News Notes — Spring 2018
Celebrating the achievements of UF College of Medicine alumni
William Cottrell, MD, HS ’78, wrote and self-published “Confessions of an Anesthesiologist,” available in paperback and e-book formats from Barnes & Noble and Amazon. The book chronicles Cottrell’s time at the UF College of Medicine, training under surgeons like Drs. Albert Rhoton, Jim Alexander and William Enneking, as well as medical, political and personal issues from Cottrell’s history. Cottrell is an anesthesiologist who has been in private practice for nearly four decades in Concord, North Carolina.
Jayne Mittan, PA ’91, received the 2017 Humanitarian Physician Assistant of the Year Award from the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. Mittan, based in Tallahassee, routinely travels to Guatemala to provide medical care to the Mayan peoples as a medical liaison for the organization Porch de Salomon. The Florida Academy of Physician Assistants’ vision is to fully integrate physician assistants into every aspect of health care in Florida by empowering, representing and advocating for Florida physician assistants.
Laura Zindell Fenton, MD ’92, was named professor of radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is also director of fellowship education in pediatric radiology. A former radiology resident at the UF College of Medicine, Fenton is a 2015 recipient of the Haller Award for Excellence in Teaching and sits on the national board for the Society of Pediatric Radiology.
Kelli Wells, MD ’98, was named a member of the UF College of Medicine’s Medical Alumni Board and the deputy secretary for health for the Florida Department of Health. A family medicine practitioner for many years, Wells is the director of the Department of Health in Duval County. She also has served as the clinical services director of the Department of Health in Escambia County and the chief medical officer at the Agape Community Health Center in Jacksonville.
Michael McKee, MD ’01, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Advisory Council on Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing. McKee, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical School, will serve a three-year term on the 13-member council. As a physician with a hearing loss, he advocates for equitable health care for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Cheerag D. Upadhyaya, MD ’01, was appointed surgical co-director for the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute in Kansas City. A neurosurgeon, Upadhyaya specializes in spine surgery, has served as chief of neurological and spine surgery for Saint Luke’s and established the Saint Luke’s Spine and Sports Medicine Clinic. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Michigan and a fellowship in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.
Angela Cheng, MD ’04, was honored with the Jack Culbertson Teacher of the Year Award at Emory University School of Medicine, where she is an assistant professor of surgery in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Cheng joined the Emory faculty in 2012 after completing a general surgery residency at the University of Texas-Houston, a plastic surgery residency at the University of Virginia and a breast and microsurgery fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern.