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Thomas Boat, MD

Thomas Boat, MD

Video of "UC College of Medicine Progress and Plans” Available Online

The video and slide presentation of the Nov. 8 talk by Thomas Boat, MD, vice president for health affairs and dean, is available online at

Boat presented "UC College of Medicine: Progress and Plans” to discuss the progress that has been made since he presented his vision for the college last October. For an article describing the presentation, visit

William Ball, MD, Interim Vice President for Research

William Ball, MD

Ball Appointed Vice President for Research

In a Nov. 15 announcement, UC President Santa Ono, PhD, named William Ball, MD, as the vice president for research effective Jan. 1, 2013. Ball has served as interim vice president for research since August 2011.

"Dr. Ball has demonstrated the strategic and innovative leadership that our research portfolio needs to achieve greater diversity and remain competitive into the future,” said Ono. Ball has implemented a reorganization plan for the Office of Research, secured UC2019 funding and played a large role in conceptualizing the UC Research Institute.

Ball is a professor of radiology, biomedical engineering and pediatrics as well as the former chair of the department of biomedical engineering at the College of Medicine.

David Glass, MD

David Glass, MD

David Glass, Professor of Pediatrics, Dies

David Glass, MD, professor of pediatrics, died Sunday, Nov. 18. Glass served as director of the Division of Rheumatology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center from 1987 until 2006 and, from 2006 until 2010, served as associate director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.

Glass was respected internationally as a leading authority on the immunogenetics of pediatric rheumatic disease. He devoted his career to studying and treating musculoskeletal diseases of children and conducted pioneering research to better understand the genetics of juvenile arthritis. In 2003, he received the American College of Rheumatology’s istinguished Investigator Award. In 2007 he was designated a Master by the ACR for his lifetime of service and achievement.

Glass was married to Laura Wexler, MD, professor of internal medicine and former senior associate dean for student affairs and admissions for the College of Medicine.

›› For details on funeral services

2006 IvaDean Benefit Concert

IvaDean Benefit Concert

IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Benefit Concert Dec. 7

The ninth annual IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Benefit Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Kresge Auditorium.

The event, which features musical performances by College of Medicine faculty, staff, alumni and students, aims to support the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 513-558-5577 or email

If you’d like to perform, email Khanh Cao at

Xiaoting Zhang, PhD, of cancer cell biology, at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

Xiaoting Zhang, PhD,

Zhang Named Cancer Society Scholar

Xiaoting Zhang, PhD, assistant professor of cancer biology, has been named a Research Scholar by the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Zhang accepted his official award certificate at the Hamilton County advisory board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Musekamp Family Hope Lodge by thanking all the staff, volunteers and donors of the ACS for their support and tireless fundraising efforts in the fight against cancer.

The naming of Research Scholar comes with a four-year grant total of $740,000 to support Zhang's research project to study the molecular mechanism of transcriptional coregulator MED1 in controlling cellular senescence in breast cancer.

Silvana Obici, MD

Silvana Obici, MD

Obici Named Reading Campus Scientific Director

Silvana Obici, MD, associate professor in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, has been named scientific director of the College of Medicine’s Reading Campus operations. Obici will report to Stephen Strakowski, MD, senior associate dean for research.

In her role as scientific director, Obici will serve as the primary representative of the College of Medicine programs based at UC’s Reading Campus, including the programs collectively recognized as the Metabolic Diseases Institute.

She will build on existing programs and enfranchise others—both within and outside the college—which are or will be co-located in Reading. Obici will serve as the primary interface with the key faculty of those programs and will serve as the faculty partner to the campus administrative director.

UC Health University Hospital

UC Health University Hospital

Dermatology, Neurology Awarded for Research Week Posters

Two UC Health Research Week poster session participants were presented last week with awards in the categories of Scientific Merit and People’s Choice.

Ana Luisa Kadekaro, PhD, research assistant professor of dermatology, was awarded the top prize for Scientific Merit for her poster on research related to susceptibility to skin cancer.

Laura Sauerbeck, a research assistant professor and nurse within neurology, won the People’s Choice Award for her poster highlighting the department’s many areas of research expertise.

Runners-up for Scientific Merit were Nami Kazemi Ashtiani, MD, of orthopedic surgery, and Liran Oren, PhD, of otolaryngology. Runners-up for People’s Choice included Xiaoting Zhan, PhD, of cancer biology, and Rachel Chandler, of University Hospital’s nursing research unit.

J. Harold Kotte, MD, Student Study Area

J. Harold Kotte, MD, Student Study Area

College Dedicates Student Study Area to J. Harold Kotte, MD

The College of Medicine has dedicated a student study area on the MSB G level as the "J. Harold Kotte, MD Student Study Area.”

That space honors the life and professional contributions of UC alum J. Harold Kotte, MD (1912-2011) (BS ’34, Med ’37), a prominent Cincinnati cardiologist whose medical career, both as a practicing physician and medical educator, spanned decades.

Kotte was widely known as the first board-certified cardiologist in Cincinnati. He served on the UC medical school faculty from 1941 until his death, and the Kotte estate provided a $100,000 gift to the college for support of its academic mission.

Svante Lifvergren, MD

Svante Lifvergren, MD

Swedish Physician to Discuss Care Networks, Health Care Sustainability Nov. 28-29

The CCTST Community Engagement core will host Svante Lifvergren, MD, development director with the Skaraborg Hospital Group and executive manager for the Centre for Healthcare Improvement at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, for two presentations Nov. 28-29.

  • On Wednesday, Nov. 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MSB 3351, he will discuss, "Care Networks for Patients with Multiple Chronic Diseases: Using Action Research in the Swedish Healthcare Context.”
  • A community presentation and coffee hour follows on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Ohio Room of the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, where Lifvergren will discuss "Sustainability of the Heathcare Model: An International Context.” The foundation is located in Suite 500 of the Rookwood Tower, 3805 Edwards Road, Norwood.

For additional information or to RSVP, email Teresa Smith at

Staff distributed information about pancreatic cancer at a public reception in 2011.

Pancreatic Cancer Reception

Pancreatic Cancer Reception Nov. 28

In honor of National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, the UC Cancer Institute is hosting a reception and pancreatic cancer information fair on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Free and open to the public, the event will take place at the UC Health Barrett Center, 234 Goodman St., from 6 to 8 p.m. in the second-floor lobby.

Guests will hear from physician speakers and pancreatic cancer survivors as well as have access to materials highlighting pancreatic cancer risk factors, treatment options and community resources. For information, see the full schedule.

Guests are encouraged to wear purple to show their support in the fight against pancreatic cancer. For more information, contact Tricia Mullins at 513-584-6936.

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Blood Center

Elmore Kindel Endowed Lecture in Dermatology Dec. 6

The UC Dermatology Department will host Bruce Thiers, MD, professor of dermatology at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Thiers will discuss "Cutaneous Manifestations of Internal Malignancy" in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G344), at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.

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 Nov. 20: Sean Davidson, PhD, department of pathology and laboratory medicine, will present, "High-density lipoprotein: A structural platform for cardio (and non-cardio)-protective functions” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds Nov. 21: George Meier, MD, professor of clinical surgery, will present, "Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in Vascular Disease 2012,” at 7 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds: The grand rounds for Nov. 21 have been canceled. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Renee Hebbeler-Clark, MD, will discuss infectious diseases at noon in MSB E-351.
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