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Calling all Jumbos! Have you recently gotten married? Welcomed a new baby? Celebrated a professional achievement? Find out what your classmates have been up to and share your own news as well!


*This page will be updated on a monthly basis.


  • Cassandra Scott, MD, M20, and her husband, Gregor, welcomed their daughter, Mallory, in March. Cassandra and baby Mallory are doing well, and Cassandra will return to finish her intern year in the Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry residency program at Tufts Medical Center in May.

  • Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH, M98, has been appointed Chief Clinical Access and Equity Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a new institutional leadership position that also adds him to Dana-Farber’s Executive Leadership Team.

  • Alexis Pappas, MD, M09 has joined the Steward Digestive Disease Center with Morton Hospital and Steward Medical Group as a gastroenterology specialist.

  • Barbara Spivak, MD, M71 has been awarded the 2021 Special Award for Excellence in Medicine by the Massachusetts Medical Society.

  • Ronald Dunlap, MD, M73, A06P has been awarded the 2021 Award for Distinguished Service by the Massachusetts Medical Society.


  • Gina Sam, MD, M03, MG03 has been recognized as one of New York City’s leading gastroenterologists and is the Founder of The Institute of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders and Integrative Health in New York City, New York.

  • Gevvie Stone, MD, M12 is headed to her third Olympic Games, but this time in a different event: the women's double sculls. The 2016 Olympic silver medalist and seventh-place London Games finisher in the single sculls qualified Thursday in the double at the third day of U.S. Olympic Rowing Trials No. 2 in East Windsor, New Jersey. She'll represent the United States in Tokyo alongside partner Kristi Wagner.

  • Steven Cha, MD, M00 has been appointed Chief Medical Officer for NKGen Biotech, a biotechnology company harnessing the power of the body's immune system through the development of Natural Killer (NK) cell therapies. Dr. Cha will oversee the clinical development of NKGen Biotech’s lead product SNK01 as well as its pipeline of other novel NK cell therapies.

  • Ron Harris, MD, M67 and his wife Kathy are volunteering at UCSD vaccine program. At the drive through superstation 5000 people were vaccinated per day. Now located at the UCSD gymnasium there are 3000 vaccines provided per day. The days are long, but the patients are grateful and the work extremely gratifying.

  • Jaimie Yung, MD, M16 has joined Samaritan Health Services as a practicing psychiatrist.


  • Rebecca Yanovsky, MD, M20 married her partner of 6 years Adam Dufner after some COVID-related postponements, in a memorable, spirited re-imagined ceremony in her parents' backyard in California this past September. Though it was “mini” in size, it was huge in spirit, and they are enjoying the next chapter as they continue residency and work in Boston.

  • Tyler Tetreault, MD, M16 married Kate Googins, a third year law student at the University of Denver on February 15 in Maui. They chose a ceremony in Hawaii without any guests or family members in attendance after they were forced to change three other sets of arrangements.

  • Gerald Marsocci, MD, M67 retired from his general surgery practice in January after 45 years, but he continues to serve as the chief of the Division of General Surgery at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence, a role he’s held since 2007. He also works at the hospital’s Comprehensive Wound Care Center two days a week.

  • Barry Dashefsky, MD, M73 was awarded fellowship status by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Dr. Dashefsky has specialized in pediatric infectious diseases for 40 years and his clinical interests range from common ambulatory infections to infections in patients with compromised immune systems.

  • Sarah Ming, MD, M07 has joined Androscoggin Valley Hospital as a new emergency medicine physician.

  • Amy Simon, MD, M90 has been appointed Chief Medical Officer for Beam Therapeutics.

  • Andy Huang, MD, MBA, M01 has been Khloe Kardashian's go-to consultant during her fertility journey.

  • Rachel Kowalsky, MD, MPH, M03, MG03 and her two fellow authors have published a paper, Exclusion of SARS-CoV-2 from Two Maine Overnight Camps July-August 2020, researching the exclusion strategies of two summer camps in Maine which allowed them to remain open during the summer of 2020.



  • Carl Canzanelli, MD, FACS, M59 has retired after a career spanning thirty-three years as a board-certified general surgeon at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA, where he served as the Assistant Chief of Surgery for many years in addition to Acting Chair of Surgery. Carl and his wife Linda Temte, MD, M74, retired as the Acting Chair of Medicine at Mt. Auburn Hospital, feel fortunate at ages 86 and 81 to remain healthy and capable of maintaining an active retirement life splitting their time between their home in Maine and Spring Island in South Carolina for their winter escape.

  • Samantha Rai, MD, M97 has joined the leadership team for the Family Medicine Residency Program as the newly appointed Associate Program Director. Samantha has been a member of the Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program faculty since 2014.


  • Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, M65, director of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s national award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program and a professor of pathology, has been recognized with a Health Care Heroes lifetime achievement award by the Phoenix Business Journal.


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