generation change in the 
treatment of prostate cancer," says Dr. Gary Bokinsky'71MD'74HS. 
"From a surgical standpoint, the most common procedure today is a 

Gary Bokinsky '71MD'74HS 

Joseph Concodora '73MD 

radical prostatectomy, which can be done by a laproscopic, retropu- 
bic or perineal approach. AH of these prostate cancer treatments can 
be done in our own Surgical Center." 

In keeping everything in-house, Virginia Urology has its ovm 
tumor registrar who compiles extensive data 
regarding urologic cancers and their treatment. 
The research staff, physicians and medical staff 
constantly evaluate new and established treatment 
options. The group has a pathologist on staff, so 
all biopsies are ready by one or two people who are 
known and trusted. 

"We do our own lab processing, so there is 
consistency," Bokinsky says. "We have our own 
research department and we actively conduct drug 
studies and clinical research." 

Dr. Joseph Concodora, '73MD who works out 
of the Hopewell office, says Virginia Urology is one 
of the largest private urology practices in the nation. 
"This is a one-stop shopping center," says Con- 
codora, who also did his urology residency at MCV. 
"Several of us do endoscopic and laproscopic surgery. We have spe- 
cialists in pediatrics, incontinence, erectile dysfunction." 

"We have doctors with sub specialties including female inconti- 
nence, uro-oncology, kidney stones and pediatric urology." adds 

Bokinsky, who also did his surgical residency at MCV. 
The group of 30 urologists — 11 are alumni and 
more than half serve as instructors in the School of 
Medicine — offer expertise in almost every facet of 
urology. Virginia Urology has more than 185,000 
patients in its active database. 

"We have state-of-the-art medical records that 
are electronically filed so anyone in our practice 
can access patient records ft'om home or even in 
the car," Bokinsky says. "If I have to see another 
doctor's patient whom I know nothing about, I can 
puU up the chart and have all of the information at 
my fingertips." 

In September, Virginia Urology opened a new 
55,000-square-foot complex on Richmond's south- 
side that houses their research, laboratory and 
administration facilities. 


U.S. News & World 
Report Cites 20 VCU 
Graduate Programs 

In its 2004 rankings of "America's Best 
Graduate Schools," U.S. News & World 
Report cited 20 VCU graduate programs 
among the Top 60 of their peers nationally. 
The programs are split between VCU's 
two campuses. 

Thirteen of the programs rank in the 
Top 20 of their peers, and six rank in the 
Top 10. HighUghts include: 

■ Sculpture and Nurse Anesthesia captured 
the No. 1 spot in their respective categories. 

■ The other Top 10 schools and programs 
are the School of the Arts, 6th; Graphic 
Design, 4th; Health Services Administra- 
tion, 5th; and Painting and Drawing, 10th. 

■ Other schools in the top 60 include the 
School of Education, 39th; the School of 
Nursing, 48th; and the School of Medi- 
cine, 59th in the research medical school 
category. Schools carrying over earlier 
rankings are the School of Social Work, 
13th; the School of Dentistry, 13th; and 
the School of Pharmacy, 19th. 

■ Other VCU graduate programs ranked 
among the Top 60 are Community Health, 
18th; Rehabilitative CounseUng, 20th; and 
Teacher Preparation, Top 50. Graduate 
programs carrying over previous rankings 
are Physical Therapy, 15th; Occupational 
Therapy, 17th; Creative Writing, 50th; 
CUnical Psychology, 50th; and PubUc 
Affairs, 51st. 

VCU Health System 
Appoints New 
Hospital CEO 

The VCU Health System 
appointed John F. Duval 
Chief Executive Officer of 
MCV Hospitals. He assumed 
his new position June 1. 

"Duval brings impressive 
credentials to this job with 
more than 20 years of health 
care management experi- 
ence, most of it in an acade- 
mic medical center setting," 
says Dr. Eugene P. Trani, 
VCU president and president 
and chair of the VCU Health 
System Board of Directors. j^,,^ p p^^^g, 

For the past six years, Duval 
has been chief operating officer of 
University Medical Center at the 
University of Arizona Health Sci- 
ences Center in Tucson. Prior to 
that he was vice president for profes- 
sional and ancillary services at the 
health services center. 

"I am quite delighted to be part 
of the VCU Health System and the 
Richmond community," Duval says. 
"MCV Hospitals and the VCU 
Health System have a great tradition 
of excellence in providing care, edu- 
cation and research, with a reputa- Qr. David 
tion that is respected nationally 
and internationally." 

As hospital CEO, Duval will be responsible 
for the overall management of the hospital, 
including administration, financial opera- 
tions, patient care services, support services, 
clinical services and medical affairs. 

Dr. David Sarrett 
Appointed To Associate 
Vice President For 
Health Sciences 
Academic Affairs 

Dr. David Sarrett was recently appointed to 
the position of Associate Vice President for 
Health Sciences for Academic Affairs. His 
appointment was effective July 1 . 

In his position. Dr. Sarrett will advise 
and assist Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin, senior 
executive vice president and chief operating 
officer for the VCU Health System in his 
role as Vice President for Health Sciences 
in the administration of academic programs 
and academic support at the VCU Medical 
Center. Dr. Sarrett will work 
closely with the MCV Campus 
Deans, the Vice Provost for 
Academic Affairs, the Associ- 
ate Vice President for Health 
Sciences for Fiscal Affairs 
and the Dean of Graduate 
Studies on academic matters 
on the MCV Campus. Dr. 
Sarrett also will continue his 
responsibilities for academic 
affairs within the School of 


Dr. Sarrett joined VCU in 1993 as Chair 
of the Department of General Practice in the 
School of Dentistry. He was previously a 
member of the faculty at the University of 
Florida College of Dentistry. In 2000, Dr. 
Sarrett was appointed to the position of 
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and 
Director of Graduate Programs. 

Cancer Cluster 
$4.5 million grant: 

Thanks to a five-year, $4.5 million grant 
awarded in August by the National Cancer 
Institute, VCU's Massey Cancer Center is 
well on its way to finding more revolution- 
ary ways to kill cancer cells with radiation. 

Already, in the past five years, a similar 
grant from the institute allowed VCU 
researchers to identify a gene in a cancer cell 
that prevents radiation from doing its job. 
By successfully blocking the gene's function, 
researchers made the ceU more susceptible 
to radiation. 

With this latest grant, the team will work to 
find new cancer therapies. 

"During the past five years, we have 
unraveled molecular details of cancer cell 
responses to radiation, and this improved 
understanding of cellular radiation respons- 
es at the molecular level has dramatical!)' 
changed our views of radiation's effects on 
cells," says Dr. Rupert K. Schmidt-Ullrich, a 
radiation oncologist who leads the research 
team. "Improved understanding of the regu- 
lation of cellular radiation signals will point 
to new therapeutic strategies, the ultimate 
goal of which is the potential of target-spe- 
cific genetic radiotherapy." 

Nursing NiH Grant 

Ever wondered what effect stress has on the 
immune system? With the help of a grant 
of $1,057,167 from the National Institutes 
of Health, Dr. Nancy McCain and fellow 
researchers at VCU's Department of Adult 
Health Nursing may find out. 

In clinical trials, Dr. McCain and col- 
leagues will examine what, if any, benefits 
accompany alternative stress therapies in 
HIV treatments. 

The news so far is encouraging, showing 
that HIV patients who manage stress, 
through Tai Chi, spiritual growth interven- 
tions or support groups, have stronger 
immime systems. 

Bruce Hornsby 

Stars Shine 
For Cancer 

Hurricane Isabel was 
forgotten for a few 
hours on Sept. 20 while 
5,000 people at the 
Siegel Center mellowed 
out on ballads fi'om 
three-time Grammy 
winner Bruce Hornsby and laughed until 
they cried at Jay Leno's wit. (Leno is the host 
of The Tonight Show.) Health Care insur- 
ance corporation Anthem sponsored the 
benefit — Anthem LIVE! Presents Jay Leno 
— for VCU's Massey Cancer Center. Every 
bit of the ticket price went to the Anthem 
Cancer Research Endowment Fund for 
Massey, raising $505,080. 

VCU Health System 
Expects Profit 

Looks as if VCU Health System's cost cut- 
ting and revenue-generating moves paid off 
this year. In June, this non-profit organiza- 

tion that operates Virginia Premier HMO, 
MCV Hospitals and its clinics, and MCV 
Physicians, recorded a $17.2 million profit 
through May. That's about $3.8 million 
more than projected and $12.3 million more 
than the previous year. 

"The health system is doing very well 
financially, but there are still challenges to 
meet," says Robert E. Rigsby, chairman of 
the finance and property committee of the 
health system's board of directors. "While 
we are extremely pleased. . .there are tremen- 
dous needs of this organization, particularly 
capital needs, very significant for this year 
and next." 

VCU Study: Loss Mixed 
With Humiliation Could 
Spark Depression 

Besides serious loss, humiliating events in 
a person's Ufe — particularly involving 
romantic breakups — appear to be strongly 
linked to risk for major depression, accord- 
ing to a study by VCU researchers. 

The study, published in the Archives of 
General Psychiatry, is the largest to rate how 
specific groups of stressful life events spark 
depression, anxiety or both in men and 

women. "Love can make 
our Ufe wonderful, but it 
also can make us miser- 
able," says psychiatric 
geneticist Kenneth S. 
Kendler, M.D., director 
of the Virginia Institute 
for Psychiatric and 
Behavioral Genetics. 

"When we looked at 
stressful life events that 
predisposed men and 
women to the onset of 
episodes of depression, 
the most toxic combina- 
tion was loss and humil- 
iation that in some way 
directly devalued the 
individual in a core role," the study's lead 
author says. "That combina- 
tion was twice as potent for 
predisposing to depression as 
pure loss alone, such as death 
of a loved one. Most cases of 
combined loss and humilia- 
tion involved romantic 

"For example, if your 
marriage breaks up, that's a 
loss, and it's reasonable to 
expect that you will experi- 
ence aspects of grief including 

sadness and loss of appetite. If your marriage 
breaks up, and your husband moves into a 
house a few doors away with a woman half 
his age, and he shows off his new girlfriend 
to your friends and family — that's grief 
combined with humiliation. That combina- 
tion is especially strongly Unked to risk for a 
depressive episode." 

Researchers interviewed 7,322 male and 
female twins registered with VCU's Mid- 
Atlantic Twin Registry over several years to 
assess which stressful life events appeared to 
have been linked to episodes of depression 
and anxiety. 

Sculptor Student Earns 
Javits Fellowship 

Alessandra Torres, a second-year student 
in VCU's Master of Fine Arts Sculpture 
program, has received the Jacob K. Javits 
Fellowship for demonstrating superior 
artistic achievements. 

"The Javits Fellowship is one of the most 
prestigious graduate awards in the country, 
so we're extremely pleased with what 
Alessandra has accomplished," says Richard 
Toscan, Ph.D., dean of the School of the 
Arts. "Her accompUshment is yet another 
fine example of the success and dedication 
coming from our Sculpture program." 

Torres v^dll receive $29,000, to cover part 
of her graduate study and materials costs. 
The scholarship award also gives Torres an 
opportunity to create works for larger exhi- 
bition areas. 

Her works include a broad range of 
materials, such as steel, glass, porcelain, 
rubber, plaster and latex. She says many of 
her sculptures, which resemble movie or 
stage sets where viewers can enter a different 
three-dimensional world, are highly influ- 
enced by her environment. "The diverse 
faculty and graduate students at Virginia 
Commonwealth University come together to 
form a community which has served to both 
support and challenge my work," Torres 
says. "We all share great respect for one 

another and are as interested 
in and devoted to the devel- 
opment and success of each 
other's work as we are to 
our ovfn." 

Named in honor of the late 
Jacob K. Javits, a New York 
senator, the Javits Fellowship 
is presented students with 
demonstrated achievement 
and exceptional promise, with 
plans for advanced graduate 
study in arts, humanities or 
social sciences. 

Kenneth S. Kendler 

VCU Creates Two 
New Interdisciplinary 

With approval from the State Council of 
Higher Education for Virginia this summer, 
VCU has opened two new schools: the 
School of Government and Public Affairs, 
directed by Robert Holsworth, Ph.D., and 
the School of World Studies, directed by 
R. McKenna Brown, Ph.D. 

The new schools will foster greater col- 
laboration between disciplines and stronger 
faculty resources for students because they 
do not have traditional departmental struc- 
tures, found at other liberal arts and science 
programs. The schools will combine the tal- 
ents of faculty in VCU's College of Humani- 

ties and Sciences into academic programs 
that cross many disciplines. 

The School of Government and Pubhc 
Affairs will be the largest of its kind in the 
Southeast. It will offer programs in criminal 
justice, economics, non-profit management, 
political science, public administration and 
urban studies. "This new academic entity 
will help VCU strengthen its academic pro- 
grams in these areas, help our faculty focus 
on policy issues related to state and federal 
government, and give the university an 
opportunity to develop a nationally ranked 
public affairs academic unit," says Provost 
Roderick J. McDavis, Ph.D. 

The School of World Studies will offer 
programs in cultural anthropology, foreign 
languages, geography, international studies 

and religious studies. "This school will chal- 
lenge our faculty to think outside the box 
about their academic disciplines," Dr. 
McDavis says. 

Dr. Holsworth joined the VCU Depart- 
ment of Political Science in 1978, earning 
the VCU Outstanding Teaching Award in 
1991 and the SCHEV Virginia Outstanding 
Faculty Award in 1997. He will continue to 
direct the Center for Public Policy. 

Dr. Brown joined the Department of 
Foreign Languages in 1995 and become 
director of the International Studies Pro- 
gram in 1998. He received the College of 
Humanities and Sciences Distinguished 
Teaching Award in 2002 and is currently 
directing a multi-year Title VI grant from 
the U.S. Department of Education. 

Four Professors Honored At Convocation 

VCU honored four outstanding faculty members during its 21st Convocation ceremony in September. 
The 2003 Distinguished Faculty Award recipients are: 

■ Lester Van Winkle, School of the Arts 
Distinguished Teaching Award 

A professor in VCU's Department 
of Sculpture for 34 years. Van Winkle 
played a major role in the development 
of the graduate sculpture program 
ranked first nationally by U.S. News & 
World Report. Van Winkle also has men- 
tored students from freshman founda- 
tion courses, through beginning and 
advanced sculpture, to graduate level 
seminars and studios. 

■ Nicholas P. Farrell, Ph.D., College of 
Humanities and Sciences, Distinguished 
Scholarship Award 

Dr. Farrell, professor of inorganic 
chemistry, is an internationally recog- 
nized leader in the field of platinum 
chemistry. He arrived in 1993 with a 

reputation in bioinorganic chemistry, 
and he quickly succeeded in assembling 
a research group. His most notable 
achievement is the design, synthesis and 
development of the first novel platinum- 
based drug to enter clinical trials since 
the chemotherapy treatment cisplatin 
30 years ago. 

■ JoAnne K. Henry, Ed.D., R.N., School 
of Nursing, Distinguished Service Award 
Dr. Henry, director of the University 
Office of Health Policy and Research, has 
been a faculty member for more than 25 
years. She has worked to advance health 
care of the traditionally un-served and 
underserved. As director of the Commu- 
nity Nursing Organization, the service 
unit charged with developing new models 
of nursing practice and community 

partnerships, she has received about 
$700,000 in foundation grants to support 
community and outreach activities. 

■ Earl F. Ellis, Ph.D., School of Medicine, 
University Award of Excellence 
Dr. EUis, professor of pharmacology 
and toxicology, directs the M.D./Ph.D. 
program, where his responsibilities 
include recruitment, admissions, orienta- 
tion, counseling, faculty mentor recruit- 
ment, scheduling program events, student 
evaluations and budgetary issues. A 
major contributor to VCU's multidisci- 
phnary research team studying traumatic 
brain injury. Dr. EUis recently invented 
a novel approach to study the effect of 
traumatic injury on individual brain cells 
in tissue culture, where physicians can 
perform biochemical and functional 
studies on the processes of brain injury. 

Lester Van Winkle 

Nicholas Farrell 

JoAnne Henry 

Earl Ellis 

PICU Celebrates 
Silver Anniversary 

The Greater Richmond area's first critical 
care unit for children — the VCU Medical 
Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit — 
marked 25 years of service to critically ill 
children vifith a summer celebration that 
reunited former patients and their families 
with doctors, nurses and other staff. 

Since opening in 1978, the PICU has tal- 
lied more than 17,000 admissions. "Our unit 
was a pioneer in Virginia. We were the first 
to offer a new specialty, pediatric critical 
care," says John J. Mickell, M.D., chair of 
pediatric critical care medicine and PICU 
director firom its start. "Over the years, we 
have advanced the level of care thanks to 
emerging technologies and from knowledge 
gained from critical care research, done here 
and elsewhere." 

Equipped with state-of-the-art instru- 
mentation and ready to employ the latest 
life support techniques, the PICU is a Level 
1, 12 -bed area staffed to care for critically ill 
infants, children and adolescents. Common 
admission diagnoses include seizures, 
meningitis, asthma, congenital heart disease, 
circulatory shock, diabetes, kidney failure, 
acute blood disorders, poisoning and 
multiple trauma. 

In addition to admissions from the emer- 
gency rooms, pediatric floors and operating 
rooms, the VCU unit receives referrals from 
other Richmond hospitals and regional 

hospitals extending north to Fred- 
ericksburg and south to the North 
Carolina border. 

By year-end, the PICU is 
scheduled to move into a $2.3 
million renovation and relocation. 
StiU with 12 critical care beds, 
the unit will be configured to pro- 
vide larger, more private patient 
spaces that can accommodate 24- 
hour family visitation and 
advance family-centered care. 

Restaurant Gives 'Tip' 
Worth Thousands 

Morton's The Steakhouse, celebrated its 
spring opening in Richmond with "A Night 
to Remember," a stroUing dinner party and 
cocktail party that benefited the 
VCU Medical Center. Morton's 
management decided to "give 
back to the community" by 
hosting the fundraiser to sup- 
port the mission of the Emer- 
gency Department and Level 1 
Trauma Center, after the two 
units were cast in the national 
spothght last fall while providing 
superior care for a shooting vic- 
tim of the Washington, D.C. 
area sniper. Sheri Bennington, 
Morton's general manager, pre- 
sented a check for $17,777 to 
Joseph P. Ornato, M.D., chair of emergency 
medicine, and Nancy Martin, trauma pro- 
gram manager. 

Massey Cancer Center 
Chosen As 
Palliative Care 
Leadership Center 

The Center to Advance Palliative Care, a 
national program of the Robert Wood John- 
son Foundation, has awarded the paUiative 
care program at VCU's Massey Cancer Center 
a $750,000 grant to increase the avaUabUity of 

Thomas Smith 

palliative care in the United States. 

The VCU program wiU teach other cancer 
centers the optimal way to provide treat- 
ment aimed at reUeving pain and symptoms 
as part of state-of-the-art cancer care. Massey 
is one of six institutions — and the only East 
Coast location or cancer center — chosen as 
PaUiative Care Leadership Centers. 

"Massey's palliative care program is 
clearly recognized as one of the national 
leaders in pain and symptom control," says 
Thomas Smith, M.D., medical director of 
the Thomas Palliative Care Unit at VCU. 
"We now have the opportunity to teach our 
methods to more than 100 teams fi-om other 
cancer centers over the next three years." 

Palliative care is a rapidly growing field, 
specializing in treating the pain and suffering 
of seriously ill patients in order to maximize 
quality of life. Research shows 
that a majority of patients with 
cancer and other serious Ulnesses 
suffer pain and discomfort even 
though their symptoms can be 
treated safely and effectively. 

National Report 
Praises VCU 
Health System 
For Smallpox 

In a report to the Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention, 
the Institute of Medicine singled out the 
VCU Health System as "a good example" of 
an organization that has attained a high level 
of preparedness without vaccinating its 
healthcare workers before a smallpox attack. 

The August report was the fourth in a 
series, produced by the lOM's Committee 
on Smallpox Vaccination Program Imple- 
mentation, to advise the CDC on the execu- 
tion of the national smallpox vaccination 
program. While earlier reports recommended 
a focus on preparedness versus the actual 
number of people vaccinated, the August 
report recommended that the CDC provide 
guidance to assist state public health agencies, 
emergency medical services, hospitals and 
other healthcare partners to estabUsh a mini- 
mum standard of preparedness for a small- 
pox attack. 

The VCU Health System received national 
attention when it decided to delay vaccinat- 
ing its healthcare workers "pre-event" — 
before an actual smallpox attack — for hos- 
pital patient safety considerations. However, 
the system developed a smallpox prepared- 
ness plan that included the 
modification of facilities for the treatment of 
smallpox victims; comprehensive training on 
smallpox diagnosis, treatment, and infection 


control; and measures for the rapid vaccina- 
tion of hospital staff in a post-event scenario. 
The VCU Health System policy develop- 
ment was spearheaded by two nationally 
recognized leaders in epidemiology and 
infectious diseases, Richard P. Wenzel, 
M.D., M.Sc, chair of internal medicine, and 
chief epidemiologist Michael B. Edmond, 

ScHENKEiN Honored For 
Contributions In 
Dental Research 

The International Association of Dental 
Research presented its 2003 Basic Research 
in Periodontal Disease Award — its highest 
honor — to Harvey Schenkein, D.D.S., 
Ph.D., assistant dean for research in VCU's 
School of Dentistry. lADR recognized Dr. 
Schenkein for his contributions and 
research related to the genetics and patho- 
genesis of periodontal disease. He was hon- 
ored this summer during the opening cere- 
monies of the lADR's 81st general session in 
Goteborg, Sweden. 

Dr. Schenkein has published numerous 
works in inflammation, immunology and 
human genetics. He has been assistant 
dean for research and director for VCU's 
Clinical Research Center for Diseases since 
1986, and is a former director of postgradu- 
ate periodontics. 

Harvey Schenkein 

VCU Health System 
Among Nation's 
'Most Wired' 

The VCU Health System is one of the 
nation's "Most Wired" hospitals and health 
systems, according to the 2003 Most Wired 
Survey and Benchmarking Study by Hospi- 
tals & Health Networks. The survey measures 
U.S. hospitals and health systems on their 
use of Internet technologies for safety and 
quality, customer service, disaster readiness, 
business processes and workforce issues. 

"Using state-of-the-art information tech- 
nology to enhance and improve the quality 

of our patient care is a major initiative of the 
VCU Health System," says Sheldon Retchin, 
M.D., chief executive officer of the VCU 
Health System and vice president for health 
sciences. "We've worked hard in this area, 
surpassing many of the country's major 
medical centers, and we are the only health 
system in Central Virginia to be recognized 
as a technology leader." 

The 100 Most Wired institutions provide 
Web-based patient education at the bedside, 
offer disease-specific self-assessments online 
and link clinical equipment to feed patient 
readings directly into medical records. 

Eating Disorder 
Symptoms Getting 
More Severe, VCU 
Study Shows 

Many young women seeking outpatient 
treatment for eating disorders have more 
severe symptoms than patients had a decade 
ago — before changes in the U.S. healthcare 
system made it more difficult to get referrals 
to eating disorder specialists, according to a 
VCU-led study published in August in Eat- 
ing Behaviors. 

The study found that an increasing num- 
ber of women with anorexia nervosa are 
more likely today than in the past to have a 
dangerously low Body Mass Index (BMI), 
below 15, suggesting severe underweight and 
malnourishment. Those with bulimia ner- 
vosa are demonstrating more psychological 
problems, including problems with relation- 
ships, than they did in the past. 

"Treatment for eating disorders such as 
anorexia and bulimia has been altered dra- 
matically in the past several years by changes 
in the mental healthcare delivery system," 
says Suzanne E. Mazzeo, Ph.D., assistant pro- 
fessor of psychology. "The trend is away from 
lengthy psychiatric hospitaUzation of patients 
with eating disorders toward either short hos- 
pital stays or, more likely, outpatient treat- 
ment. Our study indicates that some of these 
changes may have resulted in some yoimg 
women being sicker before they obtain treat- 
ment for their eating disor- 
ders. Women may be losing 
more weight before seeking 
help, and the treatment pro- 
grams are more limited now 
than they were in the past." 

The study included 
researchers from the 
University of Illinois at 
Urbana-Champaign and 
Bloomington Hospital in 
Bloomington, Ind. 

VCU Discovery Could 
Help Physicians 
Control Clotting 

VCU researchers have developed an innova- 
tive laboratory test that could help clinicians 
target drugs to control a range of blood- 
clotting problems — from hemorrhaging in 
accident victims to uncontrolled bleeding in 
hemophiliacs to excessive clotting that could 
lead to life-threatening thrombosis. The new 
tool quickly measures the amount and speed 
at which the enzyme thrombin is produced 
in a patient's blood. 

Finding a way to accurately and easily 
mark the moment that thrombin generation 
begins following surgery or injury to a blood 
vessel and to measure the rate and amount 
of thrombin produced in a patient's blood is 
"the holy grail of coagulation," says VCU 
blood-dotting expert Marcus E. Carr Jr., 
M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine 
and pathology. Current methods to assess 
the function of the haemostatic system are 
relatively crude. 

"Thrombin generation increasingly is rec- 
ognized as the critical component of normal 
hemostatic function," Dr. Carr says. "If 
thrombin generation is delayed or deficient, 
as it might be in a hemophiliac, the patient 
is at risk for excessive bleeding. If thrombin 
generation is not controlled, the patient is at 
risk for recurrent thrombosis, which could 
cause stroke, coronary infarction, circulatory 
problems in the legs or other serious diseases. 
Physicians who want to treat any of these 
cases with some of the new therapies being 
introduced need much more information 
about thrombin than they can get today." 

In articles published this summer by the 
Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Dr. 
Carr and his team describe a blood analysis 
process that uses technology Dr. Carr devel- 
oped at VCU to measure how long it takes 
for thrombin to form in normal blood, in 
blood fi-om patients with coronary artery 
disease and in blood from hemophiliacs. 

VCU Welcomes Record 

In August, VCU welcomed 
its largest freshman class, 
marking the fifth consecutive 
year of increased freshman 
enrollment. Fall semester 
statistics include: 

■ A record 3,250 freshmen, 
up from 3,048 last year. 

■ An increase in the number 
of first-time freshmen who 

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are African-American, Asian, Hispanic and 
Native American. Overall, 38 percent of the 
freshman class are minority students. 

■ 440 freshmen from Fairfax County, which 
is now the single largest feeder county/city 
for VCU freshmen. Significant increases 
this year were in Spotsylvania and Stafford 
counties as well as Hampton Roads, 
including Newport News, Norfolk and 
Virginia Beach. 

■ Forensic Science as an increasingly popu- 
lar major, up from 85 to 150 this academic 
year. Also up significantly are enrollments 
in pre-nursing, pre-pharmacy and psychol- 
ogy. There is about a 30 percent increase 
overall in Life Sciences enrollments. 

Researchers Combine 
Novel Drugs To 
Treat Leukemia 

In a prototype of a new, possibly more effec- 
tive and less-toxic approach for treating 
leukemia patients, researchers at VCU's 
School of Medicine and Massey Cancer 
Center have combined two novel drugs to 
kill blood cancer cells. 

The experimental drugs — UCN-01 and 
17-AAG — appear to work together in a highly 
synergistic manner to disrupt the cell cycle 
and inhibit key enzymes in several types of 
leukemia cells, dramatically slowing their 
proliferation and triggering apoptosis, or 
cell death. Because the drug combination 
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doses of each drug, the combination may 
avoid some of the side effects of traditional 
chemotherapy, which attacks all dividing cells. 

"We have learned that leukemia and 
other cancer cells are very resilient and acti- 
vate internal mechanisms to protect them- 
selves against the effects of anti-cancer drugs 
by stimulating survival pathways," says 
Steven Grant, M.D., Shirley Carter and Sture 
Gordon Olsson Professor of Oncology at 
VCU and lead author of the study, published 
in September. "However, if you disrupt the 
cell cycle and simultaneously interrupt the 
cell's compensatory mechanisms, the cancer 
cell becomes very vulnerable and can't 
escape the effects of this combined 
approach. The cancer cell then commits 
itself to a suicide program." 

UCN-01 is a novel anti-cancer drug that 
has shown promising results in laboratory 
studies in slowing or preventing tumor cell 
grovrth in various cancers, particularly in 
combination with other new drugs or tradi- 
tional chemotherapy. UCN-01, which is 
undergoing extensive clinical trials, is knovm 
as a checkpoint abrogator because it inter- 
^res with the cell cycle regulation of cancer 
tells, including cell division and the ability of 
cancer cells to repair themselves after injury. 

17-AAG disrupts the function of a critical 
protein, Hsp-90 (a member of the heat shock 
protein family), needed by cancer cells for 
the proper folding and function of a variety 
of proteins necessary for tumor cell survival. 

Both drugs are under development by 
the National Cancer Institute, in partnership 
with pharmaceutical companies in the United 
States and Japan. 

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Ms. Kathleen J. Bailey 
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Dr. Waverly M. Cole 
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Ms. Melissa D. Hegedus 

Mr. Bruce A. Henderson 

Mr. James M. Henry, IV 

Dr. Carmen Hernandez 

Mr. Robert O. Hillman 

Dr. Jeffery E. Hodges 

Dr. Robert A. Hofftnan 

Dr. James W. Holland, Jr. 

Dr. Frankie A. Holmes 

Dr. Kenneth S. Houghton, Jr. 

Dr. Robert E. Hoyt 

Mrs. Sally S. Hudson 

Mrs. Beverly W. Ivey 

Mr. Franklin Jefferson 

Mr. Mitchell P. Kambis 

Dr. Kimberly D. Keith 

Mr. Jim R. King 

Mrs. Carla Y. King 

Dr. Karen L. Kirby 

DrTWary Ann F. Kirkpatrick 

Dr. Edward N. Kitces 

Dr. Eileen Kitces 

Dr. Elizabeth A. Kleiner 

Dr. Harold Kushner 

Dr. Laura W. Lanier 

Dr. Isabella C. Laude 

Dr. Sarah K. Laughon 

Mr. David Gary Lavsfrence, Sr. 

Dr. Bao Q. Le 

Dr. Lan P. Le 

Dr. Debbie Leavens 

Dr. John G. Lieb 

Dr. George E. Long 

Dr. Beal A. Lowen 

Dr. Thomas G. Luckam 

Dr. James L. Lynde 

Dr. Everett C. Lyon, Jr. 

Dr. Sandra B. MacArthur 

Dr. Nick J. Manos 

Dr. Samuel J. Marsh 

Dr. Melody J. Marshall 

Dr. Elizabeth H. Mason 

Mrs. Melanie F. Mason 

Ms. Rita C. Mawhinney 

Dr. J. Gary Maynard, Jr. 

Mrs. Sally M. Maynard 

Dr. Robert L. McClanahan, Jr. 

Dr. William L. McClung 

Mr. Ronald H. McFarlane 

Mrs. Nancy L. McFarlane 

Dr. Charles W. McGahee 

Dr. William M. Mihalko 

Dr. Scott K. Miller 

Dr. Christina P. Mills 

Dr. David J. Montgomery 

Dr. French H. Moore, III 

Mrs. Laura O. Moore 

Dr. Melvin R. Morrison 

Dr. Steven F. Mucci 

Mrs. Patricia E. Mucci 

Dr. Dawn G. Mueller 

Ms. Kathleen T. Murphy 

CAPT Pamela A. Murphy 

Dr. George P. Nanos, III 

Ms. Stephanie L. Neatrour 

Dr. Charles H. Nelson, Jr. 

Ms. Debbi J. Nierenberg 

Ms. Patricia L. O'Neil 

Ms. Carolyn J. Otto 

Ms. Myra G. Owens 

Dr. Lesley Padilla 

Dr. Tonja I. Palauro-Weed 

Dr. Joseph C. Parker, Jr. 

Mrs. Elaine J. Payne 

Mrs. Rebecca T, Perdue 

Dr. Jonathan Perlin 

Dr. Donna Jablonski Perlin 

Dr. Jennifer A. Petcen 

Mrs. Patricia P. Phillippi 

Dr. Archer Lamb Redmond 

Ms. Patricia Bowman Resto 

Dr. Arthur M. Reynolds, Jr. 

Dr. Janet Hatcher Rice 

Dr. Robert D. Richards 

Dr. Arno A. Roscher 




Dr. Meredith B. Rose 
Dr. William Rosenberger 
Dr. Jeffrey Rubin 
Dr. Michael H. Rubin 
Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha 
Dr. Frank M. Sasser, Jr. 
Dr. Robert N. Satterfield 
Mrs. Catherine P. Saunders 
Mr. Alvin J. Schalow, Jr. 
Dr. Joel Schuman 
Dr. Laurence D. Schwartz 
Ms. Shirley K. Scott 
-Dr. Jack L. Shelburg 
Dr. Heidi A. Sherman 
Dr. Owen C. Shull 
Dr. Ronald A. Sinicrope 
Dr. Eustace H. Smith 
Mrs. Scarlett S. Solomon 
Dr. Robert N;. Sorenson 
Mrs. Janet YTfSoto 
Dr. Charles K. Sparrow 
Dr. Benjamin Stallings 
Ms. Terese A. Steinbrecher-Crayton 
Dr. Ned D. Taylor 
Ms. Shirley M. Thomas 
Mr. Jay Tommy Thompson, III 
Dr. David Tignor 
Dr. Audrey R. Tignor 
Mrs. Patricia R. Tovmes 
Mr. Theodore E. Townsend, Jr. 
COL Richard B. Trumbo 
Dr. Sheila M. Vacendak 
Dr. Sam P. Vance, III 
Mrs. Betty J. Wagner 
Mrs. Edith B. Wamsley 
Dr. Joseph L. Ward 
Dr. James D. Watkins 
Mr. Roger A. Weakley 
Dr. William A. Webb 
Mr. Elliott Weinberg 
Mrs. Elisabeth H. Weinberg 
Mrs. Betty B. West 
Mr. Hiram H. Whitehead 
Dr. Thorpe C. Whitehead 
Dr. Charles E. Wilhelm 
Mr. James G. Williams 
Dr. Melissa I. Williams 
Dr. Mildred Williams 
Dr. Troy H. Williams 
Dr. Ohlen R. Wilson 
Dr. Angela L. Wingate 
Dr. Christopher Woleben 
Mrs. Pamela P. Woltz 
Dr. Beverly A. Wood 
Ms. Julie Woodford Manico 
Dr. Edward K. Wright, Jr. 
Dr. Robert Wu 



'Member of the MCV Alumni Association of VCU 
* Life HIember of the MCV Alumni Association 
of VCU 

Warren Bishop '29MD recently 
celebrated his 100th birthday with his 
family in Oregon. He was a general 
practice doctor for 68 years. He had 
delivered over 4,000 babies and could 
travel up to 40 miles to deliver a baby. 
He is also the oldest son of a confed- 
erate soldier and believes that he is 
the only graduate from his class to 
practice west of the Mississippi River. 
Bishop is enjoying life and loves Ore- 
gon. We believe Bishop is the oldest 
living alumnus from the school 
of Medicine. 

**Whitney Caulkins Jr. '47MD 

received his honorary undergraduate 
degree from the University of Rich- 
mond in May. He was "one of the few 
rare breeds" who received his post- 
graduate degree before his undergrad- 
uate. CauUdns entered the University 
of Richmond in September of 1941 in 
a premedical degree path but halfway 
through his junior year, he was taken 
out of school by the Navy V- 1 2 pro- 
gram and enrolled in MCV. The Navy 
V-12 program was established in 1942 
as part of the Naval Reserve Officers 
Training Corps to provide accelerated 
officer training at American colleges 
and universities in support of the war. 
"The Navy pulled us out of college 
because they needed doctors," 
Caulkins said. "I used to have a dream 
that somehow 1 had enrolled and fin- 
ished my degree requirements, but the 
problem in my dream was that I could 
never pass the exam." 

*Warren Betts '57BS(BA&M)/B 
'59MHA(HA)/AH retired from BJC 
Healthcare a few years ago, and splits 
his time between Epworth Home for 





troubled young people, Shriners Hos- 
pital and cloviTiing around as "But- 
tons the Motorized Clown." 
**Jean Cavender '52MD and 
**Jerrill Cavender '52MD 
recently celebrated their 53rd wed- 
ding anniversary. They received the 
"Family Doc 2003 Award" from the 
West Virginia Family Practice Associ- 
ation. Jean is the first woman to 
receive the award and they are the 
first couple. "They have both made a 
great impact on care of patients in 
West Virginia and the support of the 
WVAFP." They are both retired and 
enjoying life and their grandchildren. 


Marjorie Webb Best '68BS/N 

was recently named Nurse of the Year 
by the North Carolina Association of 
Non-Profit Homes for the Aged. Best 
is the Director of Nursing at Glenaire 
Retirement Community. 
Brenda Brace-Carter '69BS/N 
recently celebrated her 2nd wedding 
anniversary. The couple has relocated 
to Magnolia, MS. 

*David Couk '63MD has retired 
from an orthopedics practice and is 
loving life! "Never thought I would 
last this long or I would have taken 
better care of myself " Couk lives in 
Warrenton, VA. 

Barbara Fleming '69BS/N 
'80IVIS/I\I was recently named one 
of "10 Outstanding Women of 2003" 
by the YWCA. Fleming works for 
Children's Health Involving Parents, 
which helps families learn how to 
teach their children, use doctors 
effectively and find better housing or 
day care. 

Dan Herbert '66BS/P has been 
named President-Elect of the Ameri- 
can Pharmacists Association. Herbert 
lives in Richmond. 

Mathilda "Mat " Merker '65BS/N 
' 7 5 M S / N recently graduated from 
Candler School of Theology, Emory 

University vvrith a Master of Divinity 
degree. She is a certified candidate in 
the ordination process. She has been 
appointed pastor of Benton United 
Methodist Church in Benton, TN. 
Her article "A Ritual for the Dead" 
appeared in the winter 2003 issue of 
the Journal of Christian Nursing. 
**Preston Miller Jr. '63DDS 
was named "Dentist of the Year" by 
the Tennessee Dental Association. 
MiUer recently conducted the Contin- 
uing Education Program for MCV's 
Reunion Weekend in April. 
*John Sawicki '68DDS has 
been honorably retired from the U. S. 
Army Reserve, after 36 years of ser- 
vice. Savdcki continues to maintain 
his part-time dental practice in Matti- 
tucle, NY. 

*Lana Albright '74BS/N 
'76MS/N is happy to announce the 
adoption of five-year-old, Anastasia 
Sofia, from Moscow in February. 
Albright retired from a career in 
oncology research nursing at the 
National Institutes of Health in 
Bethesda, MD. The family now lives 
in the mountains of western Maine. 
Leon "Skip" Beeler '79MD is 
Mayor of the City of Cocoa Beach, FL. 
Wilsie Bishop '70BS/N 
' 7 8 M S / N has been named the Chair 
of the Southern Association of Allied 
Health Deans at Academic Health Cen- 
ters. Bishop is currently the Dean of the 
College of Public and Allied Health at 
East Tennessee State University. 
*James Bowman III '79MD 
is currently Medical Officer with 
Medicare (CMS). He also serves as 
advisor to the Chronic Care Policy 
Group in Baltimore, MD and as an 
advisor for transplants and new tech- 
nology. He received a master's degree 
from NC State University College of 
Management in 2000. 


**Christopher Colenda '77MD 

is the Dean of the College of Medicine 
of Texas A&M University. Colenda 
was the Chairman of Psychiatry at 
Michigan State University before 
assuming his new position as Dean. 
Sallie Cook '76MD has been 
elected 2003-2004 president of the 
Virginians Improving Patient Care 
and Safety (VIPC&S), which is a 
statewide patient safety coalition rep- 
resenting more than 40 health care 
organizations. Cook is the chief med- 
ical officer and senior clinical advisor 
for quality improvement initiatives 
and reviews activities for the Virginia 
Health Quality Center. 
Berkeley Keck '77BS/N is 
the Assistant Executive Director for 
Information Technology. Keck had 
served as Director of Information 
Technology and will continue to have 
responsibiUty for all areas of informa- 
tion technology, including network 
and hardware operations, database 
operations and planning and develop- 
ment of all application systems. 
*John Lubicky '79HS-M was 
recently appointed to an endowed 
professorship with Rush University. 
Lubicky is the inaugural holder of 
the Ronald L. DeWald, MD, Chair in 
Spinal Deformities. The chair was 
established in 1996 to honor Dr. 
DeWald, a pioneer in the field of 
modern spine surgery. Lubicky is 
chief of staff at Shriners Children's 
Hospital in Chicago. 
Gary Manko '78MD is President 
and CEO of Clinical Associates, PA 
which is an 80 physician multi-spe- 
cialty group in Baltimore, MD. 
Terry Spence '77DDS and wife, 
Linda would like to announce the 
birth of Victoria Grace, on July 2, 
2003. Victoria joins brothers Brad, 
Grant and Cole. The family lives in 
Exmore, VA. 

Kenneth Youner '71MD is 
happy to announce the birth of 
granddaughter, Rachel Madison. 
Youner lives in Wayne, NJ. 

**Stuart Cohen '86MD com- 
pleted a year of culinary school and is 
now working with Cemer Corporation, 

a health care IT company, as a physi- 
cian executive. He is working on the 
development of an electronic anesthe- 
sia record as well as a general EMR. 
Cohen lives in Phoenix, AZ. 
Stephen Dahlstedt '86MD 
recently married Shannon Magara- 
han. Dahlstedt is a partner with the 
Urology Center in Greensboro, NC. 
**Bruce DeGinder '88DDS 
received the Distinguished Service 
Award from the Academy of General 
Dentistry (AGD). The Distinguished 
Service Award honors a council or 
committee member who has served 
the Academy in an outstanding man- 
ner by dedicating large amounts of 
time to assure continuity and integrity 
in the operations of the AGD, as well 
as developing new programs and ser- 
vices to meet the membership's 
changing needs. 
Robert Deuell '83MD of 
Greenville, TX was recently elected 
to the Texas State Senate. 
Mary Ellison '85PhD(A)/M 
■01MS(HAE)/AH has been pro- 
moted to Assistant Executive Director 
of the Federal Affairs for the United 
Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). 
Ellison will oversee and coordinate all 
projects related to UNOS' contract to 
operate the national Organ Procure- 
ment and Transplantation Network 
(OPTN). Ellison is responsible for the 
departments of Research, Patient 
Affairs, Pohcy Compliance, Member- 
ship and Policy Development and 
Professional Service. Ellison had 
served as Project Direaor and Director 
of Research. 

Laura Finch '87BS/N '95MS/N 
Cert(NP)/N married Brian Cassel 
on May 17, 2003. Finch is employed 
v«th VCUHS as a gerontological 
nurse practitioner and Cassel is a 
clinical data analyst at the Massey 
Cancer Center. 

Richard Fuller '88MD is cele- 
brating the birth of fourth child, 
Madelyn Anita. She joins three brothers 
to complete a full house. "She's our 
little post- vasectomy miracle, but 
apparently it required a no- scalpel 
vasectomy for us to make a beautiful 
baby girl !!!" "I'm interested in any 
news from my M'88 and late 90's 

Pediatrics residency classmates." My 
email is 84deacdoc@ameritech,net. 
Brian Gooch '82MHA(HA)/AH 
was recently recertified as a Fellow in 
the American College of Healthcare 
Executives. He is a Principal in Gooch 
and Associates, a consulting firm 
providing services primarily focused 
on performance improvement and 
accreditation management both 
domestically and internationally. 
Gooch lives in Millersville, MD. 
Denise Goudelock '88BS(DH)/D 
of Tacoma, WA is a commissioned offi- 
cer with the United States Public Health 
Service in the Indian Health Service. 
She has been promoted to the rank of 
05, Commander. Gouldelock also 
received her MAOM Degree in 2002. 
She has been with the Indian Health 
Service for 15 years and is presently 
assigned to the Puyallup Tribe. 
Venita Morell '80BS(C) 
/Hum&Sci'83MD andRobert 
Morell '83MD have moved from 
Winston-Salem, NC to Niceville, FL. 
Robert continues as editor of the 
APSF newsletter and remains on the 
adjunct chnical faculty at Wake Forest 
University School of Medicine, but 
will enter private practice of anesthe- 
siology at Ft. Walton Beach Hospital. 
The family loves living in the same 
town as their grandparents. 
Clarence Richardson III 
'86AS(RT)/AH married Wanda 
McLean-Harrington on May 7, 2003. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 
**Catherine Saunders 
'76BS(SW)/SW '82MS(G)/AH 
recently earned her associate broker 
license. Saunders works for Long and 
Foster Realtors in Richmond. 
*Sandy Harris-Turman 
'84BS/P ■87DPhA ishappyto 
announce the birth of Rachel Jordan 
on November 30, she joins brother, 
Benjamin. The family lives in Freder- 
icksburg, VA. 

Lee Ustinich '82BFA(C)/A 
■85MS(RC)/AH resigned ft-om 
the District 19 Community Services 
Board, after 10 rewarding years of 
service. She is currently a Health Care 
Financing Specialist for the New 
Hampshire Department of Health 
and Human Services, Special Medical 
Services Bureau in Concord, NH. 

Denise Young '89MD and 
Jeffrey Young 'SSWID are both 
faculty member at the University of 
Virginia. Jeff is an Associate Professor 
of Surgery and the Director of the 
Trauma Center and Denise is an 
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and 
Gynecology. They live in Keswick, VA 
■with their five children. 

Carrie Allen '98MS(B)/M '03MD 
andTimothy Coleman 
'98PhD|B)/M were married on 
May 31, 2003. Allen is a resident in 
Obstetrics and Gynecology at VCUHS 
and Coleman is the President and 
COO of BioCache Pharmaceuticals. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 
Robert Buch '92DDS joined the 
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Prac- 
tice of T. Thomas Kangur and Miles 
Wilhelm in Charlottesville, VA. 
*Laurle Buchwald '95MS/N 
is currendy working as a Women's 
Health Nurse Practitioner vnth a private 
OB/Gyn practice in Christiansburg, VA. 
She was recentiy elected to the Radford 
City Council in Radford, VA. 
Ray Chen '97MD isamedical 
officer with the National Institutes of 
Health. He is based in Beijing, China, 
where he works on HIV related projects. 
Rosemarle Curley '94MS(PT)/AH 
andKevin Curley '98MBA/B 
are pleased to announce the birth of 
Brian Michael on June 1, 2003. The 
family lives in Midlothian, VA. 
Kathleen Dailey '93BS/N 
married Michael St. John on May 10, 

*Lance Grenevlcki '93DDS 
was featured as Central Floridian of 
the Week for January 20, 2003. 
Grenevicki is very generous with his 
skills as an Oral and Maxillofacial 
Surgeon. He recently volunteered to 
remove a benign tumor from the mouth 
of an 1 1 year old girl, who had contract- 
ed it from lupus. Grenevicki said "it's 
very gratifying, very rewarding." 
Constance Hanna '94MS(PH)/M 
is currently the Corporate Director of 
Health Services with Honeywell, in 
this position she deals with terrorism 
and infectious disease issues. 

Robin Lowe Hayes '93MS(PT)/AH 

and husband, Thomas have moved 
back to Virginia. 

*Peter Heyman '93MD and 
Allison Werner OOMS(SW)/SW 

were united in marriage on May 10, 
2003. Werner is a mental health clini- 
cian employed with Hanover County 
Community Services Board and Hey- 
man is a pediatrician vdth the practice 
of Drs. Overton, Wiley, Kirchmier, 
Terry and Rowe. The couple lives 
in Richmond. 

Crystal Holbrook '94BS/N 
andPaulo Gazoni '96Post 
Cert.(A)/l\/l 'OOMD were married 
on May 31, 2003. Gazoni works as a 
full-time attending at VCUHS in 
the E.R. and Holbrook works in the 
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The 
couple lives in Maidens, VA.. 
Jennifer Hughlett '99MS(PT)/AH 
married Keith Scholten on July 12, 
2003. Hughlett is working as a physi- 
cal therapist for Henrico County 
Schools. The couple lives in Mechan- 
icsville, VA. 

Ashley Jones '99Cert(PIO)/M 
'03MD andDavid Moss '01MD 
were married on June 14, 2003. Jones 
is a pediatric resident with New York 
Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-CorneU 
and the Medical Center in Manhattan. 
Moss is currently in his second year 
of residency in orthopedic surgery at 
New York University Hospital for 
Joint Diseases in Manhattan, NY. 
*Susan Kerrigan '91MD has 
joined Ashley River OB/Gyn in the 
practice of urogynecology, gynecology, 
and obstetrics. She is also adjunct clin- 
ical assistant professor at the Medical 
University of South Carolina. Kerrigan 
recentiy had her fourth child in June. 
The family lives in Charleston, SC. 
Jill Lewis '97MS(PT)/AH 
andRalph "Russ" Lewis, Jr. 
'97MS(PT)/AH are pleased to 
announce the birth of Brayden Tyler 
in May. Both work as physical thera- 
pists and the family lives in Tappa- 
hannock, VA. 

**Thomas Martin '95MD 
and**Misha Patnaik Martin 
' 9 8 M D were expecting their third 
child in September. Thomas is an 
ob/gyn and Misha is practicing pedi- 
atrics both in Montgomery County. 

The family lives in Germantown, MD. 
Tori Parkinson '97BS/N DIMS 

(NA)/AH married Ashley Long on 
June 14, 2003. Perkinson is a nurse 
anesthetist at Henrico Doctor's Hos- 
pital. The couple lives in Richmond. 
Theresa "Tia" Bain Recupero 
'95DDS andStephen Recupero 
'95DDS are proud to announce the 
birth of their third child, Christopher 
Joseph on November 18, 2002. Both 
practice dentistry together in 
Stoughton, MA. 

*Kris Sardella '96AS(RT)/AH 
is a full-time radiology physician's 
assistant vfith Ellis Hospital in 
Schenectady, NY. 

Valerie Stoss '97BS/N married 
Michael Whetstone on May 31, 2003. 
Stoss is an RN in the neonatal intensive 
care unit at Henrico Doctor's Hospital. 
The couple hves in Richmond. 
Rebecca Byrd Swan '90MD 
and husband, Michael are pleased to 
announce the adoption of EUa Grace, 
from China. She joins brother, Noah. 
The family lives in Nashville, TN. 
Patricia Treadway '95BS/N 
of Glen Allen, VA married Ronald 
Calvert on March 22, 2003. Treadway 
is a registered emergency room nurse 
and Calvert is a USPTR certified 
Tennis Professional and the Director 
of Tennis at Wyndham. The couple 
lives in Glen AUen, VA. 
Suzanne Thornton '89BS(B) 
'97PhD(P&T)/M married William 
Jones on May 17, 2003. Thornton is 
employed with the Food and Drug 
Administration and Jones is working on 
a degree in special education. The cou- 
ple lives in Montgomery Village, MD. 

*Sobia Bhutta '97P-C(HG)/M 
"OOC(G)/M QIDDS andRoy 
Carter II '97BS(B)/Hum&Sci 

"01 DOS were married June 14, 2002 
and are living in Cleveland, OH. 
Dena Campbell '03MS/N is 

now Mrs. Wesley Taylor, Jr. after her 
recent marriage. Campbell is a regis- 
tered nurse for Fairfax Inova Hospi- 
tal. The couple lives in Fairfax, VA. 

2 3 

Sandra Carty 'OOMD and 
Arnold Kim 'OOMD were married 
on March 15, 2003. Carty is in her 
third year of residency in psychiatry at 
Duke University. Kim is completing 
an internal medicine residency at the 
University of North Carolina. The 
couple will live in Durham for the 
next year before returning to Rich- 
mond, where Kim will be doing a 
fellowship in nephrology at VCUHS. 
Michelle Gary '02BS/N mar- 
ried Timothy Orr on April 26, 2003. 
Ashley Clark '01MS(PT)/AH 
andMarc Forrest '02MS 
(PT)/AH were married on Aug. 
23, 2003. Clark is employed virith 
Tidewater Physical Therapy as a 
senior therapist and Forrest is 
employed vtith Hampton Roads 
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 
also as a physical therapist. The cou- 
ple lives in Nevi^ort News, VA. 
Michelle Ellis '99BS(C) 
/Hum&Sci '03MD andRobert 
Conklin '99Cert(P) /M '03MD 
were married on May 25, 2003. The 

couple is doing their residency with 
Roanoke Memorial Hospital. 
Stephanie Kessler '02MD 
married Joshua Rubinstein on May 25, 
2003. The couple lives in Richmond. 
Kimberly Rainbow 'OOBS 
(CLS)/AH married Walter Parra on 
April 26, 2003. Rainbow is employed 
with the Department of Pathology's 
Hematology laboratory at VCU 
Health Systems. The couple lives 
in Richmond. 

James Sluss II '01MD '01PhD(B)/M 
married Amy Johnson on June 7, 
2003. Sluss is a first-year resident in 
the Department of Radiology with 
VCUHS. Johnson is an associate 
branch manager with Alcoa. The 
couple lives in Richmond. 
Emily Smith '03DDS and 
Matthew Payne '99Cert.(A)/M 
were married on August 9, 2003. 
Smith is a resident of the Advanced 
Education in General Dentistry 
Program at VCU/MCV. Payne is in 
VCU/MCV's School of Medicine. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 


Juan Nieves-Colon '27MD 

of Hato Rey, PR many years ago. 
Percy Grigg '28MD ofNew 
Durham, NH on June 3, 2001 at the 
age of 100. 

John Alexander '35MD of 

Locust Grove, VA on March 30, 2003. 
Alexander was a plastic and recon- 
structive surgeon for over 40 years. 
He was a founding member and past 
president of the American Society of 
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery as well as the 
D.C. Metropolitan Area Society of 
Plastic-Reconstructive Surgery. He 
also helped to find the Northern Vir- 
ginia Doctors Hospital Corporation. 
Alexander was a flight Surgeon and 
qualified in underwater medicine. 

rGot an itch to get another degree, broaden your knowledge : 
or expand your career options? 

Call us and find out what opportunities await you at VCU. The numbers for each program are listed below. 

School of Allied Health Professions 828-7247 

Health Administration 828-9466 

Clinical Laboratory Sciences 828-9469 

Occupational Therapy 828-22 1 9 

Physical Therapy 828-0234 

Radiation Sciences 828-9104 

Gerontology 828-1565 

Patient Counseling 828-0540 

Nurse Anesthesia 828-9808 

Rehabilitation Counseling 828- 1 1 32 

School of Dentistry 828-9184 

Admissions 828-9196 

Continuing Education 828-0869 

Dental Hygiene 828-9096 

School of Medicine 828-9788 

Admissions Office 828-9629 

Graduate Education 828-8366 

Continuing Medical Education 828-3640 

School of Nursing 

Admissions Office 
Graduate Programs 

School of Pharmacy 

Graduate Programs 
Continuing Education 

Office of Admissions 
(Academic Campus) 

Office of Graduate Admissions 
(Academic Campus) 

MCV Campus Records 
and Registration 






He enjoyed many pastimes including 
diving, swimming and golf. Alexan- 
der was 91. 

*Pauline Barrett '35Cert/N 
of Leesburg, VA on July 20, 2002. 
Mary Buster-Pledger 
'38St.P/N ofMorristown, NJ. 
Ann Copenhaver '34BS/N of 
Littieton, NH. 

James Elliott '36MD ofBristol, 
TN on August 15, 2003. Elliott, along 
with his brother, Dr. W. C. Elliott 

Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified by year 


AS Associate's Degree 

CERT Certificate 

B S Bachelor of Science 

DDS Doctor of Dentistry 

D H Dental Hygiene 

Diet Dietetic Intern 

DphA Doctor of Pharmacy 

HS House Staff 

MD Doctor of Medicine 

M H A Master of Health Administration 

M N A Master of Nurse Anesthesia 

M S Master of Science 

PC Post-Certificate 

PhD Doctor of Philosophy 

SW Social Work 


AH Allied Health 

CIS Clinical Laboratory Sciences 

G Gerontology 

H A Health Administration 

H A E Health Administration Executive 

H CM Health Care Management 

H S Health Services Organization 

MT Medical Technology 

NA Nurse Anesthesia 

OT Occupational Therapy 

PC Patient Counseling 

PT Physical Therapy 

RC Rehabilitation Counseling 

RS Radiation Sciences 
B Business 

B H Basic Health Sciences 
D Dentistry 

E Education 

EN Engineering 
H&S Humanities and Sciences 






A Anatomy 
EC Biochemistry 
M& 1 Microbiology and Immunology 
P Physiology 

P&T Pharmacology and Toxicology 
M C Mass Communications 

N Nursing 

N P Nurse Practitioner 


BSN Registered Nursing- 
Bachelor's Science 


Nontraditional Studies 





St. Philip School of Nursing 

Social Work 

were the founders of the first hospital 
in Russell County, VA, Lebanon Gen- 
eral Hospital. He also authored a 
book of stories about the adventures 
he encountered as a country doctor. 
*Henry Froneberger '32DDS 
of Gastonia, NC on July 12, 2003. 
Novena Marple '38DDS of 
Sutton, WV. 

James Martin '36DDS of 
Roanoke, VA in May 2002. 
*Paul Nutter '38MD ofRich- 

John Preston '31 MD of Winston 
Salem, NC on November 1, 2002. 
*F. E. Rodriguez '39DDS of 
McLean, VA. 

Sabra Russell '31BS/N 
40BS(PHN)/N of Santa Ana, CA 
on July 6, 2003. 

Irene Winn '35BS/N ofRich- 
mond on February 10, 2003. Winn was 
the spouseof the late Washington 
Winn '35MD. 

Edward Alderman '45MD of 

Four Oaks, NC on March 30, 2003. 
Alderman served the Four Oaks com- 
munity for 40 years. Not all of his 
time was spent in a medical capacity, 
he served as Four Tovm Commissioner 
and member of the Four Oak 
Rotary Club. 

Allen Carr '47MD ofGrand 
Island, FL. 

*Joe Damron '48MD of 
Winchester, VA. 
Anne Goodman '41BS/N 
of Richmond, on April II, 2003. 
*William Greever '43MD 
of Fort Myers, FL on November II, 
2002. He practiced medicine with his 
brother, Dr. Don Greever for over 40 
years. Greever is survived by his wife 
ofSSyears, *Retta Greever 

Eugene Hutton Jr. '46MD 
ofElkins, WV. 

*Eleanor Lynch '44St.P/N 
of Hampton, VA on August 7, 2003. 
Lynch had a very long and notable 
career which included serving as 
Clinical Instructor for both St. Phillip 
Hospital and Dillard University. 
Lynch received national distinction 

as an expert in Curriculum Develop- 
ment and Testing as director of the 
Department of Test Construction at 
the National League for Nursing in 
New York. In her obituary it stated, 
"Eleanor has come to the end of the 
road and the sun has set for her. The 
legacy she leaves will guide Nursing 
Education and students for many 
generations to come. She was an indi- 
vidual who imparted learning to any 
one who she came in contact with." 
Ann Williams-McDonald 
' 48 M D of Fort Wakon Beach, FL on 
March 15, 2003. 

Quetita Miro '47AS/AH ofSan 
Juan, PR in August 2002. 
*Michael "Mickey" Moore 
' 4 8 M D of Roanoke, VA on October 
21, 2002. During his career he served 
as Director of Medical Education with 
Community Hospital in Roanoke. He 
produced many patient care related 
booklets and videos, and contributed 
numerous research and educational 
publications to the medical literature. 
Moore was 77. 

*Francis Payne Jr. '47 MD 
of Petersburg, VA on July 2, 2003. 
Alice Greene Simms '48BS/N 
of Wilson, NC on February 28, 2003. 
Helen Williams 
'46BS(0T)/AH of Ann Arbor, MI 
on December 13, 2002. 
Charlotte Wingfield '43Cert 
(Intern Diet) ofRichmond,on 
June 13, 2003. She worked as a dieti- 
cian at various facilities and taught 
dietetics at the old Johnston-Willis 

Walter Bailey Sr. '50BS/P 

of Front Royal, VA on November 7, 
2002. Bailey served in the U. S. Army 
during World War II and the Korean 
Conflict, where he was assigned to 
M.A.S.H. 8055 as a pharmacist. He 
later owned and operated Bailey's 

*Wesley Bernhart '53MD of 
Fairfax, VA on April 3, 2003. He was 
in private practice for 33 years, he 
also served as an officer of the Fairfax 
County Medical Society and was 


Carroll Brown 70BS(PT)/AH 

Journey to Africa Provides Medical Care: 

Carroll Brown Helped to Open a School of Physical Therapy in Tanzania 

By Jean Huets 

fin egg may not be much to pay for physical therapy, but that is 
often the most that Carroll Brown '70BS(PT)/AH receives. Brown 
works with the poor in Africa. For her clients, cash and health insur 
ance are unknown. 

Brown's African journey started in 1975, with her husband 
Wayne Brown '69BS/P. As missionaries with the International 
Mission Board (formerly Foreign Mission Board), an entity of the 
Southern Baptist Convention, they were sent to a Baptist hospital, 
then a government hospital. They resigned from the Board in 1982 
for medical reasons, but have kept alive their com- 
mitment. In the summer, they work in Africa, 
often with other volunteers, on short term pro- 
jects. Back in the United States, they seek groups 
to help meet the most urgent needs of the poor 
of Africa. 

Africans living in poverty face problems that 
have been nearly forgotten by Americans. While 
working with Flying Doctors and Kilimanjaro 
Christian Medical Centre, Brown went to a remote 
village where over 60 people had active poho. Their 
main task in the situation was simply to educate the 
people in dealing with the disease. For example, 
the villagers didn't know that during the fever they 
should not exercise. The medical team also provid- 
ed movement therapy where they could and 
distributed booklets. 

Other challenges are also remote to American 
health care workers. "When I first got to Tanzania, 
I was the only physical therapist in Southern Tan- 
zania. If I needed a prostheses, I made a cast and someone carved it. 
It was simple but effective." 

One of Brown's proudest achievements was in helping to open a 
School of Physical Therapy in Tanzania in 1980 at the Kilimanjaro 
Christian Medical Center. The school started with three physical ther- 
apists from different countries and two Tanzanian therapists. Now, 
students from over a dozen African countries go to the school for 
training. The school is accredited and offers a BS in Physical Therapy. 

Professors visiting from the MCV Campus have been impressed 
vfith the quahty of the school, and the dedication of staff and stu- 
dents. Brown describes that dedication. "When the government first 
started the school, funds were very tight. Often the students would 
not get enough food. Even, so, they would stay up all night copying 
a textbook because there was only one textbook per class. Recently, I 
offered to bring one of my former students to America to take some 
advanced courses, and he asked me to spend the money buying 
books. They're so thankful for any bit of knowledge. I send them 
tapes, textbooks, and equipment donated by medical personnel and 
different schools, and they're always so appreciative. They like that 
better than gold." 

Brovwi's energies are currentiy focused mostly on the Mercy Care 
Centre Foundation, which serves the Mercy Care Centre in Nairobi, 
Kenya. Brovm, who is head of the foundation, describes Nairobi as 
having the second largest slum in the world: 400,000 people living 
within two square miles. "The Mercy Care Centre was started by 
Africans as an interdenominational school for educating and feeding 
the very poor and often homeless children in the Nairobi slums." 
The Centre's feeding program ensures that the children get at 
least one nourishing meal every day. Malnutrition in undeveloped 
countries. Brown says, takes children as the 
primary victims. "Kwashiorkor, a protein defi- 
ciency, is the main problem. At the Mercy 
Care Centre, we provide protein in the form 
of beans, along wdth com maize, the staple of 
their diet." 

The Centre also provides some basic 
health services. "We often take a team [from 
the United States] to the school to give inocu- 
lations, treat minor medical problems, teach 
health lessons, and to build and share areas 
of expertise. Several professionals from MCV 
have participated — physical therapists, occu- 
pational therapists, pharmacists, and doctors." 

Health care workers of different cultures 
and nationaUties have helped Brown face the 
challenges of her work. For example, Swedish 
and Danish physical therapists have taught her 
much. "Today in the United States there are 
many new advances in physical therapy — for 
example, myofascial release and the use of 
trigger points," she says. "They far surpass some of the old modah- 
ties. Many don't require equipment and are perfect modalities when 
funds are Umited, but African students' exposure to them is hmited." 

Working in situations where equipment and funding are hard 
to come by, Brown draws on her conviction to pubUc service which, 
she says, was fostered at MCV. "Wayne and I were blessed to have 
an institution like MCV to get our training and examples. I've 
always been thankful." Her education gave her a means of providing 
service to others of all walks of life. "Wherever you are, when you 
meet a person in need of therapy, it's going to be invaluable 
and bless their lives. What we give of ourselves is our best gift 
to mankind." 

As for compensation. Brown feels amply paid, even by a single, 
fresh egg. "The greatest reward is appreciation and love," she says. 
"Whatever we give, we'll receive more back." 

Jean Huets 'SOBA/H&S is a Richmond writer living as close as possible 
to the James River. 

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awarded the status of Physician Emer- 
itus by the staff of Fairfax Hospital. 
Bernhart was a very special person to 
the MCVAA staff and will be greatly 
missed. He was 83. Donations may 
be made to the Medical College of 
Virginia Alumni Fund, Post Office 
Box 980156, Richmond, VA 23298. 
Jane Bishop '52BS/N ofThree 
Rivers, MI on January 10, 2003. 
Gerald Black '53DDS of 
Luray, VA. 

John Blankenbeckler 
'56MHA(HA)/AH ofHomosassa, 
FL on January 21, 2003. 
Julia Brlggs '53BS(MT)/AH 
*Oscar Bruton Darden Jr. 
' 5 1M D of Richmond on September 
8, 2002. 

Beverly Dumesnil '52BS(0T)/AH 
of Glen Rock, NJ on August 28, 2003. 
Eugene Eskey Jr. '51DDS of 
Norfolk, VA on May 17, 2003. He 
was 81. 

Florence Fletcher '51St.P/N 
of West Mifflin, PA on August 3, 

Nelson Fox '55MD ofMar- 
tinsville, VA on April 7, 2002. 
Bernard Franko Sr. 'S8PhD/M 
of Richmond, on March 28, 2003. He 
was a pharmacological researcher for 
over 30 years v«th A.H. Robins Co. Inc. 
Falcon "Bunk" Guthrie '59DDS 
of Virginia Beach on May 20, 2003. 
Guthrie was a dentist in the Bayside 
area for 31 years. He was 71. 
Aubrey Houser Jr. '51MD of 
Richmond. Houser once served as a 
NASA staff doctor for the Apollo pro- 
ject, and also worked in emergency 
medicine at Richmond Memorial 
Hospital. Houser was 85. 
John Kolmer '59MD of 
Hanover, PA on April 10, 2003. Dur- 
ing Kolmer's 43 years as a physician, 
he spent 26 years as an army physi- 
cian. His wife Mary said, "John was a 
very compassionate and caring man 
and doctor. He held himself to the 
highest standards in all that he did. 
He will be greatly missed." 
Rose Kreisheimer '51BS(MT)/AH 
of Glen Allen, VA on August 20, 2003. 
*Joseph Lindley '51MD of 
Graham, NC on August 19, 2003. 
Lindley was in private practice for 
many years before joining Kernodle 

Chnic in Burlington, NC in partner- 
ship with Drs. H.B. and Charles Kern- 
odle. He was also a co-founder of 
Lindley MiUs, Inc. Lindley was 81. 
Maynard Lundy '53BS/P of 
Boones Mill, VA on November 1 1, 
200 1 . Lundy is survived by his daughter, 
*Melissa Lundy Milam 
'81BS/P of Roanoke, VA. 
Wiley Mayo Jr. '52DDS of 
Salem, VA on December 15, 2002. 
Barry Miller '54DDS of Statesville, 

*James Patterson '55BS/P of 
Williamsburg, VA on June 10, 2003. 
He was the founder of Cardinal Drug 
"Knock It Out, Talk It Out" drug 
abuse program and the Cardinal 
"Good Neighbor Plan CoUege Schol- 
arships." Patterson was the ov\mer of 
the Berkeley Pharmacy in Williams- 
burg. He is survived by numerous 
friends and family including his son, 
*James Patterson '72MD of 
Charlottesville, VA. 
Nancy Garner Prehn '51BS(0T)/AH 
formerly of Richmond, on March 15, 
2003. She is survived by her sister, 
Anna "Dot" Garber '45BS 

Charles Randolph Jr. '51MD 
of Alpharetta, GA on August 28, 2002. 
He is survived byBlllie Randolph 
'50BS/N. Randolph was 76. 
James Rayhorn '52DDS 
of Richmond, on December 11, 2002. 
Allen Spencer '59HS-S ofSal- 
isbury, NC. 

'Frederick Shaw '53DDS of 
Lenoir, NC on February 11, 2003. 
William Stokes '50DDS ofVir- 
ginia Beach, VA on January 19, 2003. 
Charles Sydnor Jr. '57DDS of 
Lynchburg, VA on February 27, 2003. 
Sydnor practiced dentistry from 1959 
through the end of last week of his hfe 
when he became ill. He was very 
active in the community serving on 
numerous boards. 

Leroy Webb '50MD ofEasley,SC 
on October 30, 2002, following a long 
illness. Webb retired in 1985 due to 
poor health after 35 years of general 

Robert Wellons '53DDS of 
Conway, SC. 

*Frank West Jr. '54DDS of 
AltaVista, VA on May 19, 2003. 

William Williams '51DDS 

of Roanoke, VA on January 2, 2003. 

*Floyd Atkins Jr. '69MD of 

Westwood, MA on March 29, 2003. 
Atkins served as Chief of Cardiology 
at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in 
Jamaica Plain, MA where he was hon- 
ored by renaming the intensive care 
unit the "Atkins ICU" in grateful 
appreciation for his dedicated service 
and compassionate care. He also 
served as Associate Professor of Medi- 
cine and was Assistant Dean of Stu- 
dents at Tufts University Medical • 
School in Boston. He was very active 
with many boards and organizations 
including as a member of the Massa- 
chusetts Affihate of the American 
Heart Association. 
Alice Crowell '63Cert/N of 
Martinsburg, WV on January 2, 2003. 
Sandra Dale '65BS/N of Augusta, GA 
on November 22, 2002. 
*James Hawks III '68BS/P 
of Sutherland, VA on May 17, 2003. 
Hawks oviTied the Hawks Pharmacy 
and the Hawks Florist both in Suther- 
land. Hawks was 58. 
Virgil Howell '63DDS ofNor- 
folk, VA on April 30, 2003. Howell 
was a member of numerous organiza- 
tions including the VDA and the Tide- 
water Dental Association. He was 69. 
David KIrby '68BS/P '72MD 
of Fredericksburg, VA on August 24, 
2003. "Kirby devoted his professional 
career to providing health care for 
women and assisting countless lives 
into this world." He was a member of 
numerous organizations including a 
fellow of the American CoUege of 
Obstetrics and Gynecology. 
*Robert Pruner '86MD of 
Roanoke, VA on August 1 1, 2003. 
Pruner was an orthopedic surgeon for 
more than 30 years in private prac- 
tice. In addition to his practice Pruner 
was very generous with his time and 
money. He was a team doctor at 
Patrick Henry High School and filled 
in occasionally for Virginia Tech's 
team physician. In 1982, he was chief 
of the Orthopedic Surgery Depart- 
ment at Carilion Roanoke Memorial 


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The MCV family notes wTth sorrow the 
passing of these alumni and friends 

When their son died, Jack and Jean Marie Tucker CuUather 

established the Brain Tumor Research Fund at the MCV Foun- 
dation in his honor and memory. On July 27, 2003, Jean lost her 
own battle with brain cancer. She is survived by her husband, 
two daughters and six grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions can be made to The Community 
Foundation/The CuUather Cancer Fund, 7325 Beaufont Springs 
Drive, Suite 210, liichmond, VA 23235. 

An MCV faculty member for 50 years. Dr. Edwin 
Lawrence Kendig, Jr. trained generations of physi- 
cians. Dr. Kendig died on February 18, 2003 at the 
AJ^ age of 91. 

t^A^^^^^k Following a brief period of private practice (and a 
^^^ Y ^^H year spent recovering from TB), Dr. Kendig returned 
^^^^^^^^ to Richmond to practice the then-new specialty of 
pediatrics. He founded MCV's Child Chest Clinic, 
known today as the Pediatric Pulmonary Center. 

Dr. Kendig won recognition from the American Academy of 
Pediatrics in 1987 when he was awarded the Abraham Jacobi 
Award, AAP's highest honor, for his lifetime contributions to 
children's health. He was also the recipient of the AMA's Distin- 
guished Service award. In 1991, the Edwnn Lawrence Kendig Jr. 
Distinguished Professorship in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine 
was established at MCV. He served as president of the Virginia 
Board of Medicine editor of the Virginia Medical Quarterly. 
Dr. Kendig is survived by his wife, Emily Virginia Parker 
Kendig, two daughters, grandchildren, step-grandchildren and 

Alvin P. Long '48MD died at his home in Portsmouth on July 
29, 2003. 

Born in Norfolk in 1921, Dr. Long grew up in Richmond. He 
became Portsmouth's first full-time pathologist when he moved to 
that city in 1954. One of the first to use minicomputers in managing 
lab records, he was designated by the New York Times and the 
Washington Post as a "pioneer in the field of medical technology" 
in the 1970's. Dr. Long served as adjunct professor with Old 
Dominion University and associate professor at Eastern Virginia 
Medical School. He retired from the practice of pathology in 1990. 

Dr. Long is survived by his wife, Anne Hyde Long and his 
children, Alvin P. Long, III, Anne Hyde Long and Langdon 

William Gray Reynolds Jr. succumbed to a brain tumor at the 
age of64 on July 2, 2003. 

Reynolds was a member of the staff of Kentucky Governor 
Edward "Ned" Breathitt and served in the United State's Attor- 
ney's Office in Washington, DC. In 1968 he joined the Reynolds 
Metals Company, where he served until the company's merger 
with Alcoa in May 2002. 

Mr. Reynolds was a member of the Board of Trustees at the 
MCV Foundation. 

"Our foundation was most fortimate to benefit from Bill's 
leadership as a member of the board for 12 years," said Mickey 
Dowdy, President of the Foundation. 

Reflecting on Mr. Reynolds' influence on the Foundation, 
Mr. Dowdy continued, "In recent years he stayed involved as an 
Emeritus Trustee. During his years on our board, the Reynolds 
Family estabhshed the Richard R. Reynolds Chair in Neuro- 
surgery currently held by Dr. Ross Bullock. Bill was very pleased 
that this took place, but took no credit. Selflessness was but one 
of the many traits we admired in BiU." 

Memorial contributions can be made to VCU Department of 
Neurosurgery, PO Box 98063 1, MCV Station, Richmond, VA 23298. 

Custis Coleman '43MD of Richmond died on 
May 3, 2003. 

Coleman was an associate professor at MCV 
and a former surgeon with over 40 years service 
to Richmond. He served as past president of the 
MCV Alumni Association. He received the Distin- 
guished Physician Award from the Richmond 
Academy of Medicine and was presented an award 
for distinguished service by Bon Secours-St. Mary's Hospital. 
A memorial fund was estabhshed by the MCV Foundation. 
Coleman was 84. 

Wyndham Boiling Blanton Jr. '50MD died Oct. 
28, 2003 at the age of 84. 

A fourth generation physician. Dr. Blanton 
was a longtime clinical professor and a former 
assistant dean in the School of Medicine. A recent 
gubernatorial proclamation proclaimed Nov. 15 as 
Dr. Wyndham Boiling Blanton Jr. Day in Virginia, 
recognizing his numerous community and 
civic contributions. 

In 1969, Dr. Blanton was appointed to the board of visitors of 
VCU. He was the university's longest-serving rector (1972-80). 

"Dr. Blanton's life was one of giving - to the medical profession, 
to Virginia Commonwealth University and to higher education in 
Virginia, and to his community," said Dr. Eugene Trani, president 
of VCU. "We will miss his positive influence and inspiration." 

Dr. Blanton served on the boards of the VCU and MCV Foun- 
dations. VCU's Blanton House was named in honor of his family. 

Dr. Blanton was the widower of Lucy Jane Bowman Blanton. 
Survivors include his daughter, Jane Blanton Garland of Rich- 
mond, and four grandchildren. 

Dr. Boyd W. Haynes Jr. '46HS, a recognized expert in burn treat- 
ment, an emeritus professor of surgery and a director of the burn 
unit at MCV for almost 40 years, died Oct. 28, 2003. He was 86. 

"I think he would like to be remembered as the consummate 
teacher," said Dr. James Neifield, chairman of surgery at MCV. 
"He was an incredible clinician who inculcated the quest for 
knowledge into all of his trainees. He was someone we all looked 
up to and learned from." 

Dr. Haynes completed a surgical residency at MCV under 
Dr. Everett Evans, who in 1947 founded the nation's first civilian- 
burn unit at MCV. He relocated to Texas where he helped 
establish a burn-treatment program at Baylor University before 
returning to MCV where he was named director of the MCV 
burn unit in 1954. The unit was later renamed the Evans-Haynes 
Burn Center in honor of the two physicians. 

Dr. Haynes, a former chairman of MCV's division of general 
surgery, estabhshed a skin bank for grafting and researched new 
methods and surgical instruments for removing healthy skin for 
grafts. He founded and served as the second president of the 
American Burn Association. 

"Dr. Haynes brought prestige and honor to the institution 
vnth his vision," said Dr. Eugene Trani, VCU president. "He 
inspired innovation in education, research and patient care." 

The university began a campaign in 2002 to endow the B. W. 
Haynes Jr. MD Professorship in General and Trauma Surger>'. 

Dr. Haynes is survived by his w4fe, Peggy Jane Harrison 
Haynes, six daughters, three sons, and 18 grandchildren. 

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Hospital. "Probably his strongest 
quality, I think, was his caring. He 
cared about this community," said 
former Patrick Henry physical trainer 
Tim Bane. Pruner leaves behind many 
friends and family including his wife, 
*Carol Pruner '64BS(PT)/AH. 
*Ronald Shelin '60DDS of 
Williamsburg, VA on )une 10, 2003. 
Sandra Tetlak '64AS/N of 
Raleigh, NC. 

*Harris Jackson Van Brackle 
'64MHA(HA)/AH ofRichmond, 
on February 4, 2003. He served as 
hospital administrator with Retreat 
Hospital for 25 years. Van Brackle is 
survived by numerous friends and 
family including his wife, Carolyn 
Van Brackle '63BS(MT)/AH. 
Barbara Wheat '62AS/N 
Cert(NP)/N of Richmond, on July 
15, 2003 from congestive heart fail- 
ure. She worked for more then 20 
years as a nurse anesthetist, before 
she started her ov\m business. Old 
Dominion Anesthesia Associates. 
V^'heat was 6 1 . 

Lewis Armstrong '78DDS of 

Culpeper, VA on January 9, 2003. 

Armstrong joined his father, 
Thomas Armstrong Jr. '51DDS 

in a dental practice for 10 years before 
taking over the business. Armstrong 
continued to practice dentistry untU 
the time of his death. He was an 
active member of the Rotary Club of 
Culpeper and was named a Paul Harris 
Fellow. Armstrong was 49. 
John Berry '76MHA(HA)/AH 
ofRichmond, on August 22, 2003. 
James Green '72MS/P of 
Mechanicsville, VA. 
Robert Northern '77DDS of 
Virginia Beach, VA on April 6, 2003. 
Deborah Reeves -75BS(PT)/AH 
of Virginia Beach. 
Blondell Ross '75BS/N of 
Lexington, SC on August 10, 2003. 

*Cynthla Winston Gouldin 
Bryant '87BS(PT)/AH ofNor- 
folk, VA on May 22, 2003. She was 
employed as a physical therapist in 
Richmond. After her diagnoses with 
a brain tumor, and no longer able to 
work, she volunteered with the local 
cancer society in Richmond until 
1997. "Cindy was a very remarkable 
and courageous person. She was 


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loving, gentle, kind, thoughtful and 
always considerate of others. She had 
many friends and was a friend to the 
friendless. Even when she was seri- 
ously disabled, her smile would light 
up a room." Bryant was 39. 
**Alvin Nines '81BS/N of 
Astoria, NY on October 18, 2002. 
*Evelyn Nice '86MS/N of 
Barhamsville, VA. 
Sharon Pil<e '87BS/P of 
Powhatan, VA struggle with breast 
cancer came to an end on April 23, 
2003. "She fought this battle with a 
smile." When diagnosed with cancer 
Pike kept smiling and started walking, 
participating in a Relay for Life in 
Mechanicsville, where she helped to 
raise over $50,000. "Sharon really 
mobilized her community to help 

fight cancer." "Powhatan is really a 
community that is keeping up the 
fight." Pike was 40. 
Nancy Reid '80BS/P ofRich- 
mond, on Julys, 2003. 

**Sandra Held '91BSW(SW)/SW 
'95Cert(G)/AH '95MSW(SW)/SW 

of Petersburg, VA on March 15, 2003. 
Held dedicated her life to helping 
others deal with their losses. She was 
the Director of Bereavement for the 
Bennett Funeral Homes, providing 
individual family, and group bereave- 
ment support and services from 1992 
until her death. Held was the pastoral 
counselor for St. Mary's Woods 
Retirement Center and the founder of 
the Mechanicsville Chapter of Com- 

passionate Friends. She also devoted 
much of her time with the Sudden 
Infant Death Syndrome Association, 
serving as state president. "Always a 
lover of people and a champion for 
the very young, elderly and infirmed, 
she devoted her life to the needs 
of others." 

Floyd Vest '91PhD(PC)/P of 
Glen Allen, VA on August 26, 2003. 
Vest was employed with PPD Devel- 
opment in Richmond. He was 38. 

Robin Gilman '01BS/N ofVir- 
ginia Beach, on July 16, 2003. She was 
a registered nurse in the NICU of 
Children's Hospital of The King's 
Daughters. Gilman was 46. 



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