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2011 White Coat Ceremony
White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony Aug. 8

The 2014 College of Medicine White Coat Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati.

The ceremony, symbolic of entrance into medical school, features incoming students donning a white lab coat with assistance from faculty.

UC President Santa Ono, PhD, and Dean of the College of Medicine Thomas Boat, MD, will offer remarks during the ceremony. The keynote address will be presented by Kenneth Davis Jr., MD, professor of surgery in the UC Department of Surgery’s Division of Trauma and Critical Care.

For more information, contact IvaDean Lair at 513-558-5577 or

Thomas Herzog, MD,
Thomas Herzog, MD

Herzog Named New UC Cancer Institute Clinical Director

Thomas Herzog, MD, UC College of Medicine alumnus, will be the new clinical director of the UC Cancer Institute, effective Aug. 1.

He replaces Franklin Smith, MD, who is leaving to become vice president for medical affairs at Medpace, Inc. Smith will remain an adjunct professor of medicine and pediatrics within the UC College of Medicine.

Herzog comes from Columbia University, where he has been the director of the division of gynecologic oncology since 2004. He will also be a faculty member within the gynecologic oncology division at UC.

Herzog graduated from the UC College of Medicine in 1986 and then completed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati in 1990 and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, in 1993. Read more about Herzog's appointment.

UC at the Zoo
UC at the Zoo

UC at the Zoo Event Sept. 6

Join your fellow Bearcats for UC at the Zoo Saturday, Sept. 6, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The zoo will be open exclusively to the UC community for this special event.

Tickets are $7 and include admission, parking and discounts. Since this is a private event, zoo memberships are not valid.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or the Tangeman University Center (TUC) Information Center. UC at the Zoo is sponsored by UC and UC Health.

Stephen Manuel, PhD
Stephen Manuel, PhD

Manuel Stepping Down From Admissions Post

Stephen Manuel, PhD, assistant dean of admissions for the College of Medicine, has accepted the position of associate dean of admissions at the University of Mississippi College of Medicine. His last day at the UC College of Medicine will be Friday, Oct. 3.

Manuel has served as assistant dean of admissions at UC for more than nine years. He initiated the use of the Multiple Mini Interview as an important screening tool for medical school applicants, making UC the first medical school to use this tool in the United States.

Over the next few weeks, the College of Medicine will work to develop plans for future leadership of admissions.

Caleb Adler, MD
Caleb Adler, MD

Adler Named Vice Chair of Clinical Research

Cal Adler, MD, has accepted the position of vice chair of clinical research for the UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Melissa Delbello, MD, the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Professor and chair of the department, says Adler will provide leadership and guidance for all departmental clinical research activities. He will also develop strategic initiatives to advance the research mission of the department.

Adler will continue to serve as director of the UC Center for Imaging Research and co-director of the division of bipolar disorders research and the Mood Disorders Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute.

Min Liu, PhD
Min Liu, PhD

Liu Named to NIH Study Section

Min Liu, PhD, a professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine, has been chosen to serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health Neuroendocrinology, Neuroimmunology, Rhythms and Sleep Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. 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. Liu’s term of service is through June 30, 2020.

Lucas Conference Room, Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions
Stanley Lucas Boardroom

Technology Commercialization Workshop Aug. 5

UC’s Technology Commercialization Accelerator will host the final workshop in its three-month Technology Commercialization series Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Medical Sciences Building E-005h (Stanley Lucas Boardroom).

The final session, "Putting Your Idea on Path to Commercialization,” will offer attendees the opportunity to share more about their own ideas and work to put a commercialization strategy around them.

Accelerator Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and/or faculty inventors will be on hand to talk about the process of turning ideas into commercial potential.

Also in attendance at the final session will be Mark Low, managing director of the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC) and the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI), based at the Cleveland Clinic. Low will share details about funding opportunities through the NCAI and the GCIC.

Lunch is provided and RSVPs are required. RSVP to Tony Mohn at or 513-558-2485.

Vladimir Bogdanov, PhD
Vladimir Bogdanov, PhD

Bogdanov Receives GIVEHOPE/BSI Grant

A team led by Vladimir Bogdanov, PhD, assistant professor and director of the Hemostasis Research Program within the division of hematology oncology at the UC College of Medicine, has been awarded $50,000 from the GIVEHOPE Pancreatic Cancer Research and Awareness Fund and BSI Engineering to conduct research specifically focused on using a novel form of Tissue Factor as a diagnostic and possibly a therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer patients.

This grant, Bogdanov’s second award from GIVEHOPE and BSI, will help him to continue his lab work in this area and hopefully gain even more federal funding in the future.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-associated death, and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), the most common type of pancreatic cancer that involves the tumor building a protective barrier around itself which makes it harder to treat, accounts for over 80 percent of all forms of pancreatic cancer.

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Medical Grand Rounds July 30, 2014: Marta Render, MD, professor in the department of internal medicine’s division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and physician with the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will present "Update–Lung Cancer Screening,” at noon in Medical Sciences Building (MSB) E-351.

  • Sports Science Initiative: The UC Sports Neuroscience Initiative (SNI), a newly formed effort to achieve research breakthroughs that will enhance student-athletes’ health and safety, will host a cross-campus academic conference Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, with a goal of encouraging multidisciplinary collaborations. The conference will be held in the Medical Sciences Building, Room E-351. For more information, contact Kim Hasselfeld at 513-584-3931 or
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