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Eighteen faculty, staff and supporters of medical education at the University of Cincinnati were honored April 29, 2015, at the Phoenix at the College of Medicine's annual Medical Education Recognition Dinner.

Medical Education Faculty and Supporters Honored by the College of Medicine

Every two years, educators and supporters of medical education at the College of Medicine are recognized for their outstanding contributions and commitment to medical education.

This year’s Medical Education Recognition Dinner, held April 29 at the Phoenix, downtown, honored winners of the 2015 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the community preceptor awards along with individuals recognized in the following categories: outstanding contributions and support to medical education, graduate medical education, exemplary service and commitment to medical student education and newcomer.

Eight individuals received the 2015 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. The winners are: Syed Ahmad, MD, professor of surgery; Robert Banks, PhD, professor emeritus of molecular and cellular physiology; M. Stephen Baxter, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine; Suresh Kamath, MD, professor of internal medicine; H. Joseph Kiesler, MD, associate professor of family and community medicine; Terence Kirley, PhD, professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics; Keith Stringer, MD, research assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine; and Kathryn Wikenheiser-Brokamp, MD, PhD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine.

Four individuals won community preceptor awards. The winners are: Michael Draznik, MD; David Lustig, MD; Chris Peltier, MD, UC Department of Pediatrics; and Melissa Schroer, MD.

The award for outstanding contributions and support to medical education was given to Daniel Burr, PhD, assistant dean and assistant professor of medical education, and Wan Lim, PhD, associate professor of medical education.

Graduate medical education awards were given to Bradley Davis, MD, director, residency training program in general surgery, and Jessica Sloniker, program coordinator, residency training program in pathology.

Rose Wolterman, program coordinator, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the award for exemplary service and commitment to medical student education while Lisa Kelly, MD, adjunct instructor, Department of Ophthalmology, received the newcomer award.

Read more about the dinner online.

Check out images of the awards dinner.

Bench to bedside research

Research Week 2015 Kicks Off Today

Join your colleagues for today’s Research Week 2015 opening ceremony and block party. Local 12’s "Good Morning Cincinnati" anchor Sheila Gray will serve as emcee for the 11 a.m. program in Levine Park (near Kresge Circle), which will include remarks by UC President Santa Ono, PhD, and a presentation by General Peter Chiarelli (Ret.), CEO of One Mind. Free food and live entertainment will follow until 1 p.m. Research Week 2015, presented by Assurex Health, continues through Friday. With more than 20 events, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Get the full schedule of Research Week events.

Connect on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram using #ResearchWeek

For more information on Research Week 2015, contact Brieanne Sheehan, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, at 513-558-7564.

Ronald Jaekle, MD

Free Webinar Set for Tuesday, May 5

In conjunction with the EDS Awareness campaign, Ronald Jaekle, MD, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will present a free webinar entitled "Ehlers-Danlos and Pregnancy” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. Individuals with EDS have a defect in their connective tissue, the tissue that provides support to many body parts such as the skin, muscles and ligaments.

The webinar is being sponsored by and can be accessed at EDSAwareness.

Charles Doarn
Charles Doarn

Doarn Recognized by Turner Scholars Program

Charles Doarn, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, was recognized as an outstanding faculty member during the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program’s 10th annual Jerome S. Jackson Breakfast of Champions held March 25. The Breakfast of Champions provides a venue for the scholars program and students to recognize those faculty members who have made a significant impact in the student’s academic activities at UC. The Daniel T. Turner Scholars Program is part of the UC Office of Ethnic Programs and Services.

W. John Kitzmiller, MD
W. John Kitzmiller, MD

Kitzmiller Appointed President of ACAPS

John Kitzmiller, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery and chief of the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery/Burn Surgery, was recently appointed President of the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons during their annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sunday April 13, 2015. He will serve a one year term. During the meeting, he also moderated the panel titled, "Competency vs. Time Based GME in Plastic Surgery.”

The American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) is composed of the program directors/chairpersons and associates of American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved plastic surgery residency programs in the United States. Its goal is to provide leadership and support for educational programs for plastic surgery residents. The curriculum for resident educational programs in the U.S. has been derived from the efforts of members of this association.

Sandra Starnes, MD, is chief of the thoracic surgery division for the UC College of Medicine Department of Surgery.
Sandra Starnes, MD

Starnes President-Elect for National Thoracic Organization

Sandra Starnes, MD, John B. Flege Jr. Chair and associate professor in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, and co-director of the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Center at the UC Cancer Institute, is the first woman to be named president-elect for the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA).

She will serve in this role for a two-year term, after which she will serve as president for two years. There have been 20 presidents since the organization's founding in 1976, and all thoracic surgery training programs are members of the TSDA, which is responsible for overseeing the education of all thoracic surgery residents and fellows in the United States.

Tricia Minton, medical student
Tricia Minton

Tricia Minton Wins Schmidlapp Scholarship

Tricia Minton, Class of 2016, has been selected to receive the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholarship for 2015-16. This is the 20th year a woman in the senior class of the College of Medicine will receive this $20,000 scholarship. The scholarship was created by Jacob Schmidlapp in 1908 in honor of his daughter Charlotte, who was killed in a car accident at 19. The fund is intended to help women achieve their educational objectives. The scholarship in the College of Medicine is awarded to a student who has demonstrated leadership qualities and is engaged in women's health issues.

Josep Brugada
Josep Brugada, MD, PhD

Expert in Sudden Cardiac Death at COM

Josep Brugada, MD, PhD, University of Barcelona, will be presenting "Sudden Death in Structurally Normal Heart” at the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease Grand Round on Tuesday, May 12, in MSB E-351 at noon. Brugada is an international expert in sudden cardiac death and founder of Brugada syndrome, named after him and his brother Pedro Brugada. Brugada syndrome is a genetic disease and major cause of sudden unexplained death syndrome (SUDS).

Christy Holland
Christy Holland, PhD

Last 'Ready, Set, Go!' Workshop Thursday, May 14

In the final presentation of the 2014-15 "Ready, Set, Go!” series, Christy Holland, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine and UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, will present "Successful Collaborative Research” from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, in University Hall Room 450. This presentation was rescheduled from Jan. 8.

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

Peter Gilbert
Peter Gilbert

UC Health Names 1st Chief Operating Officer

UC Health has named Peter Gilbert, an academic medical center executive who has held leadership positions at Johns Hopkins, the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland, to the newly created position of chief operating officer (COO).

Gilbert is currently COO and senior vice president at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), Maryland's only public health, law, and human services university. His previous positions include serving as UMB’s vice president for planning and accountability, as associate dean for administration and finance at the UK College of Medicine, and as a senior financial manager and an assistant administrator for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. He has a master’s degree from Loyola University in Maryland.

UC Health created the position of COO to provide strong and supportive operations leadership for all of the system’s clinical services and programs. This includes hospitals, clinics, ambulatory services, post-acute services and all system-wide support functions.

Gregory Rouan, MD
Gregory Rouan, MD

Internal Medicine State of the Department May 7

Gregory Rouan, MD, Gordon and Helen Hughes Taylor Professor of Medicine, Chair, Internal Medicine, along with the department’s associate chairs and executive director, will present the annual State of the Department address Thursday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5 p.m. The Department of Internal Medicine has 294 faculty members in nine divisions.

Track Runners

LAPS Run/Walk for Pain Research May 9

Support research into fibromyalgia and chronic pain by registering for the LAPS (Laps Against Pain Syndromes) run/walk, set for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at the UC outdoor track at Gettler Stadium. The entry fee is $25 per person; entrants will run or walk at their own pace, with all ages and fitness levels welcome. Sponsors include the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute.

For more information, call 513-558-6769.

>> Register here by May 7.


Findlay Market Pop-up Shop Set for May 20

Merchants from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market will set up shop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, in the CARE/Crawley Building's Kaplan Reception Area. Fresh produce, locally made items and ready-to-eat foods will be available for purchase. Vendors will be set up to accept cash and credit cards. The May 20 pop-up market was coordinated by the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. For more information, contact Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer.

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Register for Mindfulness and Meditation Series

College of Medicine faculty are invited to attend "Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation,” presented by the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. This pilot program, with sessions led by experts in mindfulness, will be conducted in small-group format and will run throughout June and July. All sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in CARE/Crawley Building, Room 1870.

June 18: Mindfulness Meditation—Introduction to Mindfulness
Presented by Geraldine Wu, MD

June 25: Stress Reduction—Letting Go and Managing Our Emotions
Presented by Geraldine Wu, MD

July 2: Lifestyle and Healthy Mind
Presented by Mehran Attari, MD

July 9: Integrating Acceptance and Compassion Into Your Life
Presented by Richard Sears, PsyD

Interested faculty must RSVP and are asked to commit to all four classes. RSVP by May 22 to Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer.



  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Grand Rounds May 5: Mark Goodard, MD, will present "Neuromuscular Conditions in Critical Illness” at noon in the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, A Level Room F.
  • Molecular Genetics Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar May 5: Karthickeyan Chella Krishnan, doctoral student, will present Systems Genetics Approach in a Murine Model of Streptococcal Necrotizing Soft Issue Infections (NSTIs),” and Alex Thorman, doctoral student, Jarek Meller Lab, will present "Two-Component Sensor Histidine Kinases: A Tale of Two Bugs” at noon in MSB 4051.
  • ENT Grand Rounds May 6: Jonathan Mark, MD, will present "Biography of Surgical Giants Lecture Series: Dr. Haynes Martin” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds May 6: John Morris, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, and Sandra Starnes, MD, Department of Surgery, will present "Lung Cancer Screening” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds May 8: Lester Duplechan, MD, division director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, will present "Ultrasound Nerve Measurement in Common Upper Extremity Entrapments” at 8 a.m. in MSB 6051.
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Speaker Series May 8: Patrick Ryan, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Traffic-Related Air Pollution: Exposure Assessment for Epidemiologic Studies” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S Room S10.130.
  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute & Cardiovascular Center Series May 11: Klazina Kooiman, PhD, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will present "Microbubble for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapy” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.
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