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Date: Monday, April 7, 2008

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University Hospital Executive Director Named
Lee Ann Liska has been named executive director and senior vice president of University Hospital, effective today. Liska joined University Hospital in June 2004 as vice president and executive operations director. She previously served in administrative roles with the Cleveland Clinic Florida, MetroHealth System, Rush-Presbyterian–St. Luke’s Medical Center, St. Mary’s Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Liska has bachelor of arts and master of business administration degrees from Cleveland State University. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Medical Group Management Association and Beta Gamma Sigma National Business fraternity.

Susman Appointed Secretary of Chair Organization
Jeff Susman, MD, chair of family medicine, has been appointed to a one-year term as secretary of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. The family medicine association comprises over 130 member departments in the United States. Its mission is to bring together family medicine departments representing more than 2,000 faculty members, 11 million patient visits and an aggregate budget of more than $1 billion. For more information, visit

New Online Research Tools Launched
The UC Office of Research has launched two new online tools aimed at simplifying the research process. The first, Researcher’s Gateway, is a password-protected Web site that allows researchers and visitors to access a wealth of research information. Included is information on fund sources, collaborators, facilities, resources, education and training and regulatory support. It also features information specific to new researchers and links to regular announcements about upcoming events and research-related newsletters and news articles.

The second is an electronic modification submission (eMods) form for making changes to approved Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols. Beginning Wednesday, April 30, all IRB modifications to approved protocols must be submitted electronically—no hard copies will be accepted after this date. To access eMods, follow these simple instructions:

  • Log on to the Researcher’s Gateway
  • Click on “Protocol Manager” on the top tool bar.
  • Select “Modification” under IRB.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.

For additional information, contact Dawn O’Neill at or (513) 558-6565, or Andy Gardner, IRB manager, at or (513) 558-5105.

Shriners Hospital Re-Verified as Burn Hospital

Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati has earned its fifth straight verification certificate from the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association. The hospital, certified since 1995, is the only pediatric burn center in Southern Ohio to earn the distinction. The hospital was recognized for “its clinical research involving all aspects of burn care. The early nutritional support, pain control, and sleep research were singled out as having significant impact, changing practices nationwide.” Shriners Hospitals for Children is an international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to providing pediatric specialty care. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns of all degrees, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible to receive patient care services at no charge. For more information, visit


CT Symposium April 1820
The Cardiothoracic Technology Symposium will be held April 18–20 at the Center for Surgical Innovation and the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at UC. The three-day course, offered exclusively for thoracic surgery residents, focuses on emerging technologies and minimally invasive techniques in all areas of cardiothoracic surgery. It will include didactic lectures and a full animal/cadaver lab where participants will have the opportunity to perform different techniques using new technologies under the guidance of faculty experts. For more information, visit

Brain Tumor Conference May 17
UC will sponsor a neuro-oncology conference on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Marriott Northeast (9664 Mason-Montgomery Rd.). “Neuro-Oncology: Gliomas and Metastatic Tumors” will focus on a multidisciplinary approach for managing malignant brain tumors in adults and children. The cost is $40 for physicians, $20 for nurses and ancillary personnel and free for physicians and nurses in training. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-0120. Download the registration form.

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