Class Notes, April 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
From the Class of 1999

Kevin McGarey, MD, Class of 1999, passed away May 11, 2013 after an 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer. 

We are still reeling from the loss of a truly vibrant individual and friend whose light helped make the world a little brighter for those who had the pleasure of knowing him.  He was determined to live life to the fullest and fulfill his dreams.  He had a way of befriending all whom he met with his winning smile and easygoing, accepting, humorous personality.  He was just a great guy. Kevin, you will be missed and we mourn the loss of your light.  We raise a pint of cold beer to you and cherish our wonderful memories of our time with you.  

John Romano, MD, Class of 1984

I have been practicing in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for over 11 years. My youngest son, Justin, recently was accepted to the University of Washington Medical School. One part of our celebration was recording David Crosby's Guinnevere on YouTube. Justin plays the guitar and we both sing.

Life is so good!!

Please feel free to contact me at

Spencer Erman, MD, class of 1986, holding aloft a bicycleSpencer Erman, MD, Class of 1986

I have been appointed Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Ambulatory Care with Hartford HealthCare, a five-hospital system in central and eastern Connecticut. After 25 years of practicing family medicine, first in the Denver area, and for the last 13 years in the Hartford, CT, region, I am now leading a team in the transformation of health-care delivery to our patients. I have been medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, and actively involved in ambulatory and inpatient medicine over the course of my career. I continue to see patients on a part-time basis, and am actively involved in the teaching of medical students, residents, and nurse practitioner students, as an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

In October and November 2013, I participated in a five-day, 300-mile bicycle trip from Jerusalem to Eilat, Israel, to raise money for the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies, a graduate school of Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, American, and other students. The institute teaches trans-border cooperation in environmental issues, including water management, sustainable agriculture, and environmental awareness. This is the second time I participated in this trip, having completed it with my wife, Nancy, in 2011.

I can be reached at

John E. Sattenspiel, MD, Class of 1979, with wife Suzan SattenspielJohn E. Sattenspiel, MD, Class of 1979

After eight years as senior medical director for Trillium Community Health Plan in Eugene, Oregon, I am about to retire from administrative medicine. As part of my transition plan, I am heading to New Zealand in June to spend a year as a practicing GP in Oamaru, in order to be able to go into full retirement out of the active practice of family medicine, rather than out of an administrative position.  Besides, I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand, and my wife, Suzan, is up for adventure.

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