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Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Andrew Filak, Jr., MD

Andrew Filak Jr., MD

Filak to Receive Award of Excellence From UC

Andrew Filak Jr., MD, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the UC College of Medicine and vice president for medical education for UC Health and associate chief of staff at UC Health University Hospital, will receive the University of Cincinnati Award for Excellence during UC’s Commencement Ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2012, in Fifth Third Arena.

The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the purposes and ideals of the university.

In January 2009, Filak was appointed as the founding chair of the College of Medicine’s newly formed Department of Medical Education. He holds academic appointments as professor of family medicine and of medical education and from August 2010 through June 2011 served as interim dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs.

To read more about his accomplishments in medical education, click here.

University of Cincinnati

Board of Trustees Approves Appointments, New Location Names

At its Tuesday, May 22, meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved several emeriti appointments and the naming of two locations in the Medical Sciences Building.

The board approved MSB G401 as the "J. Harold Kotte, MD Student Study Area.” The newly renovated space was named to honor Kotte, a 1937 graduate of the college.

The board also approved the naming of the lab located at MSB 6304, 6304A and 6307D as the "Stryker Corporation Skull Base Surgery Laboratory.” The laboratory will be used for temporal bone, endoscopic sinus and cranial base surgery training.

The following College of Medicine faculty appointments were also approved: 

  • James Boex, PhD, professor emeritus of medical education
  • James Lessard, PhD, professor emeritus of pediatrics
  • Carol Rice, PhD, professor emerita of environmental health
  • Umeshraya Pai, MD, professor emeritus of anesthesiology
Sean Davidson, PhD

Sean Davidson, PhD

Davidson Named to NIH Study Section

Sean Davidson, PhD, professor in the pathology and laboratory medicine department, has been selected to serve as a member of the Integrative Nutrition and Metabolic Processes Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health. He will serve in this role from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2015.

As a member of the Study Section, Davidson will aid in review of grant applications, make recommendations on these applications and survey the status of research in his field of science.

Davidson’s lab is located on UC’s Reading Campus. He is a part of the UC Metabolic Diseases Institute.

Melanie Cushion, MD, and Peter Walzer, MD

Melanie Cushion, PhD

Cushion Appointed to Veterans Affairs Program Committee

Melanie Cushion, PhD, professor and associate chair of research in the division of infectious diseases, has been appointed to the Joint Program Committee-2 (JPC-2), representing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The JPC-2 serves as an advisory body to the JPC-2 Chair for the Defense Health Program Military Infectious Diseases Research Program (MIDRP).

The MIDRP's mission is to protect the U.S. military against naturally occurring infectious diseases via the development of vaccines, drugs, diagnostic assays and protection systems.

Bruce Mahoney, MD

Bruce Mahoney, MD

Mahoney Named VA Section Chief of Nuclear Medicine

Bruce Mahoney, MD, assistant professor of radiology, is the new section chief of nuclear medicine at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Nuclear Medicine is a new section within the department of radiology at the VA Medical Center.

As section chief, he will chair the VA Medical Center Radiation Safety Committee, review all nuclear medicine procedures, annually review the radiation safety program and perform other leadership functions for the section.

Mahoney is certified by the American Board of Radiology as an Authorized User of Radionuclides. He also serves as medical director at the University Hospital Imaging Center at the UC Physicians Office Building–Clifton.

Susanna Keeshin, MD

Susana Keeshin, MD

Keeshin Receives AIDS Clinical Trials Group Award

Susana "Susan” Williams Keeshin, MD, adjunct instructor in the division of infectious diseases, has received a fellowship award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease-funded AIDS Clinical Trials Group.

The highly competitive fellowship was created for minority junior faculty with a career research focus on HIV/AIDS. Keeshin was one of only two awardees for the 2012-13 year.

Keeshin’s research focuses on harm reduction for injection drug users, including HIV mono-infected and HIV/hepatitis C co-infected patients with substance abuse.

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library

UC Libraries

"Resisting Elegy” Book Reading and Signing May 30

Author Joel Peckham will appear at the Stanley J. Lucas, MD, Board Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, to read from his book "Resisting Elegy: On Grief and Recovery.”

In a collection of narratives, Peckham explores the transformative power of emotional and physical pain from the vantage point of a husband and parent who lost his wife and a child in an accident that left him in chronic distress.

The Stanley J. Lucas, MD, Board Room is located in the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, on the MSB’s E level.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Robert Hummel, MD

Robert Hummel, MD

Mont Reid Surgical Society Lecture June 6

The Mont Reid Surgical Society of the University of Cincinnati will host Robert Hummel, MD, UC emeritus professor of surgery and former vice chairman of the department of surgery, as the second annual Mont Reid Surgical Society Visiting Professor Wednesday, June 6.

Hummel will speak on the "History of the Department of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati," at the Surgical Grand Rounds at 8 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.

Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

Play It Safe: Injury Prevention Symposium June 15

UC Health will sponsor the 2012 "Play it Safe” Injury Prevention Symposium and Expo from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Drake Center.

The symposium will provide a broad overview of everyday safety, including sports-related injuries, first aid, injury prevention and sideline treatment.

UC faculty speakers include:

  • Norberto Andaluz, MD, director of neurotrauma at the UC Neuroscience Institute and a Mayfield Clinic neurosurgeon
  • Sheital Bavishi, DO, director of brain injury at HealthSouth (Drake Center) and a UC Health rehabilitation specialist
  • Jon Divine, MD, a sports medicine specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, UC Health orthopedist and head team physician for UC Athletics;
  • Jonathan Ratcliff, MD, an emergency medicine resident at UC.


CEU credit is available. Cost is $20 for professionals; no charge for students. Register by Wednesday, May 30, at

Randy Jirtle, PhD

Randy Jirtle, PhD

Center for Environmental Genetics Pilot Project Symposium June 26

Join Center for Environmental Genetics researchers, affiliates and young investigators for a day of presentations, poster sessions and networking Tuesday, June 26.

The symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Laboratory. At 11 a.m., keynote speaker Randy Jirtle, PhD, will present, "Environmentally Induced Epigenetic Adaptations and Disease Risk.” Jirtle is professor of radiation oncology and director of the Epigenetics and Imprinting Laboratory at Duke University.

For more information, email Elizabeth Kopras at or click here.

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Neurology Grand Rounds May 30: David Greer, MD, from the Yale University Department of Neurology, will discuss "Prognosis Determination in Non-Traumatic Coma," at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series May 30: Hiroki Yokota, PhD, from the department of biomedical engineering, and Alexander Robling, PhD, from anatomy and cell biology at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis, will present, "Physical and Biological Mechanisms of Bone Mechanobiology: Tissue Damping and Sclerostin Control Bone Adaptation” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Laboratory.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds May 30: Jean Elwing, MD, assistant professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, will discuss, "Pulmonary vascular complications of liver disease" at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series May 31: Neuroscience Graduate Program students Sara Gombash and Rachel Oberst will speak at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351. Gombash will discuss, "Pleiotrophin gene therapy to protect against α-synuclein-mediated degeneration in the rodent AAV overexpression model of Parkinsonism.” Oberst will discuss, "Molecules that mediate axon-glial interactions."
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