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Date: Monday, April 18, 2011

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Mark S. Paller, MD
Mark S. Paller, MD

Open Session with College of Medicine Dean Candidate April 21

Faculty, staff and students are invited to an open session with Mark S. Paller, MD, candidate for the College of Medicine dean and vice president for health affairs position. The session will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Medical Sciences Building (MSB) Room E-351.

Paller is currently executive vice dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School where he is responsible for day-to-day operations of the medical school. He also is professor of medicine with research interests in acute kidney injury, hypertension and kidney disease in pregnancy. He also is an attending nephrologist at University of Minnesota Medical Center.

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

Stephen Strakowski, MD
Stephen Strakowski, MD

Filak and Strakowski Appointed to UC Health Positions

UC Health President and CEO James Kingsbury and Provost Santa Ono, PhD, announced the appointment of two leadership positions within UC Health:

  • Andrew Filak Jr., MD, interim dean and vice president for health affairs, will serve as UC Health vice president of education.
  • Stephen Strakowski, MD, Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Chair of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, will serve as UC Health vice president of research

The appointments are effective immediately. Both will continue to serve in their current leadership posts with the College of Medicine. The positions will include executive oversight of all research and educational activities occurring at UC Health service sites, ensuring UC Health and the College of Medicine are fully aligned on all research and education-related initiatives.

In an announcement about the positions, Kingsbury praised Filak and Strakowski for providing "highly effective leadership” in the establishment of UC Health and said that, together, they will provide the vision and leadership to ensure that research and education remain vibrant and flourish at UC Health.

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Excellence in Mentoring Nominations Open

Nominations are open for the Award for Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students, created to honor individuals whose mentoring of doctoral students is exceptional. Nominations will be accepted from faculty, former and current students and staff. Past winners have had a clear and convincing history of successfully guiding the professional development of doctoral students, and a distinguished record of supervising students who have gone on to make significant contributions to their fields.

Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, May 6. Submit applications to Megan Carroll (ML 0627) or email to

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Kues Recognized by Society of Academic Continuing Medical Education

John Kues, PhD, assistant dean for continuing medical education and assistant senior vice president for the center of continuous professional development, was recognized with the "Distinguished Service in Continuing Medical Education" award by the Society of Academic Continuing Medical Education at its spring meeting, held at NYU Medical Center April 9, 2011.

Brett Kissela, MD
Brett Kissela, MD

Kissela Joining Center for Scientific Review Study Section

Brett Kissela, MD, professor and vice chair in the department of neurology, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Study Section, Center for Scientific Review (CSR), for the term beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2015.

The CSR is the portal for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications. Study sections review grant applications, make recommendations to the appropriate NIH advisory council or board and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

University Hospital
University Hospital

Hospital Ranking Featured in President's Radio Ad

In a new series of local radio ads, UC President Gregory H. Williams congratulates the faculty, doctors, nurses and staff of UC, UC Health and University Hospital for the regional No. 1 ranking that University Hospital has received from U.S. News & World Report.

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James Heubi, MD, (left) and Joel Tsevat, MD
Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training

CCTST Responsible Authorship Forum April 22

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), will host a forum on "Responsible Authorship” from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 22, in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Research Auditorium, Location R, Rooms 3381-3383. Open to researchers, UC administrators and staff, CCHMC, the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, UC Health and affiliates, the forum will discuss:

  • What constitutes distinct publications (least publishable units, etc.)?
  • What do you need to contribute to be an author (what is appropriate for authorship)?
  • What is plagiarism?

The session will be moderated by Jane Strasser, PhD, UC Research integrity officer and chair, CCTST Regulatory Knowledge & Support core.

For more information on featured speakers, visit For more information, call (513) 803-2612 or email

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Cincinnati Mood Disorders Consortium

Program Offers Insight Into Depression and Suicide

A free educational program scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Xavier University’s Cintas Center will offer the community insight into depression and its role in suicide. The event, part of a community-wide outreach strategy in connection with the launch of the Cincinnati Mood Disorders Consortium (CMDC), is titled, "Depression and Suicide: What You Should Know.”

The program will feature a presentation by former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple, who has devoted his life to building awareness of depressive illness and to reducing stigma since the suicide of his 15-year-old son, Jeff. A panel discussion will feature a Cincinnati couple, Karen and Dave Troup, who lost their 20-year-old son, Jake Ober, to suicide in 2010.

Seating is limited; RSVP to (877) 263-2882. The CMDC, officially being launched April 29, is a collaboration of the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience’s mood disorders program, the department of family and community medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Lindner Center of HOPE.

Officer Personnel, 25th General Hospital
Officer Personnel, 25th General Hospital

Celebrate Cincinnati’s 25th General Hospital May 5

The University of Cincinnati Libraries and the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, along with the Cecil Striker Society for the History of Medicine, celebrate Cincinnati’s 25th General Hospital with two presentations, Thursday, May 5, at the Winkler Center, MSB E-level.

  • Dale C. Smith, PhD, senior vice president and professor of medical history and military medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, will present, "Caring for Those in Harm’s Way: From the University to the ETO and Back”
  • Jay Johannigman, MD, professor and chief of the division of trauma and critical care, will discuss "Military Medicine in the 21st Century.”

RSVP by April 29 to or call (513) 558-6019.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Department of Environmental Health Seminar April 20: William Rom, MD, director of the division of pulmonary and critical care at New York University, will present, "Global Climate Change and Public Health,” at 10 a.m. in the Kettering Lab Complex, Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Medical Grand Rounds April 20: Tiffiny Diers, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, will present, "The Ohio Valley Sickle Cell Network: Hearing the Consumer’s Voice” at noon in Medical Sciences Building (MSB) Room 7051.
  • Basic Neuroscience Center Lecture April 20: Ron de Kloet, PhD, professor at the Leiden University, Netherlands, will present, "Resilience or Vulnerability? A question of stress, genes and balance," at 4 p.m. in the Building A auditorium, Metabolic Diseases Institute, UC Reading Campus.
  • Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Series April 21: Joan Guitart, MD, professor of dermatology and pathology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, will present, "Update on CTCL Diagnosis and Therapy" at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G-344), Hoxworth Building.
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar April 21: Santa Ono, PhD, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost, will present "The Role of High Mobility Group Proteins in Gene Activation and Tumorigenesis,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
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