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Carri Rae Warshak, MD
Carri Warshak, MD

Warshak Wins Award at Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Conference

Carri Warshak, MD, associate professor in the Department of Obstetric and Gynecology's Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was recognized as the winner of the award for "Best Oral Presentation” for the Oral Plenary Session at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Jan. 23-28.

The SMFM received 2,130 abstract submissions out of which 115 were selected for oral presentation through a rigorous, tiered review process. The top abstracts were selected for the first Oral Plenary Session, of which Warshak’s paper "Post-Operative Prophylactic Oral Antibiotics for Preventing Surgical Site Infections in Obese Women Undergoing Cesarean Deliveries: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” was chosen to start the meeting. 

Warshak is the director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicne Fellowship Program and director of perinatal ultrasound.  

Fred Lucas, MD
Fred Lucas, MD

Lucas Appointed UC Health Interim Chief Medical Officer

Fred Lucas, MD, associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and medical director of the UC Health Laboratory, has been named interim chief medical officer (CMO) at UC Health. His appointment was effective Feb. 6, and he will serve in this role while a national search is underway for a permanent CMO. Lucas will continue as medical director throughout his interim appointment. Nita Walker, MD, who has served as interim CMO since early November, will return to her full-time duties as senior vice president, ambulatory services. Lucas served as chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from July 2012 until August 2016.

Kapil Sethi, MD
Kapil Sethi, MD

Gardner Lectureship on Movement Disorders Feb. 15

The second annual James J. and Joan A. Gardner Center Endowed Lectureship on Parkinson’s Disease will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, and feature Kapil Sethi, MD, professor of neurology at Augusta University (formerly Medical College of Georgia).

The day’s events also coincide with the 11th anniversary of the Movement Disorders Video Rounds.

The program includes:

  • 8-9 a.m. James J. and Joan A. Gardner Lectureship (and Neurology Grand Rounds): "Movement Disorders in Medical Diseases" 
  • 9-10 a.m. Resident's Lecture: "How Do I Examine a Patient With a Movement Disorder”
  • 5-6 p.m. Movement Disorders Video Rounds: "Lessons Learned From 10 Years of ‘Video Challenge’ - Unusual Treatable Disorders"


Piedmont Mews Demolition Begins Today

Demolition of the Piedmont Mews apartment building, on the corner of Eden and Piedmont avenues, is set to begin Monday, Feb. 13. The building is being removed to make way for the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute outpatient treatment facility. Demolition should last two months and is not expected to impede traffic or pedestrian travel. Construction of the new building is expected to begin in the spring of 2017. 

Heart Mini Marathon
Heart Mini Marathon

Register for the 2017 Heart Mini

The UC College of Medicine and UC Physicians are once again partnering with UC Health for the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Mini event. In its 40th year, this event raises awareness and funds to support research related to heart disease and stroke. Registration continues in to March, but if you sign up with a UC Health team before the end of the day Tuesday, Feb. 14, you will guarantee race packet delivery to your site and also to secure a race-day T-shirt with the UC Health logo on the back. All UC Health Heart Mini 2017 participants are also invited to attend the event after party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 12, at the Backstage Event Center on Walnut St. downtown.

>> Register or donate now.

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

Research Innovation Grant Application Deadline Feb. 20

The Research Innovation Grant Program has been established to assist College of Medicine investigators with generating the preliminary data necessary to develop highly competitive National Institutes of Health or other grant applications or to take their research in a new direction. This program seeks to support the development of innovative studies with a high potential for future extramural funding and is designed to enhance new or current faculty research programs.

The application deadline is Feb. 20, 2017 (before midnight).
Notification and funding of awards will take place by March 31.

For questions regarding instructions, please contact Brieanne Sheehan at or 558-7564.

Medical Sciences Building
Medical Sciences Building

Save the Date: Faculty Development Programming in May

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development is offering three tracks of programming again this year.

The offerings in May include:

  • Professional Development Program: "Taking Advantage of Your Annual Performance Review." Facilitator: Alex Lentsch, PhD; 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 2.
  • Research Development Program: "Research Compliance." Facilitators: Holly Bante, PhD, Tara Wood, and Jane Strasser, PhD; 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 9.
  • Teaching/Education Development Program: "Designing Lectures. ”Facilitator: Aaron Marshall, PhD; 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 16.

All sessions will be held in the Medical Sciences Building E level, Room E-351. Light refreshments will be available for those who register on Faculty One Stop.

For a complete roster of programs, please see the Faculty Affairs and Development website.


  • Physiology Seminar Feb. 14: Gary Gudelsky, PhD, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, will present "The Agony of ‘Ecstasy’: Neurotoxicity of MDMA” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Seminar Feb. 15: Andrew Rupert and Prakash Velayutham, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Need Help? Working with BMI’s Application Developers and the Computational Cluster” at 10 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S1.203.
  • Department of Environmental Health Seminar Feb. 15: Stephanie Vogel, Northern Kentucky Health Department, will present "Stopping the Spread of Diseases: Syringe Access Exchange Program” at 10 a.m. in Kettering Lab's Kehoe Auditorium.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (MCBP) Graduate Seminar Series Feb. 15:  Jordan Marckel will present "Fab Pharmacokinetics,” and Xenia Davis will present "Anti IL-13 Increases Lcn2 in Mice Exposed to House Dust Mite” at noon in French East, Room 235 .
  • Medical Grand Rounds February 15: Ricardo Balestra, MD, will present "Diagnostic Modalities in Interventional Pulmonology” at noon in MSB 5051.
  • Division of Immunobiology and Center for Transplant Immunology Seminar Feb. 15: Marilia Cascalho, MD, PhD, University of Michigan, will present "Whither Transplantation Immunology” at 1 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S7.125.
  • Neuroscience Graduate Seminar Feb.16: Graduate student Keila Miles will present "The Impact of Ketosis on Creatine Transporter Deficiency,” and graduate student Hisako Fujiwara will present "Atypical Cortical Development in Children With Benign Epilepsy With Centrotemporal Spikes (BECTS).” at 4 MSB 2351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Work in Progress Feb. 16: Molly Smith, PhD candidate, will present "Alternative Splice Variants of IRAK4 that Activate Immune Signaling are Asociated with U2AF1 Mutations in Myeolodysplastic Syndrome of Acute Myeloid Leukemia” at noon in the Vontz Rieveschl Auditorium. 
  • Department of Internal Medicine Research Conference Feb. 16: Matthew Wortman, PhD, will present "Computational Drug Discovery Projects in Internal Medicine” at noon in MSB 6254.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series Feb. 17: Shomir Wilson, PhD, will present "Text Analysis to Support the Privacy of Internet Users” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S10.130.
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