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Date: Monday, March 19, 2012

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Health Care Heroes
Business Courier's Health Care Heroes Awards

Business Courier Names 2012 Health Care Heroes

The Business Courier has named College of Medicine Dean Thomas Boat, MD, winner in the Manager category in the 2012 HealthCare Heroes award program. The annual event recognizes individuals who have made an impact through their concern for patients, their research and inventions, their management skills and their service to the poor and uninsured. Winners were chosen from among 24 Cincinnati-area finalists.

Other winners include professor of pediatrics Punam Malik, MD, who received the Innovator award, and Ruby Crawford-Hemphill, with UC Health University Hospital OB/GYN, who won the Community Outreach award.

This year’s Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement winner was George Strike, chairman of the UC Health Board.

Winners were recognized at the 2012 Health Care Heroes dinner, held March 15 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. For the full list of this year's finalists, with links to their interviews, click here

Andrew Filak, Jr., MD
Andrew Filak, MD

Filak to Speak About Medical Education Mission March 20

Andrew Filak, MD, senior associate dean for academic affairs, will discuss the college’s medical education mission in the next presentation by College of Medicine senior associate deans. The talk will be held at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Kresge Auditorium.

Filak’s presentation, "Medical Education: It’s Why We’re Here,” will offer perspectives and an update on the college’s mission of educating the physicians of tomorrow.

A question and answer session will follow. All are welcome.
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report

College of Medicine No. 44 in Latest USNews Rankings

The College of Medicine was ranked No. 44 in the 2012 USNews medical school rankings for research institutions. The rankings were released March 13.

Despite dropping two spots from last year, the college improved in several categories used to determine the rankings, including peer assessment, average undergraduate GPA and average MCAT scores.

U.S. medical school deans and senior faculty who participated in the USNews survey named the college’s pediatrics program as the third best in the country, the same ranking as last year.

Match Day 2012
Match Day 2012

Match Day 2012: UC Results 

This year’s medical student Match Day was held Friday, March 16, in MSB E-351, with 146 students matching into their residency program. For UC College of Medicine’s Class of 2012:

  • Sixty students (41 percent) will stay in Ohio for their primary residencies. (An additional eight students will complete secondary residencies in the state.)
  • Of those, 27 will complete all or a portion of their residency at UC Health University Hospital and
  • Two students will complete pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The most popular specialties among UC students were internal medicine, anesthesiology and emergency medicine.

According to the National Residency Matching Program, 2012 saw the greatest number of matches ever (95 percent of students matching).

›› Read more about UC’s Match Day

Charles Doarn
Charles Doarn

Doarn Named Fulbright Specialist

Charles Doarn, research professor in the department of family and community medicine, was named a Fulbright Specialist with the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Doarn’s first assignment with the program will start March 26, when he will spend two weeks at Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje in Macedonia on a project titled, ""The role of computers and Internet in public health.”

Carl Fichtenbaum, MD
Carl Fichtenbaum, MD

Fichtenbaum Named to Position Within Research Cabinet

Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, professor in the division of infectious diseases, has recently been appointed associate chair for translational research in the department of internal medicine and assistant dean in the College of Medicine Research Cabinet.

Senior Associate Dean for Research Stephen Strakowski, MD, formed the Research Cabinet in 2011 to provide research strategic planning and implementation, review and oversight over the college’s research infrastructure, oversight over COM graduate education and to improve communications throughout the college. The cabinet meets twice monthly. 

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

CCTST Forum on Using Online Social Networks in Research March 23

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Regulatory Forum: "Challenges of Research Involving Online Social Networks” will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, March 23, in the Cincinnati Children’s Research Auditorium, Location R, Rooms 3381–3383.

Open to researchers, administrators and staff from UC, Cincinnati Children’s, the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, UC Health and affiliates, the forum will discuss social networking tools, demographics, privacy, information security and professional boundaries. 

The session will be moderated by Jeremy Corsmo, MPH, director, Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at Cincinnati Children’s.

Registration is not required. For more information and a list of speakers, visit or email

Larry Churchill, PhD
Larry Churchill, PhD

Charles Heaton Endowed Lecture in Medical Ethics April 12

The dermatology department will host Larry Churchill, PhD, Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics at Vanderbilt University, as the Charles Heaton Endowed Lecturer in Medical Ethics on Thursday, April 12. 

Churchill will discuss, "Doctors and Patients on Healing Relationships: Results of a 5-Year Study," in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G344) at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Bobbie Lambert at 513-558-0945.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars 

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 20: Doctoral students Emily Schulz and Christine Pellino will make presentations at 1 p.m. in MSB 2351. Schulz will discuss, "Tropomyosin Phosphorylation Modulates the Progression of Cardiac Disease.” Pellino will discuss, "Shiga Toxin: No Assembly Required.”
  • Surgical Grand Rounds March 21: Mitchell J. Cohen, MD, associate professor of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, will present, "Mechanisms of Acute Traumatic Coagulopathy,” at 8 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds March 21: Gaurav Khanna, MD, division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, will discuss, "Approach to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis” at noon MSB E-351.
  • Cancer & Cell Biology Seminar Series March 22: Kathryn Wikenheiser-Brokamp, MD, PhD, associate professor of pathology & laboratory medicine and pulmonary biology, will present, "Dicer1 in Pathogenesis of Pleuropulmonary Blastoma,” at noon in the Rieveschl Auditorium of the Vontz Center.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series March 22: Jamie Roitman, PhD, Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience in the department of psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, will present, "Neural correlates of decision-making under uncertainty,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Community Lecture March 31: Charles Collins, MD, professor of clinical psychiatry and senior vice chair in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, will discuss, "Let’s Buy a Zoo—Finding a Balance: a Look at Father-Children Relationships,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Vision United Methodist Church, 4400 Reading Road.

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