Sacher Becomes Interim Dean
Ronald Sacher, MD, has taken up his new position as interim dean of the College of Medicine. Director of Hoxworth Blood Center, Dr. Sacher is also a professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine. An eminent scientist in human blood research, he has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, 17 books and 37 book chapters, 25 of them over the past five years. He has served on National Institutes of Health study sections and chaired or served on committees in his field. Dr. Sacher will remain director of Hoxworth and will return to that post following the appointment of a new College of Medicine dean.
Atrial Fibrillation Procedure Celebrates First Anniversary
Randall K. Wolf, MD, director of UC's Center for Surgical Innovation, recently observed the first anniversary of the "Wolf mini-MAZE," a technique he developed to surgically treat atrial fibrillation. The minimally invasive procedure eliminates the need to make a sternal incision (usually 7 inches long in the middle of the chest), break the breastbone to spread the ribs, or use the heart-lung machine. Since its debut, over 60 Wolf mini-Maze procedures have been performed at University Hospital by Dr. Wolf, who is also a cardiothoracic surgeon with UC Heart & Vascular Center, and his colleagues Drs. John Flege and Bill Schneeberger. All patients evaluated six months after the procedure had a regular heart rhythm and no further episodes of atrial fibrillation, and many discontinued their medications. Dr. Wolf has introduced the technique to other surgeons in Cincinnati and at hospitals around the country. He developed the Wolf mini-MAZE in collaboration with Atricure of West Chester. For more information, log on to
You are invited to the Oct. 5 groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE) and renovation of the Medical Sciences Building (MSB), plus the announcement of the Edith J. Crawley gift. The ceremony, outside the Sabin Way entrance to the College of Medicine, begins at 10 a.m. Please RSVP by Sept. 21, by phone to 558-6052 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horner Heads Health Policy Institute
Ronnie Horner, PhD, newly arrived director of the Medical Center's Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research (IHPHSR), was formerly program director of Health Disparities Research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. His doctorate is in health care epidemiology. Established in 1995, the IHPHSR strives to improve the nation's health by generating knowledge that will influence health policies and identify best health care practices at the local, regional and national level, with a particular interest in health care disparities. "I am gratified and proud to be joining a community that is like-minded about finding practical solutions to the real-world health care needs of citizens, especially those without resources," said Dr. Horner.
UC Honors Faculty Member for Translational Research
The UC Department of Environmental Health named Eula Bingham, PhD, winner of the 2004 Roy E. Albert Award for Translational Research in Environmental Health. Dr. Bingham, professor in the department's toxicology division, is a member of the Institute of Medicine. Her work focuses on improving construction-worker recall and screening programs at specific sites, including nuclear weapons production sites. The Roy E. Albert award honors the late director of the Department of Environmental Health (19851994).
Broderick to Share NASA Experiences with Kids, Families
Timothy Broderick, MD, associate professor in the Department of Surgery and medical director of UC's Center for Surgical Innovation, will be keynote speaker at the Cincinnati Observatory Center's "ScopeOut 2004: An Astronomy Fair." Dr. Broderick's lecture, "Space Surgery: From Video Games to Robots," draws on his experience developing new surgical technologies and techniques that have applications in NASA's manned space-flight program, including the use of robots to perform surgery.
Anthenelli Quoted in NYT
Robert Anthenelli, MD, Department of Psychiatry, was quoted in the Sept. 6 New York Times in an article about the anti-smoking and anti-obesity drug rimonabant (Acomplia). Dr. Anthenelli was co-principal investigator of the smoking portion of the rimonabant clinical trials in the U.S. The drug's developer, Sanofi-Aventis, has filed for regulatory approval and hopes to market it by 2006.
Queen City 101
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