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Health Care Heroes

Seven College of Medicine Faculty Among 2018 Health Care Heroes Finalists

The Cincinnati Business Courier has selected seven College of Medicine faculty and UC Health providers and administrators as finalists for the 2018 Health Care Heroes awards. Winners will be announced Feb. 15, 2018.

These annual awards honor individuals and organizations that have improved the quality of health care in Greater Cincinnati through their medical expertise, innovative approaches, management skills and service to the poor and uninsured.

Health Care Heroes finalists affiliated with UC and UC Health:

Innovator category:

  • Dustin Calhoun, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine
  • Shimul Shah, MD, associate professor of surgery and the James and Catherine Orr Endowed Chair of Liver Transplantation

Manager category:

  • Amy Bunger, PhD, assistant professor of medical education and assistant designated institutional officer

Patient experience:

  • Robert Neel, MD, associate professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine

Provider category:

  • David Feldman, MD, PhD, professor of internal medicine
  • Steve Woodle, MD, professor of surgery and William A. Altemeier Chair in Surgery

Additionally, Neil MacKinnon, PhD, dean of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, also is a finalist in the Manager category and Tasha Turner-Bicknell, adjunct instructor in the College of Nursing and a member of the Cincinnati Exchange Project team, is a finalist in the Community Outreach category.

Four other physician finalists from local health systems are graduates of the College of Medicine: L. Richard Roedersheimer, MD, Class of 1975; Stephen Pomeranz, MD, Class of 1981; Steve Kleeman, MD, Class of 1994; and Mohab Foad, MD, Class of 1999.

Syed Ahmad, MD
Syed Ahmad, MD

Ahmad to Speak During PanCAN Webinar

Syed Ahmad, MD, professor in and director of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the UC College of Medicine and director of the Pancreatic Disease Center, UC Cancer Institute, will discuss "Treatment Approaches for Pancreatic Cancer” during a free webinar, hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.

January is National Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials Awareness Month, and Ahmad will discuss not only standard treatment approaches for pancreatic cancer but also the latest in clinical trial research. 

This webinar is aimed at patients, their families, friends and support networks. 

 >> Register for the PanCAN webinar

Ronald Sacher, MD
Ronald Sacher, MD

Hoxworth Blood Center Director Named ACCA President

Ronald Sacher, MD, director of Hoxworth Blood Center, has been appointed the 2018 president of the American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA). The ACCA was organized in 1884 by a group of physicians and scientists who set about to improve medical education, research and practice in the United States.

Sacher is just the fourth director in the 78-year history of Hoxworth Blood Center. He joined Hoxworth in 2000, with a commitment to establishing a primary mission of community service. Sacher continues to lead Hoxworth as an internationally-recognized leader in the field of hematology and in guiding the blood center in cutting-edge research areas involving transfusion and regenerative medicine.

Benjamin Reese
Benjamin Reese Jr.

AHC Interprofessional Lecture Jan. 19

Benjamin Reese Jr., PsyD, vice president of the Office of Institutional Equity at Duke University and Duke University Health System, will facilitate "Mitigating Implicit Bias in Interprofessional Health Education” at a day-long faculty development training on how to mitigate implicit bias in interprofessional health education, mentoring and admissions. The session takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Procter Hall, Room 103.

Reese is a national expert on implicit bias who has worked as a consultant to educational institutions, profit and nonprofit corporations and health care organizations for more than 40 years.

>> Register for the lecture

For more information, contact Tracy Pritchard at

2011 Daniel Drake Medal winner Richard Becker, MD

Daniel Drake Medal Nominations Due Jan. 31

The Daniel Drake Medal is the highest recognition the College of Medicine can bestow on its current faculty and former students, faculty and residents. Generally, two medals are awarded annually to living individuals who have been associated with the College of Medicine, now or in the past.

Members of the full-time faculty, the alumni, the emeriti, past Daniel Drake medalists and former associates of the college are invited to submit nominations. Deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2018.

Nominees are evaluated on the basis of outstanding scholarly achievements in biomedical science as evidenced by major significant contributions to medical research and/or represent a distinguished career as a clinician-teacher. To be eligible, a nominee must be a graduate of the UC College of Medicine or have received a PhD degree from one of the programs in the college. Also eligible are those who have been members of the college faculty for five or more years or individuals who have completed a residency in a College of Medicine program sponsored by UC, UC Medical Center or Cincinnati Children’s.

>> More information and access to the nomination form

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January Faculty Development Programs

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development is offering a Teaching/Education Development Program, "How to Utilize Bloom’s Taxonomy in Educational Research and Design,” at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in MSB 3352.

This is one of three tracks of programming that will be offered in 2018. Light refreshments will be offered for those who register on Faculty One Stop.

For a complete roster of programs, and program objectives, please see the Faculty Affairs and Development website.


  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Dec. 19: Gregory Tall, PhD, University of Michigan, will present "Adhesion GPCR Tethered Peptide Agonism” at noon in MSB 3351.
  • Ophthalmology Grand Rounds Dec. 20: Andrew Nguyen, MD, and Andrew Barfell, MD, will present "Resident Clinical and CPC Lectures” at 7:30 a.m. in Hoxworth G344.
  • UC Heart, Lung, and Vascular Institute Seminar Jan. 8:  Michael Tranter, PhD,  will present "The RNA Binding Protein HuR as a New Player in Cardiovascular Disease” at noon in MSB 3351 (Lunch served at 11:45 a.m.). >> Webinar link
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Jan. 9: Kenneth Campbell, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Genetic Control of Neural Circuit Formation in the Basal Ganglia: Implications for Childhood Neurological Disorders” at noon in MSB 3351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Seminar  Jan. 10: Deborah Cory-Slechta, PhD, will present "Combined Effects of Developmental Lead Exposure and Prenatal Stress and Their Transgenerational Consequences” at 10 a.m. in the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy’s Kowalewski Hall, Room 310. 
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Special Seminar Jan. 11: Bo Wang, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, Unviersity of California, Los Angeles, will present "Phospholipid and Cholesterol Metabolism in Intestinal Homeostasis” at 4 p.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.    
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Jan. 16: Jeff Rual, PhD, University of Michigan, will present "The Tumor Suppressor L3MBTL3 Is a Novel Modulator of Notch Signaling” at noon in MSB 3351.
  • Save the Date: Midwest Global Health Conference Feb. 24: The topic is "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Emerging Issues” and will be held in the MSB. More details TBA.

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