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Date: Monday, November 27, 2006

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Surgery Selected as Test Site
The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons has named UCís surgery department as a regional test site for its fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery program. The program is a comprehensive, CD-ROM-based education module that includes hands-on skills training and assessment tools designed to teach the physiology, basic knowledge and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery. Timothy Pritts, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery, will implement the program at UC for residents, fellows and surgeons who perform laparoscopic surgery.

New Home for Health Informatics Experts
The College of Medicine and the Institute for the Study of Health have created a new center for health informatics experts as they conduct research and solve health-information challenges affecting the region and country. The Center for Health Informatics, directed by Peter Embi, MD, will bring together experts from UC and community organizations with the goal of addressing issues in clinical practice, clinical research and public health. In addition to its research and service missions, the center will also support informatics education. For more information, visit

Christmas Gift Drive for Children
The anesthesiology department will host its fourth annual Christmas Gift Drive to benefit the One Way Farm Childrenís Home (, a full-time residence for abused and neglected children aged 11 to 17. All College of Medicine faculty, staff and students wishing to participate may donate new, unwrapped gifts for the children. Donations must be received by Friday, Dec. 8, at the following locations: post-anesthesia care unit, same-day surgery or the anesthesiology department main office on the third floor of Mont Reid Pavilion. Gift certificates to local retail stores would also be appreciated. For more information, including a list of specific needs, contact Donna Benesch at (513) 558-6356 or

Cardiologists Place in Heart Associationís Scientific Sessions
Several cardiologists won awards at the American Heart Associationís (AHA) 2006 Scientific Sessions held Nov.12Ė15 in Chicago. Faisal Syed, MD, division of cardiovascular diseases, mentored by Gerald Dorn, MD, won the Samuel A. Levine Young Clinical Investigator Award. Thomas OíBrien, MD, mentored by Lynne Wagoner, MD, was a finalist for the Laennec Young Clinician Award. Abhinav Diwan, MD, mentored by Gerald Dorn, MD, was a finalist for the Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize. The AHAís Scientific Sessions, which encompass four days of invited lectures and investigative reports, draw applicants from around the world.


Nanotechnology Conference Dec. 4
UC and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health will host a conference on nanotechnology Monday, Dec. 4, through Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Duke Energy Center, 525 Vine St. The International Conference on Nanotechnology, Occupational Health and Environmental Health and Safety: Research to Practice is one in a series of government-sponsored summits aimed at bringing together prominent nanotechnology researchers and industry leaders to address the potential health and occupational risk factors associated with nanomaterials. Anyone interested in the potential health and safety effects of nanotechnology can attend the conference. Registration is $295 for all four days, or $195 for a single day. To register, call (513) 558- 558-1810 or e-mail For full conference details, visit


Mehta Joins Hematology-Oncology
Apurva Mehta, MD, has been named an assistant professor of clinical medicine in the hematology-oncology division. A lung cancer specialist, Mehta completed his residency training at the State University of New York (SUNY) and his fellowship training at SUNY and the University of Louisville. For more information, visit 

Wilkin Bolsters Cardiovascular Diseases Team
James Wilkin, MD, has been named an adjunct professor of clinical medicine in the division of cardiovascular diseases. Wilkin specializes in general cardiology and heart failure. He completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco. For more information, visit

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