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Date: Monday, May 7, 2012

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Myles Pensak, MD, senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the UC College of Medicine.

Presentation on clinical programs

Clinical Practice Presentation Available Online

The video and full PowerPoint from "Clinical Practice at UC: A Sisyphean Task?,” the April 30 presentation by Myles Pensak, MD, senior associate dean for clinical programs, is available online for view.

Pensak’s lecture discussed the challenges and goals within UC’s clinical practice, as well as the integration with UC Health and development of a customer-focused mindset.

The talk was the final presentation from the College of Medicine senior leadership. Links to previous presentations can be found at the home page,, in the "Dean’s Corner.”

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Dinner Honors New Emeriti 

Eleven College of Medicine faculty whose emeritus status was approved in the past year by the UC Board of Trustees were honored Tuesday evening, April 24, at the annual Emeriti Dinner.

The dinner was held at the Cincinnati Country Club in Hyde Park, with Thomas Boat, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs, serving as master of ceremonies. 

Boat thanked the new emeriti, who he said "have dedicated many years of their lives to advancement of the three missions—education, research and clinical service—of the College of Medicine.”

For more information, including a list of new emeriti, click here.

Stuart Baxter, PhD

Stuart Baxter, PhD

Baxter Receives Adolph G. Kammer Merit in Authorship Award

Stuart Baxter, PhD, of the Department of Environmental Health, received the 2012 Kammer Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, recognizing outstanding articles published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM).

Baxter received the award with his co-authors for their contributions to the medical literature with their paper, "Ultrafine Particle Exposure During Fire Suppression—Is It an Important Contributory Factor for Coronary Heart Disease in Firefighters?”

This paper, published in JOEM’s August 2010 issue, was the first comprehensive controlled study of ultrafine particle exposure during firefighting. The findings demonstrated that ultrafine particles, which are increasingly associated with cardiovascular disease, are predominant during the overhaul phase of firefighting when firefighters frequently remove their respiratory protection.

Kathleen Downey, MD

Kathleen Downey, MD

Downey Wins ‘Caring Hearts and Hands’ Award

Kathleen Downey, MD, an associate professor in the department of family and community medicine and a UC Health primary care physician who sees patients at the Wyoming Family Practice, will receive a 2012 Caring Hearts and Hands Award from the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

The award celebrates community impact and recognizes individuals and community partners who make a contribution through innovation and collaboration in the health and well-being of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.

Downey will be presented with the award at the annual Caring Award celebration June 1, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency downtown.

Translational Research Day

Sharing Research 

Trainees’ Research Grand Rounds May 9

The Department of Internal Medicine is sponsoring a research grand rounds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the CARE/Crawley atrium.

The purpose of this event is to give trainees in internal medicine, as well as the pathobiology, molecular medicine and biomedical engineering graduate programs an opportunity to present their research to the medical community and to increase awareness of the quality of research being conducted.

A record 55 abstracts were received this year representing clinical, translational, foundational, and outcomes research. Prizes will be awarded to the top three presentations in the clinical and foundational research areas. 

 Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD

Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD

Dermatology Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Series May 17 

The Department of Dermatology will host Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD, as the Procter & Gamble Visiting Lecturer on Thursday, May 17.

Tsao is associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. After joining the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, he established the Skin Cancer Genetics Laboratory and the hospital’s Melanoma Genetics Program in order to better understand the molecular basis of melanoma predisposition, progression and therapeutic response.

He will present, "Personalizing Skin Cancer Care in the Genomic Era,” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G344) on the ground level of the Hoxworth Building. For more information, call Janet Burdsall at 513-584-6803.

Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

VA Hosts "Your Day at the VA” May 24

The Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host "Your Day at the VA” for all veterans and spouses from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the VA auditorium. 

Experts will be available to speak on veteran benefits, claims filing, GI Bill, TriCare, Social Security and disability benefits, vocational rehabilitation and other services.  Veterans are asked to bring their military service record (DD-214).

Food and drinks will be provided. Parking and shuttle services will be available from the VA Eye Clinic at 2929 Highland Ave. 

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars 

  • Digestive Health Center Seminar May 8: Naga Chalasani, MD, Indiana University professor of medicine and cellular and integrative physiology, will present, "Nutritional Model of Steatohepatitis and Fibrosis in the Ossabaw Swine,” at noon in in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room 6.125.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar May 8: Doctoral students Jessica Dade and Shu-en Wu will give presentations at noon in MSB 2351. Dade’s topic is, "Regulation of the putative Zinc transporters, IZH2 and IZH3, in the pathogenesis of Histoplasma capsulatum infection.” Wu will discuss, "The expression and function of human cytomegalovirus encoded G protein coupled receptor-US28 in cells of hematopoietic origin.”
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds May 9: Nidhi Gupta, MD, head and neck surgery fellow, will present, "Pharyngocutaneous Fistulas—‘Spit’ Out the Evidence,” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds May 9: W. John Kitzmiller, MD, chief of plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery, will present, "Resident Engagement in Professionalism, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety,” at 8 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Environmental Health Seminar Series May 9: Nelson Watts, MD, professor of medicine and director of the UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center, will discuss, "Emerging Trends in Osteoporosis," at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex. 
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar May 10: Maria Czyzyk‐Krzeska, MD, PhD, professor of cancer and cell biology, will present, "VHL, MicroRNA and Autophagy Networks,” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Benjamin Rush Society Lecture May 10: Jay Rissover, MD, Cincinnati internist, will discuss "Medicare, the Affordable Health Care Act and Indentured Servitude,” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Metabolic Diseases Institute Faculty Colloquium May 11: Stephen Benoit, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, will be the visiting presenter at 3:30 p.m. in the Lecture Room, Building A, Metabolic Diseases Institute, UC Reading Campus

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