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Stanley Kaplan, MD
Stanley Kaplan, MD

Services Held for Dr. Stanley Kaplan

Services were held this morning for Stanley Kaplan, MD, emeritus professor of psychiatry, who died Thursday, Nov. 10.
Kaplan was involved in the College of Medicine for more than 60 years.

An alumnus of the college, he completed his residency training at UC and served as a professor and interim chair of psychiatry. During his career at UC, he Kaplan was involved not only in service and teaching, but also in research. He is published widely on a range of topics in psychiatry, particularly for studies in psychosomatic medicine.

Kaplan and his late wife, Mickey, established lectureships, student awards and, in 2006, the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Endowed Chair and Professorship in Psychiatry. In 2010, the college named the Kaplan Reception Hall in the CARE/Crawley Building in the Kaplans’ honor.

In a statement to faculty and staff, current Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Stephen Strakowski, MD, wrote, "Stan's curiosity challenged us to be better psychiatrists and his strong interest in arts and humanities challenged us to be better people. Stan's importance to the life and history of our department cannot be overstated. He will be dearly missed.”

Joseph Broderick, MD
Joseph Broderick, MD

Broderick Awarded AHA Clinical Research Prize

Joseph Broderick, MD, Albert Barnes Voorheis Chair of Neurology, was awarded the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Clinical Research Prize "for exemplary contributions to advances in stroke treatment and patient care that have changed medical practice as we know it.”

Broderick received the award Sunday, Nov. 13, during the opening ceremony of the AHA Scientific Sessions 2011 in Orlando, Fla. He is the first stroke investigator to receive the Clinical Research Prize.

Broderick was cited for his leadership in clinical research and patient trials demonstrating the effectiveness of the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, to treat acute ischemic stroke.

UC researchers, including Broderick, played a leading role in developing and testing IV tPA as a treatment for acute ischemic stroke in the late 1980s and mid-1990s. Broderick also was one of the founding members of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team, which was the first regional stroke team in the United States.

Laura Wexler, MD
Laura Wexler, MD

Wexler Receives AHA Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award

Laura Wexler, MD, professor of medicine in the division of cardiovascular diseases, received the 2011 Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award from the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Council on Clinical Cardiology.
The award was presented at the annual Clinical Cardiology Council Dinner at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2011 in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 12.

Initiated by the Women in Cardiology Committee, the award is given annually to recognize individuals who have an outstanding record of effectively mentoring women cardiologists and to underscore the importance of mentoring in the professional development of women.

After 10 years as senior associate dean of student affairs and admissions, Wexler now serves as associate program chair for the VA Medical Center’s internal medicine residency program. She is creating a new curriculum in cardiology as part of the comprehensive curriculum reform project and continues her clinical research activities focusing on sleep apnea in patients with congestive heart failure.

Charles Doarn
Charles Doarn

Doarn Discusses Medical Care on Space Station

Charles Doarn, research professor of family and community medicine, recently visited Moscow on NASA-related activities specific to medical care on the International Space Station.

Doarn serves as the executive secretary of the Multilateral Medical Policy Board, which comprises senior physician members from each of the ISS partners and provides medical policy and oversight for the International Space Station Program.

In addition, Doarn presented a lecture to 60 medical students at Moscow State University on "Surgical Care and Telemedicine in Extreme Environments.”

John Tew, MD
John Tew, MD

Tew Receives Foundation’s Trustee Award  

John Tew, MD, professor of neurosurgery and clinical director of the UC Neuroscience Institute, received the 2011 UC Foundation Trustee Award at the Rieveschl Awards Dinner Oct. 21. The award honored Tew's leadership in generating strong support for UC "by direct fundraising and by inspiring and encouraging others."

Sandy Heimann, vice president of American Financial Group, Inc., and vice president of American Money Management and Great American Insurance Company, received the UC Foundation Chairman’s Award. Ms. Heimann, who chairs the UC Board of Trustees, and her husband, Bob, helped make the UC Memory Disorders Center possible with a gift of $1.5 million. 

Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

UC and VA Selected as Sites for NIDDK Study

UC and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital Medical Center are one of 47 sites selected by peer review to jointly house the Glycemia Reduction Approaches for Diabetes Effectiveness (GRADE) study.

This study is a multicenter trial supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to examine the five different medications commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes and compare their effectiveness in lowering and maintaining blood sugar levels over time in recent-onset type 2 diabetes when used in combination with metformin, an oral anti-diabetic drug.

Robert Cohen, MD, and David D’Alessio, MD, both professors of medicine in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, will be point investigators for the study, which is still awaiting final approval and funding from the NIH. Once approved, the study will be conducted in the Clinical Research Unit of the VA, a component of the Center for Clinical Translational Science and Training.

Barrett Cancer Center

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Reception Nov. 16

The UC Health Barrett Center and pancreatic disease treatment team will host a reception in recognition of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Physicians, staff, patients and community members are invited to meet the multidisciplinary pancreatic cancer treatment team, hear patient testimonials and learn about current treatment options.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Kristina Irby at 513-584-0476.

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

CCTST Grand Rounds on Evidence Generating Medicine Nov. 18

The next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds will cover Evidence Generating Medicine (EGM) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Medical Sciences Building Room Room 4051.
Featured presenters from Ohio State University are Philip Payne, PhD, associate professor and chair of biomedical informatics, and Peter Embi, MD,  associate professor and vice chair. 

  • From 11 am. to noon, Embi will present "Realizing ‘Evidence Generating Medicine’ Part I: Local Considerations and Approaches.”
  • From noon to 1 p.m., Payne will present "Realizing ‘Evidence Generating Medicine’ Part II: Crossing Organizational Boundaries.”

Lunch is available to CCTST members by RSVP only. Email by Tuesday, Nov. 15. For more information, visit

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • UC Employees Health Talk Nov. 15: Ronald Hirth, MD, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics–gynecology, will discuss women’s health at noon in University Hall 450.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Nov. 15: Daniel Starczynowski, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, division of experimental hematology and cancer biology, will discuss, "TRAF6: novel oncogene in human cancer" at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Environmental Health Seminar Nov. 16: Amy Mobley, health communication specialist at the Centers for Disease Control’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, will discuss, "Improving NIOSH Worker Notification: Communicating Study Findings with Workers,” at 10 a.m. in the Kettering Lab Complex , Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Cincinnati Cancer Center Seminar Nov. 17: M. Geoffrey Rosenfeld, MD, investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University Of California San Diego, will discuss, "Location, location, location: New Strategies for regulating gene programs mediated by ncRNAs and Chromodomain Methylation-dependent Gene Relocation in the three-dimensional architectural structures of the Nucleus in Normal and Cancer Cells,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Metabolic Diseases Institute Faculty Colloquium Nov. 18: Karen Ryan, PhD, research assistant professor of medicine, division of endocrinology, will present, "Fat and happy: a role for central nervous system PPARg in the regulation of energy balance and stress reactivity," at 3:30 p.m. in Lecture Room, Building A, UC's Reading Campus.
  • Dean’s Distinguished Cardiovascular Seminar Series Nov. 21: Thomas Matula, PhD, director for the Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound at the Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, will present, "Ultrasound contrast agent interactions with blood vessels” at noon in MSB 3351.
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