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Class Notes


Jan (Evans) Patterson (M.D., '82) is currently serving as interim chair of the Department of Medicine of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine.


Cynthia Casteel (M.D., '83) writes that she is enjoying life in Ann Arbor, Mich., with her twins, who are now seniors at Pioneer High School. She is in pediatrics private practice in Jackson, Mich., and notes that her group is looking for another pediatrician. Send an e-mail if interested to cecasteel@gmail.com. Cynthia would enjoy hearing from old classmates.


Clifford Moy (M.D., '85) was selected as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award in 2006.


Eduardo "Eddy" Fraifeld (M.D., '86) reports that he now serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and was selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award for 2007 at a meeting in New Orleans Feb. 8. He also was elected to the board of directors of the Southern Pain Society. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of The Medical Society of Virginia PAC (VAMPAC) and as specialty advisor for pain medicine to the CPT.

Kenneth "Ken" Wells (M.D., '86) was the guest speaker at the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Commencement held Dec. 10, 2006.


Karen Brooks-Searle (M.D., '88) was profiled in the Jan. 29 issue of The Brownsville Herald. Staff at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville recognized her in December 2006 as Physician of the Year. Karen specializes in general surgery and trauma, and she serves as assistant clinical professor of surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine. She has been practicing as a surgeon for 15 years and is also mother to three sons, Anthony, 13; Trevor, 10; and Brian, 8.

Judson Somerville (M.D., '88) was featured as the cover story in the October 2006 issue of DOC Talk, a physician advocacy magazine. A pain management specialist and anesthesiologist, Judson is a passionate advocate for health care issues, especially pertaining to the needs along the border city of Laredo. A cycling accident left him paralyzed at the age of 28, and the profile discusses how his physical impairment led him to a company called Advanced Cell Technologies.


Steve Vu (M.D., '91) married his wife, Tracy, last year, and they are now expecting their first baby. Steve has been in private plastic surgery practice in southern California since 1998.

Chik-Fong Wei (R '91) was announced as the new chief of medical staff at the Kingwood Medical Center, an HCA Affiliated Hospital in Kingwood. As chief of staff, Chik-Fong will preside over medical staff meetings and serve as chair of the Medical Executive Committee and as chief administrative officer for the medical staff. A cardiologist, he earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and his doctorate in biophysical sciences from the University of Houston. He has practiced on staff at Kingwood Medical Center since 1996. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.


Charles "Mark" Chassay (M.D., '92) of Austin was the state Legislature's ‘Physician of the Day.' The Texas Academy of Family Physicians sponsors the Physician of the Day program. He is a member of the Travis County Medical Society, American Medical Association, and TMA.


D. Clint Morris (M.D., '96) was named the new chief of staff at Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital in Kerrville. He replaced outgoing chief Dr. Klaus Schroeder. Clint is an orthopedic surgeon. He completed an internship at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Tennessee's Campbell Clinic. He has been on the Sid Peterson medical staff since 2001.


Christina (Mygdal) Lang (M.D., '97) and her husband, Steve, are happy to announce the birth of Matthew Karl born Sept. 23, 2006. Matthew joins big sister Meredith, 2. Christina is still working in an internal medicine/pediatrics private practice in Ft. Collins, Colo.


Brian Dewan (M.D., '99) and his wife, Lori, announce the arrival of Abigail Lynn Dewan born Feb. 2. She joins her sister, Claire, 3. Brian is in private practice with Austin Anesthesiology.

Andrew Harrell (M.D., R, '99) has joined Surgical Specialists of Alabama, P.C., as a new associate. Andrew is board certified in general surgery. He completed his surgery training at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and he received advanced training in laparoscopic surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Laura (Lingle) Whiteley (M.D., '99) is happy to announce the birth of Katherine "Katie" Elizabeth Whiteley born July 26, 2006, who Laura says is ‘quite a joy.' Laura is in private practice in internal medicine and pediatrics in Houston.


Shelly Behlen (M.D., '03) shares that she is in active duty for the Air Force, working as an emergency medicine physician. She is stationed in England at RAF Lakenheath, but she is currently deployed in Iraq where she works in the ER and is also part of the 24/7 trauma response team. She writes, "Being here is an experience like none other I have ever had, and I am so proud to be serving our airmen and soldiers here."

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