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Alberto Espay, MD
Alberto Espay, MD

Andrew Duker, MD
Andrew Duker, MD

Alberto Espay, MD, Named Director of

Gardner Center at UC Neuroscience Institute

Alberto Espay, MD, an associate professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine, has been named director and endowed chair of the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Neuroscience Institute. The announcement was made by Brett Kissela, MD, Albert Barnes Voorheis Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Espay, who has served as clinical research director at the Gardner Center, replaces Fredy Revilla, MD, who is taking on a new role as division chief/chair for a new neurology department at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Revilla served as director for both the Gardner Center and the department’s division of movement disorders for over 11 years.

In addition to his new role at the Gardner Center, Espay will be the research director of the neurology and rehabilitation medicine department’s division of movement disorders and will work closely with Andrew Duker, MD, an associate professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine, who will serve as the clinical director.

Abbigail Tissot, PhD
Abbigail Tissot, PhD

Tissot Appointed Assistant Dean of Admissions

Abbigail Tissot, PhD, has been appointed assistant dean of admissions following a national search. 

Tissot earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Kent State University. She joined the UC College of Medicine from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she completed her fellowship and was an assistant professor of pediatrics (research track).

Tissot has been the College of Medicine's director of student affairs and recruitment programs, which includes Connections Dual Admissions and the R.O.S.E program, since 2013.

In her new role, she replaces Stephen Manuel, PhD, who left last month after serving as assistant dean since May 2005.

Barbara Gadzinski
Barbara Gadzinski

Gadzinski Named Director of Registration and Records

Barbara Gadzinski has been appointed director of registration and records for the College of Medicine and will serve as the college’s registrar. She has been serving as a program director in the college’s student affairs office for the past three years. The appointment follows the September retirement of IvaDean Lair-Adolph as registrar and assistant dean. Lair-Adolph is now associate dean of student/alumni transitions.

Veterans Day

REMINDER: UC's Veterans Day Ceremony Is Today

The University of Cincinnati will pay tribute to all military veterans during a ceremony today (Monday, Nov. 10). The formal event will begin at 9 a.m. on McMicken Commons and will be led by UC President Santa Ono, PhD. Remarks will be given by guest speaker retired U.S. Navy Capt. Frank Mendralski, a UC alumnus. All are welcome to attend, and free refreshments will be available.

UC’s ceremony will be held in advance of the national Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

The ceremony concludes with the presentation of a commemorative gift to veterans in attendance, and a Veterans Fair will begin shortly afterward. UC has close to 1,500 student veterans enrolled—one of the largest populations of student veterans in Ohio.

For more information, contact UC’s Office of Veterans Programs & Services at 513-556-6811 or

Medical Sciences Building
College of Medicine

College of Medicine Joins AAMC in 'Joining Forces Wellness Week'

In recognition of Veterans Day, the College of Medicine is one of more than 100 medical schools joining with the Association of American Medical Colleges—with the White House Joining Forces staff and the Center for Deployment Psychology—to support the third Joining Forces Wellness Week. The event is meant to heighten awareness about the health needs of the nation's veterans, service members and their families and elevate the role that medical schools and teaching hospitals play in serving the military veteran community.

The weeklong initiative Nov. 10-14 includes a webinar series on the health and wellness of military service members and veterans. 

>> Get details on the webinar series and register.

Protecting data

Next College of Medicine IT Workshop Nov. 20

Join the College of Medicine information technology team Thursday, Nov. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 4015, for the next update on college IT operations and core services.

Wade Hedgren, director, College of Medicine IT (COM-IT) Core Operations, and Kent Norton, assistant director and manager of information systems, will present.

The Nov. 20 workshop marks the third IT session since a May 1 presentation on information security.

Mary McMahon, MD
Mary McMahon, MD

McMahon Wins Distinguished Clinician Award

Mary McMahon, MD, a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine and division director of pediatric rehabilitation medicine, has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The award is presented by the AAPM&R to honor individual physiatrists who have achieved distinction on the basis of their scholarly level of teaching and their outstanding performance in patient care activities.

McMahon’s award will be acknowledged at the AAPM&R annual meeting in San Diego Saturday, Nov. 15, during the Walter J. Zeiter Lecture and Awards Ceremony.

Drake Center
Daniel Drake Center

REMINDER: 'Conquering Depression' Symposium Nov. 15

The Mood Disorders Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute will present a free symposium on depression from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Conference Center at Drake on the campus of the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care.

"Conquering Depression: Different Approaches for All Ages” is for anyone who has suffered from depression and for their family members and friends. The afternoon’s agenda will include presentations by faculty members from the UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. In addition, Carol Williams, news anchor at WCPO-TV, Channel 9, will speak on "Reporting When Nobody Wants to Talk.”

>> Register online or for more information or contact Sonya Kirkland at 513-558-4866.

James Heubi, MD
James Heubi, MD

REMINDER: Next 'Ready, Set, Go!' Workshop Nov. 13

As part of the 2014-15 "Ready, Set, Go!" series, James Heubi, MD, associate dean for clinical and translational research, will present "Funding Your Research Enterprise" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in University Hall, Room 450.

>> View the complete series listing, see learning objectives and register online



  • Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute and Cardiovascular Center Seminar Series Nov. 10: Jerry Lingrel, PhD, interim chair, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology, will present "Role of the KLF2 Transcription Factor in Atherosclerosis” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.
  • CCTST Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design (BERD) Monthly Seminar Series Nov. 11: Dawit Tadesse, PhD, UC mathematical sciences, will present "High-Dimensional Classification Methods for Sparse Signals and Their Applications in Gene Expression Data” at 3 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room 5.125.
  • Transplant Grand Rounds Nov. 11: Peter White, PhD, Rieveschl Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics, will present "Bringing Big Data to the College of Medicine” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Nov. 12: Rebecca Howell, MD, will present "What do you mean you can’t swallow – Dysphagia in HNCA Patients after Chemo/XRT” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds Nov. 12: Rahul Karamchandani, MD, will present "Diagnostic Dilemmas of Dementia due to Vascular Disease” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Nov. 12: Jindan Yu, PhD, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, will present "Microenvironment-Dependent Roles of FOXA1 in Prostate Cancer and its Implications in Therapeutics” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Nov. 12: Bruce Yacyshyn, MD, will present "Reverse Engineering GI bleeding: finding new directions for therapy” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Lucille & Smith Gibson Endowed Lectureship in Dermatology Nov. 13: C. Ralph Daniel III, MD, University of Mississippi Medical Center, will present "Update: Onychomycosis, Chronic Paronychia, Onycholysis & the Disappearing Nail Bed” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center, Hoxworth Building, Room G-344.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Nov. 13: Rina Plattner, PhD, University of Kentucky, will present "A Novel Role for Abl Family Kinases During Melanoma Progression” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Thursday Seminar Series Nov. 13: Holly Hanson, MD, pediatric emergency fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Kelly Kamimura-Nishimura, MD, clinical fellow, division of endocrinology, Cincinnati Children’s, will present at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab. Hanson will discuss "Early Identifiable Risk Factors for the Development of Pediatric Acute Kidney Injury.” Kamimura-Nishimura’s topic is "Rates of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Treatment with Psychotropic Medications in a National Population-Based Sample: 1994-2009.”
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Monthly Research in Patient Services Colloquium Nov. 17: Sharron Docherty, PhD, will present "Trajectories of Decision Making for Infants with Complex Life-Threatening Conditions” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S8.125.
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