William Schwab and Elizabeth Petty
Feature Story
January 17, 2024 VOL 25 NO 4

Training for LGBTQ+ Care

It is no secret that individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ have been disproportionately and negatively impacted relevant to their physical health and emotional well-being. Addressing these disparities is a herculean task, but the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) is actively taking on the challenge.

Grace Bandow looks at a patient's eye with an illuminated magnifier
Profile
January 17, 2024 VOL 25 NO 4

International Perspective

A decade ago, Grace Bandow, MD ’01, had established a thriving dermatology practice in Rhode Island, but she was feeling a little restless — in search of a “fresh perspective,” as she puts it now. Like many Americans, she watched as a protest movement in Syria metastasized into a civil war. Television images, while horrifying, were little more than snapshots of a catastrophe that seemed to grow more brutal by the day.

Molly Carnes, Laurel Rice, and Susan Lederer
Awards & Honors
January 17, 2024 VOL 25 NO 4

Three Faculty Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Folkert O. Belzer Award is the highest honor the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) bestows upon its faculty members for their lifetime achievements.

Susan Cowles and her dog on a beach
Feature Story
January 17, 2024 VOL 25 NO 4

Helping a Patient Live with Rare Dysplasia

MD alumni
Class Notes
January 17, 2024 VOL 25 NO 4

Class Notes & Alumni Updates From Orthopedic Surgeons

Paul M. Deluca
In Memoriam
January 17, 2024 VOL 25 NO 4

Goodbye Dear Friend: Paul M. DeLuca

A DPT instructor demonstrates palpation skills on student's shoulder in front of a class
Feature Story
October 23, 2023 VOL 25 NO 3

Far and Wide with Physical Therapy

Jeff Hartman, PT, DPT, MPH ’06, says he made the best professional decision of his career when he was a physical therapist practicing in Sierra Leone in 2004. He was one of only four licensed physical therapists there immediately after a brutal, 11-year civil war. The traumatized nation was under the control of United Nations peacekeepers at the time.

Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar
Feature Story
October 23, 2023 VOL 25 NO 3

Preventive Medicine Residency: Training to Improve Wellness

While much has changed in the world of public health since the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) launched its Preventive Medicine Residency Program nearly a decade ago, the program’s commitment to training Wisconsin’s next generation of physicians has not wavered.

Almasi, Cramer, Laurence, and Hansen smiling in front of a painting.
Profile
October 23, 2023 VOL 25 NO 3

Supported by Soulmates: Medical School Friends Share Lifelong Connection

When four members of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Class of 2010 — Stephen Almasi, MD ’10 (PG ’13); Joseph Hansen, MD ’10; Vincent Laurence, MD ’10; and Rebecca Cramer, MD ’10, MPH — began their medical school journeys, they had amassed years of unique life experiences. An unassuming brick house on Kendall Avenue brought them together as lifelong friends.

Maureen Durkin
Profile
October 23, 2023 VOL 25 NO 3

Traveling Full Circle: Far-flung Locales Spurred Durkin's Evolving Career

On paper, Maureen Durkin, PhD, DrPH, might appear to have the perfect credentials to be perceived as a stereotypical “ivory-tower” academic. Notwithstanding her two doctorates — one in anthropology from University of Wisconsin–Madison and the other in epidemiology from Columbia University — her life’s work has proved to be anything but esoteric.

Group of Headshots - Class Notes
Class Notes
October 23, 2023 VOL 25 NO 3

Class Notes & Alumni Updates From Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

Ronald L. Numbers
In Memoriam
October 23, 2023 VOL 25 NO 3

In Memoriam: Ronald L, Numbers, Sandra L. Osborn, Lincoln F. Ramirez

Anderla twins
Feature Story
July 13, 2023 VOL 25 NO 2

Improving Babies’ Quality of Life

When the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center opened, Lobeck expected a slow, steady stream of new patients — but demand far outpaced anyone’s predictions.

A scholarship recipient smiling big with Linda and Thomas Kloosterboer
Impactful Giving
July 13, 2023 VOL 25 NO 2

Family of Badgers Creates Scholarship

With nine University of Wisconsin–Madison degrees in their family, Linda and Thomas Kloosterboer, MD ’82 (PG ’86), are grateful for their education and that of their adult children, who earned undergraduate degrees as Badgers.

Angela Byars-Winston
Profile
July 13, 2023 VOL 25 NO 2

The Science of Mentorship: Angela Byars-Winston

When Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, addressed a group of medical students and their mentors recently, she encouraged them to “grow where you are planted. We have to create the space we want to flourish in, that we want to thrive in.”

MD alumni portraits class notes
Class Notes
July 13, 2023 VOL 25 NO 2

Class Notes – July 2023

Hans W. Sollinger
In Memoriam
July 13, 2023 VOL 25 NO 2

In Memoriam: Hans W. Sollinger, Guillermo de Venecia, Merle A. Evenson

Goodbye dear friends: Hans W. Sollinger, Guillermo de Venecia, Merle A. Evenson

Chapman in discussion with other researchers
Profile
April 18, 2023 VOL 25 NO 1

Ed Chapman’s Tenacious Approach to the “Most Important” Problems in Biology

Ed Chapman concentrates on research questions that are big, bad, and basic. Many of them concern the release of neurotransmitters at the synapse — the tiny gap between two neurons.

Students practice carrying a person on a spinal board together
Feature Story
April 12, 2023 VOL 25 NO 1

Rural MD Track Focuses on Underserved Populations and Under-Resourced Settings

In Wisconsin, only seven percent of physicians have rural practices, according to the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce in 2021.

Brittany Rodriguez with her mom and stepdad
Student Life
April 12, 2023 VOL 25 NO 1

Brittany Rodriguez Realizing Her Dream in Medical School

Brittany Rodriguez had not told her mom and stepdad she was considering medical school when she mailed them her acceptance letter from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She had not intended to keep it a secret, but she felt the need to keep the dream to herself until it became real.

María Cecilia Abreu González, Patricia Téllez-Girón, and Gabriella Geige
Feature Story
April 12, 2023 VOL 25 NO 1

BEAM Program Builds Equitable Mentorship for Underrepresented Medical Students

Jasmine Love remembers wanting to become a physician at an early age. Now she’s a fourth-year medical student who will earn her medical degree in May 2023 at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).

Athena Poppas
Profile
April 12, 2023 VOL 25 NO 1

Athena Poppas Blazes Trails for Women in Cardiology

After she earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 1989, it would have been easy for Athena Poppas, MD ’89 (PG ’92), to have chosen a specialty that was more typical for women.

Rebecca Blank
In Memoriam
April 12, 2023 VOL 25 NO 1

In Memoriam: Rebecca Blank, Gary Lyons, Alice McPherson

Goodbye dear friends: Rebecca M. Blank, Gary E. Lyons, and Alice R. McPherson

MD alumni
Class Notes
April 12, 2023 VOL 25 NO 1

Class Notes & Alumni Updates From Sports Medicine Specialists

Three Sports Medicine Specialists Share Updates