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Date: Monday, January 28, 2008

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Smucker Named ‘Caregiver of the Year’

Doug Smucker, MD, associate professor of family medicine, was recently named a “Caregiver of the Year” for 2007 by Vitas Innovative Hospice Care in Cincinnati. Vitas is one of the largest hospice care providers in southwest Ohio with home care, long-term care and inpatient teams caring for more than 500 patients. Smucker is part of an interdisciplinary hospice team that cares for homebound hospice patients who live in the Greater Cincinnati area. Students and resident physicians also accompany Smucker during hospice home visits as part of his teaching efforts. Smucker is board certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and has served as a home care hospice team physician with Vitas since 2004.

Thompson Awarded Biodesign Fellowship
Second-year surgery resident Jonathan Thompson, MD, has been awarded a one-year fellowship in the University of Missouri’s Biodesign and Innovation Program. Thompson will work with an engineer and business professional to simulate the biodesign phases used in developing medical devices. The team will also develop a plan to bring their medical technology to the health care market. For more information, visit

Henney Participates in National Health Care Forum
Jane Henney, MD, professor of medicine, attended a recent health care forum in Washington, DC, that brought together public policy, academia, business and medical experts with key legislators to discuss the future of the U.S. health care system. The forum was part of an ongoing effort by the 110th Congress to improve the nation's health. It provided an opportunity for members and experts to step back from the day-to-day health care debate and discuss ways to advance the system.


REMINDER: Dean’s Scholars Applications Due Friday
Applications for the 2008 Dean’s Scholars in Clinical Research Program are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, the program works to foster the career development of promising junior faculty in clinical research, defined as patient-oriented, translational, epidemiological, outcomes and health services research. Dean’s Scholars are eligible to receive up to $50,000 annually for one to three years to cover expenses for biostatistical and informatics support, grants administration and clinical research training courses. Three awardees will be announced Friday, March 21. Funding will begin Tuesday, July 1. For more information, contact Susan Swearingen at (513) 558-7540, or visit

Conference Early Registration Due Friday
UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will host a research ethics conference from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Vernon Manor Hotel. The conference will feature presentations and small group discussions on a variety of topics, including communication of ethical issues, research with vulnerable populations, exception from informed consent and the interface between regulatory and ethical issues of clinical and translational research. The event is open to anyone interested in the ethical aspects of clinical and translational research. The cost is $25 before Friday, Feb. 1, and $40 thereafter. Registrations are due Friday, Feb. 15. For more information or to register, contact Kathy Henderson at (513) 558-0890 or Donna Wuest at (513) 636-7584, or visit

Schwartz CenterRounds
UC, in conjunction with University Hospital, will host a series of monthly lunch rounds for multidisciplinary caregivers to discuss their experiences, thoughts and feelings about difficult cases. The Schwartz Center Rounds will be held the second Tuesday of each month at noon in Medical Sciences Building Room 7051. Over 26,000 clinicians at 129 sites in 26 states participate in these interactive discussions each month. It is believed that the UC-UH series is the first of its kind in Ohio. Developed by the national Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, the Schwartz Center Rounds format, including the lunch, are offered at no cost to participating organizations. For more information on the UC-UH series, contact Walter Merrill, MD, at (513) 584-3278. For information on the Kenneth B. Schwartz Foundation, visit

Free Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions
UC Surgeons will hold two free information sessions in February for individuals interested in learning more about weight-loss surgery options. The first session is at 7 pm. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Christ Hospital. The second will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at University Pointe in West Chester. Registration is required by calling (513) 475-7770. For more information, visit

Health Policy Forum Feb. 14
Jack Billi, MD, of the University of Michigan, will discuss “What Is the Role of the Academic Health Center in Transforming the Local Healthcare Market?” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, on the Stetson Building Fourth Floor. The event is part of the Health Policy Forums, sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Health. Billi, associate dean for clinical affairs and associate vice president for medical affairs, leads the Michigan Quality System, the university’s unified approach to improve quality, safety, efficiency, appropriateness and service using “lean tools and philosophy.” An expert in health services delivery and the use of community consortia for quality improvement, Billi is active on statewide and regional groups affecting quality of care, pay-for-performance and public reporting. All are invited to attend. For more information, e-mail

Cosmetic Surgeons Host Free Presentation
The UC cosmetic surgery group will host a free presentation, “Look Great at Any Age,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at University Pointe in West Chester. Cosmetic surgeons David Hom, MD, and Jesse Taylor, MD, will offer personalized advice on the smartest cosmetic enhancements—both invasive and noninvasive—to keep skin looking refreshed and attractive during each stage of life. Reservations are required by calling (513) 475-8881. For more information, visit

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