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Date: Monday, May 9, 2011



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Sandra Degen, PhD
Sandra Degen, PhD

Degen Steps Down as Vice President for Research

Effective July 1, Sandra Degen, PhD, professor of pediatrics and associate chair for academic affairs in pediatrics, will step down from her position as Vice President for Research.

Degen was appointed to the position in November 2005 after having served as acting vice president since September 2004. In this role, she has been responsible for oversight and strategic development of the university’s research mission in addition to supervision of research compliance, entrepreneurial affairs and technology transfer and sponsored research administration. Under her leadership, the university’s research enterprise has grown from $319 million in 2004 to more than $443 million in funding for fiscal year 2010, placing UC among the top public universities for federal research expenditures.

During her tenure, the university was awarded a $23 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was the recipient of more than 130 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awards totaling nearly $55 million.
 
UC President Gregory H. Williams has directed Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Santa Ono to appoint an interim vice president for research and launch a national search to fill the position, which will report to the provost.

Laura Wexler, MD
Laura Wexler, MD

Wexler Ends Role as Senior Associate Dean

Laura Wexler, MD, senior associate dean for student affairs and admissions, will step down from her administrative position effective July 1, 2011. Wexler has led the office of student affairs and admissions since 2001 when she was appointed associate dean; she was promoted senior associate dean in 2008.
 
During her leadership, student affairs and admissions started several innovative efforts. In 2009 she led the implementation of the multiple mini interview process in the selection of medical students. UC was the first medical school in the U.S. to adopt this process. Wexler also has led efforts to recruit a diverse, academically talented student body. Under-represented minority students have increased from 13 percent in 2001 to 20 percent in 2010 while MCAT scores and GPAs of our students improved substantially during this period. Total applications grew from 2,844 to 3,984 and enrollment of out-of-state students increased from 25 percent in 2001 to 36 percent in 2010.
 
Wexler will focus on her teaching responsibilities at the College of Medicine and on her clinical activities in cardiology at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The position description has been posted online – applications are open until May 17.

John Hutton, MD
John Hutton, MD

Hutton Named Interim Chair of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics

John Hutton, MD, professor of pediatrics and internal medicine and dean emeritus of the College of Medicine, has been named interim chair of the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics, effective June 1.

Hutton currently serves as vice president and director of biomedical informatics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is co-director of the Biomedical Informatics Core of UC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training. His UC career includes serving as Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine from 1987 until 2002. Litsa Kranias, PhD, Hanna Professor of Cardiology and professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics, who has served as chair since April 2008, will return to the faculty full time.

Drake Center
Drake Center


Lindner Center of HOPE
Lindner Center of HOPE


Drake, Lindner Center of HOPE Strengthen UC Health Ties

UC Health has recently announced several developments related to Drake Center and Lindner Center of HOPE: On April 1, Drake Center—a provider of medical and rehabilitative care located in Cincinnati’s Hartwell neighborhood—officially became a part of UC Health. It will operate under the UC Health brand and remain a UC clinical practice site, in addition to a teaching and research component of UC’s academic health enterprise.

On May 4, Karen Bankston, PhD, senior vice president/site executive at Drake, announced that HealthSouth Corporation will purchase Drake’s inpatient rehabilitation services. Units housing these services will be converted to a rehabilitation hospital called HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital at Drake. Drake will continue to operate its remaining beds for complex medical and pulmonary/mechanical ventilation needs, skilled nursing services and assisted living at Bridgeway Pointe. It will also continue to provide outpatient rehabilitation services.

On May 6, UC Health and Lindner Center of HOPE announced that their respective boards have agreed to integrate their clinical, research and educational missions. Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason, Ohio, serves people of all ages affected by mental illness and mental health concerns. While maintaining its name, the center will be identified as a member of the UC Health family of hospitals and physicians.

The center will remain a separate corporation from UC Health (although jointly owned by UC Health and The Lindner Family Foundation). Its clinical practices will be integrated with UC Physicians–Psychiatry (faculty are already members of the psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience department). UC Health will extend Epic, the system’s new electronic medical record, to Lindner Center of HOPE.

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Urban Health Project Marks Anniversary, Receives Key Gift

The medical-student run Urban Health Project will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a fundraising reception held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center.

The UHP is an eight-week summer program that pairs second-year medical students with nonprofits in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas. In 2010, the organization placed 25 students at 23 locations; This summer, there will be 25 interns at 24 locations. Recently, the program received a lump-sum, $50,000 grant from the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, to seed an endowment to help sustain the program into the future. All proceeds from the anniversary event will go to the endowment.

All are encouraged to attend; For more information, visit med.uc.edu/uhp/anniversary.asp or contact Dawn Perrin at (513) 558-2304.

Amit Govil, MD, medical director of the pancreas transplant program, is hoping to expand the program so that more patients, like Brown, can have the chance to lead normal lives when vital organs start to fail.
Amit Govil, MD

Govil Presents at National Kidney Foundation Meeting

Amit Govil, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of nephrology and hypertension, was invited to speak on "Desensitization Protocols: What Works and on Whom?” in a session on Transplantation of the Sensitized Patient, held April 27 at the National Kidney Foundation’s 2011 Spring Clinical Meetings in Las Vegas. Govil summarized current desensitization therapies and protocols available for highly sensitized patients, as well as presented Bortezomib-based desensitization protocol data developed at UC. Govil is medical director of the pancreas transplant program and program director of UC’s Renal Transplant Fellowship.

Thomas Boat, MD
Thomas Boat, MD

Boat Selected as Commencement Speaker

Thomas Boat, MD, executive associate dean and CEO of University of Cincinnati Physicians, has been selected as the commencement speaker for his alma mater, Central College in Pella, Iowa. In addition to addressing Central College's class of 2011 at commencement Saturday, May 14, he will receive a Doctor of Science honorary degree. In March, Boat attended Central College’s health symposium to moderate a panel of health professionals discussing patterns and trends of the health care field.

Great American Ball Park
Great American Ball Park

Geriatrics Hosts Chief Resident Immersion Retreat

On May 5-6, the Office of Geriatrics held an Incoming Chief Resident Immersion Retreat for UC Health University Hospital and Christ Hospital at Great American Ball Park. Twenty-three incoming chiefs from multiple specialties, residency faculty and UH interprofessional staff participated. The program’s goal was to foster collaboration among disciplines in the management of complex older adult patients, as well as to incorporate geriatric principles into teaching and administrative roles and to model and teach interprofessional communication as part of their residency programs’ curriculum.

For more information on the Office of Geriatrics, visit geriatrics.uc.edu.

Twinspired
Twinspired

College of Medicine Alumnus-Bred Horse Runs in Derby

Twinspired, a 3-year old colt, ran in Saturday's 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The horse was bred by Lawrence Opas, MD, a 1971 UC College of Medicine graduate and chief of pediatrics and associate dean for GME at University of Southern California + Los Angeles County Medical Center along with Drs. John Jain and Frank Sinatra. Jain is a reproductive endocrinologist in private practice in Santa Monica and Sinatra is a pediatric hepatologist at USC. Twinspired placed 17th in the race.

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

College of Medicine Alumni Return May 13-14

The College of Medicine is planning a weekend of activities for alumni during UC’s Alumni Weekend May 13-14. Classes ending in a "1" or "6" will join to commemorate their five-year reunions. The class of 1961 will celebrate its Golden Anniversary while members of the class of 1986 will gather in honor of their Silver Anniversary.

The weekend will include a college update from Interim Dean and Vice President for Health Affairs Andrew T. Filak Jr., MD, tours of the CARE/Crawley Building and individual class celebrations. A formal banquet at the Hilton Netherland Plaza will be held to honor recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award and the gold and silver classes.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar May 12: Daniel Nebert, MD, professor of environmental health, will present "Cyp1 knockout mice on oral benzo[a]pyrene cause an unusual intestinal adenocarcinoma,” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Public Health Grand Rounds May 16: Charles Doarn, research associate professor of public health sciences and biomedical engineering will present "Telemedicine Development in the Balkans – In the Aftermath of War,” at noon in Room 4205, Stetson Building

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminars May 17: Doctoral students Erin Wissing and Andy Deng will present their research at noon in MSB 4051. Wissing will dicuss, "The Role of p38α in Muscular Dystrophy.” Deng’s topic is, "Structure of Dimeric Apolipoprotein A-IV: Biases for HDL Model.”
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