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Myles Pensak, MD

Myles Pensak, MD

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. He will be joined by leaders of the UC Cancer Institute (William Barrett, MD); UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute (Richard Becker, MD); and UC Neuroscience Institute (Joseph Broderick, MD). 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.

Paul Cohen, MD

Paul Cohen, MD

Mayfield Establishes Education Fund for Paul Cohen, MD

On March 28, Paul Cohen, MD, adjunct assistant professor of neurosurgery and Mayfield Clinic neurosurgeon, passed away from injuries suffered during a March 23 skiing accident in Snowmass, Colo. He was 45 years old.

Born in Baltimore, Cohen completed his bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Maryland and attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Cincinnati and Mayfield Clinic. 

Known by his fellow residents as "Sparky,” Cohen was an avid early adopter of new technologies. He completed a fellowship at Advanced NeuroSpine Specialists in Norfolk, Va., before starting his own neurosurgery practice. Two years later, he was recruited back to Cincinnati, where he joined the Mayfield Clinic and the UC Department of Neurosurgery. 

He is survived by his wife, Stefanie Stevenson, MD, adjunct assistant professor of family and community medicine, and three children. A private service was held Sunday, March 30.

Mayfield Clinic has established an education fund through US Bank for the future education plans of the three Cohen children. Donations can be made (payable to the Paul L. Cohen Children's Education Fund) to: Paul L. Cohen Children's Education Fund, c/o Mayfield Clinic, 506 Oak Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219.

View a full tribute to Cohen on the Mayfield Clinic website .


Margaret "Peggy” Hostetter, MD

Hostetter Named Chair of Pediatrics

Margaret "Peggy” Hostetter, MD, has been selected to serve as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine, chief medical officer of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and director, Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.

Upon approval by the UC Board of Trustees, Hostetter will serve as the eighth B.K. Rachford Memorial Chair in Pediatrics. Hostetter joined Cincinnati Children’s in 2010 as the Albert B. Sabin Professor and director of the division of infectious diseases.

She will officially begin her role on July 1, assuming the position from Arnold Strauss, MD, who has led the department of pediatrics since 2007 and last year announced his decision to step down from that post.

Stuart Baxter, PhD

Stuart Baxter, PhD

Baxter to Receive Citizen’s Distinguished Service Award

Stuart Baxter, PhD, an associate professor of environmental health in the division of environmental genetics and molecular toxicology, will receive a Citizen’s Distinguished Service Award at the third annual Firefighter Awards Banquet at Horseshoe Casino at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17.

Baxter was nominated for his continued dedication to fire service by leading research into firefighter cancer rates from exposure to products of combustion.

Baxter was among the collaborators on a 2010 study that found that firefighters are exposed to potentially dangerous levels of ultrafine particulates at the time they are least likely to wear protective breathing equipment—during "overhaul,” when firefighters enter a structure after a fire has been squelched and work to prevent re-ignition of partially burned material.

Douglas Mossman, MD

Douglas Mossman, MD

Mossman to Lecture at Yale

Douglas Mossman, MD, professor of clinical psychiatry in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, will deliver the Dr. Samuel and Kathryn Yochelson Lecture at the Yale School of Medicine Friday, April 11. His topic will be, "Kant Meets Tarasoff: The Limits and Limitations of Risk Assessment."

Mossman is program director for the forensic psychiatry fellowship at the College of Medicine. His article, "Critique of Pure Risk Assessment or, Kant Meets Tarasoff” received the American Psychiatric Association’s 2008 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award for outstanding contributions to the literature of forensic psychiatry.

Sean Foster, MD

Sean Foster, MD

Residents, Faculty Members Recognized for Doctors' Day

In celebration of National Doctors’ Day March 30, five residents were honored by the Office of Graduate Medical Education with the 2014 Graduate Medical Trainee Award of Excellence.

Residents were nominated by their departments for their leadership, teamwork, research contributions, and patient care. Awardees are:

  • Sean Foster, MD, fourth-year emergency medicine resident.
  • Anish Shah, MD, fourth-year urology resident.
  • Patrick Solan, MD, chief resident in the General Surgery Residency.
  • Darlene Guse, MD, fourth-year resident in Integrated Plastic Surgery.
  • Aaron Grossman, MD, PhD, fellow in endovascular surgery neuroradiology.

In addition to the residents, five attending physicians were honored with Doctors’ Day Awards:

  • Diann Bridenbaugh, MD, Anesthesiology, Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Myron Gerson, MD, Cardiovascular Health and Disease, Exemplary Physician Award.
  • Charles Kuntz IV, MD, Neurosurgery, Clinical MVP Award.
  • Jonathan Moulton, MD, Radiology, Collaborator Award.
  • Madhuri Sopirala, MD, Infectious Disease, Impact Award.
University of Cincinnati

UC Public Health Week April 7-11

To celebrate National Public Health Week, the UC Public Health Student Advisory Committee will host a series of events focused on public health. The week includes presentations by College of Medicine faculty, including:

  • Tuesday, April 8: Take10 Cincinnati CPR training with Jason McMullan, MD, UC Department of Emergency Medicine, from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in Kettering 121.
  • Wednesday, April 9: "Creating Community Partnerships In Order To Promote Health Among Vulnerable Populations,” with Rebecca Lee, PhD, UC College of Nursing, noon to 1 p.m. Procter Hall 286.
  • Friday, April 11: Infant mortality panel featuring Judith Van Ginkel, PhD, president of Every Child Succeeds, Ryan Adcock from Cradle Cincinnati and James Greenberg, MD, department of pediatrics and co-director of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.

Events are open to all. See the full schedule and registration information online.

Super Twister

Super Twister

'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 featuring artist Alice Aycock, a New York-based sculptor known for her large-scale public works, and Thomas Boat, MD, Dean of the College of Medicine. A reception with light refreshments will be held immediately after the program.

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

John Shaw Billings, MD

John Shaw Billings, MD

Cecil Striker Lecture April 10

The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions and the Cecil Striker Society for the History of Medicine will host the Cecil Striker Society Annual Lecture Thursday, April 10.

The evening will include a reception from 4 to 5 p.m with an exhibit on John Shaw Billings in the Lucas Room. At 5 p.m., Dale Smith, PhD, will present, "John Shaw Billings and the Medical College of Ohio: Shaping Twentieth Century Medicine,” in Kresge Auditorium.

Smith is senior vice president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and chair of medical history in the F. Edward Hubert School of Medicine, USHUS.

Billings was an 1860 graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, precursor to the College of Medicine. An internationally known physician, medical librarian, public health innovator, educator and researcher, Billings advocated for changes in pre-, undergraduate and graduate medical education that are today standards of medical education.

All are invited to this free event. RSVP by Tuesday, April 5, to chhp@uc.eduor 513-558-5120.

Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer

‘Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer’ April 12

The 10th annual "Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer,” hosted by the UC Cancer Institute, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and community breast cancer advocates, will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at UC’s Reading Campus, 2189 E. Galbraith Road.

This year, the focus of the event will be action and advocacy—steps currently being taken at the local and national levels to reduce known environmental exposures. Karen Miller, president of the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, and Laura Weinberg, president of the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, will be the keynote speakers for the event.

View the full agenda and register online. For more information, contact Veronica Ratliff at or by calling 513-636-8307.

Kettering Laboratory

Kettering Laboratory

Annual Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Symposium April 19

The Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group and Mayfield Clinic will host the Annual Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Symposium Saturday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to noon in Kehoe Auditorium.

This symposium provides a unique opportunity to meet with other survivors, caregivers and professionals with a wide range of experience in treatment options, community resources and recovery. This free program will offer formal presentations as well as informational displays.

Register by email or phone at 513-569-5346 or

›› See the full schedule.

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN

Save the Date: Dr. Khushman V. Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship May 8

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, will present, "Cultivating Wellbeing in Our Lives and Communities,” at noon Thursday, May 8, in MSB E-351.

Kreitzer is a professor of nursing at the University of Minnesota and founder/director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing. Her recently published book with co-author Mary Koithan, Integrative Nursing, provides a step-by-step guide to assessing and clinically treating conditions through a variety of combined methodologies including wellness, lifestyle enhancement, and nutrition.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar April 8: Guo-Chang Fan, PhD, Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics, will discuss, "Exosomes in cardiovascular disease” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • CCTST Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design Seminar April 8: Tamer Oraby, PhD, assistant professor-educator, UC department of mathematical sciences, will discuss, "Modeling Parental Acceptance of Vaccination for Pediatric Infectious Diseases,” from 3 to 4:45 p.m. CCHMC Location S, Room 5.125.
  • Physiology Lecture April 8: George Deepe, MD, department of internal medicine, division of infectious diseases, will present, "Granulocyte–macrophage colony stimulating factor regulates zinc availability to fungal pathogens,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds April 9: Gerardo Romeo, MD, DDS, division of oral maxillofacial surgery, will discuss pediatric maxillofacial surgery at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Environmental Health Seminar April 9: Robert Wright, MD, MPH, professor and vice chair of preventive medicine and director of environmental health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, will discuss, "Chemical Mixtures and Neurodevelopment,” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Seminar April 9: Rina Mina, MD, assistant professor in the division of immunology, allergy and rheumatology, will be the featured speaker at noon in MSB E-351. Mina’s topic will be, "Updates in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Where are we now and Where are we going?”
  • Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Hosted by the Department of Dermatology April 10: Daniel Kaplan, MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology and the Center for Immunology at the University of Minnesota, will present, "Dendritic Cell Control of Cutaneous Immune Responses,” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G-344), Hoxworth Building ground level.
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Lecture April 10: Mark Parthun, PhD, professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry, Ohio State University, will present, "Histone Acetylation and the Assembly of Chromatin Structure,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series April 10: Monwabisi Makola, of the neuroscience graduate program, will present, "The effects of radiation therapy on white matter integrity and cognitive ability in pediatric brain tumor patients,” and Sarah Cassella, also of the graduate program, will present, "Potential role of the glucocorticoid receptor in microglial priming in aging,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 5051.
  • The Donald Blaney Endowed Lecture in Dermatology April 24: Bernard Cohen, MD, professor of dermatology & pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present, "Cutaneous Findings in Child Abuse: Role of the Dermatologist,” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center (Room G-344).
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