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Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2004

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Welcome to New Residents

Residents have arrived and are beginning to work and learn here in the COM, The University Hospital and Cincinnati Children's.  We'd like to take this opportunity to offer them all a hearty welcome, and encourage faculty and staff to do the same. More than 160 residents and fellows will be participating in 54 ACGME-accredited programs and several additional institutionally approved fellowship programs. About 535 residents from UH-sponsored programs work at the COM and its affiliates in residency programs lasting from three to seven years.


Construction, Renovation to Move into High Gear

The next stage in the MSB renovation and CARE construction is upon us. Construction contracts have been signed, and, though the official groundbreaking will be in October, more visible work will begin shortly. While construction on the CARE building will take place during normal working hours, renovation inside the MSB will be done during second shift (3:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m.) to minimize noise and vibration during most of the day. We will provide regular updates in The Dean's List, on COMNet and at other locations. This renovation and construction is a seminal period in the history of the COM, a fact we should all keep in mind and celebrate as this important work progresses.

Environmental Health Workshop
The Department of Environmental Health will hold an Obesity Research Collaboration Workshop August 6.  Admission is free and open to UC and Cincinnati Children's faculty, fellows, staff and students as well as government and industry representatives.  Registration, though, is required by July 23.  The Workshop is funded by the Dean's Discovery Fund and will feature more than 20 researchers discussing their current obesity work, a major area of future research, in causes and patterns; form and measurement; public health burden; and prevention and control.  The keynote speaker is Barbara Alving, MD, Acting Director of the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI), who will describe NIH obesity-related research priorities and funding.  To register, send contact information to Jim Flessa ( or 558-0105); if you are interested in providing a poster or research summary, please contact Jim immediately.

SURF Provides Taste of Research

The COM and Cincinnati Children's are once again offering the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), which provides a taste of clinical and basic science research to students from schools including Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Columbia and the University of Florida. Students work for 10 weeks with an assigned mentor, and earn up to $3,200 over the summer. They will gain hands-on lab experience and attend seminars that include scientific writing and ethics in research. There are also plenty of outside activities (canoeing, Reds games, etc.). Please be on the lookout for the SURF students and make them feel welcome at our institutions and our city. They are the future.


Surgery Department Fares Well at ATC

The UC transplant division and transplant programs had a significant showing again this year at the American Transplant Congress, which is attended by delegates from around the world. The largest annual scientific meeting in the transplant field, it was held in Boston in May. The COM was ranked in the top three programs in terms of accepted papers. Dr. Robyn Boardman won a Young Investigator Award for her oral presentation on "Early Corticosteroid Cessation in Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis," and seven posters were designated "Posters of Distinction." Congratulations!

Cincinnati Children's, University Hospital Ranked Among Nation's Best
U.S.News & World Report ranked three programs at The University Hospital among America's best in its upcoming "America's Best Hospitals" edition. Ear, Nose and Throat ranked 16th, Respiratory Disorders ranked 39th and Urology ranked 45th.  U.S.News ranked Cincinnati Children's 7th best pediatric hospital in the United States. The ranking represents an improvement in the U.S.News survey for the fourth consecutive year. Cincinnati Children's ranked 8th in 2003, 9th in 2002 and 10th in 2001.  Our goal for the next few years is to be certain that nationally ranked programs, including Neurology/Neurosurgery, Surgery and many others, are fully recognized in future reports by maximizing awareness of TUH as the hospital site for these programs.

Woodle Featured in USA Today
The front page of the Life section in the July 1 edition of USA Today featured E. Steve Woodle, MD's amazing transplant story.  Dr. Woodle, transplant surgeon, professor and director of the Division of Transplantation in the Department of Surgery, received a life-saving liver transplant in 2003.  Following the transplant, Dr. Woodle diagnosed himself with a blood clot blocking the artery to his lungs and was saved by UC vascular surgeon John Edwards, MD.

Greenwalt Still Working/Discovering into His Nineties

At age 90, Dr. Tibor (Tibby) Greenwalt is still a positive force at the university and continues to make important scientific discoveries. Director emeritus of research at the Hoxworth Blood Center, he was recently commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct a project that could revolutionize the way blood is stored and transported to hospitals close to battle lines. Dr. Greenwalt credits his longevity- in life, as well as science, to his positive attitude and his insatiable desire to learn more. "I'm very curious," he says. When asked if he'd ever relax and "really retire," he scoffs, "What would I do on a beach? This is relaxing." Certainly, Dr. Tibby Greenwalt is a wonderful role model, as a person and as a scientist.


College of Medicine History

John D. Godman, MD, founded and edited the first medical journal in Cincinnati, The Western Quarterly Reporter of Medical, Surgical and Natural Science, in 1822.


Queen City 101

Winston Churchill called Cincinnati "America's most beautiful inland city" during a visit to the United States.

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