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Tom Daskalakis
Tom Daskalakis

Daskalakis Named Chief Administrative Officer, Vice President at West Chester Hospital

Tom Daskalakis has been named chief administrative officer and vice president at West Chester Hospital, effective Jan. 15. Daskalakis has served in this position on an interim basis since the position was created in December 2015.

Under Daskalakis’ leadership, West Chester Hospital has experienced patient volume growth across the emergency department and inpatient/outpatient service areas (including surgeries), and received its fifth consecutive Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ from Healthgrades®. Previously, Daskalakis was vice president and chief operating officer of West Chester Hospital.

Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD
Shuk-mei Ho, PhD

Shuk-mei Ho Appointed to NAEHS Council

Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, Jacob G. Schmidlapp Professor and Chair of Environmental Health, has accepted a post to the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council (NAEHSC) for a four-year term. NAEHS is a congressionally-mandated body that advises the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) on matters relating to the direction of research, research support, training and career development supported by the NIEHS. An important function of the council is secondary review of research grant applications with a focus on NIEHS scientific program priorities and program balance.

David Bernstein, MD
David Bernstein, MD

Bernstein Chairs American Board of Allergy, Immunology

David Bernstein, MD, professor in the Division of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, has been elected chair of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology for 2017-2018. Bernstein, co-director of the Allergy Fellowship Training Program, earned his medical degree from the UC College of Medicine. Bernstein is principal investigator of an NIH-funded training grant for training physician scientists seeking academic careers in allergy and immunology. He has conducted many clinical trials of new therapies for allergic and respiratory disorders and has received federal funding to study occupational asthma and environmental determinants of allergy and asthma in children. He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals as well as numerous reviews and book chapters.

Andrew Maier, PhD
Andrew Maier, PhD

Maier Named Editor of Environmental Health Journal  

Andrew Maier, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health, has been selected as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. The journal is an authoritative, interdisciplinary resource covering international occupational health, environmental health and consumer health. It publishes original scientific and social scientific research, as well as commentary and analysis in the broad fields of occupational and environmental health.

Joel Tsevat, MD
Joel Tsevat, MD

Tsevat Named to CTSA Steering Committee

Joel Tsevat, MD, CCTST director of Translational Workforce Development, KL2 director and College of Medicine associate dean for clinical and translational research, has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Steering Committee as a K Research Scholar PI. The committee identifies and recommends best practices to advance clinical and translational research and facilitate collaboration. He will also serve as chair of the CTSA Collaboration/Engagement Domain Task Force, which oversees community engagement and team science initiatives. His term begins this month.

Findlay Market
Findlay Market

Findlay Market Pop-up at CARE/Crawley Jan. 19

Merchants from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market will set up shop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 , in the CARE/Crawley Kaplan Reception Area. Fresh produce, locally made items and ready-to-eat foods will be available for purchase. Most vendors will be set up to accept cash and credit cards. Coordinated by the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. For more information, contact Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer.

2004 Daniel Drake Award Winners

REMINDER: Drake Nominations Due Jan. 31

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

Medical Sciences Building

Humanism Award Nominations Due Feb. 1

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, recognizes the value of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families.

This annual award is presented to the UC faculty member who best demonstrates the foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and respect for patients, their families and health care colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.

Nominations can be made online until Wednesday, Feb. 1.

This year’s awardee will be recognized at the College of Medicine Honors Day on May 20. The recipient becomes a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, has the opportunity to attend biennial conferences and events on sustaining humanism in their practice and will be presented with a certificate and monetary prize.

For more information email Laura Malosh, PhD, Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, in the College of Medicine at or call 513-558-2143.

UC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) is a major research resource at the UC Academic Health Center.

CCTST Just-In-Time Core Grant Deadline Feb. 1

The CCTST Just-In-Time (JIT) grant mechanism enables investigators to use participating UC or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center core facilities to obtain critical preliminary data for submission of a competitive extramural proposal, patent application or commercialization agreement.

The program is offered three times annually, and the next deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 1. Investigators may apply for up to $7,500. JIT funding must be spent within the fiscal year awarded (by June 30). Other restrictions apply.

For the RFA and a list of participating cores, visit the CCTST website, email Jonathan Hoehn or call 513-803-8575.

Kresge Auditorium
Kresge Auditorium

Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Feb. 10

The diversity and inclusion seminar "Implicit Bias: Personal and Professional Implications” will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Medical Sciences Building’s Kresge Auditorium.

Benjamin Reese Jr., vice president and chief diversity officer for the Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University, will be speaking.

Goals of the talk are to help participants gain an understanding of differences between explicit and implicit biases and introduce strategies to reduce implicit bias among others. Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, trainees, undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff with an interest in all aspects of diversity and inclusion are invited to attend. There is no cost, and continuing education credits are being offered.

A light lunch will be provided. For questions, contact Kelly Lyle, health affairs program officer at


  • 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.
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Jan. 17: Jiajie Diao, PhD, will present "Single-Molecule Study of á-Synuclein in Synaptic Transmission” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Jan. 18: Brian Ho, MD, a fellow at Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Starting and Expanding a Medical Mission Program” from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Jan. 18: Scott Wesselkamper, PhD, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will present "Integration of New Technologies into Chemical Safety and Risk Assessment” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Laboratory’s Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Jan. 18: Satwant Singh, MD, professor in the Division of Nephrology, Kidney CARE Program, will present "Autosomal Dominant Adult Polycystic Kidney Disease” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Center for Transplant Immunology Research Forum Jan. 18: Karnail Singh, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Regulatory T Cells Based Therapeutics in Transplantation: Promises and Challenges” at 1 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, S7.125
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (MCBP) Seminar Series Jan. 18: Hanna Wetzel, MCBP graduate student, will present "A Mathematical Model of a Humanized Anti-Cocaine Monoclonal Antibody’s Effects on Cocaine Distribution to the Brain in Mice,” and George Gardner will present "PKA-Phosphorylation of Hsp20 is Associated With Detrimental Cardiac Remodeling and Early Death” at noon in French East, Room 235  .
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Jan. 19: Hannah Flood, Cancer and Cell Biology Graduate Student, will present "Forkhead Box F1 in Hepatic Fibrosis,” and Lixiao Che, PhD, post-doctoral student, will present "Studies of Meiosis in cKO Mice” at noon in the the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Cancer Biology Special Seminar Jan. 19: Raymond Fox, PhD, University of California, San Diego, will present "Malignant Progression of Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma is Critically Dependent on Musashi” at 4 p.m. in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Jan. 19: Bruce Carter, PhD, Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine, will present "Killing and Eating Neurons: Mechanisms of Retrograde Apoptotic Signaling and the Clearance of the Corpses" at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
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