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Date: Monday, March 1, 2004

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Come to the COM News Network Unveiling March 2

If you've been in the MSB lately, you've no doubt seen the workers installing video monitors and pulling cables.  All this activity is in preparation for the brand new College of Medicine News Network, which goes live March 2.  COM Net is another tool to help us spread the news about important goings-on at the College.  Please join us for the official COM Net unveiling from

3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 at the elevator bank on E Level of the MSB.  An address by the Dean and some light refreshments will herald in a new era of communications for the College.  Help us celebrate it!


University Hospital Adult Liver Transplant Team Posts Great 2003, Adds a New Member

University Hospital accounted for over half of all adult liver transplants done in Ohio in 2003, even though it has not cared for more than 15% of the entire statewide list at any one time.  This is quite amazing and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team.  The team also welcomes Guy Neff, M.D. as its newest member.  Dr. Neff, who begins today, will be assistant professor of medicine and medical director of transplant hepatology in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases.  He previously managed the liver transplant program at the University of Miami.  Dr. Neff is an active clinical researcher in areas related to liver failure and liver transplantation, and has strong interest in management of liver disease in renal and cardiac transplant patients.  He is currently chair for the Transplant Section for Digestive Disease Week, an annual national meeting for gastroenterologists and hepatologists, and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally.


Donovan to Head Urology

Dr. James F. Donovan, Jr. has been named chief of the Division of Urology in the UC Department of Surgery.  Dr. Donovan brings special expertise and research experience in minimally invasive surgery, including robotic technology in the areas of urological oncology, stone disease, sexual dysfunction and urodynamics. He also brings significant experience in the field of male infertility.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous prestigious organizations.  He has served as an associate editor for the textbooks Laparoscopic Urology and Laparoscopic Urologic Surgery, and is an ad hoc editor for the Journal of Endourology.  Dr. Donovan has more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of nearly 30 book chapters.  He is an American Cancer Society funded researcher with clinical expertise in minimally invasive surgery, including robotic technology.  


UC to Lead OVALS Conference

The University of Cincinnati will lead the second conference of the Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS) March 8-9 in Louisville.  The forum was created to discuss economic development opportunities tied to the life sciences industries. The OVALS alliance includes UC, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Wright State University and the Air Force Research Laboratory, along with local biotech incubator Bio/Start, CincyTechUSA, the Health Enterprise Network of Louisville and Lexington United.  The group hopes to increase regional visibility for existing life sciences assets; open new opportunities for collaboration across research institutions, industry and federal labs; and expand and create new regional economic development initiatives in the life sciences arena.  "The OVALS group helps us showcase the critical mass of research and other resources that exist in this broad region, which helps us compete nationally," said Dr. Dorothy Air, associate senior vice president for entrepreneurial affairs.  More information is available at

Students Accepted by ACP

Three COM seniors had their abstracts accepted for presentation at the national American College of Physicians meeting in New Orleans in April.  Angie Brittsan's presentation is "Acquired Factor VIII Inhibitor in Pregnancy" (other authors are LeAnn Coberly, M.D. and Joseph Palascak, M.D.).  Joe Nounou's presentation is "Induced Cryoglobulinemic Renal Failure" (other authors are Matthew Hartig, M.D. and Eric Warm, M.D.).  And Haejin Kim's presentation (an oral presentation) is "Chronic Eosinophilic Pneumonia" (other author was LeAnn Coberly, M.D.).  Good job!


Matthews Named to Boards

Department of Surgery Chairman Jeffrey Matthews, M.D. has been named to the Health Alliance Board of Directors.  He replaces Gregory Rouan, M.D.  Congratulations are in order to Dr. Matthews, and a note of appreciation to Dr. Rouan.  Dr. Matthews has also been named to the board of the Cincinnati Museum Center, and to the editorial board of Surgery.


Schubert Honored by Chamber

William Schubert, M.D., professor emeritus of pediatrics was honored last week as a "Great Living Cincinnatian" by the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.  A 1952 graduate of the COM, Dr. Schubert was CEO of Cincinnati Children's from 1983 to 1996.  As the director of the pediatric residency program from 1972 to 1993, he helped train an entire generation of physicians.  His primary research interests were diseases of the liver and Reyes syndrome, and he published more than 80 research articles.  Dr. Schubert received the Daniel Drake Award from the COM in 1991 in recognition of his leadership and compassion for the children of Cincinnati.


Stevenson Nominated for AAMC Award

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Richard Stevenson, Department of Surgery, who was chosen by the student body to be the COM’s nomination for this year's Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award.  This award recognizes "doctors who teach what it means to be a doctor" in addition to the ABCs of medicine.  Dr. Stevenson was chosen from among other faculty members nominated by the student body.  They included Dr. Jeanne Ballard, Department of Pediatrics-Neonatology; Dr. LeAnn Coberly, Department of Internal Medicine-Nephrology; Dr. David Fischer, Department of Surgery; Dr. Clarence McLain, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Daniel Nelson, Department of Psychiatry; Dr. Deborah Pillow, Department of Family Medicine; Dr. Laura Sams, Department of Neurology; Dr. Barbara Tobias, Department of Family Medicine; Dr. Eric Warm, Department of Internal Medicine; and Dr. Laura Wexler, Department of Cardiology.  They are all hard working, energetic, intelligent individuals worthy of the nomination.

Gerson to Head Cardiology
Myron Gerson, M.D. has been named interim division director for the Division of Cardiology.  Dr. Gerald Dorn will concentrate now on leading the Heart and Vascular Center, but will remain as a member of the Division of Cardiology.


Did you know...

that, according to Tom Boat, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics, more water passes by Cincinnati via the Ohio River than passes by St. Louis via the Mississippi.  Dr. Boat acknowledges that he has no valid reference to support his statement.


Arts Trivia Challenge

Courtesy of our friends at the Fine Arts Fund: What arts organization is the nation's largest in-school touring theatre for young audiences?

(a) Children's Theatre                             (b) Madcap Puppet Theatre


(c) Theatre IV                                         (d) Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati


Remember, the answer is posted in the archive of today's edition at

The answer is C, Theatre IV.


Queen City 101

The fifth-largest Ronald McDonald House of 235 around the world is located next to Cincinnati Children's at 350 Erkenbrecher Avenue in Avondale. The $9-million facility, which opened in late 2001, employs seven full-time staffers and includes a cafeteria, children's theatre and 48 guest rooms. The Ronald McDonald House provides supporting housing to more than 1,200 families yearly whose children are being treated in local hospitals.

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