Medical Center Economic Impact Nears $4 Billion
Last week, the UC Medical Center held a major news conference to announce that the Center's total economic impact on Greater Cincinnati, Hamilton County and a three-state region in 2002 was $3.59 billion, a figure expected to reach $4.19 billion by 2006. With an employment of 16,268 full-time equivalents (and a total of some 50,000 jobs directly or indirectly related to Center operations), the Center is also Greater Cincinnati's largest employer. As Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affair Jane Henney, M.D. commented, the Center is "one of the most powerful economic engines in the Tri-State."
Dr. Woo Wins Nation's Sole "Young Investigator" Award in Stroke
Dr. Daniel Woo, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology, has been selected as the recipient of the American Heart Association's 2004 Robert G. Siekert New Investigator Award in Stroke. This award is the only national "young investigator" award for stroke given each year. The award, which will be presented at the 29th International Stroke Conference in February, is the result of Dr. Woo's abstract entitled, "Haplotype Association Analysis of Apolipoprotein E Gene in Intracerebral Hemorrhage."
Surgery Lands Important Hire
Karyn L. Butler, M.D., has joined the Department of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care and the Institute of Molecular Pharmacology and Biophysics as Associate Professor of Surgery. Dr. Butler specializes in care of the injured and critically ill adult patients. She has won numerous awards for both teaching and research, has served on the NIH Minority Research Training Review Special Emphasis Panel and on a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute NIH Study Section. Dr. Butler is also the recipient of four extramural grant awards, including a Mentored Clinical Scientist Award from the NIH. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Association for Academic Surgery as well as several other prestigious medical societies.
Stern Chosen President-Elect of ABOS
Dr. Peter Stern, Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, was recently chosen as president-elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS). He is thus in line for the ABOS presidency in September 2004.
Celebrate Our Own Heroes in the Courier
If you've ever wanted to find a way to show appreciation for a colleague's work and commitment, here's your chance. The Cincinnati Business Courier is now accepting nominations for its Seventh Annual Health Care Heroes Award. These awards "honor people who have made an impact on health care in our community through their concern for patients, their research and inventions, their management skills, their innovative programs for employees and their service to the poor and uninsured." Those kinds of people are plentiful at the COM. Peer recommendations are accepted and encouraged. To nominate someone, simply contact the Courier's Jeanelle Collett at 621-6665. Nominations are due December 9th, and recipients are announced in February.
Jensen Symposium to Honor a Giant in Cancer Research
The Jensen Symposium on Nuclear Receptors and Endocrine Disorders, which takes place December 5-7 in Kresge Auditorium, will feature an exhaustive list of esteemed lecturers and a host of compelling topics. But, most importantly, it will honor a legend and absolute giant in cancer research: our own Elwood Jensen, Ph.D. Dr. Jensen, winner of the American Association for Cancer Research's International Award for Cancer Research, has been named one of the eight greatest estrogen/breast cancer researchers in the last 100 years. His pioneering work in the estrogen receptor has led to more effective treatment of breast cancer, saving and improving the lives of countless people. Information on the Symposium is available at http://can.uc.edu/jensensymposium.
Student Spotlight: DOC
Doctors Ought to Care (DOC) is a program where COM students (mainly I's and II's) visit local schools to discuss issues related to preventing disease and promoting good health. The UC COM chapter (DOC is a national organization) involves about 60 students and is headed by Jennifer DiCocco (UCII) and Caroline Eady (UCII). Each year, DOC sends letters to 900-plus K-12 schools in a 45-minute drive radius, offering speakers on five age-appropriate topics: head injury prevention, smoking, alcohol use, gun violence and sexual responsibility. Usually, about 100 schools in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana take DOC up on the offer, and the engagements are divided up among the COM students who belong to the organization. Clearly, DOC is not only providing a valuable public health service but also helping to increase and strengthen ties between the COM and the community it serves.
Queen City 101
Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky is home to the nation's largest collection of ventriloquist dolls, as well as the site each July of the world's oldest and largest gathering of ventriloquists.