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Thomas L. Chung, D.O.’01

Chung completed a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and now works as a Navy reconstructive surgeon at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He helps reconstruct veterans who sustain severe wound injuries and performs reconstruction for cancer patients following tumor resection. He lives in […]

— Anna Hudson

Heather M. Dederman, PA-C’09

Dederman and her husband, Nick, welcomed their first child, Katelyn Corrine, on Dec. 18, 2011. The family resides in Norfolk, NE, where Dederman practices emergency medicine with Faith Regional Health Services.

— Anna Hudson

Lydia B. Caros, D.O.’80

Caros, the chief executive officer of Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis, was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in pediatric health care. Caros specializes in general pediatrics and fetal alcohol syndrome and splits her day between handling administrative duties and seeing pediatric patients at the clinic she co-founded in […]

— Anna Hudson

Danniele S. Anderson, PA-C’11

Anderson (maiden name Richardson) joined Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City, IA, and practices family medicine and women’s health at the McCrary Rost Clinic in Lake City.

— Anna Hudson

Philip S. Marzolino Jr., D.O.’02

Marzolino and Kayla Brooke were married on April 7, 2012, in Denton, TX, and now reside in Dallas. He completed a fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston in cardiovascular anesthesiology and currently works with Pinnacle Anesthesia at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Kayla is a major gifts officer at Abilene Christian University.

— Anna Hudson

Jennifer Crimmins, M.H.A.’07

Crimmins was promoted to assistant administrator of Tompkins Health Center at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge, IA. She had served as development director for Friendship Haven since 2007 and helped execute a $3.5 million capital campaign. She is also an online professor and developer of the health administration program at Iowa Central Community College and […]

— Anna Hudson

Joseph P. McNerney, D.O.’80

McNerney received the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award during the ACOFP annual convention and scientific seminars in Kissimmee, FL. The award recognizes an outstanding osteopathic family physician who shows career-long service to patients, the profession, and to ACOFP. McNerney is the director of medical education and a program director for the St. Johns Providence Health System - Osteopathic Division in Warren, MI, the secretary for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, and the president of the Macomb County Osteopathic Medical Association.

— Anna Hudson

Tami S. Gudenkauf, D.O.’92

Gudenkauf is an emergency medicine physician at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, IA. Twice a year she participates in medical service trips to Haiti. Her daughters, Emily and Jeni, have accompanied her on the last two trips, and her father usually goes along to do construction.

— Anna Hudson

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