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Class Notes

Margaret L. Moore, M.D. ’57, is staying healthy and living in Riverview, Florida, after retiring as a family medicine physician.

Ronald S. Garner, M.D. ’59, is living in Ocala after retiring from a practice in radiology 22 years ago.

Harry B. Schrier, M.D. ’70, attended his 50th class reunion in March and is enjoying retirement since 2017 in Miami after practicing anesthesiology for 45 years.

Philip Craig Mirmelli, M.D. ’73, is an active member of the Miller School of Medicine’s admission committee and served as an assistant professor for 20 years. He has been practicing in pediatric allergy and immunology for nearly 50 years in Miami Beach.

Edward Dauer, M.D. ’75, was recently promoted to clinical professor of biomedical engineering, radiology, and family medicine at the Miller School of Medicine. As a University of Miami faculty member since 2001, Dr. Dauer leads the scanning electron microscope laboratory in the College of Engineering.

Elisabeth Regina Widman, M.D. ’75, was recognized among the top doctors by San Francisco Magazine and Marin Magazine (2014-2020). She’s a family physician with MarinHealth Medical Network and an associate clinical professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco.

Jim Gershow, M.D. ’76, has retired after more than 20 years of practicing otolaryngology and now serves as a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer.

Douglas Miller, M.D. ’78, Ph.D. ’80, was recently named chair of the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Miller is a clinical professor and director of the department’s residency program. He is a neuropathologist and eye pathologist at the University Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Alan Matarasso, M.D. ’79, F.A.C.S, received the 2020 Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Matarasso is an executive committee member and the immediate past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Roderic Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., ’79, was recently awarded the National Science Boards prestigious Vannevar Bush Award, announced in a congratulatory tribute from Texas Governor Greg Abbott for a lifelong achievement in science and technology. Dr. Pettigrew is a founder of EnMed, an integrated engineering and medical school initiative of Texas A&M University in collaboration with Houston Methodist Hospital, located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center.

Kathryn Ramirez Zeoli, M.D. ’79, practices dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the Skin Cancer Center in Pembroke Pines and Fort Lauderdale.

Frederic J. Guerrier, M.D. ’81, received the 2019 Florida Academy of Family Physicians Family Physician of the Year Award. Dr. Guerrier is a family medicine doctor in a private practice in St. Petersburg.

Uday Jain, Ph.D., M.D. ’81, is an anesthesiologist at San Mateo Medical Center in California, where he also serves on the Medical Executive Committee as a member at large.

Larry Hobbs, M.D. ’82, recently received the Lee County Medical Society’s Leadership and Professionalism Award and celebrated his 35th anniversary as a partner of Southwest Florida Emergency Physicians in Fort Myers.

Aileen Marty, M.D. ’82, was recently named Distinguished University Professor, the highest rank available to full professors at Florida International University in Miami.

Thomas Jewell, M.D. ’83, is the director of Naples Pathology Associates in Naples. He specializes in pathology and dermatopathology.

Enrique Ginzburg, M.D. ’85, specializes in trauma and acute care surgery and surgical critical care at Jackson South Medical Center, where he serves as chair of surgery and medical director at Ryder Trauma Center.

Mark E. Lieberman, M.D. ’86, received the Sages of Clinical Practice Award from UnitedHealthcare as the first physician on the scene at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018. Dr. Lieberman is an emergency medicine physician at Optum Health/UnitedHealth Group and West Boca Medical Center in Parkland.

Frank Czerwiec, M.D., Ph.D. ’90, who specializes in endocrinology and metabolism, recently became chief medical officer of Goldfinch Bio (“the kidney company”) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, leveraging genetics to develop therapies for rare kidney diseases.

Jeff Hersh, Ph.D., M.D. ’90, recently returned from supporting a COVID-19 intensive care unit in Louisiana. Dr. Hersh is the global chief medical officer of GE Healthcare and chief medical officer of the Metro Boston Disaster Medical Assistant team for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Ana Echenique, M.D. ’91, serves as the clinical director of quality management at Experity Teleradiology in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been a radiologist for 21 years.

Buhilda McGriff, M.D. ’91, is a pediatric ophthalmologist and owner of Carolina Pediatric and Family Eye Specialists in Concord, North Carolina, where she has been practicing since 1999.

Jonathan Reich, M.D. ’92, was recently assigned to vaccines and biologic products as a medical officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he has worked for five years.

William Trattler, M.D. ’92, recently completed a five-year term as a board member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery, where he launched a virtual educational series, “Rising Stars in Ophthalmology.” Dr. Trattler is an ophthalmologist at the Center For Excellence In Eye Care at Baptist Hospital in Miami and the president of the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery.

Todd Miner, M.D. ’94, is an orthopedic surgeon at Colorado Joint Replacement at Centura-Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and is a surgeon team member with Operation Walk Denver, where he serves as board chair. He also served as the international guest lecturer for the Brazilian arthroplasty master’s course in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2019.

Keith Brill, M.D. ’95, began serving as president of the Nevada State Medical Association in August. He is an OB-GYN physician and the founding chief of staff at Henderson Hospital in Nevada.

Timothy C. Simpson, M.D. ’96, is an emergency medicine physician at Northside Hospital in Georgia and has served as the emergency department medical director of Northside Emergency Associates since 2015.

Jason Michael Goldman, M.D. ’98, recently completed a four-year term as governor of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians and was elected as an American College of Physicians national regent. He is an internal medicine physician in private practice in Boca Raton.

Bita Motesharrei, M.D. ’98, is an OB-GYN physician at Women’s Global Health of Northern Virginia, offering a comprehensive, integrative approach to women’s care.

Adam J. Ball, M.D. ’99, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He’s been a urologist in private practice for 15 years at Gulfstream Urology Associates in Port St. Lucie.

Lourdes DelRosso, M.D. ’99, led a team of scientists that defined a new pediatric sleep disorder — restless sleep disorder. Their findings were published in Sleep Medicine, the journal of the World Sleep Society. Dr. DelRosso, a sleep expert at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital, also edited a book, Sleep Neurology, that will be published this year.

Farzanna Haffizulla, M.D. ’00, recently became the chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Haffizulla recently served as the assistant professor of internal medicine and assistant dean of community and global health. She is the past president (2014-2015) of the American Medical Women’s Association.

Kenneth Zide, M.D. ’02, is completing his graduate medical education at Aventura Hospital & Medical Center. He is an electrophysiologist in private practice working in Miami, Aventura, and Pembroke Pines.

Kara J. Pepper, M.D. ’05, was recognized among Atlanta’s top doctors in 2020. She is a primary care internist in private practice and became a certified life coach, specializing in physician wellness.

Lara Paraskos, M.D. ’08, a partner in South Miami’s Endocrinology Associates, was featured on the South Florida PBS station, “Health Channel.” She holds a voluntary faculty position at the Miller School and is an assistant professor at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Noam Koenigsberg, M.D. ’10, began a general psychiatry private practice in Miami Beach and Boca Raton after graduation. Dr. Koenigsberg specializes in ADHD and substance abuse.

Samuel Rosenblatt, M.D. ’11, is a pediatric critical care medicine physician at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania and an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Joshua Weiss, M.D. ’12, was recently elected as the Florida Medical Association delegate to represent the Florida Society of Otolaryngology. He’s an instructor of surgery at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and has been practicing head and neck surgical oncology at ENT and Allergy Associates of Florida in Boca Raton for more than three years.

Alexander Vara, M.D. ’13, recently joined the orthopedic surgery team at Orthopedic Specialists of South Florida in Coral Gables, specializing in hand and upper-extremity surgery.

Jessica Weinstein, M.D. ’13, recently accepted a position as an assistant professor of vitreoretinal surgery at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Ophthalmology. She’s also an ophthalmologist at the University of Kentucky Center for Advanced Eye Care.

Bianca Alicia Soto, M.D. ’17, joined Gables Pediatrics in Coral Gables as a pediatrician in July. Dr. Soto completed a pediatrics residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.

Carolina Gonzalez, M.D., M.P.H. ’20, recently began a psychiatry residency at Jackson Health System in Miami.

Medical Alumni Weekend

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans are still in the works for Medical Alumni Weekend 2021. We will be celebrating the Classes of 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011. If you are interested in getting involved in your reunion, please email

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FALL 2020