Our Award Recipients

Every year, the UW Medicine Alumni Association recognizes several exceptional alumni on reunion weekend. The 2011 Alumni Award recipients, from left to right, are: Marshall S. Horwitz, Ph.D. ’88, M.D. ’90, Res. ’92 (Alumni Early Achievement Award), Lawrence K. Altman, M.D., Res. ’68, Fel. ’69 (Distinguished Alumnus Award), Anna H. Chavelle, M.D. ’57 (Medical Alumni Service Award), and Frank W. Ogden, M.D. ’61 (Humanitarian Award). Far right: Paul G. Ramsey, M.D., Dean of the UW School of Medicine.

Clinical Transition Ceremony

May 27, 2011
Clinical Transition — second-year students don white coats that symbolize the transition from classwork to clinic, and pose for the camera after the ceremony.

Family Day

September 2, 2011
This year the UW Medicine Alumni Association partnered with Student Affairs to host Family Day as part of the first-year students’ orientation week. Presenters gave an overview of the school, and they shared insights and advice with students and family members. The event culminated with alumni presenting stethoscopes to students — a gift from the UW Medicine Alumni Association. Photo: Alumnus Henry Kuharic, M.D. ’54, Res. ’60, chats with first-year medical-school students.

The Stresses of War: Richard Rahe

After 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy, with many academic appointments, a fellowship in Sweden and numerous awards, Richard H. Rahe, M.D. ’61, Res. ’65, is now a staff psychiatrist for the Veterans Administration in Salem, Ore. He counsels servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, specializing in those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

During his time in the military, Rahe helped to set up evaluation and treatment programs for POWs returning from Vietnam and Americans held hostage in Iran in the late 1970s. He later served as a consultant for the U.N.’s War Crimes Tribunal — on how best to handle witnesses — and he worked with the World Health Organization in Zagreb, Croatia.

“It has been extremely rewarding to have a career in stress research and therapy for more than 55 years — and still counting!” says Rahe.

Back in the Northwest: Jeanette Mladenovic

Jeanette Mladenovic, M.D. ’74, Res. ’78, Fel. ’81, MBA, MACP, was named the new provost at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Ore. Mladenovic, who completed a chief residency and fellowship in hematology and oncology at UW Medicine, is joining OHSU this fall.

Before taking her current post, Mladenovic held administrative positions at the State University of New York, the University of Colorado, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Minnesota and, most recently, the University of Miami, where she was the senior associate dean at the Miller School of Medicine.

“What I’ve enjoyed most about my career is the privilege of working with such talented faculty and students,” says Mladenovic. “In Oregon, I am joining a wonderful institution with a bold vision in a great part of the world — the Northwest.”