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Bruce Yacyshyn, MD
Bruce Yacyshyn, MD

Yacyshyn Named to Editorial Board Journal of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Bruce Yacyshyn, MD, professor in the Division of Digestive Diseases, and medical director of inpatient gastroenterology at UC Medical Center, has been named to the editorial board of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the official journal of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.

Yacyshyn, also a professor of molecular and cellular physiology, is an authority in the fields of inflammatory bowel disease, gut immunology and translational research. He holds numerous patents for the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases and his work has directly resulted in FDA approval for new treatments for IBD.

2011 Daniel Drake Medal winner Richard Becker, MD

Daniel Drake Medal Nominations Due Jan. 31, 2017

The Daniel Drake Medal is the highest recognition the College of Medicine can bestow on its current faculty and former students, faculty and residents. Up to three medals are awarded annually to living individuals who have been associated with the College of Medicine, now or in the past.

Members of the full-time faculty, the alumni, the emeriti, past Daniel Drake medalists and former associates of the college are invited to submit nominations. Deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2017.

Nominees are evaluated on the basis of outstanding scholarly achievements in biomedical science as evidenced by major significant contributions to medical research and/or represent a distinguished career as a clinician-teacher. To be eligible, a nominee must be a graduate of the UC College of Medicine or have received a PhD degree from one of the programs in the college. Also eligible are those who have been members of the college faculty for five or more years or individuals who have completed a residency in a College of Medicine program sponsored by UC/UCMC or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

>> More information and access the nomination form

Victor Garcia, MD
Victor Garcia, MD
2017 Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sian Cotton, PhD
Sian Cotton, PhD
Keynote Speaker

UC Prominent 2017 Health Care Heroes Finalists

The Cincinnati Business Courier has selected several individuals from the College of Medicine and UC Health as finalists for the 2017 Health Care Heroes awards. Winners will be announced Feb. 23, 2017.

These annual awards honor individuals and organizations that have improved the quality of health care in Greater Cincinnati through their medical expertise, innovative approaches, management skills and service to the poor and uninsured.
Health Care Heroes finalists affiliated with UC and UC Health:

• Innovator category: Opeolu Adeoye, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine; Atsuo Sasaki, PhD, assistant professor of internal medicine; and Jonathan Thompson, MD, assistant professor of surgery.

• Manager category: Eric Warm, MD, professor of internal medicine.
• Provider category: Sara Frazee, registered nurse on the hemodialysis and apheresis unit, University of Cincinnati Medical Center; and Amit Govil, MD, professor of internal medicine.
• Community outreach category: Lauren Stenger, coordinator of trauma outreach and prevention, UC Health.

Additionally, Victor Garcia, MD, professor of surgery and founding director of trauma services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will receive the 2017 Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award and Sian Cotton, PhD, professor of family and community medicine, will be the keynote speaker.

Patricia Nance
Patricia Nance

Nance Named Councilor to Society 

Patricia Nance, a research associate in the Department of Environmental Health, has been named a councilor for the Society of Risk Analysis (SRA), serving a two year term from 2017 to 2019. SRA is a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, scholarly international society that provides an open forum for all those who are interested in risk analysis. 

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.

REMINDER: MLK Day Celebration Jan. 13

UC Health and the College of Medicine will host the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in the Medical Sciences Building’s Kresge Auditorium. The program will feature a keynote presentation by the Honorable Fanon Rucker, Hamilton County municipal court judge, along with live music from the UC African American Cultural and Resource Center Choir and Rockdale Academy Choir. Dolores Lindsay, founder, president and CEO of the Healthcare Connection, will receive a humanitarian award, while the Baptist Ministers Conference of Cincinnati will receive special recognition. Pastor Ennis Tait of the Church of the Living God and Kyla Woods, journalist with WLWT Channel 5, are also part of the celebration.

2008 IvaDean Benefit Concert
2008 IvaDean Benefit Concert

REMINDER: IvaDean Scholarship Concert Jan. 14

The 13th annual IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Concert will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 in Kresge Auditorium. This night of entertainment will showcase UC College of Medicine students and alumni, including gospel recording artist Mark Williams, MD, who is a 2002 UC College of Medicine graduate. There will be a silent auction, cash bar and hors d'oeuvres before the show beginning at 5:30 p.m. The silent auction will feature items from local restaurants, sports teams and breweries. Tickets for the evening are $15 at the door and are $5 for students. All proceeds will support need-based scholarships for medical students through the IvaDean Scholarship Fund.

For more information or if you would like to donate, please contact IvaDean Lair at 513-558-5577 or

Mahmoud El-Khatib, MD
Mahmoud El-Khatib, MD

Mahmoud El-Khatib, MD, Passes Away at 61 

Mahmoud El-Khatib, MD, professor in the Division of Nephrology, Kidney CARE Program, passed away, Saturday, Jan. 7, at the age 61. El-Khatib, a well-known and respected nephrologist, joined the faculty in 2000 initially as an assistant professor and was promoted to professor in 2010. A consummate clinician, El-Khatib displayed an outstanding work ethic that allowed him to deliver excellent care to patients battling kidney disease in the Tristate. He had a passion for managing chronic dialysis patients and was particularly interested in acute kidney injury and ICU nephrology. His leadership with dialysis centers was instrumental in facilitating the launch of the first tele-nephrology program for our institution and in this region. El-Khatib is survived by his wife, Maha, and two daughters, Aya and Tamara, along with his siblings. The College of Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine extends its sincere condolences.


  • Molecular Genetics Weekly Seminar Series Jan. 10: Matthew Gentry, PhD, University of Kentucky, will present "Glucan Phosphatases Link Lafora Epilepsy With Plant Starch Metabolism” at noon in MSB 2351. 
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Jan. 11: Thomas Gal, MD, University of Kentucky, will present "Access to Care and Head and Neck Cancer: Impact of Travel Distance on Stage and Treatment” from 7 to 8 a.m. in MSB E-351. 
  • Biomedical Informatics Biomolecular Informatics Focus Group Jan. 11: Nathan Salomonis, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s will present "Automating the Analysis of Thousands of Cells With Droplet Sequencing and AltAnalyze” at 11 a.m. Cincinnati Children’s Location S, room S7.125.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Jan. 11: Veronica Indihar, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, will present "Bronchiectasis: An Orphan Disease” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Jan. 11: Teresa Reyes, PhD, will present  "Maternal Diet During Pregnancy Alters the Developing Brain and Affects Risk for Later Life Adverse Mental Health Outcomes” at noon in Stetson, Suite 2108.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Jan. 12: Sonya Ruiz-Torres, CCB graduate student, will present "Novel Fanconi Anemia Gene Activities in Squamous Epithelium Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells”  and Nancy Benight, PhD, will present "A Role for Ron Receptor Signaling in Modulating the Anti-Tumor Immune Response” at noon in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series Jan. 13: Gowtham Atluri, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will present "Network-based Analysis of fMRI Data” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • CCTST Grand Rounds January 13: Reshma Jagsi, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology and Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan, will present " Gender and Racial/Ethnic Equity and Success in Academic Medicine”  from noon to 1 p.m., in MSB 2351. Register for lunch by January 9. For more information, contact Sarah Elam.
  • Biomedical Informatics Clinical Informatics Focus Group Jan. 17: Mark Carrozza, director, HealthLandscape, American Academy of Family Physicians, and Michael Topmiller, Health GIS Research Specialist, HealthLandscape, AAFP, will present "HealthLandscape and Clinical Geospatial Analysis” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S5.125.
  • Division of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology January 31, 2017: Jose Lopez, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Washington, will present "New Insights into TTP Pathophysiology” at 2 p.m. at Cincinnati Children’s in S6.125.

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