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Cincinnati Magazine Top Doctors 2013
Cincinnati Magazine

Faculty and Grads Abundant In 2017 Cincinnati Magazine 'Top Doctors'

Cincinnati Magazine’s 2017 "Top Doctors” survey includes the names of hundreds of College of Medicine faculty, graduates and past residents and fellows.

Sixty-two percent (or 470 physicians) of the 758 physicians listed are affiliated with the College of Medicine:

  • 27 percent (202) graduated from the College of Medicine
  • 30 percent (227) had been a UC resident or fellow 
  • 32 percent (241) currently hold a faculty appointment

Thirty-two of the physicians graduated from the College of Medicine, completed a residency or fellowship here and are now on faculty.

Printed in the January 2017 issue, the list includes "exceptional physicians in 51 specialties, chosen by more than 6,000 of their peers.” The magazine also includes an interview with Louis Louis IV, MD, associate professor of surgery, and David Feldman, MD, PhD, professor of internal medicine, in UC Medical Center’s heart transplant program.

>> See the magazine

Arnold Schwartz, PhD
Arnold Schwartz, PhD

Schwartz Receives Commendation

Arnold Schwartz, PhD, Distinguished University Research Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, has received a commendation by the Ohio House of Representatives for his years of service to the field of medicine. The honor was sponsored by Ohio State Rep. Denise Driehaus, who is now a Hamilton County Commissioner. The commendation notes that Schwartz was the first to clone and characterize a human heart calcium channel and identify the sites for the calcium channel blocking drugs diltiazem, verapamil and amlodipine, which are widely used to treat heart failure and hypertension. Schwartz is a 2016 Daniel Drake medal recipient.

Michael Lieberman, PhD
Michael Lieberman, PhD

Lieberman Named Interim Chair

Michael Lieberman, PhD, has agreed to serve as interim chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology, effective Feb. 1, 2017. He replaces Jerry Lingrel, PhD, who has informed the College of Medicine of his intention to step down. Lieberman, a member of the faculty since 1983, was named a professor in 1995 and a Distinguished Teaching professor in 2002. From 2009 to 2012, Lieberman served as interim vice president and chief information officer for the University of Cincinnati. This month he was named the recipient of the Best Teacher Award from the Department of Medical Education for the course Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine. Lingrel, who stepped in as interim chair on Feb. 10, 2014, will continue advancing the College of Medicine in other endeavors.

Kenneth Kreines, MD

Kreines: Educated and Served at College of Medicine

Kenneth Kreines, MD, professor emeritus in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, in the Department of Internal Medicine passed away Jan. 18, 2017, at the age of 85. Kreines graduated from the UC College of Medicine in 1956 and conducted an internship and residency at UCMC (then called Cincinnati General Hospital). He spent a year with the National Institutes of Health (1960-61) training in metabolism and two years as a senior research associate in medicine at UC from 1961 to 64. He joined the College of Medicine faculty in 1964 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1970 and then to professor in 1975. He received professor emeritus status in 1988. Kreines was the beloved husband of Barbara Kreines, devoted father of Dr. Michael (Leslie) Kreines, Deborah (Randall) Birckhead, Steven (Robin) Kreines and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Kreines. Memorial contributions can be made to Adath Israel Congregation, Mayerson JCC or Cincinnati Art Museum.

Drake Medal
Drake Medal

REMINDER: Drake 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

College of Medicine
College of Medicine


Research Innovation Grant Application Deadline Feb. 20

The College of Medicine Research Innovation Grant Program
Application deadline is February 20, 2017 (before Midnight).
Notification and funding of Awards: March 31, 2017
To be spent by April 1, 2018
For questions regarding instructions, please contact Brieanne Sheehan at the College of Medicine Office of Research,, 558-7564.

Gallery of Awardees
Gallery of Awardees



The College of Medicine Office of Research is celebrating faculty members who have been awarded external grants of $100,000 per year or more in direct costs in a monthly Gallery of Awardees, displayed across from the Dean’s Suite in the CARE/Crawley atrium. Posters highlight each researcher and include a brief synopsis of the award goals and names of co-investigators. The awardees are:
David S. Askew, PhD, Department of Pathology & Lab Medicine
Richard D. Branson, MS, RRT, Department of Surgery
Richard D. Branson, MS, RRT, Department of Surgery
Jennifer Brown, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Ranjan Deka, PhD, Department of Environmental Health
Jed A. Hartings, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery
Erin N. Haynes, PhD, Department of Environmental Health
David Y. Hui, PhD, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine
Ana Luisa Kadekaro, PhD, Department of Dermatology
Francis X. McCormack, MD, Department of Internal Medicine; Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
William Miller, PhD, Department of Molecular Genetics
Timothy A. Pritts, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery
Tiina A. Reponen, PhD, Department of Environmental Health
Patrick Tso, PhD, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine
Yi-Gang Wang, PhD, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine
Theresa Winhusen, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Changchun Xie, PhD, Department of Environmental Health


  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Jan. 24: Tom Cunningham, PhD, will present "Unraveling the Molecular Threads That Link Protein Synthesis to Nucleotide Metabolism” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Jan. 25: Ryan Collar, MD, will present M&M at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Jan. 25: Anastasios Angelopoulos, PhD, will present "Water-Resistant Optodes for Chemical Measurement in Humid Environments” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab Building’s Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Seminar Series Jan. 25: Shaimaa Ibrahim, MCBP graduate student, will present "Characterization of the Glucocorticoid Receptor in the Dorsal Root Ganglia” and Yutian Li will present "Knockout of miR-223 Induces Beta-Cell Dysfunction Through Activation of the Foxo1 Signaling Pathway” at noon in 235 French East.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Jan. 25: Deeptankar DeMazumder, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, will present "Critical Health Assessment and Outcomes Study (CHAOS): A Multi-Center Strategy Trial” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Jan. 26: Filipo Giancotti, MD, PhD, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, will present "Metastatic Dormancy and Reactivation: Insights from Genetic Screening” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series Jan. 27: Joshua Denny, MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will present "Big Data for Precision Medicine and the PMI All of US Research Program” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
  • Division of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology Jan. 31: 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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