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Date: Monday, February 29, 2016

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Robert Smith, MD
Robert Smith, MD

Alberto Espay, MD
Alberto Espay, MD

Smith, Espay Receive Top Honors at Business Courier's Health Care Heroes 

Robert Smith, MD, professor emeritus of family and community medicine, and Alberto Espay, MD, associate professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine and co-director of the Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, were among the winners at the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2016 Health Care Heroes Awards dinner Thursday night, Feb. 25, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Smith received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Espay won in the Provider category.

Several other category finalists with connections to the University of Cincinnati were also honored. They included: 

Community Outreach: Christopher Lewis, MD, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion; and Brian Wiles and Joe Wiles, co-chairs of Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure benefiting the UC Neuroscience Institute and UC Cancer Institute.

Innovator: Suzanne Boyce, PhD, professor, College of Allied Health Sciences; Mary Greiner, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics; and John Wyrick, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery.

Provider: Bethanne Brown, PharmD, associate professor, Winkle College of Pharmacy; and Jason Huff, administrative director at UC Health.

The Health Care Heroes Awards recognize individuals who have elevated the quality of health care in our region through outstanding patient care, innovative programs, management skills or community service.

Jeffrey Schlaudecker, MD
Jeffrey Schlaudecker, MD

Schlaudecker on ABIM’s New Geriatric Medicine Board

Jeffrey Schlaudecker, MD, associate professor of family and community medicine and Kautz Family Foundation Endowed Chair of Geriatric Medical Education, has been named to the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) New Geriatric Medicine Board.

The new board will join the 11 other ABIM specialty boards. The specialty boards take on the work of defining and overseeing the full scope of their discipline across the spectrum of ABIM Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs.

Schlaudecker is also the program director for the Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Geriatric Medicine Fellowship program.

Relay For Life
Relay For Life

HSGA Hosting Concert Fundraiser March 11

The UC Health Sciences Graduate Association (HSGA), which has organized a team for the 2016 Relay For Life-University of Cincinnati on April 1-2, will be hosting a concert fundraiser at 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Northside Tavern. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Das Brigade, LC Jones and Rivercity Roustabout will perform, and there will be chances to win raffle prizes, such as Reds tickets, autographed Bengals merchandise and many donated gift cards from local Cincinnati businesses.

The event is free.

Contact Megan Vogel for additional information at

Julie Fairman, PhD, RN
Julie Fairman, PhD, RN

SAVE THE DATE: April 14 Cecil Striker Society Lecture

The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions and the Cecil Striker Society for the History of Medicine will host the Cecil Striker Society Annual Lecture, from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in Kresge Auditorium. The keynote speaker is Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, Nightingale Professor of Nursing and chair of the Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Fairman will present "Making History: From the University of Cincinnati to the Future of Nursing.”


  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology March 1: Jerry Lingrel, PhD, will present "The Role of Myeloid KLF2 in Atherosclerosis” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Surgery Transplant Grand Rounds March 1: Kathryn Wood, University of Oxford/John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, will present "Regulatory T Cells in Organ Transplantation-From Mechanisms to Medicine” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351. 
  • Physiology Seminar March 1: Misti Blount, PhD, Emory University, will present "The Importance of Urea Transport for Medullary Sodium Reabsorption” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.   
  • Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds March 2: Robert Marciani will present "Integrating the Care and Treatment of the Complex Facial Trauma Patient” at 7 a.m. in MSB 3351.
  • J. Wesley Alexander Lectureship Surgical Grand Rounds March 2: Kathryn Wood, University of Oxford/John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, will present "Tolerance–Is It Achievable in Solid Organ Transplantation?” at 9 a.m. in the UC Medical Center Surgical Amphitheater. 
  • Department of Environmental Health March 2: Cher Dallal, PhD, University of Maryland, will present "Endogenous Estrogens: Does Estrogen Metabolism Affect Cancer Risk” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.  
  • Medical Grand Rounds March 2: Sadia Benzaquen, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, will present "Malignant Pleural Effusion” at noon in MSB 5051. 
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series March 3: Danny T.Y. Wu, PhD candidate University of Michigan School of Information, will present "Methods to Facilitate Capture, Use and Reuse of Structured and Unstructured Data” at 2:30 p.m. Room 7051 MSB.   
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series March 3: Zuhair Abdulla, PhD candidate, will present "Evaluating a Lack of Creatinine in the Dopaminergic Neurotransmitter System” and Neil Ford, PhD candidate, will present "Cationic Leak Conductance in Neonatal Rat Lamina I Projection Neurons and Its Influence on Intrinsic Excitability” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351.  
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series March 4: Pamela Kimmel, UC Health, will present "UC Health: A Systems Approach to Telehealth” at 11 a.m. in Room S10.130, Cincinnati Children’s Location S.
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