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Date: Monday, October 2, 2006

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Snyder Appointed Associate Chair

Richard Snyder, MD, has been appointed associate chair for clinical affairs and professor of clinical medicine in the internal medicine department, effective Oct. 1. He will also codirect the Adult Sickle Cell Program and have clinical responsibilities in pulmonary and hematology-oncology for critical care and sickle cell patients. Snyder joins UC from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, where he was associate professor of medicine, vice chairman of internal medicine, acting hematology-oncology division chief and director of the sickle cell program.


Bengals Blood Drive

Hoxworth Blood Center will hold the 5th Annual Bengals Community Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Paul Brown Stadium’s east club level. The goal is to obtain 600 donors. All donors will receive a free Bengals blood drive T-shirt. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged. Free parking is available on the stadium’s east plaza level. For more information, call (513) 451-0910 or visit


Residency Fair

The College of Medicine’s 2006 American Medical Student Association Residency Fair will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, on the first floor of Kingsgate Conference Center. Representatives from residency programs in Ohio and other states will be present to provide information about their programs and specialties. All are welcome to attend. For more information, e-mail Michael Doarn at


Body Donation Memorial Service

The annual memorial service for people who have donated their bodies for medical research will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in Kresge Auditorium. Faculty and clergy from various denominations will conduct the memorial service, followed by a burial of donor remains at the Spring Grove Cemetery UC body donation plot. UC and its Body Donation Program hold the service to publicly honor donors, their families and friends. Donor names from as far back as the 1930s will be displayed at a reception in the auditorium lobby. The service is free and open to the public, but registration is requested to determine seating availability. For more information or registration, contact Gina Burg at (513) 558-5612.


Tobacco Use and Dependence Talk

Lowell Dale, MD, of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, will discuss “Optimizing the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence” from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Medical Sciences Building room 3351. All physicians are invited to attend. Seating is limited to 100 attendees. To register, call (513) 946-7913.


Merrill Named to Review Committee

Walter Merrill, MD, professor of surgery, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Committee for Thoracic Surgery of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME is a private, nonprofit group that evaluates and accredits medical residency programs in the United States. Merrill will be responsible for reviewing cardiothoracic surgery training programs and recommending ACGME accreditation awards and training program policies and procedures. His appointment begins July 1, 2007. For more information, visit


Vilter Memorial

The internal medicine department will hold a memorial service for Richard Vilter, MD, professor emeritus of medicine, at noon Wednesday, Oct 4, in Medical Sciences Building room 7051. Vilter was internationally known for his work in nutrition and diseases of the blood. In 1946 he founded the hematology division, at a time when there were few of its kind in the United States. Vilter headed the division from 1946 to 1956, when he became chairman of internal medicine, a position he held until 1978. He was named the Gordon and Helen Hughes Taylor professor in 1956 and appointed professor emeritus of medicine in 1981. Vilter died Aug. 14 at the age of 95. If you would like to share a memory at the service, contact Dee Papania at (513) 558-0858.

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