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May 2008 Issue

George Meier III, MD, is a professor and chief of vascular surgery at the University of Cincinnati.
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May's New Extras

By Jill Hafner
Published May 2008

UC Vascular Surgery Services Expanded
UC vascular surgeons have expanded their clinical practice to see patients at the Medical Arts Building five days a week. The division also expects to begin offering daily appointments at University Pointe in West Chester starting July 1.

Led by George Meier, MD, the vascular team will continue to perform surgery at Christ Hospital and University Hospital. Patient consultations and testing procedures, such as abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings and vascular ultrasound, will be available at the Medical Arts Building and University Pointe only. To schedule an appointment, call (513) 558-3700.

Dean’s Scholars in Clinical Research Named
The Center for Clinical & Translational Science and Training has announced the 2008 Dean’s Scholars in Clinical Research winners. They are Andra Blomkalns, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, and Jaime Robertson, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the infectious diseases division. Both Blomkalns and Robertson will receive a one-year funding award to cover research expenses, such as biostatistical and informatics support, grants administration and tuition for courses in the master’s of science program in clinical research.

The Dean’s Scholars program was established in 2006 as a way to foster the career development of promising junior faculty in clinical research, defined as patient-oriented, translational, epidemiological, outcomes and health services research. A major program goal is for awardees to obtain career development awards from national sources, ultimately helping them to become principal investigators on federal research project grants. For more information, visit

Immunology Chief Named
William Ridgway, MD, has been appointed chief of the immunology division pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. Ridgway, who will join the internal medicine department in the fall, will serve as associate professor of medicine. He is currently an associate professor of medicine in the rheumatology and clinical immunology division at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1998–2003, he was chief of the rheumatology division at the Oakland Veterans Affairs Hospital in Pittsburgh. Ridgway received his medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed an internal medicine residency and rheumatology/immunology fellowship at Stanford University Hospital. His research focuses on the genetics of autoimmunity and autoimmune phenotypes.

Medicine Moves Up in U.S.News Rankings
The College of Medicine has moved up one spot to No. 40 in the latest “America’s Best Graduate Schools” rankings by U.S.News and World Report. The No. 40 ranking was in the category of “top schools of medicine— research.” In the specialties rankings, the department of pediatrics remained strong at the No. 3 position. For more on the rankings, visit www.grad-schools. usnews.rankingsandreviews. com/grad/mdr.

Faculty Winners Announced for Honors Day Awards
David Fischer, MD, chief of general surgery, has been selected to receive the Gold Apple teaching award during the College of Medicine’s Honors Day Program to be held Monday, May 26. Richard Stevenson, MD, pediatric surgery, and Thomas deHoop, MD, obstetrics and gynecology, will be awarded Silver Apples. In addition, Katelyn Leopold will be presented with the 2008 alumni award. This year’s class speaker is Dan Robertshaw. Honors Day begins at 10 a.m. at Music Hall. For more information, call (513) 558- 5577 or e-mail

Shriners Hospital to Celebrate 40 Years
Shriners Hospitals for Children–
is celebrating 40 years of pediatric burn care by hosting a patient reunion and open house  from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the hospital (3229 Burnet Ave.).

The reunion will provide an opportunity for patients to visit the hospital and take tours of the facility. In addition, hospital staff will unveil the “40 Years of Pediatric Burn Care” exhibit, which showcases the most significant advancements in pediatric burn care over the past four decades

The exhibit includes a patient gallery, an interactive display to show stages of first-, second- and third-degree burns and a timeline display wall that highlights important milestones in burn care, including history, prevention and future direction.
This exhibit will be open to the public in the hospital’s atrium after May 17.  For more event information, call (513) 872-6059.

ENT Offers Free Hearing Screenings in May
In recognition of Better Speech and Hearing Month in May, the department of otolaryngology will hold free hearing screenings on Friday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Medical Arts Building Suite 5200. To reserve your spot, call (513) 475-8453.

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