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College of Medicine Reaches Faculty-Staff Campaign Goal

The UC Faculty & Staff campaign officially ended on June 30, with the College of Medicine successfully reaching its goal of 50 percent participation.

The Center for Imaging Research was the only unit within the college to achieve a 100 percent participation rate. Orthopaedic surgery, radiology and radiation oncology all had participation rates above 80 percent. Departments which increased participation the most from last year were anesthesiology, cancer biology, pathology and laboratory medicine and neurology and rehabilitation medicine, all increasing by more than 20 percent.

"Thank you to all the donors who participated this year. I especially want to congratulate Dr. Andy Filak, our medical campus co-chair, and the volunteer captains for helping us achieve this milestone. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful institution with caring and dedicated individuals who understand the power of philanthropy in supporting our academic missions,” said Dean Thomas Boat, MD.

The Faculty/Staff Campaign is an annual fundraising effort that provides both active and retired faculty and staff an opportunity to directly impact the UC community through their charitable donations to UC.

Through "UC the Impact,” internal donations strengthen college programs and departments as well as the broader university.

John Tew, MD
John Tew, MD

Tew to Hold Executive Positions for Integrative Medicine

John Tew Jr., MD, professor of neurosurgery, has been appointed to new executive positions that will direct the community outreach and philanthropic efforts of the integrative medicine program at the College of Medicine and UC Health.

Tew will serve as the program’s vice president of community affairs at UC Health and as executive director of community affairs at the College of Medicine. He will also continue his faculty role within the college and focus his international clinical practice in neurosurgery by providing consultative services to patients and neurosurgeons.

The UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, which was established at the College of Medicine in 2012, educates medical students, fellows and faculty on integrative medicine concepts to improve the way current and future physicians practice medicine.

Additionally, center faculty conduct research into complimentary medicine practices including clinical trials. 

›› Read more about Tew and the appointments.

Tiina Reponen, PhD
Tiina Reponen, PhD

Reponen New Member of ISIAQ Academy of Fellows

Tiina Reponen, PhD, professor of environmental health, has been initiated as a new member of the ISIAQ (International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate) Academy of Fellows.

The Academy is an international, multidisciplinary, scientific honorary organization established to promote scholarship for indoor environmental and building sciences. Membership is by invitation, following a nomination and election procedure.

Reponen was initiated July 7 at the Indoor Air 2014 conference in Hong Kong. Her research focuses on the exposure assessment of bioaerosols in indoor and industrial environments.

›› Read more about Reponen’s research and work at UC.

David Ficker, MD
David Ficker, MD

UC Receives Approval for New Epilepsy Fellowship

The Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine has received approval for a new epilepsy fellowship from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)—one of only five newly approved epilepsy programs across the country.

The newly approved one-year fellowship will permit fellows to spend the entire year dedicated to epilepsy training only and will become effective July 1, 2015.

Fellows in the UC program will primarily train at UC Health University Hospital in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and epilepsy specialty clinics. They will learn pediatric epilepsy at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The program will be directed by associate professor of neurology David Ficker, MD.

Scott Langevin, PhD
Scott Langevin, PhD

Langevin Awarded Head & Neck Cancer Research Award

Scott Langevin, PhD, assistant professor of environmental health, was been awarded the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation Research Award.

The award will fund a project to apply whole-exome sequencing technology (performed through the UC Genomics, Epigenomics, and Sequencing Core Laboratory) to identify common somatic mutations in sinonasal tumors.

The Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation  was launched June 3, 2012, by Dr. Joseph & Karen Gromada, the day after their oldest son Brandon died of an aggressive poorly differentiated squamous cell cancer.

Rachel Mistur
Rachel Mistur

Medical Student Receives Schmidlapp Scholarship

For her passion for advancing women in health care fields, third-year UC College of Medicine student Rachel Mistur was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholarship, providing $20,000 for tuition costs.

The scholarship is awarded annually on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, community involvement, leadership and involvement in women’s health care.

Mistur is involved in the UC Chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association, where she helped organize a banquet for women in medicine and a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.

›› Check in on previous Schmidlapp recipients.

Health Students in the Community

Urban Health Project at Senior Health Fair July 18

The Urban Health Project medical student interns will help run a health and safety fair for seniors Friday, July 18. The fair will run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Northgate Mall, 9501 Colerain Avenue.

Student volunteers will work with the Colerain Police Department and Green Township Fire Department to provide information on senior health and wellness as well as safety, healthy eating and movement tips.

For more information, view the flyer or email

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Location S

Save the Date: Mentorship Symposium Sept. 12

The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Office for Faculty Development is collaborating with the CCTST, the Center for Professional Excellence and the colleges of medicine and nursing to present a half-day program on mentoring Friday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room 1.203.

This year’s program will include sessions on:

  • Jumpstarting successful mentoring relationships.
  • Effective communication, establishing expectations and ensuring inclusion in mentoring relationships.
  • Hot topics in mentoring.

Workshops will include opportunities to interact with peers, presenters and panel members around these topics. A detailed agenda and registration information will be available soon.

For more information, email

UC Bearcats

Vote on the #HottestCollegeinAmerica T-Shirt Design Contest

This summer, UC is hosting the #HottestCollegeinAmerica T-shirt Design Contest to find the best design for a new UC T-shirt.

Vote online for one of four finalists through July 18. The winning T-shirt design will be produced by one of the university's official licensees and sold in the UC Bookstore this fall.

›› See the finalists and vote online.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Research in Patient Services Colloquium July 14: Carole Tucker, PT, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy and electrical engineering at Temple University, will present, "Patient Reported Outcome Measures," at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Chilfdren’s Research Auditorium, Location R, 3381.
  • Medical Grand Rounds July 16: Jonathan Bernstein, MD, professor in the division of immunology, allergy and rheumatology, will present "Novel Approaches to Drug Allergy: How the Allergist can Help!” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • CCTST Grand Rounds July 18: Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH, of the Cancer Control and Outcomes Program at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center, will discuss, "Communicating Scientific Evidence to Patients: Should Strategies be Tailored to Level of Health Numeracy?” at noon in MSB 3351.
  • Lucille & Smith Gibson Endowed Lecture in Dermatology July 24: Vera Price, MD, professor emerita of dermatology at the University of California San Francisco, will present, "Androgenic Alopecia & Cicatricial Alopecia: Update on Current Management,” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center, Room G344.
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