Class Notes, March 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

[Ryan Putnam, MD, with wife Haley and daughter.]

Steve Ketchel, MD, Class of 1972

I am continuing my practice of Hematology/Oncology at the Cancer Care Center of Southern Arizona next to TMC. I am also chair of the Arizona Clinical Oncology Society, and as the chair am working with the American Society of Clinical Oncology to better represent the non-academic oncologists in that organization.

Marta and I have a grandson born October 27.
I hope more of you will come to Tucson for our reunion in the fall.

Harry Calvino, MD, Class of 1981

What a treat at the 30-year! Not enough time to take it all in! After reunion, decided to cut back ER practice to part-time, buy a motor home and see the world. Still fly in a P-51 WWII fighter. Handball a passion; miss playing with my bud Dr. Nolte. Females in my life an enigma; son is a stockbroker in Phoenix, CSU student, combat medic, chiropractor. Live in Fort Collins. Love to hear from those (especially) who couldn't make the thirtieth.

Toni Brayer, MD, Class of 1983

I still practice Internal Medicine in San Francisco and am the Regional Chief Medical Officer for Sutter Health in Northern California. I enjoy writing my health blog, and it has quite a readership.

We’ll be taking my 16-year-old son on college tours soon and may even be visiting U of A. My daughter, Lisa was a grade schooler when I was in Med School. (Many of you practiced your physical exams on her). Now she is a mom herself with a 3-year-old daughter.

Thanks to modern medicine, I got a new right knee and my tennis game is as good as ever.

Michael G. LaMar, MD, USN-Ret., Class of 1989

Married with 3 children. Oldest son is USMC ROTC at GW in DC. Twin daughters are freshmen in high school. Working and living in San Diego. Left Internal Medicine. Boarded in Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Forensics. Soon to Board in Palliative Care and Hospice. Focused on bringing end-of-life care/issues into Emergency Medicine practice. Running a charity to supply combat troops with 15 items of comfort and hygiene. See the website: www.

Just awarded "Irishman of the Year" by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick (oldest US fraternal organization; est. in Philadelphia in 1771)

Just awarded "Outstanding Honor's College Alumni" U of A. Coming to award ceremony in Tucson 5/3/12.

Plan to retire in two years if it all pans out OK.

Molly Roberts, MD, MS, Class of 1999

These last few years have been particularly eventful for our family. After 27 years in Tucson, the economic downturn hit our private practice and retreat space, the Synchronicity Center, pretty hard and we decided to close those doors in 2009. Though that was a very difficult time for us, my husband and I decided that this was our cue to truly follow our hearts and so we turned it into an adventure. After a worldwide search for what our next incarnation was going to be, we ended up moving to San Francisco. We are now both Integrative Medicine specialists at the Institute for Health & Healing and we couldn't be happier about our new lives! San Francisco is a truly wonderful place to be, we love where we work, and we are having the time of our lives in this beautiful and vibrant city.

And there's more news! The last of our three children went off to college in the fall of 2011, so we are now officially empty nesters. You may remember that they were all just little ones when I was in med school. Two of our kids were away in college when we moved, but they fell in love with San Francisco and ended up relocating here as well. We are a very close family, so having them in the same city is particularly wonderful for Bruce and me.

And more news! I have been practicing Holistic Medicine my entire career and so I am happy to announce that as of October 2011, I am now the President of the American Holistic Medical Association.  My tenure as President runs from 2011 to 2013 and it has been quite an honor to be able to serve my profession in this way. In addition, I have recently been voted in as the next Chairman of the Board for the Integrative Medicine Consortium which consists of 8 national Integrative Medicine organizations that have come together to speak with a more effective voice on how this field of medicine evolves both politically and as a profession. I am the Vice-Chair of this Consortium for 2012 and then will step in as Chair in 2013.

I hope all is well with each of you and please feel free to contact me if you would like to reconnect. I have such fond memories of all of you!

Ryan Putnam, MD, Class of 2003

My wife, Haley, and I have relocated to Columbia, SC from Wilmington, NC as I have taken a new position with Moore Orthopaedic Clinic specializing in adult orthopedic foot and ankle reconstruction. We are expecting a little girl in May 2012.

Chandra Krishnan, MD, Class of 2004

I am nearing my second anniversary as a pathologist at the Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin. Priya and I recently celebrated the birth of our second son, Ravi. His older brother Sanjay is having a blast with him. I'm looking forward to seeing the other pathology alumni at the next national meeting.