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Date: Monday, June 7, 2010

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Cast Your Vote for Albert Sabin by June 12
Albert Sabin, MD, is one of 10 candidates under consideration to represent Ohio in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Each state selects two noted residents for inclusion in Statuary Hall. President James Garfield and William Allen, who served as Ohio governor from 1874 to 1876, currently represent the state. Allen’s pro-slavery views, however, recently caused Ohio legislators to seek a replacement statue for him. All residents of Ohio—no matter what age—are encouraged to vote for one of the candidates by visiting the Legacy for Ohio website at Votes must be cast by Saturday, June 12. Sabin served from 1939 through 1969 as professor of research pediatrics in the College of Medicine and as a virologist at the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation. His research led to the creation of the oral live-virus polio vaccine that helped in the near eradication of polio throughout the world.


Augsburger to Receive Life Achievement Award
James Augsburger, MD, chair of the department of ophthalmology, will receive the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Life Achievement Honor Award for his contribution to the Academy and to the field of ophthalmology. To receive the Life Achievement Honor Award, individuals must accumulate 60 points for participation in the annual meetings or other areas of service in regard to the Academy and need to have made significant contributions to the field, as determined by the awards committee.


Wones Recognized by Greater Cincinnati Health Council
Robert Wones, MD, vice president of medical affairs at UC Health University Hospital, is the 2010 recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council’s Richard M. Smith, MD, Leadership in Patient Safety Award. The annual award recognizes a health care professional who exemplifies dedication and commitment to patient safety, works to communicate the importance of patient safety and serves as an outstanding role model for those working to enhance the safety of patients not only within an organization but also the greater community. Wones accepted the award at the Health Council’s annual meeting on June 1 at the Cintas Center at Xavier University.


Doarn named to College of Fellows, NASA flight surgeon
Charles Doarn, research associate professor in the department of public health sciences, has recently been appointed to several national positions because of his expertise in the field of telemedicine. Doarn has been named to the College of Fellows of the American Telemedicine Association. He was one of three named to the College of Fellows this year; there are only 13 total. In addition, he was recently elected as an honorary NASA flight surgeon—he also serves as a special assistant to the NASA chief health and medical officer—and was elected as a fellow to the Aerospace Medical Association.

  Lee receives National Kidney Foundation Award
Timmy Lee, MD, UC Health nephrologist, received funding to study the care processes that lead to placement of arteriovenous fistulas in patients beginning dialysis. Lee was awarded the National Kidney Foundation’s Young Investigator Award—totaling $150,000 over three years—to look at ways to improve access placement in patients starting dialysis for the first time. This project, which will be conducted at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, will involve examining the processes of care that get patients to the point of having arteriovenous fistulas—the preferred type of dialysis access—implanted when they begin the process, such as early referral from a patient’s internist to their nephrologist and physicians’ discussions with patients about dialysis options, time of examination of their veins and arteries with ultrasound, referral to a surgeon for fistula placement and placement of a fistula before dialysis is needed.

Hoxworth Recruitment Video Wins Blue Ribbons
Hoxworth Blood Center’s high school recruitment video won the Best Education Video award and received blue ribbons in two other categories from the Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals. ADRP is an organization devoted to education, development and resources for the donor recruitment profession.

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Diabetes and Obesity Research Retreat June 14
The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and UC Health University Hospital will host the Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence Research Retreat Monday, June 14, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cincinnati Marriott RiverCenter in Covington. Leading local and national scientists and clinical experts will present four seminar sessions throughout the day. Breakfast and lunch will be served. A judged poster session and cocktail hour will begin at 5 p.m., with awards and closing remarks at 5:45 p.m. RSVPs for the retreat must be received by noon, Tuesday, June 8. To register or for more information, contact Pam Koski at (513) 558-2401 or

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