Class Notes - May 2014

In Memoriam

Medical School

  • Gerald G. Millikin, M.D. (’48)
  • Arthur T. deLarios, M.D. (’52)
  • Harold F. Schlegel, M.D. (’53)
  • Joseph J. Horn, M.D. (’54)
  • Lee Sosebee, M.D. (’55)
  • John Paul “J.P.” Jones, M.D. (’57)
  • David W. Wilde, M.D. (’05)


  • Drury Shelton Blair, M.D. (Dermatology)
  • Allen J. Cahill, M.D. (Psychiatry)

Medical School

Class of 1978: Russell R. McDonald II, M.D., has been elected Chairman of the Patient Physician Network (PPN) Holding Co. Dr. McDonald is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in Plano since 1988. He completed his residency at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. PPN, incorporated in 1996, helps physicians combine quality of care issues with cost, utilization, and outcome data and provides management, administrative, financial, and marketing services to its members and area medical groups.

Class of 1986: Harry Koster, M.D., has been selected as one of the nation’s top ophthalmologists by Consumer’s Research Council of America, an independent research firm. Dr. Koster, Medical Director of NY Vision Group, has practiced in New York for more than 20 years and is specially trained in cornea and external diseases of the eye. His early interest in refractive surgery and LASIK led him, before LASIK procedures were approved in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration, to pursue a fellowship in Paris. He then completed another refractive surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School to train in surgical therapies for refractive errors. A board-certified ophthalmologist, he has performed more than 25,000 LASIK and cataract procedures for New York City area patients.

Class of 2007: Tony Lee, M.D., has been elected as a fellow to the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Membership in the ACC is based on training, board certification, scientific and professional accomplishments, and peer recognition. An invasive cardiologist with Northwest Florida Heart Group and West Florida Cardiology, Dr. Lee is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, and cardiac computed tomography. His training included an internal medicine residency at the University of Hawaii and a cardiology fellowship at the University of Florida.

Class of 2007: Claudia Quinonez, M.D., has joined the staff of White Plains Hospital in New York as an internal medicine specialist. She completed her internship at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Class of 2009: Eileen Shi, M.D., has joined HealthCare Partners Medical Group in Southern Nevada, practicing at its Durango Pediatrics facility. Board certified in pediatrics, she completed her residency at Winthrop University Hospital in New York.

Graduate School

Class of 1988: Doris Taylor, Ph.D., was selected by the Phi Kappa Phi honor society at Mississippi University for Women as its Outstanding Alum of 2013. Dr. Taylor, Director of Regenerative Medicine Research at Texas Heart Institute in Houston, has been involved in both laboratory and clinical studies using cell and gene therapy for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and cell-based prevention of disease. She and her team have demonstrated that they can remove existing cells from laboratory animals to leave a framework for building new organs.

Class of 1989: Charles R. Walker, Ph.D., has been named head of the Lone Star Psychology Internship Consortium. A psychologist at UT Health Northeast in Tyler, Dr. Walker also is an Associate Professor of Medicine specializing in neuropsychology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the specialty at UT Southwestern. The consortium Dr. Walker leads includes UT Health, Big Spring State Hospital, and Valley Psychological Services/Pinkerman and Gonzalez Psychological Associates, both in Edinburg.

Class of 2013: Ruei-Jiun Hung, Ph.D.,  recently received the 2014 Larry Sandler Memorial Award, signifying the top dissertation in Drosophila research for 2013, the year that she graduated. Dr. Hung received the award in San Diego at the annual Drosophila Research Conference sponsored by the Genetics Society of America, where she also presented the annual Larry Sandler Memorial Lecture. Both the award and the lecture are named for the leading Drosophila geneticist and discoverer of “meiotic drive” who trained many of the geneticists in the field. Dr. Sandler died in 1987. Dr. Hung, now a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Norbert Perrimon at Harvard Medical School and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, was one of the first two UT Southwestern graduate students to win a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award in 2013. The Weintraub Awards are presented by the Basic Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Dr. Hung, a native of Taiwan, graduated from National Tsing Hua University in 2004 with a degree in biology.

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