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Date: Monday, September 12, 2005

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Lindner Families Donate $30 Million for a Behavioral Health Center

Craig and Frances Lindner and Carl and Edyth Lindner have made a $30 million gift to establish the Craig and Frances Lindner Center of HOPE (Helping Other People Excel) in the Department of Psychiatry and to help build a behavioral health center in Mason, Ohio. The behavioral health center will be jointly operated by the Health Alliance and the Lindner Foundation, and staffed by physicians from the COM. The Lindner Center, which will be directed by Paul Keck, MD, professor of psychiatry, will be an overarching program offering comprehensive treatment services for adolescents and adults with psychiatric illnesses. Dr. Keck also will hold an endowed chair funded by the Lindner Foundation, pending approval by UC Board of Trustees. The facility would be the first freestanding mental health center built in the United States since 2001. Read more about this gift and plans for this facility in October's edition of Findings.


Donate to UC's Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund

UC has started a relief fund to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina. All UC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate by sending a monetary donation to mail location 0638 or via U.S. Mail to the University of Cincinnati, Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, PO Box 210638, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0638. Please make all checks payable to the University of Cincinnati and note the "UC Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund."


You can also drop off your donation-cash or check-in a sealed envelope marked "UC Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund" in the COM's Dean's Office, 251 Medical Sciences Building, or in the Academic Health Center's Office of Finance and Administration, 187 Health Professions Building. The fund campaign will run through Nov. 1, and all money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross.


UC Cancer Center Names New Directors

Jack Gluckman, MD, a faculty member in the Department of Otolaryngology since 1977, has been named director of UC Cancer Cancer. Dr. Gluckman was chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology from 1991 to December 2004. Prior to that, he served four years as the COM's associate dean of clinical affairs. Dr. Gluckman has authored 10 books and nearly 300 scientific articles with an emphasis on the management of tumors of the head and neck. He is a past recipient of the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology and a past president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.


In addition, Erik Knudsen, MD, associate professor of cell biology, has been named the Cancer Center's scientific director. Dr. Knudsen will provide leadership in all facets of basic science research, having previously served in multiple capacities in the Cancer Center, including as an organizer of the center's strategic plan, leader of the Distinguished Seminar Series and co-director of the Program in DNA Damage and Repair. His research focuses on the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor and cell cycle deregulation in cancer.


David Williams, MD, Beatrice Lampkin Endowed Chair of Hematology/Oncology and professor of pediatrics at UC, will continue to serve as the Cancer Center's deputy director, a position he has held since 2002. His major research interests are in the study of blood stem cell biology and blood formation and the treatment of genetic blood diseases using gene therapy.


Hoxworth Hosts Community Blood Drive at Freedom Center

Hoxworth Blood Center is kicking off a year-long, multi-cultural blood donor recruitment campaign on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati. During the year, Hoxworth will host a series of community blood drives designed to educate the local community on the importance of donating blood and obtaining minority blood donations. Currently, less than 4 percent of all Hoxworth's 50,000-plus annual donors are minorities. Many patients, such as those with sickle cell disease, respond to treatments better when blood comes from healthy minorities, such as African-Americans. All donors at Tuesday's event will receive free admission to the Freedom Center. For more information, call (513) 451-0910.


Uhlig Joins Surgery Department, Assumes UH Position

Paul Uhlig, MD, has been named the vice president, associate chief of staff for clinical improvement at University Hospital and professor in the Department of Surgery, effective Sept. 19. In his new role, Dr. Uhlig, a cardiovascular surgeon, will be responsible for performance improvement initiatives, collaborative rounds, care-team building, patient safety and new care models. He also will work with the Institute for the Study of Health at UC.


Dr. Uhlig joins us from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he was a member of the departments of surgery and biomedical engineering. He previously led a cardiac surgery team at Concord Hospital in Concord, N.H., and served as associate professor of surgery at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Uhlig has also practiced cardiothoracic surgery in Wichita, Kan., where he was the founding president of the Central Plains Regional Health Care Foundation. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, completed his residency training in general surgery and general thoracic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed his residency training in cardiothoracic surgery at Indiana University. He was also a research fellow in cardiovascular physiology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco.


2005 Mini Medical College Returns

Several COM faculty members will participate in the 2005 Mini Medical College, a four-week course that gives students and lifelong learners of all ages a sample of medical school. No medical or scientific background is needed to attend. The cost is $69 and includes eight lectures, an education notebook, a T-shirt and certificate of participation. All classes are held in the Vontz Center's Rieveschl Auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register, call (513) 556-6932 or visit schedule is as follows:


Oct. 11

"Forensic Psychiatry-Criminal Intent"

Presented by John Kennedy, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, director of the COM Institute for Psychiatry and Law

"A to Z: Drugs of Abuse"

Presented by Jack Lipton, PhD, professor of psychiatry, director of the Division of Developmental Neuroscience


Oct. 18

"Sure Everyone Should Have Medical Coverage, But..."

Presented by Bob Graham, MD, professor and holder of the Robert and Myfanwy Smith chair in the Department of Family Medicine

"Monitoring the Brain: Who Will Wake Up?"

Presented by Lori Shutter, MD, professor of neurology and neurosurgery and medical director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital


Oct. 25

"Plastic Surgery-Extreme Makeover Edition"

Presented by Anureet Bajaj, MD, assistant professor of surgery

"Are the Eyes Really the Window of the Soul?"

Presented by Robert Osher, MD, professor of ophthalmology


Nov. 1

"HPV: A Link to Cervical Cancer"

Presented by Paula Hillard, MD, professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Pediatrics

"Parkinson's Disease: An Overview"

Presented by Fredy Revilla, MD, assistant professor and head of the Department of Neurology's Division of Movement Disorders


Gynecological Research Fund Established

Nader Husseinzadeh, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, has received a $4,000 donation from Phi Beta Psi, a volunteer, nonprofit organization that nationally supports cancer research, to establish a local gynecologic research fund. Dr. Husseinzadeh's practice serves as the primary Tristate referral institution for the treatment of women with premalignant and malignant gynecologic diseases. 


UC Heart & Vascular Center Expands

Sandra Starnes, MD, and Tehmina Naz, MD, have recently joined the UC Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Starnes, a thoracic surgeon and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, specializes in lung cancer, mediastinal tumors and thymic tumors. She completed a general surgery fellowship at St. Joseph Mercy Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a research fellowship in pediatric cardiac surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Naz, a cardiologist and assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, specializes in women's health and heart disease, heart failure, heart transplant, echocardiography and nuclear imaging. She completed her cardiology fellowship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.


Visiting Professor to Discuss Implantable Valves, Tissue Engineering

The departments of surgery and biomedical engineering will host visiting professor Ivan Vesely, PhD, chair of cardiothoracic research at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital Saban Research Institute, on Sept. 21 for two presentations. At 8 a.m., Dr. Vesley will give a surgical grand rounds presentation titled, "Forget Catheter-Implantable Valves! How Can Your Clinical Research Help Today?" At 4 p.m., he will speak about the structural and mechanical analyses of cardiac valves, focusing on lessons for modeling and tissue engineering. For more information, contact Corryn Morris at (513) 558-6491.

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