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Date: Monday, July 25, 2011

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Aurora bennett, MD
Aurora Bennett, MD

New Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions

Aurora Bennett, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, has been named the new associate dean for student affairs and admissions in the College of Medicine, effective Aug. 1, 2011. Bennett replaces Laura Wexler, MD, who stepped down after 10 years in the position. 

Bennett will be responsible for oversight of all activities related to the recruitment and selection of medical students and will provide support, advising and counseling services to medical students.

She is currently vice chair for education in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, as well as residency director, and was formerly the department’s clerkship director. Bennett will continue to teach residents and maintain a clinical practice, but will focus most of her time on her role as associate dean.

Andrew Filak, Jr., MD
Andrew Filak, MD

Filak to Speak at White Coat Ceremony

Andrew Filak, MD, senior associate dean of the College of Medicine, will be the new speaker at the 2011 White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony will be held in Music Hall at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. The college sponsors the ceremony and the Alumni Association gives white coats to incoming medical students. A reception will follow the ceremony. 

Faculty members who wish to be part of the white coat stage party should contact IvaDean Lair by Monday, Aug. 1. 

For more information, contact Lair at (513) 558-5577 or

U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals
U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals

U.S.News 'Best Hospitals' Rankings Released

The U.S.News and World Report "Best Hospitals” rankings were released Tuesday, July 19. UC Health University Hospital was ranked No. 21 in Ear, Nose and Throat and No. 45 in Pulmonology.

The hospital was graded as "high performing” in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics and urology. These specialties were not included in the Top 50 rankings for each category.

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Rita Alloway, PharmD
Rita Alloway, PharmD

Alloway to Speak at FDA Advisory Meeting

Rita Alloway, PharmD, research professor of medicine and director of transplant clinical research, has been invited to represent the American Society of Transplantation during a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee meeting on generics. The committee, which will meet Tuesday, July 26, will discuss presentations by the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) on the quality and safety of generic drug products as well as the performance and potential regulation of these drugs.

During the public forum, Alloway will discuss her publication of the AST Consensus Conference on Generic Immunosuppressants and the introduction of generic immunosuppressants into solid organ transplantation. At UC, her research focus is on kidney, liver and pancreas solid organ transplantation with the goal of individualizing immunosuppressive regimens for transplant patients.

Shuk-mei Ho, PhD
Shuk-mei Ho, PhD

Shuk-mei Ho Participates in NIEHS Workshop

Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, chair of the department of environmental health, attended the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ (NIEHS) "Stakeholder Community Workshop,” held July 12-14. Ho was one of 200 scientists, environmental health advocates, academics, research administrators, policy professionals or communicators to participate in the workshop.

Topics covered included indoor air quality, traffic-related air pollution and human variability. The reports from the Stakeholder Community Workshop will go up on the NIEHS website for public review before August.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

'Act Early' Ambassadors Appointed

Karen Edwards, MD, program director for the leadership education in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities (LEND) program and University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, along with Shanna Kralovic, DO, assistant professor of pediatrics in the division of developmental and behavioral pediatrics and psychology, and Pamela Williams-Arya, MD, a fellow in the division of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, have been selected to serve as national Act Early Ambassadors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's national "Learn the Signs. Act Early" campaign.

The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability.

For more information, visit or

Ralph Giannella, MD, and Sudip Ghosh, PhD
Ralph Giannella, MD

Giannella to Receive Laureate Award

Ralph Giannella, MD, professor of digestive diseases, will receive the 2011 Laureate Award from the Ohio chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). The Laureate Award is the most prestigious award a chapter member at the state level can receive and is given to individuals who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to excellence, education or research and service to the community and the ACP.

Turner Farm
Turner Farm

Fundraiser Benefits Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team

Turner Farm, UC Health and Bonnie Mitsui will host a fundraising event to benefit the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Indian Hill. The event will feature dinner and drinks, a silent auction and family friendly activities including wagon rides and farm animals. Cost is $100 per person or $300 per family (a portion may be tax deductible). 

For more information, call (513) 556-6712. To register online, visit by Aug. 19.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Neurology Grand Rounds July 27: Joseph Broderick, MD, Albert Barnes Voorheis Chair of Neurology, will present "The Trials of Interventional Therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke” at 8 a.m. in MSB 4051.
  • 'An Overview of Sleep in Older Adults' July 28: Jennifer Molano, MD, assistant professor of neurology, will present "An Overview of Sleep in Older Adults” from 11:45 a.m. to 1 the Barrington of West Chester. 
  • Transplant Grand Rounds July 28: Philip Leggett, MD, clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas, will present "Evolution of Bariatric Surgical Procedures" at 1 p.m. in MSB 6051.

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