Pulse at Mizzou
Lenard Politte starts as president
Lenard Politte, MD '62, of Columbia, Mo., is the new president of the University of Missouri Medical Alumni Organization. Politte began his two-year term as president at the organization's Board of Governors meeting on April 3.
Politte has received MU's Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor presented to an MU alumnus. He was Columbia's first cardiologist in private practice and was an early leader in cardiac catheterization and pacemaker implementation in mid-Missouri. He retired from practice in 1999 and now supervises cardiology fellows as a clinical professor of medicine at MU.
Politte returned to private practice in 1969 and became a founding member of Boone Clinic, the first multispecialty clinic in Columbia. He also was chief of staff at Boone Hospital Center and a founding member of the Missouri Cardiovascular Group, the Missouri Heart Institute and Columbia Regional Hospital. In the community, Politte has served as a trustee of Stephens College and a board member of First National Bank, Boone Hospital Foundation and Missouri Heart Institute Foundation.
Politte has served MU as a national steering committee member of the For All We Call Mizzou campaign, a member of the Mizzou Flagship Council, and chair of the Chancellor's Residence Preservation Committee. He also is past president of the Medical School Foundation. A distinguished fellow of the Jefferson Club, Politte also is a member of the McAlester Society, life member of the Mizzou Alumni Association and recipient of a Faculty-Alumni Award in 1999. Politte was also awarded the first Distinguished Service Award from Mineral Area College.
Politte and his wife, Mary Lu, have four children: Keith, Caryl, Kevin and Craig, BS, BA '93; and four grandchildren.
Politte succeeds Michael Bukstein, MD '70, of Hannibal, Mo., who completed his two-year term as president on April 3. Bukstein continues to serve on the Board of Governors Executive Committee as past president.
Eight Physicians Receive 52nd Annual Alumni Awards
The University of Missouri School of Medicine presented its most prestigious awards on April 2, 2009, in Kansas City. The award recipients were honored during a reception and dinner at the Kansas City Club in conjunction with the Missouri State Medical Association's annual conference.
The School of Medicine's highest honor – the Citation of Merit – was awarded to Leslie W. Miller, MD, Class of 1974, whose groundbreaking research has resulted in new treatment innovations in the field of heart failure and transplantation. He is professor and chief of the integrated cardiology programs at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital and School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He also serves as the Walters Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Proctor Harvey Distinguished Teacher at Georgetown University.
The Outstanding Young Physician Award is presented to distinguished alumni age 45 or younger. This year's recipients were Antoinette L. Laskey, MD, Class of 1998, a forensic pediatrics specialist and an assistant professor of child health services at the Indiana School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, and Jordan D. Metzl, MD, Class of 1993, co-founder of The Sports Medicine Institute for Young Athletes at The Hospital for Special Surgery and an associate professor of pediatrics at Cornell Medical College in New York City.
Alumni who have distinguished themselves through community service are recognized with the Distinguished Service Award. This year's recipients were David A. Fleming, MD, Class of 1976; Timothy T. Kuberski, MD, Class of 1969; and John A. Mihalevich, MD, Class of 1970. Fleming is founding director of the MU Center for Health Ethics and a professor of health services management and internal medicine at MU. Kuberski is credited with pioneering the field of infectious diseases in Phoenix. Mihalevich is an active educator with the Cox Family Practice Residency Program in Springfield, Mo., and an organized medicine leader.
Awarded to non-alumni, the Honorary Medical Alumni Award is given to supporters who have made special contributions to MU's School of Medicine. This year two outstanding MU faculty members were recognized. Randall C. Floyd, MD, is director of maternal-fetal medicine and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Harold A. Williamson, MD, is the new vice chancellor for University of Missouri Health System. He also is the Jack M. and Winifred S. Colwill Endowed Chair in Family and Community Medicine and led the Curtis W. and Ann H. Long Department of Family and Community Medicine for 10 years.
Alumni are encouraged to contact the MU School of Medicine to make nominations for the 53rd annual medical alumni awards to be presented in 2010. Click here for nomination information and forms.
Physicians Alumni Weekend attracts renowned speakers
A variety of distinguished alumni and faculty members will deliver lectures during the 2009 Physicians Alumni Weekend Scientific Program. The program will be held Friday, Oct. 23, and activities will continue through Saturday, Oct. 24, as part of MU's homecoming.
The keynote address of the Scientific Program, the Milton D. Overholser Memorial Lecture, will be delivered by Stephen Achuff, MD '69, a cardiologist and David J. Carver Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He served as director of Adult Cardiology Clinical Programs for 20 years at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Other Scientific Program speakers will include:
William Banks, MD '79, is a professor at Saint Louis University School of Medicine with the division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, as well as the Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences. He is editor-in-chief of Current Pharmaceutical Design and serves on editorial boards for nine other journals.
Irl Hirsch, MD '84, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 6 and is now a leader in improving treatment for patients with the disease. He is a professor of medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He also has served as the school's Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Endowed Professor and medical director of the university's Diabetes Care Center.
John Lauriello, MD, will join MU's School of Medicine in June as professor and Chancellor's Chair of Excellence in Psychiatry. Before leading MU's Department of Psychiatry, Lauriello served as professor and vice chair of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of psychotic disorders, most notably schizophrenia.
Donlin Long, MD '59, PhD, is Distinguished Service Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 1973, he became founding director of John Hopkins' Department of Neurosurgery. He remained neurosurgeon-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and director of the Department of Neurosurgery until 2000.
Leslie Miller, MD '74, is professor and chief of the integrated cardiology programs at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital and School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He also serves as the Walters Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Proctor Harvey Distinguished Teacher at Georgetown University.
Barbara Yawn, MD '73, is director of research for Olmsted Medical Center and an adjunct professor of family and community health at the University of Minnesota. In addition to her membership on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Yawn has served on study sections and committees for the NIH, AMA, CDC, WHO and other leading health organizations.
The evening of Oct. 23, the annual alumni banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia. On Saturday, Oct. 24, an alumni tailgate will be held before the MU vs. Texas football game. Also on Oct. 24, the classes of 1954, 1957, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004 will hold individual class reunion events. The time of these class reunions will depend on game time. All physician alumni are encouraged to attend homecoming activities. For more information, please contact MU's medical alumni office at 573-882-5021.
Physicians Alumni Weekend attracts renowned speakers
Othniel "Otti" Seiden, MD '64, of Denver has written more than 30 published books over the past 25 years (See www.boomerbookseries.com). He recently retired and now writes full time and is a writing coach for anyone wanting to get published. He is also founder of Doctors To The World, a 501(C)(3) charitable organization.
Kim Colter, MD, Res '81, received an honorary professional degree from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in May 2009. A physician in Washington, Mo., Colter earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1973. He received a post-graduate scholarship for research at University of California-Berkeley. He earned a master's degree in 1974 and graduated from medical school at Washington University in 1978. In 1981, Colter completed a family medicine residency at MU, where he served as chief resident. Colter was one of the founders of Family Health Care in Washington, which is now a division of Patients First Health Care.
Charles A. Worley, MD, BS Med '50
Charles A. Worley, a rural Missouri family physician of 53 years, died May 27, 2009, in Gladstone, Mo. He was 85.
Worley was born July 18, 1923, to Charles Henry and Genevieve Bear Worley in Marshall, Mo. He attended Sweet Springs public schools from 1930–41 before going to college at the University of Missouri in Columbia from 1941–43. Service to country interrupted college. While in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1944–46, Worley was assigned to the island of Luzon in Manila Bay. There, the 174th Field Station Hospital served men who survived the Bataan Death March in the old Bilibid Prison and Japanese prisoners in the new Bilibid Prison outside the Manila suburb of Muntinlupa City.
Worley returned home in 1946 determined to become a doctor. He married Maxine Jeanette Frerking on Sept. 30, 1946. He completed a bachelor of science in medicine (BS Med) at the University of Missouri in 1950 and continued training at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland from which he received his medical degree (MD) in 1952. Expecting their first child, the couple returned to Missouri where Worley completed postgraduate work at Kansas City General Hospital No. 1 from 1952–53. The Missouri State Medical Board to Practice Medicine and Surgery licensed him in 1952.
Among Worley's professional affiliations and accomplishments are:
Survivors include his wife, Maxine, of the home in Gladstone, Mo. The marriage was blessed with three children: Charles Robert "Bob" and spouse Karen Sue Flandermeyer Worley of Columbia, Virginia Ann Poehlman of Columbia, and Nancy Jane and spouse Randall Dean Thompson of Gladstone, Mo. The six Worley grandchildren are: Charles Christopher "Chris" and John Robert Worley; Nell Michelle and Elizabeth Jeanette "Betsy" Poehlman; and Charles Loren "Chas" and Randall Jacob "Jake" Thompson.
Arrangements are under the direction of Campbell Lewis Funeral Home. A memorial service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs. Family and friends are invited to food and fellowship at the church following burial with full military honors in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs or the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
Robert W. Clothier, MD '65
Robert W. Clothier, 68, of Independence, Mo., died Jan. 11, 2009.
Clothier was born Jan. 12, 1940, in Dow City, Iowa, the second son of Wesley Iven and Leila Mae Clothier. When he was an infant, his family moved to a farm in eastern Independence, where he was raised. He graduated from Fort Osage High School in 1957, and attended Graceland College and the University of Missouri, where he earned a B.S. in Chemistry in 1961. A month later, he married Sharon Marie Hetrick. To this union were born three children: Russell William, Raymond Scott, and Julie Marie.
After graduating from Medical School at the University of Missouri, Clothier interned at Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, Calif. He spent two years as a captain in the Air Force, serving as a general medical officer at Duluth Air Base in Duluth, Minn. He finished his residency at UCLA before moving back to Independence with his family.
"Dr. Bob" spent the next 38 years practicing pediatrics, caring for a generation of Independence children. He was at various times chair of pediatrics at the Medical Center of Independence, and chief of pediatrics at St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs.
He was an active member of the East Alton congregation of the Community of Christ, serving several terms as pastor. He spearheaded construction of a playground at the church, which is called "Dr. Bob's Playground." He held the offices of High Priest and Evangelist, and served on numerous committees for the world church.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Independence; brother Richard Iven Clothier and wife Louita, of Lamoni, Iowa; son Russell and wife Ann, of Kansas City; son Raymond and wife Darby Ray, of Jackson, Miss; daughter Julie Bover and husband Mike, of Independence; five grandchildren: Layne Stone Kapp, Chandler and Elena Clothier, and Kaitlyn and Hannah Bover; and a host of friends, colleagues and patients.
The family requests contributions to the Independence School District Foundation to benefit the Dr. Robert Clothier Scholarship Fund.