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Alumni News and Notes

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

Anthony M. Abraham, D.O., FACOS (’09), was named chief of surgery and director of trauma at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado, Arkansas. He also became a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and was selected as one of the best health care professionals in 2020 by About You magazine. Additionally, Abraham had his column “Convictions of a Surgeon” published in Arkansas Money and Politics.

Reza Behrouz, D.O., FAAN, FAHA (’01), coauthored the book Complications of Acute Stroke: A Concise Guide to Prevention, Recognition, and Management. He is a professor of neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine and specializes in cerebrovascular diseases and neurological critical care.

Jennifer Capezzuti, D.O., M.P.H., M.B.A. (’04), joined Holy Cross Medical Group—a multispecialty physician consortium of more than 160 physicians who provide services throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties. Capezzuti, who is board certified in family practice, is also a graduate of the Physician Leadership Academy of South Florida.

Michael A. Carranza, D.O., M.S. (’17), was promoted to chief medical resident following graduation from the internal medicine residency program in the University of Florida College of Medicine—Jacksonville Department of Medicine.

Carisa Champion, D.O., J.D., M.P.H. (’16), is working on the long-running TV show Grey’s Anatomy as a medical adviser and a surgical communications fellow in Los Angeles, California. Additionally, she taught her first course as an adjunct professor—Professional Ethics and Health Law—for NSU’s Master of Science in Medical Education program. Champion also serves on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners’ COMLEX PE Committee.

Devin Collins, D.O. (’17), was appointed for a three-year term to the Young Members Steering Committee of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Valerie E. Curro, D.O. (’16), joined Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, New York. Her clinical interests are in general obstetrics and laparoscopic/robotic surgery. “I love how this specialty combines primary care, preventive medicine, and surgery,” she said. “The breadth of OB/GYN allows me to care for a woman throughout her lifetime.”

Matthew A. Denson, D.O. (’15), joined the general surgery teams at the Guthrie Clinic in Cortland and Ithaca, New York, where he is pursuing his clinical interests in minimally invasive surgery, gallbladder surgery, and hernia repair.

Ernesto Martinez Duarte, M.D., M.P.H., FCAP (’16), received the Harold M. Mauer Outstanding Resident Educator of the Year Award, which is bestowed annually by the microbiology and pathology residents at the University of Nebraska to the faculty member who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and excellence to resident education.

Larry Field, D.O., M.B.A., CHCQM, CPC, CHC, LHRM (’87), serves as medical director for two national programs—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization Beneficiary Care Management program and the CMS Medical Review Accuracy Contractor program.

Andrew R. Garrett, D.O., M.P.H., M.S. (’15), was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and was appointed to the position of assistant professor of neurology at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., FACP, SFHM (’00), chief medical officer at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was appointed vice president of the Florida Medical Association (FMA). Additionally, Lenchus, who recently completed a three-year term as the FMA’s speaker of the house, was featured as a profile in leadership in the August issue of South Florida Hospital News.

Stanley J. Linder, D.O. (’15), was featured on the weekly National Public Radio show This American Life to discuss his experiences as a nephrology and critical care medicine fellow in the intensive care unit at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, during the initial COVID-19 surge. He also published three book chapters in Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2021 on subjects ranging from diabetic ketoacidosis to hypomagnesemia.

Maximiliano Mayrink, D.O., FACOG (’09), was appointed chair of obstetrics and gynecology and residency program director at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.

Bruce G. Rankin, D.O., CPI, FACOFP (’85), medical director of Accel Clinical Research in Deland, Florida, was featured on FOX 35 News to discuss the lab’s participation in COVID-19 clinical research trials. Biotech company Moderna selected the site as one of its trial labs as the race to find a vaccine heats up.

Charles Schafer, D.O. (’16), a fourth-year general surgery resident at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, matched into the plastic surgery fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, which will commence in July 2021.

Gregory R. Semon, D.O., FACS, FACOS (’08), coauthored two articles that were published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery—“A Multicenter, Prospective, Controlled Clinical Trial of Surgical Stabilization of Rib Fractures in Patients with Severe, Non-Flail Fracture Patterns” and “Characteristics of Hardware Failure in Patients Undergoing Surgical Stabilization of Rib Fractures.” He also authored the book chapter “Chest Wall, Hemothorax, and Pneumothorax” in the 13th edition of Current Surgical Therapy.

John D. Siddens, D.O., FAOCO (’86), was appointed division chief of ophthalmology for the Department of Surgery at Prisma Health in Greenville, South Carolina, which is the largest not-for-profit health organization in South Carolina. He is also codirector of the Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service for Prisma Upstate.

Wayne Simmons, D.O. (’18), a second-year anesthesiology resident in the HCA Healthcare/USF Morsani College of Medicine GME/Oak Hill Hospital Anesthesiology Residency Program in Brooksville, Florida, had his coauthored article “Patient Safety Should Be the First Priority in Any Health Care Setting, Especially During a Pandemic. But Is It?” published in the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) Newsletter—the official journal of the APSF.

Daniel Solano, D.O. (’16) joined Zusman Eye Care Center in Port Charlotte, Florida, in August as an associate ophthalmologist.

Gracie A. Turner, D.O., M.P.H. (’11), joined Private Physicians, PLC as a concierge medical physician, partnering with another female physician in Stuart, Florida. Turner, who is an internist, provides personalized inpatient and outpatient primary care to a small group of patients.

Cassandre Voltaire, D.O. (’17), recently joined Emerson Family Medicine of Maynard in Massachusetts. Her clinical interests include general adult and pediatric medicine, integrative medicine, and urgent care for people of all ages.

Elise Zahn, D.O., M.B.A., FACOEP (’96), proudly served as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s health care team. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the prestigious Stanley Cup on September 28, defeating the Dallas Stars.

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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