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28 combat sorties. “In the Philippines, I worked with the medical civil-action program, and it was great because you really got to interact with the local people, giving clinical aid to those who really needed it,” he says. “When I was in Afghanistan, in 2010, I worked with the critical-care air-transport team, dealing with the aeromedical evacuation of casualties. So I have been able to see firsthand how far we have come since then in relation to trauma and patient care, and it is quite phenomenal.” In 2010, Dr. Tobin switched to the U.S. Navy Reserve and became a diving medical officer for SEAL Team Seventeen, based at Coronado, California. “Basically, my job with them is taking care of diver fitness and making sure no one gets the bends,” Dr. Tobin says. “I love doing it and consider it an honor to work with the SEALs.” At UCLA, Dr. Tobin’s research interests are closely aligned with his military experience. He co-authored a checklist for trauma anesthesia and published a paper on a novel critical-care transport approach for evacuating wounded combatants from the battlefield; his methodology, involving the use of trauma bays in evacuation helicopters, has been adapted from Great Britain. “The British have demonstrated better outcomes with sicker patients with the Medical Emergency Response Teams (MERT) method,” Dr. Tobin says. “Some colleagues and I are pushing to have the U.S. military adopt the MERT method of critical-care transport.” Dr. Tobin says he feels lucky to serve his country and is glad he can apply the knowledge he’s gained from his military service to improve civilian trauma care. “I am very fortunate to be able to see both sides, civilian and military, of the treatment of patients and critical care,” he says. “Advances in medicine have always been at the end of war. The lessons we are learning from war-time medicine will definitely help the overall improvement of trauma care on the civilian side.” “I’ve worked out of tents on forward deployments, but here we have X-ray machines and CT scanners. It’s not fully electronic like you’d see back home, but it is pretty darn close.” Kim Kowsky is a freelance writer in Los Angeles. Awards/Honors Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn (MD ’99, RES ’02, FEL ’05, ’06), director of the Ahmanson/ UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, received the Streisand/American Heart Association Endowed Chair in Cardiology from the Division of Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. David T. Feinberg (RES ’92, FEL ’94), president of UCLA Health System, was named among the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” by Modern Healthcare in its June 2014 issue. Dr. David Jentsch, professor of psychiatry and psychology, and Dr. Dario Ringach, professor of neurobiology and psychology, received the 2014 Biomedical Research Leadership Award from the California Biomedical Research Association for biomedical research and advocacy on the issue of humane use of animals in biomedical research. Dr. Samuel A. Skootsky (RES ’82, FEL ’83), chief medical officer for UCLA Faculty Practice Group & Medical Group, received the 2014 Healthcare Executive Leadership Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal. Dr. Gary W. Small, Parlow- Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, received the Arthur Cherkin Award from the Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and the Veterans Affairs-UCLA Geriatric Medicine Fellow Program. Dr. Paola A. Suarez, postdoctoral fellow in the Cultural Neuropsychology Initiative of the Jane and Terry Semmel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA, and Dr. April Thames, assistant professor-in-residence in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, received Tony Wong Diversity awards from the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Christopher Tarnay (RES ’98, FEL ’00), associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, received the Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award. Dr. Owen N. Witte, UCLA Presidential Chair in Developmental Immunology and director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, received the 2014 Rowley Prize from the International Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Foundation. Dr. Isaac Yang (MD ’04), assistant professor of neurosurgery, received the 2014 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In Memoriam Dr. John L. Fahey, emeritus professor in UCLA’s Departments of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and Medicine, died August 19, 2014. He was 89 years old. As a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, he discovered IgD and delineated and characterized the important classes and subclasses of human and murine immunoglobulins. In 1971, he joined the faculty of UCLA, where his lab was responsible for initial work on immune-system changes in HIV infection; he published nearly 100 papers on HIV/ AIDS. Dr. Fahey helped to found and was the first president of the Clinical Immunology Society, and for 30 years he was an advisor for immunology to the World Health Organization, among other global-health leadership roles. Dr. Carol Newton, emeritus professor of biomathematics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, died July 16, 2014. She was 88 years old. Dr. Newton served as chair of the UCLA Department of Biomathematics from 1974 to 1985. She was instrumental in establishing the biomathematics PhD program. Dr. Newton was recognized as an excellent teacher, and she received the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Award for Excellence in Education in 2012. U MAGAZINE 39