Family Day & Orientation

September 2010

At Family Day, first-year students and their families joined faculty and academic leaders to learn what to expect during medical school.

First-year students at the Washington State University-University of Idaho program pose with stethoscopes at their orientation.

Ph.D. Welcome Reception

October 28, 2010
Our annual Ph.D. Reception was co-sponsored by the UW Medicine Alumni Association and the Department of Research and Graduate Education.

50-Year Association Lunch

November 20, 2010
Alumni from the classes of 1950 through 1960 gathered for the annual 50-Year Association Lunch at the Seattle Yacht Club. The event honors those who have celebrated their 50th class reunion. Alumni enjoyed hearing from third-year medical student Jessica Garrity, who received the UW Medicine Class of 1953 Endowed Scholarship.

Globe-trotter David Notter, M.D. ’71

Seattle, Rochester, N.Y., San Francisco, Wenatchee, and too many other places to count — they’re all on the list of places that David Notter, M.D. ’71, has visited. He recently added another locale: Nepal.

Inspired by Thomas F. Hornbein, M.D., Int. ’57, one of his instructors and a legendary Mt. Everest mountaineer, Notter took a three-week trekking trip to Nepal’s Himalayan ranges with his son, Michael, in 2010. They hiked about 100 miles, circling most of the Annapurna massif in the 11-day process and reaching an elevation of 18,000 ft. (This wasn’t Notter’s first summit, by the way; he’s also climbed Mt. Rainier two times, Glacier Peak, Mt. Baker and Mt. Stuart — not bad for a guy with two artificial hips from congenital hip dysplasia.)

More globe-trotting awaits. Now retired, Notter and his wife, Patty, plan to tour Asia and Alaska in 2011.

A Distinguished Academic Career

Karen A. Holbrook, Ph.D. ’72, Fel. ’78

Karen A. Holbrook, Ph.D. ’72 (biological structure), Fel. ’78 (dermatology), has had a long, illustrious career, one that included the presidency of Ohio State University (OSU), often ranked as the largest public university in the U.S.

From 1985–1993, Holbrook was a professor at UW Medicine, investigating human skin development and genetic skin disease. Later, she was the associate dean for scientific affairs. She left the UW to become the vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at the University of Florida. Five years later, she became the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Georgia. From 2002–2007, Holbrook served as president of OSU. While there, she made research and undergraduate education her priorities; during her tenure, OSU advanced in national rankings, qualifications and graduation rates of students, and the size of the university’s endowment.

When her husband retired to Florida, Holbrook left OSU to join the University of South Florida as the vice president for research and innovation; later, she added to her responsibilities by becoming the senior vice president for research, innovation and global affairs. She is also a consultant for The Advisory Group at Huron, focusing her efforts on higher education, economic development and international programs. We’re pleased to welcome Holbrook as the keynote speaker for the UW Medicine Division of Dermatology’s 50th anniversary on May 20, 2011.

Reaching for the Stars

Astronaut Yvonne D. Cagle, M.D. ’85

Yvonne D. Cagle, M.D. ’85, grew up in an Air Force family — her dad was an X-ray technician; her mother dealt with flight records. And when Cagle put herself through medical school, she turned to the Air Force for scholarship help. It was a momentous decision, one that led to a second career as an astronaut.

For a return on their investment, the Air Force required that Cagle serve in the military. In 1989, she volunteered to serve as a medical liaison officer for the shuttle Atlantis — preparing an alternate landing site in West Africa should the crew need rescue. This piqued her interest in becoming an astronaut, and, in 1996, she began a two-year training program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Cagle hasn’t been to space — not yet. But she’s busy, acting as a science liaison between NASA, Google and other tech companies to foster NASA’s work in global mapping, sustainable energy and other initiatives.