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Charles E. Jaffe, D.O.’97

Jaffe practices with Lake Heart Specialists in Libertyville, IL. He is active at three local hospitals and is chair of the department of cardiology at Advocate Condell Medical Center. He is happily married to his wife, Randi, and they reside in the north suburbs of Chicago with their three children Sam (13), Alexa (10), and […]

— Anna Hudson

International service opportunity in Honduras for DMU alumni

The Global Health department has received information about an upcoming medical service opportunity in Honduras. The trip is a partnership with Grinnell Global Brigades, and the exact community served will be determined by in-country Global Brigades staff. Global Brigades‘ purpose is to provide rural communities with sustainable solutions under a holistic service model in order to […]

— Anna Hudson

Stephen R. Eckstat, D.O.’72

Eckstat was named physician leader of primary care for Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He will provide leadership for family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry and weight loss. He will work in collaboration with an administrative leader to manage planning and organization to ensure efficient operations, quality clinical care and excellent customer service. […]

— Anna Hudson

Dennis P. Dornbier, D.O.’86

Dornbier was named surgery physician leader at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He will share leadership of the surgery division with an administrative leader, working together to ensure coordination and quality of patient care. The surgery division includes general surgery, anesthesia, ENT, hand, plastic surgery, ophthalmology and urology. Dornbier will manage planning and organization […]

— Anna Hudson

Kristina K. Hagen, M.P.H.’10

Hagen and Tyler Russell have announced their engagement and plans to marry on May 5, 2012, in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Both are certified personal trainers for Aspen Athletic Clubs and reside in Des Moines.

— Anna Hudson

Robert M. Goecker, D.P.M.’96

Goecker was named chief of podiatric foot and ankle surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, FL. In addition for caring for patients in the West Coast Podiatry Center offices and performing surgeries at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Goecker lectures extensively on topics related to foot and ankle surgery for other podiatrists nationwide and serves on […]

— Anna Hudson

Carrie L. Smyth, D.O.’10

Smyth (maiden name Kern) and Conor Smyth were married on October 15, 2011, in Red Wing, MN. She is a resident at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN, and he is a certified financial planner at Edward Jones Investments in Red Wing.

— Anna Hudson

Melissa S. Strange, D.O.’08

Strange joined the pediatric hospital team at Santa Rosa Memorial in Santa Rosa, CA, in February 2012. She completed a general pediatric residency at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, OH.

— Anna Hudson

Alissa A. Paul, PA-C’07

Paul (maiden name Hallstrom) and Joe Paul were married on February 17, 2012, in Roseville, MN. She practices at Minute Clinic in Woodbury, MN, and he is a senior negotiation consultant at Target Corporation in Minneapolis.

— Anna Hudson

Larry Braver, D.O.’77

Braver was appointed to the Michigan Long-Term Care Supports and Services Advisory Committee by Governor Rick Snyder. He is a staff physician at Flint Osteopathic Hospital-Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, MI, and facility coordinator for both Alterra/Brookdale Assisted Living Facility and the Knottingham/Prestige Pointe Assisted Living Facility. He will represent providers of Medicaid-funded […]

— Anna Hudson

Andrew L. Cope, D.O.’09

Cope is in his final year at the Genesis Quad-Cities Family Medicine residency program in Davenport, IA, and will join Newton Clinic this summer. He will be one of six Newton Clinic doctors who deliver babies at Skiff Medical Center and perform c-sections.

— Anna Hudson

Michael F. Tiffany, D.O.’96

Tiffany joined the obstetrics and gynecology department at Fairview Red Wing Medical Center in Red Wing, MN. He comes to Red Wing from Kenosha, WI, where he practiced with Aurora Health Care. He was awarded the national 2011 Patient’s Choice Award, which is given to doctors who receive top scores from their patients and pass […]

— Anna Hudson

Carl P. Behne, M.H.A.’10

Behne joined Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa, IA, as executive director of outreach services. The position supports the directors of physical and occupational therapy, radiology, home health and hospice, laboratory, pharmacy and food and nutrition.

— Anna Hudson

Patricia R. Hastings, D.O.’83

Colonel Hastings completed a residency in emergency medicine at Fort Hood, TX, in 1986 and completed follow-on assignments as chief of the emergency departments at the 98th General Hospital at Nurnberg, West Germany, and at Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood. She served from 1997 to 2002 at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu […]

— Anna Hudson

CME opportunities for alumni, community

Des Moines University Continuing Medical Education (DMU CME) continues to provide countless opportunities for alumni and community members to earn CME credits year-round. Check out these upcoming CME events and the CME calendar! Foot and Ankle Surgery Symposium April 27–28, 2012 Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA Registration fee: $25-$125 Contact hours: TBD Register Fascial Distortion […]

— Anna Hudson