Alumni Celebration

Save the Date.  Medical School Alumni Celebration October 23-24, 2020

Thank You for a Great Alumni Celebration!

We enjoyed seeing Medical School alumni from the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses online from October 18-24, 2020, for a week full of engaging webinars and virtual class reunions. Missed a webinar? You can view the recordings by clicking the links in the list below. There are also asynchronous activities, such as campus tours, a peek at the new Health Sciences Education Center and a lecture on the history of anatomy. Check it all out at your leisure!


A big thank you to the reunion committees and alumni of the MD classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2010 who attended their virtual reunions. Don't forget, we're planning to hold in-person reunion events for these classes in October 2021, dependent upon the status of COVID-19 cases and availability of a vaccine or other treatment options.

Having a milestone reunion in 2021? Join your reunion committee! Contact Maureen Long at for information and to volunteer.

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  • Webinar Recordings
  • Asynchronous Activities
  • Reunion Attendees
  • Webinar Recordings

    Addressing Health Disparities through Community Partnerships - Maiyia Kasouaher, PhD, Community Engagement Lead, Program in Health Disparities Research
    Monday, October 19 | 11 a.m.
    This session is an overview of the research and activities in the Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR), a program of the Medical School housed in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Dr. Kasouaher will highlight one of the PHDR projects that is partnering with communities to provide culturally and linguistically specific COVID-19 messages to community elders. 
    View the recording


    COVID-19 Trials, Bioassays, Databases and AI - Christopher Tignanelli, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
    Monday, October 19 | 3 p.m.
    Learn about the various COVID-19 projects that the Minnesota Critical Care Outcomes Research Effort, led by Dr. Tignanelli, has undertaken. The group oversees two funded COVID-19 randomized control trials, has a large biospecimen repository, has developed a real time living database which has resulted in many high impact publications, and has leveraged the vast amount of COVID-19 data to fuel artificial intelligence projects in natural language processing and computer vision.  Dr. Tignanelli will present an overview of these projects from a high level and invite questions from the medical alumni community.  
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    Oshkii Ayaawag (Our Youth) - Anna Wirta Kosobuski, EdD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Duluth Campus
    Tuesday, October 20 | 11:00 a.m.
    Native American youth bear an inordinate share of our state’s mental and behavioral health disorders and associated mortalities, yet there is inadequate access to services and available therapies are often ineffective. Of late, this has been exacerbated by the emergence of COVID-19; its full impact on the wellbeing of Native American youth is yet unknown.  In this webinar, attendees will learn about Dr. Wirta Kosobuski's rapid response grant that supports mental health resilience and coping mechanisms of tribal adolescents of the Bois Forte community.
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    State of Medical Education - Mark Rosenberg, MD, Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs
    Tuesday, October 20 | 2 p.m.
    The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted medical education. In-person classes and clinical rotations were urgently canceled and there has been a historic and unprecedented migration to online teaching. The dedication, ingenuity, and hard work needed to accomplish this reflects the commitment and skill of our educators and tenacity of our students. This session will discuss the impact of COVID-19 and provide an update on where things stand now. Other updates will include our newly opened Health Sciences Education Center, innovations in clinical education, and accomplishments of our students.
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    Rapid Development of a Sustainable Diagnostic COVID Test for Minnesota - Andrew Nelson, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
    Wednesday, October 21 | noon
    Dr. Nelson will share how his team built a laboratory developed test in five days to address the test shortage in March and refined and adapted that test over time to deal with shifting supply chains and increasing demand.  He will provide an overview of the research efforts his team has supported, including validation of other assays and sample types, support of clinical trials, and support of MDH virus sequencing and contact tracing efforts.
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    See the Next-generation Health Sciences Education Center: A Virtual Journey to the Vanguard of Health Sciences Education - University of Minnesota Foundation
    Thursday, October 22 | 1 p.m.
    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the University of Minnesota’s brand new Health Sciences Education Center. Hear from the visionary leaders transforming health education for tomorrow’s innovative care providers.  Hosted by the University of Minnesota Foundation. 
    View the recording


    Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Medical School - Ana Núñez, MD, FACP, Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Thursday, October 22 | 3 p.m.
    The Medical School strives to create an atmosphere where differences are valued and celebrated, knowing institutional diversity fuels the advancement of knowledge, promotes improved patient care and fosters excellence. We especially strive to have our community better reflect the broad range of identities in our state, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, religious practice, socioeconomic status, and rural or first generation status.  Dr. Núñez will outline activities addressing and advancing the diversity, equity, and inclusion of faculty, staff, and students within the Medical School, invite questions from participants, and highlight the ways alumni can contribute to these initiatives.
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    Medical School Alumni Town Hall - Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, Dean of Medical School, Vice President for Clinical Affairs
    Friday, October 23 | 10 a.m.
    Dr. Jakub Tolar, dean of the Medical School and vice president for clinical affairs, will share his vision for moving the Medical School forward, from adapting approaches to education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with the new Health Sciences Education Center to our work on diversity, equity and inclusion matters within our institution. Time will be allotted for Q&A from alumni. 
    View the recording

  • Asynchronous Activities


     Alumni Celebration is typically held on the Twin Cities campus, allowing you to see how things have changed and what is new.  Below are some items for you to peruse at your leisure.  Enjoy!


    Medical School Welcome Video
    See how applicants and new medical students are welcomed to the Medical School.


    Twin Cities Campus Map Tour
    Take a virtual walk around the East and West Banks of the Twin Cities campus, exploring 360-degree photos and videos of the educational, clinical and research spaces.


    Duluth Campus Video Tour
    Enjoy a video walk through many buildings on the Duluth Campus, guided by undergraduate students from the Office of Admissions.


    Health Sciences Education Center
    Explore the newest building on campus designed to transform health education in Minnesota.  You can also get a sneak peek in this video.


    Nosce Teipsum: Physician "Know Thyself"
    Relive part of your medical school experience with this historical perspective on human dissection in the Western tradition. Dr. Jole Shackelford shares his lecture that he delivers to the first-year medical students during gross anatomy orientation every year. Students get a taste of the of history of anatomy so they can go into the anatomy lab with a basic understanding of the long history of this research.




  • Reunion Attendees


    Below are all of the alumni who attended their class virtual reunion. Missed seeing your classmates? Don't worry! We are planning to hold in-person reunion events for these classes in October 2021, provided it is safe to do so. 


    Class of 1960

    Wednesday, October 21, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

    Paul Herman
    Barbara Olson

    Class of 1965

    Monday, October 19, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

    Yossef Aelony
    John Barry
    James Halverson
    Arne Lagus
    Marilyn McManus-Campbell
    Byron Olson
    Robert Ruper
    Richard Schlorf
    David Thompson
    Raymond Weiss
    Paul Wicklund
    Jon Wogensen
    James Zeese


    Class of 1970

    Sunday, October 18, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

    Daniel Ahlberg
    Lowell Becker
    J Paul Carlson
    D. Jon Derksen
    Noel Dysart
    James Ehlen
    Daniel Frenning
    Kathleen Grant
    Milton Hanson
    Richard Ivance
    Jeffrey Liebo
    Robert Lund
    Frank Malin
    Kent Molde
    Jay Noren
    Eugene Ollila
    William Reid
    Paul Sanders
    Howard Savitt
    Randall Schapiro
    Steven Schepper
    Barbara Schneidman
    Marshall Schwartz
    William Shimp
    Bernard Steele
    Jim Sturm
    Kathleen Sulentich
    Mary Tanghe
    Harold Veits
    Paul Wicklund
    Victor Yu


    Class of 1980

    Friday, October 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Kathleen Brooks
    Christopher Brown
    Melinda Brown
    Jay Carpenter
    Patricia Cook
    Kirk Dahl
    George Edeburn
    Mark Elstad
    Myriam Gilmore
    Dean Gruner
    Frederick Kahn
    Lois (Loie) Lenarz
    Louis Ling
    Richard Morgan
    Becky Murray
    Dean Myers
    James Mylrea
    Bryan Ney
    Eric Olson
    Timothy Regan
    Ed Ryan
    William Wallin
    Linda Walling


    Class of 1985

    Thursday, October 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Sara Langer
    Heidi Nelson
    Jerry Perra
    Christina Pieper-Bigelow


    Class of 1990

    Sunday, October 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Leslie Good Norton
    Vicki Oster


    Class of 1995

    Saturday, October 24, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

    Kathleen Adelgais
    Ravi Agarwal
    Lori Bluvas
    Chika Dow
    Vincent Fan
    Sherri Koch
    Bernice Kolb
    Elaine Ong
    Sy Sayasack
    William Tanner
    Paula Thomsen
    Daniel Trajano
    Giao Tran
    Kirby Tran
    Benjamin Tsoi


    Class of 2010

    Tuesday, October 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

    Thomas Maust