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Daryl Rosenbaum, MD '97, speaks into a microphoneRosenbaum Named to Admissions Role

Daryl A. Rosenbaum, MD ‘97
, has been named associate dean for admissions and student financial aid.

Rosenbaum, associate professor of family medicine, succeeded David Grier, MD, on July 1. Grier, who had served in the role since 2012, was named associate professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and will work as a hematopathologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Since joining the Department of Family and Community Medicine in 2005, Rosenbaum has served as sports medicine fellowship director and head primary care physician for Wake Forest athletics for eight years and as director of the Family Medicine Residency Program for the last five years. He is a native of Troy, Mich., and a resident of Mocksville, N.C.

Head shot of Modupeola AkinolaModupeola “Dupe” Akinola, MB BS, assistant professor of neonatology, has been named assistant dean for admissions and student financial aid. She joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2008 in the Department of Pediatrics and has served as course director for the fourth-year neonatology clerkships, as well as a mentor and adviser to a diverse group of medical students through Student Affairs’ “house” system, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the Twin City Medical Society and the Wake Forest Student National Medical Association.


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Nurse Anesthesia

Sandra Ouellette wears black robe and green stole as she stands at a podium while accepting an honorary degree from Wake Forest UniversityUniversity Honors Ouellette with Honorary Degree

Sandra Marie Ouellette, CRNA ’69, M Ed, FAAN
, was presented with an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Wake Forest University during commencement exercises May 20, becoming the first nurse to receive the honor from the university.

Ouellette has remained involved with the Nurse Anesthesia Program continuously since her graduation. As program director, she oversaw many major changes and periods of growth.

She has served in every elected position of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and has received every award of distinction given by the AANA, including the Agatha Hodgins and Helen Lamb awards. She also was a charter member of the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists, which she served as president for six years.

She continues to teach and has established philanthropic endowments to support scholarships and international learning experiences for students in the program.

Program Maintains National Ranking

The Nurse Anesthesia Program maintained its prestigious national ranking of 10th in U.S. News & World Report’s Graduate School Rankings for 2020.

The program, led by Director Michael Rieker, DNP, CRNA, was founded in 1942 as the first of its kind in the state. It accepts 24 students each year, provides a rigorous curriculum, advanced training and opportunities for global health studies.

Alumni Association Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Biennial Meeting

The Nurse Anesthesia Program held its biennial alumni meeting March 2, welcoming back alumni from throughout the program’s history.

Besides the usual networking and educational opportunities, the meeting included a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the program’s alumni association, which was started 25 years into the program’s history.

Sandra Patseavouras, CRNA ’65, the first chair of the alumni association, attended, and Sharon
Pearce, CRNA ’92, MSN, donated a shadowbox of Patseavouras’ original scrub cap and graduation pins, which the program now has on display.

Patseavouras, Sandra Marie Ouellette, CRNA ’69, M Ed, FAAN, and Elizabeth Randleman, CRNA ’65, also were inducted as inaugural members of the Copper Kettle Society, commemorating 50 years of membership in the Wake Forest Nurse Anesthesia Alumni Association.

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‘Lorae the PA’ Soars on Social Media

Lorae Schafer, MMS, PA-C ’19
, has boldly staked a claim to social media fame.

Lorae Schafer stands in blue scrubs and smiles at the cameraAs “Lorae the PA,” the Portland, Oregon, native chronicled her journey through the School of Medicine’s PA Program while serving as social media ambassador for the American Academy of PAs. She has built a small army of followers, particularly on Instagram, where nearly 18,000 people view her posts.

Shafer began building that following while applying to PA schools. She found a small online community of health care providers on Instagram and started sharing her experiences with the group, which had few students or providers.

“I felt like the content I posted might help someone because I couldn’t find it anywhere myself,” she says. “It was almost like stepping into the role of being a mentor that I wished I had had. Before I knew it, I had thousands of followers within months, and it has been growing ever since.”

To keep her personal social media accounts separate from her PA presence, Schafer created the handle “Lorae the PA.” She attributes a lot of her success to excellent timing.

“I was in the first wave of students talking about their experiences, and it gained attention from more than just people pursuing a career in medicine,” Schafer says. “I connected with people who wanted to make a greater impact and advocate for the PA profession, including people who happened to work for AAPA.”

In advocating for the organization, she used Instagram’s “stories” feature to post smartphone recordings of herself talking directly to her audience. She answered frequently asked questions, talked about her day, discussed exams and shared tips.

“I never thought starting this simple social media account would bring me so many blessings,” says Schafer, who has traveled to New York City and Malibu, California, and reviewed coffee, scrubs, shoes and other products as companies seek a mention from her on social media.

While she thinks all of that is great, messages from her followers mean more. They thank her for providing inspiration or motivation for pursuing careers in medicine, and many have shared that they were accepted into PA school thanks in part to her account. Those, she says, are the best.

Schafer says she knows of at least 15 people who applied and at least one who enrolled in the Wake Forest PA Program thanks to her encouragement.

“The people who follow me know that I’ll keep it real with them no matter what it is I’m talking about,” Schafer says. “They have seen my best days as well as my worst. The heart and soul I put into keeping this account alive helps people pursue their dream careers, which is exactly why I started it in the first place.”

Her blogging dates back to 2013 and a study-abroad program she did called Semester at Sea. Living on a ship, she sailed to ports around the world with stops throughout Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

She did that while attending the University of San Diego as a presidential scholar, majoring in behavioral neuroscience with a minor in chemistry. After graduating, she worked as a medical scribe for an Ob-Gyn for two years before starting PA school.

“Never in a million years did I think I’d make it into Wake Forest, a top 10 PA program,” Schafer says. “It was my number one choice when applying to schools primarily because of the inquiry-based learning (IBL) curriculum. The learning style appealed to me, but a limited number of programs offer it. I was on cloud nine when I received my acceptance call!”

After getting over “culture shock” in moving from the West Coast to the South, Schafer has decided to stay and now works in inpatient cardiology in Winston-Salem. She hopes to publish a book in the next few years and will stay involved in social media, likely expanding beyond the PA field to homeware and interior design, cooking and baking, travel, fashion and other subjects.

“We’ll see where things go,” she says. “I really never know where this account will take me!”


PA Program Celebrates 50 Years, National Ranking

As the PA Studies program celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, it received a national ranking of seventh in U.S. News & World Report’s Graduate School Rankings for 2020. The program moved up from ninth in the previous survey.

Gail Curtis, associate professor and chair of the Department of PA Studies, wears a black dress with lace sleeves as she speaks at the podium for Wake PA's 50th AnniversaryThe program, led by Chair Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C ’81, began in 1969 and features small group learning complemented by instruction in basic sciences, pharmacology and evidence-based medicine focused on real patient medical conditions. Students learn through real-life cases, with a focus on primary health care delivery.

Alumni and program leaders celebrated the 50th anniversary with a gala event in downtown Winston-Salem on Oct. 19. The celebration included tours of the PA program’s educational space, a reception, dinner, a live band and dancing.

The program now includes approximately 90 PA students each year who study on campuses in Winston-Salem and at Appalachian State University in Boone. Graduates are awarded the Master of Medical Science degree.


Newest Alumni

PA graduates in the class of 2019 took part in commencement exercises on the Wake Forest University campus in May, becoming the program's newest alumni.

Collage of three photos from the Wake PA Program commencement: African American male in regalia smiles from the line; several young women process down the aisle; side profile of young woman in cap and gown

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Graduate School

Student Presents Research on Capitol Hill

Graduate students stand in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington DCLauren West-Livingston, a doctoral student in the Molecular Medicine and Translational Science program, traveled to Washington, D.C., in July to engage leaders on Capitol Hill in research while competing in the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Three-minute Thesis (3MT) Competition and Research Forum.

The event, held July 22-23, featured 13 students competing in a regional version of the international 3MT competition. Students also attended professional development sessions on research advocacy and working for the federal government, toured Capitol Hill and met with congressional staff from their home states.

Lauren West-Livingston accepts certificate from Bonnie Ferri while standing next to a podium and US flagWest-Livingston advanced to the regional event when her presentation “Off-the-Shelf Tissue-Engineered Vascular Grafts” won first prize at Wake Forest University’s campus-wide 3MT competition held in March.

The regional event included one winner from each university-level 3MT competition. Participants were judged on their ability to avoid scientific jargon, describe key results of their research and convey enthusiasm.

The first 3MT event was held in 2008 at the University of Queensland, Australia. It helps graduate students hone their communication skills by challenging them to share their thesis or dissertation research in three minutes in a way anyone can understand. The 3MT event has spread to more than 600 universities across more than 65 countries. For more information, visit

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House Staff

Diz, Reynolds Receive 2018 Byrum Mentoring Awards

Debra I. Diz, PhDFaculty members Debra I. Diz, PhD, and Patrick S. Reynolds, MD, House Staff ’97, have been honored with the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s 2018 James Edwin Byrum Jr., MD Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award for their ongoing investment in students, residents, fellows and faculty.

Diz is professor of surgery and physiology and pharmacology, section head of surgery-hypertension, director of the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center and co-director of the Cardiovascular Sciences Center. She was honored in the Researcher category.

Patrick S. Reynolds, MDReynolds is professor of neurology, vice chair of education and assistant dean of basic science curriculum. He was recognized in the Clinician Educator category.

The award memorializes James Edwin “Ed” Byrum Jr., MD ’68, who died in August 2011. During his 37-year Wake Forest Baptist Health career, he helped train more than 200 emergency medicine physicians. In 1974, he co-created and directed one of the first residency programs in emergency medicine.

Internal Medicine Class of ’84 Keeps Reunion Tradition Going

Ten of the 18 members of the Internal Medicine’s House Staff Class of 1984 organized a reunion in Nemacolin, Pa., earlier this year. The classmates have held reunions about every 10 years and had a strong showing 35 years following their residency training.

“I am confident in saying that no other residency program in the nation has the bond we do,” said Thomas B. West, MD ’81, House Staff ’84, who traveled from his home in Lakemont, Ga., to attend. “From day one to present, this is the most supportive group of physicians imaginable. It was pleasing to see so many still made the effort to continue our reunion tradition. Several others tried to come but had insurmountable conflicts with the date.

“These docs have done well for their profession, patients and for our medical school. I am very proud to have been part of this medical residency.”

Pictured, from left: C. Douglas Yates, MD, House Staff ’84 and ’86; David J. Morton, MD, House Staff ’84; Michael M. Gaspari, MD, House Staff ’84; Susan E. Boylan, MD, House Staff ’84 and ’87; Vera A. Bittner, MD, House Staff ’84; Lloyd J. Kellam III, MD, House Staff ’84 and ’87; Sally E. Wenzel, MD, House Staff ’84; John Zornosa, MD, House Staff ’84 and ’91; Robert S. Iwaoka, MD, House Staff ’84; Elizabeth Dean Iwaoka, MD ’84, Thomas B. West, MD ’81, House Staff ’84; and Laura P. West, MD ’81, House Staff ’84.

Ten members of the Internal Medicine House Staff Class of 1984 stand on steps in front of building

Class Note 

Megan Ariel Kinney, MD, House Staff ’14 and William Sargent Kaufman, MD, House Staff ’15 were married April 27 in Marco Island, Fla. Megan Ariel Kinney, MD, House Staff ’14 and William Sargent Kaufman, MD, House Staff ’15 were married April 27 in Marco Island, Fla. Included in the ceremony were Elizabeth Kaufman McNamara, MD, House Staff ’11 and Sarah Lynn Taylor, MD, House Staff ’12. A number of Wake Forest alumni and faculty attended, including William Huang, MD, MPH, Rita Pichardo, MD, House Staff ’02, Jenna O’Neill, MD, House Staff ’14, Christine Trethaway and Heather Hayes Grounsell. The couple resides in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., and they practice dermatology in Wilmington, N.C. 

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Pastoral Care

Hatcher Succeeds Scoggin as CareNet President

CareNet Counseling, the largest network of spiritually integrated counseling services in the state and the largest hospital-based provider in the country, named Bryan Hatcher, LCSW, president in April.

Bryan Hatcher, LCSW and president of CareNet, stands in his office and smilesHe succeeds Steven Scoggin, PsyD ’81, an alumnus of the Pastoral Care program and the associate vice president of behavioral health for the health system, who was appointed interim chair of Wake Forest Baptist’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine.

Hatcher, who joined CareNet in 1999, had been interim president since August 2018 after serving as chief operating officer. He is an experienced counselor, chaplain and pastor and is an adjunct faculty member with Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity.

With 35 offices across the state, CareNet serves individuals, couples and families who are dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, work-related stress, addiction, abuse, trauma, relationship issues and other challenges.

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Class of ’57 Reunion

The RN Class of 1957 celebrated a reunion on June 15 with a luncheon at River Landing at Sandy Ridge in Colfax, N.C.

Pictured (seated, from left): Willie Sutton Hill, RN; Frances Alley Wilson, RN; Johnsie Bryant Burchfield, RN; Susie Keyes Davis, RN; standing, from left: Mary Pugh Overton, RN; Frances Montgomery Burke, RN; Barbara Waite Phillips, RN; Rita Truitt Thornton, RN; Barbara Brower Starling, RN; Billie Jo White Cox, RN; and Roberta Shepard Stutts, RN.  

A group of older women pose seated and standing for a group photo

Class of ’59 Reunion

Members of the RN Class of 1959 celebrated their 60th reunion on Aug. 3 with a luncheon at Homestead Hills in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Pictured: Dee Vestal Clark, RN; Doris Marshall, RN; Marita Cannon Gates, RN; Grace Gillispie Leonard, RN; Barbara Bowers Beck, RN; Pat Heffner Cashwell, RN; Lynn Tatum Shelton, RN; Connie Thaggard Scott, RN; Jo Alice Wilson Richards, RN; Linda Weatherman Myers, RN; Laura Hawes Morrison,RN; Jean Ennis Kirk, RN; Jane Markham Gaines, RN; Carolyn Thomas Eitel, RN; Nancy Lyons Crabb, RN; and Pat Tate Weaver, RN.

Members of RN Class of 1959 stand and smile

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