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David Shulkin, MD, VA Secretary
David Shulkin, MD

VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, to Speak at Honors Day Ceremony May 20

David Shulkin, MD, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, will serve as the featured speaker at the College of Medicine Honors Day on May 20. Shulkin was confirmed Feb. 13 as the ninth Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He previously served as the VA’s Under Secretary for Health. Before joining the VA, Shulkin held chief executive positions at Morristown Medical Center and the Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization. He also served as president and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. 

There will be 159 students receiving medical degrees at Honors Day, which begins at 11 a.m. at the Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St. Two of the graduates will receive MD/PhD degrees. The College also will present the Daniel Drake Medal to honor four distinguished alumni and current faculty members.

John Maggio
John Maggio, PhD

Memorial Service for Dr. John Maggio May 26

Colleagues, family and friends of John Maggio, PhD, are invited to a memorial service celebrating his life and achievements at 3 p.m., Friday, May 26 in the Rieveschl Auditorium at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. Maggio, chair of pharmacology and cell biophysics from 1997 until 2007, passed away April 15 at age 64. He also was the Flor van Maanen Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics until his death. A reception in the Vontz Center will follow the service.

Shimul Shah, MD
Shimul Shah, MD

Shah Named to UC Foundation Board

Shimul Shah, MD, has been elected to the UC Foundation Board of Trustees. Shah, one of seven new board members, is an associate professor of surgery at the College of Medicine and director of liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery for UC Health. He is also the first recipient of the James and Catherine Orr Endowed Chair in Liver Transplantation. Shah begins his service on the 64-member board at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting in October 2017.

Laura Wexler, MD
Laura Wexler, MD

Bruce Giffin, PhD
Bruce Giffin, PhD

Medical Educators Honored for Excellence

Every two years educators and supporters of medical education at the College of Medicine are recognized for their outstanding contributions to medical education. 

This year’s Recognition Dinner was held Thursday, April 27, at the Bell Event Centre in Cincinnati with Andrew Filak Jr., MD, senior associate dean for academic affairs, presenting awards. Laura Wexler, MD, adjunct professor of cardiovascular health and disease, and Bruce Giffin, PhD, associate dean for medical education, were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards. 

Wexler, a dedicated faculty member, teacher and administrator, has been honored with Gold and Silver Apple Awards and the Optime Magistrum Award. Giffin, a recipient of the AAMC Alpha Omega Alpha Robert Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award, oversees the College’s body donation program, is creator of the College’s Brain, Mind and Behavior Course for medical students and finds time to direct a student chorus.

>> Learn more about several other awards also present at the Recognition Dinner.

Eula Bingham, PhD
Eula Bingham, PhD

Bingham Honored as a Local Legend for Workers’ Rights

At the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center (CIWC) annual May Day Brunch where members of the faith, labor, and civil rights community come together, Eula Bingham, PhD, professor emerita of the Department of Environmental Health was honored with the CIWC Local Legends award.

An internationally renowned toxicologist, Bingham joined UC’s faculty in 1961 as a researcher on chemical carcinogens. She served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety & Health Administration during the Carter Administration from 1977 to 1981 and then returned to UC as professor and vice president for research and graduate studies. 

Bingham has received recognition and numerous awards for her research and service in occupational and environmental health.

Wine Tasting

REMINDER: Wine, Women and Shoes Benefit May 12

Wine, Women and Shoes, a fundraising event benefiting Cancer Support Community, will take place from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Kenwood Country Club, 6501 Kenwood Road.The event will include wine tasting, silent and live auctions, a fashion show and a shopping marketplace. Retail sponsors of the event include Kendra Scott, Leeli & Lou, Camargo Trading Company and JJ Caprices, among others.

Cancer Support Community offers more than 250 educational programs and support groups to those affected by cancer for free. The UC Cancer Institute partners with Cancer Support Community for a number of community talks.  

General admission is $100, and VIP tickets are $150. 

>> For more information or purchase tickets

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Gold Humanism Society Inducts Class of 2018

The College of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, inducted the GHHS class of 2018 and presented several humanism awards to residents and faculty at its annual dinner, Wednesday, May 3, at the Cincinnati Faculty Club in the Richard E. Lindner Center. Twenty-six students were inducted into GHHS and five residents received Arnold P. Gold Humanism Teaching Awards. 

>> Learn more about all the honorees.


  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology May 9: Ellie Kolb, PhD candidate, will present "Structural Insight into Small Molecule Inhibitors of Notch Transcription Complexes” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Physiology Seminar May 9: Eitaro Aihara, PhD, will present "Impact of H. Pylori on Peptic Ulcers: Induction, Healing and Recurrence” at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
  • Biomedical Informatics May 10: Emily Miraldi, PhD, will present "Matrix Decomposition in Transcriptional Regulatory Network Inference” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s, Room S7.125.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery May 10: Andre Wineland, MD, will present "Conscious and Subconscious Influence on Medical Practice: Reflection of a Pediatric Fellowship” at 6:45 a.m. in MSB E-351 to accommodate departmental pictures which will be taken afterward in the Kaplan Reception Area.
  • Medical Grand Rounds May 10: Rekha Chaudhary, MD, and Atsuo Sasaki, PhD, will present "Bench to Bedside: Glioblastoma” at noon in MSB 7051.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Work in Progress May 11: Ritama Paul, PhD candidate, will present "Role of Focal Adhesion Signalling in Breast Cancer,” and Kris Alavattam, PhD candidate, will present "Chek1 is Essential for Germ Cell Maintenance and Coordinates Meiotic Progression” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.  
  • Internal Medicine State of the Department Address May 11: A reception beings at 5 p.m. followed by an address in MSB E-351.

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