2007 Distinguished Alumni

Darren R. Carpizo, MD, PhD, Wheeling Class of '89

distinguishedcarpizoWhile at Wheeling High School, Dr. Carpizo served as Captain of the varsity football and basketball teams and was All-Area in both sports. After high school he attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree ('93) with a Major in Biology and Society. He was on the Dean's List ('91-'93), was in the Pre-Medical Honor Society and a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He then attended medical school at the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine. There he was in the James Scholar Independent Study Program and inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical school honor society.

Dr. Carpizo did his Internship/Residency in the Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He attended Graduate School at UCLA in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. There he attained his PhD '(03). His thesis was titled "ADAMTS-1/METH-1: A matrix metalloprotease that regulates tumor growth and angiogenesis by the selective shedding of cell surface proteins." Dr. Carpizo did his surgical Fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for Surgical Oncology. His clinical focus was in cancers of the liver and pancreas. His research focus was metastatic colorectal cancer, pancreas cancer and lymph node metastases. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 2007.

Dr. Carpizo married Katherine Carpizo, MD, in Oct. 2005. Katy is a resident in General Surgery at Cornell University's New York Presbyterian Hospital.


Stephanie Kaplan, Wheeling Class of '96

distinguishedkaplanMs. Kaplan served on the staff of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, better known as the 9/11 Commission. She was special assistant to the Commission's executive and deputy directors and managing editor of its final report, a National Book Award finalist. 

Prior to her work with the Commission, Kaplan served in several policy capacities in Washington, including as assistant director for international security at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is an MIT Presidential Graduate Fellow and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

In 2000, Kaplan graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a degree in international politics.


Dr. Michael A. Terry, Wheeling Class of '90

distinguishedterryMichael A. Terry graduated from Wheeling High School in 1990. He then attended The University of Illinois where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Bioengineering. He then attended The University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine where he graduated with Honors. He received the highest award for clinical medicine and the highest award in surgery for students at The University of Chicago in addition to being elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Terry then attended Cornell University's Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. When he completed his orthopedic training in New York, Dr. Terry was accepted into the elite Steadman Hawkins sports medicine and shoulder fellowship program.

Dr. Terry currently works as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at U of C. Dr. Terry remains involved in bio and mechanical engineering design and has designed medical devices that are currently being used in clinical shoulder surgery. These designs have led to multiple patent applications. Dr. Terry is the author of multiple scientific articles, book chapters, and is currently editing an orthopedic surgery book. He also teaches at the medical school and lectures around the world.

Dr. Terry currently serves as the Head Team Physician for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Windy City Thunderbolts. He is also a team physician for the US Ski Team and USA Volleyball. In addition, Dr. Terry functions as a team physician for many college and high school teams in the area and takes care of athletes and aging athletes at all levels.