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“I'm certain I've saved more lives with public health work than in the emergency room"

Arthur KellermannArthur Kellermann, MPH 1985 has a flair for the dramatic and a knack for telling compelling public health stories. He’s taken on some of the nation's toughest issues, from firearm injuries to soaring health-care costs. More than ever, he says, public health workers need to know the power of communication, from using Twitter and blogs to cutting-edge tools. "Going forward, the smartphone and other mobile apps are the next generation enabler of public health." Read more

Alumni Updates - September 2012


Rebecca Bartlein, MPH 2012, Global Health, is headed to the Cote d’Ivoire as a Fulbright Fellow, where she will be working in the Ministry of Health and conducting public health policy research in collaboration with the Institut National de la Sante Publique.

Wilhelmina Delostrinos, MHA 2012, Health Services, is a Quality Consultant for Clinical Improvement & Prevention at Group Health Cooperative.

Renee Heffron, PhD 2012, Epidemiology, received a Young Investigator Award from the International AIDS Society for her research on hormonal contraception and HIV risk in Africa. She was one of five scientists under 35 to win this award, funded by the IAS and the French National Agency for Research. She also was one of two UW students selected to receive the 2012 Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Craig Brownson, MHA 2011, Health Services, is a Research and Quality Manager for the University of Washington Department of Surgery.

Krycia Cowling, MPH 2011, Global Health, was recently featured in Humanosphere and is a researcher working in Delhi for the Public Health Foundation of India.

Shilpa Kasukurthi, MHA 2011, Health Services, is an Analyst (Project Manager, Organizational Effectiveness/Lean Consultant) at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Sandi Navarro, PhD 2011, Nutritional Sciences, is working as a postdoctoral fellow at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Barbara Rose, MPH 2011, Health Services, is the Outreach and Training Design Specialist for the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Nathan Stacy, MHA 2011, Health Services, has been promoted to the position of Investment and New Ventures Director of the Mayo Clinic.

Michael Bennett, MHA 2010, Health Services, has accepted the position of Manager, Denials & Payment Integrity for the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics.

Jody Haines, MHA 2010, Health Services, is Regional Director for the Montana Hospital Association. Jody and her husband also recently welcomed their first child – a baby girl.

Kev Vorhees, MHA 2010, Health Services, is a Project Analyst with UW Physicians.

James Keyes, MHA 2009, Health Services, is a Program Specialist for the Veterans Administration in Portland, working with IT Services and Administration.

Jane Yi, MPH 2009, Health Services is working as a Performance Effectiveness Manager at Stanford University Medical Center.

Jeff Bissey, MHA 2008, Health Services, was named the Associate Medical Director for Primary Care (AMD) for The Everett Clinic (TEC). The AMD is the accountable leader for TEC’s Primary Care programs and medical staff, providing direction, coordination, support, and accountability for TEC Primary Care service line (IMED, Pediatrics, FP, Locum pool, and WIC) as well as coordination with primary care services provided in other settings.

Sarah Lowry, MPH 2008, Environmental and Occupational Health, and PhD 2012, Epidemiology, was awarded first prize in the 2012 American College of Epidemiology Student Prize Paper competition. She now conducts postdoctoral research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Janice Richards, MHA 2008, accepted a position as the Director of Communications at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

Kit Song, MHA 2008, Health Services, has been named Chief of Staff of the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Los Angeles.

Dan Weber, MHA 2008, Health Services, is Director of Process Improvement for Dreyer Medical Clinic, a physician-owned, ambulatory care organization near Chicago in Aurora, Illinois.

Colin Greene, MPH 2006, Health Services, is serving active duty as a Command Surgeon for the UW Army Warrior Transition Command, helping to oversee the care and rehabilitation of wounded, ill, and injured soldiers.

Jen Balkus, MPH 2005 and PhD 2012, Epidemiology, was the winner of the best overall scientific abstract award at this year’s annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She now works as a staff scientist at the Hutch.

Wendy O’Shaughnessy, MHA 2005, Health Services, was promoted to the Director of Adult Outpatient Oncology Services and Multicare Health System. She also recently completed a half marathon with the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Alta Ballard, MHA 2004, Health Services, became the Manager of the Department of Quality and Patient Safety at Swedish Medical Center.

James Hudson, MHA 2003, Health Services, left his role with UW Physicians and took on an administrator position with a small practice in Renton: Women’s & Family Health Specialists.

Jahanara Zahid, MPH 2003, Health Services, is practicing as a child psychiatrist in a community setting with focus on autism and developmental disabilities at Philhaven Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities.

Corey Casper, MPH 2002, Epidemiology, was honored as a Global Health Innovator by Seattle Magazine for his work to prevent infection-related cancers in Uganda.

Mark Sollek, MHA 2000, Health Services, is the Board President for One Less Mountain, a non-profit committed to helping veterans transition to civilian life.

Cyrus Yang, MHA 2000, Health Services, has been promoted to Executive Director of Delivery System Planning at Kaiser Permanente.

Michelle Garrison, MPH 1999 and PhD 2005, Epidemiology, was recently featured in USA Today and FoxQ13 for a paper published in Pediatrics entitled “The Impact of a Healthy Media Use Intervention on Sleep in Preschool Children.”

Thomas Lumley, MS 1996 and PhD 1998, Biostatistics, was elected as an ASA Fellow “for outstanding contributions to statistical theory and practice; for influential collaborations benefiting many important scientific studies; and for implementation of new methodology through the R system and the development of specialist software packages.” He is currently a professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Jennifer Alright, MPH 1994, Health Services, is in her third year of running her own business, Adult Care Solutions, LLC. She assists adults in navigating the health care system by providing advocacy, resources and referrals for any needs.

Liesa Rose, MHA 1993, Health Services, now works as the Director of Operations and Development for Prosthetics Outreach Foundation. Prior to working for POF, she was employed at I-TECH/UW for three years. Overall, she worked for UW in healthcare administration for 15 years.

William Daniell, MPH 1986, Environmental and Occupational Health, received a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts towards his work assessing key health issues affecting people who use the Duwamish River or live nearby. Findings from the assessment will be provided to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help inform their selection of a cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish Waterway, which was designated a Superfund site in 2001. The health impact assessment will be the first of its kind to evaluate a Superfund site and may have far-reaching implications.

Desmond Thompson, PhD 1985, Biostatistics, retired two years ago from Merck & Co. He is now enjoying his time off and also serving as a consultant to Medical Affairs for Regeneron.

Jennifer Ehreth, MHA 1983, Health Services, authored a new book: Therapeutic and Diagnostic Device Outcomes Research. She is a Principal Consultant with La-Ser Health Analytics in Paris, France.

Micheal James Meyering, BS 1982, Nutritional Sciences, is the Project and Sustainability Manager for Housing and Food Services at the University of Washington. He is finishing his 29th year working for UW!

Anne McTiernan, PhD 1982, Epidemiology, received a 2012 Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine. These are career achievement awards to those who have made significant contributions to sports medicine and the exercise sciences.

David Lewis, Jr., MSPH 1981, Environmental and Occupational Health, has retired, and looks forward to spending summers with his family and winters in warmer climates.

Richard (Ric) Nichols, MHA 1980, Health Services, has retired as the Chief Administrative Officer of Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center in Santa Cruz, California, after almost 50 years working in healthcare, the last 32 in administration at academic medical centers and community hospitals. After retirement, Ric and his wife Carol will be living full time at their home on the north Oregon coast.


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