News notes

Updates from alumni on professional milestones, family additions and more.

UF grad presents lecture on plastic surgery

James M. Stuzin, MD ’78. Photo by Priscilla Santos

James M. Stuzin, MD ’78. Photo by Priscilla Santos

James M. Stuzin, MD ’78, returned to the College of Medicine in March to present the Furlow-Bingham Visiting Professor lecture hosted by the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery. His talk was titled “Anatomical and Aesthetic Considerations in Facial Aging—Reconstruction of Facial Shape.”

“Dr. Stuzin’s presentation was stimulating because of his passion for the study of form and function of the face,” said Kevin Behrns, MD, department chair. “The application of anatomical science to facial aesthetic surgery is remarkable.”

In addition to running his own practice in Miami, Stuzin is an assistant professor of plastic surgery on the voluntary staff at the University of Miami School of Medicine and on staff at Mercy Hospital in Miami. But he is no Hurricane. The Miami native came to Gainesville in 1970 for his undergraduate studies, was selected for the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and was named valedictorian of the class of 1974. Stuzin stayed at UF for medical school, and during his third year he was chosen for the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

Stuzin said he has great memories of medical school — mostly because it was such a small school in the ’70s. “I honestly think I knew just about every single faculty member. And they knew me,” he recalled.

The Furlow-Bingham Educational Endowment was created in 2004 to provide support for residents and to honor two surgeons who have made great contributions to the UF division of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Leonard T. Furlow and Dr. Hal G. Bingham.

The Gator Nation once again is represented in space

Photo courtesy of NASA

Robert Satcher, MD. Photo courtesy of NASA

Robert Satcher, MD, a UF-trained orthopaedic oncologist, soared hundreds of miles above Earth onboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which lifted off from Kennedy Space Center Nov. 16.

Satcher, a mission specialist for NASA, completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the College of Medicine in 2001 under Mark Scarborough, MD ’85, a professor and division chief of orthopaedic oncology.

It is the second time a physician with ties to UF has flown aboard the Space Shuttle. William Fisher, MD ’75, was a mission specialist for the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985.

More alumni news

George M. Rapier III, MD ’77, WellMed Medical Management chairman and CEO, was named the 2009 Physician Entrepreneur of the Year by Modern Physician, an online news and information source for health-care executives and professionals. Rapier turned a small medical group practice specializing in senior care into a Texas-based health-care company with more than 1,300 employees spread across four states with $560 million in revenues reported at the end of 2008.

Jean Cook, MD ’83, attended this year’s Match Day ceremony for the College of Medicine to learn that her son, Christopher Holden, received his first choice. He will stay at UF and complete a residency in orthopaedic surgery.

Paul Alphonse Jr., MD ’98, was appointed to a two-year term as the chief of urology for Piedmont Health Systems, the largest of its kind in Georgia. Alphonse is the youngest to hold the position.

Alex Cuenca, MD ’06, a fourth-year surgical resident at UF COM, received a one-year $52,000 grant to support his research into better understanding how cell signaling differences impact neonatal and adult responses to infection.

Katherine Gres Gold, MD ’06, and her husband, Steve Gold, JD, MPH, announced the birth of their first child, Cameron, Oct. 27. Dr. Gold is completing her residency in ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia. Steve Gold is the son of Mark Gold, MD ’75, chair of psychiatry at the UF College of Medicine. Cameron is the first grandchild for Dr. Mark Gold and his wife, Janice.

Brian S. Fuehrlein, MD, PhD ’08, and his wife, Dianna, welcomed their new baby boy, Logan, Jan. 22. Logan weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Dr. Fuehrlein is completing his residency in psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.

John Lissoway, MD, a third-year resident in the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville emergency medicine residency program, has been selected to participate in the sidHARTe program to improve emergency care in Ghana, West Africa, using U.S.-trained emergency physicians. The program launched last year in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service by Columbia University and the Mailman School of Public Health, is funded by a grant from the GE Foundation.