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Date: Monday, February 2, 2004

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Be a Part of Charting UC's Academic Future

As part of UC President Nancy Zimpher's Comprehensive Academic Planning Process, a series of Input Sessions for full-time employees are being planned to provide them with the opportunity to participate in this important planning process.  Full-time employees from all areas and of all types, whether they are paid hourly, salaried, classified, unclassified, represented or non-represented, are invited to these open sessions.  The first set of Input Sessions will focus on the vision for the University in the 21st century and the strategies necessary to reach it.  These sessions are scheduled as follows:

EAST CAMPUS                                                             WEST CAMPUS                   
Wednesday, February 11                                                Monday, February 9                 
3pm-5pm                                                                       10am to Noon
Kingsgate Conference Center, Salons A&B                      Great Hall, TUC                   

Registrations will be taken on a first come, first served basis, and employees will receive a confirmation of their registration.  Interested individuals are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, February 4 to Janelle at or 556-0379.


New Hire Rounds Out Breast Cancer Clinical Team

The best outcomes for breast cancer patients are achieved when a team approach is used.  The key is to assemble a diverse team including surgeons, radiation therapists, medical oncologists, radiologists and pathologists in addition to genetic counseling and social services. The Hematology/Oncology Division has added an important component in this team approach with the hiring of medical oncologist and breast cancer specialist Zeina Nahleh, M.D., who will manage patients at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Programs.  Among the integral services Dr. Nahleh will provide are initial modality planning, pharmaceutical treatment options, patient follow-up, genetic counseling and clinical research.


Dean's Discovery Fund Timeline Announced

The timeline for the next round of the Dean's Discovery Fund has been announced.  "Letters of Intent" are due March 1 with applications due April 15.  Recipients will be announced May 15 and funding will begin July 1.  We'll be holding a reception for recipients and the selection committee as well.  This Fund is designed to provide needed grants to faculty to encourage development of new approaches to specific areas, such as translational research, patient safety, geriatrics, programmatic grants and the like.


Stethascoop Shows Residents' Initiative

Looking for a way to keep residents informed and improve morale, IM Chief Residents Elizabeth Doyle, M.D. (IM/Pediatrics), Lee Merchen, M.D., Eric Schmidt, M.D. and Rahul Mediwala, M.D. took a page from the past and resurrected Stethascoop, an internal newsletter originally started more than a decade ago by IM Chief Residents that included Eric Warm, M.D. (now Internal Medicine faculty).  Stethascoop, which had been mothballed since Dr. Warm completed his chief residency, is now distributed each Friday to IM residents.  Dr. Doyle does most of the writing (it takes a few hours each week) with assists from the other chief residents.  In addition to departmental news, Stethascoop also includes lighthearted fare such as top ten lists, medical pneumonics and medical jokes and quotes to ensure that it is as much fun as it is informative.  Nice show of initiative, folks.


Samuel Kaplan Passes

Samuel Kaplan, M.D., died last month in California.  A former president of the American Heart Association's Board of Trustees in Southwestern Ohio, Dr. Kaplan founded and served as director of the Division of Cardiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  With Dr. Leland Clark, he pioneered the use of the heart-lung machine, which enables the surgical correction of congenital heart anomalies and the ability to perform heart by-pass surgery, as well as the use of cardiac catherization and echocardiography.  The American Heart Association in Cincinnati has honored Dr. Kaplan by ascribing his name to its most prestigious annual award, the "Samuel Kaplan, M.D. Visionary Award," which recognizes those who carry on the tradition of excellence in cardiovascular science he exemplified.


Ambach Joins Medical Center

Robert F. Ambach has joined the Medical Center as associate senior vice president for finance and administration.  In this position, he will be responsible for financial administration of the Medical Center's academic and research programs, and will act as the financial liaison to the clinical practice corporations. "Bob Ambach brings with him more than 17 years of academic and administrative financial experience," said Jane E. Henney, M.D., Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs.  "We are pleased that he has accepted this position."  Ambach was recruited from California State University, where he oversaw the management of strategic and capital planning for the University's auxiliaries and foundation.  Ambach is also a UC alum, having graduated from the UC College of Business.  Prior to his work in at CSU, Ambach worked for the Office of the Vice President for Finance at UC, interacting with several colleges within the Medical Center.  "As an alumnus and former member of the UC finance staff, I know the caliber of faculty and staff the University retains," he said.  "So, I am honored to once again be part of the UC community.  I look forward to working with the fine people at the UC Medical Center." 


Bankston Promoted to New Health Alliance Post

Karen Bankston has been appointed senior vice president of external affairs for the Health Alliance. In her new role, she will serve as the external affairs liaison to the Health Alliance Community Advisory Board, neighborhood councils, the Uptown Consortium, United Way and other community agencies.  Karen has been vice president of operations at The University Hospital since March 2002, and previously served as vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at University.  Congratulations, Karen!


COM Well Represented in Best Doctors ® List

The new 2003-2004 edition of Best Doctors® lists 140 doctors who teach at the COM.  This guide for consumers recommends physicians in all specialty areas in the U.S., based on a peer rating system.  According to Best Doctors®, only 4 percent of all physicians nationally are selected. 


New Electronic Calendar of Events Set to Debut
UC has introduced a new University-wide calendar of events, and the Medical Center is transitioning to this platform for its calendar needs.  In addition to offering detailed information about Medical Center events, the calendar program will allow schedulers to request rooms and resources and communicate better with faculty and staff regarding upcoming events.  As of last Friday, our existing calendar page contains a link to this new platform.  Remember, though, that we are still in transition.  The Surgery and Internal Medicine departments are the only COM departments that have been trained, and we will continue to produce the print and online calendar versions until everyone and everything is up to speed.


Chief of Transplant Surgery Becomes Transplant Recipient

If you watched any local TV news or read the local papers last week, you probably saw stories about how E. Steve Woodle, M.D., transplant surgeon and director of transplantation at The University Hospital, received his own "gift of life" recently when he received a donated liver.  Dr. Woodle received a liver transplant by his own transplant team of UC surgeons on October 13 at The University Hospital.  He shared his personal story with the public because he hoped to get the word out about the importance of organ donation.  Woodle has directed the transplant programs at The University Hospital and The Christ Hospital since 1999.

Luke Elected to the ACP Board of Regents

Robert G. Luke, M.D., has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians effective in April.  Dr. Luke is the Director of the COM's Department of Internal Medicine.


Family Medicine Teams With Interfaith Hospitality Network, Receives Grant 

The COM's Department of Family Medicine has teamed with Cincinnati's Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN, a family shelter for the homeless) to provide mental health services to approximately 100 teenagers staying at IHN with their parents.  The Andrew Jergens Foundation has provided a generous grant to carry on this important work.  The grant is being administered by IHN, with group and individual mental health care provided by Drs. Susan Montauk and Jerry Friemoth, both professors of Family Medicine at the COM.  Lawson Wulsin (Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry) is a consultant on the project.  The grant program is unique in that it will take place on-site in an environment to which the teens are accustomed, have no waiting list and provide free medication when needed.


Everything You Need to Know About the Third Frontier

Drs. Jane Henney and Anthony Perzigian invite all faculty and administrators to attend an important information session called "Third Frontier Opportunities" this Thursday (February 5).  Topics will include an overview of state grant opportunities, application timelines, strategies for developing competitive proposals, review criteria and process and the importance of partnerships.  Third Frontier Programs, also known as Wright Centers and BRTTs, are critically important funding sources for the future growth and success of the COM.  The Genome Research Institute was awarded $9 million in 2002, and the Center for Computational Medicine received $25 million in 2003.  This information session will be held in MSB 7051 from 10am to Noon.  For additional information, call 558-6054.  Please join us as we prepare to be a major player.


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