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Andrew Filak, Jr., MD
Andrew Filak, Jr., MD

Filak Named Acting Interim Dean

Effective Friday, Aug. 6, Dean David Stern, MD, is on leave and Andrew Filak Jr., MD, is serving as acting interim dean of the College of Medicine. Filak is a family physician, senior associate dean for academic affairs and the designated institutional official for graduate medical education for residency training programs. He directs the Office of Graduate Medical Education and is associate chief of staff at UC Health University Hospital. In January 2009, Filak was appointed as the founding chair of the College of Medicine’s department of medical education. He also holds an academic appointment as professor of family medicine.

Forty under 40
Forty under 40

UC Faculty Named in 'Forty under 40'

Four UC faculty members were named in the Business Courier’s 2010 ‘Forty under 40’ class. Alberto Espay, MD, assistant professor of neurology, Christopher McPherson, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery, Robert Neel, MD, assistant professor of neurology and David Leonard, MD, UC Student Health Services psychiatrist and volunteer faculty in the department of psychiatry, will be honored at a Sept. 23 luncheon. The program was established in 1995 to recognize the Tristate’s next generation of leaders and innovators who have already made a mark professionally and in the community.

Air Force works with UC
Timothy Pritts, MD, PhD

Pritts Appointed Vice Chair for Professional Development

Timothy Pritts, MD, PhD, has been appointed vice chair for professional development for the department of surgery. In this new role, he will work with the office of the chair to create a recruitment plan for the department and to encourage the clinical, educational and scholarly success of surgical faculty. He will also serve as a member of the department’s reappointment, promotion and tenure committee. For the past five years, Pritts has served as director of the residency program in general surgery.

Manoj Singh, MD
Manoj Singh, MD

Singh Recognized as American Academy of Family Physicians Fellow

Manoj Singh, MD, assistant professor of family medicine, will be recognized as a 2010 recipient of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Degree of Fellow at the fellowship breakfast Oct. 2 in Denver. The Degree of Fellow recognizes AAFP members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues and their communities through service to family medicine, advancement of health care to the American people and professional development through medical education and research.

RENEW Project
Project RENEW

Leasure Named Physician of the Quarter

Emily Leasure, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, will receive the "Physician of the Quarter” award at UC Health University Hospital’s Service Excellence Awards, held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, in the hospital courtyard. Leasure, medical director for 7 Northwest at the hospital, will be recognized for her work and results in the Project RENEW (REvitalizing the patieNt Experience on the Wards). The project, which began in July, incorporates geographic wards and patient-centered rounding for the general internal medicine inpatient care teams. The awards luncheon includes a complimentary meal for hospital personnel and faculty physicians.

2007 College of Medicine White Coat Ceremony
College of Medicine White Coat Ceremony

2010 White Coat Ceremony Aug. 13

To symbolize their entry into medical school, first-year College of Medicine students will receive their white lab coats at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13 in Music Hall. The keynote speaker is W. John Kitzmiller, professor in the department of plastic surgery. The college sponsors the ceremony and the Alumni Association gives white coats to the incoming medical students as gifts. A reception will follow the ceremony. For more information, contact IvaDean Lair at (513) 558-557 or

Mahmoud Charif, MD
Mahmoud Charif, MD

Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds Aug. 13

Mahmoud Charif, MD, will be the featured presenter at the Friday, Aug. 13, hematology oncology grand rounds. He will present "Breast Cancer: Overview of Epidemiology and Adjuvant Therapy” at 8 a.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Charif is assistant professor of clinical medicine in the division of hematology oncology and a medical oncologist who specializes in breast cancer. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-0120.

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

AOA Nominations Due Sept. 1

Nominations are now being accepted for induction into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. Candidates must have a letter of recommendation from their department chair. Each year, AOA accepts three residents who have completed one year of training (nomination requires medical school transcript, CV and nomination letter from department chair), two faculty (nomination requires CV and nomination letter) and two alumni (must have graduated ten years prior to election, requires CV and nomination letter). Nominations are due Sept. 1. Letters can be addressed to Dr. Richard Stevenson, AOA secretary. Send to IvaDean Lair, student affairs, mail location 0552.

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