Montrose the New Head of Physiology
We would like to extend a hearty welcome to Marshall H. "Chip" Montrose, PhD, the new chairman of the Department of Physiology. Dr. Montrose was most recently a professor of physiology and biophysics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has also served at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Montrose is a widely published author and speaker whose research interests range from the membrane and cell physiology of epithelial cells as related to ion absorption and secretion to the role of pH microdomains in regulating function of stomach and colon. He is an excellent addition to the COM family and leadership.
McClain Honored by ACOG
Clarence McLain, professor emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was recently informed that the executive board of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) voted unanimously to present him with its Distinguished Service Award in recognition and appreciation of his outstanding contributions to the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology. The award will be presented at the Presidential Inauguration and Convocation next May in San Francisco.
IM Names Teams
The Department of Internal Medicine, in a bid to reinforce a sense of pride and history, is dividing its residents into teams named after physicians who have been an integral part of building the COM into the fine institution it is today. The five teams are Team Luke (for immediate past IM chair Robert Luke, MD); Team Flessa (for Herbert Flessa, MD, professor emeritus of hematology/oncology); Team Vilter (for Richard Vilter, MD, professor emeritus of hematology/oncology); Team Troup (for Stanley Troup, professor emeritus of hematology/oncology); and Team Hess (for Evelyn Hess, MD, professor emeritus of immunology). The Teams were announced at a ceremony last Thursday, where each esteemed physician was presented with a plaque and shared their unique pearls of wisdom with the residents. "We simultaneously celebrated our rich past, present and future at this ceremony," said Eric Warm, MD. "We should be proud of where we have been and where we are going."
COM Faculty Quoted in New York Times
Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, of the Department of Surgery and Susan Louisa Montauk, MD, of the Department of Family Medicine, were quoted in separate articles in last Tuesday (July 6) Science Times in the New York Times, the "newspaper of record" (daily circulation: 1.1 million). Dr. Inge was quoted in an article about his work on obesity surgery at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Montauk was quoted in an article entitled "Choosing a Pain Remedy Carefully." If you are not yet a regular reader of the NYT, try the Tuesday edition with the weekly Science Times. It is one of the best written overviews of science and medicine in any publication. Great to see UC so well represented!
Obesity Research Center Conclusions Question Obesity Treatment
A team led by Matthias Tschoep, MD, of the Obesity Research Center at the UC Genome Research Institute, has published a rebuttal in Nature to findings from London's Imperial College Faculty of Medicine that the gastrointestinal hormone PYY3-36 decreases appetite and weight gain in rodents, a finding that had produced hopes of a new, natural weight loss treatment. The rebuttal, contained in Nature's "Brief Communications Arising" section July 8, reports that 42 investigators from 15 international institutions have been unable to reproduce the findings. "Our original aim was to take the (Imperial College) results and work to accelerate the process toward a new treatment option for obesity," said Dr. Tschoep. "The results we generated were entirely unexpected." UC co-authors include Randy Seeley, PhD, and Stephen Benoit, PhD, both of the Obesity Research Center at the GRI.
University Pointe Surgical Hospital Nearing Completion
The construction of the University Pointe Surgical Hospital is nearing completion. The 28,600 square foot hospital that will open early this fall will feature four operating rooms, diagnostic cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology, two procedure rooms and eight overnight inpatient rooms. It is a joint venture between the UC Physicians practices and the Health Alliance. Those interested in more information regarding privileges can contact Karen Adams, Executive Director of the University Pointe Surgical Hospital, at 513-475-7211 or Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Organization Spotlight: SNMA
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to increasing the number of culturally capable and sensitive physicians, while addressing the needs and concerns of minorities in medicine and the community through volunteering. It also seeks to aid its members in the successful completion of the medical curriculum. Second-year med student Alicia Wallace is president of the UC Chapter of SNMA. She believes that SNMA can re-focus its members on why they entered medicine in the first place. "Everybody says they came into medicine to help people," Wallace says. "(Volunteering) helps you not to get lost in the books. It's very refreshing when you can see how you've changed somebody's life." For more information on the UC COM chapter of SNMA, visit http://www.med.uc.edu/medical/services/organization/snma.cfm.
Instructional Technology Corner: Biddinger Volunteers for HEAL
Paul Biddinger, MD, from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has volunteered to serve as a reviewer for the Health Education Assets Library (HEAL), which is fast becoming the de facto source of academic medical multimedia. The peer review of which Dr. Biddinger is a part is designed to help both the contributor and the user of their database. "I thought the program had potential to be a very useful tool for medical educators, so I decided to become involved when given the opportunity," said Dr. Biddinger. Additional COM volunteer reviewers are welcome. Contact Karen Marsh (email@example.com) for more information.
WHIMS Studies Published in JAMA
The current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) contains "surprising and significant findings" about hormone replacement therapy from two studies of the Women's Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS), in which UC Medical Center participates. Although estrogen replacement did appear to protect against bone degeneration (osteoporosis), the studies showed it actually increased the stroke risk, and may also adversely affect memory and cognitive function in postmenopausal women. Margery Gass, MD, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is principal investigator of the Tristate regional Women's Health Initiative, which monitored women aged 65 and over who were using estrogen alone or placebo for five to seven years. It is the largest and longest randomized, controlled study of women's health funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Queen City 101
The nation's first automobile ambulance was introduced at the 1907 Chicago Automobile Show by Cincinnati carriage manufacturer Sayers and Scovill.
In 1810 Daniel Drake published the first book on Cincinnati, "Notices of Cincinnati, its Topography, Climate and Diseases." In 1815, he published "Picture of Cincinnati," which became of great interest in the East and even in Europe as people contemplated immigrating to America. It is viewed as the first public relations book written by a Cincinnatian.