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Richard Becker, MD

Richard Becker, MD

Richard Becker Appointed Head of Cardiovascular Division, UCCVI

Richard Becker, MD, professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, has been appointed head of the newly renamed division of cardiovascular health and disease within the UC Department of Internal Medicine.

Becker also will serve as director of the University of Cincinnati Cardiovascular Institute (UCCVI), which is proposed to encompass heart, lung and vascular disease over a tripartite mission. Additionally, he will hold the Mabel Stearns Stonehill Chair of Cardiology, pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. Becker will begin his work at UC and UC Health on Sept. 23.

Becker, a 1982 graduate of the UC College of Medicine and 2011 Drake Medal recipient, will lead all cardiovascular services throughout the UC Health system and be integral in collaborations with colleagues at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Furthermore, he will play a pivotal role in enhancing and establishing working relationships with cardiovascular professionals throughout the Cincinnati community.

›› Read more about Becker

Brett Kissela, MD

Brett Kissela, MD

Kissela Named Chair of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine

Dean Thomas Boat, MD, has appointed Brett Kissela, MD, as Albert Barnes Voorheis Chair of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Kissela replaces Joseph Broderick, MD, who is stepping down from the position to focus on his research and clinical duties and on his leadership role within the UC Neuroscience Institute.

Broderick will continue to serve as a professor in the department, which he has led with distinction since 2000. The change is pending UC Board of Trustee approval.

Kissela currently is a professor and has served since 2004 as vice chair of education and clinical services in the department, which he joined in 2000 following a one-year UC fellowship in cerebrovascular disease.

He has served as co-director of the Stroke Recovery Center at UC Health’s Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care since 2008, and has been a very active stroke researcher involved in many National Institutes of Health-funded studies.

›› Read more about Kissela and Broderick

Michael Archdeacon, MD

Michael Archdeacon, MD

Archdeacon to Lead Orthopaedic Surgery

Dean Thomas Boat, MD, has appointed Michael Archdeacon, MD, as interim chair of orthopaedic surgery, effective Sept. 1, 2013. Archdeacon, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the division of musculoskeletal traumatology, will replace Peter Stern, MD, who will step down after serving as chair for 21 years.

Archdeacon has served as vice chair of the department since 2007 and medical director since 2002, also serving as chief of staff for University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

A fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Archdeacon has lectured and published extensively on orthopaedic and trauma issues.

In a memo announcing the change, Boat wrote, "Stern has been an exemplary leader of the department and currently is our longest tenured chair. He is among a small number of people in the long history of the College of Medicine who have served as a departmental chair for more than two decades.” He will remain on faculty to continue his clinical activity and mentorship.

2012 College of Medicine New Faculty Reception

2012 College of Medicine New Faculty Reception

College to Recognize New Faculty Aug. 28

The College of Medicine will recognize new faculty members Wednesday, Aug. 28, at a 5 p.m. reception in the CARE/Crawley atrium.

Thomas Boat, MD, College of Medicine dean and vice president for health affairs, will open the reception; each department will then introduce new faculty recruited over the past year. Light refreshments will be served.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by and meet and welcome our new clinicians and researchers.

Med Mentors Program

Med Mentors Program

Help the Med Mentors School Supply Drive

Help local students prepare for the school year with the UC Med Mentors school supply drive. Donations will be accepted in drop-in boxes located in the Medical Sciences Building through Saturday, Aug. 31.

Boxes are located in the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, IvaDean Lair's office and outside Kresge Auditorium.

Sadhna Verma, MD

Sadhna Verma, MD

Verma Receives Honored RSNA Educator Award

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has named Sadhna Verma, MD, associate professor of radiology, a recipient of the 2013 Honored RSNA Educator Award.

Established in 2011, the RSNA Honored Educator Award recognizes RSNA members who have demonstrated their commitment to radiology education through the RSNA. This award recognizes Verma’s dedication to furthering the profession of radiology by delivering high-quality educational content for the RSNA in the past calendar year.

She will receive the award during the RSNA’s annual meeting, Dec. 1 in Chicago.

UC at the Zoo

Get Your Tickets Now for UC at the Zoo

Join your fellow Bearcats for UC at the Zoo Saturday, Sept. 7, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The zoo will be open exclusively to the UC community for this special event.

Tickets are $7 and include admission, parking, entertainment, food discounts and more. Since this is a private event, zoo memberships are not valid.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or the Mainstreet Connection Center, Tangeman University Center (Level 3). UC at the Zoo is sponsored by UC and UC Health.

2007 Sunflower Revolution

2013 Sunflower Revolution Sept. 7-8

The Sunflower Revolution weekend, featuring the Parkinson’s Disease Symposium and Expo and the Sunflower Revolution Fitness Festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8

The symposium and expo, a free educational event for patients, caregivers and family members, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Oasis Conference Center near Loveland.

The fitness festival is set for Sunday, Sept. 8, based at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine and offering several events including bicycle rides, a 5-kilometer run and walk and the Sunflower Sprouts Kids’ Fun Run.

Fitness events benefit the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Neuroscience Institute, one of four institutes of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health.

Visit for a complete list of Sunflower events and registration details.

Kingsgate Marriott

Physician Leadership Program Starts Sept. 18

UC’s Physician Leadership Program will hold its seventh annual session this fall to train Greater Cincinnati’s physicians for senior roles in leadership.

The program trains physician leaders in health care business, quality care and management. Sample session topics include health policy, economics, physician and market realities, quality outcomes and dynamics of change management.

The 2013 session will last from 6 to 9 Wednesday evenings for 12 nights from Sept. 18 through Dec. 11, at the Kingsgate Marriott. Continuing education credits are offered.

Completed applications can be emailed or faxed to or 513-558-7494. For more information, contact Meridy Glenn at or 513-558-6788.

Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center

i3C Meeting at CCHMC Sept. 26

The International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort (i3C) Consortium comprises the seven major longitudinal cohorts from the U.S., Finland and Australia that collected cardiovascular risk factor data in over 40,000 children and adolescents starting in the 1970s and following a large subset into adulthood.

As part of their annual meeting, consortium investigators will present an overview of the cohorts and current research on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Sabin Education Center, Fifth Third Auditorium.

Keynote speaker is Gerald S. Berenson, MD, principal investigator of the Bogalusa Heart Study in Louisiana since 1973, who will receive the Paavo Nurmi Foundation Award at this event. Berenson will present, "What has the Bogalusa Heart Study taught us in the last 40 years?”

Following lunch (provided), i3C investigators will present updates on the cohorts and discuss new research plans to evaluate the effects of childhood levels of CV risk factors on adult heart and metabolic health as well as cancer. To register, email Melinda Andrews by Wednesday, Sept. 18.

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Physiology Seminar Aug. 27: Brian Gebelein, PhD, Pediatrics, will present, "Enhanceosomes, billboards or collectives: How Hox factors regulate cell‐specific gene expression,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Neurology Grand Rounds Aug. 28: Joseph Nicolas, MD, department of neurology and rehabilitation medicine, will be the featured speaker at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Aug. 28: Norman Gilinsky, MD, Digestive Diseases, will discuss, "Colon Cancer Screening and related issues,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Aug. 29: Steven Crone, PhD, divisions of neurosurgery and developmental biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, will discuss, "A circuit mechanism of neurodegeneration in Spinal Muscular Atrophy" at 4 p.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Pharmacology & Cell Biophysics Faculty Scholars Seminar Aug. 29: John Littleton, MD, PhD, professor of psychology at University of Kentucky, will discuss, "Directed evolution of plant drugs by un-natural selection,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.

Scheduling Note

Due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, Sept. 2, the next Dean’s List will come out Tuesday, Sept. 3. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, Aug. 29.

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