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College of Medicine

College of Medicine

College Receives Full ACGME Accreditation

University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the College of Medicine has been granted a full, 5-year accreditation cycle by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This continues the college’s performance of maintaining accreditation with full cycle lengths since institutional accreditation was started.

Moving forward, the college will move into ACGME’s "Next Accreditation System,” a new, outcomes-based accreditation process. Under the system, medical residency programs will be accredited based on national benchmarks for physician competence within each specialty.

The college also will change its name in the ACGME system to the "University of Cincinnati Medical Center,” to reflect the partnership between the hospital and the College of Medicine in operating graduate medical education.

University of Cincinnati

Trustees Approve Emeriti, Fellows Positions

At its April 23 meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved the following appointments:

  • John Breneman, MD, professor emeritus of radiation oncology.
  • Ralph Giannella, MD, professor emeritus of medicine.
  • Alix Mathieu, MD, professor emeritus of anesthesiology.
  • Joseph Palascak, MD, professor emeritus of medicine.
  • James Phero, DMD, professor emeritus of anesthesiology.
  • Mitchell Rashkin, MD, professor emeritus of medicine.
  • Kevin Redmond, MD, professor emeritus of radiation oncology.
  • Janusz Suszkiw, PhD, professor emeritus of molecular and cellular physiology.
2013 Humanism Society Awardees and New Members

2013 Humanism Society Awardees and New Members

Gold Humanism Honor Society Inducts 16 New Students

The College of Medicine chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society inducted 16 new members into its ranks Wednesday, April 24, and recognized six residents with Humanism & Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Students also awarded professor of medicine Laura Wexler, MD, and fourth-year medical student Nicholas Jabre with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. The Tow award recognizes individuals who emphasize humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families.

›› See the full list of students and residents honored

Jay Johannigman, MD

Jay Johannigman, MD

Johannigman Honored by Cincinnati Fire Department

Jay Johannigman, MD, professor and director of the division of trauma and critical care, received a Citizen's Distinguished Service Award at the Cincinnati Fire Department's second annual Firefighter Awards Banquet, held Thursday, April 11.

The award is given to citizens, other than members of the fire service, who have distinguished themselves by performing acts or duties in a manner deemed to be above that normally required or expected, and sufficient to set them apart from their peers.

Ian Paquette, MD, is a UC Health colon and rectal surgeon.

Ian Paquette, MD

Paquette Named to Early Career Reviewer Section

Ian Paquette, MD, assistant professor of clinical surgery in the division of colorectal surgery, was recently accepted into the Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review.

The NIG ECR program was developed to train qualified scientists to become effective reviewers and help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to peer review.

Paquette’s research focus is on understanding variability in surgical treatments and outcomes of patients with colon and rectal cancer.



DNA Day April 30

The Genetics in Medicine Group and the Division of Human Genetics will present, "DNA DAY 2013” at noon Tuesday, April 30, in MSB E-351.

DNA Day presentations include: "Genetic and Genomic Highlights of 2012-13,” presented by professor of pediatrics, division of human genetics, Greg Grabowski, MD, and "Genetic Basis of Neonatal Pulmonary Disorders,” presented by professor of pediatrics, division of pulmonary biology Jeff Whitsett, MD.

This is a free, public event. Lunch will be provided.

George Atweh, MD

George Atweh, MD

UC Cancer Institute Update May 2

Join UC President Santa Ono, PhD, UC Health CEO and President Jim Kingsbury and College of Medicine Dean Thomas Boat, MD, to learn about the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute. The update will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Kresge Auditorium.

George Atweh, MD, director of the UC Cancer Institute, will speak about the institute’s mission and vision, introduce the leadership team and discuss the defined organizational structure that will guide the center’s efforts. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 513-558-9908.

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.

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

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Serve Breakfast During National Nurses Week May 6-12

In recognition of National Nurses Week, the UC Medical Center medical staff will host a breakfast to honor the nursing staff and to thank them for their hard work and support.

The breakfast is scheduled for 6:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the dining area across from Starbucks. Historically, this breakfast has been served to the nurses by UCMC physicians.

All attendings, fellows and residents are invited to participate in serving at the breakfast. View the serving schedule here and email preferred time(s) to

Jon Tilburt, MD

Jon Tilburt, MD

The Lucille & Smith Gibson Endowed Lecture in Medical Ethics May 9

The Department of Dermatology will host Jon Tilburt, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, as the Lucille & Smith Gibson Endowed Lecturer in Medical Ethics Thursday, May 9.

Tilburt is an assistant professor of biomedical ethics; his research projects identify barriers and promoters to shared-decision making—especially in cross-cultural settings—by calling attention to the interconnected sets of beliefs and values that patients and providers bring to the clinical encounter.

He will discuss, "End of the Beginning or the Beginning of the End? Medical Ethics at the Beginning of the 21st Century,” in the Hoxworth Building Heaton Conference Center (Room G344) at 10 a.m.

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

Lisa Larkin, MD, associate professor of obstretics and gynecology

Lisa Larkin, MD

UC Health Women's Center Open House May 18

Celebrate the opening of UC Health Women’s Center during an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the UC Health Physicians Office South, 7675 Wellness Way, Suite 400, in West Chester.

The Women’s Center is a medical home offering the full spectrum of primary care and comprehensive, multispecialty programs and services for women. The 26,000-square-foot center is directed by Lisa Larkin, MD, associate professor and division director, midlife women’s health and primary care.
Light refreshments will be offered.

For more information, call 513-475-UC4U or visit

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar April 30: Doctoral students Shu-en Wu (Miller Lab) and Catherine (Leimbach) Shelton (Herr Lab) will give presentations at noon in MSB 2351. Wu will discuss, "Biological Activities of HCMV US28 in Monocytic Cells.” Shelton will discuss, "Tandem G5 Repeat Domains: Stability, Structure and Function.”
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds May 1: Liz Keating and Shannon Wurthman will present, "Social Media Best Practices/Healthcare applications,” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Ophthalmology Grand Rounds May 1: Adam Kaufman, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology, will discuss, "Uveitis Case Conference with 3D Slit Lamp Images and Surgical Videos,” at 7:30 a.m. in the Ophthalmology Clinic Conference Room, first floor of the Hoxworth Center.
  • Surgical Grand Round May 1: Chief Resident Eric Campion, MD, will discuss, "Separating the Myths from the Facts: Surgical Treatment of Peptic Ulcer Disease in the Modern Era,” at 9 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Dermatology Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Series May 2: David Polsky, MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology and pathology and director of the Pigmented Lesion Clinic at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, will discuss, "Clonal Heterogeneity in Melanocytic Neoplasia: Implications for Tumor Progression Models and Melanoma Treatment,” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G344) in the Hoxworth Building.
  • Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute Seminar May 6: William Weiss, MD, PhD, professor of neurology, pediatrics and neurosurgery at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Francisco, will present, "Chemical genetic approaches to understand and treat neural cancers,” at 1 p.m. in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Research Foundation Auditorium, Room 3381.
  • Transplant Lecture Series May 3: Shimul Shah, MD, associate professor of clinical surgery, division of transplantation, will discuss, "Live Donor Liver Transplant,” at noon in MSB 2004.
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