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Date: Monday, September 24, 2007

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Edwards Named Surgery Chair
Michael Edwards, MD, has been named the chair of surgery, effective Jan. 1, 2008, pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. Edwards is currently chair and professor of surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). A surgical oncologist, Edwards also chairs the UAMS medical staff and holds positions on a number of institutional leadership boards charged with improving surgical oncology services and recruiting residents. Edwards received his medical degree from Emory University before completing his general surgery residency at the University of Louisville and a management program at Harvard Business School. He completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Edwards will succeed the surgery department’s interim chair, Michael Nussbaum, MD, who has served in this capacity since August 2006. Nussbaum will continue to serve as professor and vice chair of clinical affairs for surgery and chief of staff at University Hospital.

Kissela Named to Review Committee
rett Kissela, MD, has been appointed a representative to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Neurology. Kissela, an associate professor of neurology, was appointed by the American Academy of Neurology. The ACGME is a private, nonprofit council that evaluates and accredits medical residency programs in the United States. For more information, visit

Feinberg Wins Humanitarian Award
Judith Feinberg, MD, has been named the 2007 recipient of the Michael Harris Sr. Humanitarian Award by IV-CHARIS, a faith-based, state-qualified organization in Cincinnati that performs HIV/sexually transmitted disease testing, counseling and education. Feinberg, professor of medicine in the infectious diseases division, was recognized for “outstanding achievement and service in the area of HIV/AIDS both locally and nationally.” She was recognized during an awards banquet held Sept. 21 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. The award is named after Michael Harris Sr., who founded the outreach organization in 1987.

Johannigman Honored by Cincinnati Gentlemen Magazine
Jay Johannigman, MD, was one of 14 men honored by Cincinnati Gentlemen magazine at its annual fundraiser, “Men of Style and Substance,” held Sept. 18. Johannigman, associate professor in the division of trauma and critical care, was recognized for his civic activities. The event raised $10,000 to benefit the Cincinnati Park Foundation.


Schauer Wins Grant to Study Bariatric Surgery Decisions
Dan Schauer, MD, assistant professor of medicine, was awarded a five-year, $664,712 K23 career development grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Schauer will use the grant to develop and test an interactive decision support tool that provides tailored information about a patient’s surgical risk and the expected benefit of bariatric surgery.


University Research Council Announces 2007–08 Funding Opportunity
The University Research Council (URC) is now accepting applications for its Faculty Research Support Grants. The program will award up to $6,500 in financial support for faculty research programs, especially for those in the initial stages of developing a line of research or scholarship. Successful applicants are expected to present records of prior activity that indicate a devotion to scholarship and the potential for high-quality achievement. All full-time UC faculty members are eligible to apply. The deadline is Nov. 2. For more information on this opportunity and other UCR grants for 200708, visit


Sleep Event to Highlight Techniques for Better Sleep
Victoria Surdulescu, MD, assistant professor, will host a sleep education event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the UC Sleep Center in West Chester. The sleep center’s medical director, Surdulescu will discuss different approaches to sleep, including the effects of nutrition and age on a good night’s rest. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Complimentary gift bags, sleep center tours and refreshments will be provided. To register, visit For more information about the UC Sleep Center visit

Hemodialysis Vascular Access Symposium
The departments of internal medicine and surgery will host a symposium on dialysis access Friday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Sept. 29, at Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at the University of Cincinnati. All surgeons, nephrologists, radiologists, residents, fellows and dialysis nurses, technicians and administrators are invited to attend. The symposium will emphasize developing a team approach and introducing novel protocols, both therapeutic and logistic. For more information and to register, call 558-6006 or e-mail

Neuroscience and Law Symposium
The College of Medicine, in conjunction with the College of Law, philosophy department and Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry, will host a symposium on the ways neuroscience affects legal and philosophical thinking. “Revising the Frontiers of Responsibility and Blame: How Neuroscience Is Reshaping Philosophy and the Criminal Law” will be held from 3 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the College of Law Building room 114. Speakers and panelists will discuss modern theories of human behavior, what “choice” is, the interaction of mind and brain and what it means to be “rational.” For more information, e-mail


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