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Date: Monday, July 24, 2006

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Foad Wins Volunteer Teaching Award

Wafaa Foad, MD, of internal medicine, has been awarded the 2006 Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Volunteer Teaching Award. She will be presented with her award during the annual AOA dinner on Nov. 17. Other award finalists were Bruce Allen, MD, of obstetrics-gynecology, Deborah Goodlander, MD, of pediatrics, and Allana Oak, MD, of family medicine.


New Barrett Cancer Center Director

Thomas Kyllo has been named administrative director of the Barrett Cancer Center at University Hospital. Kyllo will be responsible for the daily operations, administrative oversight, fiscal management and strategic planning of services provided at the center. He succeeds Jeff Heffelfinger. Most recently, Kyllo served as the executive vice president of Vail Valley Medical Center in Vail, Colo. His past positions include corporate vice president and chief administrative officer of the Crozer Keystone Health System in Philadelphia, senior vice president of network development at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, administrator of professional services at Ohio State Medical Center and the assistant director of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.


Kenter to Deliver Keynote Address at International Meeting

Keith Kenter, MD, has been selected from the United States to deliver the keynote address at the Society of Latino Americans for Arthroscopy, Rodillo and Deporta biannual meeting, Aug. 2–5 in Iguacu Falls, Brazil. Kenter, assistant professor of orthopedics, will discuss rotator cuff surgery and footprint healing and superior labrum anterior posterior (SLAP) lesion repairs. In addition to this honor, Kenter was recently accepted into the Clinical Orthopaedic Society—one of the oldest national orthopedic societies.


Reynolds Named Educator of the Year

Ronald Reynolds, MD, volunteer associate professor of family medicine, has been named the 2006 Family Medicine Educator of the Year by the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP). Reynolds will receive his award at the 2006 OAFP Awards Luncheon on Aug. 12 in Dublin, Ohio. For more information, visit


Students Recognized at Meetings

Graduate students Tiffany Joffrion, Victor Nirmalanandhan, Stephenson Nkinin and Brad Slaven recently won awards at national and international competitions.


Joffrion and Nkinin both received $1,300 travel awards from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and 200 euros each from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation during the 9th Annual International Workshop on Opportunistic Protists (IWOP) held in Lisbon, Portugal, June 19-24. Joffrion is studying pathobiology and molecular medicine. Nkinin is concentrating on biological sciences.


Slaven, a biomedical informatics student, earned a $1,300 George G. Holz Jr. and Robert L. Conner Travel Fund Award from the International Society for Protistology (ISOP) during the IWOP. He also won the 2006 Theodore L. Jahn and Eugene C. Bovee Award for the best paper, titled “Analysis of Introns and Splice Site Elements in the Genome of Pneumocystis Carinii.” 


Victor Nirmalanandhan, a biomedical engineering student, placed third at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Summer Bioengineering Conference for his paper “Mechanical Stimulation of Tissue Engineered Tendon Constructs: Effect of Scaffold Materials.” The event was held June 12-25 in Amelia Island, Fla.


New Cardiovascular Diseases Faculty

The cardiovascular diseases division has added the following faculty members:

·         Associate Professor Tapan Chatterjee, PhD, cell signaling research. Chatterjee completed his undergraduate and postdoctoral degrees in biochemistry at the University of Calcutta.


·         Assistant Professor Alexandru Costea, MD, electrophysiology and echo cardiography. Costea completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Louisville and Saint Vincent Hospitals, Indianapolis.


·         Associate Professor Tarak Helmy, MD,interventional cardiology. Helmy completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Helmy also completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at New England Medical Center–Tufts University in Boston.


·         Clinical Medicine Instructor Santosh Likki, MD, heart failure and heart transplantation. Likki completed his residency training at the State University of New York/Downstate Medical Center and a fellowship in heart failure and cardiac transplant at the University of Utah and LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.


·         Research Instructor Zhenya Qin, MD, inflammation and reactive oxygen species in cardiovascular disease. Qin completed his medical school and residency training at the Xian Medical University in China and fellowship training at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.


·         Assistant Professor Florence Rothenberg, MD, general cardiology. Rothenberg completed her residency training at Baylor University Medical Center and fellowship training at University Hospitals of Cleveland.


·         Professor Robert Toltzis, MD, will serve as director of University Hospital’s Cardiac Care Unit. Toltzis completed his residency and fellowship training at Children’s Hospital in Boston.


·         Adjunct Assistant Professor Robin Vandivier, MD, chief of cardiology at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and associate program director of the cardiovascular diseases fellowship program. Vandivier completed her residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at UC.

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