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Date: Sunday, August 22, 2004

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"Think Pink" Annual Luncheon September 9

The University of Cincinnati Cancer Center will host the annual "Think Pink" luncheon September 9 at the Westin Hotel in downtown.  The luncheon, themed "My Mother, My Daughter, My Self: Make This the Last Generation for Breast Cancer," will feature New York Times health columnist and best selling author Jane Brody.  Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center in the College of Medicine's Department of Environmental Health.


Four COM Faculty Make 40 Under 40

Four faculty members from the College of Medicine have been named among the Cincinnati Business Courier's "40 Under 40," the annual list of movers and shakers in the Greater Cincinnati area who are under the age of 40.  They are Joseph Buell, MD, Department of Surgery; David Ficker, MD, Department of Neurology; Charles Kuntz IV, MD, Department of Neurosurgery; and David Steward, MD, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.  Congratulations!


University Pointe Surgical Hospital Gears Up For Patient Care

Construction of the University Pointe Surgical Hospital is complete. Medical Director Lesley Gilbertson, MD, Executive Director Karen Adams and Clinical Director Lynn Filiatrualt, RN, are busy overseeing the installation of the latest in surgical equipment, the recruitment and orientation of staff and the preparation for inspection by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). "Once accredited, this will be a hospital with the ability to admit patients for stays of one night or more," said Dr. Gilbertson.  However, a significant portion of the surgical services will not require an overnight stay. Dr. Gilbertson went on to say that this hospital will bring together the sophistication of a hospital with the convenience of a community based facility. "We want to make surgery simple," said Dr. Gilbertson.


Stern Named President-Elect of ABOS

Peter Stern, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, has been named president-elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS). Dr. Stern is an internationally-known hand surgeon and has published articles in such prominent journals as The New England Journal of Medicine.


Mattingly Awarded by AVMA

At the 141st annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) this July, the Charles River Prize was awarded to Steele Mattingly, DVM, professor emeritus of laboratory animal medicine.  This is highest award given by AVMA to someone in laboratory animal medicine and science.  The commemorative plaque read, "You have demonstrated a steady, on-target insight into emerging issues in the laboratory animal field and approached those issues with thorough preparation and wise, functional interpretation."  Dr. Mattingly was director of LAMS at UC for 20-plus years.


Cincinnati Children's Scientists Develop New Spine Staples

Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have developed a "spine staple" to correct scoliosis, and it could eliminate the need for thousands of invasive spine surgeries in children each year. The spine staple would be implanted in a minimally invasive procedure in children who are at high risk of needing surgery in adolescence.  Although current surgical techniques for correction of scoliosis have excellent long-term success rates with few complications, these surgeries involve extensive exposure of the spine, frequent blood transfusions, significant post-operative pain, lengthy hospitalizations and slow rehabilitations.  Surgical treatments for adolescents are among the most invasive and expensive. Eric Wall, MD, developed the spine staples with Donita Bylski-Austrow, PhD, an orthopaedic researcher at Cincinnati Children's. 


Queen City 101

Seven United States presidents were born in Ohio. They are: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft and Warren G. Harding.


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