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Date: Monday, April 2, 2012

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University of Cincinnati

Trustees Approve Emerti, Fellows Positions

At its March 27 meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved the following appointments and re-appointments:

  • Steven Hoath, MD, as professor emeritus of pediatrics
  • John Michaels, PhD, as associate professor emeritus of medical education
  • Judith Rhodes, PhD, as professor emerita of pathology & laboratory medicine
  • Peter Walzer, MD, as professor emeritus of internal medicine
  • Jeffrey Whitsett, MD, professor of pediatrics as distinguished research professor

The board approved the below faculty for induction into the Fellows of the Graduate School:

  • Kenneth Campbell, PhD, professor of pediatrics
  • George Deepe Jr., MD, professor of medicine
  • Ranjan Deka, PhD, professor of environmental health
  • Santa Ono, PhD, professor of pediatrics and biology
  • Richard Paul, PhD, professor of molecular and cellular physiology
  • Susanne Wells, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics
  • James Wells, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics
  • Aaron Zorn, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics

The board also approved a 3.5 percent tuition increase for the College of Medicine.

Nelson Horseman, PhD
Nelson Horseman, PhD

Faculty Forum Meeting April 17

The College of Medicine Faculty Forum will hold its next meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in MSB Room E-351.

Nelson Horseman, PhD, professor of molecular and cellular physiology, will lead a discussion on "Undergraduate Premedical Education in the College of Medicine.”

For more information, contact Jim Ball, president, College of Medicine faculty, at or 513-558-2388.

Peanut Study-Fred Finkelman, MD
Fred Finkelman, MD

Finkelman Awarded VA Office of Research’s Highest Honor

Fred Finkelman, MD, Walter A. & George McDonald Foundation Chair and professor of immunology, allergy and rheumatology, has received the William S. Middleton Award, the highest honor awarded annually by the Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development division of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Research to VA biomedical research scientists.

The award recognizes outstanding scientific contributions and achievements in biomedical and bio-behavioral research relevant to veterans’ health care.

Finkelman was recognized for his pioneering work in answering basic mechanistic questions in immunology and host-pathogen interactions. His work has impacted the clinical care of veterans and the population at large broadly.

He will receive $50,000 per year for three years in research support, a $5,000 cash award and an inscribed plaque.

Stuart Baxter, PhD
Stuart Baxter, PhD

Baxter Receives Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award

Stuart Baxter, PhD, professor of environmental health, has received the 2012 Adolph G. Kammer Merit in Authorship Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Baxter was selected for the award for "outstanding contributions to the medical literature,” shown by his paper "Ultrafine Particle Exposure During Fire Suppression—Is It an Important Contributory Factor for Coronary Heart Disease in Firefighters?,” published in the August 2010 issue of ACOEM’s Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The award, established in 1948, recognizes the authors of an article of outstanding significance in occupational medicine. Baxter will accept the award on behalf of the entire research team—which included UC’s James Lockey, MD—on April 30 at the 97th annual American Occupational Health Conference in Los Angeles.

Keith Kenter, MD
Keith Kenter, MD

Kenter Elected to the Board of Specialty Societies

Keith Kenter, MD, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, has been elected to the Board of Specialty Societies representing the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

The board was created in 1984 as the Council of Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies, brings together the leaders of musculoskeletal societies to address issues of mutual concern, such as advocacy, continuing medical education, research, and residency and fellowship issues.

Kenter, who is director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at UC, is currently the chairperson of the American Orthopedic Association’s Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD).

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

Smith Elected to NCI Institutional Review Board

Frank Smith, MD, Marjory J. Johnson Endowed Chair and professor of pediatrics and medicine, division of hematology oncology, has been elected to the National Cancer Institute’s Central Institutional Review Board (CIRB).

The CIRB provides human subject protection in clinical trials through a "facilitated review" process, streamlining local IRB reviews of adult and pediatric national multicenter cancer treatment trials.

Scott Clark, PhD
Scott Clark, PhD

Clark Works to Reduce Global Health Threat of Lead

Scott Clark, PhD, recently traveled to the Philippines for the EcoWaste Coalition partners’ meeting to provide scientific support for the IPEN Asia Lead Elimination Project, an effort to introduce a global ban on the addition of lead to household decorative paints and in consumer products, such as toys, in Asian countries.

The EcoWaste Coalition is a public interest network of community, church, school, environmental and health groups pursuing sustainable solutions to waste, climate change and chemical issues facing the Philippines and the world.

Although lead content in paint has been restricted in the U.S. since 1978, Clark’s research has shown that consumer paints containing dangerous levels of lead are still available in major countries, including the Philippines, on three continents.

Alvin Crawford, MD, department of orthoaedic surgery
Alvin Crawford, MD

Crawford Presents at Foot Diseases Conference

At the International Course of Child’s and Adolescent’s Foot Diseases meeting held March 17-18 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Alvin Crawford, MD, professor of orthopaedics and pediatrics, presented the "Surgical Treatment of Clubfoot: The Classic.”

Crawford was elected honorary member of the Brazilian Pediatric Orthopaedic Society during his trip and served as the grand rounds professor at the Santa Casa University College of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He also served as visiting professor at the University of Ioannina in Greece on March 22, presenting, "The Child is Not a Miniature Adult” and "Spinal Problems Associated with Neurofibromatosis in Children.”

Ojas Shah, MD
Brian Gibler, MD, with Ojas Shah, MD

Mario Zuccarello, MD,
Mario Zuccarello, MD

Shah, Zuccarello Recognized for 2012 Doctors' Day

To commemorate National Doctors’ Day, President and CEO of UC Health University Hospital Brian Gibler, MD, recognized faculty and residents for their clinical service in the last week of March.

On March 28, he awarded the "Graduate Medical Trainee Award of Excellence” to Ojas Shah, MD, chief resident of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery. The award is presented to senior residents in recognition of a well-rounded, outstanding performance during residency.

On March 30, Gibler recognized Mario Zuccarello, MD, Frank H. Mayfield Professor and chair of neurosurgery, with the "Clinical MVP Award,” recognizing an attending physician who has a highly productive clinical practice with good patient outcomes and high patient satisfaction.

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library
The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library

Library Lunch & Learn Series Starts April 3

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library will start its Spring Lunch & Learn instruction series, Tuesdays, April 3-May 29. Each class will be held from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library Classroom (MSB G-005G).

Open to all, the "Lunch & Learn” sessions focus on instruction along three tracks: Efficient Searching, Tablets and Multimedia and Getting Noticed.

Seats are limited, so registration is required. See descriptions and register online at

Great American Ball Park
Great American Ball Park

Cardiovascular Disease CME Conference June 2

The department of internal medicine will host a continuing medical education event Saturday, June 2. "Cardiovascular Disease for Primary Care and Specialist” will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Great American Ball Park.

During the day, UC cardiovascular experts will present sessions on heart failure, coronary artery disease, catheterization, cardiac imaging and electrophysiology.

General registration is $150; registration for UC Health physicians and affiliates is $75.

To register, visit

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds April 4: Senthilkumar Sadhasivam, department of pediatrics, will present, "Genetics of Narcotic Metabolism and Its Implication on Tonsillectomy,” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series April 4: Erin Haynes, DrPH, and Fedoria Rugless, from the division of epidemiology & biostatistics, will discuss environmental health research in eastern Ohio at 10 a.m., Kettering Labs, Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds April 4: Brad Anawalt, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, will present, "Controversies in the diagnosis of male hypogonadism: a practical approach" at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Communication Sciences Research Center Colloquium Lecture April 9: Antione (Tony) Shahin, PhD, professor of otolaryngology at Ohio State University, will present "Neural mechanisms of speech perception in individuals with cochlear implants” from noon to 1 p.m. at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Location S, Room S1.204.
  • 'Brown Bag' Session on Memory April 5: Brendan Kelley, MD, director of the UC Memory Disorders Center, will discuss memory at this Employee Wellness "Brown Bag" session at noon in University Hall 450.

  • Charles Heaton Endowed Lecture in Medical Ethics April 12: Larry Churchill, PhD, Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics at Vanderbilt University, will present, "Doctors and Patients on Healing Relationships: Results of a 5-Year Study," at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G344).


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