Alumni Class Notes

1940s

  • More than 70 years into his medical career, Carl Brumback, MD, MPH ’48, is still helping others. The 96-year-old Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, resident and founding director of the Palm Beach County Health Department works regularly with physicians who are seeking training in preventive medicine and public health. The 1989 recipient of the American Public Health Association’s Sedgwick Memorial Award, Brumback credits UM SPH as being “the inspiration for my entire professional career.”

1950s

  • For his leadership efforts in banning tobacco smoking in public places in the District of Columbia, the United Medical Center Foundation’s BreatheDC Program has presented its President’s Award to Bailus Walker Jr., MPH ’59. Efforts by Walker and others contributed to the D.C. Council’s passing a law in 2007 banning smoking in public places in the nation’s capital.

1960s

  • During the American Nurses Association biennial convention in Washington, D.C., in June, Ruth Nelson Knollmueller, MPH ’68, RN, PhD, received the Pearl McIver Award for significant contributions to public health nursing.

1970s

  • A freelance medical writer with Write4Health, her own healthcare communications company, Marilyn Weisberg Batmangelich, MPH ’76, writes about children’s and women’s health and aging. Before starting her business in 2006, she was director of research and scientific affairs and senior policy analyst with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and director of medical practice and legislation with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Peter W. Butler, MHSA ’76, is president and chief operating officer of the Rush University Medical Center and an associate professor and chairman of the Department of Health Systems Management at Rush University. Prior to joining Rush, he held senior positions at the Methodist Hospital System in Houston and the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. In 2008, Butler was appointed to a three-year term as commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

1980s

  • As director of the federal hemophilia treatment center network for Region IX, Judith Baker, MHSA ’83, oversees 14 centers in California, Guam, Hawaii, and Nevada, which provide a spectrum of services for children and adults with hemophilia. She also serves on two U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committees charged with evaluating U.S. policies to protect the nation’s blood supply, and is a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work group that created the first-ever objectives on blood disorders and blood safety for Healthy People 2020. Baker is currently pursuing a DrPH in health services at UCLA.
  • David Hinkamp, MD, MPH ’81, is the founder and co-director of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Health in the Arts Program. Earlier this year, he helped lead the second Health and Safety in the Arts Research Program in Havana, Cuba, a week-long program focusing on health hazards and prevention in museums, visual arts, music, theater, dance, and other arts.
  • The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) has given its prestigious Paton Society Award to Alan Sugar, MD, MS ’88, associate chair and professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at UM. Sugar is medical director of the Michigan Eye Bank and Transplantation Center and is an active participant in EBAA.
  • Last summer, Daniel Webster, MPH ’85, was promoted to professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is also co-director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research and associate director of the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence.

1990s

  • Michael Brandt, MPH ’94, DrPH ’97, is president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and technical chief of staff for operations and business at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.
  • The former deputy secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals and a former policy advisor on health and social services to Governor Bobby Jindal, Anthony E. “Tony” Keck, MPH ’93, is now director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 
  • Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH ’94, chief academic and scientific officer, St. John Providence Health System, Michigan, is the new chair of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), which offers free screenings in cities around the country to anyone at risk for kidney disease. 
  • Amir Dan Rubin, MHSA ’96, is the new president and chief executive officer of Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Palo Alto, California. Previously, Rubin was chief operating officer at the UCLA Health System in Los Angeles. At Stanford, Rubin will oversee the development of a new $2 billion inpatient facility.

2000s

  • Joshua Elson, MPH ’08, is first author of a study of prostate-cancer risk in men of African descent, which appeared in the 2010 Journal of Immigrant Minority Health.
  • At the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting and scientific exposition last fall, Elizabeth Hedgeman, MS, MPH ’04, presented findings from a study by the UM Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (KECC), suggesting that earlier care from a nephrologist reduces the chance of kidney patients developing end-stage renal disease and lowers their risk of death during the first year of dialysis. Hedgeman, an epidemiologist at KECC, was lead author on the presentation.
  • As a pediatric resident at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford Leana May, DO, MPH ’08, focuses on cancer in underserved populations.