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Date: Monday, August 7, 2006

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Forty Under 40 Nominations

Three UC faculty members have been selected for the Business Courier's 2006 class of Forty Under 40. They include Bibiana Bielekova, MD, associate professor of neurology and director of the Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis; Andra Blomkalns, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine; and Robert Bohinski, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery.


The Forty Under 40 class honors Tristate individuals under 40 who are considered “the community’s next generation of leaders and innovators.” Winners will be honored at an awards luncheon to be held Thursday, Sept. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the METS Center in Erlanger, Ky. They also will be recognized at a private reception on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Contemporary Arts Center. To attend the Sept. 21 luncheon, call (513) 337-9467 or visit


Students Selected to Present at ACP Meeting

Eight medical students were selected to compete in an associate abstract competition sponsored by Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians, to be held Oct. 19–20 in Columbus. The students and their topics are:

·         Ryan Baker, “Somatostatinoma in a Patient with Neurofibromatosis Type 1”

·         Imad Elkhatib, “Oligosymptomatic Presentation of Celiac SPRUE in an Older Adult”

·         Scott Holekamp, “Tuberculosis Masquerading as CNS Malignancy”

·         Berkeley Limketkai, “Severe Carnitine Deficiency Leading to Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy”

·         Sanjay Maraboyina, “Incidental Metastatic Pulmonary Nodules of Uterine Origin”

·         Margie Pareso, “Acute Onset of Upper Extremity Edema in a 32-Year-Old Male”

·         Ahila Subramanian, “Nocardia Asteroides Muscle Abscess in an HIV-Infected Patient”

·         Michael Thomas, “Acute Myocardial Infarction Masquerading as Acute Pericarditis”


Cancer Center Pilot Grants Program

Applications are now being accepted for the fall round of the UC Cancer Center Pilot Grants Program, a peer-reviewed competition for collaborative or translational cancer research projects. Five $40,000 grants will be awarded. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15. For more information, including eligibility, contact Amy Itescu at (513) 558-1284.


Quinlan Reelected MDA Vice President

John Quinlan, MD, professor of neurology, has been reelected to a one-year term as national vice president for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Quinlan plans to help the MDA focus on research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which is named after the New York Yankees slugger who was diagnosed with the condition in 1939. The MDA maintains nearly 235 clinics across the country, including one at the UC Academic Health Center.


Matthews to Leave UC

Jeff Matthews, MD, has resigned from his position as chair of the surgery department, Christian R. Holmes Professor and professor of molecular and cellular physiology to accept a similar position at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine.


During his five years at UC, Matthews more than doubled research funding and doubled clinical revenue. He recruited 35 new clinical faculty and developed programs in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Matthews expanded multidisciplinary programs in pancreas and liver disease and in vascular, weight-loss and cosmetic surgery and rebuilt the division of cardiac surgery. He also improved teaching throughout the department. Under his direction, the number of UC medical students who chose a surgical career quadrupled. 


Matthews’ last day at UC will be Sept. 30. He will assume his new responsibilities Oct. 1. David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine, is expected to name an interim chair later this week. The search for a new surgery department chair will begin shortly.  

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