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Date: Monday, June 7, 2004

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Dean's Discovery Fund Winners Chosen

The Dean's Discovery Fund has announced the recipients of its second round of research support.  Winners include seven translational research initiatives, two grants in health disparities, and one in patient safety. Support for three conferences and one shared instrumentation grant was also awarded. The submitted applications covered broad ranges of topics but were uniformly exceptional. The enthusiasm of the faculty, both as Principal Investigators and reviewers, is greatly appreciated.

New Look for
COM Website
The College of Medicine Website ( has a whole new look, with new features that will help visitors navigate the site. The homepage allows a visitor to select information specific to his/her role.  A prospective student, a faculty researcher, a current resident, and four additional types of visitors will find quick links of special relevance. Drs. Laura Wexler, Andrew Filak and Robert Highsmith head a group that continuously evaluates the site and spearheaded the latest changes. AIT&L, partnering with many others, provided the site with an improved look, feel and navigation.  Feedback is always welcome, and there are links to do just that at the bottom of each page.


COM to Provide Care to Backstretch Workers During Racing Season
Joseph Kiesler, MD; Joy Williams, MD; Suzanne Gaudreault, MD and Chris Bernheisel, MD, with the Department of Family Medicine, have developed a medical outreach program for the backstretch racetrack workers at River Downs as part of the UC/Christ Family Medicine Residency program. The clinic, which began May 17 and is open every Monday from 6pm to 8pm through Labor Day, offers basic medical services, acute care and preventive, and may expand as funding streams develop.  Initial funding has been provided by the Cincinnati Health Network to provide HIV and STD testing and education.  All services will be free.  The target population is migrant workers that live on the track during racing season. It is estimated that 200 or more workers, male and female, live at the track in tack rooms and "dorms." Some of their families also live with them as well; about half of the workers are Hispanic.  Besides being a service opportunity, it is also a learning and teaching opportunity for faculty and medical students. Contact Dr. Kiesler at if you want to learn more about the clinic or have suggestions for funding or medical supplies.


Start Thinking about Forty Under 40 Nominations

July 16 is deadline for the Cincinnati Business Courier's Forty Under 40 nominations.  The Courier is looking for Greater Cincinnati's young and talented people who are now or are destined to make a difference in our community, and there are certainly plenty at the COM.  The nomination process is easy: Click on this link to go to nomination information on the Business Courier's Website:

COM Welcomes New Faculty

Andres Gelrud, MD; Junzheng Wu, MD and Sadanand Patil, MD have recently joined the ranks of the COM.  Dr. Gelrud has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as assistant professor of clinical medicine by way of Harvard University and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  He also completed a Clinical Investigator Training Program at Harvard/MIT, and has joined the practice group of the Division of Digestive Diseases.  Dr. Wu has been appointed assistant professor of clinical anesthesia and will join the staff at Cincinnati Children's anesthesia department.  He completed his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and in 2003 completed a one year fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology.  Dr. Patil has also joined the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology. He completed a fellowship at UC in 2000, and returned to Pune, India where he was a consultant at several institutions. 


Tsevat Wins Saenger Award

Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH of the Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research has been selected by the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) awards committee to receive this year's Eugene Saenger Award for Distinguished Service to SMDM. 


Kranias Chosen as Distinguished Research Professor

Evangelia Kranias, PhD of the Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics has been chosen as the 2004 Distinguished Research Professor, the highest honor the University of Cincinnati has to give in recognition of excellence in research. 


Lung Cancer Symposium Slated for June 19

The COM's Hematology/Oncology Division and the UC Medical Center will present the Fourth Annual Lung Cancer Symposium June 19 at the Kingsgate Conference Center.  Topics include the most up-to-date methods for diagnosing lung cancer, appropriate treatments for lung cancer patients and current therapies for lung cancer.  There is no registration fee for the symposium, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required.  Please call (513-584-0223) or email ( Nancy Crossen with your name, degree, medical specialty, social security number, address, city, state, zip, email, telephone and fax numbers.  Online registration is available at


College of Medicine History

Dr. Reuben Samuel attended the Medical College of Ohio 1851-1852.  He was the stepfather of Jesse James, and hailed from a famous Kentucky family that produces one of the worlds finest bourbons, Makers Mark.


Queen City 101

During the mid-1800s, so many influential people felt that Cincinnati was destined for greatness that there was actually a national movement for many years to relocate the nation's capital to Cincinnati. A convention to discuss the capital's relocation convened in Cincinnati in 1870, but lack of widespread support lead the movement to be dissolved.

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