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Date: Monday, August 14, 2006

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Hoxworth Issues Emergency Blood Plea

Hoxworth Blood Center has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations. The center has experienced a significant decrease in donors this summer and heavy use at many local hospitals, including an organ transplant that used over 100 units and a patient with internal bleeding who accounted for over 75 units of blood (one unit=one donor). To help offset this shortage, all Academic Health Center employees and students are encouraged to donate blood. As an incentive, all donors who give blood now through Sept. 2 will be automatically entered into a drawing to win two Cincinnati Bengals season tickets. To schedule an appointment, call (513) 451-0910 or visit Walk-ins are welcome and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.


Nussbaum Named Interim Chair

Michael Nussbaum, MD, professor of surgery, has been named interim chair of the department of surgery. He will assume his new responsibilities Oct. 1, following the departure of Jeffery Matthews, MD, who recently resigned to become the chair of the surgery department at the University of Chicago. Nussbaum is chief of staff at University Hospital and has served as vice chair for clinical affairs in the surgery department since 2003. He has been a member of the UC faculty since 1986. His clinical and research interests are in gastrointestinal surgery. In particular, Nussbaum is involved in outcomes-related studies involving videoscopic surgery, clinical pathway development, surgery for inflammatory bowel disease and the surgical treatment of swallowing disorders. Nussbaum just completed a six-year appointment as a director of the American Board of Surgery and a four-year appointment as a director of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.


CARE/Crawley Topping Off Ceremony Aug. 25

The Academic Health Center will officially commemorate the installation of the last steel beam onto the CARE/Crawley Building during a “topping off” ceremony to be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, on the eighth floor of Eden Garage. Beginning on Monday, Aug. 21, all faculty, staff and students will be invited to leave their mark on UC history, and remain a part of its future, by signing their name on the beam, which will be hoisted into place during the ceremony. The beam will be located in Kresge Plaza, just outside the Medical Sciences Building main entrance. For more information, call (513) 558-4553 or e-mail


Lung Cancer Symposium

The hematology and oncology division is hosting the Sixth Annual Lung Cancer Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Blue Ash. Directed by Sadanand Patil, MD, the free conference is geared toward all health professionals caring for lung cancer patients. For more information or reservations, visit


Headache Center Awarded $1.9 Million

The Headache Center has received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to investigate the combination of drug and behavioral therapy for children with chronic headache. The study is being led by Scott Powers, PhD, professor of pediatrics and codirector of the Headache Center. Coinvestigators include Andrew Hershey, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and neurology and director of the Headache Center; Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics; Marielle Kabbouche, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology; and Judy Bean, PhD, professor of pediatrics. The Headache Center is a collaborative between the divisions of pediatric neurology and behavioral medicine and clinical psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.


Breast Cancer Luncheon

The My Mother, My Daughter, Myself breast cancer luncheon will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Cincinnati. The event, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will feature guest speaker Marisa Weiss, MD, founder and president of Prior to the luncheon, guests can attend interactive informational sessions with breast cancer experts—radiologists, surgeons and medical oncologists—and survivors who will talk about the latest development in breast cancer care and treatment. All event proceeds will benefit patient care programs at the Barrett Center and research conducted by physicians and scientists at UC. The cost is $100 per person or $1,500 for a corporate table. To register, call (513) 558-8624.

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