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Date: Monday, March 16, 2015

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Medical Sciences Building
Medical Sciences Building

College of Medicine Moves Up 6 Spots
in ‘Best Medical Schools’ Rankings

The College of Medicine moved up six places to No. 40 in the latest U.S. News & World Report list of "Best Medical Schools,” released last week. Additionally, the college continued to be ranked No. 3 for pediatrics, a position it has held since 2007.

"I would like to thank everyone at the College of Medicine for their efforts in making this such a great school,” William Ball, MD, interim vice president for health affairs and dean, College of Medicine, said in a memo to the college’s faculty and staff. "With an incoming first-year class bearing a GPA that was the highest we’ve seen in at least the last 15 years to a wonderfully productive faculty and supportive staff, we should all be proud of this accomplishment. I am certain we can continue building on this and keep moving our college forward.”

Ball also offered thanks to Thomas Boat, MD, former vice president for health affairs and dean, and "all the faculty and staff who have worked so hard to get back on track.”

Ball offered congratulations to the College of Nursing, ranked No. 54, and the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, ranked No. 32, and noted that the College of Allied Health Sciences had several highly ranked programs: Speech-Language Pathology at No. 35, Audiology at No. 37, Physical Therapy at No. 99 and Social Work at No. 104.

>>> Complete listings for schools of medicine

MSB Rehabilitation
MSB Rehabilitation

Service Elevators to Be Closed Periodically

The two service elevators in the Medical Sciences Building, located just south (toward UC Medical Center) of the passenger elevators, are scheduled to be rebuilt and will be closed periodically beginning Monday, March 16, and continuing through Thursday, April 9.

From Monday, March 16, to Monday, March 30, during installation of a new door panel system, they will be turned off between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights.

From Tuesday, March 31, to Thursday, April 9, during interior rebuilding, one elevator will be turned off between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights.

Signs will be posted at each level during periods when the service elevators are closed. Passenger elevators will not be affected and will be available for use.

Kim Dietrich, PhD
Kim Dietrich, PhD

Dietrich Elected to Board of Scientific Counselors

Kim Dietrich, PhD, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health’s Division of Epidemiology, has been elected to the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The 16-member board provides advice and guidance to federal agencies regarding program goals, objectives, strategies and priorities in fulfillment of the agencies’ mission to protect and promote health.

Kari Dunning, PhD

REMINDER: Next IT Workshop Thursday, March 19

The next College of Medicine Information Technology Workshop will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in Room 4051 of the Medical Sciences Building. It will focus on the IT @ UC service management program and College of Medicine data ownership and management.

Dom Ferreri, assistant vice president, client services, will discuss service management at UC. Erma Fritsche, assistant director, service management, will give an overview of the service management program. Brian Tyree, process design engineer, service management, will give an overview of process design projects, and Jessee Fatherree, manager, College of Medicine IT system services, will review shared data ownership and management.

Kingsgate Marriott
Kingsgate Marriott

CME Program Announcement March 20-21

The 14th annual State of the Art Management of Infectious Diseases CME Conference will be held on two days at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. The evening dinner and keynote address will be presented at 6 p.m. Friday, March 20. Saturday’s program takes place 8:30 a.m. to 2:05 p.m., with a continental breakfast and lunch provided. You may attend one or both programs. There is no fee to attend.

To register:

>>>For Friday’s program
>>>For Saturday's program

For more information, call Melody Lunney at 513-584-7535 or email

Mia Mallory, MD
Mia Mallory, MD

REMINDER: Diversity and Inclusion Talk Set for March 25

The Diversity and Inclusion presentation "Current Topics in Culturally Competent Care” by Charla Weiss, PhD, originally scheduled for Feb. 18 has been rescheduled for noon Wednesday, March 25. The program had previously been canceled due to inclement weather.

Weiss is a human resources consultant in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her presentation will be in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.

The session, which will be hosted by Mia Mallory, MD, associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the College of Medicine, is part of the Academic Health Center’s "Diversity and Inclusion: Education, Collaboration and Transformation” speaker series.

>>> More information about the series


  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute and Cardiovascular Center Seminar Series March 16: David Hui, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and director, Metabolic Diseases Research Center, will present "Pleiotropic Roles of LDL Receptor Family Proteins in Cardiometabolic Disease Modulation” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.
  • Research in Patient Services Colloquium March 16: Ardythe Morrow, PhD, professor, Department of Pediatrics, and Division of Neonatology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Human milk oligosaccharide as medicine: The ancient and novel” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S1.204.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds March 18: Lucian Sulica, MD, director, Sean Parker Institute for Voice, Weill Cornell Medical College, will present "Current Concepts in Vocal Fold Paralysis” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds March 18: Jennifer Brown, PhD, Texas Tech University, will present "Added Benefits: Secondary Improvements Following Participation in Behavioral Health and Psychiatric Treatments” at noon in Stetson 2108.
  • Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds March 18: Joseph R. Duffy, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, will present "It’s more than "Slurred”: Some things Speech can tell us about Neurologic disease” at 8 a.m. in MSB E 351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds March 18: Satya Shreenivas, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, will present "Structural Heart Disease” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series March 19: David Plas, PhD, will present "Exploring S6K1 as a Chemotherapeutic Target” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Ground Rounds March 20: Shahla Hosseini, MD, PhD, will present "Is Motor Complete SCI Truly Complete? A Look at Spinal Cord Stimulation for Restoring Motor Function" at 8 a.m. in MSB 6051.
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series Event Canceled: The presentation scheduled for March 16 (today) by Philip E. Bourne, PhD, associate director for data science, National Institutes of Health, was canceled.
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