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  • Pledge of Allegiance and Welcome: Aadi Tolappa, Student Council President; Dr. Glenn W. "Max" McGee, IMSA President; Dr. Eric McLaren, IMSA Principal & Vice President for Academic Programs
  • Featured Piece: Dr. Jeong Hwang-Choe, IMSA Science Faculty Member
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lillian Kao, Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Closing Remarks: Dr. Eric McLaren

Guest Biographies

Dr. Lillian Kao '89

IMSA Charter Class Graduate Dr. Lillian Kao, MD, MS, grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois, and graduated from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 1989. She attended the combined premedical-medical program, Inteflex, at the University of Michigan and graduated from medical school in 1996. She completed her surgical residency in 2001 and subsequently fellowships in gastrointestinal surgery and critical care. She obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health).

She is currently Associate Professor of Surgery at UT Health. In addition, Dr. Kao is the Vice Chief of Surgery at Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital, a Vice-Chair for Quality of Care for the Department of Surgery, Co-Director of the Center for Surgical Trials and Evidence-based Practice and Secretary of the Association for Academic Surgery. She divides her time between operating at the county hospital, performing clinical research focused on improving patient safety and outcomes in surgery, and teaching.

Dr. Jeong Hwang-Choe

IMSA Science Faculty Member Dr. Jeong Hwang-Choe began her musical studies at the age of five in Korea. She immigrated to Australia when she was 12. In Australia, she received numerous honors for her performances in several prestigious competitions including the 1994 Australia Inner West Piano Competition, 1994 Warringai Piano Competition in NSW, Australia and the 1994 Australia Music Associate National Audition. She moved to the United States in 1994, where she continued her study with Emilio Del Rosario, Kathy Johnson and Menachem Pressler from Beaux Arts Trio and also took Master classes with Peter Oundijin (Tokyo String Quartet), Gregy Sobok, and Jano Starker at Northwestern University in 1996.

In the United States, Dr. Hwang-Choe was acclaimed in numerous competitions including: the 1996 Illinois State Music Teacher's Association/Yamaha Piano Competition, 1996 solo recital for the Steinway Concert Series in Illinois, 1997 Midwest Young Artists Concerto Competition, 1997 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, 1997 MacDowell Prize Piano Competition, East Central Divi- sion of MTNA Piano Competition, 1997 Rembrandt Player's Annual Chamber Music Competition, 1997 Trio recital for Steinway Concert Series, 1999 Indiana University Concerto Competition and the 2000 Skokie Valley Symphony Annual Young Artist Competition. In addition, she has received numerous scholarships for her musical talent including the 1998 Indiana University Emma E. Claus Scholarship, 2000 Hannack Prize Scholarship and 2000 Louis Frank Scholar- ship. She also has performed with the Colorado String Quartet and Vermeer String Quartet. Dr. Hwang-Choe plays the piano during her leisure time and last year, she taught the Chamber Music Intersession with Ms. McCarthy.

Max McGee FY11 Convocation.pdf (2116 kB)
Max McGee, Ph.D. Convocation Remarks

Eric McLaren FY11 Convocation.pdf (3316 kB)
Eric McLaren, Ph.D. Convocation Remarks

Lillian Kao FY11 Convocation.pdf (2647 kB)
Lillian Kao, Ph.D. '89 Keynote Address

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