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Date: Monday, February 13, 2006

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Health-Care Heroes Named

Five Academic Health Center faculty members were honored for their commitment to health care during last week's 2006 Business Courier Health Care Heroes awards dinner. John Flege, MD, of the surgery department, was honored with the Lifetime Hero award. Judith Spilker, of emergency medicine and the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Stroke Team, won the provider category, while Lynne Wagoner, MD, of internal medicine, was named a finalist. Randall Wolf, MD, surgery, won the innovator category, and Stephen Page, PhD, physical medicine and rehabilitation, was a finalist. The Southeastern Indiana Cancer Health Network, Inc., founded by College of Nursing faculty members Adrianne Lane and Mimi Martin,received the community outreach award.


Nominees included Andra Blomkalns, MD, emergency medicine; Joseph Clark, PhD, neurology; Peter Embi, MD, internal medicine; Tim Freeman, MD, family medicine; Nader Husseinzadeh, MD, obstetrics and gynecology; James Kolp, MD, family medicine; Mary Mahoney, MD, radiology; Edward Otten, MD, emergency medicine; Barbara Ramlo-Halsted, MD, internal medicine; Nelson Rodriguez, MD, psychiatry; Urban Health Project (Heideh Husseinzadeh and Abby Loftus); Arden Wander, MD, Ophthalmology; Eric Warm, MD, internal medicine; Nelson Watts, MD, internal medicine; Steve Woodle, MD, surgery; Zahida Yasin, MD, internal medicine; and Mario Zuccarello, MD, neurosurgery.


Air Makes Top Women in Technology List

Dorothy Air, PhD, associate senior vice president for entrepreneurial affairs, was recently named one of the "Top Ten Women in Technology" by Women's Business Cincinnati. Dr. Air, who also serves as a loaned executive to CincyTechUSA, is charged with developing new initiatives and implementing plans to drive technology development from research and innovation to commercialization. She is currently planning Showcase 2006, a major UC event that will provide a comprehensive view of the university's transformational impact on the community.


Internal Medicine Selected for Educational Innovation Program

The internal medicine department has been selected by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to participate in the highly selective Educational Innovation Project (EIP). The EIP facilitates competency-based education and outcomes assessment in "well-suited and innovative" programs. UC's internal medicine department will work to redesign a program that will increase the ambulatory capacity of resident medical education. It will also enhance the third-year medical resident experience by allowing participants to customize a portion of their training to their own specific interests.


Brain-Imaging Research Seminar

Caleb Adler, MD, will discuss "Working Memory Difference in Brain Activity in Bipolar Disorder" at noon Wednesday, Feb. 15, as part of the Brain-Imaging Research Seminar. Sponsored by UC's Center for Imaging Research and the Pediatric Brain-Imaging Research program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), the free seminar will be held in CCHMC room D2.28. For more information, call Katie Elfers at (513) 558-2958 or Susan Moore at (513) 636-7565.


College of Medicine Blood Drive

Hoxworth Blood Center will host the 2006 College of Medicine Blood Drive on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. All donors must show a valid identification card, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and have eaten a good meal within four hours of donating. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (513) 558-1304 or visit


Tobias Named to Commission on Professionalism

Barb Tobias, MD, associate professor in the family medicine department, has been appointed a non-attorney member of the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Dr. Tobias, who will serve a three-year term, will assist the commission in promoting professionalism among attorneys admitted to law practice in Ohio.


MS Education Academy

UC's Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis, in conjunction with the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society's Ohio Valley Chapter, is hosting the 2006 MS Academy, a free educational series geared to empower MS sufferers and their family members. The following classes will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital, 5940 Merchants St., Florence, Ky:


March 2:   Physical Education: Gait and Balance

April 6:      Health: Symptom Management

May 4:      Psychology 101: Cognitive Changes in MS


For more information or to register, contact Emily Eskridge at (800) 344-4867 or

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