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International service opportunity in India for DMU alumni

The Global Health Department has received information about an upcoming medical service opportunity in India. The Logos Medical Mission group will travel to Uttarakhand, India, June 6-17, 2012. The trip is organized through the Des Moines Valley Evangelical Church partnership. Areas of focus will be women’s health issues, pediatric care and general medicine in underserved […]

— Anna Hudson

CHS launches revamped MHA curriculum

For nearly three decades, Des Moines University has given students real-world preparation to advance or change their careers as leaders in health care administration. To ensure DMU’s master of health care administration program continues to offer students highly relevant, evidence-based experiences they can immediately apply in their work, the College of Health Sciences recently revised […]

— Anna Hudson

Daniel W. Cuozzo, D.O.’87

Cuozzo joined Beebe Medical Center and practices at Beebe Dermatology Health Center in Millsboro, DE. He is board certified in dermatology and was an attending dermatologist at Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, NY, where he practiced general medicine and surgical dermatology and developed their Mohs Surgery Program. He also trained and supervised physician assistants and taught medical students. Cuozzo was in the U.S. Army Medical Corp for nine years, serving in several capacities including as a flight/brigade surgeon, company commander in Desert Storm and Chief of Dermatology at Fort Bragg, NC. He has been honored with several awards, including the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Medical Badge.

— Anna Hudson

April C. Borchardt, D.P.M.’06

Borchardt is now seeing patients at Community Memorial Hospital Health Center in Oconto Falls, WI, and has been seeing patients in Green Bay, WI, since 2009.  She completed a podiatric surgery residency at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, IA, and provides the full range of treatment for foot and ankle conditions, including arthritis, diabetic foot […]

— Anna Hudson

Todd C. Sommer, D.O.’96, D.P.M.

Sommer is now seeing patients at Community Memorial Hospital Health Center in Oconto Falls, WI. He is board certified in podiatric surgery and family medicine and is the medical director for the St. Vincent Hospital Center for Wound Care and Hyperbariatric Medicine in Green Bay, WI.

— Anna Hudson

John G. Brady, D.O.’94

Brady joined Hancock County Memorial Hospital in Britt, IA, and will work through the Britt Medical Clinic. Most recently, he practiced at Mercy Johnston Family Physicians Clinic in Johnston, IA.

— Anna Hudson

Alicia E. Bennett, D.O.’11

Bennett (maiden name DelRosso) and Scott Bennett were married on May 7, 2011. The couple resides in Salt Lake City, where she is working on a neurology residency at the University of Utah Hospital.

— Anna Hudson

Jason R. Sheffler, D.O.’08

Sheffler graduated from the University of Minnesota Mankato family medicine residency program and accepted a position with Boone County Hospital in Boone, IA. He and his wife, Heather, reside in Boone.

— Anna Hudson

Jill Whitson, M.P.H.’07

Whitson and her husband, Stephen, welcomed their second child, Stella Raye, on December 20, 2011. She joins sister Eden at the family’s home. Jill works in public health for the Central Iowa Area Health Education Center in Des Moines.

— Anna Hudson

Tamara Lyday, D.O.’06

Lyday is the regional director for Prevea Health in Green Bay, WI. She began working for Prevea in January 2011 following her employment at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay. She continues to work at St. Vincent Hospital’s wound care center two days a week.

— Anna Hudson

Carena M. Thompson, D.O.’04

Thompson is the medical director at the Indian Health Service Center for the Nez Perce in Lapwai, ID. About 25 percent of her family practice is spent using osteopathic manipulative treatment due to limited resources and chronic pain issues of the patients.

— Anna Hudson

Melissa Pechan, PA-C’04

Pechan and her husband, Brian, welcomed a daughter, Jocelyn, on December 12, 2011. Jocelyn joins sister Maya at the family’s Oregon, WI, home. Melissa is a neuroendovascular surgery physician assistant in Oregon.

— Anna Hudson

John T. Pham, D.O.’00

Pham left his solo practice of nine years in March 2010 to join Western University of Health Sciences, COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, OR, as an assistant professor in the department of family medicine. He teaches students the essentials of clinical medicine, presides on the admissions committee and is the interprofessional education liaison. He also precepts family medicine […]

— Anna Hudson

James Huang, D.O.’99

Huang received the New Member of the Year Award from the Lincoln Club of Orange County, CA. He was elected as a member of the board of directors and appointed the local election chairman. He also serves as vice chair of the health care subcommittee when its members are working on health care policy. Additionally, […]

— Anna Hudson

Tanya P. Stringer, M.H.A.’97

Stringer joined Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL, as vice president of physician practice development. She is responsible for providing leadership and support for the clinical and business operations and strategic development of each physician practice site, including the various Riverside community health centers within the region. She was previously the director of operations for the […]

— Anna Hudson

David L. Edwardy, D.O.’95

Edwardy retired from active family practice January 1, 2012, after 26 years of federal prison service and 20 years of service in the military reserves (National Guard and Navy). He and his wife, Sue, reside in Byron, MN.

— Anna Hudson

Patricia L. Dearduff, PA-C’93

Dearduff retired from the Polk County Health Department and now serves as a volunteer and a harpist for Hospice of Central Iowa, taking music to the very sick and dying. She and her husband, James, reside in Clive, IA.

— Anna Hudson

Warren S. Silberman, D.O., M.P.H.’74

Silberman retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as the manager of the Aerospace Medical Certification Division. He formed an LLC, Aviation Certification Services, and plans on doing consulting. He is also the medical director of Harvey Watt and Company in Atlanta, GA, which provides disability insurance for pilots who have lost their medical certification certificate. He […]

— Anna Hudson

Stephen E. Kabel, D.O.’88

Kabel was appointed chairman of the department of primary care at the Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in New Jersey. He also serves on the board of directors of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. He and his wife, Sandra, reside in Delran, NJ, where he practices internal medicine at Delran Medical […]

— Anna Hudson

Meenakshi D. Palani, D.O.’08

Palani will be joining Fort Madison Community Hospital’s women’s center in Fort Madison, IA, on August 1, 2012, after graduating from Aurora Health Care’s obstetrics and gynecology residency program in Milwaukee, WI, in June 2012.

— Anna Hudson