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David Fischer, MD

David Fischer, MD

Honors Day Award Winners Announced

For the seventh consecutive year, the College of Medicine senior class has voted David Fischer, MD, chief of general surgery, to receive the Golden Apple teaching award during the 2013 College of Medicine Honors Day.

LeAnn Coberly, MD, professor of clinical internal medicine, and John Quinlan, MD, professor of neurology, will be awarded Silver Apples. This is the sixth time each has received the Silver Apple.

This year’s Honors Day Speaker will be Amar Dixit and the University Commencement Representative will be Nick Jabre. In addition, Monique Jindal will receive the Medical Student Alumni Award.

Honors Day will be held Saturday, May 18, in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. For more information, contact IvaDean Lair at or 513-558-5577.

A scientist conducts laboratory research

Research awards

New KL2 Career Development Scholars Named

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) has announced the latest recipients of KL2 Research Scholar mentored career development awards.

The CTSA-supported KL2 program is designed for full-time junior faculty pursuing careers in clinical and translational research, generally providing 75 percent salary support plus $25,000 in expenses annually for two to three years to highly qualified MD, PhD or PharmD scholars.

New scholars are:

  • Todd Florin, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, studying "Biomarkers and Risk Stratification in Pediatric Pneumonia.”
  • Kevin Haworth, PhD, assistant research professor of medicine, division of cardiovascular diseases, studying, "Multifunctional Ultrasound-Triggered Emulsion for Stroke.”
  • Chad Shenk, PhD, research assistant professor of pediatrics, studying, "Genetic Variation in Abused Children with PTSD.”
Donating Blood

Donating Blood

Upcoming Blood Drives

Hoxworth Blood Center will hold an all-campus blood drive in the Campus Recreation Center daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 through April 5. To schedule an appointment, visit the Hoxworth Donor Portal and enter group code: UFS

Hoxworth will host a College of Medicine blood drive Monday, April 8. Donations can be made from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CARE/Crawley Building’s Kaplan reception hall.

To schedule an appointment visit the Donor Portal and enter group code: UFJ

The requirements to give blood are:

  • Age: Be at least 17 years old (16-year-olds may donate with parental consent).
  • Weight: Minimum of 110 pounds.
  • Identification: Must provide photo ID.
  • Food: Eat a good meal within four hours before giving.
  • Drink: Drink plenty of water or juice before and after donating.
Peter White, PhD

Peter White, PhD

CCTST Special Biomedical Informatics Seminar April 5

The CCTST will offer a special biomedical informatics seminar on Friday, April 5, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Rooms 2.23-2.26 of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location D.

Peter White, PhD, research associate professor of oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will discuss, "Genomic Medicine for Discovery and Diagnostics: The CHOP Perspective.”

Admission is free and registration is not required. Space is limited. For more information, see the event flier, visit the CCTST website or email Theresa Kenney.

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer April 6

The ninth annual public education forum, "Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the UC Reading Campus.

The forum, presented by the Cincinnati Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program and the Breast Cancer Registry of Greater Cincinnati, provides timely information on potential environmental links to breast cancer.

Keynote speaker Susan Teitelbaum, PhD, associate professor of preventive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine, will present, "Personal Care Products: Environmental Exposures That We Experience Every Day.”

›› For more information

Myles Pensak, MD

Myles Pensak, MD

College of Medicine Clinical Programs Presentation April 15

Myles Pensak, MD, senior associate dean for clinical programs and CEO of University of Cincinnati Physicians, will present on the topic of clinical programs from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Monday, April 15, in Kresge Auditorium.

This talk follows three other talks by the College of Medicine's senior associate deans and the Nov. 8 presentation "UC College of Medicine: Progress and Plans” by Thomas Boat, MD, vice president for health affairs and Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine.

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Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

Brain Aneurysm Symposium April 20

The Annual Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Symposium, "Quest for the New You,” is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.

Presented by the Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group, the free program will offer formal presentations and informational displays. Survivors, caregivers and health care professionals are welcome to attend.

Presenting faculty members are:

  • Brett Kissela, MD, UC Health neurologist, professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine
  • Dawn Kleindorfer, MD, UC Health neurologist, professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine
  • George Jewell, PhD, a neuropsychologist at UC Health Drake Center
  • Mario Zuccarello, MD, Frank H. Mayfield Chair for Neurological Surgery and chair of neurosurgery.


All four are members of the UC Neuroscience Institute, one of four institutes of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health.

To register, contact Laura Sauerbeck at 513-569-5346 or

Drake Center

Drake Center

Mood Disorders Symposium May 4

The third annual Mood Disorders Symposium, "Bipolar Disorder: A Comprehensive Update,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Conference Center at Drake. Course co-directors are Henry Nasrallah, MD, and Melissa DelBello, MD, professors and vice chairs in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience.

The symposium, presented by the UC Mood Disorders Center, will feature presentations on bipolar disorder by UC faculty members. Stephen Strakowski, MD, the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, and Cal Adler, MD, associate professor, will also speak.

Continuing education credit is available, along with nursing, social work and psychology accreditations. For more information, contact Barbara Dimmitt at 513-558-4866 or

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar April 2: Doctoral students Christine Pellino and Ashley Reyer will give presentations at noon in MSB 2351. Pellino will discuss, "Failure of Manganese to Protect from Shiga Toxin.” Reyer will discuss, "Analyzing binding between RBPJ and Math5 DNA.”
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds April 3: Kevin Shumrick, MD, will discuss, "Management of Frontal Sinus Trauma," at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Ophthalmology Grand Rounds April 3: Oculoplastics Case Conference coordinated by assistant professor Ginger Rattan, MD, at 7 a.m. in the Ophthalmology Clinic Conference Room, Hoxworth Center first floor.
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar April 3: James Wells, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, will present, "Generating Human Tissues from Pluripotent Stem Cells: New Models for Digestive Disease and Diabetes Research,” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex
  • Cancer Biology Seminar April 4: Wei-Xing Zong, PhD, associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology with Stony Brook University, will discuss, "Proteotoxic Stress and Cancer,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics Thursday Seminar Series April 4: Danielle Webster, MD, clinical fellow in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Division of Critical Care, and MS in Clinical and Translational Research Trainee, will present, "Safety of Hypertonic Saline in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury," and Rajeev Subramanyam, MD, attending anesthesiologist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and MS in Clinical and Translational Research Trainee, will present, "TBA" at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Pharmacology & Cell Biophysics Faculty Scholars Seminar April 4: Paul Rosevear, PhD, professor of molecular genetics, will present, "Metabolomics Analysis Reveals Biological 'Normalization' Actions of Drugs in Disease Treatment," from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series April 4: Haley Titus-Mitchell, neuroscience graduate program, will present, "Unraveled, disrupted myelin in gain of function RASopathies,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Communication Sciences Research Center Colloquium Lecture April 8: Guinevere Eden, DPhil, professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center, will present, "Brain Imaging Studies of Reading and Reading Disability,” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S1.204.
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