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U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report

College of Medicine No. 42 in Latest US News Rankings

The College of Medicine jumped two spots in the latest U.S. News & World Report ”Best Grad Schools” rankings, listed at No. 42 among medical schools for research.

The college’s overall score improved two points to 51 while peer assessment (3.1) and residency assessment (3.3) remained unchanged. U.S. medical school deans and senior faculty who participated in the U.S. News survey named the college’s pediatrics program as the third best in the country.

Rankings were released March 12 and are available online.

Lori Mackey

Lori Mackey

College of Medicine Finance Presentation Online

The video and slides from "Business as Usual Will Not Be Enough,” the March 18 presentation by Lori Mackey, senior associate dean for operations and finance, is now available online.

Mackey, who also serves as chief operating officer at University of Cincinnati Physicians, shared her thoughts with a crowd of 160 in Kresge Auditorium for the talk. 

Her talk was the third in a series of presentations by the college’s senior associate deans. The fourth presentation will be held Monday, April 15, at 12:15 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, and will feature Myles Pensak, MD, senior associate dean for clinical programs, CEO of University of Cincinnati Physicians and chair of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery.

Arthur Pancioli, MD

Arthur Pancioli, MD

Emergency Medicine Study Named Trial of the Year

The Society for Clinical Trials has awarded the 2012 Trial of the Year to the "Rapid Anticonvulsant Medications Prior to Arrival Trial” (RAMPART).

UC was one of 17 institutions to conduct the trial, which compared the efficacy of intramuscular midazolam to that intravenous lorazepam for children and adults in status epilepticus treated by paramedics. Arthur Pancioli, MD, professor and Richard C. Levy Chair for Emergency Medicine at UC, led the Cincinnati RAMPART team. 

The study was published in the Feb. 16, 2012, edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Lead RAMPART investigators will address the society at a plenary session during the society’s 34th Annual Meeting, held May 19-22, in Boston.

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Wexler, Jabre Receive Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Each year the College of Medicine identifies two recipients of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation—one faculty member and one graduating senior. The award recognizes individuals who emphasize humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families. 

This year’s faculty honoree is Laura Wexler, MD, professor of medicine in the division of cardiovascular diseases. The student honoree is Nicholas Jabre, class of 2013.

Both will be inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the Induction and Recognition ceremony Wednesday, April 24. 

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Study Section Participation Notices Due

Notices of Participation for the next round of the College of Medicine Study Section are due by 5 p.m., Monday, April 1. The notices allow organizers to line up appropriate reviewers to evaluate the proposals that will be coming in. 

The notice face sheet and a one-page project summary (ideally a draft of the specific aims page) is all that is due April 1. Completed grant applications will be due to Pete Koch,, by 5 p.m., Monday, April 15.

Details of the Study Section program, including the Notice of Participation face page, can be found online. Contact either Koch at or Chip Montrose at with any questions. 

Henry Nasrallah, MD

Henry Nasrallah, MD

Nasrallah to Receive APA Honor

Henry Nasrallah, MD, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, will receive a Special Presidential Commendation at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting May 18-23 in San Francisco. Nasrallah will be honored for his support of the organization on Saturday, May 18, at the Convocation of Distinguished Fellows in the Moscone Center. 

In addition, Nasrallah has been invited to present at the 10th annual Flor-Henry Lectures May 7, 2013, in Edmonton, Alberta. The annual day of lectures, named for Pierre Flor-Henry, MD, an internationally known psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at the University of Alberta, honors the work of outstanding professors who have pioneered the understanding and treatment of psychiatric illness.

Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

Keller Lecture in Surgical Neuroanatomy & Research March 27

Takeshi Kawase, MD, PhD, professor in the department of surgery at Keio University, Tokyo, is the 2013 Keller Lecturer in Surgical Neuroanatomy & Research.

Kawase will present two lectures on Wednesday, March 27, at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies: "Surgical Approach to the Ventral Brainstem: No Man's Land" at 8 a.m. and "Recent Advancements of Skull Base Tumor Surgery" at 9:15 a.m.

Research presentations by department of neurosurgery residents will follow at 10 a.m. RSVP to 513-569-5354 or

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Blood Center

Charles L. Heaton Endowed Lecture in Dermatology April 25

The UC Department of Dermatology will host Peter Lynch, MD, professor emeritus of dermatology at the University of California, Davis, as the Charles L. Heaton Endowed Lecturer in Dermatology on Thursday, April 25.

Lynch is author or co-editor of 6 different dermatology textbooks and has 125 publications in medical journals. He will discuss, "Psychocutaneous Disease: Parasites & Pain,” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building Heaton Conference Center (Room G344).

For more information, contact Bobbie Lambert at 513-558-0945.

Frank McCormack, MD

Frank McCormack, MD

LAM Foundation Meeting to be Held in Cincinnati

The 16th annual LAM Foundation/NHLBI Foundation meeting will be held April 12-14, 2013, in the Cincinnati Westin downtown. Approximately 300 people are expected to attend, including about 100 clinicians and investigators, and the meeting will focus on mTOR biology and lymphangiogenesis.

Frank McCormack, MD, Gordon & Helen Hughes Taylor Chair of Internal Medicine and scientific director of the LAM Foundation, will serve as conference chair. 

UC faculty and UC Medical Center residents and fellows are invited attend all or part of the meeting. Email as soon as possible to make arrangements. Click here for the program.

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 26: Tiffany Cook, PhD, will discuss, "Transcriptional Control of Cell Fate Specification in the Drosophila Eye” at noon in MSB 2351. She is an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics based in the division of ophthalmology, Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series March 27: W. Jon Williams, PhD, research physiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), will present, "Physiological and Ergonomic Studies on Prototype Firefighter PPE at the NPPTL NIOSH Human Performance Laboratory," at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium,  Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Medical Grand Rounds March 27: Jason Steel, PhD, and John Morris, MD, division of hematology oncology, will present, "Cancer Vaccines: The End of the Beginning,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Ohio River Valley Cytometry Association Users Meeting March 27: Paul Kingma, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neonatology and pulmonary biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present, "Neutrophil CD64 as a diagnostic marker of neonatal sepsis: Impact on clinical care,” from 2-3 p.m. in Location S, Room 5.125.  
  • Cancer Biology Seminar March 28: Yusuf Hannun, MD, director of the Stony Brook Cancer Center and  vice dean for cancer medicine and Joel Kenny Professor of Medicine for Stony Brook University Health Science Center, will discuss, "Bioactive Sphingolipids in Cancer Regulation,” at noon in the Rieveschl Auditorium of the Vontz Center. 
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series March 28: Constance Cepko, PhD, of Harvard Medical School Howard Hughes Medical Institute Department of Genetics / Stem Cell Institute, will discuss, "Cell fate determination in the vertebrate retina,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Communication Sciences Research Center Colloquium Lecture April 8: Guinevere Eden, DPhil, director of the center for the study of learning and professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center, will present "Brain Imaging Studies of Reading and Reading Disability,” from noon to 1 p.m. at Cincinnati Children’s, S Bldg., Room S1.204. 
  • Transplant Lecture Series March 29: Ken Sherman, MD, Robert & Helen Gould Endowed Chair and professor in the division of digestive diseases, will discuss, "Hepatitis B, C and Transplantation,” at noon in MSB 2461.

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