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Date: Monday, February 27, 2012

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LCME Gives Medical Education Program Eight-Year Accreditation

The Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) has granted the College of Medicine an eight-year term of accreditation for its educational program leading to the MD degree.

"Dozens of people throughout the college spent many months preparing for the LCME site visit last October. This accreditation is indicative not only of all who participated in the planning process, self-study and site visit, but everything all faculty, staff and students do each day to ensure the success of our medical school. Everyone should feel proud of all their efforts,” Dean Thomas Boat, MD, and Senior Associate Dean Andrew Filak Jr., MD, wrote in announcing the accreditation.

The continued eight-year accreditation is positive validation from the LCME in light of the increased scrutiny medical schools have been under of late–at least five schools in recent years have been placed on probation by the accrediting authority.

William Schubert, MD
William Schubert, MD

Schubert, Former Chair of Pediatrics, Dies

William K. Schubert, MD, former chair of pediatrics and president of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, died Feb. 25. He was 85.

A Cincinnati native, Schubert graduated from the UC College of Medicine in 1952 and joined Cincinnati Children’s in 1963 as director of the Clinical Research Center.

At UC, he served as chair of pediatrics from 1979 until 1993, receiving the college’s Daniel Drake Award in 1991 and its Medical Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992.

Schubert served as president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s for 13 years, leading it to a top five ranking among the nation's pediatric medical centers and designation as a Level I pediatric trauma center. He also was instrumental in expanding the county's property tax levy for indigent care to include children.

In 2003, the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce named him a Great Living Cincinnatian. Arrangements are pending.

Lori Mackey
Lori Mackey

Mackey to Present College’s Financial Operations Feb. 28

Lori Mackey, senior associate dean for operations and finance, will present, "College of Medicine Finances: The Things We Need to Know," in the next presentation by College of Medicine senior associate deans, held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Kresge Auditorium.

Mackey's presentation will provide an update on the current financial situation and an overview of funds flow at the college. A question and answer session will follow. All are welcome.

Dorothy Air, PhD
Dorothy Air, PhD

New Tech Accelerator Aims to Commercialize UC Research

UC and the Midwest EB5 Regional Center on Short Vine have established the UC Technology Commercialization Accelerator to better position promising early-stage research by UC faculty for commercialization.

Dorothy Air, PhD, UC associate vice president for entrepreneurial affairs and technology commercialization, says the accelerator will serve as a strategic vehicle for transitioning basic research outcomes into commercial opportunities.

The accelerator’s leaders will identify promising UC technologies through a competitive application process, providing gap funding or pre-seed awards to the most promising ideas. For more information, contact Air directly at

Achala Vagal, MD
Achala Vagal, MD

Vagal Awarded 2012 ARRS/Elio Bracco Scholarship

Achala Vagal, MD, assistant professor of radiology, has been named the 2012 American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)/Elio Bracco Scholar. She will use the scholarship to further her research, which focuses on analyzing the role of delayed ischemic penumbras in clinical decision making for acute stroke therapy.

The ARRS/Elio Bracco Scholarship is intended to support study that will enable the scholar to attain his or her professional career goal and prepare them for positions of leadership in academic radiology. The scholarship will be presented at the 2012 ARRS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, in May.

Kevin Joseph, MD
Kevin Joseph, MD

Joseph Named Top Hospital Leader

Kevin Joseph, MD, emergency medicine assistant professor and West Chester Hospital president and CEO, has been recognized among the top 25 Hospital and Health System Leaders by Becker’s Hospital Review.

The annual list, created by both submitted nominations and editorial selection, recognizes 25 hospital and health system leaders under the age of 40 who have spearheaded hospital initiatives, integrated new technologies and overseen hospital expansions while working to strengthen their organization.

William Barrett, MD
William Barrett, MD

Barrett Receives Physician of the Quarter Award

William Barrett, MD, has been named "Physician of the Quarter” by the UC Health University Hospital medical staff. The award recognizes Barrett’s outstanding service and patient care. He was awarded a parking spot for the next quarter next to the ER entrance with a reserved parking sign.

Barrett is medical director of the Barrett Cancer Center and professor and chair of the department of radiation oncology. He received the award at the Feb. 14 Service Excellence Awards ceremony.

Cincinnati Digestive Health Center
Cincinnati Digestive Health Center

Digestive Health Center Research Symposium Feb. 28

The Cincinnati Digestive Health Center (DHC) will host a scientific retreat Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to showcase cutting-edge research in digestive disease and provide opportunities for new collaboration.

It will include a poster session and a keynote address by Klaus Kaestner, PhD, Thomas and Evelyn Suor Butterworth Professor in Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania, who will present, "Sexual Dimorphism of Liver Cancer—It All Depends On FOX.”

The retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S Rooms 1.203 & 1.204.

For more information, contact Cynthia Wetzel, PhD, at

Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center Building S
Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center Building S

Ohio River Valley Cytometry Association Users Meeting Feb. 29

The Research Flow Cytometry Core at Cincinnati Children’s, part of the Ohio River Valley Cytometry Association, will hold its next users meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Cincinnati Children’s Location S6.125.

Roger Burger, PhD, from Miltenyi Biotec, will discuss how to enhance flow sorting and flow cytometric assays.

Marie Dominique-Filippi, PhD, assistant professor of experimental hematology, will also discuss how she uses MACS technology to aid in isolating rare stem cell populations.

For more information, contact Monica DeLay at

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 28: Sivakumar Vallabhapurapu, PhD, assistant professor, department of cancer and cell biology, will discuss "Mechanistic Insights into the Function of Alternative NF-kB Pathway in Multiple Myeloma” at 1 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds Feb. 29: William Wu, MD, will present, "Acute Mesenteric Ischemia,” at 8 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Feb. 29: A. Brent Carter, MD, University of Iowa associate professor of pulmonary, critical care and occupational medicine, will discuss "The Economy of Mitochondria: How Import is Deadly" at 10 a.m. in Kettering Labs Complex, Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Feb. 29: Richard Rood, MD, associate professor of medicine, division of digestive diseases, will present, "Management of IBD: top down or bottom up?” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Talk on the Spine Feb. 29: Ferhan Asghar, MD, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, will speak about the spine from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Barrington of Oakley, 4855 Babson Place.
  • Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds March 2: Ronald Warnick, MD, professor of neurosurgery, and John Breneman, MD, professor of radiation oncology, will discuss, "Contemporary management of brain metastasis,” at 8 a.m. MSB 6051.
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