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Student Clinician Ceremony for Class of 2017
Student Clinician Ceremony

Incoming Third-Year Students, Faculty Recognized at Clinician Ceremony

The College of Medicine’s Class of 2017 was formally welcomed into its third year Friday, June 26, at the Student Clinician Ceremony in Kresge Auditorium. Dean William Ball, MD, and UC Health CEO Richard Lofgren, MD, provided introductory remarks, while Margaret Beaudrot, MD, a third-year resident in obstetrics and gynecology, gave the keynote address.

The Student Clinician Ceremony, founded by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, is designed to recognize the important transition to third-year clinical rotations. The ceremony celebrated this milestone while addressing some of the inherent challenges and placed an emphasis on the importance of practicing humanism in medicine and professionalism.

Students recited the class Oath of Professionalism taken during the White Coat Ceremony. Gold Apple Awards were presented to David Pettigrew, PhD, D.J. Lowrie, PhD, and David Fischer, MD. Silver Apple Awards were given to Lowrie, Keith Stringer, MD, Robert Neel, MD, and John Quinlan, MD. Students, their family members and UC faculty and staff enjoyed a reception after the ceremony.

Michael Thomas, MD
Michael Thomas, MD

Thomas Elected to Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professor Michael Thomas, MD, is one of six physicians to be elected to the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). ABOG is responsible for the certification of all OB-GYN physicians and fellows trained in the United States. Thomas has extensive experience in treating multi-faceted infertility issues and endocrine disorders ranging from in vitro fertilization (IVF), abnormal puberty, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome and menopause to disorders of the thyroid and adrenal gland. He is trained in microsurgery and hysteroscopy, as well as operative and laser laparoscopy. He is the director of the UC Center for Reproductive Health, established in 1988 and the only comprehensive patient care and research center focused on infertility in the Greater Cincinnati area. 

Thomas joins Thomas Herzog, MD, who is an ABOG board member for the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.

Medical Sciences Building

Volunteers for COM Standing Committees Needed

Each year, the Dean’s Office asks for volunteers to serve on standing committees for the College of Medicine. New volunteers are extremely important to the governance and function of the college and faculty, both clinical and basic science in tenure and non-tenure tracks, can participate. Volunteers can serve on more than one of the five following committees, but preferences should be indicated by placing a number next to each committees: academic reappointment, promotions and tenure committee, admissions committee, the honor council, the center for continuous professional development advisory committee and the faculty leave committee.

Please contact Angela Doud if you are interested by Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  Include a CV and a brief explanation of your desire to serve on a particular committee. List any standing committees you currently serve on and those you have served on during the past three years.

Adam Helbling
Adam Helbling

Spinal Cord Injury Expo July 25 at Daniel Drake Center

The Spinal Cord Injury Expo, a free day of interactive learning, networking and socializing for spinal cord injury survivors, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care. The event, co-sponsored by the Brightside Spinal Cord injury Support Group, will include educational presentations, vendors, raffles and lunch. The guest speaker will be Adam Helbling, author of "Well … I Guess I’m Not Jesus.”

For information, contact Mary Duke at 513-558-7635.

Charuhas Thakar, MD
Charuhas Thakar, MD

Thakar Serves on ASN Advisory Group

Charuhas Thakar, MD, director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, has been selected to serve on the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Acute Kidney Injury Advisory Group. Thakar’s three-year term will begin July 1, 2015, and continue until June 30, 2018.

Daniel Nebert
Daniel Nebert, MD

Nebert Keynotes Annual Meeting in South Korean

Daniel Nebert, MD, professor emeritus in the Department of Environmental Health, was  keynote speaker June 5, 2015, for the Korean Society of Food Science and Technology’s annual meeting in Pusan, South Korea. Nebert presented "Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon-Induced Toxicity Versus Cancer: Depends on Dose, Route-of-Administration, Target Organ, and Genetics.”

Harsh Sachdeva
Harsh Sachdeva, MD

Manisha Patel
Manisha Patel, MD

Sachdeva Recognized at Leadership Awards

Assistant professor Harsh Sachdeva, MD, Division of Pain Management, Department of Anesthesiology will be recognized at the Comprehensive Healthcare Leadership Awards Tuesday, June 30. The event honors the region’s leading health care professionals "who strive to improve not only the everyday lives of their patients and colleagues, but their community as well”.

Volunteer associate professor Manisha Patel, MD, will also be recognized. The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Oscar Event Center, Fairfield, Ohio. For more information or to attend visit the registration page.

Nagla Abdel Karim, MD
Nagla Karim, MD, PhD

Karim Presents at Free Lung Cancer Workshop

Nagla Karim, MD, PhD, associate professor within the Division of Hematology Oncology and a member of the UC Cancer Institute, will present on treatment options and maintaining a high quality of life while living with lung cancer during a free workshop held at the Cancer Support Community, 2918 Cooper Road, Blue Ash,  from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 22.

The speaking series, called "Frankly Speaking About Cancer” and funded through an unrestricted educational grant from Boehringer, Ingelheim and Lilly, is aimed toward lung cancer patients and their loved ones to discuss current treatments, side-effect management strategies, social and emotional challenges of the diagnosis and survivorship issues.

A light meal is included. Pre-registration is required by calling 513-791-4060.

Joseph F. Kowalewski
Joseph F. Kowalewski

HPB Renamed to Honor Former Pharmacy Dean

The UC Board of Trustees has approved renaming the Health Professions Building as Joseph F. Kowalewski Hall in honor of the former dean of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Kowalewski served as dean of the College of Pharmacy from 1949 to 1970. He was the last dean of the school when it was the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy school which first opened in 1850.

Kowalewski directed the merger of the school with the University of Cincinnati in 1954 to become the university’s 13th college. The college was renamed the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy in 2007. Kowalewski died at age 100 March 30, 2000.

 "While the college has been in existence since 1850, it was a private, stand-alone school until the 1950s, when, under Dean Joe Kowalewski’s leadership, the college joined UC. That act was arguably the most important milestone in the history of the college,” says Neil MacKinnon, PhD, current dean of the Winkle College of Pharmacy. "As we begin a $27 million renovation to the home of the Winkle College of Pharmacy, renaming the building in his honor is an important way to recognize our past, while looking forward to the future.”

UC began a major renovation of the 118,590-square-foot Kowalewski Hall last year. Renovations will include new laboratories and replacement of the building’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing systems. Electrical and lighting systems also will be upgraded and made energy efficient. All windows in the building will be replaced. The building’s original auditorium, which has been used in recent years as office space, will be restored to its original use.


  • Child Neurology Grand Rounds July 1: David Neal Franz, MD, professor of pediatrics and neurology, will present "Cannibinoid Therapy of Neurologic Disease” at 8 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location R, Rooms R.3381 and R.3383.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds July 1: Jennifer O’Toole, MD, will present "I-PASS, Safe Handoffs in Academic Medical Centers, Reducing Errors in Communication” at noon in MSB E-351.

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