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Date: Monday, December 5, 2011

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Cincy Magazine

Cincy Magazine Includes 416 UC-Affiliated Physicians on 2012 'Best Docs' List

The just-published 2012 "Best Docs" issue of Cincy Magazine includes 416 physicians—86 percent of the 486 names on the list—with connections to the UC College of Medicine.

There are 347 (71 percent) who currently hold UC faculty appointments, 106 (22 percent) who are graduates of the College of Medicine and 157 (32 percent) who received residency training at UC.

Thirty-seven of the doctors are graduates, trained at UC and are now faculty members. More than 20 cancer-focused physicians were also included.

For a full list of the doctors in the December 2011 issue, visit

Frank Smith, MD, is interim director of the adult bone marrow transplant program.
Frank Smith, MD

UC Cancer Institute Launches Bone Marrow Transplant Program

The UC Cancer Institute has launched an adult bone marrow transplant service as a new component of its hematologic malignancies (blood cancers) program.

Led by interim director Frank Smith, MD, professor of pediatrics, the program is a collaborative effort of UC Health and the UC College of Medicine.

Inpatient care will take place at UC Health University Hospital and outpatient care at the UC Health Barrett Center. Stem cells are collected, stored and prepared for transplantation by experts at the Hoxworth Blood Center.

To accommodate the inpatient service, University Hospital has created a dedicated unit within the critical care pavilion designed to reduce infection risk, including individualized HEPA-filtered, positive pressure rooms to maintain an air flow out of the room and reduce the likelihood of contaminants reaching the patient.

UC is currently recruiting a permanent director for the program and two additional medical oncologists who specialize in treating blood diseases.

University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati

Nominate an Outstanding UC Alum

The University of Cincinnati Alumni Association (UCAA) is now accepting 2012 nominations for UC’s most prestigious awards banquet for accomplished and notable alumni worldwide. Awards will be presented at the 2012 UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration, formerly UC Day, at the Kingsgate Marriott on June 14, 2012.

Since 1956, the UCAA has extended awards to more than 130 alumni for their professional accomplishments and exceptional commitment to the university.

To nominate an outstanding alum in any of the four categories, visit Nominations will close Jan. 31, 2012.

CARE/Crawley Building
CARE/Crawley Building

Center for Respite Care/Bethany House Holiday Collection

UC’s Department of Internal Medicine is collecting items for those in need this season. A dropoff box is available in each division’s administrative office and will be picked up and taken to the Center for Respite Care and Bethany House after Dec. 16.

Items needed include: gloves, scarves, mittens, socks, shampoo and conditioner, toilet paper, laundry detergent, lotion, bar soap, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving razors and combs.

For more information, contact Angie Duke at

Xiaoting Zhang, PhD, in his cancer and cell biology lab at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
Cancer and Cell Biology Research

Cancer and Cell Biology Faculty Present at World Cancer Congress

Three faculty members from UC's Department of Cancer and Cell Biology—Susan Waltz, PhD, Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD, and Xiaoting Zhang, PhD—were invited participants in the World Cancer Congress Breast Cancer Conference, held Nov. 16-18, in Guangzhou, China.

The meeting was focused on the theme "Toward Personalized Breast Cancer Treatment.” Each of the UC faculty delivered invited presentations and/or served as session chairs.

John Bissler, MD
John Bissler, MD

Bissler Named Member of Kent Hall of Fame

John Bissler, professor of pediatrics and cancer and cell biology, was named one of four inductees into the Kent City (Ohio) Schools Hall of Fame, which recognizes graduates of Theodore Roosevelt High School and others who have made exceptional achievements in their field or unique contributions to the Kent community.

A 1979 graduate of Kent City schools, Bissler was recognized for his dedication to improving the health and comfort of those with kidney disease in both his clinical practice and research.

He holds the Clark D. West Endowed Chair of Nephrology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he is director of the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program and associate program director for research and academic careers.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Dec. 6: Brian Kaspar, PhD, associate professor, Center for Gene Therapy, the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and associate member, Ohio State University, Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair, will discuss, "Therapeutic Strategies for Neuromuscular Disorders," at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Dec. 7: Robert O’Donnell, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of cardiovascular diseases, will discuss, "Clinical Applications and Appropriateness for Cardiovascular MRI” at noon in MSB Room E-351.
  • Cancer & Cell Biology Seminar Dec. 8: Thomas G. Boyer, PhD, professor of molecular medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, will discuss "Mutations in the Mediator Subunit MED12 Link Intellectual Disability Syndromes with Dysregulated GLI3-dependent Sonic Hedgehog Signaling” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Weight Loss Seminar Dec. 8: Brad Watkins, MD, assistant professor of surgery, will discuss roadblocks to weight loss, the dangers of obesity and surgical weight loss options at 7 p.m. in West Chester Hospital, 7700 University Drive.
  • Communication Sciences Research Center Colloquium Lecture Dec. 12: Lisa Kelchner, PhD, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders at UC's College of Allied Health Sciences, and Claire Miller, PhD, program director of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Aerodigestive and Sleep Center/Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, will present "Swallowing Apnea Duration, Respiratory Phase, and Airway Protection in Infants and Toddlers” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S1.204.
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