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Syed Ahmad, MD
Syed Ahmad, MD

Syed Ahmad, MD, Named Associate Editor
for Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

Syed Ahmad, MD, professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, has been named associate editor for the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Ahmad is director of the UC Pancreatic Disease Center as well as associate director of the UC Cancer Institute, where he heads clinical research and is program leader in gastrointestinal oncology.

A member of the college faculty since 2001, Ahmad is a nationally recognized leader in oncologic surgery for pancreas and hepatobiliary cancers and is one of a few surgeons in the nation to perform islet cell transplantation for chronic pancreatitis. He serves as ad hoc reviewer for 13 journals and serves on the editorial boards of the Annals of Surgical Oncology, BMC Cancer, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Journal of Surgical Oncology. Ahmad has published over 140 journal articles and more than 20 textbook chapters, including an invited monograph on gastric cancer in Current Problems in Surgery, and was co-editor of the recently published textbook "Multimodality Management of Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer.”

Christine Wilder, MD
Christine Wilder, MD

Wilder Named Chair of OPPA Committee

Christine Wilder, MD, assistant professor in the Addiction Sciences Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, has been named chair of the Addiction and Pain Control Issues Committee of the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) for the term 2017-2018. The committee addresses and makes recommendations on issues related to addiction and pain control.

The OPPA is a medical specialty society with more than 1,000 psychiatric physician members from throughout Ohio, fostering the cooperation of all who are concerned with the medical, psychological, social and legal aspects of mental health and illness.

UC Health University Hospital

UCMC Earns the Gold in Area of Heart Failure

University of Cincinnati Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

This marks the fourth time that UC Medical Center has received the Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award; the first was in 2014. It’s the sixth time the hospital has received a quality achievement award for its efforts to help heart failure patient. UC Medical Center received the Bronze Quality Achievement Award in 2011 and the Silver Achievement Award in 2013.

Get With The Guidelines–-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.

>> Read more online.

Kingsgate Marriott
Kingsgate Marriott

Internal Medicine Hosts Research Symposium

The Department of Internal Medicine is hosting its sixth annual research symposium Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, 2017, in CARE/Crawley Atrium and at Kingsgate Marriott. The event is titled "Finding the Right Patient: Precision Research.”

A Trainees’ Research Grand Rounds will launch the symposium on the morning of Friday, June 9, in CARE/Crawley Atrium. Bruce Sullenger, PhD, Joseph W. and Dorothy W. Beard Professor of Experimental Surgery and associate professor in molecular genetics and microbiology, Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, will give the keynote address in MSB E-351 on Friday, June 9. Sullenger will present "Forward and Reverse Translation with RNA Aptamers to Control Coagulation and Inflammation.”

The symposium keynote for Saturday, June 10, will be given in Kingsgate Marriott by Steven R. Houser, PhD, president of the American Heart Association, and professor and senior associate dean at Temple University. Houser will present "The Future of Precision Medicine: Cardiac Repair and Injury.”

The symposium is free and open to health care professionals and researchers.

>> A complete list of activities is available online.

Kari Dunning, PhD

New IT Ticketing System at College of Medicine

Beginning Monday, June 5, College of Medicine IT will begin using UCIT’s new helpdesk ticketing system called TeamDynamix. The goal of this new ticketing system is to improve communications, collaboration and service management. You will now have access to a self-service portal that will help you find solutions to common problems and provide you direct access to the online ticketing system.

Here is what will be different effective June 5:

  • The helpdesk will no longer accept IT service requests via email. Instead, IT service requests can be completed using the new self-service portal.
  • The new self-service portal will also allow you to check on IT service request status or add additional information to existing IT service requests.
  • Automatic email notifications regarding ticket/request status updates will be formatted for improved readability.

Please note that phone requests still remain the best avenue for immediate/urgent IT support requests. If your need is urgent we still recommend calling the helpdesk directly at 556-HELP (4357).

*Please note that these changes are for Academic College of Medicine IT Support areas only. There are no changes for requesting help with UC Health IT for clinical IT support matters.


  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series June 6: Abbas Shojaee, MD, Yale University, will present "Graph Network Analysis for Broad Causal Inference in Observational Healthcare Data” at 2 p.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S9.130.
  • Medical Grand Rounds June 7: Franklin Smith, MD, will present "Immuno-oncology: Making Cancer Visible to the Immune System” at noon in MSB 7051.
  • Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds June 7: Ryan Gobble, MD will present "Facial Gunshot Wounds” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Biomedical Informatics Hutton Lecture Series June 9: Mayur Sarangdhar, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s, will present "Adverse Effects Data Mining for Therapeutic Discovery” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S9.130.
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