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Winter 2019

David F. Elliott, M.D., HS’77, officially retired from private practice 15 years ago, but now sees indigent patients only on a weekly basis in a local church clinic.

Andy Bonin, M.D., HS’78, retired almost two years ago and is loving his new job as being grandpa to two grandchildren (with two more on the way) and yard maintenance. His main pursuits are reading and exercise, and he still sees some patients at a TROSA clinic every month.

Albert Meyer, M.D., HS’78, recently co-authored the article “Decreasing Low Acuity Pediatric Emergency Room Visits with Increased Clinic Access and Improved Parent Education” in JABFM.  

Walt Larimore, M.D., HS’81, will release his 32nd book, "Fit Over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You,” in early August. He loves being able to write part time and still see patients part time, in addition to writing a quarterly column, “Vaccine News You Can Use,” for Colorado Family Physician, a bi-monthly “Ask Dr. Walt” column for Today’s Christian Living, and a two-to-three time a week blog at www.DrWalt.com/blog.

Mimi Benjamin, M.D., HS’95, won the Golden Stethoscope Award in September 2018 from the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association for “relentless advocacy for patient safety.”

David Quillen, M.D., HS’95, will be starting as Family Medicine Program Director at North Florida Regional Medical Center this March, after 20 years at the University of Florida. The program is a joint effort between HCA and the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. He also reports that his son who was born at Duke University Hospital as a 32-week premi when he was a faculty development fellow will be starting his medical career as a first-year medical student at the University of Florida.

Ayaz Virji, MD, FAAFP, HS’03, will release his book “Love Thy Neighbor” in June.  

Tito Balbino, M.D., HS’14, was named Assistant Chief Medical Information Officer of Ambulatory Care at Baptist Health System in Jacksonville, Fla., which is the system where he is currently employed as a full time geriatrician, with AgeWell.

Alex Kaysin, M.D., HS’14, recently moved to Baltimore, Md., is working as assistant professor and core faculty at the University of Maryland Department of Family and Community Medicine, and also serves as the medical director of the Family Medicine Center.

Aaron George, DO, HS’15, was first author on the publication “Development, Value, and Implications of a Comprehensive Primary Care Payment Calculator for Family Medicine,” published in Family Medicine.

Everlyn Perez, M.D., MPH, HS’18, recently began working with Kaiser Permanente’s Cudahy Medical Offices in Cudahy, Calif. “The patient population is >90% Latino, 80% monolingual Spanish speaking and best of all it is only an 8 minute commute from home! I'm loving every minute of it."


Fall 2018

Kathy Andolsek, M.D., HS’79, has been appointed to the ACGME Board of Directors.

Evan Ballard, M.D., HS’79, is retiring at the end of this year after 39 years at the Jonesville Family Medical Center in Jonesville, N.C., which he co-founded. In retirement, he plans to enjoy time with his wife, Marianne, and seven grandsons in Elkin, N.C. His eldest son, Will, practices at the clinic, where he has been a partner for 11 years; his middle son, Andrew, is an architect in Iowa City; and his youngest son, Grey, is a professor of computer science at Wake Forest University. Ballard would love to reconnect with old colleagues in retirement.

Loretta Stenzel, M.D., HS’89, and her husband, Tim, are moving to Maryland in January, where she plans to work with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. For the past eight years, she has worked for Vista Community Clinic, a large FQHC with over 600 employees in Vista, Calif., most recently as Director of Adult Medical Services. She was named Clinician of the Year for the practice twice. Stenzel has been a member of both San Diego County and California state Prescription Drug/Opioid Abuse Task Forces. In February, she was an invited speaker for the UCSD Global Health Program’s “Quarterly Conversations in Global Health” on the topic of the opioid crisis. Stenzel’s eldest daughter, Elyn, graduated from the Duke Physician Assistant Program and is now working for a Duke Breast Center in Raleigh. Her younger daughter, Kira, is at UNC School of the Arts with concentrations in scenic painting and set design.

Victoria Kaprielian, M.D., HS’88, wrote an op-ed that was published in the Raleigh News & Observer: “Whatever happened to the American Dream?”

Kevin Yow, M.D., JD, MPH, HS’00, has been appointed medical director of the Emergency Department at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Yow has practiced full time emergency medicine since 2001 and is board certified by both the American Board of Family Medicine and the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine. In addition, Yow continues to act as a medico-legal and health care consultant. He currently holds medical licenses in North Carolina, California and Arizona.

Jon Bonnett, M.D., HS’15, is celebrating the publication of his first co-authored book, “Lifestyle Medicine Handbook: An Introduction to the Power of Healthy Habits.”

Aaron George, DO, HS’15, will be building a new family medicine residency with Meritus Health in rural Hagerstown, Md., and has been appointed assistant program director and director of medical education. Additionally, George will be contributing a monthly column in Medical Economics.


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