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Date: Monday, June 13, 2011

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University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati

College of Medicine Donor Appreciation Lunch June 16

As a thank you to current College of Medicine faculty/staff donors, the UC Foundation will host a donor appreciation lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CARE/Crawley dining area Thursday, June 16. A Subway sandwich, cookie and choice of drink will be provided. New donors who make a minimum $5 contribution to a UC program of their choice will also receive lunch.

The annual Proudly Cincinnati Faculty/Staff campaign, "There is no UC without U,” is spotlighting the College of Medicine during the month of June. Interim Dean and Vice President for Health Affairs Andrew Filak, MD, has urged faculty and staff to reach a participation rate of 25 percent or higher in this year’s campaign.

Attendees also can enter a free raffle to win UC football tickets and certificates from Subway, Skyline Chili and Spicy Pickle. RSVP to (513) 558-5646 or by Tuesday, June 14.

Thomas Boat, MD
Thomas Boat, MD

UC Physicians Board Votes on UC Health Integration

At its June 7 meeting, the UC Physicians Board of Directors unanimously approved a plan to integrate the faculty practice into UC Health. The next step in the integration process occurs Wednesday, June 15, when the integration plan will be presented to the UC Health Board of Directors for its approval. The UC Board of Trustees is expected to consider a resolution supporting the plan Tuesday, June 21. With affirmative votes at both meetings, the integration plan is scheduled to be implemented beginning July 1.

In a message to UC Physicians last week, CEO Thomas Boat, MD, said the integration will allow the practice to maximize clinical services and patient care while improving system and financial performance, as well as provide additional support to the academic and research missions of the College of Medicine.

›› More Information on Integration

Patrick Conway, MD
Patrick Conway, MD

Conway Appointed Chief Medical Officer of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Patrick Conway, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and director of hospital medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has been appointed chief medical officer of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In the role, he will administer federal health care quality initiatives and set the government’s quality agenda in light of changes resulting from the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Conway will also direct CMS’ Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, which coordinates development and implementation of a CMS-wide approach to promoting health quality.

Conway, who previously served as CMO of the policy division of the Office of Secretary of Health and Human Services and was a 2007-2008 White House fellow assigned to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is a leader in safety, quality and outcomes initiatives at Cincinnati Children’s and is the immediate past chair of SHM’s Public Policy Committee.

Stephen Zucker, MD
Stephen Zucker, MD

Zucker Named Director of Hepatology

Stephen Zucker, MD, professor of medicine, has assumed the role of director of hepatology at UC Health and UC. Zucker has been actively involved in both patient care and laboratory research at UC since 1998.

He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he subsequently served on the GI faculty for seven years prior to his appointment at UC. His NIH-funded research focuses on the role of bilirubin in inflammation and cellular proliferation.

Michael Ward, MD
Michael Ward, MD

Ward Receives Emergency Medicine Foundation Fellowship

Michael Ward, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, has received a two-year, $150,000 fellowship award from the Emergency Medicine Foundation to study the implementation of electronic health records in a suburban emergency department.

Ward's research will focus on simulation modeling in operations research, working with colleagues in the department of emergency medicine and the College of Business. In addition to being an emergency medicine physician, Ward also is pursuing a Master of Science in Quantitative Analysis in UC's Department of Operations and Business Analytics.


Casey to Discuss Sleep Health Issues

Ken Casey, MD, professor of clinical medicine, division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, will appear on the City Club of Cleveland Forum Friday, June 24. He will join faculty from Case Western Reserve University to discuss sleep health issues on the program, which includes a panel discussion and audience questions and airs live on WCPN-FM. The hour-long program can be heard live online at beginning at 12:30 p.m. June 24.

The discussion is part of a partnership between, a joint effort of UC, Ohio State University and Case, and ideastream, a nonprofit public broadcasting organization. Casey sees patients at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellow Association Seminar June 14

UC’s Postdoctoral Fellow Association’s next seminar in its 2011 seminar series, "UCPDFA Professional Career Development Seminar Series: Preparing for Life After Your Postdoc," is on 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, in Medical Sciences Building Room 4051. Jennifer Ruocco, MD, deputy compliance officer at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present, "Health Care Compliance and Careers.”

Postdocs and graduate students are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Email questions to

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

CCTST Grand Rounds on Adaptive Clinical Trials June 17

The next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 17, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351 with a focus on adaptive clinical trials, studies in which accumulating trial results are analyzed frequently with the possibility of modifying their future course.

  • From 11 a.m. to noon, Donald Berry, PhD, will present "Adaptive Clinical Trials: A Necessary Step toward Personalized Medicine.” Berry is head of the division of quantitative sciences, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center.
  • From noon to 1 p.m., Mi-Ok Kim, PhD, will present "Statistical Heresy: Response Adaptive Randomization in Clinical Trials.” Kim is associate professor of pediatrics in the division of biostatistics and epidemiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

For more information, visit or email

Fountain Square
Fountain Square

Give Hope on the Square June 20

Fight pancreatic cancer with coneys and baseball at Give Hope on the Square, an event to raise money for pancreatic cancer research and community awareness. The event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 20, on Fountain Square downtown, is sponsored by the Bethany Sininger Flege Pancreatic Cancer Research and Awareness Fund. Attendees can chow on coneys from the Gold Star Chilimobile and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win an autographed Joey Votto baseball.

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit pancreatic cancer research at the UC Cancer Institute.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars:

  • Public Health Sciences Grand Rounds June 20: William Mase, PhD, director of the Masters of Public Health Program at UC, and Melissa Sever, senior program manager of OSU’s Center for Public Health Practice, will discuss "Ohio’s Workforce Training Needs Assessment Initiative,” from noon to 1 p.m. June 20 in Stetson Building Room 4205.
  • UC Neuroscience Institute Talk June 22: Brendan Kelley, MD, assistant professor of neurology, will present, "How to Recognize Memory Disorders & Preserve My Brain Health,” at 6 p.m. in Chesterwood Village, 8073 Tylersville Road in West Chester.
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