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April 2008 Issue

David Fischer, MD, chief of the division of general surgery at UC.
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Published April 2008

UC Appoints Surgery Division Chiefs

The surgery department has recently named two interim division chairs as permanent.

Jeffrey Sussman, MD, was named chief of the surgical oncology division on March 1. Sussman, associate professor of surgery, has led the division as interim chief over the past year.

Since joining UC 1997, Sussman has made significant advances in the clinical treatment of melanoma. He has also advanced cancer immune therapy research, and worked to develop new clinical trials for skin cancer.

David Fischer, MD, was appointed chief of the general surgery
division, formerly known as the division of gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery. Fischer had also served as interim chief for more than a year.

In addition to his clinical duties, Fischer serves as the associate program director of the residency education program in general surgery.  He joined the department’s faculty in 2003 after graduating from the general surgery residency program.

Genetics Expert to Speak at Cancer Education Day

Henry T. Lynch, MD—who is recognized widely today as one of the fathers of cancer genetics—will be the keynote speaker at UC’s 2008 Community Cancer Education Day.

The event takes place Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University Pointe Medical Office Building in West Chester.

Lynch is best known for his
work identifying hereditary links to cancer of the breast and colon. Hereditary cancers can be passed down through families in specific genes. For more information, visit or call (513) 584-9097.

Shriners Wins Innovative Solutions Award

Shriners Hospitals for Children– Cincinnati was named the 2008 recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council’s Third Annual Innovative Solutions Award, presented at the March 6 health council’s Solutions Conference and Expo.

The award recognizes unique approaches to clinical or non-
clinical hospital process improvements, patient care initiatives or innovative/creative change projects. Shriners won for its project to improve objective methods of evaluating pain in preverbal or nonverbal patients. For more information, visit


Allied Health Sciences Faculty Honored

Three UC faculty from the College of Allied Health Sciences received awards at the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing convention in March.

Richard Kretschmer, EdD, support faculty member in the communication sciences and disorders department within the College of Allied Health Sciences, received an Honors of the Association award. The Honors award recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of speech.

Kretschmer is also a professor in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.

Laura Kretschmer, EdD, professor of communication sciences and disorders, and Carney Sotto, PhD, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, were both honored with Fellows of the Association awards.

Fellows nominees must have practiced in the profession for a minimum of five years and are
recognized for providing outstanding professional service and/or scientific achievement.


Concert Aims to Raise
Cancer Research Funds

The hematology-oncology division will host a public concert on Tuesday, April 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium to raise money for cancer research.

The concert features performances by College–Conservatory of Music students, a jazz trio and professional community vocalists.

All proceeds will benefit the
division’s clinical research programs and provide financial assistance to patients in need. Educational information on cancer and patient resources will be displayed at the event.

For more information, including how to make a donation, call (513) 584-3830. 

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