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Alumni News and Notes

The KPCOM is proud to publish the recent accomplishments of its distinguished alumni.

Theodore Aquino, D.O., M.B.A., M.S.P.H., FACOEM (’09), is the new chief medical officer/assistant vice president of medical and employee health at BNSF Railway, which is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway and has 40,000 employees. In this role, Aquino oversees pandemic management, employee wellness, industrial hygiene, medical regulatory compliance, and worker fitness.

Bertha Baum, D.O., FAOCD, FAAD (’10), a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon at Hollywood Dermatology, was featured numerous times in People magazine last year for her expertise in personalized skin care regimens. Additionally, she was featured in three episodes of The Derms of Boca Raton, a web series that focuses on the treatment journeys of patients who underwent cosmetic procedures.

Eric Chung, D.O., M.P.H. (’14), joined Baptist Health in Fort Smith, Arkansas, as a bariatric surgeon. Chung recently completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and weight-loss surgery at Advanced Laparoscopic Surgical Associates in Fresno, California.

Elizabeth Feldman, D.O. (’15), a board-certified pediatric physician, joined Cleveland Clinic Martin Health and is seeing patients at the Pediatric Care office in Jensen Beach, Florida. She is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Pediatrics.

Daniel Marc Friedman, D.O. (’08), is the new medical director of the Fanwood Rescue Squad in Fanwood, New Jersey. As medical director, he advises the rescue squad on best practices in patient care, emergency response procedures, patient care reports, and educational opportunities. Friedman is also an attending physician and an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Department of Emergency Medicine.

Thomas Green, D.O., M.M.M., M.P.H., CPE, CPHQ, FACEP, FACOEP-D (’98), was appointed chief of staff for the VA Central Iowa Health Care System (VACIHCS) in Des Moines, Iowa. He joined the VACIHCS in April 2017 as associate chief of staff for education and medical director of the emergency department. In December 2019, Green was named acting chief of staff. He also became a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality in October through the Healthcare Quality Certification Commission.

Jeffrey S. Grove, D.O., FACOFP (’90), was elected to a one-year term as national president of the American Osteopathic Foundation. Additionally, the Broadway production company he owns with fellow 1990 KPCOM alumnus Michael Jackowitz, D.O., CPT—Witzend Productions—is scheduled to debut a new musical about the life of Princess Diana on June 1 called Diana: A New Musical if Broadway is allowed to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lisa Gwynn, D.O., M.B.A., FAAP, CPE (’98), program director of the Pediatric Mobile Clinic and school health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was elected president of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Marlow B. Hernandez, D.O., M.P.H., M.B.A., FACP (’11), coauthored the article “Current Understanding of COVID-19 Clinical Course and Investigational Treatments,” which was published online on October 21 in Frontiers in Medicine.

Mandar Jagtap, D.O., FACC, FASE, FSCAI, FASNC (’09), was appointed program director of the Magnolia Regional Health Center Cardiovascular Fellowship in Corinth, Mississippi, becoming the youngest cardiovascular program director in the country.

Marc G. Kaprow, D.O., M.H.A., FACOI (’01), was installed as president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association in February. The FOMA serves and represents approximately 10,000 osteopathic students and physicians in the state of Florida.

Robert Kawa, D.O. (’14), a board-certified family medicine physician, recently joined Cleveland Clinic Martin Health in Stuart, Florida. He completed his family medicine residency at St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Center in Jacksonville, Florida, and his neuromusculoskeletal medicine residency at Florida Hospital East in Orlando.

Margaret C. Lamkin, D.O. (’14), received a new Mazda Miata MX-5 100th anniversary special edition car through the Mazda Heroes program for her admirable efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. As cases skyrocketed, she traveled from her daily work in rural Alabama to the World Congress Center at a hospital set aside solely for COVID patients. She also assisted the Porch Creek Indian Health Department to help develop best practices and protocols to care for citizens who contracted COVID-19.

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., FACP, SFHM (’00), chief medical officer at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, was elected vice president of the Florida Medical Association—the first D.O. to hold the position. He has also been a frequent media presence pertaining to COVID-19 in the South Florida area during the pandemic.

Brad Lipson, D.O., FASPC (’05), a double board-certified physician, and Jana Ray, M.P.H., PA (’03), a physician assistant, are collaborating on a clinical trial for COVID-19 prevention as principal investigator and sub-investigator, respectively. Since August 2, a phase 3 clinical trial—a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study—has been underway. The organizations involved are Eli Lilly and Company, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and AbCellera Biologics. The study aims to evaluate a specific intervention/treatment for preventing SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 infection for some of the most vulnerable citizens in the United States.

Erick Mejia, D.O. (’17), joined Family Doctors of North Port in Florida. Mejia, who completed his residency training at St. Petersburg General Hospital in June 2020, is board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment.

Jessica Okun, D.O., M.S. (’10), a skilled neurological surgeon and specialist in brain and pituitary tumors, degenerative spinal disease, and neurotrauma, was named Physician of the Quarter at Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Okun was nominated in a process involving hospital employees and physicians.

Vianka Perez, D.O. (’14), joined Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) and opened her practice in an established TFPS cardiology office located at the Palmetto General Hospital campus in Hialeah, Florida. She specializes in general cardiology, including preventative cardiovascular medicine, women’s heart health, structural heart imaging, valvular and structural heart disease, heart failure medicine, and advanced echocardiography. Perez joined TFPS after serving as chief fellow in the cardiovascular fellowship program at Palmetto General Hospital.

Bryan Peterson, D.O. (’12), was named director of radiology and supervising physician for breast imaging at Southeastern Health’s medical staff, where he practices in affiliation with Coastal Radiology/Radiology Partners at Southeastern Radiology Associates in Lumberton, North Carolina. Prior to joining forces with Southeastern Health, Peterson practiced at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a clinical assistant professor of radiology.

Elizabeth Phung, D.O. (’13), medical director of the Beacham Center for Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, received the 2020 John R. Burton, M.D., Scholarship in Geriatric Surgery. The scholarship was created to foster innovation and collaboration between geriatricians and surgeons to expand and improve the quality of care for older patients. Phung’s scholarship will allow her to assess the role of a geriatric-focused, multidisciplinary approach on surgical outcomes for older patients.

Bruce G. Rankin, D.O., CPI, FACOFP (’85), medical director of Accel Clinical Research in Deland, Florida, was featured on FOX 35 News on November 17 to discuss the progress made in the COVID-19 vaccine development process. Accel Clinical Research is one of the sites that has been conducting COVID-19 clinical research trials in the United States for Johnson & Johnson and Novavax.

Nazar Sharak, D.O. (’14), joined the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and his cardiology fellowship and chief cardiology fellow programs at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

Aditya Vora, D.O. (’14), a psychiatrist at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida, opened a psychiatric practice in Davie, Florida, called Refresh Psychiatry, which focuses on student mental health needs. You can access information about the practice at refreshpsychiatry.com.

Fawn Winkelman, D.O., (’10), medical director and owner of the Elite Medicine and Aesthetic Institute in Boca Raton, Florida, has been providing COVID-19 vaccines to patients since January 1.

Do you have a compelling alumni story to share with the readers of COM Outlook? If you do, please contact Scott Colton at scottc@nova.edu if you are intertested in being profiled in a future issue.

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