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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 2012

Medical class of '72:Where they are now

Ralph Bloch (2012) Ralph Bloch (1972)

Ralph Bloch, after his residency and a fellowship in Los Angeles, joined McMaster's Department of Medicine in 1976. He practiced rehabilitation medicine and was active in education and research until 1991, when he was appointed director of the Institute for Medical Education at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Following his retirement in 2004, he returned to live in Dundas and accepted a part-time appointment with the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster.

John Cunnington (2012) John Cunnington (1972)

John Cunnington completed an anesthesia internship at the University of Toronto and two years of diving research at the University of Pennsylvania. He later trained in internal medicine and respirology at Dalhousie University and McMaster. For 10 years, he had a private practice in medicine and respirology and was staff at Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. He also spent a year working in Bancroft and Fort Frances. He returned to McMaster in 1991 and he is the inaugural assistant dean for the Physician Assistant Education Program.

Sheila Mason (née Jemaiga) (2012) Sheila Mason (née Jemaiga) (1972)

Sheila Mason (née Jemaiga) worked as an emergency room physician at several Hamilton hospitals. She later switched to student health services at Mohawk College and at McMaster, where she spent 14 years before retiring in 2005. Mason has two children: a daughter who is a physician in Ottawa and a son who is a mechanical engineer in Cambridge. Mason now spends her time with her two grandchildren.

Robert Jones (2012) Robert Jones (1972)

Robert Jones completed his family practice residency at McMaster and entered private practice in Woodstock with Russ Emerson from 1974 to 1978. He later moved to Lawton, Okla. and practised privately until 2000. He also holds a master's in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University. He now has an active practice in geriatrics and family medicine with the Memorial Medical Group in Lawton. Jones also serves as medical director of McMahon-Tomlinson Nursing Centre, Montevista Rehabilitation and Skilled Care and the Comanche County Memorial Hospital's nursing transition unit.

Peter Milder (2012) Peter Milder (1972)

Peter Milder finished his residency in family practice at McMaster before beginning a 20-year practice in Peterborough. He later moved to Alexandria, La. where he continued in family practice under the auspices of Christus Health. He is chairman of the Department of Medicine at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and board chairman for the Christus Provider Network.

Andrew Padmos (2012) Andrew Padmos (1972)

Andrew Padmos trained in medicine and hematology in Calgary, Alta. before moving to Saudi Arabia's King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in 1978 where he introduced a transplant program and served as head of oncology. He returned in 1993 and became chief executive officer (CEO) of the Kingston Regional Cancer Centre and head of oncology at Queen's University, Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital. He then became commissioner of Cancer Care Nova Scotia, head of the Cancer Care Program at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, associate dean for cancer programs in the faculty of medicine at Dalhousie University and vice-president, research, academic affairs and quality for Capital District Health Authority. He became the CEO of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2006.

Russell Emerson (2012) Russell Emerson (1972)

Russ Emerson finished his residency in family practice at McMaster before he entered into a private practice in Woodstock, Ont. with Robert Jones in 1974. In 1992, he moved to Gastonia, N.C. where he continues to practice with CaroMont Medical Group, a hospital-owned network. He was medical director of the network from 1995 to 2010.

Stephen Foster (2012) Stephen Foster (1972)

Stephen Foster went on to a general surgery residency at the University of Toronto. In 1978, he became the sole surgeon for a rural hospital in Angola. In partnership with McMaster University‘s Center for International Health, he developed a post-graduate training program for medical graduates in Lubango, Angola, where he has also created a mini referral tertiary care unit. Foster is now developing training for health professionals, without medical school training, to perform surgery. He is an associate clinical professor of surgery at McMaster University and director of the Evangelical Medical Center of Lubango.

Peter Lapsley (2012) Peter Lapsley (1972)

Peter Lapsley joined the Caledonia Medical Centre where he practised as a family physician for 37 years. At the same time, he was involved with a weekly clinic at the Six Nations Native reserve. He found family practice extremely rewarding as he was able to meet different people, families and gain a knowledge of different cultures. He retired in June 2010.

Arthur Leader (2012) Arthur Leader (1972)

Arthur Leader worked as a research management consultant at the World Health Organization in Geneva. He completed his training in obstetrics, gynaecology and infertility in Europe and Canada. Leader co-founded academic In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) programs in 1983 in Calgary and in 1989 in Ottawa. His research, focused on treatments and policies that improve access to and outcomes of infertility therapy, is both nationally and internationally recognized. In 2006, he co-founded the Ottawa Fertility Centre.

Stan Rodier (2012) Stan Rodier (1972)

Stan Rodier did his internship at McGill University, his residency in dermatology at New York University and his fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in micrographic and skin cancer surgery. He started a private practice in San Diego, Calif. and is now semi-retired.

Robert Ross (2012) Robert Ross (1972)

Robert Ross practised clinical care pulmonary medicine in Houston, Texas for about 25 years. He consults in medical law cases and has published several articles and a cardiopulmonary exercise testing interpretation software program. Ross also taught at the Baylor College of Medicine. He started his own computer software company in the late ‘70s. He is semi-retired and remains a clinical associate professor of medicine at Baylor.

John Sellors (2012) John Sellors (1972)

John Sellors had a family practice in Stoney Creek for 25 years where he mentored more than 25 family medicine residents. He went on to enhance health care in developing countries, notably in the area of cervical cancer prevention. He worked with the World Health Organization and the Seattle-based PATH with funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sellors also taught in family medicine at McMaster from 1979 to 2011. He passed away on Dec. 31, 2011 at the age of 65.

Jack Franaszek (2012) Jack Franaszek (1972)

Jack Franaszek completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Chicago and Brown University before becoming an attending staff physician at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in Chicago. At the same time, he maintained an academic affiliation at the University of Chicago. He is past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a physician for the Holland America Line. He continues to practice emergency medicine and is currently the medical director of emergency services for Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Northwestern Grayslake Emergency Centre.

Richard Haber (2012) Richard Haber (1972)

Richard Haber completed a pediatric residency at The Montreal Children's Hospital at McGill University. He was hired on staff as an attending physician, while he also juggled a community pediatric practice. Haber became an associate professor of pediatrics at McGill University and for the last 12 years, he has been the director of the Pediatric Consultation Centre at the children's hospital. He was appointed co-ordinator of the family medicine residence trainees at the hospital by the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University in 2010.

Philip Maurice (2012) Philip Maurice (1972)

Philip Maurice finished an internal medicine internship as well as his residency at McMaster. In 1975, he started his neurology residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. He began a private practice in 1978 in neurology and opened two offices in Thousand Oaks and Camarillo, Calif. He has three daughters and three grandchildren. An avid reader, he also enjoys tending to his cactus and rose garden in his home in Thousand Oaks.

>Werner Meier (2012) >Werner Meier (1972)

Werner Meier did his internship in anesthesiology at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and pursued an anesthesiology residency at the Oregon Health and Science University, with the last part of his residency completed at the University of Otago in New Zealand. From 1977 to 2005, he worked at a community hospital in Gresham, Oregon where he had various responsibilities, such as department chair of anesthesia, teaching residents and supervising nurse anesthetists. In 2005, he joined the Physicians' Hospital in Portland, Oregon and since 2007, he has practised at the Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Wash.

David Storey (2012) David Storey (1972)

David Storey completed an internship in Calgary and became an emergency room doctor in Kelowna, B.C. before moving to the Yukon to start a general practice. Following that, he worked as a registrar in anaesthesia and as a general practice anaesthetist in New Zealand, before finishing a surgical residency in Calgary. Since 1986, he has maintained a general surgery practice in the Yukon. He lives with his family on a farm on the Yukon River.

Silvia von Hanna (née Szachniewicz) (2012) Silvia von Hanna (née Szachniewicz) (1972)

Silvia von Hanna (née Szachniewicz) completed an internship at Women's College Hospital in Toronto before becoming a general practitioner in Toronto. In 1976, she became a general practitioner psychotherapist and worked in Toronto for 20 years, before moving her practice to Richmond Hill and then to Hamilton in 1999. She continues to practise in the city.