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Date: Monday, March 9, 2009

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Clinician-Scientist to Lead Hematology/Oncology, Adult Cancer Program
Atweh HeadshotGeorge Atweh, MD, has been named Koch Chair and professor of UC’s hematology/oncology division and director of the adult cancer program located in the UC Barrett Cancer Institute at University Hospital. Atweh’s appointment became effective March 1. Atweh previously held numerous leadership roles at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, including hematology/oncology division chief, interim director of the Tisch Cancer Institute, associate director of the general clinical research center, chair of the appointments and promotions committee and medical director of the cancer clinical trials office. He completed his medical degree, internship and residency at the American University of Beirut and a hematology/oncology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He then did a postdoctoral research fellowship at Yale University. An established clinician-scientist, Atweh has published more than 65 scientific manuscripts and holds a U.S. patent for globin gene expression vectors, a discovery that has enabled scientists to pursue novel treatments for blood diseases such as sickle cell. Read more by visiting

Roy-Chaudhury to Present at Vascular Access Society Meeting
Roy-Chaudhury HeadshotPrabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, of the nephrology and hypertension division, was selected to present at the sixth annual Vascular Access Society (VAS) meeting to be held April 22 in Rome. Roy-Chaudhury will discuss “New Paradigms for Dialysis Access Dysfunction: From Hemodynamic Shear Stress to Endothelial (Dys)function.” The VAS is a multidisciplinary society created to raise interest in the field of hemodialysis vascular access and to promote and conduct basic and clinical research. Last month, Roy-Chaudhury presented “Vascular Biology of Dialysis Access Failure” at the 2009 European Vascular Course in the Netherlands.


Surgery to Host ‘Legendary’ Stanford Professor—March 16
Fogarty HeadshotMichael Edwards, MD, chair of surgery, will interview cardiovascular surgeon Thomas Fogarty, MD, of Stanford University Medical Center, during a special presentation, “Interview With a Legend,” on Monday, March 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. Fogarty, a 1960 UC College of Medicine alumnus and Daniel Drake award winner, holds more than 100 patents in surgical instrumentation. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Academy of Engineering in 2008. In addition, he was a recipient of the Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons in 2001 and the New Cardiovascular Horizons Achievement Award in 2004. The event will be held in the Surgical Amphitheater. All are invited to attend. 

Cardiologist to Hold Book-Signing—March 17
Harrison HeadshotDonald Harrison, MD, a local cardiologist and former senior vice president and provost of health affairs at the UC Academic Health Center, will sign copies of his new book "Mending Broken Hearts: One Cardiologist’s Journey through a Half Century of Discovery and Medical Change"on Tuesday, March 17. The event, free and open to the public, will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Stanley J. Lucas, MD, Board Room of the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, which is located in the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library. In his memoir, Harrison describes the changes in medicine and cardiology that he has experienced personally and that he has influenced over a career spanning 50 years. The book is available from Orange Frazier Press. In addition, copies will be available for purchase at the book-signing. For more information, contact (513) 558-5656.

Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Cranial Base Course—March 20–21
The otolaryngology—head and neck surgery department will host a two-day course on safe endoscopic and cranial base surgery March 20–21 at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at UC. Experts from UC, the University of Pittsburgh and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation will present advanced techniques and instrumentation to improve the skills of both the beginner and advanced endoscopic surgeon. The course includes hands-on laboratory dissections. To register, call (513) 558-5391 or visit

Malcolm Adcock Memorial Lecture Series—March 26
UC will host the 2009 Malcolm Adcock Memorial Lecture Series on Thursday, March 26. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with a symposium on food, farms and illness, featuring keynote speaker Malak Kotb, PhD, chair of molecular genetics and microbiology. Key topics to be discussed include: “What Makes You Sick: Discovering Through DNA Fingerprinting,” “MRSA, People, Pets and Pigs,” “Food Safety From Farm to Fork,” and “The Forensics of Food Safety.” At 4 p.m., Malcolm series lecturer Robert Tauxe, MD, will discuss “Pot Pies, Peppers and Peanut Butter … Foodborne Disease and the Continuing Challenges to Public Safety.” All talks will be held in Kresge Auditorium. Tauxe is the deputy director of the foodborne, bacterial and mycotic diseases division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Zoonotic, Vectorborne and Enteric Diseases. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. Students can attend for free, but will not be served lunch. For more information, contact Marianne Kautz at (800) 207-9399 or The lecture is jointly sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Homeland Security Research Center, Cincinnati Health Department, UC and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. It is named for the late Malcolm P. Adcock, who served as the Cincinnati health commissioner for 11 years. Sanitarian credit hours have been applied for and the application has been submitted for continuing education contact hours for nurses through the OBN Approver Unit at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing (OBN-011-93). Contact developmental affairs at (513) 558-5311 regarding approval status. 

OVALS Conference—April 2–3
The Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS) annual conference will be held April 2–3 at the Dayton Marriott Hotel in Dayton. Day One of the conference features a technology poster competition, exhibits and networking opportunities, followed by a dinner and keynote presentation titled “Diseases That Will Drive Future Technology and Opportunity” by Michael Parkinson, MD, executive vice president and chief health and medical officer of Lumenos. Day Two includes a full day of presentations on topics related to technology trends and opportunities in the areas of nanoparticles, medical devices, biosafety technologies and stem cell technology. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to submit posters for the competition. To register, visit or call (513) 263-2723. A limited number of complimentary registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


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