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Date: Monday, May 23, 2011

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Thomas Boat, MD
Thomas Boat, MD

Thomas Boat, MD, Appointed College of Medicine Dean

Thomas Boat, MD, CEO of UC Physicians, executive associate dean for the College of Medicine and professor of pediatrics, has been appointed dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs. The appointment is effective July 1, and is pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees.

Boat will become the 50th dean in the college’s nearly 200-year history. From 1993 to 2007, he served as director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation and chairman of the College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. He also has served as physician-in-chief of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Announcing the award, UC President Gregory H. Williams said Boat’s name repeatedly was mentioned during the search process. "His qualifications are uniquely suited to move our pioneering College of Medicine forward and ensure a vibrant future for the college and our health enterprise,” said Williams.

Andrew Filak Jr., MD, has served as interim dean of the college and vice president for health affairs since August 2010. For more information, visit

2011 Daniel Drake Medal winner Richard Becker, MD
Richard Becker, MD

2011 Daniel Drake Medal winner James Heubi, MD
James Heubi, MD

Becker and Heubi Awarded 2011 Daniel Drake Medal

The College of Medicine conferred its highest honor, the Daniel Drake Medal, on Richard Becker, MD, and James Heubi, MD, at a dinner Sunday, May 22. Becker completed undergraduate, graduate and medical degrees at UC and is currently a professor of medicine at Duke University. Heubi has been on the UC faculty 32 years and professor of pediatrics since 1989. More recently, he has been program director for the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) and associate dean for clinical and translational research.

The Daniel Drake Medal was established in 1985 as the college celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of its founder, pioneering physician Daniel Drake. The award is given annually to honor distinguished living faculty and alumni. For more information, visit

Rendering of Daniel Drake Exhibit
Proposed Daniel Drake Exhibit

Exhibit Planned to Honor Drake, Drake Medal Recipients

At the Drake Medal awards dinner May 22, interim dean and vice president for health affairs Andrew Filak, MD, announced plans to build a memorial exhibit to recognize Daniel Drake and honor recipients of the Daniel Drake Medal. The proposed exhibit, measuring approximately 24 feet wide by 11 feet high, will include enlargements of the Drake Medal as well as information about Dr. Drake and the names of all past winners.

The exhibit was designed by UC planning + design + construction and will be positioned opposite the entrance to the Lucas Room in the Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions. The college will begin fundraising for the exhibit soon.

Christopher Lindsell, PhD
Christopher Lindsell, PhD

Department of Emergency Medicine Receives Approval on New Research Fellowship

The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) has approved a fellowship in emergency care research in the UC Department of Emergency Medicine under the direction of associate professor and vice chair for research Christopher Lindsell, PhD.

UC was chosen as one of only 13 sites in the country to offer a SAEM-approved research fellowship. Fellows who complete the program will receive a certificate from SAEM and each program will be recognized at the SAEM annual meeting.

Muhammad Aslam, MD
Muhammad Aslam, MD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Accredited to Start Fellowship

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to start a new geriatric psychiatry fellowship program, effective July 1. The fellowship will be directed by assistant professor of psychiatry Muhammad Aslam, MD.

The department is one of the few departments in the U.S. to provide ACGME-accredited geriatric psychiatry specialty fellowship training. Interested candidates should contact program coordinator Melissa Turner at or (513) 475-6378.

Kenneth Davis, MD
Kenneth Davis, MD

Davis Named SBAS President-Elect

Kenneth Davis Jr., MD, professor of surgery and clinical anesthesia, has been named president-elect for the Society of Black Academic Surgeons for 2013. His term will run one year and includes presiding over the 2013 meeting, scheduled to be held in Jackson, Miss. SBAS was founded in 1989 to stimulate, mentor and inspire young surgeons and medical students to pursue academic careers.

Anne Gunderson, EdD, Associate Dean for Medical Education
Anne Gunderson, EdD

Gunderson to Serve on AMA Board for Educational Affairs

Anne Gunderson, EdD, associate dean and professor of medical education, has been elected to serve on the board for the Group on Educational Affairs at the Association of American Medical Colleges. In April, Gunderson completed her role as the section leader for Undergraduate Medical Education and began her tenure as chair for the Central Group on Educational Affairs. Through a successful bid, the medical school will be hosting the 2013 CGEA Annual Meeting at the College of Medicine.

Melanie Cushion, PhD
Melanie Cushion, PhD

Evaline Alessandrini, MD
Evaline Alessandrini, MD

ELAM Program Graduates Cushion, Selects Alessandrini

Melanie Cushion, PhD, professor of medicine and associate chair for research, division of infectious diseases, was one of 54 fellows to graduate from the 16th class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women held at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

ELAM is the only national program dedicated to preparing senior female faculty for leadership at academic health centers, which include schools of medicine, dentistry and public health. Its nearly 700 alumnae include leaders representing almost 169 medical, dental and public health schools from across the United States and Canada.

Evaline Alessandrini, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics, was selected for the ELAM 2011-2012 class of fellows. Fifty-four senior women faculty were selected for the program’s 17th incoming class. Each fellow must be nominated and supported by the dean or other senior official of her institution.

Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center 00143ARC
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Children’s Hospital Named Among Top Pediatric Hospitals

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has been named third in the nation among the Honor Roll hospitals listed in U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 Best Children’s Hospital rankings. The Honor Roll includes hospitals that excel in at least four of the 10 specialties ranked. Cincinnati Children’s is ranked in the top 10 for all pediatric specialties.

The rankings are derived from clinical and operational data, gathered from a survey of 177 U.S. hospitals. The survey includes questions on survival rates, nurse staffing and subspecialist availability and is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists.

Arvind Modawal, MD
Arvind Modawal, MD

Modawal to Present Balance Disorders Webinar May 26

Arvind Modawal, MD, professor of family and community medicine, geriatrics and palliative care, has been invited to present a webinar hosted by the Stanford University Geriatric Education Center on "Falls and Balance Disorders in Older Adults—Assessment and Management,” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Modawal’s co-presenter is Rochelle McLaughlin, from the department of occupational therapy at San Jose State University.

To view the webinar live on Thursday, visit

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Abdeltawab Selected as Young Investigator

Nourtan Abdeltawab, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Malak Kotb, PhD, chair of the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology, was selected as a young investigator to give an oral presentation at the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) currently under way in New Orleans. She will discuss her abstract, "Integration of QTL Mapping and Genome-wide Differential Gene Expression Analyses Uncover Underlying Mechanisms Modulating Differential Host Susceptibility to Severe Group A Streptococcal Sepsis.”

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

CCTST Grand Rounds on Epigenetics June 3

The next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, in MSB 2351 and focus on epigenetics, the study of heritable but potentially reversible changes in gene function that do not involve changes in DNA sequence.

  • From 11 a.m. to noon, Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, will discuss "Epigenetics and Developmental Origins of Complex Disease: New Prospects for Epidemiology Research.” Ho is the Jacob A. Schmidlapp chair and professor of environmental health.
  • From noon to 1 p.m. Karin Michels, ScD, PhD, will discuss, "How Does the Intrauterine Life Shape Your Epigenetic Profile?” Michels is associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard University School of Public Health.

For more information, visit For questions or lunch reservations (by May 31), email

Bicycle in Ride Cincinnati
Ride Cincinnati

Ride Cincinnati Cycling Event June 12

The Ride Cincinnati cycling event benefiting breast cancer research and patient care will occur Sunday, June 12, at Yeatman’s Cove along the Cincinnati riverfront. Attendees can participate in rides of various lengths, including a kid-friendly rally ride. To sponsor the event, call the UC Foundation at (513) 558-9879.

Register by June 6. To participate or for more information, visit

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Events and Seminars

  • University Hospital Research Week Presentations: Research Week will continue with presentations of ongoing studies and research infrastructure from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 and 25 in the dining area across from Starbucks at UC Health University Hospital.
  • Environmental Health Seminar May 25: Ying Wai Lam, research assistant professor of environmental health in the division of environmental genetics and molecular toxicology, will present, "How Can Proteomics Help Your Research? Prostate Cancer as an Example" at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs Complex.
  • UC Wellness Talk May 25: Nadia Yaqub, MD, adjunct assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, will discuss, "Osteoporosis: A Battle of the Bones,” at noon in University Hall Room 454. Register at
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar May 31: Arieh Gertler, PhD, professor emeritus of Hebrew University and founder, director and CEO of Protein Laboratories Rehovot, Ltd, will present, "Use of Superactive Leptin Antagonists for Therapy and Novel Reversible Model of Diabetes in Mice," from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Vontz Center's Rieveschl Auditorium.

Scheduling Note

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the next issue of Dean’s List will appear Tuesday, May 31.

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