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Date: Monday, August 8, 2011

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Myles Pensak, MD
Myles Pensak, MD

Pensak Appointed CEO of UC Physicians

Myles Pensak, MD, professor of otolaryngology, has been appointed chief executive officer of University of Cincinnati Physicians. With the appointment, effective Aug. 8, Pensak will also become senior vice president of UC Health and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the College of Medicine. He replaces Thomas Boat, MD, who became dean of the College of Medicine July 1. (Boat is president and chair of the UC Physicians Board of Directors.)

Pensak has been a member of the UC Health Board of Directors since the health system’s formation last year. With his new responsibilities, he will step down from his board position.

Pensak will continue to serve as the H.B. Broidy Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at UC, a position he has held since January 2005. He has been on the College of Medicine faculty since 1984.

Malak Kotb, PhD
Malak Kotb, PhD

Kotb Stepping Down as Chair; Degen Named to Interim Post

Malak Kotb, PhD, is stepping down from her position as chair of the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology. After three years as chair, Kotb wants to devote more energy to her research on systems genetics and systems biology and her involvement in many national and international projects. She was recruited from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in May 2008.

Thomas Boat, MD, dean of the College of Medicine, said in a memo to college faculty and staff that Kotb’s work as chair helped raise the department’s national ranking by increasing grant submission and research funding. The memo also said Kotb will remain a tenured professor within the department and continue to serve as director of the Midwest Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Boat has appointed Sandra Degen, PhD, as interim chair. Degen, a professor and associate chair of academic affairs in the department of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, recently stepped down as vice president of research for UC after seven years. She will assume interim chair duties immediately while maintaining her position at Cincinnati Children’s.

Jane Henney, MD
Jane Henney, MD

Henney Named to goVibrant Board

Jane Henney, MD, professor of medicine and public health sciences, has been named to the goVibrant board of directors. The goVibrant organization is a nonprofit partnership of more than 40 private and civic organizations with the goal of creating wellness initiatives in Cincinnati. 

The group is working to have Cincinnati ranked among the top 10 healthiest American cities by 2020. Last week, with the group’s assistance, the city installed signs marking one-, two- and three-mile walking routes throughout downtown.

>>For more information on goVibrant

Alvin Crawford, MD
Alvin Crawford, MD

Crawford Receives Laurel Wreath Award

Alvin Crawford, MD, professor of pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, was given the Laurel Wreath award at the centennial meeting of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in Indianapolis July29. The Laurel Wreath award is the highest award for a member’s achievement in service to the fraternity or in human endeavors, national or international. Of more than 100,000 Kappa Alpha Psi members, the Laurel Wreath award has been given to 69 recipients since the fraternity’s inception.

Crawford is the director of the Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and an attending surgeon there.

Libbie Bragg
Libbie Bragg, PhD

Bragg Receives Funding to Study Direct Care

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Long Term Direct Care Workforce Project will award Elizabeth "Libbie" Bragg, PhD, a registered nurse and research associate professor in the department of family and community medicine’s office of geriatrics, $99,950 in funding for a 12-month project. 

Bragg’s project will analyze Ohio’s current direct care workforce to establish baselines, identify where gaps in data and services are occurring and set in motion a real-time system to monitor the direct care workforce.

New UC Pathology Site
New UC Pathology Webpage

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Launches New Site 

The UC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has just launched a new website that now falls under the branding and graphical standards set by the new College of Medicine website.

The site, designed by the Academic Health Center Public Relations and Communications Office and programmed by the College of Medicine’s UCit unit, offers streamlined navigation, enhanced functionality and features, including "Podcasts of the Month,” "Cases of Interest” and a fully dynamic news feed from national pathology news sources and the internal HealthNews website. Check out the site at

For more information, contact Jill Hafner at or (513) 558-4639.

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Surgical Hospital Imaging Center

Imaging Center Receives APEC Quality Award

UC Health Surgical Hospital Imaging Center has been recognized as one of the "highest performing health care facilities,” as measured by an independent survey of patients to gauge patient satisfaction and loyalty. 

Critical to Quality (CTQ) Solutions, a private company that provides accreditations to imaging centers, recently recognized the center and its staff’s efforts with the APEX Quality Award. APEX Award winners demonstrate the highest levels of excellence in patient satisfaction throughout U.S. health care markets served by CTQ.

Health care providers must exceed the 90th percentile of their peer’s’ overall score, meet a minimum survey response threshold and measure a minimum number of key performance indicators selected by CTQ to be considered for the award. 

First Anniversary
First Anniversary

Clinical Trials Office Celebrates 1st Anniversary Aug. 11

The UC Health Clinical Trials Office will celebrate its first year with an event from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. Appetizers and drinks will be served.  

Attendees must RSVP to Jake Matig no later than Wednesday, Aug. 10, by emailing

This is an internal event for members of the Academic Health Center only.

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

CCTST Grand Rounds on Foodborne Disease Aug. 19

The next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds, co-sponsored by the UC Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG), will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in Medical Sciences Building Room 4051.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Barbara Kowalcyk, a doctoral student in epidemiology and biostatistics, and CEO and director of research for the nonprofit Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention, will present "From Farm to Fork to Physician: Assessing the Sequelae of Foodborne Disease.” After Kowalcyk, Alison Weiss, PhD, will discuss "Shiga Toxin- Genes on the Move.” Weiss is a professor in the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology.

For more information visit, or contact Susan Moore at

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

Save the Date: Annual Extended Environmental Exposures Meeting Nov. 16-18

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, along with UC, will host the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program’s (BCERP) Annual Extended Environmental Exposures Meeting at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel Nov. 16-18.

The meeting seeks to build on the growing interaction between biologic and epidemiologic lines of research inquiry. Speakers will present the latest scientific findings of the BCERP and cover topics such as the basic biology of breast development; environmental exposures that influence pubertal maturation, breast development and/or adult breast cancer; and public health communication of the risks associated with these exposures. 

For more information on the event and registration visit

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Center for Imaging Research Lecture Aug.18: Michael Kennedy, PhD, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Miami University and director of the Ohio Center of Excellence in Biomedicine in Structural Biology and Metabonomics, will present "NMR-Based Metabonomics Studies of Human Diseases” from noon to 1 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Neurology Grand Rounds Aug. 10: Aaron Johnson, PhD, associate professor of immunology at the Mayo Clinic, will present "Defining immune-mediated mechanisms of blood brain barrier disruption in neurological diseases using experimental model systems” from 8 to 9 a.m. in MSB 7051.

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