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Date: Monday, May 10, 2004

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Larsen, Flessa Drake Award Winners

The recipients of this year's Daniel Drake Medals are P. Reed Larsen, MD and Herbert C. Flessa, MD.  Dr. Larsen, who completed his endocrine fellowship at the COM in 1969, is currently professor of medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  His nominator cites Dr. Larsen's biggest contribution as his work as a biomedical investigator, particularly his discovery of Type 2 deiodinase.  Dr. Flessa graduated from the COM in 1952 and has been on our faculty since 1964.  For the past 40 years, he has been recognized as a master clinician and teacher in both internal medicine and his subspecialty of hematology-oncology.  Drs. Larsen and Flessa will receive the Drake Medals at Honors Day Saturday May 22.


Waddell Center Formed

The University of Cincinnati and Drake Center announced last Friday the formation of the Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis, the region's first fully comprehensive MS center.  The UC Center will be located at Drake Hospital.  Created by a $5 million gift from Oliver and Virgilee Waddell, the Waddell Center has begun implementing plans to bring premier neurologists and laboratory scientists with expertise in MS to Cincinnati. The Center, a component of The Neuroscience Institute at the COM and University Hospital, will provide patients with state-of-the-art clinical care services and access to groundbreaking clinical trials, while pursuing research into the fundamental processes of how MS begins and evolves.  Susan Pierson, MD, PT (Department of Neurology) is the clinical director of the Waddell Center. 


Stroke and Heart Heroes Day at Great American Ball Park; Free CME/CEU Opportunity Precedes

The 3rd Annual Heart and Stroke Heroes and Community Education Day, which celebrates the recovery of patients from these devastating diseases, is slated for May 20 at Great American Ball Park.  The Reds baseball team will help us teach the signs and symptoms of stroke and promote the AHA Red Dress campaign.  Preceding the game is the free CME/CEU opportunity for our region.  "Go Red with the REDS," a combined event co-sponsored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, JCAHO and our Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Stroke Team to prepare our region for primary stroke centers and JCAHO's stroke plans.  Go Red with the REDS is an acronym that stands for "Getting Organized, Regional Education Day with the Recognized Experts Discussing Stroke."  This free professional CME/CEU educational opportunity will be held from 2-6pm on May 20 at the Montgomery Inn Banquet Center.  For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Rosie Miller at 513-245-3021.


Come to President Zimpher's Inauguration on May 21

A truly defining moment for the University of Cincinnati takes place on Friday, May 21 with the inauguration of UC's 25th president, Nancy Zimpher.  The event takes place at 3:30pm in the Fifth Third Arena at Shoemaker Center.  We strongly encourage COM faculty, staff and students to attend this event.  Additional information is available at


Goldenhar Keynote Speaker in Denmark

Dr. Linda Goldenhar, director of the Office of Evaluation and Research in Medical Education, will be a keynote speaker at the First International Course on Intervention Research in Lyngby, Denmark in September.


Flying Pig Winner a COM Graduate

The winner of the 2004 Flying Pig Marathon, held May 2, was none other than T.J. Lentz, PhD, a 1997 graduate of the environmental and industrial hygiene PhD program in the Department of Environmental Health.  Dr. Lentz crossed the finish line in 2:38.07, ahead of the other 4,801 runners.  He is currently an industrial hygienist at NIOSH in the Education and Information Division, where he was offered a position as soon as he graduated.


Internal Medicine to Present Record Number of Abstracts

The Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine had a record number of abstracts accepted for two upcoming meetings.  At the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), COM professionals will be conducting three oral presentations and eight poster presentations; additionally, seven residents and two medical students will be making presentations.  At the Pediatric Academic Society, COM professionals will be conducting one oral presentation and five poster presentations.


Medical Center, Partners to Address the Uninsured

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center, along with The Health Alliance and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, is a major sponsor of this year's weeklong activities for National Cover the Uninsured Week, May 10-14.  Activities include the kickoff today with a free health fair on Fountain Square.  There will be a variety of other activities, including screenings assessments, information about medication and the "Coming Together Forum" Friday at Kingsgate Conference Center.  This is an important issue for us, as more than 150,000 Greater Cincinnatians lack health insurance.


Arterburn to Serve as Medical Editor for Weight Management, Obesity Tools

David Arterburn, MD, MPH (Internal Medicine) has been offered a position as medical editor by The Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making.


Pocket Directory Uses

Pocket directory use #243: How to order diagnostic tests at The University Hospital (page 114).


College of Medicine History

In the 19th Century, Cincinnati had 23 medical schools.


Queen City 101

Cincinnati was the first city in the nation to have a licensed public TV station (WCET-TV, 1954).

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