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Date: Monday, November 26, 2012

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Suzanne Gaudreault, MD, and Doug Smucker, MD

Doug Smucker, MD

UC-Children’s Partnership Creates Palliative Care Fellowships

Faculty at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have created two new Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Programs, aimed at training physicians to provide specialty-level palliative care to patients in a variety of settings.

Doug Smucker, MD, adjunct professor in the department of family and community medicine, is program director for a new fellowship program sponsored by Christ Hospital, and Norbert Weidner, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, directs a new fellowship program at Cincinnati Children’s.

The programs, both accredited earlier this year by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education, are unique in the region.

Graduate student Kelly Collins (left) and David Plas, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of cancer and cell biology

Graduate Student Research

Winners Announced for Graduate Student Research Forum

The 33rd annual Graduate Student Research Forum was held on Friday, Nov. 9. Eighty-one posters were presented by graduate students in the College of Medicine.

The winners this year are:

  • First Place: Erin Wissing, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology.
  • Second Place: Mary Lee, molecular & developmental biology, and Ashley Reyer, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology.
  • Third Place: Melinda Engevik, systems biology and physiology, and Shatrunjai Singh, molecular and developmental biology.
  • Honorable Mentions: Jessica Donnelly, systems biology and physiology; Meaghan Waltmann, pathobiology and molecular medicine; Kayleigh MacMaster, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology; Swati Tiwari, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology; Allie Adams, cancer biology; Kyle Bendar, immunobiology; Joseph Korfhagen, neuroscience; Nassif Tabaja, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology.

The winner of this year’s Richard Akeson Excellence in Teaching Award is Marshall Montrose, PhD, chair, molecular and cellular physiology, and interim chair, pharmacology and cell biophysics.

Keynote speakers for the event were Jennifer Chang and Beylah Redke, both from the Myelin Repair Foundation.

UC Academic Health Center student

UC Academic Health Center student

Kaplan Contest Winners Announced

Winners of the annual Stanley M. Kaplan, MD, Medical Student Essay Contest were recently selected by Erik Nelson, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience.

The contest was established by Stanley Kaplan, MD, a member of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience faculty from 1954 until his death in 2011, to encourage improved writing and research skills among medical students.

The 2012 awards:

  • First Prize ($500): "Vector-Mediated Gene Delivery to Model Striatal Interneuron Loss in Severe Tourette Syndrome” by Andrew Kobets of Yale University School of Medicine.
  • Second Prize ($250 each): "All you think about ….is being high – Phenomenology of Experiences Surrounding Heroin Detoxification” by Michelle T. Joy of Yale University and "Experiencing Global Mental Health: Unique Models of Mental Health Care Encountered in Rural and Urban Peru” by Jordan Sloshower of Yale University School of Medicine.

All U.S. medical students are invited to submit an original written work to the 2013 contest. Entries may include topical essays, case reports, review articles or original research.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Schmidt at

Sandra Starnes, MD

Sandra Starnes, MD

High-Risk Lung Cancer Screening Program Opens

Lung cancer screening is now available for Tristate residents who are at an increased risk for lung cancer.

The UC Cancer Institute Lung Cancer Screening Program—the first of its kind in the Tristate and among a handful nationwide—uses low radiation dose chest computed tomography (CT) scans for screening. The program is led by Sandra Starnes, MD, associate professor and chief of thoracic surgery.

Screening CT scans are offered at both UC Health University Hospital and University Pointe Surgical Hospital Imaging Center in West Chester.

To reach the screening program, call 513-584-LUNG or learn more at To reach the Win By Quitting Smoking Cessation Clinic, call 513-584-QUIT.

CARE/Crawley Building

CARE/Crawley Building

Upcoming CME Opportunity: CranioMaxillofacial Surgery Lecture Dec. 1

Bryan Bell, MD, DDS, affiliate associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University and medical director of the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program, will present, "Modern concepts in head and neck oncology and reconstructive craniomaxillofacial surgery,” from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1, in MSB E-351.

Lectures include:

  • Computer aided surgical simulation or orthognathic surgery
  • Computer planning and intraoperative navigation for craniomaxillofacial trauma
  • Head and neck oncology and the future of oral and maxillofacial surgery

CEUs are available. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sylvia Smith at 513-584-2586 or

UC Health West Chester Hospital

UC Health West Chester Hospital

Sleep Seminar at West Chester Hospital Dec. 1

West Chester Hospital will offer a free community seminar focused on sleep disorders, their diagnosis and treatment options from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Plaza Conference Room (Level A), 7700 University Drive.

Victoria Surdulescu, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, will discuss common sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome. Jeffrey Ushupun, MD, assistant professor of clinical family medicine, will discuss sleep and primary care.

Space is limited. RSVP at 513-298-3000 by Thursday, Nov. 29.

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Nov. 27: Aaron Zorn, PhD, department of pediatrics, will present, "ECM-dependent BMP signaling during foregut organ development,” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Environmental Health Seminar Nov. 28: Kimberly Yolton, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, division of general and community pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present, "Gestational Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides: Associations with Neurobehavioral Outcomes from Infancy to Age 5," at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Nov. 28: Renee Hebbeler-Clark, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, will discuss infectious diseases at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar Nov. 29: Erika Stalets, MD, environmental health epidemiology trainee, will present, "Time to Antibiotic Administration and Pediatric Septic Shock Outcomes,” and Amy Bailes, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, will present, "Factors Associated with Physical Therapy Services Received for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy in a Pediatric Outpatient Medical Setting,” from noon to 12:55 p.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • CANCELLED: Cancer Biology Seminar Nov. 29: The 12 p.m. seminar with Thomas Glover, PhD, has been cancelled. The next seminar will be at 12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Metabolic Diseases Institute Faculty Colloquium Nov. 30: James Herman, PhD, psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience department, will be the keynote presenter at 3:30 p.m. in the Lecture Room, Building A, UC's Reading Campus.
  • Communication Sciences Research Center Colloquium Lecture Dec. 10: Allison Breit-Smith, PhD, assistant professor of education, along with Renee Seward and Ben Meyer, will present, "See Word Reading: Visualizing Phoneme-Grapheme Correspondences on the iPad for At-Risk Readers,” from noon to 1 p.m. at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S1.204.
  • Transplant Grand Rounds Dec. 11: Sanjay Kulkarni, MD, associate professor, Yale University School of Medicine, will present, "A QI Initiative that Improves Access to Kidney Transplantation,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
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