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November 2009 Issue

Robert Osher, MD, is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati.
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November News Extras

By Jill Hafner
Published November 2009

UC Ophthalmologist Earns ‘Highest Honor’ in Field
Robert Osher, MD, professor of ophthalmology at UC, has received the Kelman Award for advancement in the field of cataract surgery. The award is the single highest honor in cataract surgery given by the American Academy of Ophthalmology—the largest national membership association for eye physicians and surgeons. Osher was honored previously with the American Innovator’s Award and the Binkhorst Award for his work in cataract and intraocular lens surgery from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is the second ophthalmologist to win all three awards, next to Charles Kelman, MD, the inventor of small-incision cataract surgery.

University Hospital Gives Back Nearly $100 Million
UC Health University Hospital provided nearly $100 million ($98.9 million) in community benefit during fiscal year 2009, which ended June 30. The amount was verified as part of the hospital’s annual audit. The community benefit calculation included totals for free medical care (traditional charity care), Medicaid payment shortfalls, community health improvement services, research and education, and subsidized health services, such as emergency and trauma services, neonatal intensive care, outpatient clinics, women’s health services, renal dialysis services and behavioral health services.

Pediatrics Professor Elected to Institute of Medicine
Uma Kotagal, MD, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology, was one of 65 new members recently elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Kotagal is also the senior vice president for quality and transformation and director of health policy and clinical effectiveness at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

UC Neuroscience Institute Celebrates 10 Years
The UC Neuroscience Institute marked its 10th anniversary Oct. 16 with a reception and dinner that thanked supporters and celebrated a decade of excellence in neurological care and research.The UC Neuroscience Institute, first envisioned by John Tew, MD, was established by neuroscience specialists at UC Health University Hospital, the Mayfield Clinic and the UC College of Medicine. Since then, it has achieved accreditations, certifications or national association memberships in 11 of 12 important neuroscience specialties. (Its 12th specialty area, the Alz-heimer’s Center, is under development.)

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