Medical Alumni Reunion 2012
Welcome Classes of 1955-1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007
Reunion Weekend Format Returns

This fall, medical alumni will be treated to the return of reunion weekend. After a few years of experimenting with a single day reunion event, which coincided with UCLA Alumni Day, Reunion 2012 will have two days of events including the traditional Friday night welcome reception and the Saturday night all-class reception followed by individual class dinners.

Alumni from the reunion classes are encouraged to attend all of the weekend events which will be held at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, Dr. S. Jerome and Judith D. Tamkin Auditorium and the UCLA Faculty Center. Participants will have the opportunity to take a tour of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and engage in lively discussion at the Distinguished Speakers Symposium.

Reunion alumni should look for an invitation in late June. The complete list of events and prices, including special early-bird rates, are available now. More info »

Speakers Bureau and UCLA Medicine Magazine

Jim Jackson, M.D. ’87, author of Finding My Balance, recently gave a special lunch-time lecture to current medical students. The presentation opened up a new volunteer opportunity for alumni to connect with the school and have an impact on the students’ educational experience. Although the MAA does not have an official Alumni Speakers Bureau program, please email me if you are interested in sharing information about your career path or a particular area of interest.

Special thanks to Chris Wilson, M.D. ’72, and Carlos Ayala, M.D. ’99, who will volunteer as alumni speakers during the 2012-13 academic year.

On another note, UCLA Medicine magazine, which is published three times per year, is available electronically at View at your convenience for feature stories, news, research and highlights from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Health System.

MAA Board of Directors April 23 Meeting

A. Eugene Washington, M.D., M.Sc., Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences, and Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, attended the MAA Board of Directors spring meeting and gave an update on the medical school and the health system.

George M. Rajacich, M.D. ’79, presented a plaque to Wade Aubry, M.D. ’77, for his leadership as MAA President from 2010-12. MAA Vice President Rosalind (Roz) Warner, M.D. ’81, and MAA Secretary/Treasurer Jeannine Rahimian, M.D. ’00, MBA, were recognized for their service. Livia Solti-Bohman, M.D. ’75, who completed nine years on the board, was acknowledged, as well. Mark Morocco, M.D. was elected to serve as the MAA President and Vena Ricketts, M.D. ’76 as the Vice President for the 2012-13 academic year. Dr. Rajacich has three more years remaining as Executive Vice President. Dr. Rahimian will serve a second year as Secretary/Treasurer.

William H. Milburn, M.D. ’63 - Dr. Milburn passed on at home in Lyons, Colorado unexpectedly on Feb 17, 2012. He and Loretta (Gilker) Milburn, M.D. ’62, were married for 40 years. He completed his Pediatric training at University of Wisconsin Madison in 1966 and served actively in the Air Force for two years. Read more »

Kirsten Tillisch, M.D. ’99 - Dr. Tillisch is Assistant Professor at UCLA’s Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress in the Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine. Her career focus has been in the area of functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, specifically irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Read more »

Chris Wilson, M.D. ’72 - Dr.Wilson is a pediatrician and immunologist. He joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2009 and currently serves as the director of the Global Health Discovery program. He leads a team that targets fundamental scientific and technology advances in global health that could lead to new ways to prevent, treat, and diagnosis disease.

MAA Reunion Weekend 2012
Save the Date
Oct. 5-6

MAA on the Road
July 29, Noon-3 p.m.
Washington, D.C. / Maryland Alumni
Regional Luncheon
Chevy Chase, MD

Sept. 23, 3-5 p.m.*
UCLA Alumni Family Picnic
San Luis Obispo, CA
*Date Change

Nov. 4, TBD
Dean’s Alumni and Friends Reception
San Francisco, CA

RSVP to Valerie Walker at or 310-794-4025. For more information, visit

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Medical Alumni Association Quarterly, Spring 2012, Vol. 2, No. 3.
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