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Date: Monday, August 28, 2017

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Kenneth Sherman, MD, PhD
Kenneth Sherman, MD, PhD

Kenneth Sherman, MD, PhD, Named Chair of the AGA’s Liver and Biliary Section

Kenneth Sherman, MD, PhD, Gould Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Digestive Diseases, has been named chair of the Liver and Biliary Section of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Founded in 1897, the AGA has more than 16,000 members worldwide who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The Liver and Biliary Section is dedicated to advancing the science and clinical practice of gastroenterology by providing leadership in topics central to the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic hepatobiliary diseases. The section is focused on providing state-of-the-art programming in all aspects of clinical, translational and basic science research as it relates to liver disease and transplantation. It is the second largest section in the AGA Council and collaborates with multiple AGA sections and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in offering abstract-driven sessions at Digestive Disease Week®.

Cyril Kupferberg,
Cyril Kupferberg

Associate Dean Emeritus Cyril Kupferberg Passes Away

Cyril Kupferberg, former assistant dean for business and finance and later associate dean, passed away on Aug. 21. He was 89. Known to friends and colleagues as Kup, he came to the college in 1979 from the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He also held the title of associate senior vice president for what was then the UC Medical Center (College of Medicine and University Hospital).

One of Kupferberg’s lasting legacies was that in 1985 he designed the Daniel Drake Medal, which was first given that year to nine individuals as part of the bicentennial celebration of Daniel Drake's birth.

Services for Kupferberg, who retired from the college as associate dean emeritus in 1998, were held Aug. 27 in Chicago. Donations in his memory may be made to the Lois G. Kupferberg Medical Student Memorial Scholarship Fund at the College of Medicine, UC Foundation, PO Box 19970, Cincinnati, OH 45219 or online at

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Board of Trustees Approves Emeriti Positions

The UC Board of Trustees on Aug. 22 approved the following emeriti appointments:

  • Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD, professor emerita of cancer biology, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
  • Fred Finkelman, MD, professor emeritus of internal medicine, effective Aug. 2, 2017.
  • Elizabeth Jackson, MD, associate professor-clinical emerita of pediatrics, effective July 1, 2017.
  • Robert Krikorian, PhD, professor-clinical emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, effective July 1, 2017.
  • Max Reif, MD, professor-clinical emeritus of internal medicine, effective Sept. 1, 2017.
  • Glenn Talaska, PhD, professor emeritus of environmental health, effective Aug. 1, 2017.

Top Docs

‘Top Docs’ Voting Deadline Extended

The deadline to cast votes for Cincinnati Magazine’s "Top Doctors” edition has been extended through Thursday, Aug. 31. Physicians who have participated in the past may have already received an email from Cincinnati Magazine.
As a reminder:

  • Only MDs and DOs with active licenses may vote.
  • You cannot vote for yourself and may only vote for one physician per specialty.
  • You may only vote once and must put your name on your ballot. 
>> Vote now

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Hoxworth Donor Bus Visits Med Campus Sept. 5 and 15

The Hoxworth Blood Center donor bus will be on UC’s Medical Campus from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and Friday, Sept. 15. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate blood to save lives in our community.

On Sept. 5, the donor bus will be parked in front of the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center by the entrance to the Marriott/University Hall Parking Garage.

On Friday, Sept. 15, the donor bus will be parked on the plaza in front of the CARE/Crawley Building. The visit will be part of the university’s All-Campus Blood Drive (Sept. 11-15). Every donor during the All-Campus Blood Drive receives a limited edition black "College” sweatshirt. Blood donations also can be made from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 11-14, in the Great Hall at Tangeman University Center.

Visit or call 513-451-0910 to schedule your appointment at either location.

Night on the Serengeti 2013
Night on the Serengeti 2013

Night on the Serengeti Fundraiser Sept. 8

Tickets are on sale now for Village Life Outreach Project’s annual Night on the Serengeti fundraiser event, to be held Friday, Sept. 8, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. UC President Neville Pinto, PhD, and UC Health President and CEO Richard Lofgren, MD, will serve as this year’s Honorary Event Co-Chairs. The evening is co-sponsored by UC and UC Health. Village Life Outreach Project is a nonprofit organization founded and led by Chris Lewis, MD, UC assistant dean for diversity and community affairs and UC Health primary care physician. The organization is focused on providing outreach to three impoverished villages in the Rorya district of Tanzania in East Africa. Purchase tickets for Night on the Serengeti or make a donation at

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Outside Activity Reports Due Sept. 15

All College of Medicine and Hoxworth employees with a full-time equivalency (FTE) of 50 percent or more must complete the Outside Activity Report (OAR) no later than Friday, Sept. 15 to comply with federal deadlines. All faculty and staff who engage in research at UC are required to complete this annual report of collateral employment and outside activity regardless of their FTE percentage. Any activity outside of the scope of normal UC duties – even duties performed at UC and unpaid activities – must be reported. Failing to report or to truthfully report outside activities may result in disciplinary action.

The OAR system now uses human resources data to route an employee’s outside activity report to their supervisor for the first level of review and approval. A five-minute OAR approver training video for supervisors is available. 

To complete the OAR, go to (requires your Central Login username and password). Questions other than technical issues can be sent to


  • Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Aug. 30: Kenneth Korach, PhD, chief of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory, Receptor Biology Group, will present "Experimental and Clinical Analysis of Estrogen Insensitivity” from 10 to 11 a.m. in Kowalewski Hall, Room 310. Lunch with the speaker will occur from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Kettering Research Complex Atrium. RSVP required.
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Aug. 30: Xuelin Lou, PhD, University of Wisconsin, will present "Vesicle Trafficking: From Molecule to Diseases” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Sept. 5: Nikoleta Tsvetanova, PhD, University of San Francisco, will present "Functional Diversification of Signaling by GPCR Localization” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Seminar Sept. 6: Patrick Owens, MD, will provide a chief resident presentation at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Sept. 7: Avi Domb, PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will present "The Gliadel Story: Treating Cancer at the Site of Disease” at noon in the Vontz Center's Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Sept. 7: Ashley Ross, University of Cincinnati Department of Chemistry, will present "Rapid Neurochemical Sensing Within the Brain-Immune System” at 4 p.m. in MSB 6051.
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