Mel Chandler (73MD) is retired and spends part of the year in San Diego. He is involved in church music and experimental aircraft, which he flies and sells.

Del Lassen (77MD) announced his retirement. He served as medical director of Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, Iowa, since 2010. He plans to continue to work one day a week, providing immigration physicals.


Frederic Butler (88MD) joined the occupational medicine department at Innercare in Brawley, California.

Tamara Scerpella (85MD) is chair of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.


Rana Dajani (05PhD) shared a first-person narrative in Nature about how networks of émigré researchers can work together to benefit their home countries. She discusses her own experience and lessons learned during her time as president of the Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology in the Arab World.

Nick Ettinger (09MD, 09PhD) is an associate professor of pediatrics and director of the pediatric critical care fellowship program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine. In fall 2024, the hospital will move into the new 446-bed Arthur M. Blank Children’s Hospital, which includes a new 48-bed PICU.

Steven Hudak (04MD) has been urology residency program director at UT Southwestern since 2021 and recently assumed the role of program director for the genitourinary reconstructive surgery fellowship. He was recently named to the endowed position of Distinguished Chair in Reconstructive Urology, in honor of Allen F. Morey, MD.

Lauren Hughes (09MD) was recently named co-chair of the National Academies Standing Committee on Primary Care.

Nick Mohr (06MD, 14MS) shares his expertise on the role of telehealth in today’s health care landscape and how telehealth networks and technologies can be used to address the growing headwinds in rural medicine.


Manjula Burri, MD (12F), joined Southern Indiana Heart and Vascular, part of Columbus Regional Health in Columbus, Indiana. She is board-certified in cardiovascular disease.

Jon Fields (12MD, 13R, 15R) is co-owner of Waverly Industrial Rehab in Waverly, Iowa, a new clinic that specializes in industrial rehabilitation and occupational medicine.

Anthony Klappa, MD (14R), joined the medical staff at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Peter McCunniff (14MD) is an orthopedic spine surgeon at the Pain Center of Arizona in Glendale. After medical school, he completed residency at Case Western and a fellowship focused on minimally invasive spine surgery techniques in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Katherine White, MD (15MME), a clinical associate professor of internal medicine in the Carver College of Medicine, discussed the impact of new weight loss drugs on weight loss culture on Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa.


Matthew McGee, MD (20R), is a hematologist and oncologist with Sanford Cancer Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In Memoriam

Don Butterfield (63MD) served as a captain in the United States Air Force following his medical internship at Philadelphia General Hospital. He entered private practice as a gastroenterologist in Denver, Colorado, and was affiliated with Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center until his retirement in 1999. Butterfield died Sept. 9, 2023.

Arnis Grundberg (64MD, 69R) was drafted and served as a military doctor for two years following graduation. He joined Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons in 1972, and for several years he was the only hand surgeon in Iowa. He treated numerous farming-related injuries from patients across Iowa. Grundberg died Aug. 11, 2023.

Emily Wright Mecklenburg (13MD) practiced at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockland, Maine. She is remembered for her dedication to supporting her colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mecklenburg died Oct. 9, 2023.

Paul Melvin, MD (71R), often said he was taught by some of the world’s finest surgeons during residency training. He became the first physician in Great Falls, Montana, to do a total hip, total knee, and arthroscopic knee surgery. He served as medical affairs chief at Benefis Hospital and Mountain Pacific Foundation and with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fort Harrison, Montana. Melvin died Nov. 16, 2023.

John David Miller (70MD) was a physician, and later clinic director, at Clover Fork Clinic in Evarts, Kentucky. He practiced there for 33 years and served as board chairman. During the last four years before retirement, Miller served as vice president of medical affairs at Appalachian Regional Health Care. Miller died Aug. 2, 2023.

Daniel O’Brien (73MD) practiced family medicine with a focus on geriatrics and rural medicine for 40 years in Springfield, Illinois, before retiring in 2016. O’Brien died Oct. 23, 2023.

Edward Post, MD (74R), worked as an anesthesiologist for Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated and was chairman of anesthesiology at Swedish American Hospital for 15 years. He was an associate professor at Iowa in the 1970s, taught at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and received awards for research. Post died July 16, 2023.

Dorothy Schultz (59MD) worked as an emergency medicine physician at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon, Illinois, and was named a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians in 1986. She is also remembered for raising doves, which she and her husband used in magic shows. Schultz died Dec. 4, 2023.

Deborah Ann Turner (78MD, 82R) spent 35 years in the specialty of OBGYN and was instrumental in establishing what is now MercyOne North Iowa Cancer Center in Mason City, her hometown. She served as a member of the Iowa Board of Regents and as the 20th president of the U.S. League of Women Voters. Turner died Jan. 28, 2024.

Larry Von Behren, MD (75R, 77F), became a faculty member at Southern Illinois University College of Medicine after completing his internal medicine and infectious disease training at Iowa. Von Behren was known for his passion for teaching medical students and fellow physicians before retiring in 2001. Von Behren died Dec. 6, 2023.

Tony Waickman, MD (82R, 83F), volunteered in Nepal and Thailand after completing his training. He settled in New York, where he practiced with Medical Associates of Saranac Lake and Adirondack Health before retiring in 2020. Waickman died Nov. 2, 2023.

Edwin Wolfgram (59MD) practiced clinical psychiatry in St. Louis, Missouri, until age 87. He also served as a medical expert witness. He was a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Wolfgram died Sept. 25, 2023.