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Date: Monday, July 20, 2009

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 Litsa Kranias

Kranias Named AHA Distinguished Scientist
Litsa Kranias, PhD, chair and professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics and director of cardiovascular biology, has been named a Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart Association (AHA) for 2009. She joins an elite group of just 47 scientists, including just three women, nationwide to garner the honor. The AHA's Distinguished Scientist designation honors scientists who have made extraordinary contributions to cardiovascular and stroke research.
Learn more about the program

 University Hospital

University Hospital Noted for Cardiac Care Excellence
University Hospital has received designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Blue Distinction is awarded to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care and is founded on evidence-based, objective selection criteria in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organizations' recommendations.

 Urban Health Project

Urban Health Project Celebrates 24 Years
The Urban Health Project (UHP) will host an event to celebrate its 24th summer of service in Greater Cincinnati from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, in the CARE/Crawley Building atrium. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. UHP is a student-run summer program which allows students entering their second year of medical school to gain experience in a social service atmosphere and learn valuable lessons working with patient populations who are medically underserved. RSVP to the event by e-mailing or calling (513) 569-6155.

 Michael Willing, MD

Willing to Serve on Certification Commission
Michael Willing, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, was selected to serve as a volunteer member of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. More than 600 people nationwide applied with only 265 being selected. Willing will work on the national level to assist with the selection and certification of electronic health record systems. The Certification Commission is a private, nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the federal government as an official certification body for electronic health records.
Learn more about the Certification Commission.

 Mark Eckman, MD Eckman Appointed to ACCP Review Panel
Mark Eckman, MD, director of the general internal medicine division, has been invited to join the guideline panel that will work to develop the American College of Chest Physicians' (ACCP) Antithrombotic and Thrombolytic Therapy Evidenced-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. Eckman will assist in developing the health economics and resource utilization pieces for the guideline chapters on antithrombotic therapy for atrial fibrillation and the perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy.

 Ellen Air, MD, PhD Neurosurgery Resident Wins Best Poster
Ellen Air, MD, PhD, a sixth-year resident in neurosurgery, won best poster at the recently concluded World Society for Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery Meeting in Toronto. The poster, entitled "Electrophysiologic Monitoring for Placement of Laminectomy Leads for Spinal Cord Stimulation Under General Anesthesia," was selected from 75 entries. It was co-authored by Greg Toczyl, MD, the Davis Phinney/Donald Krumme Fellow in Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Neuroscience Institute, and George Mandybur, MD, associate professor and director of the division of functional and stereotactic neurosurgery.

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