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Date: Monday, June 9, 2008

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Boat Named CEO of UC Physicians
Thomas Boat, MD, executive associate dean at the College of Medicine, has been named chief executive officer of UC Physicians, effective July 1 and pending approval by the UC Physicians Board of Directors. Boat returned to an active role within the College of Medicine in April after stepping down a year ago as chair of the pediatrics department and director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, positions he held for more than 14 years. Boat, who will focus his time on leading UC Physicians and ensuring the success of the UCP Re-engineering Project, will maintain his executive associate dean title. He replaces Dan Gahl, who has served as administrator since 1994. Drew Botschner, general counsel for UC Physicians, will be responsible for day-to-day administrative functions of the practice until Boat assumes his new responsibilities.

Hoxworth Blood Center Researcher Receives Top Honor
Jose Cancelas, MD, PhD, has been named the 2008 recipient of the David B. Pall Prize for Innovative Research in Transfusion Medicine by the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks). The award honors research work conducted under the National Blood Foundation Scientific Research Grants program that is considered innovative, creative and has practical impact on patient outcomes in transfusion medicine. Cancelas, division director of research at Hoxworth Blood Center, is a leader in project development research that contributes to the advancement of transfusion medicine. His work includes clinical trials that evaluate the efficacy of transfusion medicine-related products. He will be presented the award during the AABB Gala in October. For more information, visit

Strasser Named Director of Research Compliance
Jane Strasser, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics and researcher within the infectious diseases division, has been named compliance officer and director of research compliance and regulatory affairs at UC, effective Sept. 1. Strasser will oversee the UC Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, comprising the human subjects research protection program, U.S. Food and Drug Administration assistance program, institutional animal care and use committee and the biosafety office. She will be responsible for developing, auditing and enforcing processes and procedures related to regulatory issues in research, in addition to serving as the research integrity officer. Strasser has chaired the institutional biosafety committee at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 2006. She has served as a member of Cincinnati Children’s institutional animal care and use committee and is the interim biosafety officer at UC. Strasser replaces Melissa Colbert, PhD, who will join the National Institutes of Health on Sept. 1. For more information, visit

Warm Elected EIP Council Chair
Eric Warm, MD, of the general internal medicine division, has been elected council chair of the Educational Innovation Project (EIP). EIP is a national program aimed at improving care for chronically ill patients. It is operated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The internal medicine department is one of 17 EIP participants. For more information, visit

First-Year Students Name Gold and Silver Apple Award Winners
First-year medical students have selected D.J. Lowie, PhD, associate professor of cancer and cell biology, to receive the Gold Apple Award given for excellence in teaching. Bruce Giffin, PhD, professor of cancer and cell biology, and Michael Lieberman, PhD, professor of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology, have been named silver apple recipients. Students select gold and silver apple winners to honor professors who have had the most profound effect on their futures in medicine and in life.



Air Force Physician to Discuss Head and Neck/Craniofacial Trauma
Maj. Manuel Lopez, MD, chief of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Wilford Hall Medical Center on the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, will be the special guest lecturer during otolaryngology–head and neck surgery grand rounds on Wednesday, June 11. Lopez will discuss “Head and Neck/Craniofacial Trauma: An Iraq Front Line Experience” from 7 to 8 a.m. in Medical Science Building Room E-351. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact Barbara Huber (513) 558-5391.

Queen City ENT Symposium
The otolaryngology–head and neck surgery department will host its annual Queen City ENT Symposium on Saturday, June 14, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The free seminar will examine contemporary issues and research by the department’s residents, fellows and faculty. Brian Wiatrak, MD, a physician at Children’s Hospital of Alabama and UC College of Medicine alumnus, will be the keynote speaker. All practicing otolaryngologists, residents, fellows, audiologists and speech pathologists are encouraged to attend. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact Barbara Huber (513) 558-5391.

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