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Evaline Alessandrini
Evaline Alessandrini, MD

Alessandrini Appointed UC Health Chief Medical Officer

Evaline Alessandrini, MD, has been appointed chief medical officer at UC Health, effective Dec. 1. She currently serves as UC professor and associate chair of outcomes and process improvement in pediatrics and has been practicing clinically in pediatric emergency medicine for 25 years. She also serves as assistant vice president for improvement integration within the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s and directs the Quality Scholars Program in Healthcare Transformation. Alessandrini is a member of the UC Health Board of Directors and chairs the board’s Patient Care Committee.

Reporting to President & CEO Richard Lofgren, MD, and serving as a member of the UC Health executive team, Alessandrini will be responsible for leading teams to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of UC Health’s clinical programs. She will partner with College of Medicine and Academic Health Center leadership, the clinical chairs and UC Physicians leaders to maximize synergy.

Alessandrini succeeds Fred Lucas, MD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, who has served as interim chief medical officer during the past few months.

Nicholas Marko, MD, director of the Division of Neurosurgical Oncology for the Department of Neurosurgery and medical director of the Brain Tumor Center for the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute.
Nicholas Marko, MD

Marko Named Director Division of Neurosurgical Oncology and Brain Tumor Center

Nicholas Marko, MD, is the new director of the Division of Neurosurgical Oncology for the Department of Neurosurgery and medical director of the Brain Tumor Center for the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute. He began on Oct. 2.

Marko earned his BS and MD from George Washington University, and completed his neurosurgical residency at Cleveland Clinic. He was the American Association of Neurological Surgeons William P. Van Wagenen Fellow in Applied Mathematics and Computational Cancer Research at the University of Cambridge and completed a neurosurgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Marko leaves the Geisinger Health System of Pennsylvania to join the college as an associate professor, and has an extensive background in data science and computational analytics.

Kowalewski Hall
Kowalewski Hall

Generations in the Workplace Free Program Oct. 13

The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, in collaboration with Cedarville University and Wright State University, invites all UC Academic Health Center faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate in an interprofessional leadership event, featuring guest speaker Tim Elmore. Elmore’s focus for the evening is understanding the emerging generation and helping adults teach them how to become leaders in their schools, their communities and their careers. The event takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. in the college's Kowalewski Hall auditorium and includes the guest lecture, dinner, break out workshops, dessert and an opportunity to meet the speaker.

There is no cost to attend. Parking is available in Eden Garage.

>>Register here

Roebling Bridge

UC to Host East-to-West Iron Club Meeting, October 25–26

East-to-West Iron Club (EWIC) is an annual meeting for researchers interested in iron biology and translational research. UC will host EWIC 2017 Oct. 25–26.

EWIC begins Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 25) with the plenary lecture, "A Tale of Two Heads: Lessons From Lobe-Specific Mutations in the Transferrin Iron Binding Sites” delivered by Robert Fleming, MD, Saint Louis University Medical School, a trainee "data blitz”, poster session and reception. Thursday’s program (Oct. 26) features a series of lively roundtable discussions, and a lunchtime poster session. Registration is free.

>>Please register online.

Procter Hall
Procter Hall

College of Nursing Seeks MMI Raters

The College of Nursing’s baccalaureate program will begin using a multiple mini interview (MMI) process this fall and the admissions committee is seeking MMI raters to participate. People from throughout the university’s health colleges and the Cincinnati community are encouraged to participate. No prior experience or skills in interviewing, nursing or health care are necessary. MMI interviews with prospective students will take place on Fridays and Saturdays in November, December and January. 

>>To register

Save the Date
Save the Date

Save the Date: November Faculty Development

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development is offering the following programs in November.

Professional Development Program: "Identifying and Managing Burnout" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in MSB 3352.

Research Development Program: "How to Present Your Data" from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in MSB 3352.
Teaching/Education Development Program: "The WHY and the HOW of Self-Directed Learning" from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in MSB 3352.

Light refreshments will be available for those that register on Faculty One Stop.

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

Kingsgate Marriott
Kingsgate Marriott

Cancer Institute Breast Center Hosts Annual Symposium Nov. 4

The UC Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center will host "We See Individual Breast Cancer: You See Personalized Care” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, 151 Goodman Dr. This free educational event, aimed at breast cancer patients, survivors, their family, friends and just interested members of the community, will focus on how breast cancers differ at the gene level and explain how these differences lead to personalized treatment. Experts will also explain how risks can be reduced and recurrence can be minimized. UC experts will be available to answer questions.

Lunch will be provided to attendees.
>> Register for conference

UC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is a major research resource at the UC Academic Health Center.

CCTST Pilot Research/Core Grant Intent Letters: Oct. 31

The CCTST Pilot Translational Research and Innovative Core Grant Program is now accepting letters of intent. Offerings include the Translational Research Grant (TRG) for established investigators (up to $60,000/one year); the Mentored Translational Research Grant (MTRG) for new and early stage investigators (up to $60,000/one year); and the Innovative Core Grant (ICG) to build new clinical/translational research infrastructure (up to $50,000/one year). A second year of funding for any grant type is possible, with justification of the need for continued support.

Faculty with at least 80 percent FTE appointment are generally eligible to apply. Interdisciplinary and cross-institutional projects, including basic-clinical collaborations are strongly encouraged. Applicants must be CCTST members. Join free of charge. 

Letters of intent are due Tuesday, Oct. 31 before 5 p.m. Notification to apply will be issued by Dec. 1, with invited applications due Jan. 9, 2018. Funding start date is July 1, 2018. 

For complete details, visit the program homepage, email Laura Reedy or call 513-803-1412.


Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Oct. 10: Katherine Vest, PhD, Emory University, will present "Tales From the 3’ End: Impaired RNA Processing and Metabolism in a Model of Late Onset Muscular Dystrophy” at noon in MSB 3351.

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Oct. 11: Ian Smith, will present "The Business of Medicine” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.

Department of Environmental Health Oct. 11: Kelly Ferguson, PhD, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will present "Environmental Phthalate Exposure, Pregnancy Outcomes, and Underlying Biological Pathways” at 10 a.m. in Kowalewski Hall, Room 310. 

Medical Grand Rounds Oct. 11: Ralph Panos, MD, will present "The Goldilocks Principle and Supplemental Oxygen: Time to Re-Assess Clinical Practice?” at noon in MSB 5051.

Cancer Biology Seminar Oct. 12: Bangyan Stiles, PhD, University of Southern California, will present "Lipid Metabolism and Liver Cancer” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.

Biomedical Informatics Clinical Informatics Focus Group Series Oct. 13: Danny Wu, PhD, will present "Using HER Audit Trail Logs to Analyze Clinical Workflow: A Case Study From Community-Based Ambulatory Clinics” at 11 a.m. at Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10-130. 

Department of Psychiatry Lurie Lecture Oct. 25: The 27th Annual Lurie Psychiatric Lecture Series. Richard Isaacson, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, will present "Advances in the Management of Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment: A Clinical Precision Medicine Approach” at noon in the Stetson Building, Room 2108.

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