Class notes: 1980s

Bohn Nielsen Family

Kathy Bohn, MD ’83 and Tom Nielsen, MD ’81, are pictured with daughter Beth Nielsen, MD (SIU SOM past Resident/Fellow). Dr. Beth Nielsen is a pulmonary/critical care physician and locum tenens physician. Though her current home base is Brookfield, Wisconsin, she’s currently working at Decatur Memorial Hospital, which was where her father had one of his first jobs. “We both started at Decatur Memorial—my dad in 1985 and me in 2023—which is pretty cool.”
Though Beth and her medical credentials can stand on their own, around Bloomington-Normal she’s more likely to be known as Beth, the daughter of physicians and founders of The Vein Specialists Dr. Kathy Bohn and Dr. Tom Nielsen.  

Learn about the SIU SOM family of doctors here


Milton Armstrong, MD '82, is sharing polaroid's found from 40 years ago. Thank you for sharing!  

Class of 1982

Lynn Grabher Bradtke, MD ’83, “I work very part-time at home reviewing applications for Carle IL School of Medicine. I travel, golf, play pickleball, and am awaiting first grandchild.” 

Thomas Diller, MD ’83, Continues to serve as the Advent Health Population Health Services Organization Chief Medical Officer overseeing the medical management of over 500,000 value-based lives, and was recently promoted to Interim President of Advent Health Physician Network.

Mary Dobbins, MD '84

Mary Dobbins, MD '84, The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Board of Trustees has elected Dr. Mary Dobbins a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, effective January 1, 2024. Dr. Dobbins joins an elite group of psychiatrists with this honorary distinction who continue to make significant contributions to the field of psychiatry.   
Dr. Dobbins has been invited to attend the Convocation of Distinguished Fellows in May 2024, during the APA Annual Meeting in New York, where the group will be officially recognized.

James Alexander, MD ’88, “Life has a great! Grandchildren are the best! How do I get off this rollercoaster to enjoy them?" 
Quote: “If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.” -Ayn Rand


These class notes are updated with the latest content from July 2023 through January 2024.