Crain's Detroit Business has named Marianne Udow-Phillips, MHSA '78, one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan in 2016. Udow-Phillips
is director of the U-M Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation.
Ruth (Detrick) Lefton, MHSA '86, is the new COO for Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, home of the largest
independent medical center in the Philadelphia region. Lefton has been part of Einstein
Healthcare Network for over 20 years.
Valerie Powell-Stafford, MHSA '89, is the new CEO of Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, Florida.
She brings over 19 years of health care management experience to the job, including
executive positions with Yale New Haven Hospital and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.
Ascension Wisconsin, a health ministry of Ascension, has named Debra Standridge, MPH '86, president of its north region. Previously, Standridge was president of
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare's north market.
Crain's Detroit Business has named Denise Brooks-Williams, MHSA '91, to its list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan in 2016. Brooks-Williams
is president and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital, Wyandotte.
U-M Professor of Neurology and Sleep Medicine Ronald Chervin, MD, MS '97, has become the 31st president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
(AASM). AASM members play a critical role in helping Americans achieve optimal health
through better sleep, Chervin said. "More than one-third of adults in the U.S. are
not sleeping the recommended seven or more hours per night, and millions of adults
and children are afflicted by a chronic sleep disorder."
In August, the Ann Arbor City Council passed an ordinance introduced by council member
Julie Grand, MPH '98, PhD '11, to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Ann Arbor
from 18 to 21. Ann Arbor is the first city in Michigan to pass such an ordinance,
and the first to back the national Tobacco 21 movement, which seeks to restrict access
to nicotine and tobacco before age 21.
Through her Washington, D.C.-based practice, Palisades Pediatrics, physician Christi Hay, MD, MPH '94, makes house calls for newborns and children who are under the weather,
"so families don't have to pack up a sick kid and come into the office," she told
the Washington Post earlier this year. Most of the families Hay serves have two or more children. Many
are single-parent families, educators, and business owners.
Continental Who's Who has recognized Jay R. Shayevitz, MD, MS '97, as a Pinnacle Professional in the health care field. Shayevitz is an
anethesiologist at Montefiore Medical Center, the academic medical center and university
hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
A former president and executive director of the Global Health Council, Christine (Kolars) Sow, MPH '93, is the new COO of Population Services International, a network of country
offices and NGOs working in over 50 countries to improve health in the developing
Crain's Detroit Business has named Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH '08, one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan in 2016. Hanna-Attisha
directs the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center, MSU College of Human
Maulik Joshi, DrPH '00, MHSA '92, is the new executive vice president of integrated care delivery
at Anne Arundel Medical Center and COO for the Annapolis hospital. Previously, Joshi
was president of the Health Research & Educational Trust at the American Hospital
Association in Chicago, Illinois.
LaVonne Lang, DrPH '02, MPH '81, is vice president of regulatory affairs for Cellceutix Corporation,
a Massachusetts-based clinical-stage bio-pharmaceutical company that develops therapies
with dermatology, oncology, anti-biotic, and anti-inflammatory applications. Lang
has over 25 years' experience in phar-maceutical development.
ProterixBio has named Fernando Martinez, MD, MS '01, a global expert in pulmonary diseases, to its scientific and medical
advisory board. ProterixBio develops disease-management solutions integrating bioclinical
analytics with digital tools to improve chronic disease care.
As chief scientist with Lantana Consulting Group, epidemiologist Dawn Sievert, PhD '08, helps develop, test, implement, and evaluate scientific information technology
aimed at creating new models of health information interchange and automation in medicine
and public health.
Hamdan Azhar, MS '10, has launched a startup, Prismoj, focusing on data journalism and emoji analytics.
A journalist as well as a statistician, Azhar also cofounded the Muslim Writers Collective,
the first national open-mic series in the U.S. for Muslim-American youth, with monthly
events in eight cities.
In June, Nyia Noel, MD, MPH '10, led an interactive discussion on postpartum depression for the Boston
Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. An obstetrician-gynecologist, Noel
is completing a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Newton-Wellesley