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Howard Elson, PhD, director of UC radiation oncology graduate studies
Howard Elson, PhD


Radiation Oncology's Elson Passes Away 

Howard Elson, PhD, an emeritus professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, died on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the age of 70.

Elson was a leader in the department and was instrumental in advancements in both the field of radiation oncology and the training of students as the director of graduate studies. In fact, the medical physics (DMP) program which he oversaw is one of only two such programs in the country.

He received his doctorate in Biomedical Nuclear Engineering from the UC College of Engineering in 1978, then became an assistant professor of radiology (radiological physics) within the Department of Radiology at the UC College of Medicine. He became a field service associate professor of radiology in 1983 and rose through the ranks to become a professor in 1995 and then an emeritus in 2015. He became the director of graduate education (medical physics) in 1993.

Elson was a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and was a charter member of the Society of Medical Physics Academic Program Directors. Elson also published more than 30 studies in peer-reviewed journals.

Sadhna Verma, MD
Sadhna Verma, MD

Verma Featured Speaker at Prostate Cancer Summit

Sadhna Verma, MD, associate professor in the College of Medicine, will be a featured speaker and a member of an expert panel at the First Global Summit on Precision Diagnosis for Prostate Cancer Sept. 16-18 in Boston, Massachusetts. 

The summit will focus on educating key stakeholders about the state-of-the-art and emerging advances in prostate diagnostics and their groundbreaking impact on precision care, including personalized approaches to screening, early detection, risk assessment and treatment.
Verma established the CT imaging program for CT urography and CT enterography in 2005 at the University of Cincinnati. She also established and continues to oversee the Prostate MRI Program. Verma is a member of the International Prostate MRI Working Group and conducts local and national workshops to help train radiologists and inform clinicians and patients about this test.

2015 College of Medicine Annual Research Report

Research Annual Report Available

The College of Medicine Office of Research has published an annual report on the research mission of the college. The data, publications and stories emphasize the achievements and successes of the research faculty in the college’s 24 departments. In this era of limited research funding, faculty have risen to the challenge by increasing new grant holdings consistently through the last three years from $62 million in 2013 to $87 million in 2015. The number of new grants also increased from 141 to 171, with a success rate of 26 percent, above the national average of 22 percent.

The report is being mailed to faculty and is also available online here.

Senior Associate Dean Presentation on Faculty Affairs

Save the Date: Faculty Development Programming

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development is offering three tracks of programming again this year beginning in September 2016. 

Professional Development Program: "Reappointment, Promotions and Tenure”
Facilitator: Alex Lentsch, PhD
Date: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.,Sept. 6, 2016 

Research Development Program: "Hiring and Managing Research Personnel for Clinical Programs”
Facilitator: Rita Alloway, PharmD
Date: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Sept. 13, 2016

Teaching/Education Development Program: "Peer Review”
Facilitator: Pamela Baker, PhD
Date: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Sept. 20, 2016 

All sessions will be held in the Medical Sciences Building's E-level, Room 351, and will offer a hot buffet dinner for those who register on Faculty One Stop.

For a complete roster of programs, please see the Faculty Affairs and Development website.


  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery July 19: Carlton Zdanski, MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will present "TORS in the Pediatric Population” at 5 p.m. in MSB 6508. 
  • CEG Seminar July 20: Matthew Campen, PhD, University of New Mexico, will present "Environmental Health Concerns Associated with Uranium Mines Sites in Southwestern Tribal Communities” at 10 a.m. in the Kettering Laboratory, Room 121. Lunch and Q and A to follow.
  • Medical Grand Rounds July 20: David Bernstein, MD, professor in the Division of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, will present "Managing Severe Asthma" at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Journal Club July 21: Maura Munoz, MD, will present "DNA Methylation of the Serotonin Transporter Gene in Peripheral Cells and Stress-Related Changes in Hippocampal Volume: A Study in Depressed Patients and Health Controls” at noon in the Stetson Building, Room 3237.
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