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Robert Daniels

Robert Daniels, MD

Former Dean Robert Daniels, MD, Dies

Former College of Medicine Dean Robert Daniels, MD, died Monday, Oct. 28. Daniels, who also was a Daniel Drake Medal recipient, was 86 and had been battling Parkinson’s disease.

A nationally known psychiatrist and medical educator, Daniels became the college’s 43rd dean in 1973 when he was appointed interim dean following the resignation of Clifford Grulee Jr., MD. He was named permanent dean Feb. 4, 1975, and served until 1986, making his deanship the fourth longest in the college’s nearly 200-year history. 

Gifts in memory of Daniels can be made to the College of Medicine and sent to UC Foundation, PO Box 19970 Cincinnati, OH 45219 or online at

›› Read more about Daniels online

Richard Lofgren, MD, MPH

Richard Lofgren, MD, MPH

UC Health Appoints Lofgren President and CEO

UC Health has appointed Richard (Rick) Lofgren, MD, MPH, as president and CEO of UC Health, effective Dec. 2. Lofgren is both a physician who is board-certified in internal medicine and an experienced health care administrator. He succeeds Jim Kingsbury, who announced his retirement in May. 

Lofgren previously served at UK HealthCare (UKHC), the University of Kentucky’s health system, and held two senior-level positions during his tenure there that transformed UKHC into a highly successful health system. 

Most recently, Lofgren served as senior vice president and chief clinical officer for the University Healthsystem Consortium (UHC) in Chicago. As a member of UHC’s senior executive team, Lofgren was responsible for helping UHC members improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of their clinical services as they transform their health care delivery systems. 

›› Read more about Lofgren at UC Health

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Blood Center Celebrates 10 Years of FACT Accreditation 

Hoxworth Blood Center is celebrating 10 years of FACT (Foundation of the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) accreditation. The organization has been recognized for this achievement and for its dedication and commitment to high-quality stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy.

FACT is a non-profit corporation co-founded in 1994 by the International Society for Cellular Therapy and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation for the purposes of voluntary inspection and accreditation in the field of cellular therapy.

James Knittel, PhD, Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD, Ana Luisa Kadekaro, PhD

Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD

Abdel-Malek Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD, a professor in the department of dermatology, has been named recipient of the PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research(PASPCR) council Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her longstanding contributions to pigment cell biology and to the pigment cell societies.

The award is the society’s most prestigious recognition, and Abdel-Malek is the first woman to have received the award. For more than 25 years, Abdel-Malek has explored molecular and physiologic mechanisms by which melanocytes respond to their surroundings, focusing mostly on the interplay between hormonal signals such as MSH, and environmental signals such as UV irradiation.

In addition to her scientific contributions, Zalfa has played a leading role in advocacy and support for many aspects of skin biology research, serving as president of both the PASPCR and IFPCS, and working in support of young investigators and women across science.

Phillip Sharp, PhD

Phillip Sharp, PhD

Nobel Laureate to Speak Nov. 7-8

Phillip Sharp, PhD, Nobel laureate and president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will visit the Academic Health Center Nov. 7-8 for two lectures.

  • Thursday, Nov. 7, he will present, "CONVERGENCE:  Biomedical Science in the 21st Century,” at 4 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. Reception to follow. Before his talk, he will receive the President’s Award for Excellence from UC President Santa Ono, PhD.
  • Friday, Nov. 8, he will present, "The Synthesis and Function of Noncoding RNAs,” at 10 a.m. in Cincinnati Children's Research Auditorium (R3381). Reception to follow in the Mitchell/Nelson Lounge & Museum (Old Pratt Library).

Sharp, a noted molecular biologist with a focus on the genetic causes of cancer, shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of "split genes”—the finding that genes could be composed of several separate segments within DNA.

CARE/Crawley Atrium

Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 8

The deans of the UC Academic Health Center invite all faculty, staff and students to recognize our country’s veterans during a Veterans Day ceremony at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Kaplan Reception Hall of the CARE/Crawley Building atrium. 

The Nov. 8 ceremony serves as the Academic Health Center’s tribute to veterans in advance of the Nov. 11 national observance of Veterans Day.

Dean Thomas Boat, MD, vice president for health affairs, along with Greer Glazer, PhD, associate vice president for health affairs and College of Nursing dean, will offer brief remarks. Light refreshments will be available. 

Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer

Meet Your Breast Cancer Researcher Nov. 9

Patients and other interested parties are invited to attend the Meet Your Breast Cancer Researcher event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. 

Attendees will hear about new advances in breast cancer research and the future of breast cancer diagnostic and treatment options.

This interactive discussion is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

To register, visit

CARE/Crawley Building
CARE/Crawley Building

CCTST Grand Rounds Nov. 15

Academic-community partnerships in environmental health are the focus of the next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds, held Friday, Nov. 15, in MSB 4051. 

  • From 11 a.m. to noon, Rosemary Caron, PhD, MPH, will present, "An Academic-Community Outreach Partnership: Building Relationships and Capacity to Address Childhood Lead Poisoning.” Caron is an associate professor in the department of health management and policy at the University of New Hampshire.
  • From noon to 1 p.m., Erin Haynes, DrPH, will discuss, "Engaging Community in Environmental Health Research in Eastern Ohio.” Haynes is an assistant professor in the department of environmental health and director of the CCTST-supported MS in Clinical and Translational Research program.

Grand Rounds are free and open to the public. Continuing education credits are offered.  Lunch is available to CCTST members (join free of charge) who RSVP to Elizabeth Heubi by Nov. 12.

Theodore Parran, Jr., MD,

Theodore Parran, Jr., MD,

Upcoming CME Activity: Long Acting/Extended Release Opioid Use Nov. 21

The UC Center for Continuous Professional Development is partnering with Wright State’s office of continuing medical education to sponsor a continuing education activity, "Long Acting/Extended Release Opioid Use and Adherence to Federal Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) guidelines,” at 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon. 

The intended audience includes physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing in family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, addiction medicine, pain management, neurology, and rheumatology as well as any health care professionals who treat patients with chronic pain.

Theodore Parran Jr., MD, Carter & Isabel Wang Professor and Chair in Medical Education at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will be the featured speaker. 

›› Register online

University of Cincinnati

Open Enrollment Runs Through Nov. 30

UC’s annual open enrollment for benefits runs Nov. 1-30. To schedule a one-on-one benefits session with a Humana counselor to discuss new health plan options for 2014, register at

Sessions can help employees, who will experience benefits plan changes in 2014, analyze and compare new plan options during open enrollment. These changes are not applicable to all employee groups. Register early; sessions are limited. 

To learn more about the 2014 health care, visit For questions or more information, call Human Resources at 513-556-6381.

Stanley Kaplan, MD

Stanley Kaplan, MD

Winners of 2013 Kaplan Essay Contest Announced

Molly Tolins at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, is the winner of the 2013 Stanley M. Kaplan Essay Contest. She won the $500 first prize for "The Bilingual Brain: Current Theories and Research in Dual Language Processing.”

Second prizes ($250 each) went to Bryan Lubomirsky at the University of Toledo for "Preliminary study on the relationship between visitation in the emergency department and post-traumatic mental health" and Michelle C. Liu at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for "A case of reversible neuropsychiatric symptoms in HIV due to toxic leukoencephalopathy.”

The contest was established by Stanley Kaplan, MD, a member of the psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience faculty from 1954 until his death in 2011, to encourage improved writing and research skills among medical students. Winners were announced by the medical student education division of the UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars 

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Nov. 5: Nancy Sawtell, PhD, department of pediatrics, division of infectious diseases, will discuss, "Regulation of herpes simplex virus latency, reactivation, and virulence: Crosswiring of viral-host circuits,” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Physiology Seminar Nov. 5: KyoungHyun Kim, PhD, assistant professor of environmental health, division of environmental genetics & molecular toxicology, will discuss, "ZBTB4, a novel target of oncogenic microRNAs in breast cancer,” at 4 p.m. in MSB E-351. 
  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Nov. 6: KyoungHyun Kim, PhD, department of environmental health, will present, "ZTBT4, A Novel Target of Oncogenic microRNAs, in Cancer,” at 10 a.m. in the Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs Complex.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Nov. 6: Mitchell Rashkin, MD, and John Quinlan, MD, will discuss, "Pulmonary Care in ALS—What Every Internist Should Know,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds Nov. 6: Patrick Solan, MD, will discuss, "A Locally Recurrent Rectal Cancer,” at 9 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics Thursday Seminar Series Nov. 7: Naila Khalil, MPH, PhD, assistant professor of community health, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, will discuss, "Relationship of blood lead levels to skeletal changes in older men and women,”at noon in Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Transplant Lecture Series Nov. 8: Rita Alloway, PharmD, will discuss, "Clinical Research 2012,” at noon in MSB 2004.
  • UC Health Foundation Presents "The New Economics of Growth” Nov. 12: Michael Hubble, MBA, of the Advisory Board Company, will discuss, "The New Economics of Growth: Forces Shaping Provider Strategy in the New Health Care Economy” at noon in Kresge Auditorium. 

Scheduling Note 

Due to the Veterans Day holiday Monday, Nov. 11, the next issue of Dean’s List will run Tuesday, Nov. 12.

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