Alumni Class Notes


  • 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 world.


  • 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 Medicine.
  • 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 Hospital.