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Date: Monday, September 20, 2010

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Brian Gibler, MD
Brian Gibler, MD

Kevin Joseph, MD
Kevin Joseph, MD

Michael Edwards, MD
Michael Edwards, MD

Gibler Appointed President & CEO of UC Health University Hospital

W. Brian Gibler, MD, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of UC Health University Hospital and senior vice president of UC Health effective Oct. 1. Gibler has served since 1995 as the Richard C. Levy Professor and chair of emergency medicine; he also is the medical director of emergency services at University Hospital.

Gibler joined the UC faculty in 1989 after coming from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. He founded the Heart ER Program at University Hospital and was the executive co-chairman of CRUSADE, a national quality improvement initiative to develop hospital-based strategies to reduce instances of myocardial infarction. Gibler also is an editor and referee for numerous emergency medicine and cardiology journals.

Two other faculty members have been appointed to UC Health leadership positions. Kevin Joseph, MD, an assistant professor of emergency medicine, has been named chief executive officer of West Chester Hospital and senior vice president of UC Health. Michael Edwards, MD, Christian R. Holmes Professor and chair of surgery, has been named vice president, system development, at UC Health.

For more information on that announcement, click here.

Arthur Pancioli, MD
Arthur Pancioli, MD

Pancioli Named Chair of Emergency Medicine

Arthur Pancioli, MD, has been appointed the Richard C. Levy Professor and chair of the department of emergency medicine. The appointment is effective Oct. 1 pending UC Board of Trustees approval. Pancioli has been a professor of emergency medicine at UC since 2009 and has served as vice chair of the department since 2000. Pancioli’s research focuses on acute ischemic stroke therapy. He has served on the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team and has held national leadership positions with the American Stroke Association and American Heart Association. Pancioli succeeds Brian Gibler, MD, chair of the department since 1995.

David Wendell, PhD
David Wendell, PhD

Wendell Wins 2010 Earth Award

David Wendell, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and civil and environmental engineering, received the 2010 Earth Award at the Earth Awards Innovators Summit Sept. 16 in London. Wendell received the award for an artificial photosynthetic foam, designed with Carlo Montemagno, PhD, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The foam, based on the nests of a species of semi-tropical frogs, converts solar energy to sugars, which can then be converted to biofuel. The Earth Awards were created to identify viable ideas from fashion, science, architecture and consumer products and link them to investors to provide a real solution to improving quality of life.

Barb Kowalcyk
Barb Kowalcyk

Kowalcyk Named a Huffington Post Game Changer

Barbara Kowalcyk, doctoral student in environmental health, has been named a 2010 Game Changer by the Huffington Post. The award honors 100 people in a variety of fields who, according to Arianna Huffington, are innovators, visionaries, mavericks and leaders changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it. Kowalcyk, who was featured in the 2009 documentary "Food Inc.,” founded the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention. The center’s mission is to identify science-based solutions to help protect public health and meet the food challenges of the 21st century.

Vote for Kowalcyk as Ultimate Game Changer on the Huffington Post website.

Night on the Serengeti
Village Life fundraiser

Village Life "Night on the Serengeti” Fundraiser Sept. 23

The fourth annual fundraiser for the Village Life Outreach Project, Inc., will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and Office of Diversity, UC Health, UC Health University Hospital and other local health organizations, the "Night on the Serengeti” event will be held at the Hall of Mirrors Ballroom, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. The evening will showcase Village Life’s partnerships with Tanzanian villages to implement sustainable solutions to fight poverty and include African cuisine, music, dancing, art and a silent auction. Village Life is Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization that partners with villages in Tanzania a to address issues such as malaria, lack of clean water, malnutrition and improving educational outcomes. For tickets, visit or call (513) 584-8630.

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds Sept. 24

Elias Anaissie, MD, will be the featured presenter at the Friday, Sept. 24, hematology oncology grand rounds. He will discuss "Multiple Myeloma” at 8 a.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Anaissie is professor and director of supportive care at the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy at the Arkansas Cancer Research Center in Little Rock. He is also adjunct professor of pathology at the WHO Center for Tropical Diseases, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. His interest lies in the prevention and management of complications of chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-0120.

UC Academic Health Center
CARE/Crawley Building

National Postdoc Appreciation Week Event Sept. 24

UC's Postdoctoral Fellows Association (PDFA) is hosting an event Friday, Sept. 24, in honor of National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week. The association welcomes Brianna Blaser, project director for Outreach Program for Science Careers at the American Academy for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). Blaser will give two presentations—one on networking at 10:45 a.m., and another on careers away from the bench at 1:30 p.m. Both talks will be in Medical Sciences Building Room E-351. There will be an opening mixer from 10 to 10:45 a.m. as well as a professional development session—with pizza served to all attendees—at noon in the CARE/Crawley Building dining area. Coffee and refreshments will be served throughout the day. For more information, contact Jennifer Hinerman, president of PDFA at UC, at

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

Filak, Boat at Faculty Forum Meeting Sept. 27

The next faculty forum meeting will be held at noon, Monday, Sept. 27, at Medical Sciences Building Room 5051. Speakers will include Andrew T. Filak, Jr., MD, acting interim dean and vice president for health affairs, and Thomas Boat, MD, executive associate dean and CEO of University of Cincinnati Physicians. For more information, contact Jim Ball at (513) 558-2388 or

View Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Claudia Baquet, MD
Claudia Baquet, MD

CCTST Community Engagement Speaker Series Sept. 27

The Community Engagement core of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) continues its speaker series from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in Medical Sciences Building Room 7051. Claudia Baquet, MD, will present, "Engaging and Retaining Community and Minority Populations in Clinical Research: Strategies and Opportunities.” Baquet is associate dean for policy and planning, professor of medicine and director of the Comprehensive Center for Health Disparities Research, Outreach and Training, University of Maryland School of Medicine. She will identify barriers and describe ways to engage minority populations in clinical research, and discuss development of strategies for their recruitment and retention.

Lunch and a panel discussion will follow at 1 p.m., featuring a discussion on research challenges, barriers and ethical issues related to recruiting and retaining community and minority populations in clinical research.

For a list of participating panel members and more information, click here.

Hoxworth Blood Center
Hoxworth Building

Bhakta Viziam Chetty, M.D. Endowed Lectureship Sept. 30

The dermatology department will host Stephen Wolverton, MD, of Indiana University’s department of dermatology as the Bhakta Viziam Chetty, MD, Endowed Lecturer on Thursday, Sept. 30. Wolverton is vice chair of clinical affairs and the Theodore Arlook Professor of clinical dermatology at IU. He will discuss "Those Pesky FDA Black Box Warnings: Important Lessons Learned” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G-344). For more information, contact Bobbie Lambert at (513) 558-0945.

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