Class Notes, Spring 2021

March 24, 2021

Acacia Ackles, BS ’18, passed their comprehensive exams in integrative biology at Michigan State University and is now officially a PhD candidate.

Sana Ahmad, BS ’13, is in her last year of residency and in the process of applying for cardiology fellowship.

Ziyana Alrawahi, BS ’91, is pursuing PhD in environmental science and policy at George Mason University. 

Ariel Young-Arthur, BA ’14, manages a newly established research center at the University of Kentucky; the Center for Health Equity Transformation. She manages budgeting, communication, programming, outreach activities and contributes to training.

Ben Barger, BS ’20, is currently in his first year of veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jeff Becker, BS ’80, MD ’88, is a pediatric cardiologist. After retiring from the Army in 2008, he joined the medical staff at Children's National Hospital.

Parag Bhanot, BA ’97, MD ’00, is an associate professor of surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Ellen Broudy, BS ’68, retired from a 28-year career as a teaching and research assistant at the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is also a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society.

Yasemin Cagil, BS ’12, MD ’16, is a pediatric gastroenterology fellow at Stanford University. 

Daniela Campanella, PhD ’14, moved to Amsterdam from Buenos Aires to join MediaMonks, a creative digital production company. After years of pharmaceutical marketing experience, she is now global account lead for one of the big pharmas.

Lauren Canary, BS ’11, was a research associate at the NIH for one year before pursuing her Master in Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University. She worked as an epidemiologist for five years at the CDC, before returning to D.C. to direct a health policy organization.

Sharif Chebbo, BS ’17, is currently in his third year of medical school at New York Medical College. He feels he benefited a great deal from the GW Biology program and conducting research in the GW Manier Lab. 

Arthur De Luigi, BA, BS ’97, is the chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Medical Director of Sports Medicine for Mayo Clinic Arizona.

Christine Favorito, BS ’18, is working towards her MS at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. She is researching pollinators in managed pine forests.

Blaise Ferraraccio, BS ’75, MD ’79, would like to thank Dr. Randy Packerfor inspiring him while at GW in his physiology class to continue pursuing his biology major. 

Jill Flanagan, BS ’00, MD ’04, is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in Atlanta, Ga. She specializes in limb deformity and limb lengthening surgeries.

Caroline Francescutti, BS ’20, is currently finishing her Master of Science degree in Biology in Dr. Arnaud Martin's Lab at GW.

Steve Frick, BS ’87, is a professor and vice chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, and the chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He is also the past president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society.

Mandeep Gauthier, BS ’05, MD ’10, is a mom of three, wife to Alexandre Gauthier, BA ’02, MD ’10, and an anesthesiologist at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C.

Justin Greco, BS ’12, is currently a PGY-3 in General Surgery at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.

Christopher Hsu, BA ’07, joined AstraZeneca in October 2020 as an associate director of global marketing for the company's RSV monoclonal antibody immunization program.

Scott Kasden, BA ’79, MS ’82, is completing his 28th year in private solo plastic surgery practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area. Visit his website.

Jay Katzen, BA ’67, MD ’72, has been in ophthalmology practice since 1976 and is also president of a real estate company in Virginia. 

Michael Kressner, BS ’73, retired four years ago after 32 years practicing gastroenterology in Westchester County, N.Y.

Anna Krueger, BS ’01, is an associate professor of biology at Howard University. She loves both teaching the next generation of scientists and conducting fertility research.

Michelle Kulikov, BS ’04, MPH ’08, lives in Copley, Ohio, with her husband and three young daughters. She is a certified lactation counselor, works at Akron Children's Hospital as a project manager, owns Michelle Dickstein Life Coaching LLC and writes for local publications.

Heather Langner, BS ’17, is graduating from medical school in April, hopefully matching into pediatrics in March and is getting married in May. 

Sarah Murad, BS ’18, has started her clinical years and is finishing up her USMLE step exams.

Wyatt Nice, BS ’20, is attending medical school at GW.

Mary Nordling, BA ’92, MD ’98, is the founding program director by Oregon Health & Science University for a brand new family medicine residency in Hillsboro, Oregon. They will welcome the first class of eight interns in July 2021.

Mary Perkins, BA ’73, retired 10 years ago from a career in public health and safety. She volunteers with her husband at numerous state and national parks including in Alaska.

Joseph Perras, BA ’93, MD ’97, is the CEO and chief medical officer of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vt.

Laura Sass, BS ’93, MD ’97 is a pediatric ID doctor and the medical director of Infection Prevention and Control at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in  Norfolk, Va. She has been working hard since March to prepare the hospital for the pandemic.

Irwin Shuman, BS ’55, remembers his time fondly at GW, in particular his professors, Dr. Hansen and Dr. Mortinson, for whom he was a lab assistant. He practiced urology in D.C. for f48 years and is now happily retired. 

April Sosa, BS ’14, is a medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and will pursue a pediatrics residency in 2022.

Julie Stanley, BS ’10, is a physician assistant in orthopedic surgery. She lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her husband and daughter. 

Allie Straus, BS ’19, started a PhD program at VCU in translational research in cancer and molecular medicine in 2020.

Ed Tennyson, BS ’65, MS ’71, retired after a distinguished career with the Department of Interior, researching oil spill containment and cleanup and well fire suppression. His love of the water continues at Smith Mountain Lake, Va. 

Paul Upman, BA ’70, retired from North American Sciences in 2006 after 40 years of conducting laboratory work in toxicology and pre-clinical testing of medical devices. He currently resides in Maumee, Ohio, with his wife, Lee, four children and nine grandchildren.

Catherine Waggy, BA ’08, is a practicing emergency medicine physician and EMS medical director in Charlotte, N.C.  She, her husband and two boys look forward to when they can embark on international travel again.

Amulya Yaparl, PhD ’20, was selected for the 2020 Chorafas Foundation Award.