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Andrew Filak, Jr., MD

Andrew Filak, Jr., MD

College of Medicine's Education Presentation March 11

On Tuesday, March 11, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Andrew Filak Jr., MD, will detail the College of Medicine’s graduate medical education efforts and provide updates on medical student education, global health initiatives and our venture into undergraduate education.

Filak will present, "Working Together to Advance Medical Education,” from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. A question and answer session will follow.

This presentation is fourth in the series of talks by senior leadership. The next presentation, by Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Myles Pensak, MD, will be Monday, April 7, 2014. Links to the previous presentations can be found on the College of Medicine home page,, in the "Dean’s Corner.”

 Acting United States Surgeon General, Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH

Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH

Acting Surgeon General to Speak at UC

Acting United States Surgeon General Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH, will present a lecture at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Kresge Auditorium. The lecture’s title is, "The United States Surgeon General—Fighting Tobacco for 50 Years.”

Lushniak’s medical career has roots in Cincinnati, as an alumnus of the UC residency program. In 1988, as a naval lieutenant, he was stationed at the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati. He conducted epidemiological investigations of workplace hazards and in 1990 was accepted for the CDC’s long-term training program, completing a three-year residency in dermatology at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

During his visit, Lushniak also will give the Charles L. Heaton Endowed Lectureship in Dermatology at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G344). His lecture will be titled, "Public Health and Dermatology—From Policy to Pox.”

Mary Mahoney, MD

Mary Mahoney, MD

Mahoney Named RSNA Board Member

Mary Mahoney, MD, professor of radiology and Eugene L. and Sue R. Saenger Vice Chair of Radiology Research, has been named to the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Board of Directors. She will serve as the liaison for publications and communications.

Mahoney has volunteered on numerous RSNA committees, currently chairing the patient-centered radiology steering committee and recently completing a term as chair of the public information committee.

The RSNA is an international society of radiologists, medical physicists and other medical professionals with more than 53,000 members from 140 countries.


Immunology Research Honored by Journal

Jason Gardner, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the department of internal medicine, division of immunology, allergy and rheutatology, was the corresponding author on an article featured in a special section of The Journal Immunology as among the top 10 percent of articles published in the journal.

The article, "G-CSF Drives a Posttraumatic Immune Program That Protects the Host from Infection,” was published in the journal’s March 1, 2014, edition.

College of Medicine affiliated co-authors include Frank McCormack, MD, director of UC’s division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, Bruce Aronow, PhD, professor of pediatrics, Cora Ogle, PhD, professor emerita, and Nikolaos Nikolaidis, PhD, senior research associate, John Noel.

Benjamin Bixenmann, MD

Benjamin Bixenmann, MD

Mayfield Awards Brain Injury Pilot Grants

Finding new ways to identify, measure and treat mild traumatic brain injury is the focus of three pilot grants totaling $28,500 that have been awarded to three postgraduate researchers at the college.

The grants, funded by the Mayfield Education and Research Foundation, were awarded to:

  • Benjamin Bixenmann, MD, neurosurgery resident, for "OCT Retinal Imaging of Athletes with High Frequency of Head Injury” ($11,500).
  • Yair Gozal, MD, PhD, neurosurgery resident, for "Factors Influencing the Acute Management of the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Patient” ($8,000).
  • Kristine Sonstrom, MS, doctoral candidate in communication sciences and disorders, for "The Electrophysiological and Behavioral Audiological Assessment of Individuals with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury” ($9,000).

The three scientists will conduct their research projects under the mentorship of Norberto Andaluz, MD, associate professor and director of the Neurotrauma Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute.

University of Cincinnati

Students Recognized at Graduate Poster Forum

This year, 140 students from 35 departments across the university displayed their research as part of the annual University Graduate Poster Forum, held on Feb. 28.

There were four winners from the College of Medicine, whose posters were awarded in the Life Sciences and Medicine category:

  • Clifford Cookman, Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology, PhD.
  • Jeremy Kinder, Immunobiology, PhD.
  • Moen Sen, Molecular and Developmental Biology, PhD.
  • Shatrunjai Singh, Molecular and Developmental Biology, PhD.

The winners of the Graduate School Dean’s Fellowship (formerly known as the Distinguished Dissertation Completion Fellowship) were announced. Five students received a fellowship including Amy Engevik of Systems Biology and Physiology.

The program awards up to five fellowships annually to doctoral students in the final year of degree work to support superior scholarship that enhances the reputation of their program, department and UC.

Kettering Laboratory

Kettering Laboratory

CDC HIV/AIDS Lectures March 10-11

The UC Department of Environmental Health, Center for Environmental Genetics, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, and the UC Department of Philosophy will host Spencer Lloyd, Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for two lectures March 10-11.

  • From 3:30-5:50 p.m. Monday, March 10, Lloyd will discuss, "The HIV Epidemic and Human Rights in Resource-Limited Settings,” in 210 McMicken Hall.
  • From 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, he will present, "The HIV/AIDS Pandemic After 30 Years: A Global Perspective on Successes and Challenges,” in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.

Lloyd will be available immediately after the seminar to discuss opportunities for students and postdoctoral trainees with the Epidemic Intelligence Service.

For more information, contact Koffi Maglo at

St. Baldrick's 2013

St. Baldrick's 2013

Students Shave for St. Baldrick's March 28

UC students will shave their heads in support of childhood cancer research during the annual St. Baldrick's Celebration, to be held at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Molly Malone's pub in Covington.

Organized locally by the College of Medicine pediatrics club, St. Baldrick's Day (named for "St. Patrick’s Day" and "bald") events are held worldwide to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Students will hold fundraisers throughout the month for the cause. If they raise $20,000, interim associate dean for medical education Bruce Giffin, PhD, has pledged to shave his mustache.

For more information and to donate, visit or email

Stephen Strakowski, MD

Stephen Strakowski, MD

Mood Disorder Symposium April 5

The fourth annual Mood Disorders Symposium, presented by the UC Mood Disorders Center, is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, at the Conference Center at Drake, 151 W. Galbraith Road. The theme is, "Novel Treatment Approaches for Depression.”

Registration is at 7 a.m., with faculty presentations beginning at 8 following a welcome and overview by Stephen Strakowski, MD, the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

In addition to novel treatment options, topics will include new non-pharmacologic strategies for treating depression and the impact of neurodevelopmental changes on depression treatment. Course co-directors are Cal Adler, MD, Stephen Benoit, PhD, and Melissa DelBello, MD.

Continuing education credit is available. Fees are $75 in advance for physicians ($90 at the door); $75 for nurses, $50 for mental health professionals, $25 for residents and students (UC psychiatry residents free).

For more information, contact Sonya Kirkland at 513-558-4866 or

UC Academic Health Center

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Communication Sciences Research Center Colloquium Lecture March 10: Brad Story, PhD, associate professor and associate department head of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona, will be the featured speaker at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S1.204.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 11: Stephen Waggoner, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, will be the featured speaker at 1:15 p.m. in MSB 3051. His topic will be, "Et tu, NK? Innate regulation of adaptive immunity in prevention, pathogenesis, and therapy of virus infection.”
  • Otolaryngology¬–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds March 12: John Greinwald, MD, will be the featured speaker at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Dermatology Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Series March 13: Gary Fisher, PhD, Harry Helfman Professor of Molecular Dermatology at University of Michigan Medical School, will discuss, "Human Skin Aging: Role of the Dermal Extracellular Matrix in Functional Decline and Rejuvenation,” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G344), Hoxworth Building.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar Series March 13: Nicole Sheanon, MD, fellow, pediatric endocrinology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will discuss, "β-Cell Function in Young Turner Syndrome Patients,” and David Kwiatkowski, MD, fellow, pediatric cardiology, Cincinnati Children’s, will discuss, "The Use of Echocardiography for the Evaluation of Asymptomatic Murmurs in Children,” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Neuroscience Seminar March 13: Sarah Schmeltzer, of the neuroscience graduate program, will discuss, "Regulation of fear by neuropeptide Y: relevance to PTSD,” and Kenea Udobi, also of the graduate program, will present, "The effects of creatine loss on cognition,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 5051.
  • Keller Lectureship in Surgical Neuroanatomy and Research March 19: Robert Spetzler, MD, J.N. Harber Chair of Neurological Surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, will discuss, "Surgical Anatomy of Complex Intracranial Lesions,” from 8 to 11 a.m. in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
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