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Date: Monday, December 9, 2013

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Nominate Outstanding College Alumni

Each year, the College of Medicine Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni though the Distinguished Alumni Awards. The awards recognize MD graduates of the College of Medicine for achievements in the areas of basic research, education, clinical care, health service administration and public and/or civic duties.

Nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards are due by Sunday, Dec. 15. The awards will be presented during Reunion Weekend 2014.

›› Submit your nomination online

Health Care Heroes

UC Highlighted in 2014 Health Care Heroes

The Cincinnati Business Courier has selected several individuals from the College of Medicine and UC Health as finalists for the 2014 Health Care Heroes awards. Winners will be announced Feb. 20, 2014.

The annual awards program honors people who—through their in-depth research, management skills, innovative programs, patient care or service to the poor—have helped elevate the quality of health care in our community.

Health Care Heroes finalists affiliated with UC: 

  • Innovator category: Tayyab Diwan, MD, assistant professor of transplant surgery, Louis Muglia, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, Xiaoyang Qi, PhD, associate professor of hematology oncology, and Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, professor of medicine.
  • Provider category: Steven Agabegi, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, and Brian Weiss, MD, associate professor of pediatrics.
  • Community outreach category: Alumna Tracey Skale, MD (’89), Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services.
  • Manager category: Paige Thomas, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care.
Michael Privitera, MD

Michael Privitera, MD

Privitera Appointed Second VP of Epilepsy Society

Michael Privitera, MD, professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine and director of the Epilepsy Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute (UCNI), has been appointed second vice president of the American Epilepsy Society.

Privitera previously served as treasurer of the society, which is the world’s largest association of professionals dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of epilepsy. The announcement was made at the society’s 2013 annual meeting, being held in Washington, D.C.

Privitera established the Epilepsy Center at UCNI—one of four centers of excellence at UC Health and the UC College of Medicine—more than 25 years ago as the first comprehensive epilepsy program in the region.

Gregg Warshaw, MD

Gregg Warshaw, MD

Warshaw Selected for NQF Steering Committee

Gregg Warshaw, MD, professor of family and community medicine and director of the division of geriatrics, has been invited to serve as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Health Workforce Steering Committee for the 2013-2014 Prioritizing Measure Gaps project.

The project’s goal is to provide multi-stakeholder guidance on priorities for performance measure development and endorsement to address the triple aim of the National Quality Strategy by focusing on areas that have been repeatedly identified as needing more substantive performance measurement.

Brett Kissela, MD

Brett Kissela, MD

Kissela Co-Authors Stroke Mortality Statement

Brett Kissela, MD, professor and vice chair in the department of neurology and rehabilitation medicine, was a co-author of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s statement about declining stroke mortality published last week.

"Factors Influencing the Decline in Stroke Mortality: A Statement From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association” was published online Dec. 5, 2013, in the medical journal Stroke. It attributed the dramatic decline in stroke deaths in recent years to improved treatments, better awareness and efforts in hypertension control.

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.

Richard (Rick) Lofgren, MD, MPH

Richard (Rick) Lofgren, MD, MPH

Town Hall Meeting with Rick Lofgren, MD, Dec. 18

The College of Medicine will host new UC Health President and CEO Rick Lofgren, MD, for a town hall meeting at noon Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the CARE/Crawley Building’s Kaplan Reception Hall.

Lofgren began his duties Dec. 2. Most recently, he was senior vice president and chief clinical officer for the University Health System Consortium in Chicago responsible for helping UHC member institutions improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of their clinical services. Prior to that, he served as chief medical officer and then vice president for healthcare operations and chief clinical officer at UK Healthcare, the University of Kentucky’s health system.

Daniel Drake

Daniel Drake

Daniel Drake Medal Nominations Due Jan. 31

The Daniel Drake Medal is the highest recognition the College of Medicine can bestow on its former students, former faculty, former residents or current faculty. Two awards will be made in 2014 to living individuals who have been associated with the College of Medicine, now or in the past.

Nominees for the first award will be evaluated on the basis of outstanding achievements in biomedical science as evidenced by major significant contributions to medical research. Nominees for the other will represent a distinguished career as a clinician-teacher.

Members of the full-time faculty, the alumni, the emeriti, past Daniel Drake medalists and former associates of the college are invited to submit nominations. Deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2014.

For more information, download the nomination form or visit

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Dec. 10: Iddo Friedberg, PhD, Miami University, will discuss, "Managing the Biological data deluge: the Good, the Bad and the Biased,” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Dec. 11: Rebecca Howell, MD, will discuss, "Office Procedures in Laryngology," at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Neurology Grand Rounds Dec. 11: Anya Sanchez, MD, administrative director of the UC Neuroscience Institute, will discuss, "UC Institutes and Centers of Excellence: Designing Care around the Patient,” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Dec. 11:Angel Lopez-Candales, MD, Cardiology¸ will present, "Doctor, can I play sports: Cardiac Evaluation of Athletes,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Series Dec. 12: The Department of Dermatology will host James Grichnik, MD, PhD, for his lecture, "Insights into the Pathogenesis of Melanoma,” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G344), Hoxworth Building.
  • Cancer Biology Graduate Student Seminar Dec. 12:Marie Matrka will present, "The DEK Oncogene is Dynamically Regulated During Mitosis” and Eric Smith will present, "The role of DEK in DNA Repair and Chemoresistance," at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
  • Transplant Lecture Series Dec. 13: Tiffany Kaiser, PharmD, will discuss, "Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement,” at noon in MSB 2004.
  • Dean’s Distinguished Cardiovascular Seminar Dec. 16: Thomas Porter, MD, Theodore F. Hubbard Distinguished Chair of Cardiology and professor of internal medicine at University of Nebraska Medical Center, will present, "Development of Ultrasound Theranostic Protocols for Clinical Applications,” at 12:30 p.m. in MSB 3351.


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