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Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2007

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Nasrallah Joins Health Advisory Committee
Henry Nasrallah, MD, professor of psychiatry, neurology and neuroscience, has been invited to join the Health Advisory Committee of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Nasrallah will help the foundation determine its community priorities by assessing current needs and opportunities. He will also review requests for grants larger than $20,000 (80 percent of all grants) and help define, measure and communicate the foundation’s “make a difference” messages to stakeholders. 

Gerena-Lewis Named ‘Master of Ceremonies’
Margie Gerena-Lewis, MD, clinical instructor in the hematology-oncology division, was invited to be the master of ceremonies and speaker at the fourth annual Spanish Brain Tumor Conference to be held Saturday, Oct. 27, in Houston. She also was recently named a new investigator on the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group’s (RTOG) brain tumor committee. The RTOG, funded by the National Cancer Institute, conducts radiation therapy research and cooperative clinical investigations. For more information, visit

Researchers to Present at Health Informatics Symposium
The work of two researchers from UC’s Center of Health Informatics has been selected for presentation at the American Medical Informatics Association’s (AMIA) 2007 annual symposium. Peter Embi, MD, and Mark Wess, MD, will present three papers, two panels and one abstract at the premier meeting to be held Nov. 10­–14 in Chicago. The accepted submissions include:

Paper/Oral Presentations:

·         “Identifying Challenges and Opportunities in Clinical Research Informatics: Analysis of a Facilitated Discussion at the 2006 AMIA Annual Symposium” (Embi)

·         “Effect of a Computerized Provider Order Entry System on Medication Orders at a Community Hospital and University Hospital” (Embi and Wess)

·         “Perceived Barriers to Information Access Among Medical Residents in Iran: Obstacles to Answering Clinical Queries in Settings With Limited Internet Accessibility” “Embi”


Panel Presentations:

·         “Challenges and Opportunities in Clinical Research Informatics” (Embi)

·         “Knowledge Representation of Eligibility Criteria in Clinical Trials” (Embi)



·         Effect of a Computerized Provider Order Entry System on Provider and Nurse Satisfaction at a Community Hospital and University Hospital” (Embi and Wess)

Firefighters Help UC’s Burn Division
he Cincinnati Fire Department Local 48 has raised $786 to benefit the UC Surgeons Burn Education Fund. The firefighters held a “guest bartender night” fundraiser on Aug. 28 at Murray’s Wings in Western Hills. They will present their “earnings” to burn division staff members on Thursday, Sept. 6. For more information, contact Ralph Trump at (513) 515-2448 or


Investigators Meet to Discuss Microbial Pathogenesis
The Cincinnati Microbial Pathogenesis Center, made up of investigators from UC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will hold an inaugural retreat on Monday, Sept. 10, to discuss microbial pathogenesis collaboration. David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine, and Malek Kotb, PhD, the new chair of molecular genetics, will address attendees. The meeting will be held at the Loveland Oasis Conference Center.

Night of Beauty Sept. 13

The surgery department will hold its annual “Night of Beauty” open house at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the University Pointe cosmetic surgery clinic, 7700 University Court in West Chester. Anyone interested in exploring cosmetic surgery and medical skin care options is invited to attend this event. Surgeons and skin care specialists will be on hand to talk about new products and procedures for improving skin appearance and body image. Complimentary skin care samples, food and entertainment will be available. For more information, contact Katherine Fricke at (513) 475-8886 or


Harvard Professor to Discuss Connective Tissue Diseases

Samuel Moschella, MD, will deliver the 2007 Dr. Bhakta Viziam Chetty Endowed Lectureship in Dermatology. Moschella, emeritus clinical professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, will discuss “The Dermatologic Spectrum of the So-Called Connective Tissue Diseases” from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Hoxworth Center conference room G344. The lectureship honors Bhakta Viziam Chetty, MD, currently an emeritus professor of dermatology. All physicians, nurse practitioners, residents, fellows, medical students and clinical researchers with an interest in connective tissue diseases are invited to attend. For more information, contact Amy Roberto at (513) 558-1903 or

AMA Student Chapter 5K Run/Walk
The College of Medicine’s student chapter of the American Medical Association will host its annual “Helping Cincinnati 5K Run/Walk” Saturday, Oct. 13, to benefit the Freestore Foodbank. The race will begin at 10 a.m. at Lunken Playfield. Participants can register online at or at the event, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Those who register before Sunday, Sept. 30, will receive a free 5K T-shirt. For more information, contact Mary McCarty at

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