Penn State College of Medicine
Alumni Update
Issue #4March/2011

Stories This Issue

A Message from the President of the Class of 2011

Groundbreaking Treatment by Pauza Med '90 Spurs Saudi

Harbaugh Med '78 on NFL Concussion Committee

College of Medicine Alumni Weekend 2011

Match Day Results

More Ways to Stay Connected to PSHMC

Wine Festival
to Benefit
Children's Hospital 

Medical Center & College of Medicine and Penn State News

Medical Research Lab Space To Lure World-Class Scientists

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Class Reunion Volunteers

The Alumni Office appreciates the efforts of the 25 alumni volunteers who are helping to ensure that Alumni Weekend 2011 will be a celebration to remember. Those involved include:


Class of 1971

Teri English, MD

Col. H. Theodore

   Harcke, MD

Peter Roode, MD


Class of 1976

Wayne Conrad, MD Laurent Delli-Bovi, MD

David Joyner, MD Stephen Strelec, MD  


Class of 1981

Ricardo Azziz, MD

Ed Hartle, MD

J. Michael Niehoff, MD

Rafael Lopez

   Steuart, MD

Thomas Terndrup, MD


Class of 1986

John Boehmer, MD Trent Gause, MD Claudia Kasales, MD Doug Willard, MD

Class of 1991

Mark Henck, MD

Frank Lynch, MD

Ray Zarlengo, MD

Class of 1996 Elizabeth Campbell

   McKenna, MD

Gerald Harkins, MD Kathleen O'Brien, MD Andrea Zaenglein, MD


Class of 2001

Wendy Braund, MD


Class of 2006

Peju Simoyan, MD


If you would like to become a member of your class reunion committee or have any questions please contact Alumni Relations via e-mail or at 717-531-7063.


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With the rising cost of a medical education, now more than ever scholarship support is a fundraising priority at the College of Medicine. Please consider making a gift in honor of your reunion.

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Message From the President of the Class of 2011Afif Kulaylat


Dear Alumni,


It is with great pride that I write you on behalf of the Class of 2011, only a short two months away from graduation. As I reflect back on my time here at Penn State's College of Medicine, I am overwhelmed with an infinite sense of gratitude. I often share with my friends how blessed I am for the opportunity to attend one of the best medical schools in the country, with the best people, the best teachers, and the best community training to do the best job in the world. 


During the interview process, I met many wonderful and exceptional individuals from other medical schools, but I was surprised, indeed shocked, by how little many of these students identified with their respective schools. Very few students had ever had a conversation with their deans and most only knew a limited portion of their class.


This is in stark contrast with the special affinity our students develop and experience throughout their time at Hershey. Not only do we know all of our classmates, but also we often know the majority of the students in other classes. The staff in the Offices of Medical Education and Student Affairs are family to us. Outside of the wards, we converse with our faculty in the hallways, the gym, and at the grocery store. Our Dean always finds the time to see how we are doing. Our input is always sought and we are thoroughly involved in the efforts undertaken to continually improve the quality of our medical experiences and curriculum. Our alumni are unendingly loyal and dedicated to our education whether by providing invaluable mentorship through career nights and mentoring breakfasts or supporting scholarships that help defray the increasingly burdensome cost of a medical education.


As they say, it takes a village to raise a child, and I believe there is no community more invested in the success and development of its medical students than Penn State. 


Our medical school may be young and our community small, but it is the unique pride, strength, and quality of our relationships between students, staff, faculty, and alumni that defines the College of Medicine and sets us apart from our peers. 


For the glory,

Afif Kulaylat, MS4

Groundbreaking Spinal Treatment Spurs Saudi Interest  
Kevin Pauza


This is the story of a passionate, innovative alumnus who helped pioneer a new specialty in medicine, founded an award-winning hospital, created a foundation, became a friend and physician to the Royal family of Saudi Arabia, and patented a medical invention that is providing new, minimally-invasive treatments for disc and spinal disorders.


And he's only 43.

"I never use an alarm clock, and I work seven days-a-week," says Kevin Pauza, M.D., '90, an Interventional Spine specialist and researcher who focuses on the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of back and neck pain. "It doesn't feel like work when you love what you do."  MORE>>>

Changing the Concussion Culture in the National Football League  

Dr. Harbaugh

Robert Harbaugh, M.D., '78 has a unique vantage point as a member of an NFL subcommittee studying the long-term effects of concussions on professional football players. First, Harbaugh is a well published, and highly regarded neurosurgeon who serves as Director of the Penn State Institute of the Neurosciences and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. That's the professional part.


Second, he's lived the experience of watching his own son play high school football, and has a 12-year-old transitioning from flag to tackle football next year. That's the parent perspective. Third, Harbaugh himself played football in high school and college. In addition, he suffered three concussions along the way as quarterback. That's the personal piece.  MORE>>> 

Don't Miss Alumni Weekend
September 16 - 17, 2011

AW 2011

The year 2011 marks forty years of Penn State College of Medicine graduating world-class physicians. To celebrate the milestone that has been four decades in the making, special activities are being planned to coincide with Alumni Weekend, slated for September 16-17, 2011.

One of the events that will take place will be a celebration on Friday, September 16. Alumni, faculty representatives from the past and present, and students will join together for a memorable evening of food, music, and reconnection.

During this special weekend, the classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 will also gather to recognize their quinquennial reunion years, and the Class of 1981 will be welcomed into the Crescent Society.


We hope to see you at the special fortieth anniversary celebration during Alumni Weekend, September 16-17, 2011, so please mark the dates on your calendar.
Match Day 2011: Medical Students Learn Their Fate

Match Day 2011Match Day 2011 for the College of Medicine took place on March 17 at the Hershey Country Club. It is with great pride and pleasure that we are able to share with you the results of this year's match as well as a video clip of the event.


Click here to view a list of this year's graduating class and where they will continue their education during their residency training, as well as a list breaking down the match results by area of specialty. Of the 153 graduates, 16 percent will remain at the Medical Center for residency. In addition, residency programs in thirty states and the District of Columbia are represented on the match list.


Please join us in congratulating our students as they begin the next phase of their medical training. Many of them will be joining institutions where you teach or practice, and you are encouraged to reach out to them and welcome them as they join the ranks of alumni from the Penn State College of Medicine.

More Ways to Stay Connected to the
Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Did you know that Penn State Medicine, the magazine featuring the people and programs of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, is available online?

The print edition is mailed to alumni every spring, but readers also can browse regularly updated content by clicking here. Visit the site today and bookmark it for easy return. You can also sign up for an RSS feed or submit your e-mail address to receive alerts when new content is available.


Have an idea for a feature article? The magazine staff is soliciting ideas for future stories, including programs or topics you want to read about and faculty, students, or alumni you'd suggest the magazine profile. Suggestions can be submitted here.


Want more ways to keep in touch and interact with Penn State Hershey? Visit us and "like" our page on Facebook. Follow our Twitter feed or, browse our video library on YouTube.

Wine Festival to Benefit Children's Hospital

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On Friday, May 6, the GIANT Center will host the 2011 Wine Festival in Hershey that features vintners from around the world. Proceeds from this exclusive event once again benefit Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital building campaign. The 2010 Wine Festival raised $120,000 to support the construction of the new Children's Hospital.


This special event offers two distinct experiences: the VIP Tasting, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., will feature exclusive access for guests to taste premiere wine selections from participating vineyards; and during the Grand Tasting, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., winemakers from around the world will introduce guests to their featured wines. Select wine will be sold on-site through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board with concierge service to cars. Parking for the event is free.


Tickets for this event are expected to sell out. Cost is $95 for the VIP Tasting and $45 for the Grand Tasting. To purchase tickets, call the GIANT Center Box Office at 717-534-3911, or click here to order tickets online or for more information.