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Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2006

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Daniel Drake Medals Awarded

The College of Medicine conferred its highest honor—the Daniel Drake Medal—on William Balistreri, MD, and Alvin Crawford, MD, at an awards banquet May 27. Both faculty members were honored for outstanding contributions to medical education, scholarship and research. Dr. Balistreri is a professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Pediatric Liver Care Center and Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Crawford is a professor of orthopedics and pediatrics and director of Cincinnati Children’s Spine Center. The Daniel Drake Medal, bestowed on distinguished living faculty and alumni, honors the frontier physician who founded the College of Medicine, the first medical school west of the Alleghenies. Read more about the Drake Medals in June’s issue of Findings.


Honors Day Award Winners

The College of Medicine graduated 150 students during its annual Honors Day ceremony on Sunday, May 28, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Forty-six graduates will stay in Cincinnati for residency training, including 27 at University Hospital and five at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. An additional 27 graduates will complete training at other Ohio hospitals, and the rest will head out of state. Among the numerous event presentations were the 2006 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine awards, presented to Bruce Gebhardt, MD, associate professor of family medicine, and Matthew Meier, a fourth-year medical student, and the Gold and Silver Apple teaching awards, presented to Richard Stevenson, MD, associate professor of surgery, and LeAnn Coberly, MD, associate professor of internal medicine.


Golf Classic Supports UC Cancer Research

Pros and amateurs alike are invited to start swinging their clubs for a good cause at the first UC Cancer Center/Barrett Center golf classic. The 18-hole event—set up in a scramble format to accommodate players of all skill levels—is slated for Monday, June 19, at the Snow Hill Country Club, 11093 State Route 73, New Vienna. Players will tee off at 9:15 a.m. Registration is $125 per person and must be received by Friday, June 9. Complimentary breakfast, lunch and beverages are included. For more information or to register, contact Barb Shapiro at (513) 321-2268.


Survivors Day Celebration

Tristate cancer survivors meet for their annual cruise on the Ohio River on Sunday, June 4, from noon until 4 p.m. The trip from Covington Landing aboard BB Riverboats’ “Belle of Cincinnati” will be two hours of entertainment—plus food, complimentary photos and prizes—in celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day. The event underscores that with early detection and treatment, cancer is survivable. Registration is required for the cruise. Adult cancer survivors may bring one guest; children may bring two. The cost is $10 per person. Online registration and more information can be found at


Internal Medicine Wins the Gold

The internal medicine department has received a gold Aster Award for its physician recruitment DVD and brochure. The recruitment package, produced by Kent Norton and Michele Ralston, of internal medicine, and Suki Jeffrey, art director for Academic Health Center public relations, ranked among the top 5 percent in the professional recruitment category. The Aster Awards is a national program that recognizes health-care institutions and advertising agencies. A total of 2,500 entries were submitted in 31 categories.


Best Poster Award 

James Couch, a graduate student in the Environmental and Occupational Hygiene program, received the best poster award from the Occupational Epidemiology Committee of the American Industrial Hygiene Association at its May 17 meeting in Chicago. Couch’s poster, “Analysis of Airborne Beryllium Exposure at a Beryllium Manufacturing Facility,” was coauthored by Carol Rice, PhD, of environmental health, Richard Hornung, PhD, of the Institute for the Study of Health, and Mary Shubauer-Beigan and Martin Petersen, of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


Book Signing to Curb Malaria

Village Life Outreach Project, created by Chris Lewis, MD, assistant professor of family medicine, will host a book signing from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 4, to promote its new book, “Room To Love.” The book is a collection of images and reflections from the program’s work to improve health, education and living conditions in rural Tanzania. All book proceeds will support Village Life’s Mosquito Net Project, which aims to decrease the spread of malaria, the region’s most devastating disease, by providing 10,000 mosquito bed-nets to villagers. The signing will be at Sonny’s All Blues Club, 4040 Reading Rd., North Avondale. For more information, call (513) 281-0410.

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