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Monday, September 23, 2019
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Dear Colleagues/Students:

Earlier today, our medical students received a survey link to the Independent Student Analysis (ISA), which is organized and coordinated by their peers. The ISA is part of our self-study and accreditation processes for the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME). This data will be instrumental to our reports sent to the LCME in preparation for our site visit in April of 2021.

To the students who received the survey link, I ask you to please thoughtfully complete the survey before it closes at the end of October. 

The accreditation process has always served as an opportunity for us to improve on our processes and programs. We continue to strive to provide the highest quality educational experience for our students with unwavering commitment.

In January, leadership and faculty from across the College of Medicine and Life Sciences joined me for a two-day retreat focused on preparing for the site visit. The task force has been meeting monthly since July.  

You can find the full timeline on our dedicated LCME website, which will be continuously updated over the next 18 months.

In the months ahead, I will also be sharing more information in this newsletter about the process and how we are meeting and exceeding standards for excellence set by the LCME. 

I would like to thank all members of the University community for their unwavering commitment and support of our students and this process. 

As the new week begins, I’m happy to share the next Dean’s Update with you today. If there is newsworthy information that you would like to share, please email Nikki Russell (and make sure to copy your supervisor or department admin).
Thank you for reading. Go Rockets!

Christopher J. Cooper, M.D.
Dean, College of Medicine & Life Sciences
Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs
UToledo researchers take over national academic research program this week
Five scholars from The University of Toledo, including one faculty member in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, will have a national audience this week through The Academic Minute, a public radio program that gives researchers the chance to share their expertise in their own words.
Dr. Bina Joe, Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, will outline her research into the role played by microbiota in regulating blood pressure on Tuesday's segment. 

Each morning this week, one UToledo faculty member will be featured on the program, which is heard on approximately 200 public radio stations throughout the country. The program, which is produced by Northeast Public Radio in Albany, N.Y., can be livestreamed on the WAMC website at 7:30 a.m. and again at 3:56 p.m.

Each segment will be available on The Academic Minute website and shared on the Inside Higher Ed website. The Academic Minute also is available as a podcast from NPR.
Read more in UToledo News
Faculty and staff recognized at special dinner
We recently celebrated our faculty and staff members at our annual Faculty and Staff Recognition dinner. We honored them for their dedication and commitment to the mission and goals of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and the University during the past year.
It is a time to recognize faculty and staff members for their longtime service, to honor individuals who have excelled in their careers as well as at teaching and research, and to acknowledge individuals for their commitment to mentoring our students. We also recognized new emeritus faculty members.
Here is the list of faculty and staff members we recognized:
Dean’s Awards for Teaching Excellence
Teaching Excellence Award

Kathryn Eisenmann, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Cancer Biology
Teaching Excellence Award

Coral Matus, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Community-Based Practitioner Teaching Excellence Award

Ronald Wainz, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Dean’s Awards for Research Excellence
Research Excellence Award

Bashar Kahaleh, M.D.
Department of Medicine
New Investigator Research Excellence Award

Matam Vijay-Kumar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
Dean’s Award for Master Clinician
Ali Hassan, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Dean’s Award for Advising Excellence
Sadik Khuder, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine
Dean’s Awards for Outstanding Staff
Wafaa Hanna
Office of Faculty Affairs & Development
Elizabeth Smotherman
Senior Department Administrator
Department of Medicine
Dean’s Awards for Staff Career Achievement
Elizabeth Akeman
Department Administrator I
Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
Maureen Gilmore
Assistant to the Chairperson
Department of Medicine
Dean’s Award for Faculty Career Achievement
Joseph Ryno, D.O.
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Recognition of emeritus faculty
Carlos Baptista, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Medical Education

William Davis, D.D.S.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Surgery

Randall Ruch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus
Department of Cancer Biology
Constance Shriner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emerita
Department of Family Medicine

Donna Woodson, M.D.
Professor Emerita
Department of Medical Education
Recognition for service
30 Years
Blair Grubb, M.D.
Edwin Sanchez, Ph.D.

20 Years
Srini Hejeebu, D.O.
Cletus Iwuagwu, M.D.
Michele Knox, Ph.D.
Boyd Koffman, M.D., Ph.D.
Lawrence Elmer, M.D., Ph.D.
Munier Nazzal, M.D.
Ruby Nucklos, M.D.
Mukesh Pitroda, M.D.
10 Years
Christopher Bates, M.D.
Reginald Baugh, M.D.
Kathryn Eisenmann, Ph.D.
Ehab Eltahawy, M.D.
Charles Fahncke, D.D.S.
Viviana Ferreira, D.V.M, Ph.D.
Claudiu Georgescu, M.D.
Jennifer Hill, Ph.D.
Bryan Hinch, M.D.
Terrence Lewis, M.D.
Walid Mahmoud, M.D.
Allen Markowicz, M.D.
David Pearson, Ph.D.
David Sohn, M.D., J.D.
Jianlin Tang, M.D.
Mary Wroblewski, M.D.
UToledo research suggests toxic algae may be more dangerous for people with pre-existing liver disease
Research published last month in the journal Toxins found that the microcystin produced by harmful blue-green algal blooms may be more dangerous than previously known for those with liver disease. 

“The take-home message from our research is there are certain groups of people who need to pay extra attention and may be more susceptible to microcystin toxins. We may need to explore special preventative guidelines for those people in terms of how much microcystin they are exposed to through drinking water or other means,” said Dr. David Kennedy, assistant professor of medicine and one of the study’s authors with Dr. Steven Haller, also assistant professor of medicine.

The lead author of the paper is graduate student Apurva Lad

Researchers sought to examine how microcystin might affect individuals with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a widespread condition that is frequently asymptomatic. They found the toxin can significantly amplify the disease at levels below what would harm a healthy liver.

The results from the liver study build on prior work from Drs. Kennedy and Haller looking at how microcystin exposure might affect individuals with inflammatory bowel disease, another common condition that impacts an estimated 1 million Americans.
Read more in UToledo News
UTCOMLS Scholarly Activity:
I’m happy to share publications by our faculty from August.
See all of the publications
PA Program students host charity 5k on campus
Our Physician Assistant Program students presented their Run into Fall 5K run/walk on campus on Sept. 14. 
Presented by UToledo's Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA), the fun-filled event raised money for Connecting Kids to Meals, an organization fighting childhood hunger through a summer meal program and providing meals to kids enrolled in after school programs during the academic year.

Thank you to our second-year PA students, Morgan Pelley and Maggie Leibold, for organizing the race and serving as the race directors. And thank you to all who volunteered or ran.
See more photos from the race
Faculty member raises funds with ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign
Dr. David Pearson, Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Assistant Dean for Admissions, is this year’s “Real Men Wear Pink” candidate for The American Cancer Society.

The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center held a fundraiser lunch on Sept. 12, to raise money for Pearson’s “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign, which gives men a leadership role in the fight against breast cancer.

“As I was pursuing my degree, I found out that physicists could work clinically in the field of radiation oncology and I was sure that was what I wanted to do,” Dr. Pearson said. “I want to bring awareness to patients who battle cancer.”

Pearson has agreed to wear something pink for the months of September and October. His goal is to raise at least $2,500 towards his campaign. Funds raised from this campaign benefit The American Cancer Society.
Learn more and donate
Embroidered fleece student fundraiser
The CommunityCare Clinics and the UTCOMLS chapter of the American Medical Association (AMA) are partnering for the 3rd annual Patagonia Sale Fundraiser.

As with last year, there are many new colors and a less expensive Moosejaw option.

The sale is open to all in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. This high-quality winter gear is also a great gift for family and friends. All fleeces come with a UTCOMLS embroidered patch. All proceeds directly benefit the CommunityCare Clinics and UTCOMLS AMA.

Order deadline is next Monday, Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m.
Learn more and order
Researchers attend toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring workshop in Cleveland
From left, Drs. Punit Kaur, Kim Kimberly (MATT President, 2019) and Alexzander Asea
Drs. Punit Kaur and Alexzander Asea, researchers in the Department of Medicine, recently attended an academic Midwest Association for Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (MATT) workshop in Cleveland.

MATT is a nonprofit, Midwest regional organization of science professionals with interests in Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM). MATT was founded in 1995 by over 100 charter members and it provides a platform for exchange of information through newsletters and annual meetings at minimal cost to the members. Members frequently help to mentor new scientists in the field.
Financial Well-Being Seminar on Sept. 30
RSVP for a one-hour Financial Well-Being seminar. It will be presented on Monday, Sept. 30 on the Health Science Campus, HEB 100, from 7 to 8 a.m. and at the Toledo Hospital Campus, Education Center Auditorium, from 12 to 1 p.m. It is oriented to students and residents. Faculty and staff are welcome. It is presented by a practicing physician from the AMA and sponsored by the GME office of UTCOMLS.
RSVP and learn more about wellness resources
Alumna to give lecture on palliative care Oct. 4
The 2019 College of Medicine and Life Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Dr. Ann Berger, Chief of Pain and Palliative Care at the National Institutes of Health. She is coming to Toledo for Homecoming weekend and will be on campus to present “The Three Necessary Elements for Palliative Care: Clinical Care, Education and Research” on Friday, Oct. 4 at noon in Health Education Building, Room 105.
I warmly welcome students, residents, faculty and staff to attend this enlightening topic. I hope you will be able to join us.

The mission of The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
is to improve health in the communities and region we serve. 
We do this by educating excellent clinicians and scientists, 
by providing patient centered and high-quality care and 
by producing nationally recognized research in focused areas.

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