Alumni News–Class Notes

John A. Thomas (’58 MA, ’61 PhD), professor emeritus at the University of Texas Health Science Center and adjunct professor at the Indiana School of Medicine, was named the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Toxicology.

Timothy G. Kling (’71 MD, ’74 R), who has been an ob/gyn in private practice in Macomb, Ill., and Nags Head, N.C., for almost 40 years, has changed careers. He is now physician consultant for MO HealthNet in Jefferson City, Mo. He and his wife, Candice Goodrich Kling, moved to Columbia, Mo., and are enjoying being back in the Midwest.

David Thomas (’74 MD), of Marshalltown, Iowa, was awarded the 2013 McFarland Clinic Founders’ Award, which honors an individual who demonstrates exceptional efforts in leadership and motivation to support the organizational goals of McFarland Clinic.

Patrick Edwards (’84 MD), family practice physician at Newton Clinic, has been named the 2013-14 Iowa Family Physician of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians. He becomes Iowa’s nominee to the American Academy of Family Physicians for the 2015 National Family Physician of the Year.

Les Barrickman, DO (’89 F),
of Honolulu, has served as president of the Hawaii Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons for nine years and as a member of the Hawaii Board of Medical Examiners for three years. He recently was elected vice chairman of the Hawaii Medical Board and he serves as a Fellow in the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States Inc.

Vinit Mahajan, MD, PhD (’08 F), received a 2013 Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award. He is a UI assistant professor in ophthalmology and visual sciences and a clinician-scientist in the Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research. The grant of $486,000 will support his project, “Molecular Genetic Mechanisms of Calpain-5 Autoimmunity,” which could help determine therapeutic approaches for uveitis and other common eye diseases with photoreceptor degeneration and retinal neovascularization.

Christopher Robinson, MD (’07 R), was appointed chief of ophthalmology at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass.

Denise Martinez, MD (’11 R), UI assistant professor of family medicine and assistant dean for cultural affairs and diversity initiatives, was awarded the 2013–2014 Hawkeye Award for Student Organization Advisor of the Year for her work with the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students.

Brian Privett, MD (’11 R), an ophthalmologist in Cedar Rapids, was elected to the Iowa Medical Society Board of Directors.