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Date: Monday, June 28, 2010

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Leesar Invited to be Official Case Grader at TCT
Massoud Leesar, MD, associate chief in the division of cardiovascular diseases, has been invited to be official challenging case grader for the 22nd Annual International Symposium of the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), hosted by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation. TCT gathers leading researchers and clinicians from around the world who develop advances in techniques and clinical guidelines for interventional cardiology practices. The event will be held Sept. 21-25 in Washington, DC. Leesar was selected because of his role as an expert in the field of interventional cardiology.

Rathore to Speak at Drug Discovery Conference
Rakesh Rathore, PhD, research fellow in the cancer and cell biology department, has been invited to speak at the second annual "Drug Discovery: Easing the Bottleneck” conference, hosted by Opal Events, Aug. 23-24 in Philadelphia. The conference was created to bring together experts on issues such as gene expression strategies and compound management innovation and strategies with the goal of creating new and effective drugs and biotechnology. Rathore is an editorial advisory board member and a reviewer at several drug discovery and development journals, including the Journal of Biomolecular Screening.


Onukso Appointed Program Director
Family and community medicine associate professor Ed Onusko, MD was recently appointed program director of the Clinton Memorial Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency Program. Onusko has been with the residency program since 1997 and has played many roles in medical staff leadership over the years at CMH.


Goldenberg Certified in Clinical Lipidology
Nalia Goldenberg, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, has recently been awarded Diplomate status with the American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL). The ABCL is a nonprofit certifying organization dedicated to reducing the morbidity and mortality from dyslipidemia and related diseases by assessing qualifications and certifying knowledge in clinical lipidology. Professionals in the area of lipid management, or "lipidologists,” specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cholesterol disorders known as dyslipidemia, which may cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

  Cardiology's Whittenburg Earns Certification
Cardiology and pulmonary senior business administrator Carl Whittenburg has earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) from the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). ACMPE certification requires both essay and objective examinations assessing knowledge of a broad scope of medical practice management skills sets. Today, ACMPE membership comprises more than 6,600 individuals who have attained CMPE or fellow status or who seek certification.

Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar June 30
Punam Malik, MD, will present a department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology seminar at noon Wednesday, June 30, in Medical Sciences Building Room 4051. Her topic will be, "Hematopoietic Diseases Involving Red Blood Cells: Pathophysiology and Genetic Therapy." Malik is associate professor of pediatrics in the division of experimental hematology and cancer biology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. For further information, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, at

Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds July 2
Carl Siegrist, MD, associate professor of medicine, will be the featured presenter at the Friday, July 2, hematology oncology grand rounds. He will present "Lymphoma and Hodgkins” at 8 a.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Siegrist was in private practice for several years before joining the division in 2001. He is board certified in internal medicine and hematology. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-0120.

Summer Blood Drive July 16
Become a blood donor at the University of Cincinnati Physicians Summer Blood Drive for Hoxworth Blood Center on Friday, July 16. Employee blood donations can be made at the outpatient locations in Clifton (Medical Arts Building), and West Chester (Medical Office Building) as well as Victory Parkway. All donors will be entered to win gift certificates to Graeter's and Dewey's Pizza. Appointments can be made online or by calling Eric Schmaltz at (513) 558-1343. Walk-ups will also be accepted.

Register online to donate blood
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