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Office of Graduate Medical Education,

UC Medical Center Celebrate Doctors' Day

The Office of Graduate Medical Education honored five residents, while UC Medical Center honored five attending physicians as part of National Doctors’ Day, March 30, 2015. Honors were presented in ceremonies during the last two weeks of March leading up to Doctors’ Day. The five College of Medicine residents were each honored with the 2015 Graduate Medical Trainee Award of Excellence, while UC Medical Center presented awards in five categories for attending physicians including: Exemplary Physician Award, Clinical MVP Award, Impact Award; Sustained Excellence Award and Collaborator Award.

This year’s award-winning residents include: Shaun Chandna, MD, third-year fellow in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology; Elise Henning, MD, third-year resident in internal medicine; Megan Stevenson, MD, PGY6 resident in the Department of Surgery; Matthew Stull, MD, chief resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine; and Saravanan Thiagarajan, MD, second-year rheumatology fellow.

This year’s award-winning attending physicians include: Andrew Friedrich, MD, Anesthesiology; Sustained Excellence Award; Dawn Kleindorfer, MD, Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine; Collaborator Award; Kenneth Davis Jr., MD, Surgery; Exemplary Physician Award; Michael Archdeacon, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery; Clinical MVP Award; and Shimul Shah, MD, Surgery; Impact Award.

>> Read more about our doctors online


Gallery of Awardees Honors 3 Faculty Members

The display celebrating faculty who were recently awarded research funding annually totaling $100,000 or more is currently honoring Shao-Chun Wang, PhD, Department of Cancer Biology; Kenneth Sherman, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases; and Joshua Magee, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine. The Gallery of Awardees is coordinated by the College of Medicine’s Office of Research. Posters highlight each researcher and include a brief synopsis of the award goals and names of co-investigators. See the Gallery of Awardees display in the CARE/Crawley Atrium across from the dean’s suite.

Christian Hong, PhD
Christian Hong, PhD
Christy Holland
Christy Holland, PhD

Office of Research Introduces New Awards

The College of Medicine Office of Research has introduced several new research awards to recognize faculty excellence across a broad spectrum of research activities. The Rising Star Award and the Cross Cutting Award have been given to recipients who have demonstrated a level of performance that well exceeds normal expectations and places them in the top tier of their College of Medicine peers.  

This year’s research Rising Star Award winner is Christian Hong, PhD, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, while the Cross Cutting Research Individual Award winner is Christy Holland, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine.  The Cross Cutting Research Team Award was presented to the Cincinnati Interprofessional Care Collaborative.

Hong is interested in utilizing temporal information from the circadian clock and its molecular connections with other cellular processes such as the cell cycle to improve human health. Holland and her  team of interdisciplinary collaborators are developing therapeutic ultrasound technology for the treatment of stroke and cardiovascular disease. The Cincinnati Interprofessional Care Collaborative has developed projects that are fundamentally interprofessional in their approach to improving health through practice based on innovations and quality improvement.

Kettering Laboratory is home to UC's environmental health department.
Kettering Laboratory 

Master of Public Health Week Celebration Wednesday

The UC Master of Public Health Program will celebrate Public Health Week 2015 with a day of events for students Wednesday, April 8. The schedule includes:

"How to Become an Effective Advocate of Health”: an advocacy panel featuring Tristate public health officials; 10-11:30 a.m.; Kehoe Auditorium-Kettering Lab.

Panelists include: Jennifer Chubinski, Interact for Health; Noble Maseru, PhD, MPH, Cincinnati health commissioner; Lynne Saddler, MD, PhD, director, Northern Kentucky Health Department; and Tim Ingram, Hamilton County Health Department.

Student lunch meet and greet with panelists11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; Room 121, Kettering Lab. (Students, please RSVP to

Health Value Dashboard and Webinar led by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio12:30–1 p.m.; Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.

For more information on any of these events, call 513-558-1875 or email

David Stern, MD, Thomas Boat, MD, and Lee Ann Liska

UC Health Acquires Cincinnati Arthritis Associates

UC Health has acquired Cincinnati Arthritis Associates (CAA), a professional medical subspecialty group that provides patient-centered care for Tristate residents suffering from arthritis, immune-mediated inflammatory disease and musculoskeletal disorders.

The acquisition will allow UC Health and CAA to be the largest provider of immunology and rheumatology services in the region. Six physicians and a medical support team at CAA will continue providing patient care at three locations in the region. Two CAA physicians will also receive new faculty appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine, while four other physicians already have appointments with UC.

>> More on CAA

Stephen Strakowski, MD
Stephen Strakowski, MD

REMINDER: Next 'Ready, Set, Go!' Thursday

As the next event of the 2014-15 "Ready, Set, Go!" series, Stephen Strakowski, MD, senior vice president, strategy and transformation, UC Health,  and professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, will present "Mentoring and Career Guidance” from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9, in University Hall Room 450.

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

Kettering North
Kettering North

Notice to Proceed Issued for Demolition of Kettering North

A Notice to Proceed for demolition of the North Wing of the Kettering Lab complex has been issued to Turner Construction for work to begin April 6, 2015. The contractor plans to begin mobilizing on or about that date. Early work includes construction of barriers around the perimeter of the site, scoping out the building, assessing existing conditions and beginning to re-route utilities.

A Finance and Administration Committee recommended to the Board of Trustees that the building, constructed in 1930, be demolished because it is structurally unsound and infeasible to renovate. The site will be landscaped, and a new exterior masonry wall will be built where the North Wing had been connected to the complex.

Sulaiman Sheriff, PhD, and Hassane Amlal, PhD
Cancer research

SAVE THE DATE: 'Rock Out Cancer' Concert June 20

The first "Rock Out Cancer” concert benefiting the UC Cancer Institute and GIVEHOPE is set for the Horseshoe Casino at 6:30 p.m. June 20, 2015. The Guess Who will be performing. Gold Star Chili and BSI Engineering will sponsor the event. 

Tickets are $80 for general admission and include dinner by the bite featuring restaurants Gold Star Chili, Rock Bottom Brewery, Via Vite, Palomino, Bella Luna and Horseshoe Casino, and desserts by Patricia’s Wedding cakes. VIP and Super VIP tickets with added perks are available.

>>> Purchase tickets

Shirt Hoxworth

UC Spring Blood Drive Scheduled for April 6-10

After a treacherous end to winter, blood donations are at a critically low level following multiple drives being canceled due to snow. Hoxworth Blood Center is counting on the University of Cincinnati to help push donations to a safe level of available blood products.

The UC All Campus Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It will be held in the Campus Recreation Center on UC’s west campus. Every donor will receive a newly designed Hoxworth T-shirt.

Schedule an appointment by calling 513-451-0910 or visit


  • Molecular Genetics Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar April 7: Kristof Nolan, doctoral student, will present "Molecular Determinants Required for DAN-Family Mediated Antagonism of BMP Signaling,” and Nassif Tabaja, doctoral student, will present "Comparative Analysis of CSL Binding Partners” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds April 7: Vijaya Reddy, MD, UC Health geriatrician, will present "Cognitive Disorders in Elderly” at noon in the Drake Center "A” Level, Room F.
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Grand Rounds April 8: Stephen MacLeod, MD, Loyola University, will present "Changing Trends in Etiology and Management of Facial Trauma” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds April 8: Rhonna Shatz, DO, Sandy and Bob Heimann Chair in Research and Education of Alzheimer’s Disease at the UC Memory Disorders Center, and the Rev. James Kraft, chaplain, Henry Ford Hospital, will present "Guiding Patients and Families Through the Medical Valleys of Life” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Integrative Health and Wellness Grand Rounds April 8: Rekha Chaudhary, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology, will present "Is There More Than Traditional Medicine Has to Offer?” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Medical Grand Rounds April 8: Geoff Block, MD, will present "Recent Advances in Understanding CKD—Mineral and Bones Disorders” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds April 8: Gabrielle Carlson, MD,  Stony Brook University School of Medicine, will present, "Bipolar I Disorder with Psychosis: 10-20 Year Outcomes from the Suffolk County Mental Health Project” at noon in Stetson 2108. 
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Graduate Student Seminar April 9: Archana Shrestha, a graduate student in the Department of Cancer Biology mentored by Punam Malik, MD, will present "Mechanism of Human Hematopoietic Stem Cell Loss During Ex Vivo Manipulation and Gene Transfer” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship April 9: Sancy Leachman, MD, PhD, Oregon Health and Science University, will present "Melanoma Prevention Update” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G344) on the ground level of the Hoxworth Building.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series April 9: Ann Egan, a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, will present "Neurocircuits Mediating Comfort Food Stress Relief,” and Monwabisi Makola, a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, will present "The Long-term Effects of Radiation Therapy On the White Matter Integrity of the Corpus Callosum and Internal Capsule in Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Speaker Series April 10: Natalia Connolly, PhD, Division of Biomedical Informatics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Big Data Tools in Biomedical Informatics: Challenges and Promises” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130. 

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