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William Hurford, MD
William Hurford, MD

Anesthesiology Chair William Hurford Appointed UC Health Chief Medical Officer

William Hurford, MD, chair of anesthesiology, was named Feb. 13 as the first chief medical officer of UC Health, the University’s affiliated health system. 

In making the announcement, UC Health CEO and president Richard Lofgren, MD, said this newly created position is extremely significant for UC Health. As chief medical officer, Hurford will be responsible for the overall performance of the UC Health clinical services in terms of quality, safety, service, efficiency and clinical outcomes. Lofgren acknowledged Hurford’s record of achievement as a clinician, educator, researcher and administrative leader and that he is already well acquainted with UC, the College of Medicine and the UC Health system. 

Hurford will remain chair of anesthesiology until a replacement is identified.

>>> More information about the appointment

Judith Feinberg, MD
Judith Feinberg, MD

Alvin Crawford, MD
Alvin Crawford, MD

Feinberg, Crawford Honored as Health Care Heroes

Judith Feinberg, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Alvin Crawford, MD, professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery, were among the winners at the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2015 Health care Heroes Awards dinner Thursday night, Feb. 12, at the Hyatt Regency, downtown. Feinberg won in the Community Outreach category, and Crawford was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Finalists in the awards categories were also honored. They included Charles Brady, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, and director, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety treatment program, Lindner Center of HOPE (Provider), Jay Johannigman, MD, chief, Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Critical Care (Provider), Elaine Miller, PhD, College of Nursing (Provider), and Rosemary Keiser, vice president of ambulatory services, University of Cincinnati Physicians (Manager).

The Health Care Heroes Awards recognize individuals who have elevated the quality of health care in our region through outstanding patient care, innovative programs, management skills or community service.

Jordan Bonomo, MD
Jordan Bonomo, MD
Bryce Robinson, MD
Bryce Robinson, MD

Bonomo and Robinson Named Critical Care Fellows

Jordan Bonomo, MD, Departments of Emergency Medicine (director, Division of Critical Care) and Neurosurgery (director, Neurocritical Care Fellowship), and Bryce Robinson, MD, Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Critical Care, have been inducted as fellows of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Fellows are practitioners, researchers, administrators and educators who have made outstanding contributions to the collaborative field of critical care.

Bonomo and Robinson were inducted in January at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 44th Critical Care Congress in Phoenix.

W. John Kitzmiller, MD
John Kitzmiller, MD

Kitzmiller Recognized by ACGME and ABMS

John Kitzmiller, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery, was recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for going above and beyond in his involvement with graduate medical education and helping residents be better prepared to provide cutting-edge patient care. This recognition comes as part of an ACGME and ABMS Board initiative, called the Milestones initiative, to develop measurable outcomes for graduate medical education. More than 600 volunteers, one of whom was Kitzmiller, gave more than 1,500 hours to this project.

Mia Mallory, MD
Mia Mallory, MD

Next Diversity and Inclusion Talk Is Wednesday, Feb. 18

The next event in the February speaker series, "Diversity and Inclusion: Education, Collaboration and Transformation,” is set for noon Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium and is hosted by Mia Mallory, MD, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, College of Medicine.

Charla Weiss, PhD, human resources consultant, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Current Topics in Culturally Competent Care.”

This series of hour-long talks—being held each Wednesday in February—is hosted by the Academic Health Center’s four health colleges and features different speakers each week. A light lunch will be provided.

>>> More information about the series

David Chan, MD, PhD
David Chan, MD, PhD

Caltech’s Chan to Deliver Larsen Lecture Thursday

David Chan, MD, PhD, California Institute of Technology, will give the William J. Larsen Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Cancer Biology, at noon Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. His topic will be "Physiological Functions of Mitochondrial Dynamics.”

Chan, trained as a physician scientist at Harvard University, is widely regarded as a leader in the field of mitochondrial dynamics. His group at Caltech is exploring the basics of mitochondrial fusion and fission.

William Larsen, PhD (1942-2000), was a professor of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy at the College of Medicine. The lecture series was created for the Department of Cancer Biology to honor his research.

For more information, contact Kelli Moquin at 513-558-7379.

Santa Ono, PhD
Santa Ono, PhD

UC Foundation Seeks Input on Future Campaign Priorities

In alignment with UC's Creating Our Third Century focus on people, experiences and resources, the UC Foundation is seeking input and ideas from the UC community to fuel the development of the philanthropic funding priorities for the university’s next fundraising campaign. UC faculty, staff and students are invited to be a part of this important priority-identification process. UC President Santa Ono, PhD, and UC Foundation President Rodney Grabowski will lead town hall meetings across the university during the next month, including one from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in Kresge Auditorium. An online survey is also available.

Erin Haynes, DrPH
Erin Haynes, DrPH

CCTST Grand Rounds on Appalachian Disparities Friday

Erin Haynes, DrPH, will present "The Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN): An invitation to address health disparities in Appalachia” at the next CCTST Grand Rounds at noon Friday, Feb. 20, in MSB 2351.

Haynes is an associate professor of environmental health and director of the Clinical and Translational Research Training Program, UC College of Medicine. Continuing education credit is offered. Lunch is available to CCTST members (join free of charge) who RSVP to Sandy Geideman at by Feb. 18.

CARE/Crawley Atrium
CARE/Crawley Atrium

Access to MSB and CARE/Crawley Limited Saturday

Contractors will be at the Medical Sciences Building Saturday, Feb. 21, to replace the broken office window that faces the Atrium, Room 2005F, Maintenance & Operations reports. The contractors will also be replacing glass panels on two of the CARE/MSB bridges. The work will begin at 7 a.m. and should end by 5 p.m.

There will be no access to the Atrium area, connecting bridges, Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library on Levels G and 1 facing the Atrium, outside entrances, stairways and other possible ways to enter the construction space during this time. To gain access to labs in CARE and the Fitness Center, enter through the exterior door near Subway and use the CARE elevators. Access to MSB from CARE or CARE exterior entry doors will not be available.

Maintenance & Operations asks that students, faculty and staff, for their own safety, pay attention to routing signs and caution tape during this activity. 

For more information, call Don Becker at 513-556-4734 or Ken Bloomer at 513-556-0605.


  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute and Cardiovascular Center Seminar Series Feb. 16: Kullervo Hynynen, PhD, University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Research Institute, will present "Is Focused Ultrasound Opening a New Era for Brain Treatments?” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 17: R. Andrew Byrd, PhD, National Cancer Institute, will present "Allostery and Dynamics Create Processivity in Ubiquitination” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Transplant Division Grand Rounds Feb. 17: Michael Jordan, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "LRBA Deficiency: New insights and promising targeted therapies for a new immune regulatory disorder” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Physiology Seminar Feb. 17: Peter Lauf, MD, Wright State University, will present "Na/K Pump ATPase and Bcl-2 Proteins: An Oligomeric Bio-Sensor Controlling Cellular Life and Death?” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series Special Seminar Feb. 18: Faculty candidate Christopher Dillon, PhD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, will present "RIPped to Death: Necrosis, Apoptosis, Development, and Disease" from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Feb. 18: Joseph Han, MD, will present "Subclassification of Chronic Sinusitis” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Neurology Grand Rounds Feb. 18: Shannon Seals, MD, will present "Neurological Clinicopathologic Case Presentation” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Feb. 18: Dwight Tillery founder, president and CEO of the Center for Closing the Health Gap, and Renee Mahaffey Harris, the center’s executive director, will present "Grassroots Mobilization Approach to Addressing Health Disparities” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Laboratory.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Feb. 18: Judith Feinberg, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases will present "Bugs in the Blood” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (MCBP) Graduate Seminar Feb. 18: Kobina Essandoh will present "The Beneficial Effects of Exosome Release Blockage in Sepsis-induced Inflammation and Cardiac Dysfunction" and Chang Zeng, also of the MCBP graduate program, will present "IL-13-induced Dilated Intracellular Space Formation in Esophageal Epithelial Cells is Dependent on SLC9A3 Function” at 12 noon in MSB 2351.
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds Feb. 18: Elihu Godshalk, MD, Addiction Psychiatry Fellow at UCMC and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Medical Center, will present "Medical Marijuana: inform your opinion with medical evidence” at noon in Stetson 2108.
  • Department of Environmental Health Division of Epidemiology Thursday Seminar Series Feb. 19: Arielle Hernandez, MPH candidate, will present "A practical approach to sickle cell in Uganda: The Uganda Sickle Surveillance Study (US3)” at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Laboratory.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Feb. 19: Chris Dulla, PhD, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University, will present "Astrocytic glutamate uptake in the injured cerebral cortex” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
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