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College of Medicine
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Proudly Pennies Event April 19

The College of Medicine will host its Proudly Pennies event at noon Monday, April 19, in the dining area of the CARE/Crawley Building. All are encouraged to attend as the UC Foundation launches this year’s faculty/staff campaign and celebrates the "transformative power of private support.” Lunch will be provided. RSVP by Thursday, April 15, to Maria Gruber at or (513) 558-0905.

College of Medicine Honors Day Celebration
College of Medicine Honors Day Celebration

Honors Day Award Winners Announced

David Fischer, MD, chief of general surgery, has been selected for the fourth consecutive time to receive the Golden Apple teaching award during the College of Medicine’s Honors Day Program to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at Music Hall. LeAnn Coberly, MD, internal medicine, and Thomas deHoop, MD, obstetrics and gynecology, will be awarded Silver Apples. In addition, Michael Donaworth and Jonathan Hassel will both be presented with the 2010 alumni awards. This year’s class speaker and university commencement representative is Jared Bentley. All winners were selected by the fourth-year class. For more information, contact IvaDean Lair at or (513) 558-5577.

Patient-Centered Medical Home pilot
Robert Graham, MD

Graham Named Director of AF4Q

Robert Graham, MD, of the family and community medicine department, has been appointed director of the Cincinnati Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative by the Health Improvement Collaborative (HIC) of Greater Cincinnati. Graham has led the AF4Q’s patient-centered medical home project for the last 18 months and will now focus on the multi-faceted health reform effort led by the HIC in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He will work closely with Melissa Kennedy, director of operations for the HIC, who was named the AF4Q deputy director.

Melanie Cushion, MD, and Peter Walzer, MD
Melanie Cushion, PhD

Cushion Selected ELAM Fellow

Melanie Cushion, PhD, professor and associate chair for research in the infectious diseases division, has been named a fellow in the 2010-11 class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. Run by Drexel University, the highly competitive ELAM is "the nation's only in-depth program focused on preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry and public health for institutional leadership positions where they can effect positive change.” Cushion was nominated as UC’s candidate this year by David Stern, MD, vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine.

Yana Zavros, PhD
Yana Zavros, PhD

Zavros' Article Selected for Faculty of 1000 Medicine

An article published in February 2010 edition of Gastroenterology from the lab of Yana Zavros, PhD, assistant professor of molecular and cellular physiology, has been selected and evaluated for Faculty of 1000 Medicine, an online literature awareness service that evaluates the most important articles in medicine based on the recommendations of a faculty of peer-nominated researchers and clinicians. The article, "Loss of parietal cell expression of Sonic hedgehog induces hypergastrinemia and hyperproliferation of surface mucous cells,” details the complex regulation of cell growth and differentiation within the stomach and how this regulation can be disrupted during the development of gastric cancer.

Looking Upstream Forum
"Looking Upstream " Breast Cancer Forum

Still Time to Register for Public Breast Cancer Forum

The sixth annual public education forum, Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 24, at the Reading Campus (formerly Genome Research Institute). Presented by the Cincinnati Breast Cancer & the Environment Research Center (BCERC), the forum provides timely information on potential environmental links to breast cancer and an update on the center’s research. Registration is $15 and includes a buffet breakfast and educational materials. RSVP by Friday, April 16. For more information, call (513) 558-0854 or visit

Susanne Wells, PhD
Susanne Wells, PhD

Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Talk April 13

Susanne Wells, PhD, will present a seminar for the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2010, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Her topic will be "Targeting DEK for New Cancer Treatments." Wells is an associate professor of pediatrics at UC. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. For more information, contact Peter Stambrook at

Keith Wilson, MD
Keith Wilson, MD

Free Voice Screenings April 14-15

Voice specialists with UC Health Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery will hold free voice screenings for the public April 14-15 in recognition of the 2010 World Voice Day. Sponsored by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, World Voice Day encourages all voice users to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good vocal habits. Screenings will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the University of Cincinnati Physicians Medical Office Building at the UC Health West Chester campus, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at the UC Barrett Cancer Institute at University Hospital. To schedule a screening, call (513) 475-8400.

Mark Sussman, PhD
Mark Sussman, PhD

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Research Seminar April 15

Mark Sussman, PhD, distinguished professor of biology at the San Diego State University Heart Institute, will be the keynote presenter at the next Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Research Seminar Series. Sussman will address, "Pim-1 Kinase Revealed: A New Cchapter in Myocardial Aging and Regeneration” at noon Thursday, April 15, in Medical Sciences Building Room 6051. All are welcome to attend.

Bruce Bracken, MD
Bruce Bracken, MD

Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds April 16

The next hematology oncology grand rounds will be held at 8 a.m. Friday, April 16, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Bruce Bracken, MD, of surgery, will discuss, "A Urologist’s Approach to Prostate Cancer, Surgery, Active Surveillance and Advanced Disease.” For more information, contact Nancy Crossen at

Barbara Israel, DrPH
Barbara Israel, DrPH

CCTST Community Engagement Speaker Series April 20

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training Community Engagement Speaker Series continues at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the College of Nursing’s Procter Hall Room 103. Barbara Israel, DrPH, professor of health behavior and health education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Sonya Grant, field coordinator of the Community Action Against Asthma, will jointly present, "Community-Based Participatory Research: A Partnership Approach to Health Research and Interventions.” The free event is open to the public. For more information, go to, e-mail or call Demi Bruck at (513) 803-0917.

Loyalty Society
Loyalty Society

Campaign Kickoff, Loyalty Society Unveling April 26

The UC Foundation will kickoff its sixth annual faculty/staff campaign and unveil members of the UC Loyalty Society at noon Monday, April 26, in the Great Hall of Tangeman University Center. The Loyalty Society recognizes active and retired faculty and staff who give to UC. All are invited to attend this special event. Lunch will be served.

View List of Loyalty Society

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