Stay Connected

The alumni association is a great way to stay connected with the medical school, as well as with your fellow alumni. Through events, publications, and social media, alumni have specialized access to the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School community.  Click here to confirm we have your correct contact information.

Class Notes

What's new? Your fellow alumni want to know! Please send personal and professional updates to Jillian Prior, assistant director of alumni affairs, at for publication in the class notes section of Robert Wood Johnson Medicine.

View Winter 2021 class notes here

Get Involved

Interested in learning about the alumni board or volunteering? What's new? Contact Jillian Prior, assistant director of alumni affairs, at There are many opportunities to stay connected to your alma mater.

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Alumni Profiles

The following alumni were featured in recent issues of Robert Wood Johnson Medicine. Do you have an idea on a future alumni profile? Contact Jillian Prior at

Robert Palumbo, MD '86
Treating Professionals from Athletes to Acrobats

Alison Nobel Escalante, MD '04
Practicing Pediatrician, Mom, Writer, and TEDx speaker

Danielle Davies, MD ' 04
Bringing Medical Residents to an Underserved Area

Sukumar Nagendran, MD '94
A Journey to Gene Therapy Pioneer 

Laryssa Patti, MD '13
Containing the Contagion 

Joseph Costabile, MD '86
Shares Deployment to New York City to Fight COVID-19

Faluso Fakorede, MD '06
Making the Invisible Visible: Lowers Amputation Rate in Rural Mississippi

Jeanne Clarke, MD '92
Makes Advancing the Careers of Women Her Top Priority 

Nirav Desai, MD '05
Making an Impact on Childhood Obesity

Vera Bennett, MD '91
Advocating for Mothers and Babies in the White Mountains of Arizona 

Aaron Grotas, MD '02
Urologist and Specialist in Transgender Surgery

Mary Cohen-Osher, MD '05
Remembering the Vulnerability of Students 

Carl Giordano, MD ' 06
Giving Up Was Never an Option 

Jacob Nettleton, MD '14, MPH
Sowing the Seeds of Global Health in the 'Warm Heart of Africa'

In Memory of Lloyd McPherson, MD '76
A Fearless Advocate for Minority Students

Marilyn Heine, MD '82
A Passion to Practice Medicine and Influence Policy

Michele DiLauro, BSN, MD '98
Dedication to Addiction Medicine and Recovery

Phillip Blanc, MD '09, MPH
Pursueing Opportunities Outside the Medical Mold

Sydney Hyder, MD '17
The First Goal is Listening

Stephen Rosenberg, MD '13
A Self-Help Book Gives Cancer Patients A Way to Become Self-Advocates

Elena Frid, MD ’06
Working to Solve the Puzzle That Is Lyme Disease

Charlene Flash, MD ’06
A Goal to Put Herself Out of Work

Shawn Klein, MD ’99
Dr. Klein, Mayor Klein: Both Are All in a Day’s Work By Lynda Rudolph

Mahalia Desruisseaux, MD ’00
A Rare Combination

Antonia Chen, MD '08, MBA

A Young Leader for a New Generation in Health Care

Adam B. Landman, MD '04

Advancing Patient Care Through Health Information Technology

Lori A. Pollack, MD '99, MPH

From Cancer to Ebola--Lori A. Pollack is Making Her Mark on Public Health

Luis Villa Jr., MMS '68, MD

My Experiences as a Member of the First Graduating Class of Rutgers Medical School