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Peter White, PhD

Peter White, PhD

White Named Chair of Biomedical Informatics

Peter White, PhD, will serve as Rieveschl Chair of the new UC Department of Biomedical Informatics and director of the division of biomedical informatics in the UC Department of Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.

White currently serves as director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is research associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His UC appointment will be effective Feb. 1, 2014, pending approval of the UC Board of Trustees.

The overall mission of the Department of Biomedical Informatics is to use data to effectively create and apply knowledge to improve the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of health care issues.

›› Read more about White and the Department of Biomedical Informatics online.

Bruce Mahoney, MD

Bruce Mahoney, MD

Mahoney Named UCMC Section Chief of Nuclear Medicine

Bruce Mahoney, MD, assistant professor of radiology, will assume the role as nuclear medicine section chief at University of Cincinnati Medical Center starting July 1, 2014.

He is replacing Mariano Fernandez-Ulloa, MD, who will step down from the position after providing numerous years of service.

Mahoney has been the section chief of nuclear medicine at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center since May 2012. He also serves as medical director at the Imaging Center at the UC Health Physicians Office–Clifton.

Medical Students

Medical Student Literary Magazine Online

The latest issue of Mentis, the medical student-run literary magazine, is now online. Mentis publishes opinion pieces, interviews, art, poetry, fiction, humor, photography, book/article reviews, reflections and any other original creative works from UC medical students.

Send questions, comments or submissions to

›› Read the issue at

Academic Health Center Campus

Jeffreys Receives Research Poster Award

Renee Jeffreys, a doctoral student in the UC Department of Environmental Health, received one of three poster awards at the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Program (BCERP) annual meeting in Madison, Wis., Nov. 6-9, 2013.

Jeffreys received the award for "Best Translational Transdisciplinary or Applied Population Health Poster” for her poster based on her dissertation research and titled, "The Onset of Puberty and its Impact on Activity Levels.” Her advisor is Susan Pinney, PhD, professor of environmental health.

Kettering Laboratory

Kettering Laboratory

CCTST Grand Rounds Dec. 6

Improving health through interactive smart technology is the topic of the next CCTST Grand Rounds, held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs.

  • From noon to 1 p.m., David M. O’Hara, PhD, chief operating officer of the Westchester Institute for Human Development, will discuss, "Using Interactive Smart Technology to Improve Patient Care and Health Outcomes for People with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.”
  • From 1 to 2 p.m., a panel discussion will be moderated by Ilka Riddle, PhD, director of the UC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), to address the implications, usefulness and barriers of smart technology use for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

Continuing education credits are available. For more information, visit, call 513-803-2612 or email

IvaDean Concert 2012

IvaDean Concert 2012

IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Concert Dec. 6

The 10th annual IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Kresge Auditorium.

The night will include a silent auction starting at 5:30 to raise funds for scholarships.

Tickets are $5 for students/children under 12 and $15 for non-students, with the option to donate more. Call 513-558-5577 or see IvaDean Lair for more information.

Melanie Cushion, PhD

Melanie Cushion, PhD

Christopher Lindsell, PhD

Christopher Lindsell, PhD

College of Medicine Research Presentation Dec. 9

Melanie Cushion, PhD, senior associate dean for research, and Christopher Lindsell, PhD, associate dean for clinical research, will give a presentation on the College of Medicine’s research endeavors at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in Kresge Auditorium.

The talk is the second in a series of presentations by college leadership. It follows the Oct. 29 presentation, "Beyond Organizational Restructuring: Opportunities for Program Development,” by Thomas Boat, MD, vice president for health affairs and Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine.

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Celebrates 75 Years Dec. 11

Friends, donors and recipients are invited to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Hoxworth Blood Center at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati.

During the event, Ronald Sacher, MD, Hoxworth director and a professor of medicine and pathology, will present an award to the University of Cincinnati. Fun and festivities begin at 11:30, with a formal event at noon.

CARE/Crawley Building

College of Medicine Snow Emergency Policy

UC’s snow emergency policy has important clarifications as it pertains to the College of Medicine, including the Reading Campus, Hoxworth Blood Center and University Health Services.

The University of Cincinnati is always officially open. During periods of severe inclement weather, public emergency or other crisis, the president or a designated officer may announce through UC's electronic mail system, text messaging and local news that some or all of the university's offices and facilities are closed for part or all of a workday.

All employees in the College of Medicine are considered "essential employees” and are expected to report to work or remain at work as scheduled during emergency closings.

›› For more information, including planning for medical students.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars


  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Dec. 3: Margaret Hostetter, MD, Department of Pediatrics, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Division of Infectious Diseases, will discuss, "Interactions of Candida albicans with Heparin” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Physiology Seminar Dec. 3: Matthew Weirauch, department of pediatrics, division of rheumatology, will present, "Global Determination and Inference of Eukaryotic Transcription Factor Binding Specificities,” at 4 p.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Environmental Health Seminar Dec. 4: Brad Bolon, DVM, PhD, associate director of the Ohio State University Comparative Pathology and Mouse Phenotyping Shared Resource, will present, "Pathology in Four Dimensions: A Systematic Approach to Investigating Embryonic Lethal Phenotypes in Mice,” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Dec. 4: Ronald Sacher, MD, professor of medicine, division of hematology-oncology, will present, "Thrombocytopenia: Update in Diagnosis and Management 2013,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics Seminar Dec. 5: David Kwiatkowski, MD, Cincinnati Children's chief pediatric cardiology fellow, will lecture along with Amanda Schondelmeyer, MD, Cincinnati Children's fellow of hospital medicine, who will present, "The Effect of Reducing Continuous Pulse Oximetry Overuse in Children,” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Dec. 5: Rylon Hofacer, of the UC Neuroscience Graduate Program, will present, "Anesthesia-induced neuroapoptosis in developing neurons,” and Maggie Schneider, also of the graduate program, will present, "Functional activation patterns associated with mania and euthymia in adolescents early in the course of bipolar disorder,” at 4 p.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Transplant Lecture Series Dec. 6: Tayyab Diwan, MD, assistant professor of surgery, will discuss, "Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy,” at noon in MSB 2004.


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