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Date: Monday, March 24, 2008

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Fischer Named Chief of General Surgery
David Fischer, MD, has been named the permanent chief of the general surgery division, formerly known as the gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery division. Fischer had served as interim director over the past year. In addition to his clinical duties, Fischer is an assistant professor and associate program director of the residency education program in general surgery.  He joined the department’s faculty in 2003 after graduating from the general surgery residency training program.

Shutter, Stevens Win Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards
Lori Shutter, MD, of neurosurgery, and Justin Stevens, a fourth-year medical student, are the 2008 recipients of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The award, granted to one faculty member and one graduating medical student, recognizes the value of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families. It also serves to spur activities at medical school related to training compassionate and scientifically proficient physicians. With this honor, the awardees become official members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Med Students Matched
Nearly 45 percent of the 156 College of Medicine students who matched with residencies on “Match Day” March 20 are staying in Ohio. University Hospital successfully filled 101 of 104 open residency positions. Nearly one quarter (23) of those spots went to graduating UC students. Three UC students matched with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The National Residency Matching Program, the organization responsible for keeping the match organized and fair, found that among 2008 graduates, interest in family medicine residencies is on the rise. At UC, 15 students matched with family medicine residency programs—up from 13 in 2007. Internal medicine was the most popular residency match for UC students, followed by emergency medicine, family medicine and pediatrics.

Internal Medicine Clinical Practices Relocating
UC Heart and Vascular Center and University Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, currently located on the sixth floor of the Medical Arts Building (MAB), will relocate to the fourth floor effective Monday, April 7. UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center and the endocrinology and metabolism division will move into the vacated sixth floor space. The internal medicine practices are trading spaces to help promote interdisciplinary patient care and growth. Phone numbers for each clinical practice will remain the same.

Giglia Elected to Professional Societies
Joseph Giglia, MD, associate professor of surgery, was elected into the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS) during the March 2008 SCVS annual symposium. The SCVS provides a forum for vascular surgeons to share information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases. Giglia, who specialized in minimally invasive thoracic and aortic vascular surgery, was also elected into the International Endovascular and Laparoscopic Society (IELS) in December. For more information, visit the SCVS Web site at or IELS site at

Shriners Wins Innovative Solutions Award
Shriners Hospital for Children—Cincinnati was named the 2008 recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council’s Third Annual Innovative Solutions Award, presented March 6 at the health council’s Solutions Conference and Expo. The award recognizes unique approaches to clinical or non-clinical hospital process improvements, patient care initiatives or innovative/creative change projects. Shriners won for its project to improve objective methods of evaluating pain in preverbal or nonverbal patients. For more information, visit

Donate to the Fine Arts Fund
There are two weeks remaining in UC’s 2008 Fine Arts Fund campaign, which runs through Friday, April 4. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make a pledge to support the arts in Greater Cincinnati. All monetary gifts—big or small—will make a difference. The Fine Arts Fund supports over 95 organizations, enabling Cincinnati’s arts organizations to provide thousands of local children with educational outreach programs and produce world-class performances and programming in neighborhoods throughout the city. The fund also makes a major economic impact on the Tristate. For more information or to donate, visit or e-mail


Lupus Expert to Present March 26
Susan Manzi, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and co-director of the Lupus Center of Excellence, will present “Lupus Update 2008 Perspective” during the March 26 internal medicine department’s grand rounds. The event begins at noon in the Medical Sciences Building Room 7051. Manzi’s research focuses on the clinical and epidemiological study of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with a major emphasis on associated risk factors of premature cardiovascular disease in young women with SLE.

Concert Aims to Raise Cancer Research Funds 
The hematology-oncology division will host a public concert on Tuesday, April 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium to raise money for cancer research. The concert features performances by CollegeConservatory of Music students, a jazz trio and professional community vocalists. All proceeds will benefit the division’s clinical research programs and provide financial assistance to patients in need. Educational information on cancer and patient resources will be displayed at the event. For more information, including how to register or make a donation, contact Gayle Pollack at (513) 584-3830. 

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