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Date: Monday, February 21, 2011

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Medical Sciences Building
Medical Sciences Building

Revised College of Medicine Strategic Plan

The College of Medicine has completed a review and update of the joint strategic plan developed in 2007 with UC Physicians and University Hospital. Through this review, it became clear that considerable progress has been made on the original plan. Recent developments made this an opportune time to review the plan and develop priorities that will shape the College’s focus during the next 18 months. The formation of UC Health, curriculum reform, changes in our operating environment and our evolving financial landscape provided ample reasons to assess the plan from the College’s perspective and refocus goals to guide decision-making through the 2012 budget process. The revised plan was approved by the College of Medicine Council on Feb. 10. A summary document of the review and update can be found here.

George Smulian, MD, chair of infectious diseases divison
George Smulian, MD

Smulian Named Chief of Infectious Diseases Division

George Smulian, MD, associate professor of medicine, has been appointed chief of the infectious diseases division. He has been serving as interim chief since May 2009. Smulian has been a faculty member in the department of medicine since 1991. He completed his medical training at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by an internal medicine residency at Hillbrow and Johannesburg Hospital in South Africa. He came to UC in 1988 where he completed his clinical and research fellowship in infectious diseases and then joined the UC faculty as well as staff of the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he has served as chief of the infectious disease section since 2000.

James Knittel, PhD, Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD, Ana Luisa Kadekaro, PhD
Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD

Abdel-Malek Recipient of Myron Gordon Award

Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD, a professor and skin cancer researcher in the department of dermatology, has been selected by the International Federation for Pigment Cell Societies to be a recipient of the Myron Gordon Award, which is awarded to scientists for distinguished and outstanding contributions to the pigment cell field. She will share this award with Ruth Halaban, PhD, senior research scientist, department of dermatology at Yale University, and Shin-ichi Nishikawa, MD, PhD, professor of molecular genetics at Kyoto University in Japan. The award will be presented in September at the International Pigment Cell Conference in Bordeaux, France.

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

Filak to Join AAMC Panel on Medical Education

Interim Dean and Vice President for Health Affairs Andrew Filak Jr., MD, has been invited to serve as a member of a new Advisory Panel on Medical Education (APME) for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The APME will serve as an external barometer on issues concerning the medical education continuum for the AAMC, with the ultimate goal of improving the nation’s health care. The panel will offer guidance to AAMC on current issues in medical education, identify emerging trends and innovations and suggest possible roles for AAMC in advancing the continuum of medical education.

Norman Gilinsky, MD
Norman Gilinsky, MD

Gilinsky Selected to Chair OGS Nomination Committee

Norman Gilinsky, MD, professor of medicine in the department of internal medicine's division of digestive diseases, has been selected to chair the nomination committee of the Ohio Gastroenterology Society (OGS). Gilinsky will serve a two-year term and is responsible for developing and recruiting candidates for the offices of president, vice president/secretary and treasurer and presenting these candidates to the governing board and membership for election at the annual meeting of the society. The OGS was formed to advance the legislative and practice management related issues of Ohio gastroenterologists.

Aimen Chen, MD, PhD
Aimin Chen, MD, PhD

Chen Named EHS Science Communication Fellow

Aimin Chen, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of environmental health, has been named one of 10 2011 Science Communication Fellows with Environmental Health Services (EHS), a nonprofit promoting public understanding of links between environmental factors and human health. The Fellows program, now in its fifth year, trains scientists to better communicate research results in an effort to deepen public understanding of environmental health issues. Chen conducts epidemiologic research of environmental toxicants and their effects on mothers’ and children’s health.

Helicopter EMS
Helicopter EMS

2011 Air Care and Mobile Care Regional Conference

UC Health University Hospital Air Care and Mobile Care will host its 10th annual Regional Conference Tuesday, March 8, at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center in Erlanger, Ky. The one-day conference for emergency medical professionals will cover a variety of topics to address the safest and most up-to-date methods of emergency medical management. Topics for presentation include the impact of air medical transport of STEMI care, EMS trauma triage guidelines and use of simulation in training.

For more information, contact Air Care and Mobile Care at (513) 585-5002 or visit

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

This Week in Lectures and Seminars:

Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 22: David Hui, PhD, professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine, will present "Apolipoprotein E Polymorphism: A Genetic Risk Factor for Many Diseases,” at noon Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Medical Sciences Building Room 4051.

Research Flow Cytometry Core Users Meeting Feb. 23: Doug Irving of iCyt Mission Technologies will present "Effective flow cytometric analysis of cellular processes through versatility in reagent and instrument configuration" from 2 to 3 p.m. in Cincinnati Children's Location R3381.

Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar: Feb. 24: Jiandie Lin, PhD, University of Michigan assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, will present "Control of Energy Metabolism Through Transcriptional Co-activators” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.

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