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Class Notes

The alumni of UC Irvine School of Medicine, ranked as one of the top U.S. medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, are practicing medicine all over the United States. The chapter wants to hear about the accomplishments and activities of our Anteater alumni. Please send us your news updates and we'll post your submission online. To be included on this page, fill out and submit a Class Note>>

Class of 1968

Jackie R. See M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. See is a Board Certified Internist, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and pioneer of the specialty of Interventional Cardiology.  Dr. See has served as Chief of Staff, Vice-Chief of Staff, Chief of Medicine, Chief of Cardiology, Cath Lab Director and other elected Medical Staff positions at Southern California and Nevada Hospitals.  He has been on the Medical Staff of the Western Medical Center, Anaheim, from 1983 to the present. Dr. See has been a Scientific Advisor for many biotechnology companies and has participated in dozens of clinical trials in cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  This has been done while engaged in maintaining an active practice of medicine continually since 1976.  He is an active member of the California and Orange County Medical Association.  Dr. See, his wife of 42 years, three sons and seven grandchildren share their gratitude of the endless opportunities we enjoy by living in America. 

Class of 1969

Henry Greene, M.D.
Dr. Greene has recently published a medical/historical novel, The Class of 1969 about a married couple in medical school during the turmoil of the late 1960's. His book's website is www.medicalschool1969.com. He is currently a resident of Lima, Ohio practicing hematology-oncology. He has recently taken the boards in hospice and palliative medicine and hopes for a late life career change. In the past ten years he has been physician director at City of Hope National Medical Center and medical director of the Dorothy E. Schneider cancer center in San Mateo, California. He is married to MaryJo, a palliative care nurse. His two grown children live in California. 

Class of 1972

Jevelyn Yonchar, M.D.
Dr. Yonchar is enjoying retirement after many years of private practice in Internal Medicine in Orange. She is currently Treasurer of the UCI-SOM School of Medicine Alumni Association

Class of 1980

Christopher Lundquist, M.D.
I am celebrating my 25th anniversary in private practice this month. I opened the doors on October 1, 1987 on the day of the Whittier earthquake. It has been a good 25 years. I still love doctoring. Managing an office not quite as much. Healthcare has changed dramatically since the 1980s. I have weathered many storms. In the interval, I have served as the founding President of the newly reformed UCI Medical College Alumni Chapter, the Medical Director for the Orange County Correctional Service, nearly every office one can hold as a medical staff officer for Placentia-Linda Hospital including Chief of Staff, and numerous medical directorships at LTC facilities and chairmanships of UR committees. I am currently an alternate delegate for the OCMA, scheduled to attend the CMA annual conference in Sacramento next week. I am Vice-President of the Orange ACO, the only physician-owned ACO in Orange County currently participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. I continue to teach UCIMC students in my office through the preceptorship program as I have for over a decade. It was a great pleasure to get away from my usual hectic schedule this year to scuba dive and explore the waters and jungles of Belize, hike the redwood forests of Northern California and enjoy the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Wishing you all continued good health and happiness, Chris Lundquist

Class of 1987

Maurice Nahabedian, M.D.
Dr. Nahabedian is a professor of plastic surgery at Georgetown University Hospital. His primary interests are breast reconstruction and microvascular surgery, but he enjoys aesthetic and melanoma surgery as well.

Rimal Bera, M.D.
Rimal Bera is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. Following graduation in 1987 he has remained at UCI School of Medicine and his area of specialty is Adult psychiatry. He is very excited to serve as the incoming president of our Medical School Alumni.

Class of 1991

Pankaj Khemka, M.D.
I'm in private practice in Anaheim - internal medicine / infectious disease - here's my website : www.pkhemka.com I would love to hear from classmates and friends.

Class of 1999

Rejan McCaskill, M.D.
Rejan McCaskill was elected as a fellow by the American College of Physicians (FACP) in January 2011 in recognition of her ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine. She is also an assistant clinical professor at UC Irvine School of Medicine and precepts medical students in her Newport Beach office.


Class of 2001

Kambiz Zainabadi, M.D.
After four years of practice in Riverside, Dr. Zainabadi recently came back home to Orange County. Dr. Zainabadi has joined the Surgical faculty at Kaiser Permanente in Irvine.

 

Class of 2004

Navreet Kamdar, M.D.
Navi & her husband Biren moved back to California after many years on the east coast for her husband's new faculty position at UCLA. They welcomed their daughter Reina on August 12 and are enjoying parenthood

 

Residency Alumni

Larry Wellikson, M.D.
I was a resident in IM at UCI from 1973 to 1976 and then on faculty at UCI. I was recently listed in Modern healthcare’s listing of the 50 Most Influential Physicians at #17.  

 

Fellowship Alumni

Debra Hill, M.D.
Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1989
In addition to her Private Practice in Adult, Adolescent, & Child Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis, Dr. Debra Hill has an underwater production company. Her Production Company, Oceanvideo Productions: DIVE IN TV, recently won a Silver Telly Award for her documentary short, called "From Bullets to Bubbles..." ,about a group of Disabled War Veterans who rebuild their war torn lives by learning to scuba dive through the Disabled Veterans Scuba Project. It follows their progression from physical disability and pain, emotional withdrawal, isolation, and severe depression to a renewed sense of self confidence, comradery, hope, and relief from pain as they enter the deep to pursue the edgy sport of scuba diving.
I am excited to announce that at last I have a website for my Private Practice in Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatry.  Please check it out:  www.debrahillmd.com."

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