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RCSI MATTERS
CLASS OF 1989
David Crooks recently attended the 100
th
Year celebration
of the American College of Surgeons in October which
was held in Washington, DC, where he had the pleasure of
meeting RCSI President Professor Patrick Broe and Professor
Raymond Morgan, a plastic surgeon in VA. David Crooks is
now Chair of Surgery at Hannon Health Corporation and he
also sits on the Hospital Board of Directors.
CLASS OF 1982
Dale Brown has been elected Vice­President of the
American Triological Society.
CLASS OF 1981
Faiz Hasham is Director of Obstetric Anesthesia at Staten
Island University Hospital and President of Seaview
Anesthesia Group, Staten Island, New York, USA. Faiz
has been married to Sungitha for 32 years and they have
twins ­ Alia, a graduate of RCSI Class of 2006 and a Fellow
in Gastroenterology at the University of Buffalo, New York
and Adeel, MBA (Fordham NY), an Accounts Manager with
Thompson Reuters in New York.
Faiz has also spent time traveling on missions with Healing
the Children twice a year for the past 13 years to provide
anesthesia for under-privileged children having plastic,
oral and orthopedic surgery mainly in South and Central
America. Any anesthesiologists interested can contact him at
fhashammd@aol.com
David Knight was honoured by President Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf for his work as a surgeon in Liberia, during
Independence Day celebrations. Since 2010, Davis has
brought volunteer teams to operate and teach at JFK
Medical Center in Monrovia for two weeks, twice a year, in
March and September. David says "I am particularly thankful
for my education at RCSI, and especially the emphasis
on clinical examination and diagnosis taught to me by Mr
Harold Browne and Mr Hy Browne among others."
President Sirleaf investing David Knight as a Knight Grand
Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption.
We are sorry to learn that Julian Raphael has passed away
after a long illness. Julian was a general practitioner in
Shaunavon, Canada. Our thoughts are with his family and
friends on their great loss.
CLASS OF 1979
Isaac Stern, a family practitioner living in Safed in Israel. He
recalls his RCSI days well: "I was fortunate to study medicine
at RCSI, an academic institution that is well known even in
my small country. I have good memories of the 1970s, in the
old lecture theatre or the downstairs canteen, surrounded
by fellow students, friends with warm hearts and open
minds. I still occasionally get a call or an email from friends
who appreciate our unique life in Israel. It matters that, as a
proud graduate of our College who received not only first-
class professional knowledge, but was also taught how to
be a physician `with a heart', I can continue practising these
values every moment I spend with my patients."
CLASS OF 1978
Charles Neiditz returned to Connecticut after his graduation
and attended a Yale Medical Residency in Internal Medicine.
After finishing in June 1981, he started a solo private
practice and after 13 years, developed a multispecialty
group practice that has grown to 120 physicians. He became
board certified in internal medicine, and, after teaching
Yale medical students was inducted to the Fellowship of the
American College of Physicians in 1997.
Charles left private practice and moved to Marathon, Florida,
in the Florida Keys where he now works for the Baptist
Health Medical Group. Charles is primarily involved with
preventive medicine, and spends his free time scuba diving,
lobstering, and taking digital underwater pictures.
CLASS OF 1974
Arvind Joshi was appointed to the position of Interim
Chair and Interim Chief of the Departments of Obstetrics
and Gynecology at the McGill Faculty of Medicine and the
McGill University Health Centre, respectively. Since 1997, Dr
Joshi has served as Director General and Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of St. Mary's Hospital Center, a McGill-
affiliated institution and a model community hospital. An
obstetrician and gynecologist, with training in maternal-fetal
medicine, he is also Associate Professor in McGill's Faculty
of Medicine. He holds an MBA and is a Certified Health
Executive in the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the
American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr Joshi brings extensive experience and knowledge of
both McGill and the MUHC to this position. As Interim Chair
and Chief, he will provide leadership in regards to research,
education and clinical missions, as well as strategic direction,
advising on all matters pertaining to the departments at
both institutions.
CLASS OF 1973
John Morrison has been elected President Elect of the
Canadian Hernia Society. He has also recently retired as
Chief of Surgery of the Chatham Kent Health Alliance after
ten years.
CLASS OF 1972
Fredrik Rolf Hancke died from metastatic colon cancer in
June 2013. He was a great friend of College and was always
enjoyed the alumni weekends. He will be particularly fondly
remembered at the microphone singing student songs with
Steve Bohan at the Class of 1972 alumni dinner party in
September 2012. Early in 2013, he took his family to Dublin
and they appreciated the opportunity to see where he spent
his happy student years 1966 -72.
Congratulations to David Kennedy and Elina Toskala on
their marriage in May which took place by the waterside
event at their house on the Chesapeake Bay. Elina is also
an otolaryngologist and allergist who had previously been
a Professor in Helsinki and now holds a Professorship at
Temple University in Philadelphia.