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Michael Privitera, MD
Michael Privitera, MD

Privitera Assumes Role as President

of American Epilepsy Society

Michael Privitera, MD, professor of neurology and director of the Epilepsy Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute, has assumed the role of president of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) during the organization’s 69th annual meeting in Philadelphia. Privitera will lead the Board of Directors on advancing AES’s strategic plan.

In his new role, Privitera will follow in the footsteps of the late Charles Aring, MD, who founded what was then the Department of Neurology (now Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine) at UC. Aring was AES president from 1944 to 1946.

Elected to the AES Board of Directors in 2005, Privitera has served in many leadership positions, including vice president and treasurer. Prior to his service on the AES board, Privitera also served on the Annual Course Committee, Neuropharmacology Special Interest Group and Medical Student Education Committee.

Lisa Connelly
Lisa Connelly

Medical Education's Lisa Connelly Passes Away at 37

Lisa Connelly, associate director in the Office of Medical Education, passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, at the age of 37. She had suffered a heart attack in her home four days earlier.

Associate Deans Pamela Baker, PhD, and Bruce Giffin, PhD, said in a message to faculty, staff and students that Ms. Connelly was extremely well regarded by her colleagues, with a consistently positive attitude.

Friends have established a fundraiser to help support her family, which includes Levi, her 3-year-old son. Services have been held.

>> Lisa Connelly’s obituary


Celebrate UC Health's Top Clinical Providers Jan. 6

College of Medicine faculty and staff are invited to join in the recognition of UC Health’s top health care providers from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in the CARE/Crawley Atrium. The event is hosted by William Ball, MD, senior vice president for health affairs and dean.

Twelve providers will receive Patient Experience Excellence Awards for being among the top 10 percent of providers in the Press Ganey national database for patient experience with clinic visits. Those being recognized are: Hugh Gloster, MD, and Adam Ingraffea, MD, dermatology; Michael Holliday, MD, family and community medicine; Michael Canos, MD, Bradley Mathis, MD, Caroline Mueller, MD, Abid Yaqub, MD, and Nadia Yaqub, MD, internal medicine; Andrew Duker, MD, neurology and rehabilitation medicine; Stephen Dailey, MD, orthopaedic surgery; Lee Zimmer, MD, PhD, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery; and Barbara Vinegar, DPM, surgery.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

>> RSVP to Kamari Green by Dec. 22

CARE/Crawley doorway
CARE/Crawley main entrance

Use New Side Door at CARE/Crawley Main Entrance

As part of the work to replace the current double glass doors at the main entrance to the CARE/Crawley Building with a revolving door, the double glass doors will be closed from Tuesday, Dec. 8, until the end of the month. Access at the entrance will be maintained during this period via the new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant door on the north side of the entrance (on your left as you face the current doors entering from the staircase).  

If you have questions, please contact Gary Wilkin, senior staff engineer with the Office of Planning, Design and Construction, at 513-910-6672 or

Stephen Rush, MD
Stephen Rush, MD

Rush Heads Treatment-Resistant Depression Clinic

Stephen Rush, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and UC Health psychiatrist, has been named to lead UC Health Psychiatry’s new Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) clinic for treatment-resistant depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation employs a powerful electromagnet to stimulate a portion of the brain, using indirect electromagnetic induction. Based on research showing that the prefrontal cortex is involved in regulating mood, TMS treats symptoms of depression by increasing neural activity in this region. It has been approved by the FDA for treatment-resistant depression.

The clinic, located in the UC Medical Center outpatient pavilion, is open for new evaluations. Call 513-558-7700 for information.

Katelyn Melgar
Katelyn Melgar

MSTP's Katelyn Melgar Receives Achievement Award

Katelyn Melgar, a student in the College of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program, received a 2015 Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award from the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and will be presenting her abstract, titled "Novel Small Molecule FLT3 Inhibitors for the Treatment of FLT3-ITD AML,” at the 57th ASH annual meeting Dec. 5-8 in Orlando.

Each year, ASH offers these awards, which are merit-based, to select graduate students to acknowledge the accomplishments of and retain minority graduate students in the field of hematology through exposure to its annual meeting.

Melgar’s focus is on immunology, and she’s currently in the lab of Daniel Starczynowski, PhD, associate professor in UC’s Department of Pediatrics and a researcher in the Division of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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Technology Development Funding Proposals Due Dec. 23

The UC Technology Accelerator for Commercialization (UCTAC) is seeking proposals for funding awards of $25,000 to $40,000 to advance the technical or business cases in the development of a technology with commercialization potential. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. Funding is available to full-time faculty and staff. Advising from entrepreneurs in residence and assistance with connecting to external resources to add commercial value to the technology also are available from the UCTAC. 

>> Further information and an application

Hyon Kim, MD, PhD
Hyon Kim, MD, PhD
Rajat Madan, MD, PhD
Rajat Madan, MD, PhD

Kim, Madan Receive Internal Medicine Pilot Grant Awards

Hyon Kim, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology, and Rajat Madan, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, are the recipients of the Department of Internal Medicine 2015 Jr. Faculty Pilot Project Grant Award.

Kim received the award for her research "Role of Atorvastatin to Reduce Inflammation and Acute Sickle Cell Related Complications in Adult Sickle Cell Patients” and Madan was honored for his research "Regulation of Neutrophil Recruitment During Clostridium Difficile Infection By a Single Nucleotide Polymorphism in Leptin Receptor.”

They will each receive an award of $30,000 to be offered for the award period Jan. 1 until Dec. 31, 2016.

Michael Dourson
Michael Dourson, PhD

TERA Faculty and Staff Attending SRA Annual Meeting

Several faculty and staff from the TERA Center at UC will be attending the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) annual meeting in Arlington, Virginia, Dec. 6-10. Workshops and presentations will cover such topics as dose response, acceptable daily exposures and new developments in risk assessment.

The TERA (Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment) Center, housed in the Department of Environmental Health, is directed by Michael Dourson, PhD. Its co-director is Andrew Maier, PhD.

Begoña Campos-Naciff, PhD, is currently a research associate and laboratory manager for the Dialysis Vascular Access Research Group within the division of nephrology at UC

CCTST Processes and Methods Pilot Grant Deadline Jan. 1

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Processes and Methods Pilot Grant is a new pilot grant mechanism which enables investigators at all levels to explore ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of processes and methods used in clinical and translational research.

Each funding round has a specific focus. For the Jan. 1, 2016, deadline proposals are requested that address one of three areas: data harmonization methods; data capture, management, and synthesis in time-constrained situations; or identification, sharing and disseminating best practices of data capture and analysis. Applicants must be CCTST members (join free of charge).

For more information and to download the request for applications, visit the CCTST website or email Beth Hezlep.

Alvin Crawford, MD
Alvin Crawford, MD

Crawford Speaks at 2 International Conferences

Professor Emeritus Alvin Crawford, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, was a guest speaker in  China and the United Arab Emirates in November. His first guest lectureship was at the 10th International Congress of Chinese Orthopaedic Association in Chongqing, where on Nov. 19 he gave a series of lectures on pediatric surgeries. He then traveled to Dubai for the Conjoint Meeting of the 9th Asia Pacific Cervical Spine Society and First Arab Spine Academy to give talks Nov. 21 on the surgical management of non-traumatic spinal deformities and the history of surgical management of spinal deformity in children.

Heart Mini Marathon
Heart Mini Marathon

REMINDER: Thursday Kickoff for Heart Mini

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.

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, 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


  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series Special Event Monday, Dec. 7: Stephan Schürer, PhD, University of Miami, will present "Follow the Yellow Brick Road: The Path Towards Data-Driven Translational Drug Discovery Research” at 10 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room 3.125.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Series Dec. 8: Harinder Singh, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, and director, Division of Immunology, will present "Deciphering the Regulatory Logic of Lymphocyte Development and Activation” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • ENT Grand Rounds Dec. 9: Alice Tang, MD, will present "Women in Otolaryngology” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Anesthesiology Grand Rounds Dec. 9: Maged Argalious, MD, director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Anesthesiology Education, will present "Endovascular Aortic Repair in the Descending Thoraco-Abdominal Aorta, A Guide to Perioperative Management” at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351.
  • Neurology Grand Rounds Dec. 9: Elizabeth Dragan, MD, will present "Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy and Multiple Sclerosis” at 8 a.m. in MSB 5051.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Dec. 9: Donald Lynch, MD, will present "Transcutaneous Interventions for Aortic Disease” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Clinical Case Conference (Grand Rounds) Dec. 9: Stephen Rush, MD, and Kristina Reinstatler, PharmD, will present "A Complicated Case of Catatonia” at noon in Stetson 2108. [Note: Due to HIPAA regulations, only UC employees and UC affiliates may attend. Employee ID is required.]
  • Cancer Biology Graduate Program Student Seminar Dec. 10: PhD candidate Pankaj Dwivedi (mentor: Ken Greis, PhD) will present "Phosphoproteomic Analysis of Normal and Mutated Colony Stimulating Factor 3 Receptor (CSF3R) Signaling” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series Special Event Dec. 10: Milton Kotelchuck, PhD, Harvard Medical School, will present "Provery & Reproductive and Family Health: Advances in MCH Life Course Practice and Data Health Systems” at 4 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room 10.130. Co-sponsored with the Perinatal Institut, Section of Neonatology, Perinatal & Pulmonary Biology.
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Speaker Series Dec. 11: Guergana Savova, PhD, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, will present "Semantic processing of the Clinical Narrative: Methods and Applications” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Heart, Lung, and Vascular Institute Seminar Series Dec. 14: Andrew Redington, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics, chief, pediatric cardiology, and executive co-director, Heart Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Remote Ischemic Preconditioning: Getting Lost in Translation?” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.

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