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August 2006 Issue

John Hutto, MD, and Joseph Giglia, MD, perform a vascular surgery procedure.
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August News Extras

By Jill Hafner
Published August 2006

Henney Receives Honorary Degree from Rochester
Jane Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs, recently received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Rochester.

“As a national leader in academic medicine and as a scientist who has devoted herself to improving the lives of all Americans, Jane Henney is a role model for anyone interested in public health,” according to a proclamation read at the college’s commencement ceremonies.

“For more than 25 years, Dr. Henney has been an articulate spokesperson for ensuring that public policy is informed by the cutting-edge research and clinical care that occurs at this nation’s top academic health centers.”

Henney was the first woman to be appointed commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She has served in her current position at UC since 2003.

Vascular Surgeon Adds to List of Firsts
Joseph Giglia, MD, assistant professor and interim director of UC’s vascular surgery division, recently performed the Tristate’s first completely laparoscopic aortobifemoral bypass to treat blockages in the arteries that supply the lower body.

The procedure is used to treat aortoiliac arterial occlusive disease, a type of peripheral arterial disease that causes large blood vessels in the abdomen and pelvis to become narrowed and restrict blood flow. Because it is minimally invasive, says Giglia, the procedure reduces the patient’s post-surgery pain and shortens recovery time.

Fungal Spores Increase Kids’ Allergy Risk
Not all mold is created equal, according to a new UC study reported in the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. Led by UC mold expert Tiina Reponen, PhD, the team found that infants exposed to basidiospores and other airborne fungal spores—specifically penicillium/aspergillus and alternaria—early in life were more likely as they grew older to develop allergies to mold, pollen, dust mites, pet dander and certain foods.

This is the first study to show a relationship between specific airborne fungal spores and an increased risk for multiple allergies in children. The research is part of the Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study, a five-year project examining the effects of environmental particulates on childhood respiratory health and allergy development.

Life on the Battlefield
Maj. Steve Barnes, MD, and Col. Jay Johannigman, MD, both of UC’s division of trauma and critical care surgery, recently served at the U.S. Air Force Theater Hospital at the Balad Air Base in central Iraq. The hospital is the busiest U.S. combat support hospital in Iraq and is the central aeromedical evacuation hub. This was Barnes’ first tour of Iraq and Johannigman’s third.

Child Laparoscopic Liver Case is World’s First

Mark Thomas, MD, a UC assistant professor and transplant surgeon, recently performed what is believed to be the world’s first pediatric laparoscopic liver resection.

The surgery was done on a 2-year-old Mexican boy with liver cancer. The minimally invasive procedure—which uses several incisions no larger than three inches and specialized instruments that allow the physician to see the inside of the body—requires less recovery time than traditional open surgery.

UC is home to one of only five specialty liver centers of its kind in the world, where Thomas and his team perform about 250 laparoscopic liver cases a year.

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