Class notes: 2010s

Torie Johnson, MD '10, shares her views on the culture of medicine and professional identity formation and how she correlates it to the new Barbie movie. Take a few moments to read Doctor is Me- Women in Medicine

Kimberly Bannon, MD '11, "Hi there! I started a new job at UW Madison on June 15. Excited to be back in the academic world, working with students and residents. I am enjoying exploring Madison and the outdoors of Wisconsin with my husband, kids, and dog Rosie." Read here about Dr. Bannon's new job as a member of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn faculty of the University of Wisconsin.

Carl Ruthman, MD ’11, “I have accepted the position of Program Director for the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship at Naples Community Hospital in Naples, FL."

Mary Sterrett, MD ’11, “Recent work in Bangladesh through an NGO called MedGlobal while I am between academic practice at UW-Seattle and Kaiser San Diego. I focused on point of care ultrasound teaching in refuge camps and in conferences.” (pictured below)

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Jeremy Kulacz, MD ’14, Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Kulacz, assistant professor of neurology, who has been selected for the 2024 Golden Apple Award. Each year, the graduating class at SIU School of Medicine bestows the honor to a faculty member for providing the most outstanding education during their training.  
Dr. Kulacz earned his undergraduate degree at Illinois State University and his doctorate at SIU School of Medicine. He pursued a residency in adult neurology at Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, RI, and completed a fellowship in vascular neurology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. In addition to teaching, Dr. Kulacz sees patients at SIU Neurology in Springfield.

Kate McKenna Kottwitz, MD '14

Kate McKenna Kottwitz, MD '14, Congratulations to Dr. Kottwitz as she has just become the CEO and Plastic Surgeon for Amelia Aesthetics Evansville! (pictured right)  
Specialty: Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon   
Interests: Blending technical precision with artistic insight, empowering individuals to rediscover confidence through personalized aesthetic transformations.     
Patient Testimonial: "She's very warm. She listened to me and my concerns. I could tell she was passionate about what she did. She makes you feel safe and confident." 

Anita Ahuja, MD '15 and family

Anita Ahuja, MD '15, "We completed our family with the addition of Maya this summer, born May 23, 2023." (pictured left)





Dakota and Molly Gilbert, MDs ’18, welcomed child, Jackson Gilbert, in January of 2023. They also both ranked top 1% nationally for patient experience, based on scores from the "Care Provider Overall" question on surveys completed with Press Ganey.

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