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Fred Lucas, MD

Fred Lucas, MD

Lucas Named Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

At its June 26 meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved Fred Lucas, MD, as chair of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine, effective July 1. He also becomes the MacKenzie Chair of Pathology.

Lucas is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

In 2007, he joined UC’s faculty, and, in 2011, was named vice chair for clinical services and medical director at the UC Health University Hospital Clinical Laboratory. His research interests include clinical laboratory testing, hematopathology and surgical pathology. 

Lucas replaces David Witte, MD, who has served as chair since 2007. Witte has been part of the pathology faculty for more than 20 years. He will return to faculty and focus attention on his duties as director of pathology at Cincinnati Children’s.

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University of Cincinnati

Trustees Approve Emeriti Appointments

At its June meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved the following emeriti appointments: 

  • Robert Banks, PhD, professor emeritus, department of molecular and cellular physiology—effective July 1, 2012
  • Richard Paul, PhD, professor emeritus, department of molecular and cellular physiology—effective Jan. 3, 2013
  • Denise Gibson, PhD, associate professor emerita, department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience—effective July 1, 2012

A scientist conducts laboratory research


Discovery Acceleration Initiative Launched—Letters of Intent Requested

Just last week the College of Medicine kicked off the Discovery Acceleration Initiative—a $1 million effort aimed at strengthening the college’s position with major funders of biomedical research. 

This new initiative, through four unique programs, will support a wide range of faculty investigators with refining grant proposals, gathering preliminary data, access to core facilities and short-term funding to bridge the gap between grant application and grant award. Two of the four programs are currently seeking Letters of Intent.

The Provost’s Pilot Research Program requests Letters of Intent by midnight, July 16. This program is designed to stimulate excellence in research and increase the competitiveness of applications to funding agencies made by the faculty of the college. Discovery (fundamental), translational, clinical and other research projects are welcome. 

›› Get more details and submit a Letter of Intent

The College of Medicine Study Section requests Letters of Intent by midnight, July 23, 2012. This program offers investigators the opportunity have their grant reviewed prior to official submission of a grant application to a funding agency.

›› Get more details and submit a Letter of Intent 

Learn more about the Discovery Acceleration Initiative. 

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Nominate a Senior Student for Membership in GHHS

The UC College of Medicine began a chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) in 2008, joining 98 other medical schools with a GHHS chapter.

Medical students who have completed their third year (Class of 2013) are eligible for nomination from their peers and faculty. Nominated students will be asked to submit application materials.

Those chosen will be inducted into a recognition ceremony in their senior year and GHHS membership will be included in their medical student performance evaluation. GHHS inductees will complete a service project which enhances humanism and professionalism before graduation.

Send your completed nomination form to Laura Malosh, PhD, at The deadline is Friday, Aug. 24.

Peter Stern, MD

Peter Stern, MD

Stern Receives Distinguished Clinician Educator Award 

Peter Stern, MD, chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery, has received the American Orthopedics Association’s (AOA) 2012 Distinguished Clinician Educator Award.

The award recognizes an AOA member as an exceptional orthopedic clinician educator and emphasizes the critical role that clinician educators play within academic health centers, where state-of-the-art educational programs demand faculty time devoted to training medical students, graduate students, residents and other health professionals.

Stern was presented the award June 27 at the annual AOA meeting, which this year took place in Washington, D.C. He has been at UC’s department of orthopaedic surgery since 1979, and served as chair since 1992. 

Litsa Kranias, PhD

Litsa Kranias, PhD

Kranias Elected to Academy of Athens 

Litsa Kranias, PhD, Hanna Professor and director of cardiovascular biology in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics, has been elected as a Corresponding Member in Greece’s Academy of Athens, the highest research establishment in Greece.

The academy was established in 1926, and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. The Section of Sciences has 17 Regular Members, seven Foreign Members and 69 Corresponding Members.

Kranias is a Distinguished University Professor and co-director of UC’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence.

Logan Hall - Central Clinic

Logan Hall - Central Clinic

Health Foundation Awards Grant to Court Clinic 

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has awarded the Court Clinic of Central Clinic a five-year, $100,000 Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) grant. Central Clinic is the outpatient training arm for the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience.

The grant will allow the Court Clinic to function more effectively in delivering substance abuse treatment services to clients involved with the criminal justice system.

The Court Clinic is a state of Ohio certified forensic center serving criminal justice clients in six counties. Gail Hellmann, MD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry, is its medical director. 

CARE/Crawley Building


Med Students Select 2012 Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards

College of Medicine third- and fourth-year medical students recently deemed six resident physicians who exemplified excellence in teaching and compassionate treatment as Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s award winners

The awards emanate from the vision of Arnold P. Gold, MD, that people and relationships should circumscribe every health care interaction.

A public, not-for-profit organization, the foundation emphasizes the importance of being a complete doctor, fostering scientific and humanistic growth.

This year’s winners are Akwasi Boateng, MD, urology; Christopher Freeman, MD, surgery; Michael Goodman, MD, surgery; Peter Jernigan, MD, surgery; Amy Makley, MD, surgery; and Rachel Sinkey, MD, obstetrics and gynecology.

MSB Rehabilitation

Facilities Management 

Electrical Shutdown in Portion of MSB's Level 5 Tuesday Morning, July 3

Facilities Management will shut off electrical power to the southwest quadrant of Level 5 in the MSB for about an hour starting at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3.

This shutdown is necessary to repair a problem in an electrical panel.

The southwest quadrant of the MSB is adjacent to Eden Avenue and University Hospital. Specifically, the shutdown affects the three hallways starting with rooms 5301, 5401 and 5501 and the intersecting hallway near the CARE/Crawley Building.

With questions or concerns, call Doug Dennis at 513-556-6497.

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Blood Center

UC Health Blood Drive July 13

Hoxworth Blood Center will be at three UC Health locations for the UC Health University of Cincinnati Physicians Summer Blood Drive Friday, July 13.

All donors will receive a free T-shirt. Donors also will be entered to win gift certificates to Graeter’s and Dewey’s Pizza. Appointments can be made online.

To schedule an appointment, visit the following links. Walk-ups will also be accepted.

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Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

Symposium on Electronic Health Records in Research Aug. 2

Information in electronic health records (EHRs) is a valuable resource for large-scale data analysis, but access to that information can be challenging. 

"Accessing Electronic Health Record Data for Human Subjects Research: Challenges and Solutions” will provide a forum for stakeholders to work together to expand the availability of clinical information for research and discovery while providing the required oversight to protect private health information.

Targeted to biomedical investigators, hospital administrators, privacy officers, compliance professionals and institutional review board professionals, the symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.

Registration is free of charge and includes lunch. Email by July 31.

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