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Dawn Kleindorfer, MD
Dawn Kleindorfer, MD

Kleindorfer Appointed Associate Dean for

Faculty Development & Women's Initiatives

Dawn Kleindorfer, MD, has been appointed associate dean for faculty development and women’s initiatives in the College of Medicine, effective Dec. 1. This new position, which reports to Alex Lentsch, PhD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and development, will assist in broadening the scope of faculty development programs and opportunities for college faculty. Initially, Kleindorfer will be charged with helping to formulate a college-wide approach to faculty mentoring in addition to engaging female faculty to address issues that will improve the promotion and retention of women faculty in the College of Medicine.

Kleindorfer, a professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine, will continue to serve as director of the vascular neurology division and Vascular Neurology Fellowship  in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine. She also will continue serving as co-director of the UC Stroke Team.

Innovation competition 2015
Innovation Competition

Teams Take Top Honors in Innovation Competition

Telehealth projects focused on reducing readmissions after transplant and providing early and better prenatal care in underserved populations took top honors in the inaugural Care Delivery Innovation Competition Thursday, Nov. 19. The two teams—one led by Shimul Shah, MD, UC associate professor of surgery and UC Health transplant surgeon; and the other led by Carri Warshak, MD, UC associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Fetal Ultrasound Center at UC Medical Center—were each awarded $20,000. In a surprise twist, UC Health President and CEO Richard Lofgren, MD, and UC Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and College of Medicine Dean William Ball, MD, announced at the competition’s end that they will fund all four of the projects presented at the event.

Co-sponsored by UC Health and the UC Academic Health Center, the Care Delivery Innovation Competition was designed to showcase successes in care delivery innovation and to drive, recognize and reward novel ideas throughout the UC academic health system. Finalists made it through two earlier elimination rounds. Other finalists included teams led by Stephanie Dunlap, DO, UC associate professor of medicine and medical director of the UC Medical Center Heart Failure Program, and UC College of Nursing faculty Debi Sampsel, DNP, chief officer of innovation and entrepreneurship, and Tamilyn Bakas, PhD, RN, Jane E. Procter Endowed Chair and Professor.

For more information about the competition, contact Pamela Kimmel, UC Health’s director of telehealth, at 513-520-3716 or

Stuart Handwerger, MD
Stuart Handwerger, MD

Stuart Handwerger, MD, Passes Away at Age 76

Stuart Handwerger, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and longtime director of Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, passed away Nov. 22, 2015. He was 76.

Dr. Handwerger came to UC and Cincinnati Children’s in 1990 after 19 years at Duke University, where he had been a professor and chief of the division of pediatric endocrinology. He served as chief of the Cincinnati Children’s Division of Endocrinology until 2010, when he turned his focus to his research—the placenta and preeclampsia.

Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Northern Hills Synagogue, Hadassah or the Division of Endocrinology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, ML 7012, Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Heart Mini Marathon
Heart Mini Marathon

December 10 Kickoff Event Set for Heart Mini Marathon

The UC College of Medicine and UC Physicians are teaming up with UC Health for the American Heart Association’s Heart Mini Marathon & Walk. The 2016 event will take place Sunday, March 13, in downtown Cincinnati, with different events to accommodate all fitness levels, including a half marathon, 15K, 5K, 3- or 5-mile Heart Walk, or 1K Steps for Stroke Walk presented by UC Health for survivors of heart disease and stroke.

College of Medicine and UC Physicians teams have been created under the UC Health Company Page on the race registration site. Visit the Heart Mini kickoff event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the UC Medical Center cafeteria to learn how you can get involved and get registered. For more information, contact Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer, at 513-558-7424 or

UC Health is the official "Life is Why” sponsor for the Cincinnati chapter of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and the medal sponsor for the 2016 Heart Mini Marathon & Walk.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Location S
Location S

Biomedical Informatics Launches New Event Series

The Department of Biomedical Informatics is launching a new event series, the Clinical Informatics Focus Group. Open to all interested, it will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. December presentations at Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S7.125, will be Tuesday, Dec. 1, with Eric Kirkendall, MD, Departments of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, and Daniel Schauer, MD, Department of Internal Medicine. December discussions will be in Location S, Room S8.100.

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Craig Vogel
Craig Vogel

CCTST Grand Rounds on Wellbeing Initiative Dec. 4

The University of Cincinnati Wellbeing Initiative (UCWI) is the focus of the next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in MSB 3351. The featured speaker is Craig Vogel, associate dean, research and graduate studies, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP).

The UCWI creates multidisciplinary faculty and student teams to collaborate on projects that utilize team science and design thinking to solve complex, ongoing problems related to health science. The talk will help researchers integrate themes and ideas developed by the UCWI into their work, utilizing the unique perspective of UC’s west campus to understand opportunities in the area of wellbeing, focused on prevention and balanced lifestyle.

CME is offered. Lunch is available to CCTST members (join free of charge) who RSVP today to Sarah Elam. For more information, visit the CCTST website.

U.S. News and World Report
U.S. News & World Report

REMINDER: Join; Take U.S. News Survey

Board-certified physicians who claim their profile on by Friday, Dec. 11 (the deadline was extended), are eligible to take the U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals Survey” in their designated specialty. is a physicians-only social media site and platform. Note that not all specialties are being surveyed at this time by U.S. News. To claim your profile, visit


REMINDER: Participate in 'Giving Tuesday'

This year, the University of Cincinnati will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. The UC Foundation has designated a website ( for donations to the university on this day (Tuesday, Dec. 1). Those who make online gifts of $10 or more on #GivingTuesday will receive a limited edition 2015 UC ornament featuring the Bearcat mascot from 1947.

Cell Manipulation Laboratory
Research at UC

SAVE THE DATE: Research Week 2016 Is April 18-22

Save the date for Research Week 2016 April 18-22 to celebrate research progress, increase resource networks and strengthen team science, improving health with cutting-edge research. Highlights will include a "Shark Tank”-style competition with funding aware; Innovation, Entrepreneurialism and Technology Expo; keynotes, symposium and panel discussion; Wellness Research and Practice Expo; and Hutton Ethics Lectureship.

Updates will be tweeted from @UC_CoMResearch and posted on Facebook (CoM Office of Research).



  • UC Cancer Institute Guest Lecture Series Nov. 30–Dec. 1: Carlo Croce, MD, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, will present "Causes and Consequences of microRNA Dysregulation in Cancer” at 4 p.m. Nov. 30 and "microRNA Profiles to Define Cancer Therapeutic Targets” at noon Dec. 1. Both lectures will take place in MSB 7051.
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series Special Event Dec. 1: Mike Hawrylycz, PhD, Allen Institute for Brain Science, will present "A Brief Tour of Data Resources from the Allen Institute for Brain Science” at 3 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S3.125.
  • Physiology Seminar Dec. 1: Bruce Yacyshyn, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, will present "Translational Research in the Inflammatory bowel diseases” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • ENT Grand Rounds Dec. 2: David Hom, MD, will present "Enhancing the Art of Care during Awake Procedures in this High-Tech Multi-Generational Environment” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Anesthesiology Grand Rounds Dec. 2: Sean Josephs, MD, will present "Q&A and Case Presentations” at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Child Neurology Grand Rounds Dec. 2: Tom DeGrauw, MD, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine, will present "Valproic Acid: at 8 a.m. in Sabin Auditorium, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Dec. 2: Peter White, MD, will present "Medical Informatics” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Dec. 2: Carmen Marsit, PhD, Dartmouth University, will present "Epigenetic Mechanisms in Children’s Environmental Health” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs Complex.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Graduate Seminar Series Dec. 2: Jazib Uddin and Sehar Wani will deliver presentations at 11 a.m. in MSB 6051.
  • Cancer Biology Graduate Program Student Seminar Dec. 3: PhD candidate Michelle Glaunert (mentor: Lionel Chow, MD, PhD) will present "The Biology and Treatment of a Novel Mouse Model for Angiesarcoma” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Dec. 3: Brittany Kopp and Kenea Udobi, Neuroscience Graduate Program, will deliver presentations at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Speaker Series Dec. 4: Anil Goud Jegga, DVM, will present "Drug Repositioning Via Systematic Serendipity: Translating Data into Therapeutics” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Faculty Forum meeting Nov. 30: The November meeting will be at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051. (Note: There will be no December meeting.)


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