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Joseph Broderick, MD
Joseph Broderick, MD

Richard Lofgren, MD, MPH
Richard Lofgren, MD

UC Neuroscience Institute Launches

$54.6 Million Fundraising Campaign

The UC Neuroscience Institute has launched a $54.6 million campaign that will fund a new world-class outpatient facility for people with neurologic and psychiatric diseases, expand existing and create new research programs, enable recruitment of additional world-class physicians and researchers, support new training fellowships and expand community-wide programming. 

The new facility will be centrally located at 223 Piedmont Ave., the current site of the Piedmont Mews apartment complex. The building will be designed around a holistic and integrated patient-care model and will help expand services, enhance coordination of clinical care, seamlessly incorporate clinical research and innovative treatments and include supportive services such as rehabilitation therapies and integrative medicine.

The UC Neuroscience Institute is a partnership of the College of Medicine and UC Health, with 11 centers of excellence and three programs. The launch occurred Friday, Aug. 21, at a reception at the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. 

"We envision a new hub for the UC Neuroscience Institute that will provide leading-edge, comprehensive care in a single location,” said Joseph Broderick, MD, the institute’s director and a professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine. "The design and infrastructure will enhance our processes to more efficiently integrate research and education with clinical care and to improve the patient experience. In addition, it will provide space for educational workshops and seminars to benefit the entire community.”

"The funds raised in this campaign will support the three pillars of academic medicine—patient care, research and education—and will make a real difference in the lives of people today and far into the future,” said Richard Lofgren, MD, president and CEO of UC Health.

Those interested in making a donation to the UC Neuroscience Institute should contact its Office of Advancement at 513-558-6903.

>> Read the full release

Rick Lofgren, Darrell Kirch and William Ball
Darrell Kirch, MD

President & CEO of AAMC Visits Academic Health Center

Darrell Kirch, MD, president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), last week visited the Academic Health Center, where he met with William Ball, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and senior vice president for health affairs, Richard Lofgren, MD, president and CEO of UC Health, students and numerous other senior leaders from the college and across campus. The two-day visit was part of Kirch’s efforts to visit medical schools across the country. 

A physician, educator and medical scientist, Kirch has led AAMC since July 2006. The Washington, D.C.-based organization represents all 144 U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools, nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems and 90 academic and scientific societies. Before joining AAMC, Kirch served for six years as senior vice president for health affairs, dean of the college of medicine and CEO of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Pennsylvania State University. A psychiatrist and neuroscientist, he previously served as dean of the Medical College of Georgia and scientific director at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Shailindra Patel, MD, DPhil
Shailendra Patel, MD, DPhil

Patel to Direct Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Shailendra Patel, MD, DPhil, has been appointed director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the Department of Internal Medicine. Patel, who currently serves as professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, will also hold the Albert W. Vontz Jr. Professorship of Diabetes. His appointments are effective Oct. 1, 2015, pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees.

The announcement was made by William Ball, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and senior vice president for health affairs; Richard Lofgren, MD, president and chief executive officer, UC Health; and Gregory Rouan, MD, Taylor Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine.

Patel is an accomplished researcher and clinician with clinical interests in lipid disease and diabetes. He will also have an appointment at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Oxford University in England and did his residency and postgraduate training in the United Kingdom. Additionally, he completed a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Patel also served on faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina and then as chief of the division of endocrinology at the Medical College of Wisconsin from 2005 to 2008. 

Patel will be responsible for developing a strategic plan for the division in addition to creating a new institute of diabetes and metabolism, with the ability to recruit or co-recruit up to seven new faculty including two positions in collaboration with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Once his personal laboratory is re-established at UC, he will set the strategic direction for the metabolic disease program across the College of Medicine and UC Health.

Alex Lentsch, PhD
Alex Lentsch, PhD

Faculty Forward Engagement Survey Coming Sept. 1

The College of Medicine is participating with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) on an initiative called "Faculty Forward: Advancing the Academic Medicine Workplace” to support medical schools in their efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest academic scientists, educators and clinicians. 

On Sept. 1 all full- and part-time college faculty members will receive an email from the AAMC with information and links to an online Faculty Forward Engagement Survey. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and will be open until Sept. 30. The college will only receive aggregate data and anonymous comments from the AAMC. The survey will benchmark the College of Medicine against peer institutions and provide actionable data on key workplace issues important to faculty. Data will be shared with everyone in early 2016.

Contact Alex Lentsch, PhD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and development, via email or by phone at 513-558-0175 with questions.

Medical Sciences Building

REMINDER: October Faculty Development Programming

The College of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Development will offer the following professional, research and teaching/education development programs in October:

Oct. 6, noon to 1:30 p.m., Professional Development: "How to Be An Effective Mentor” with Karl Golnik, MD, interim chair of ophthalmology, as facilitator. 

>> Register online

Oct. 13, noon to 1:30 p.m., Research Development: "Pre and Post Award Management” with Kim Maune, director of College of Medicine operations and finance, and Will Parr, director of the UC Health Office of Clinical Research, as facilitators. 

>> Register online 

Oct. 20, noon to 1:30 p.m., Teaching/Education Development: "Medical Education Research” with Theresa Beery, PhD, professor emerita of nursing, as facilitator.

>> Register online

All sessions will be held in Medical Sciences Building Room 3051. Lunch will be provided for those who register.

Findlay Market

Findlay Market Pop-up Outside CARE/Crawley Thursday

Merchants from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market will set up shop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, outside the CARE/Crawley Building (all other markets are scheduled for the CARE/Crawley Kaplan Reception Area). Fresh produce, locally made items and ready-to-eat foods will be available for purchase. Most vendors will be set up to accept cash and credit cards. This is the fourth of the season and was coordinated by the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. One additional pop-up is scheduled for Sept. 24. For more information, contact Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer.

Michael Dourson
Michael Dourson, PhD

Dourson Attending Asia-Pacific Conference in Philippines

Michael Dourson, PhD, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health and director of Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) at UC, is attending an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference Aug. 24-31 in Ceba, Philippines. The conference is a weeklong series of workshops on a large cross section of related science and policy areas, including a workshop on metals risk assessment where Dourson will give two lectures on risk assessment and one case study on methyl mercury. 

Established in 1989, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Alpha Omega Alpha

AOA Members Please Cast Your Ballots for Inductees

All Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) members are asked to submit their votes for faculty and resident candidates by Sept. 1, 2015.

Alpha Omega Alpha, founded in 1902, is the national medical honor society.

Please cast your ballots for four of the following faculty candidates: Caleb Adler, MD, Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, David Hom, MD, Shimul Shah, MD, Charuhas Thakar, MD, and Daniel Woo, MD.

Please cast your ballots for five of the following resident candidates: Breck Finzer, MD, Meredith Frost, MD, Francisco Menendez, MD, Steven Miller, MD, Fabiano Nery, MD, Hilja Ruegg, MD, Ashley Walther, MD, or Benjamin Wormser, MD.

Votes should be sent to

The annual banquet to honor inductees will be held Nov. 6, 2015, at the Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati.

Alice Mills, MD, MPH
Alice Mills, MD

Residency Match Mock Interviewers Needed

College of Medicine faculty, staff, fellows/residents and alumni volunteers are needed for residency mock interviews from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Thursday, Oct. 29, at the College of Medicine Simulation Center, MSB E-350. This is the second year these interviews will take place in order to help fourth-year medical students apply for residency match.

Each interviewer will receive information on students prior to the interviews and will then conduct four 15-minute individual mock interviews followed by 10 minutes of feedback to each of the students. Dinner will be provided for interviewers.

 For anyone interested in participating or with questions, please contact Alice Mills, MD.

Robert Shen, MD
Robert Shen, MD
Andrea Wolf, MD
Andrea Wolf, MD

'Lung Cancer in the 21st Century' Conference Sept. 26

The UC Cancer Institute's Comprehensive Lung Cancer Center is presenting "Lung Cancer in the 21st Century: An Educational Conference for Health Care Professionals," from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Marriott Northeast, 9664 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason. 

The event will focus on the following:

  • Defining the risk factors for lung cancer including tobacco, genetics and environmental influences.
  • Understanding the surgical standards for early-stage lung cancer.
  • Understanding the newest targeted therapies and immunotherapies for lung cancer.
  • Understanding the role of interventional pulmonology in the treatment and palliation of lung cancer.
  • Understanding advances in radiation dosing and fields for the treatment of lung cancer.
  • Describing the new pathological and molecular classification of lung cancer.
  • Understanding the current trends in the treatment of mesothelioma.
  • Understanding the indications, risks, benefits and process of lung cancer screening.

Visiting speakers include K. Robert Shen, MD, from the Mayo Clinic, and Andrea Wolf, MD, from Mount Sinai Health System. There will also be a lung cancer screening workshop. 

The cost is $75 per person in advance and $90 per person at the door and $35 per nurse in advance and $50 per nurse person at the door. Medical students, residents and fellows are free with prior registration and $25 at the door. 

>>More information


Slice Night Cincinnati

Slice Night Fundraiser for UC Cancer Institute Oct. 1

Slice Night, a pizza tasting event, will raise money for the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Cincinnatus Sculpture Area at Sawyer Point.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and include all the pizza you can eat. Beer and other drinks will be available for purchase.

Cincinnati Magazine is a sponsor of the event; all proceeds benefit the institute. 

Purchase Tickets:

Goodman Garage

New Entrance Under Construction for Goodman Garage

Construction has begun on a west entrance for Goodman Garage, adjacent to UC Medical Center. The new entrance, which will be accessible via the hospital’s front driveway, will improve entry and access to the garage for patients and visitors. Traffic flow will remain operational through the project, which is expected to last several months. There will be occasional disruption to the driveway, but access to the front entry will be maintained.  The garage will also get two new replacement elevators, and parking spaces will be re-striped.


  • Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds Aug. 26: Patricia Colapietro, MD, will present on wellness at 8 a.m. in MSB 5051.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (MCBP) Graduate Seminar Aug. 26: Allyson Hamlin (Hui lab) will present "Overview of cancer pathogenesis and drug targets” at 11 a.m. in MSB 6051.
  • Medical Grand Rounds (Schiff Lecture) Aug. 26: Arun Sanyal, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University, will present on Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Aug. 27: Christina Gross, PhD, Division of Neurology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, will present "Small RNAs, big effect: microRNA-mediated regulation of the potassium channel Kv4.2 complex during status epilepticus” from 4 to 5 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Lucille & Smith Gibson Endowed Lectureship in Dermatology Aug. 27: Gil Yosipovitch, MD, Temple University School of Medicine and Director of the Temple Itch Center, will present "Chronic Itch: A Disease State in Its Own Right” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center, Room G344.

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