Robert Leo, M.D. ’77, is a full-time volunteer physician working in the Good Samaritan Clinic, a health center located in Morgantown, North Carolina. Leo had previously been an emergency room physician at Grace Hospital, a not-for-profit Morgantown health care facility committed to providing affordable care to the residents of Burke County, North Carolina.

John Richmond, M.D. ’81, has been named medical director of Genesis Behavioral Health, a community mental health center with facilities in Laconia and Plymouth, New Hampshire. Richmond, a psychiatrist who lives in Concord, New Hampshire, had previously been chief of the Department of Behavioral Health at Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Dan Barry, M.D. ’82, a former astronaut who participated in three space shuttle missions, has created a company that makes robotic assistants for people with disabilities. Barry launched Denbar Robotics subsequent to retiring from NASA in 2005.

Celia M. Witten, M.D. ’82, Ph.D., is director of the Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapy at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. She worked for more than ten years as a practicing physician at the National Rehabilitative Hospital in Washington, D.C. before joining the FDA.

Russell Eggert, M.D. ’84, is the Florida Department of Health’s director of disease control. Eggert recently wrote an op-ed piece stating that schoolchildren are not a high-risk group vis-à-vis methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Eggert is a fellow of both the American College for Preventive Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Ernest F. J. Block, M.D. ’86, graduated from the University of Tennessee’s one-year Physician Executive MBA program in December. “The program has helped me see the world from a different perspective—as a physician leader with the analytical approach of business,” Block says.

Mark Eisenberg, M.D. ’88, is the new chief of neurosurgery and director of the neurosurgery residency program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. In his new role, he hopes to strengthen the center’s programs in pediatrics, spine surgery, brain tumors, and epilepsy. Eisenberg is also a clinical assistant professor in the New York University neurosurgery department.

Carlos Nunez, M.D. ’93, is the chief physician executive for Picis, a health care information technology solutions firm based in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Picis in 2000, Nunez was director of education and research for the division of critical care medicine at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord, North Carolina. Nunez has published and presented extensively on the topics of anesthesia and critical care informatics, clinical data analysis, cerebral blood flow auto-regulation, and anesthesia history.

Nancy Baker, M.D. ’98, has a family medicine/urgent care practice in Vero Beach, Florida. Baker is also the medical director for her local Red Cross chapter and is the clerkship director in family medicine for the Fort Pierce campus of Florida State University.

Rick Baker, M.D. ’98, is the chief of family medicine at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Florida.

Jason Goldman, M.D. ’98, is a solo practitioner in family medicine in Coral Springs, Florida. Goldman and his wife, Joy, are expecting their second child in May.

In Memoriam
Reginald J. Stambaugh, M.D. ’59, died at his Palm Beach home last December at the age of 77. Stambaugh, who’d suffered a stroke five months prior to his death, worked as an ophthalmologist and was the founding chairman of Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Co., which was started to provide insurance to ophthalmologists nationwide. Stambaugh also had an avid interest in preserving historic buildings.

Alvin E. Smith, M.D. ’64, died in Daytona Beach last September following a long illness. Smith was born in Talladega, Alabama, and moved to the Daytona Beach area at a young age. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. Smith was one of the founding members of the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology and was on the Council of the Florida Society of Internal Medicine.

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