Alumni Notes - Winter 2019

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We’re proud of our alumni and graduates of our residency programs and want to spread the word about your achievements. If you have professional news or personal updates to share — or simply want to stay in touch — please contact the Office of Advancement at or 937.245.7634.


Richard Rood, M.D., received the Stephen D. Zucker award for Excellence in Faculty Mentorship from the graduating fellows in the Diseases Division at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He plans join the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis as a professor of medicine in the Gastroenterology Division.


Howard Bloom, M.D., M.S., has retired from Kaiser Permanente Hospital Department of Ophthalmology in San Francisco.

Alan Davis, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic.

Joanne Martin Guttman, M.D., serves as a family medicine doctor at Margaret Mary Community Hospital. She helps run a free clinic in Connersville, Indiana, and has two children.

Jeremy Harris, M.D., works as a pediatrician in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida. He previously served as chief of pediatrics at Memorial Medical Center, and has two children.

Parmie Andaloro Herman, M.D., treats patients as a family medicine doctor at Auglaize Family Practice in Wapakoneta, Ohio. She has two children and one grandchild.


Roger Pacholka, M.D., working with In His Name Ministries and wife Katy, has opened the fourth permanent medical clinic in Eswatini, the former nation of Swaziland.


George Bartley, M.D.,* has been named editor in chief of Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He works at the Mayo Clinic in the Department of Ophthalmology.


Mark Binette, M.D., has retired from internal medicine practice in Mesa, Arizona. He has three children and three grandkids.

Ronald Golovan, M.D., works in private practice as an internist in Beachwood, Ohio. He has four children.

M. Christopher Griffith, M.D., practices child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry as an obesity medicine specialist at Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. He also serves as clinical assistant professor at Emory School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Michael Nethers, M.D., is the owner of Heartland Woman’s Healthcare in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He is chief of staff at Baptist Health, and has five children and three grandchildren.

Richard Stern, M.D., has joined the concierge doctors of Dedication Health in Chicago. He has expertise in cardiology, diabetes, geriatrics, and internal medicine.


Daniel Elshoff, M.D., is a physician at Premier Physician Network in Troy, Ohio. He works in family medicine and has two sons.

Nancy Morgan Vaughan, M.D., has retired from practicing physical rehabilitation and palliative medicine. She owns a home in Mexico, and travels the world through house-sitting.


David Walker, M.D., M.B.A.,* is medical center director at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.


Lynne Hawley, M.D.,* works at Family Health Services of Darke County in Greenville, Ohio. She recently gave a lecture at the organization’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Center on helping those struggling with grief.


Kevin Frank, M.D., has joined Genesis HealthCare System in Zanesville, Ohio. He works as a family medicine physician.


Dionne S. Dickerson, M.D., is an obstetrician-gynecologist at Physicians for Women in Detroit, Michigan. She serves as associate clinical professor at Wayne State University.

Jodi Van Jura, M.D., serves as a family medicine physician at Sycamore Family Medicine in Miamisburg, Ohio.


Joseph See, M.D., was the top fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink – Springfield, Ohio, campaign. He was inspired by his mother, a breast cancer survivor, and single-handedly raised $16,677.


Alisahah Cole, M.D, is vice president/system medical director of community health at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Judith L. Kennedy, M.D., serves as an obstetrician-gynecologist at Parkview Physicians Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Kathy Lambes, M.D., works in pediatrics and internal medicine at Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton. She has two children, and is active in Single-Payer Action Network Ohio.


Scott Leffler, M.D., is an anesthesiologist at Stage Two Anesthesia and Four Peaks Anesthesia in Tempe, Arizona.

Ben Mack, M.D., is medical director of Lawrence County, Ohio, Emergency Medical Service and coroner in the county. He is active in the Christian Medical Association.

Jennifer Mitzman, M.D., works as an assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is a national speaker on Second Victim Syndrome.

Scott Oosting, M.D., is a hospitalist at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Indiana.


Annette Fearnot, M.D., is working at Riverview Health’s Sheridan Family Medicine practice in Noblesville, Indiana.


Michael Baria, M.D., M.B.A., works in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University’s Sports Medicine Department. He is an Assistant Professor and Director of Orthobiologics.

Benjamin Barlow, M.D.,* is chief medical officer of American Family Care in Birmingham, Alabama. He previously served as senior physician in the White House.

Matthew Binkley, M.D., has joined University at Buffalo Department of Orthopaedics in Cheektowaga, New York, with his wife, Allison Binkley, M.D.

Katie Imhof, M.D., M.P.H., works in Pinehurst, North Carolina, for Sandhills Emergency Physicians.


Breanna Bolivar, M.D., M.P.H., is currently working as an obstetrics and gynecology hospitalist in Asheville, North Carolina. She is the patient safety fficer for women’s services.

Drew Burleson, M.D., has joined Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, after completing a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Sandeep Palakodeti, M.D., M.P.H., is regional medical officer at CareMore Health, a division of Anthem, Inc., in Memphis, Tennessee.


Cole Budinsky, M.D., has married Meredith L. Dotson. He is completing a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Kiran Faryar, M.D., M.P.H., has joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Emergency Medicine, where she performs research on linkage to care for patients with opioid use disorder.

Colleen McCormick Badke, M.D., M.P.H., lives in Chicago, Illinois, and works at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital as a pediatric critical care fellow.

Robert Mikan, M.D., M.B.A., is working as an industry physician in Silicon Valley, where he leads teams that manage the clinical and cyber risk profiles for implantable cardiac devices.


Marie Antonyrajah, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician and founding member of Advanced Kid’s Care’s Division of Concierge Pediatrics.

Robert Beaulieu, M.D., is completing an oculoplastics fellowship at Consultants in Ophthalmic and Facial Surgery in Southfield, Michigan. He recently completed his ophthalmology residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

John Corker, M.D., is an attending physician at Emergency Medicine Specialists in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is married and active in the American Medical Association.

Nadia Merchant, M.D.,* completed the 2018 Air Force Marathon. She is completing a pediatric endocrine fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Taofik Nasrat, M.D., M.S.,** has joined Blessing Health System in Quincy, Illinois, as a neurologist.

Riyad Tayim, M.D., M.S., is chief resident in the Department of Surgery at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.


Linda Katirji, M.D., won the 2017-2018 Resident of the Year award while serving as an emergency medicine resident at the University of Kentucky.

Betty Cheney Kelly, M.D., M.P.H., works at the Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando, Florida, as a chief resident in pediatrics. She is the recipient of the Pediatric Resident Peer Recognition Award and the Orlando Health Resident Leadership Award.

Topaz Sampson, M.D., completed her psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine, where she served as chief resident. Sampson was awarded the Jeanne Spurlock, M.D., Memorial Award from Black Psychiatrists of America.

Ryan Shapiro, M.D., was awarded the Resident and Fellow Excellence Award as a plastic surgery resident at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Elizabeth Swartzwelder-Cozad, M.D., joined Premier Health Family Care of Vandalia as a family medicine doctor.


Jordan Jacobsen, M.D., is an emergency medicine resident at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, where he has gained recognition for providing compassionate care to patients.

Jasmin Scott Hawkins, M.D., M.P.H., is working in Los Angeles as a third-year psychiatry resident. She is the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.

Michael Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., is a third-year family medicine resident at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.


Alison Bales, M.D., completed the 2018 Air Force Marathon. She is finishing her surgery residency at Indiana University Health.


Gabriel Asumeng, M.D.,* joined Altru Health System in Grand Forks, North Dakota as a hospitalist.

Alexandra Lawson, M.D., M.P.H., was commissioned as an officer into the United States Air Force in July 2018.

*Residency Graduate
** Master of Science Graduate


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Last edited on 04/12/2019.