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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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Early Graduate Recalls Program’s Beginnings

Kelly Taylor, PA-C ’71, had completed four years of service in the U.S. Air Force and had taken a job working in research and development when something he heard by word of mouth changed his life: Wake Forest’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine was about to start a Physician Assistant Program.

Kelly Taylor, PA-C '71, sits in a rocking chair

It was 1969, and Taylor jumped at the chance to become one of the program’s first students in its inaugural class. It was an opportunity to build on the skills he had learned as a medical technician in the military and fulfill a lifelong interest in medicine.

“I was in charge of the emergency room in the Air Force,” said Taylor, who had been stationed in Charleston, S.C. “This work was basically the same thing I did as a PA.”

From that start, both the PA Program and Taylor flourished.

The program has become one of the nation’s best. It’s now ranked seventh nationally for 2020 in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of graduate school programs, up from ninth a year ago. From the beginning, the program has offered students a patient-centered medical education that includes real-life cases and clinical problem-solving. In October 2019, the school commemorated program’s 50th anniversary with a celebration for alumni, students and supporters.

Taylor went on to enjoy a 43-year career as a PA in Winston-Salem. It all began with hands-on learning experiences in the new program.

“We had rotations and paired with medical students and residents to treat patients,” he said.

Before graduation, Taylor accepted a contract with Forsyth Emergency Services to join Forsyth Medical Center, where he worked until retiring in 2013.

Steven Collins, MD, House Staff ’86, met Taylor in 1984, when Collins was completing his residency in emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The two also worked together at Forsyth Medical Center. He recalls that Taylor was the first PA hired by Forsyth Emergency Services.

“Kelly truly was an amazing PA,” Collins said. “He touched so many lives over the years. He taught me a lot, and I always relied on him for certain orthopaedic issues and suturing.”

Being among the first PAs was not always fun, according to Taylor.

“They [the doctors] gave us a lot of grief the first few years,” Taylor said. “They had no idea what a physician assistant was, and didn’t know we had a license and could order medicine. It was different then dealing with the private medical community.”

Things became smoother for Taylor as his skills became more known, and he witnessed many changes in medicine over four decades of work, especially with the progression of technology and electronic medical records systems. He attributes his long and successful career to what he learned in the PA program.

“Because of my military experience, I knew how to do things, but I didn’t know the basics behind what I was doing,” he said. “The school really helped me with the anatomy and physiology of my work.”

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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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