Ata K. Erdogan, 36, passed away in August 2012 after a
prolonged battle with cancer. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1994 and
from Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education. He completed internal
medicine and cardiology training at Northwestern in 2009. He then joined the
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern.
His Brown classmates Saori A. Murakami and David Bae are
leading an effort to establish the Ata K. Erdogan Memorial Term Scholarship at
Alpert Medical School in his memory. In a letter to their class, they wrote:
“Those fortunate enough to have known Ata will always remember his generous
spirit, his amazing strength, his infectious smile, and his love for those
around him. He was truly a wonderful human being who epitomized perfection as a
physician, a friend, a brother, and a son.”
He is survived by his parents, Drs. Mehmet and Remziye
Erdogan; and a brother, Mete.
Gifts in Ata’s memory can be sent to Brown University, Ata
K. Erdogan Memorial Term Scholarship, Office of Biomedical Advancement, Box
G-ADV, Providence, RI 02912.
James (Jake) M. Bliss, 37, died November 10, 2012, of
complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Jake
graduated from Moses Brown School (1993), Yale University (1998), and Tulane
University Medical School (2012). After receiving his medical degree, he
completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Brown University, a fellowship in
orthopedic trauma at Brown, and a fellowship in total joint replacements at the
Scripps Clinic in San Diego, CA, finishing his training in 2009. He then joined
the medical staff of the Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, CA, where he
specialized in complex joint replacement surgery.
The son of Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Thomas F. Bliss, Jake said he always knew he would be an orthopedic surgeon.
His deep love of the field, and of medicine broadly, was unwavering. In an
interview with Santa Barbara Street Medicine after his diagnosis, he said of
his career: “I could enjoy it for my whole life. I got a tremendous amount of
satisfaction from doing what I did. And it was worth all the sacrifices. I am
very grateful for the one year I had to practice.”
During his career, Jake garnered the respect and admiration
of all who had the privilege to know him. A lifelong Quaker, Jake was committed
to helping those less fortunate. Even before graduating from high school, he
established with a friend a summer camp for underprivileged children in
Providence. After receiving the diagnosis of ALS, Jake discontinued the
practice of surgery, but continued to volunteer with Doctors Without
Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine. “I found that I could still be a doctor
with the homeless population,” Jake said. “While I was going through the
transition of accepting my fate and struggling with life-and-death issues, they
really helped me by allowing me to help them.”
Jake, above all, was known for his many close friends and
the love he held for his family. He spent the last year of his life much as he
spent the previous 36—committed to having fun, making the most of every moment,
and improving the lives of those around him. He leaves his wife, Dr. Laurel A.
Bliss, and his daughter, Devon A. Bliss, of Santa Barbara, CA. Jake was born in
Rehoboth, MA, the son of Dr. Thomas F. Bliss and the late Josselyn Hallowell
Bliss. Jake is also survived by his brothers and sisters and many nieces and
The Bliss family asks that those inspired by Jake’s life volunteer
a morning to their community in his memory.
Richard A. Browning, 59, passed away on November 13, 2012.
He was the former chief of anesthesia at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam
Hospital and served as clinical professor of anesthesia at Alpert Medical
School. Browning joined the Rhode Island Hospital Department of Anesthesia in
1985 and had served as chief of that department since 1988. He was a member of
the board of directors of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Rhode
Island Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, among
others, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He completed his
internship and residency in pediatrics at Rhode Island Hospital, where he served
as chief resident. He also completed a residency in anesthesia at the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and a fellowship in
anesthesia and critical care medicine at The Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia. Rick was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing platform tennis. He
is survived by his wife, Lisa, and their three children, Chris, Karen MD’12,