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April 19, 2012

SIU Medical School Elects New Alumni Board Members

Officers and four new board members have been named to the Alumni Society Board of Governors at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. 

New officers are president, Dr. James Cunnar, a family medicine physician in Naperville and a member of the Class of 1994; vice president, Dr. Elizabeth Cavanagh, an anesthesiologist in St. Louis and a member of the Class of 1998; treasurer, Dr. Fritz Lower, an immunopathologist in Springfield and a member of the Class of 1989; and secretary, Dr. Denise Davis, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician in Columbus, Ohio, and a member of the Class of 1994. 

The new board members are Dr. Deborah Albright, an internal medicine and pediatric physician in Springfield and a member of the Class of 1984; Dr. Meredith Burge, a pathologist in Lexington, Ky., and a member of the Class of 2008; Dr. James Young, a family medicine physician in St. Paul, Minn., and a member of the Class of 2001; and Dr. Karla Polaschek, an obstetrics and gynecology physician in Moline, and a member of the Class of 1993. Their three-year terms begin in April.

The 20-member board represents the interests of the 2,400 graduates of the School and serves as the official vehicle for alumni to maintain personal and professional relationships to the School.  The board works to support the School’s mission and provides governance of the Alumni Society. Activities include oversight of the Distinguished Alumni Award program, Student Resource Fund and the School of Medicine Foundation’s annual alumni fund campaigns.

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