Impactful research, inspiring patient stories, Match Day and students setting out to make a difference. As we come to the end of 2017, here's a look back at some of the top stories and achievements of 2017 from healthnews.uc.edu that showcase our tripartite mission of education, research and clinical care:
Research published about concentrations of the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemical found in the Ohio River historically since the early 1990s, was our most-viewed story of 2017. The research reveals that residents of the Mid-Ohio River Valley had higher than normal levels of PFOA based on blood samples collected over a 22-year span. The exposure source was likely from drinking water contaminated by industrial discharges upriver.
The study, appearing in Environmental Pollution, looked at blood serum samples in 931 Mid-Ohio River Valley residents collected between 1991 and 2013, to determine whether the Ohio River and Ohio River Aquifer were sources of exposure
An amazing story received an amazing response: Whitney Hoffer, at 31 and pregnant, discovered she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma...but she managed chemotherapy and delivered a healthy baby girl and didn't miss a beat. Now back to her normal (busy!) everyday life, this year she celebrated alongside her two daughters, Makenzi (3) and Madison (now one and a half).
The profile of graduating medical student Marcus Germany was one of the top-viewed stories of 2017. Germany wanted a career helping children. The Cleveland native thought he would be a teacher, but after a high school senior class project and shadowing experiences as an undergrad, Germany then seriously considered medicine.
On a fateful day each March, fourth-year medical students at the UC College of Medicine and at medical schools around the country learned where they'll spend the next several years in residency training. It's all part of Match Day, an annual event managed by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), and it's consistently one of our most-trafficked events online and on social media
In May, Joseph Cheng, MD, was named professor and chair of the UC College of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery, leading all neurosurgery activities in the College of Medicine and at UC Health effective July 1, 2017. His appointment set a new course for the growing department, now fully integrated within the College of Medicine and UC Health and focused around five key areas: neurotrauma, cerebrovascular neurosurgery, adult brain tumor surgery, functional neurosurgery and complex spinal disease.
In February, UC held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Health Sciences Building, future home for the College of Allied Health Sciences, and a celebration of the $480 million phased Medical Campus Master Plan. The first phase, which included the CARE/Crawley Building, was completed in 2008. Subsequent phases include renovations to Procter Hall, Kettering Lab Complex and the Medical Sciences Building.