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December 2007 Issue

Alvin Crawford, MD, and William Balistreri, MD, 2006 Daniel Drake Medal recipients
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December News Extras

By Jill Hafner
Published December 2007

Pediatrics Professor Receives Distinguished Service Award
William Balistreri, MD, professor of pediatrics, has received the 2007 American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) Distinguished Service Award.

Balistreri, who became the first pediatrician to receive the award, was honored for his service to the AASLD and lifelong commitment to the field of hepatology.

A 2006 Daniel Drake Medal winner, Balistreri also serves as the medical director of the Pediatric Liver Care Center and Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He was recognized at the Nov. 5 AASLD meeting in Boston.


Physiology Program Earns Top 10 Ranking

For the second straight year, UC's systems biology and physiology program has been ranked in the nation's Top 10 for the scholarly accomplishments of faculty.


The study, the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, rates faculty members' scholarly output at nearly 7,400 doctoral programs around the country using objective, unbiased data, such as papers published and grant dollars received, rather than "reputation" rankings. The physiology program ranked No. 7. The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index is produced by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company.


Wilson Named Association's President

Wanda Wilson, PhD, has been named the 2007-08 president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).


Wilson, who will serve a one-year term, is the nurse anesthesia program director at the UC College of Nursing. She was the AANA's previous president-elect and has also served as vice president and treasurer. Wilson is a former president of the Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists.


Founded in 1931, the AANA is a professional association for more than 35,000 certified registered nurse anesthetists and student nurse anesthetists.


Nursing Professor Wins 'Freedom Heroes' Award

College of Nursing Professor Connie Wilson, EdD, has received the 2007 Cincinnati Pepsi Everyday Freedom Heroes Award for her work with the mentally ill.


Wilson is founder of the Health Resource Center, a nurse-managed clinic specializing in mental health that provides multidisciplinary, comprehensive treatment for the homeless and indigent.


The Pepsi Everyday Freedom Heroes award is given to individuals or groups that take action to protect or extend freedom through their innovation, involvement or intervention to redirect fate. The awards are presented to recipients in 10 cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, New York and San Antonio.


Fourth Annual IvaDean Concert Dec. 7

The College of Medicine will host the fourth annual IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Kresge Auditorium, 231 Albert Sabin Way.


The event, which features musical performances by college faculty, staff and students, aims to support the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund.


The fund, named after IvaDean Lair, assistant dean of the College of Medicine, was created in 2003 by that year's graduating class as a way to pay tribute to Lair's "influence on medical students" and provide financial assistance to students burdened by the escalating costs of medical school.


Students are awarded scholarships based solely on financial need. Twenty students have received scholarships since the 2004-05 academic year.


The concert is open to the public. Tickets are $5 for students and children, $20 for adults. For tickets, call (513) 558-5577.

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