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Andrew Friedrich, MD
Andrew Friedrich, MD

Friedrich Appointed Chair of Anesthesiology

Andrew Friedrich, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. The appointment is effective immediately and has been approved by the UC Board of Trustees.

Currently a professor in the department, Friedrich came to UC in 2005 and has been the vice chairman for perioperative and critical care medicine since 2012. Friedrich is a staff anesthesiologist and critical care physician at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he created the Center for Perioperative Care and has served as co-director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. He is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine and perioperative echocardiography. Additionally, he serves as associate director of clinical quality for the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute.

Actively involved in education and quality improvement, Friedrich has won the Teacher of the Year Award at both the College of Medicine (2006 and 2011) and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2002). He is a founding member of the Society for Preoperative Assessment and Quality Improvement, and has won awards from the Joint Commission and Blue Cross/Blue Shield for quality improvement work at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. 

Friedrich replaces Leonard Lind, MD, professor of anesthesiology, who became interim chair in January following the departure of William Hurford, MD, who left to become Chief Medical Officer of UC Health after 12 years of leading the department.

Vincent Martin, MD
Vincent Martin, MD

Martin Elected President of National Foundation

Vincent Martin, MD, professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, has been elected president of the National Headache Foundation (NHF). Martin has been on NHF’s board of director for the past seven years, serving as vice president since 2011. The 45-year-old foundation’s goal is to further raise awareness of headache and migraine as legitimate neurobiological diseases. NHF collects the most comprehensive information on headache and migraine and makes it available to the public.

Charles Doarn
Charles Doarn

Doarn Gives Keynote at Telehealth Consortium

Charles Doarn, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine, was the keynote speaker at the National Academic Telehealth Consortium at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College June 21-22. Doarn’s talk, "Telemedicine: Is it Easier in Space Than on Earth,” was presented to medical school deans, university presidents and telemedicine program directors from across the U.S.  

Additionally, in his role as the acting director of the Federal Telehealth (FedTel) working group, he participated in a panel, "How Do We Work with our Government and Regulatory Agencies to Advance the Care of Americans.”

Simon Tremblay
Simon Tremblay, PharmD

Tremblay Recieves Young Investigator Award

Simon Tremblay, PharmD, research assistant professor in UC’s Department of Surgery and previously a research associate in the UC College of Medicine’s Transplant Research Program, was awarded the American Transplant Society’s Young Investigator award at the American Transplant Congress on June 13, in Boston, Massachusetts. The award goes to investigators who are the first author on a submitted abstract and must be within two years completion of their training and/or fellowship in a program in which either an ASTS or AST member is associated. 

Tremblay completed his fellowship with the UC transplant team in 2015 and was the first author on: "A Prospective Carfilzomib-Based Desensitization Trial: Phase 1 Results.”

Debbie Rauh of the Breast Cancer Alliance

BWC Awards Environmental Health Researchers Grants  

Researchers in the Department of Environmental Health have been awarded a $233,614 grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) to study the effectiveness of respirators used by firefighters, in terms of how well the seal of face pieces prevent leakage during strenuous activity in the work environment. The project will be a collaborative effort with Sergey Grinshpun, PhD, and Tiina Reponen, PhD, professors in the Center for Health-Related Aerosol Studies, and Jonathan Corey, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

An additional grant for $198,797 has been awarded to Andrew Freeman, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health, to study prescription medication and occupational injuries. The focus of the study is to determine whether workers on medication with cognitive side effects are at a higher risk for injury on the job. Using medication risk profiling software, the research will compile data of nearly 100,000 annual occupational injuries in Ohio, and examine BWC injury and pharmacy claims.

Sadhna Verma, MD
Sadhna Verma, MD

Verma Receives Mischell Grant for Cancer Research

Sadhna Verma, MD, associate professor in the Department of Radiology and a member of the UC Cancer Institute, has been awarded the first Mischell Family Prostate Cancer Pilot Grant Award, given to a UC researcher who is dedicated to finding new treatments and eradicating prostate cancer. The award, $47,500 for a period of one year, will help Verma develop a novel imaging method for improved and early detection of aggressive prostate cancer.

She and her team will evaluate gadoxetate sodium, an imaging agent that allows clinicians to better see organs, tissues and in this case cancer cells, and its transporting receptor that is expressed at high levels in aggressive prostate cancer cells. This research will help distinguish the activity of slow progressing versus more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, leading to more immediate and appropriate medical intervention.

Richard Godby
Richard Godby

Third-Year Medical Student Wins HONORS Award

Richard Godby, a medical student completing his third-year at the University of Cincinnati, has won the nationally competitive Hematology Opportunities for the Next Generation of Research Scientists (HONORS) Award from the American Society of Hematology. He will receive $5,000 to conduct novel, high-impact research as well as a stipend to travel to ASH's annual meetings for the next two years to share his research findings and network with peers. 

>> Read more about Godby and his work

Eric Warm, MD
Eric Warm, MD

Syed Ahmad, MD
Syed Ahmad, MD

Warm and Ahmad Receive Dean’s Award

Eric Warm, MD, Richard W. and Sue P. Vilter Professor of Medicine, and Syed Ahmad, MD, professor of surgery, chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and director of the Pancreas Disease Center, have each received the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence. The honor is given to exceptional college citizens who embody civility, honor, inclusion and integrity.

Warm and Ahmad both displayed excellence in clinical service, education and medical education research. The faculty excellence award comes with $2,000 in discretionary funds to support the academic activities of honorees. Funds for the award resulted from joint sponsorship from the Office of the Provost and the Vice President for Research.

UC Cancer Center/Barrett Center Golf Classic

SAVE THE DATE: Golf Outing Benefiting Cancer

The Cancer Awareness Tournament Golf Outing, benefiting the UC Health Barrett Center for cancer awareness and informational programs, will be held beginning 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Avon Fields Gold Course, 4081 Reading Road.

Prizes for the longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-one will be awarded. There will also be raffles and gift baskets for participants. 

The cost to pre-register is $80 per golfer or $320 for a foursome; to register on the day of the event, the cost is $90 per golfer and $360 for a foursome. The cost includes green fees, cart rental and meals.

Pre-registration is due July 15. 

>> More information and pre-registration


  • Medical Grand Rounds July 6: John Morris, MD, will present "Lung Cancer: New Advances, New Hope” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Biomedical Informatics Speaker Series July 11: Michael Watson, PhD, American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, will present "Managing the Introduction of Genomic Analysis into Health Care” at 4 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s, Location S, Room S1.203.
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