San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium

History 1985-2004

The next 20 years

The next 20 years

In July,1984: Bob Jacobs retires and establishes a practice in San Antonio; Bruce Martin assumes the Chief position; Gil Villacorte separates because of 6 year rule; Michael Martin is assigned to the staff from Malcomb Grow Medical Center; Mike Ruff remains on the staff;  Gary Smith is assigned to the field; Art Fokakis stays on staff for 1 year;  Raiqua Arastu, Luis Matos, and Ed Philpot  remain as second year fellows; Three new fellows come on board:  Leigh A. Schwietz, Alan B. Halsey, and Theodore M. Freeman;

In July,1985: Arastu, Matos, Philpot, and Fokakis are assigned to the field; Michael Reid joins staff (Stanford trainee) from David Grant Medical Center;  Three new fellows enter: John Fling, Ken Wakefield, and John Murnane;  Mike Reid brings fresh ideas to the program strengthens the research side of the program. Leigh Anne Schwietz presented the classic hypersensitivity pneumonitis paper at the JACI meeting in New Orleans in the spring of 1986, thereby, was unable to attend the conference held at Pat O’Brians featuring speakers from the WHMC allergy/immunology program. (See photo)

In July, 1986: Bruce Martin separates because of 6 year rule and starts practice in San Antonio; Michael Martin becomes chairman;  Schwietz joins the staff; Freeman takes a 3rd year position at Harvard; Three new fellows enter: Dave Goetz, Bob Hylander, and Bill Parker;  Jacobs, from private practice, publishes two papers with Schwietz and Halsey as co-authors;

In July, 1987: Michael Ruff separates and goes into practice in Dallas; Freeman returns from Harvard to the staff; Two new fellows come on board: Steve Apaliski and Dave Gourley;

July 1988: Mike Reid departs, separates from the USAF, and joins the Navy for an assignment in San Francisco where he has property in Napa Valley. Dave Goetz joins the staff after fellowship. Ted Freeman and Leigh Anne Schwietz continue on the staff.  Mike Martin continues as the Chief (Chairman) of the department. Apaliski and Gourley were the second year fellows. Paul Motta, Richard Henry, and Mike Neuland come on board as 1st year fellows.

(Note: Mike Reid’s departure from the staff was a major blow to the academic side of the program. In the 1988-89 time period, there were several high profile publications in high-level journals authored by Mike concerning AIDS and other subjects. Photo below.)

July 1989: Mike Martin retires and moves to Sacramento, California and establishes a practice. Ted Freeman is promoted to the Chief (Chairman) of the department. Ernie Charlesworth joins the staff after his fellowship at John Hopkins. Schwietz and Goetz continue on the staff. Motta, Henry, and Neuland (second year fellows) are joined by Alan Bitner, Charles Lee, Bill Nish, and Bernando Villacis as 1st year fellows.


July 1990: The staff remains the same with Freeman, Schwietz, Goetz, and Charlesworth returning as career physicians. Motta, Henry, and Neuland take field assignments. Bitner, Lee, Nish, and Villacis move into the second year of training. 1st year fellows include Jeffrey Demain, Harry ‘Kip’ Teaford, and Diane Jordan-Wagner.  

July 1991: Freeman, Schwietz, Goetz, and Charlesworth continue on staff. Bitner, Lee, Nish, and Villacis take assignments to the field. Demain, Teaford, and Jordan-Wagner become 2nd year fellows. Eldon Webb, James Tracy, and Greg Wickern join as 1st year fellows.

Note: Diane Jordan-Wagner awarded 1st place for the Clemens Von Pirquet Award in November, 1991. 

July 1992: Leigh Anne Schwietz takes an assignment and is replaced on the staff by Eric Kozlow (NIH trained). Freeman, Goetz, and Charlesworth continue on staff. Demain, Teaford, and Jordan-Wagner are assigned to the field. Webb, Tracy, and Wickern become 2 year fellows. James Quinn, Francis Morris, and William ‘Bill’ Butler are brought on board as 1st year fellows.

Note: Leigh Anne Schwietz was the first female staff member of the WHMC Training Program. She served on staff for 6 years following her fellowship. She retired as colonel after her assignment to the USAF Academy.

July 1993: Stephen Smart (University of Iowa trained) joined the staff of Freeman, Goetz, Charlesworth, and Kozlow. Webb, Tracy, and Wickern take field assignments. Quinn, Morris, and Butler move to second year fellows. Brenda Foley, James Holland, and Kathleen Tajri enter as 1st year fellows.

Note: Bill Butler and James Quinn win the 1st of very many FIT Bowl Championships for the WHMC Training Program.

July 1994: The staff remains the same. Quinn, Morris, and Butler take field assignments. Holland and Tajri move to the second year. Foley exits the program. New fellows include Christine Schafer and Larry Hagan.

July 1995: Kozlow separates and establishes a practice in North Carolina. Charlesworth retires and eventually starts a practice in San Angelo, Texas. Freeman, Goetz, and Smart are joined by Bill Butler as the staff. Holland and Taiji takes field assignments. Schafer and Hagan move to the second year of fellowship. Christianne McGrath, Joshua Jacobs, David Hrncir, and Douglas Beakes are brought on a 1st year fellows.

Note: Larry Hagan and Christine Schafer win the 2nd of the FIT Bowl Championships for the Program.

July 1996: Freeman, Goetz, and Butler remain on the staff. Smart separates and starts a practice in Peoria, IL. A new staff is added, Teresa Neeno, trained at Mayo Clinic. Schafer and Hagan take field assignments. McGrath, Jacobs, Hrncir, and Beakes move to the second year fellowship. David Summers and Russel Walker become 1st year fellows.

Note: Larry Hagan and Josh Jacobs win the 3rd FIT Bowl for the program.

July 1997: Freeman, Goetz, Butler, and Neeno are joined on the staff by Christianne McGrath. Jacobs, Hrncir, and Beakes are assigned to the field. Summers and Walker move into the 2nd year of fellowship. New 1st year fellows include John Dice, Mike Tankersley, and Dean Debenedictus.

Note: Josh Jacobs and Russel Walker win the 4th FIT Bowl for the Program.

July 1998: Freeman, Neeno, Butler, and McGrath remain on the staff. Goetz retires and establishes a practice in  Virginia. Quinn returns for a 3rd year DLI. Summers and Walker take assignments to the field. Dice and Tankersley move to the second year. Debenedictus withdraws from the program. Donald Harper and Ronald Cox join the program as 1st year trainees.

July 1999: Freeman and Neeno are joined on the staff by Quinn and Hagan. Butler establishes a practice in Seattle, WA. McGrath separates and later starts a practice in Colorado. Dice and Tankersley are assigned to the field. Harper and Cox move to the second year. William Boleman, David Carlton, and Diane Napoli are the 1st year fellows.

July 2000: Freeman, Neeno, Hagan, and Quinn continue on the staff. Diane Jordan-Wagner joins the staff from the field. Harper are assigned to the field.  Cox enters the third year DLI slot. Boleman, Carlton, and Napoli move up to the second year of the fellowship. Jonathan Buttram, Ronald England, and Pierre-Alain Darby begin the first year fellowship.

Note: William Boleman and Diane Napoli win the 5th FIT Bowl for the WHMC program.

July 2001: Freeman, Hagan, Jordan-Wagner,  and Quinn are joined on the staff by Diane Napoli. Teresa Neeno separates and enters private practice in Alaska.  Boleman, Carlton, and Cox take assignments into the field. Buttram, England, and Dauby enter the second year. Charles Webb, Daniel More, Jeffrey Nugent,  and John Kellogg start the first year fellowship.

July 2002: Ted Freeman retires and Larry Hagan becomes the Chief. Quinn and Napoli continue on the staff and are joined by John Dice. Buttram, England, and Dauby take field assignments. Webb, Kellogg, More, and Nugent move into the second year. Melinda Rathkopf, Steven Nguyen, and Carl Thornblade are selected as first year fellows.

Note: Daniel More and Ronald England win the 6th FIT Bowl for the program.

July 2003: The staff remains the same. Webb, Kellogg, More, and Nugent take assignments to the field. Rathkopf, Nguyen, and Thornblade move into the second year. Deborah Albright, Rajiv Arora, Joseph Flanagan, and Eric Meier become first year follows.

July 2004: Hagan, Quinn, Dice, are joined on the staff by Melinda Rathkopf. Diane Napoli takes an assignment to the field. Nguyen and Webb take an assignment to the field. Albright, Arora, Meier, and Flanagan move to the second year. John Freiler, Thomas Johnson, Laura Moore, and Amy Parker enter the 1st year fellowship.

Note: Rajiv Arora and Eric Meier win the 7th FIT Bowl championship for the WHMC program.



SUMMARY: The Second 20 Years, beginning in 1984, underwent disruption in the research area because of the transfer of several staff out and the transfer of new staff in from other medical centers. Mike Reid had been actively involved in research at David Grant USAF Medical Center and he quickly became active upon his assignment to WHMC in 1985. The Immunology Section, established in 1982 and managed by Neil Boswell, had been collecting data on individuals with an acquired immune deficiency (AIDS) and provided fertile ground for Reid to begin publications. Three fellows at WHMC, John Fling, Bill Parker, and Dave Goetz contributed several papers during the late 1980s in very high-level journals. A fellow, sponsored by the USAF at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, (Ernie Charlesworth) began publishing during his fellowship. These five individuals bridged the gap in research at WHMC until Ted Freeman returned from Harvard to begin his era of research focusing on the Fire Ant.

The mid-80s Staff was dominated by the Michaels (Michael Ruff, Michael Martin, and Michael Reid) as very competent teaching staff all of whom had trained at other programs (Duke, National Jewish, and Stanford). In the late 1980s, they were replaced by other staff with some connection to WHMC training: Leigh Anne Schwietz provided several years as Teaching Staff; Ted Freeman returned from Harvard; Ernie Charlesworth returned from Johns Hopkins; and Dave Goetz moved to the staff from fellowship. This group was the foundation of the Teaching and Research Staff through the mid- to late-1990s. They were augmented by staff trained at other programs: Eric Kozlow (NIH); Steve Smart (Iowa); and Teresa Neeno (Mayo Clinic). These individuals were the last staff members to be trained outside of the WHMC program.