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Faculty, Staff, and Student News and Achievements

dotMaster of public health candidate Joyce Suarez MPH’16 was accepted into the highly-competitive Mount Sinai School of Medicine International Exchange Program for Minority Students. He will be studying in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

dotFaculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA) 95th Annual Conference & Expo (April 16-19) in Nashville.

dotDr. David Perlman, visiting assistant professor of health policy and public health, presented, “The Use of Technology to Enhance the Moral Diagnostic Skills of Nurses in Training,” at the National Nursing Ethics Conference (NNEC), on March 19, in Los Angeles. He also presented, “What the Frak? Medical, Research & Military Ethics Issues in Battlestar Galactia,” at the Pop Culture Association Annual Meeting, on April 4, in New Orleans.

Alumni Class Notes Continued

Merrill Jay Mirman
P’62 presented an illustrated lecture entitled, “Vertebral Artery Dissection and Aviation Safety” at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., on June 3. He discussed the role of the Aviation Medical Examiner in being at the front line of evaluating the medical status of pilots, and of Air Traffic Controllers. Dr. Mirman is a member of the staff and faculty at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.

Lewis Gryziewicz
P’86 was named vice president of regulatory affairs at Macrocure, a clinical-stage biopharma company. Dr. Gryziewicz previously spent 16 years at Allergan, where he held senior-level positions within regulatory affairs.

Mary Bryant
TX'89 was recently appointed to Penn School of Veterinary Medicine's newly created position of executive director of the Office of Students. Before joining Penn Vet, Dr. Bryant worked for Merial, a Sanofi company, in field veterinary services.

Sean Hennessy P’89, PharmD’90, was recently promoted to Professor of Epidemiology and of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics at University of Pennsylvania. He also directs Penn’s Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training, where he teaches clinical epidemiology to medical and graduate student, and is active in promoting evidence-based practice at Penn Medicine by co-chairing its Drug Use and Effects Committee and serving on its Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. His clinical program has received two Quality and Safety Awards from the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Mayank Amin
PharmD’09, MBA , received the American Pharmacist Association Immunization Champion Award at the APhA Annual Meeting in San Diego on Sunday, March 29.

Veraaj Garachh
PharmD’12 was selected to attend the prestigious American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Leadership Institute. Garachh was one of only 40 professionals from a national pool of applicants selected to attend the exclusive Boston-based program, which was held April 26-May 1. The Pharmacy Leadership Institute, founded in 2000, develops inspirational leaders, energizes accomplished clinicians and manager with new insights, and equips participants for the roles of executive leader, coach, teacher, motivator and strategist.


Edward Tufankjian
P’51, of Sicklerville, NJ and Naples, FL., passed away on June 15, at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife Arleen, two sons, and six grandchildren. Dr. Tufankjian—a veteran of the Air Force—attended Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences and then medical school at PCOM, before he became a family physician and opened his Cherry Hill office in 1960. He served and cared for many wonderful families for over 50 years.

Robert G. Shaheen
P’52, of Cranberry Township, NJ, passed away on April 20, at the age of 88. Dr. Shaheen served as a private practice physician from 1958-2010 and as a physician at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home from 1988-2010. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was an enthusiastic sports fan. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, three sons, and three granddaughters.

Louis J. Sannino, Jr.
P’55, of Folsom, Pa., passed away on April 21, at the Crozer Keystone Hospice at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park. He worked for Graduate Hospital for 18 years and was the former owner/operator of Sannino’s Pharmacy in Ridley Twp. He is survived by his wife Dawn (Krieger) Sannino; two sons, Joseph W. (Diana) Sannino and Craig Sannino; two daughters, Michele (Bob) Sannino-Hart, Nicole (Angelo) Sannino-Tufaro; step-son Bill (Lori) Schnell; step-daughter Linda (Don) Scott; nine grandchildren, five great-grand-children.

Charles Van Fleet P’59
, of Egg Harbor, NJ, passed away on June 15, at the age of 84. Mr. Van Fleet served four years in Germany as a phlebotomist for the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Elizabeth (Lee); children Ken (Sharon) Van Fleet and Cheryl (Jim) Wood; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren; two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Benjamin Margolis
P’67, PharmD, JD, of Palisades, CA, passed away earlier this month. Dr. Margolis was a special advocate for USciences students, as he and his wife, Lia, hosted an event for accepted incoming students in the California area.

Henry (Hank) Mailinowski
P’68, MS’71, PhD’73, of Haymarket, VA, passed away on May 26, at the age of 69. Dr. Malinowski taught at the University of Missouri Pharmacy School from 1973-76 before moving to Maryland to begin working for the Food and Drug Administration. During his career at the FDA, he served as deputy director in the biopharmaceutics and research, a division of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. He is survived by his wife Linda Malinowski P’72, their son Rich, daughter-in-law Beth, and granddaughter Ella.

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