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Myles Pensak, MD

Myles Pensak, MD

College of Medicine's Clinical Affairs Presentation April 7

On Monday, April 7, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Myles Pensak, MD, will lead a discussion regarding the integration among clinical departments, centers and institutes.

Pensak will present, "Healthy Discontent as the Prelude to Progress,” from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. A question and answer session will follow.

This presentation is fifth in the series of talks by senior leadership. The next presentation, by Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development Alex Lentsch, PhD, will be Monday, May 12.

Links to the previous presentations can be found on the College of Medicine home page,, in the "Dean’s Corner.

Honors Day 2012

Honors Day

Honors Day Award Winners Announced

For the eighth consecutive year, the College of Medicine senior class has voted David Fischer, MD, chief of general surgery, to receive the Golden Apple teaching award during the 2014 College of Medicine Honors Day.

Bradley Mathis, MD, associate professor of medicine, and John Quinlan, MD, professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine, will be awarded Silver Apples. This is the third time Mathis has received the Silver Apple, and the seventh award for Quinlan.

This year’s Honors Day Speaker will be Chris Freese. Shoba Belegundu will receive the Medical Student Alumni Award.

Honors Day will be held Sunday, May 25, at Cincinnati Music Hall. For more information, contact IvaDean Lair at or 513-558-5577.

David Plas, PhD, of UC's cancer biology department

David Plas, PhD

Plas Invited to Serve on NIH Study Section

David Plas, PhD, associate professor of cancer biology, has accepted an invitation to serve on the Tumor Cell Biology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Bryce Robinson, MD

Bryce Robinson, MD

Robinson Wins Central Surgical Association Best New Paper

Bryce Robinson, MD, assistant professor of surgery, division of trauma and critical care, won the 2014 Best New Member Paper award at the Central Surgical Association Annual Meeting, held March 6-8, in Indianapolis.

Robinson’s paper was titled, "Cost Discrepancies for Common General Surgery Diagnoses In Ohio: Implication of Hospital Characteristics for Charge and Payment Differences.”

The UC Department of Surgery had four scientific presentations at the meeting as well as several faculty moderators. See the full list of presentations online.

Jonathan Bernstein, MD

Jonathan Bernstein, MD

Bernstein Among Finalists for Innovation Award

Jonathan Bernstein, MD, professor of medicine and director of clinical research in the division of immunology, allergy and rheumatology, along with research colleague Anastasios Angelopoulos, PhD, of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, are finalists for the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2014 Innovation Awards program. Winners will be announced at an event on April 10.

Bernstein and Angelopoulos are co-founders of A&B Sensor Technologies and have developed a non-invasive method of measuring blood-glucose in diabetics—overcoming the problem of signal interference by the high humidity in human breath.

›› Read about other finalists from UC.

University of Cincinnati

Emergency Medicine Residents Honored by SAEM

Two senior emergency medicine residents will be recognized with awards at the upcoming Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) National Assembly, held May 13-17 in Dallas.

Ryan Gerecht, MD, will receive the Jean Hollister EMS Award by SAEM and the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA). This award is given to the resident who has made valuable contributions to prehospital care and EMS, and has shown devotion to sustained contributions to the field of EMS through teaching, scholarship and service.

Caitlin Schaninger, MD, will receive the EMRA’s Emergency Department Director’s Academy Scholarship. The selective scholarship allows the winner to attend the Emergency Department Directors Academy, a multi-week course designed to help teach aspects leadership and department management.

OMFS Residents Win SimWars


OMFS Residents Win 'SimWar'

UC’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident team took the championship honors at the "SimWar” competition during the Ambulatory Anesthesia for Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons Symposium, held March 1 in Indianapolis.

In "SimWar,” office-based anesthesia related emergencies were simulated using a hi-fidelity mannequin simulator, and teams of residents from five OMS residency programs across the Midwest were judged against each other on diagnostic skills, procedural skills and overall management of the emergency.

The symposium was hosted by the Indiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Indiana University Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

College of Medicine

Students Represent UC at Clarion Competition

Second-year medical student Katie Talbott and first-year student Anas Minkara will participate in the 2014 Clarion National Interprofesional Team Case Competition, held April 11-13 at the University of Minnesota.

This is the first year UC is sending a team–UC’s team was organized through UC Open School and includes pharmacy students Melissa Kincaid and Greg Cook and faculty advisor Valorie Grant, MEd, from the College of Nursing.

In the competition, multidisciplinary student teams are charged with creating a root cause analysis of a give case. The team presents their analysis to a panel of interprofessional judges that evaluates their analysis in the context of real world standards of practice.

Diane Halpern, PhD

Diane Halpern, PhD

Best-Practices Scholar to Present to UC, College of Medicine April 3-4

UC LEAF will host its next best-practices scholar, psychologist Diane Halpern, PhD, for a series of events April 3 and 4.

  • On Thursday, April 3, Halpern will give a general audience talk, "Gender Differences in Cognition and Their Implications for Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Education,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Tangeman University Center (TUC), Room 220.
  • At 4 p.m. Thursday, April 3, Halpern will host a session for senior medical faculty in CARE/Crawley 7870. The session will focus on work-life integration as well as changing departmental climate.
  • A breakfast meeting for women medical faculty will be held Friday, April 4, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in CARE/Crawley 7870. This meeting is designed to for women faculty to interact more intensively with Halpern around issues of department climate and work-life integration.
  • At 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 4, in CARE/Crawley 7870, Halpern will host an informal discussion with women graduate students to talk about her research as well as students’ experiences and concerns with work-life integration and climate.  

Halpern is a psychologist and past-president of the American Psychological Association and McElwee Family Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. Her work is considered groundbreaking and pivotal, especially with respect to critical thinking, gender differences in cognition and balancing work and family.

›› See more information about the schedule online.

Luke Gelinas, PhD

Luke Gelinas, PhD

CCHMC Ethics Center Special Seminar April 3

The CCHMC Ethics Center and Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) will offer a special seminar Thursday, April 3, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in Cincinnati Children’s Location D, Room 2.22.

Luke Gelinas, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the department of bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, will present "Nudging Toward Health: Should Caregivers Exploit Common Human Biases to Influence Patients Toward Better Choices?”

Registration is not required. Space is limited. For more information, email CCHMC Ethics Center Director Armand Antommaria, MD, PhD, or call 513-636-3656.


'Super Twister' Sculpture Dedication April 10

"Super Twister," the state-funded art project outside the CARE/Crawley entrance, will be dedicated in a ceremony at noon Thursday, April 10, in the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Reception Hall, CARE/Crawley Atrium.

A reception and viewing of the sculpture will follow a presentation in which the artist Alice Aycock, a New York-based sculptor known for her large-scale public works, and Thomas Boat, MD, Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine and UC vice president for health affairs, will participate.

A reception with light refreshments will be held immediately after. At 5 p.m., Aycock will give a presentation hosted by the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) in Aronoff 4400.

RSVP for the dedication by Monday, April 7, to or call 513-558-7333 with questions.

UC Bowties for Scholarships

Submit Your Design for UC Bowties for Scholarships

All current UC students are invited to participate in the "Bowties for Scholarships Student Design Contest.”

Winning design(s) will be produced as bowties and scarves, then sold to support unmet student need scholarships. Enter your design online or at the UC Foundation (University Hall, Suite 100) from March 24-April 7 for a chance to win a $500 gift card to the UC Bookstore.

Once the call for entries closes, UC President Santa Ono, PhD, will pick the winner(s). Join the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #UCBowties.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar April 1: David Plas, PhD, Department of Cancer Biology, will discuss, "S6K1 regulation of metabolism and cell survival in transformed cells” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Physiology Seminar April 1: George Deepe, MD, professor of medicine, division of infectious diseases, will discuss, "Granulocyte–macrophage colony stimulating factor regulates zinc availability to fungal pathogens,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Surgical Curriculum Conference April 2: Daniel Abbott, MD, will present, "Liver Metastases: When to Operate and Strategies to Improve Resectability," at 9 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Environmental Health Seminar April 2: Ranjan Deka, PhD, professor of environmental health, division of epidemiology & biostatistics, will present, "Epidemiology and Genetics of Metabolic Traits in an Island Population," at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Seminar April 2: Stephanie Dunlap, DO, associate professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, will be the featured speaker at noon in MSB E-351. Her topic will be, "Acute Myocarditis: All the Bells and Whistles.”
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar April 3: Andrew Bukowinski, MD, will present, "Urinary Biomarkers are Associated With Toxicity and Drug Exposure in Pediatric Oncology Patients Treated With High Dose Methotrexate," and Animesh 'Aashoo' Tandon, MD, will discuss, "Exploring the Cardiac Phenotype of Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy Using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging," at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar April 3: Graduate Student Archana Shrestha will present, "Mechanism of Human Hematopoietic Stem Cell Loss During Ex Vivo Manipulation and Gene Transfer,” and graduate student Xiaoyi Chen will present "mTOR Regulated Autophagy in Hematopoietic Stem/Progenitor Cells,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Neuroscience Seminar April 3: Douglas Feinstein, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Anesthesiology, will present, "Noradrenergic deficit in AD and MS: causes and cures,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 5051.
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