Sonnad, Seema Subash, 52, died on May 27, 2015, in Renton, Wash. Seema suffered a cardiac arrhythmia while running an ultra-marathon, and passed away at Valley Medical Center with her husband, brother and sister-in-law at her side.
Seema will be greatly missed by many. With seemingly boundless energy, she was passionate about sharing her knowledge, interests and experience with everyone around her. Seema was devoted to her career, horses and running, but shared her love of fine wine and ballroom dancing with her beloved husband and soul mate, Henry.
Seema was a dedicated researcher and prolific author. She led and participated in research leading to more than 140 peer-reviewed publications, including work in surgical outcomes, women in academic medicine, technology diffusion, meta-analysis and guidelines implementation. Seema loved teaching, but will be remembered best as a generous mentor and champion of women and minorities in science, medicine and research.
Seema was an accomplished horseback rider in the sport of three-day eventing, competing through the Intermediate level and re-training thoroughbreds off the track. She was a member of two owner syndicates for Sally Cousins and Caitlin Silliman, but true to her generous spirit and commitment to sharing her passions, Seema sponsored and mentored countless young riders over the years. She was also determined that the importance of volunteers be recognized in the sport, and in addition to being a USEF ‘r’ Eventing Technical Delegate and super volunteer in Area II, Seema was a tireless advocate for better recognition and education of volunteers.
Seema was an extraordinary athlete, a talented dancer, a lighthearted yogi and phenomenal endurance runner. In recent years, Seema enjoyed becoming part of the ultra-running community and travelled all over the country to compete with new friends.
Seema was born in Kalamazoo, Mich. on January 27, 1963. She completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford (’84), masters’ degrees at the University of Washington (’88) and Stanford (’92), and in earned her PhD in Health Services Research and Policy Analysis at Stanford (’97). Before embarking on her research career, Seema co-founded a medical diagnostics company and worked in business development at Stanford University Hospital. Her first academic appointment was at the University of Michigan where she founded and co-directed CHOICES, an outcomes research core lab for the medical school. In 2002, Seema moved to the University of Pennsylvania, where she created and directed a newly established health services research program in the Department of Surgery. Her most recent appointment signaled a change in direction towards implementation science. In her role as Director of Health Services Research at Christiana Care’s Value Institute (’12), Seema was able to combine her creativity and training with her desire to apply research findings in real-world settings, while continuing to mentor trainees and junior faculty. Seema was an active member of ISPOR and SMDM (serving in recent years as co-director of the national meeting and trustee). She served as a reviewer and advisor for NIH, AHRQ and most recently PCORI.
Seema is survived by her beloved husband of 12 years, Henry Glick, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania; by her father, Subhash Sonnad; by her brother Rahul and his wife Kathy; and by her two nieces, Emina and Hanna, and nephew Hayden.
Memorial service details will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Development Fund, c/o USEA, Inc., 525 Old Waterford Road NW, Leesburg, VA, 20176.
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The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships concluded Sunday, October 26 with a spectacular showing by the 2-year-olds and yearlings at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland. Seven fillies and eight colts were presented to judges Robin Walker and Lori Hoos in the FEH 2-Year-Old Championship, while the FEH Yearling Championship was composed of seven fillies and three colts. Both divisions were divided into fillies and colts sections for placing, in addition to overall division champion.
From Washington to Vermont, Championships were held on both coasts over the September 18-19 weekend. The Area I Championships took place at the GMHA September Horse Trials in South Woodstock, Vermont where over 60 pairs battled it out for the champion title. The organizers of the Area I Championships would like to thank Essex Equine Inc. for serving as the official pinny sponsors and North Bridge Equine for being the start box sponsor! Flatlandsfoto was the prize sponsor for the championship divisions, as well as the event’s official photographer. Following the weekend’s festivities, we chatted with some of the newly minted champions to share their thoughts on the weekend and their performance overall.
The first of the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Champions were crowned today at the FEH East Coast Championships held at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland. Eight colts and fillies were presented to judges Robin Walker and Lori Hoos in the FEH 4-year-old Championship, while the 3-year-old division was split into two sections: a FEH 4-year-old Colt Championship consisting of eight colts, and a FEH 4-year-old Filly Championship consisting of ten fillies.