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March 2011 Issue

W. Brian Gibler, MD (left) with a patient in the emergency room
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Published March 2011

Gibler Elected Fellow in American College of Cardiology
W. Brian Gibler, MD, president and CEO of UC Health University Hospital and senior vice president of UC Health, was recently elected a fellow in the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

Physicians are elected to fellowship based on professional excellence, significant contributions to research and letters of sponsorship from other ACC fellows.

The ACC is a 39,000-member nonprofit medical professional society whose mission is to advocate for quality cardiovascular care—through education, research, promotion, development and by influencing health care policy.

Geriatric Medicine Receives $1 Million Grant
The office of geriatric medicine, a division of the department of family and community medicine has received a $1 million grant to improve geriatrics training and interdisciplinary opportunities for physicians treating older patients.
UC was one of 10 medical schools to receive a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. With the funds, the office will implement inter-professional training to teach medical students, residents and community primary care physicians how to effectively communicate and collaborate with other disciplines for geriatric care.

A total of 890 trainees will participate in the four-year program, including 670 medical students, 80 chief residents, 80 additional primary care residents and 60 primary care community physicians.

"The UC geriatrics faculty are very excited about this new grant award,” says Gregg Warshaw, director of geriatrics.

"We will now have an opportunity to develop new training opportunities for medical students, residents, and practicing primary care physicians. To deliver optimal care to older adults, physicians must become much more comfortable working in interprofessional teams across care settings—from the hospital to the nursing home and in the patient’s home.” 

Allergy Talk March 16
Allen Seiden, MD, professor in the department of otolaryngology, will discuss allergies and sinuses on Wednesday, March 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at 454 University Hall. This is a brown bag lunch.

Registration is required at

The New Future of Drug Discovery & Development” Workshop March 15
On March 15, a safety pharmacology workshop titled "The New Future of Drug Discovery & Development” will be held from 1 to 5:15 p.m. in Location S, Room S. 203, 244 Albert Sabin Way.

The half-day workshop will feature expert lecturers from around the country who will discuss their experience with basic and translational medicine and is designed for basic biomedical science and clinical faculty, research staff and students at UC and Children’s, as well as members of regional organizations involved in drug discovery, development, testing and translation of drug discoveries to new treatments for human diseases and disorders.

The program is being co-sponsored by the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics, the UC Faculty Development Council and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST).

It is open to anyone with interest or engaged in this drug discovery, development where pre-clinical testing in intended to translate to clinical trials.

Advance registration is required; those not affiliated with UC or Children’s will be charged a $35 registration fee.
For questions or more information, contact Mohammed Matlib at

To register or see a line-up of events, visit

Heart Mini Marathon and Walk March 20

Join the UC Health team in helping to combat heart disease and stroke by signing up for the 2011 Heart Mini Marathon and Walk, scheduled for Sunday, March 20.

This event helps raise money to fund research and develop treatments that could one day cure the nation’s No. 1 killer.
Each participant will receive an American Heart Association T-shirt in addition to the new UC Health T-shirt. To join the UC Health Heart Mini Marathon team or find out more about the race, visit

Britigan Leaving UC
Bradley Britigan, MD, Taylor Professor and chair of the department of internal medicine, has accepted the dean’s position at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Medicine, pending approval of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Britigan, who has been at UC since 2004, will leave UC in mid-June and assumes his new role in Omaha on July 1.

An interim chair for the department will be identified within the next few weeks.

Smulian Named Chief of Infectious Diseases

George Smulian, MD, associate professor of medicine, has been appointed chief of the infectious diseases division.

He has been serving as interim chief since May 2009. Smulian has been a faculty member in the department of medicine since 1991 and has served as chief of the infectious disease section at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center since 2000.

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