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Date: Monday, June 26, 2017

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Joseph Cheng, MD
Joseph Cheng, MD

UC Board Approves Joseph Cheng, MD,
Chair of Department of Neurosurgery

The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees on June 20 approved the appointment of Joseph Cheng, MD, as professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. He also will hold the Frank H. Mayfield Endowed Chair for Neurological Surgery. Cheng assumes his new position July 1. Cheng has served as professor and vice chair of neurosurgery at the Yale School of Medicine since 2016. Prior to that, he was a faculty member between 2002 and 2015 in neurosurgery at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also served as director of Vanderbilt’s Neurosurgery Spine Program. Additionally, he served on the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin from 2001 to 2002.

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Robert Highsmith, PhD
Robert Highsmith, PhD

UC Approves New Department

The University of Cincinnati (UC) Board of Trustees at its Tuesday, June 20, meeting approved the creation of the Department of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology in the College of Medicine. The new unit is effective July 1, 2017, and is the result of a merger of the Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology. All faculty in the two former departments will be transferred to the new unit.

Robert Highsmith, PhD, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology until a permanent chair is found. Dr. Highsmith has been serving since Sept. 14, 2014, as interim chair of both of the departments of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics and Molecular and Cellular Physiology.

The new Department of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology will include 23 full-time faculty members and more than $13 million in grant funding. The search for a permanent chair is now underway and led by Sean Davidson, PhD, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
More about the new department is available online.

Medical Sciences Building

Board of Trustees Approves Emeriti Positions

At its June 20 meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved the following emeriti appointments:
•        David Bernstein, MD, as professor-clinical emeritus of internal medicine and environmental health
•        Patricia Carey, MD, professor-clinical emerita of pathology and laboratory medicine
•        J. Lawrence Houk, MD, professor-clinical emeritus of internal medicine
•        Ardythe Morrow, PhD, professor emerita of pediatrics
•        Rino Munda, MD, professor emeritus of surgery
•        Lawson Wulsin, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience

  Codie-Anne Crew shown with CARE Crawley Building in the background.

Doors to Lock New Times: CARE/Crawley, MSB and CVC 

Beginning Saturday, July 1, all exterior doors to the CARE/Crawley Building, the Medical Sciences Building and the Cardiovascular Research Center will be locked additional hours to provide enhanced security for occupants. During weekdays, exterior doors will be locked between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day. Exterior doors will remain locked on Saturdays until 8 a.m. and will lock again at 1 p.m. Doors will be locked all day on Sundays and holidays.

When exterior doors are locked, the buildings will be accessible only via the ID badge card readers at the doorways. All faculty, staff and students are permitted 24-hour access to College of Medicine buildings, but must use their UC ID cards to enter when doors are locked. Please contact Keys and Badge Access at UC Public Safety weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 513-556-4925 if your ID badge does not work with card readers.


Survey: DEAN’S LIST Needs Your Input!

Since 2003, the Academic Health Center Public Relations and Communications Office has overseen the publication of Dean’s List, which is designed to keep College of Medicine faculty, students and staff informed on awards, events, appointments and lectures/seminars within the college. Over the years, we have made improvements based on technology advancements and readers’ suggestions and strive to keep the e-publication held in high esteem as a tool for news that is both meaningful and easy to read.
In keeping with our mission to provide quality content, we are asking for participation in a short survey on how we can improve the publication.

>> Link to survey 


REMINDER: Take the UC Health Engagement Survey

Providers with UC Physicians should have received from The Advisory Board a link to the 2017 UC Health Employee Engagement Survey. As of Friday, June 23, more than 17 percent of providers had responded to the survey. Please take a few minutes to complete this confidential survey. UC Health will use the results to assess its strengths and weaknesses across areas that impact engagement and to develop targeted efforts to improve its overall work environment. The survey will remain open through Monday, July 3, 2017. Should you have any trouble when taking the survey, please visit


  • Medical Grand Rounds June 28:  Hareeprasad Vongooru, MD, will present "Cardiac MRI: Past, Present and Future” at noon in MSB 7051.
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