Honors

Uma Kotagal, MBBS, MSc.

Uma Kotagal, MBBS, MSc

Kotagal Receives Procter Medallion

Uma Kotagal, MBBS, MSc, whose career in quality improvement science has influenced medical care across the U.S. and in many other nations, has become the first woman to receive the William Cooper Procter Medallion—the highest honor bestowed by Cincinnati Children’s.

Kotagal, currently Senior Executive Leader of Population and Community Health, has been with Cincinnati Children’s since 1975. She began as a postdoc in neonatal physiology. Over the years, she rose to Director of Health Policy and Clinical Effectiveness, and in 2010 became the first Executive Director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence.

Kotagal has earned several prestigious awards during her career, including being elected to the Institute of Medicine—one of the highest honors in healthcare. She received the Daniel Drake Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, has been recognized as one of Ohio’s Most Powerful and Influential Women, and was named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.


Donald Gilbert, MD,
Neurology, was selected as a 2017 Doctor of the Year by the Aubrey Rose Foundation, which supports families with life-threatening illnesses.

Erin Hickey, MD,
a second-year resident, has received the Academic Pediatric Association’s Resident Investigator Award for her project “Food as medicine: Evaluating the impact of a pediatric primary care clinic-based food pantry on food insecure families.” Her project began at the Hopple Street Clinic, then spread to the Pediatric Primary Care Center.

Tesfaye Mersha, PhD,
Asthma Research, received a 2017 Business and Professional Achievement Award from the African Professionals Network.

Marc Schecter, MD,
Medical Director, Pediatric Lung Transplant Program, was selected the inaugural leader of the Lung Transplantation Taskforce for the Pediatric Council of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Andrew Spooner, MD, MS,
Hospital Medicine, was named one of the Top 50 chief medical informatics officers to know in 2017 by Becker’s Hospital Reports.

Paul Steele, MD,
Medical Director, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, was named one of the 20 most influential people in the 20-year history of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Allied Health Sciences. Steele has directed the clinical labs at Cincinnati Children’s since 1999.


Congratulations to our faculty members recently elected to the Society for Pediatric Research:

Hitesh Deshmukh, MD, PhD, Neonatology
Tanya Mullins, MD, MS, Adolescent Medicine
Jennifer O’Toole, MD, MEd, Hospital Medicine
Daniel Schumacher, MD, MEd, General and Community Pediatrics
Eric Kirkendall, MD, Hospital Medicine.


Congratulations to our faculty members recently elected to the American Pediatric Society:

Hermine Brunner, MD, MSc, Rheumatology and
Stephen Porter, MD, MPH, Emergency Medicine.


Faculty Awards Honor Research Achievement

In February, leaders at Cincinnati Children’s honored outstanding faculty achievements in the categories of advocacy, clinical care, education, mentorship, research and service during the 6th Annual Faculty Awards. Research Achievement Award honorees were:

Tesfaye Mersha, PhD,
Asthma Research

Sing Sing Way, MD, PhD,
Infectious Diseases

Center for Pulmonary Imaging Research: 

Jason Woods, PhD, Pulmonary Medicine and Radiology
Zackary Cleveland, PhD, Pulmonary Medicine and Radiology
Robert Fleck, MD, Radiology; Jean Tkach, PhD, Radiology.


Grants

From Oct. 1 through Feb. 28, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s were awarded 215 grants valued at $69.6 million in total costs. Here are the recipients of grants of $1 million or more.

Mohammad Azam, PhD,
Cancer Pathology, received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study mechanisms of non-oncogene addiction.

Maria Britto, MD, MPH,
Anderson Center, received a two-year, $2.5 million grant from the Ohio Department of Medicaid, for her work with the project Quality Improvement Capacity Building.

Claire Chougnet, PhD,
Molecular Immunology, will study prenatal inflammatory exposures and neonatal immune development, with a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Lee Denson, MD,
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, received a three-year, $2.8 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to study malnutrition and environmental enteropathy, a disease of the intestine.

Maryam Fouladi, MD, MSc,
Medical Director, Brain Tumor Center, received a three-year, $3.6 million grant from The Cure Starts Now Foundation, for her leadership role with the Collaborative Network of Neuro-Oncology Clinical Trials, or CONNECT, a network of trials conducted at international sites dedicated to pediatric brain cancer research.

Michael Helmrath, MD, MS,
General and Thoracic Surgery, will study the investigation of regional identity in human intestinal stem cells, using a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Gurjit Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD,
Director, Asthma Research, received a five-year $3.8 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to study role and regulation of TSLP in childhood allergic disease.

Alan Jobe, MD, PhD,
Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology, received a three-year $985,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study antenatal steroid treatment strategies for low resource nations.

Jennifer Kaplan, MD, MS,
Critical Care Medicine, will study the role of STAT3 in sepsis-induced adipose tissue browning and the impact on obesity, using a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of General Medicine Sciences.

Carole Lannon, MD, MPH,
Anderson Center, received a two-year, $2 million grant from the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services, for her role in a project by The Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative evaluating progesterone supplementation during pregnancy.

Peter Margolis, MD, PhD,
Anderson Center, received a one-year contract renewal valued at $1.6 million from ImproveCareNow, Inc.

Anjaparavanda Naren, PhD,
Pulmonary Medicine, received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, to examine the role of using human enteroids, colonoids, and induced pluripotent stem cell-derived human intestinal organoids in study disorders related to cystic fibrosis.

Qishen Pang, PhD,
Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology, received a four-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, to study the role of Fanconi anemia (FA) proteins in regulating cellular response to oxidative stress in the context of hematopoiesis.

Michael Seid, PhD,
Pulmonary Medicine, received a two-year, $3.9 million grant from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc., for his work with the program “A CF C3N Care Model of the Future: Proposal for Piloting a Learning Health System.”

Lisa Privette Vinnedge, PhD,
Oncology, received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study mechanisms coupling DEK to oncogenesis.