Class Notes and Deaths

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Michael Born 67C 71M 75MR, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., retired May 1 from his gynecology practice at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. He also served as chair of the department for six years.

John Fountain 73Ox 75C 79M 83MR was elected to the Conyers (Ga.) City Council.


Jada Bussey-Jones 88C 92M was selected as a member of the 2013 class of Leadership Atlanta. She is co-director of the Primary Care Center at Grady Hospital. 

Stephen Bonasera 95G 95M was named the 2012 recipient of the Joseph Gilmore Distinguished New Investigator Award at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Jeffrey Brewster 00M was elected to the board of directors of the American College of Pediatricians. He is a pediatric intermediate care specialist in Columbus, Ga.

MARRIED: Janet Whitte 01M 02PH to John Hopkins in February 2012. She works in depression research at Massachusetts General Hospital and has a private practice.

MARRIED: Daniel Sims 03M 07MR to Katherine Small on May 25, 2012, in New York. He is an assistant professor of cardiology at Emory. She began a fellowship in gastroenterology in July at Emory.

MARRIED: Kate Koplan 04M 04PH to Gregory Little on May 5, 2012, in Key West, Fla. She is director of medical management at Atrius Health, a nonprofit alliance of six group practices in eastern Massachusetts. She also practices internal medicine at one of those practices, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston.

MARRIED: Andrew Stec 04M to Stacy Carfi on April 21, 2012, in Key Largo, Fla. He is assistant professor of urology and pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

BORN:Lena Shah on Feb. 27, 2012, to Bijal Shah 96B 06M and her husband, Doug Shipman.

MARRIED: Bradley Morganstern 08M to Jennifer Raznick 02C on Oct. 22, 2011, in Great Neck, N.Y. He is a gastroenterology fellow at Stony Brook University Medical Center.


zornKeeping it in the family

Austin Zorn 12M received his medical degree in May and was joined by father Donald 72C 76M and uncle George 62Ox 64C 68M. George is a retired cardiothoracic surgeon in Birmingham, Ala. Donald is the director of the Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Florida, and Austin is following in (and behind) his dad’s footsteps. Austin started his residency, alongside his father, this past summer. Donald and George’s other brother, Richard 69C 73M 78MR, is a general surgeon in Tallahassee. The Zorn family supports scholarships for Emory medical and nursing students.


 Residency Notes

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Valeri Akopov (internal medicine) was named vice president and chief of hospitalists at WellStar hospitals in metro Atlanta. He was most recently director of hospital medicine services for Emory University Hospital Midtown, where he helped establish a hospitalist program.

Michelle Baron (internal medicine) was appointed vice president of clinical research and chief medical officer of Intarcia Therapeutics. She previously served as vice president of the U.S. diabetes division at Sanofi-Aventis.

John Draper (orthopaedics) was elected to the board of directors of West Virginia University Hospital-East.

Ximena Zornosa (oral and maxillofacial pathology) received the 2012 Alice Smith Award from Clayton State University. She is an associate professor in the department of dental hygiene. 



John Malone 44M, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., on May 2, 2012. He was in private practice in Green Cove Springs from 1946 to 1977 and then served as executive medical director of the Clay County Public Health Unit until his retirement in 1990. He was preceded in death by his wife, Angelyn, and is survived by two children, a grandchild, and two great-grandchildren.

William Moncrief Jr. 44M, of Fort Belvoir, Va., on April 10, 2012. He served 31 years in the Army as a general and cardiothoracic surgeon and retired a major general in 1973. During the late 1960s, he oversaw the civilian health program in Vietnam for USAID and was an adviser to the Vietnam ministry of health. He entered private practice in San Francisco in 1973 until 1995, when he retired to Colorado. He is survived by four children and six grandchildren.

Dale Allen 44C 46M, of White Pine, Tenn., on Feb. 4, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Carmen, three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Leslie Buchanan 42C 46M 49MR, of Atlanta, on Feb. 29, 2012. He served as a clinical assistant professor of surgery for nine years at Grady Hospital. He served as DeKalb Medical Center’s first chief of staff and later, as chief of surgery. He was a member of the DeKalb Hospital Authority for 17 years and was a founder of the Hospice of the Good Shephard, an all-volunteer group. He is survived by his wife, Mary, four children, and five grandchildren.

O. Grey Rawls 44C 46M, of Albany, Ga., on Jan. 28, 2012. He was a surgeon and board member of Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and is survived by three daughters and four granddaughters.

Leon Graybill 42C 48M, of San Rafael, Calif., on March 21, 2012, of heart failure. He joined the U.S. Army medical corps in 1948 and served in Tokyo, Frankfurt, West Point, and San Francisco. He retired from the Army after 21 years and then served as chief of radiology at Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center in Hayward, Calif., until 1984. He is survived by his wife, Florence, three children, two grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.


William Wager 45C 51M, of Monroeville, Ala., on Feb. 26, 2012. He was 88. He was a general practitioner in Port St. Joe, Fla., before completing a radiology residency at the University of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolly, and is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Richard George 50C 53M 53MR, of Prescott, Ariz., on March 7, 2011, of heart disease and Parkinson’s. He is survived by his wife, MaryAnn, six children, and 13 grandchildren. 

Jean Staton 48G 53M 56FM, of Avondale Estates, Ga., on May 6, 2012. She was 86. She earned a master’s degree in neuroanatomy before becoming one of two women in her medical class. She practiced internal medicine in Decatur, Ga., from 1957 until 1991 and served as Coretta Scott King’s personal physician. After she retired, she served as chief of medicine at Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital and medical director of the volunteer Physicians’ Care Clinic. She received the 2004 Julius McCurdy Citizenship Award in recognition of her community service in DeKalb County and the 2005 Medical Association of Georgia’s Distinguished Service Award. She is survived by a son and granddaughter.

Edwin Pound 50C 54M, of Atlanta, on Feb. 24, 2012. He completed a surgical residency and taught pathology at Veteran’s Hospital in Durham, N.C., before entering the relatively new field of plastic surgery. After training in plastic surgery at Duke University and in hand surgery in Detroit, he returned to Atlanta to open a practice in 1961, one of just a handful of plastic surgeons in the Southeast. He helped establish the Trans-Umbilical Breast Augmentation procedure. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, two daughters, and five grandchildren. 

Stanley Gould 55M 58MR, of Simpsonville, S.C., on March 3, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie, three children, and four grandchildren.


Peter Temple 63M, of Tarboro, N.C., on March 8, 2012. He was 74. He practiced family medicine for 30 years and retired in 1998. In keeping with his support for the establishment of a medical school in eastern North Carolina, he donated his body to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville. He is survived by his wife, Betty, five children, and 10 grandchildren.

Johnnie Gallemore 60C 64M, of Knoxville, Tenn., on April 24, 2012. He served as chair of psychiatry and assistant dean of academic affairs at Marshall University School of Medicine. He also was on faculty at East Tennessee State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.

Hugh “Bill” Shackelford Jr. 60C 66M, of Atlanta, on April 6, 2012, of Alzheimer’s. He was a radiologist with Radiology Atlanta Group until his retirement in the mid-1990s. He is survived by two daughters and two granddaughters.


John Harrison 73M, of Atlanta, on March 2, 2012. He was 82. He is survived by his wife, Charlyne, three children, nine grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Robert Almeroth 78M 79MR, of Avondale Estates, Ga., on Feb. 3, 2012, of prostate cancer. He was 73. He began as an information systems technician for IBM and Coca-Cola before applying to only one medical school, Emory, at age 35. He was a primary care physician at the Montreal Medical Center in Tucker and later, at DeKalb Medical Center.


Richard Stropp 81A 87M 88MR, of Juno Beach, Fla., on Jan. 29, 2012. He was 57. He practiced anesthesiology at St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach and later opened Interventional Pain Management of the Palm Beaches. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, seven children, and two grandsons. 

Residency Deaths                    

Craig Cantrell (internal medicine) of Gadsden, Ala., on March 11, 2012. He was 83. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, two children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Harry Crider (obstetrics and gynecology), of Waleska, Ga., on Feb. 19, 2012. He was 93. He is survived by a son and two grandchildren.

Roy Crispin (general and cardiothoracic surgery) of Decatur, Ga., on Jan. 14, 2012, of pulmonary complications. He was 81. He spent the majority of his career at DeKalb Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Diane, a son, daughter, and a granddaughter.

Donald Daniel (internal medicine), of Richmond, Va., on Feb. 5, 2012. He was 79. He is survived by his wife, Christa, and two children.

Louis FitzSimons (urology), of Tulsa, Okla., on Nov. 29, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Rachel, three children, and eight grandchildren.

William Helms (obstetrics and gynecology), of Atlanta, on March 17, 2012. He practiced at Piedmont Hospital for 44 years and served as a clinical professor at Emory. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and is survived by four children, six grandsons, and two great-granddaughters. 

Albert Heyman (neurology), of Washington, on Feb. 10, 2012. He was 95. He joined the faculty of Duke University in 1954 and held an NIH Career Award from 1961 to 1990. His studies called attention to the relation of stroke to estrogen-based birth control pills and of the risk of stroke in African Americans. In 1979, he began researching Alzheimer’s. Duke recognized him with its Distinguished Teacher Award in 1991 and with the William Anlyan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. He was preceded in death by his wife and is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Jerry Kelton (surgery), of Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Jan. 17, 2012. He was 42. He is survived by his daughter, parents, and a sister and brother.

Joseph Lesser (nephrology), of Atlanta, on March 13, 2012, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife, Gayle, and a daughter.

Qahtan Malki (cardiology) of Lubbock, Texas, on March 4, 2010. He was 39. He is survived by his wife, Lama, and three children.

Leon Miller (rehabilitation medicine, dermatology, and radiology) of Las Vegas, on Jan. 20, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Judith, one son, and two grandsons.

Daniel Perling (internal medicine), of Marietta, Ga., on April 24, 2012, of lung cancer. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, two children, and two grandchildren.

Daniel Phillips (obstetrics and gynecology) of Spokane, Wash., on Jan. 3, 2012, of merkel cell carcinoma. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and four daughters.

Faculty Deaths


John Steinhaus (anesthesiology), of Atlanta, on Feb. 17, 2012. He was founding chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and served as chair from July 1958 to 1983. He retired from practice in 1987. He was an author of a landmark study that led to the creation of anesthesia assistants.

At Emory, he created CPR training for medical students, developed a postgraduate course, Pharmacology for the Anesthesiologist, hired the first minority medical faculty member, and hired the first academic department business manager. He oversaw the training of more than 250 residents and established the first master’s degree program in 1968 to train anesthesiologist physician assistants.

Says Carl Hug, professor of anesthesiology emeritus, “What he said was straight-forward, without hidden agenda, and his handshake was more reliable than anything written on paper.”

He is survived by his wife, Mila Jean, five children, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Elbert Tuttle (nephrology), of Atlanta, on March 18, 2012. He was 90 and was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer. He was on the Emory medical faculty from 1956 until 1992, splitting his time between Grady and Crawford Long hospitals. He served as the first director of the Division of Renal Medicine and helped further development of  kidney dialysis. He was known as an enthusiastic and dedicated mentor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ginny, and is survived by five children and four grandchildren.


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