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Date: Monday, October 11, 2004

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Dean Search Under Way

Recruitment of a new COM dean has begun with the appointment of a search committee headed by Dean Emeritus John J. Hutton, MD. The nine-member committee, which includes a representative from both the community and the student body, will work closely with executive recruitment consultants Korn/Ferry International. Three committee members were elected by the faculty at large: Sandra J. Degen, PhD, acting vice president for research at UC and associate chair for academic affairs in pediatrics; Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery; and Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD, chief of the Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology, Department of Pediatrics. Six committee members were appointed by Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs: Dr. Hutton; Bradley Britigan, MD, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine; Jerry Lingrel, PhD, chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics; Jim Kingsbury, executive director of University Hospital; Clyde E. Henderson, MD, a community orthopedic specialist, and Brandi Alexander, second-year medical student.  Committee coordinator Lyn Price, assistant dean for faculty affairs, says the interview process is expected to begin by November or early December.


Degen Named Acting VP for UC Research

Sandra J. Degen, PhD, has been appointed acting vice president for research for the University of Cincinnati. Reporting directly to Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs, Dr. Degen will be responsible for the strategic development of UC's research goals. She will monitor UC's research mission and oversee related intellectual property and communications issues. Dr. Degen, associate chair for academic affairs in the Department of Pediatrics, has been serving as associate senior vice president for health affairs in the provost's office, where she led strategic planning for UC's  "Planning for the Millennium" initiative. She has also been responsible for distributing the Ohio Board of Regents Instructional Equipment Funds and chaired the MPH Task Force, which worked on the introduction of UC's master's degree in public health.


Residents, Students Dominate Ohio ACP Presentations

Twenty-eight Department of Internal Medicine residents and 27 students presented abstracts at the Ohio ACP clinical vignette research competition last week in Columbus. UC presented 26 of the 36 student posters and 26 of the 96 resident posters. Alyce Oliver was awarded first place in the state of Ohio in the oral clinical vignette competition. Adam Mitchell won an honorable mention. The two were chosen as part of only four residents statewide to present their work. Timothy Fernandez received first place in the student research poster competition. Medical students from UC were awarded four of the five prizes given for clinical vignettes. They were: Chuck Debrosse (first prize), Anthony Iarussi (third prize), and Michael Straiko and Derek Kreitel (honorable mention).


UC to Host Biodefense Symposium

National and regional experts in biodefense will speak at a symposium Oct. 29-30 on  "Perspectives on Biodefense: Science, Politics and Practice." Speakers from the EPA's National Homeland Security Research Center, the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, the Food and Drug Administration, UC and other universities will discuss topics from critical bio-threat agents to biological sensors and detectors in the laboratory. Call the COM's Office of Continuing Medical Education at 558-1730 for additional information or look online at


National Specialist Group Honors Two from COM

Myles L. Pensak, MD, and Thomas A. Tami, MD, have received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Academy of Otolaryngology,Head and Neck Surgery (AAO,HNS). Dr. Pensak, honored for committee service and for presenting scientific research at academy meetings, is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Tami, who received his award for presenting instructional courses and scientific papers at academy meetings and serving on boards and committees, heads the COM residency training program in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery.


Closing-the-Gap Conference Nov. 15

The Second Annual Conference on Health Disparities will be held at the Cinergy Cincinnati Convention Center Nov. 15. Keynote speakers include Antonia Coello Novello, MD, MPH, DrPH, New York State health commissioner; Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former secretary of health and human services; and Elena V. Rios, MD, MSPH, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association. Workshop topics include "The Clinician's Role in the Prevention of STDS/AIDS" and "Community Unity: A Key to Addressing Infant Mortality."   Registration deadline is Nov. 8.  For more information, call the Center for Closing the Health Gap at 585-9872 or


Queen City 101

In 1870, Cincinnati became the first city in the nation to hold an annual industrial exposition.

Question of the Week

Q: Now that construction of the CARE building and renovation of MSB are underway in earnest, what will the COM be doing to keep us updated on progress?


A: Construction management will be sending regular email updates, and information is always available at

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