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July 16, 2010
Volume 14 Number 28 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Above the Fold

Arrow Clinical programs earn top rankings

Eleven clinical programs at Clarian Health-Indiana University School of Medicine are ranked among the top 50 national programs in U.S. News & World Report's 2010-2011 edition of American's Best Hospitals.

Only 152 of the 4,852 hospitals evaluated nationwide performed well enough to rank in even one specialty. Clarian Health hospitals are the only Indiana hospitals included in the rankings.

Clarian-IUSM has been recognized by America's Best Hospitals for 13 consecutive years. Clinical programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report and their numerical rankings are:

  • Urology — 13th
  • Gastroenterology — 14th
  • Geriatrics — 25th
  • Ears, Nose and Throat — 25th
  • Orthopedics — 29th
  • Pulmonology — 32nd
  • Kidney Disorders — 38th
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery — 40th
  • Cancer — 40th
  • Diabetes & Endo — 48th
  • Heart & Heart Surgery — 49th

The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties were driven by data such as death rates, procedure volume, and balance of nurses and patients. In the four remaining specialties—ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology—hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Faculty ASR Survey discontinued

The Faculty Annual Summary Report (ASR) application is being discontinued and will not be open this year for reporting.  The new Faculty Profile System (FPS) is expected to go live in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2010. This new tool will provide a consolidated location for all professional information for CVs and biosketches, as well as provide department and school leaders the ability to access and review faculty activity.

Further details will be provided as the release of the application nears. Questions to the Office of Decision Support at (317) 278-6516 or


Clarian News

Arrow Clarian names CIO

Chris Van Pelt has been appointed chief information officer (CIO) for Clarian Health. Van Pelt has been serving as the interim chief information officer for nine months, and has been in Clarian Information Services (IS) leadership roles since October 2004, having led most major IS initiatives in that time frame.

Over the last nine months, Van Pelt has been actively engaged in continuing to lead Clarian forward on a slate of initiatives to ensure that Clarian is an organization preeminent in information technology. 


Events & Lectures

Arrow Blood collection at Indiana Black Expo

The IU Simon Cancer Center will collect blood samples for the Indiana University Cancer Biomarker Study (IU-CABS) during the Indiana Black Expo's INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair from Thursday, July 15 to Sunday, July 18.

IU-CABS will be located in booths 313, 315, 317 and 319 in Hall D of the Indiana Convention Center. The booths are open from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 16; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 17; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 18.

Donors will be eligible for the Indiana State Department of Health's One Stop-One Stick program, which allows people to donate blood and receive free screenings of their choice.

Men and women with and without cancer may indicate they want their blood samples to be included IU-CABS. The study will help identify genetic and environmental risk factors that lead to the development of cancer. Minorities have historically been underrepresented in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment studies.


Arrow Information exchange in public health surveillance

The Indiana Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics will present "The Perceived and Real Value of Health Information Exchange in Public Health Surveillance" during the group's monthly work-in-progress from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, in the HITS Building, Legacy Boardroom, second floor near the top of the stairs.

The topic presenter will be PhD candidate, Brian Dixon, MPH, an information architect consultant and health information project manager at the Regenstrief Institute.

Everyone interested in public health informatics is welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring a beverage; lunch will be provided.


Arrow Resident and Fellow Career Reception

The 2010 Resident and Fellow Career Reception, sponsored by IUSM and Indiana Clinic Physician Recruitment, will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

The reception will provide an opportunity to explore fellowship and employment opportunities with IUSM, Clarian Health and the Indiana Clinic.

For information, contact Gloria Robertson at 963-7857 or


Arrow Seminar will introduce new Bio-Plex System

Chris Rutherford, PhD, a field applications scientist with Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., will present an informational lunch seminar on the Bio-Plex 200 System Analyzer, a new tool for profiling multiple biomolecules from a single sample, from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, in Walther Hall (R3), room 303-305.

The Bioplex 200 System Analyzer, to be located within the IU Simon Cancer Center, will soon be available for use on a fee for service basis from the Flow Cytometry Core.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the technology behind Multi-Analyte bead-based assays.
  • Screening and quantifying multiple targets from limited biological samples
  • Deciphering complex interrelationships among different analytes.
  • Data management using an integrated and automated software package that handles: instrument control, data analysis and assay management.
  • Utilizing commercial multiplex assays to study levels of proteins involved in the immune response, cell signaling, diabetes, angiogenesis, the acute phase response and more.
  • Developing customized assays for analytes of interest.

Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, contact Steve Wowk, instrument systems specialist, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., at or (614) 806-7471.

For more information, visit


Arrow Performance celebrates American's first woman physician

"A Lady Alone," a one-woman play by N. Lynn Eckhert, MD, Harvard Medical School, honoring the life of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman physician, will be performed Tuesday, Aug. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Emerson Hall, room 304, and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Medical History Museum Auditorium, 3045 W. Vermont St.

After being rejected by all the leading medical schools, Elizabeth Blackwell was accepted by Geneva Medical College where she graduated first in her class in 1849, becoming the first woman doctor to graduate from medical school and the first woman doctor of medicine in the modern era. Her story is fast-moving, riveting and full of inspiration. The title role will be performance by Linda Grace Kelley.

This performance is being presented in celebration of "Changing the Face of Medicine," a national travelling exhibit being hosted by the IUSM Library through Sept. 9. It is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, the IUSM Library and the IUPUI Office for Women.

Lunch will be provided at the noon performance; light refreshments will be available prior to the evening showing.

To register, visit


News to Use

Arrow New service matches inventors and business

A new online service that matches inventors and technology transfer professionals with companies looking to develop their inventions into commercially viable products is now available to researchers at IUSM, and beyond.

i2iconnect is an easy-to-use, free web interface that accesses a database of medical companies. Users look for potential partners by searching specific keywords or disease categories. The service is designed to broaden the search for innovation partners, speeding the technology transfer process.

The IU Pervasive Technology Institute, the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and Cook Medical contributed to the development of this service.

For more information, or to access the system, visit


Arrow ProCare Hotel Program offers savings

Special discount hotel rates as low as 40 percent are available to all IUSM faculty, staff, students and guests through the Clarian ProCare Hotel Program.

In addition, rooms booked through ProCare provide Clarian Social Services with free nights for families with limited resources. This means by booking through ProCare you save money and help those in need.

Participating hotels are located in downtown Indianapolis and around the I-465 beltway with easy access to hospitals, universities and businesses, as well as to all attractions in the area. Among local hotels participating in the program is the five-star Conrad Hotel, offering 30 percent to 40 percent discounts.

To save on a room using ProCare, contact a ProCare concierges at 317-974-2039 or 1-800-974-2039, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Or by calling the hotel and asking for the ProCare rate. Or book directly at any time at

For more information, watch a brief introductory video at


Arrow We're acting on your ideas

The Dean's Office has posted a list of employee suggestions, and their statuses, received in response to the Employee Suggestion Program launched in October 2009. The list shows the ways in which individuals are actively engaged in moving these suggestions forward.

To view the list, go to and use your ADS User ID and password to access. Internet Explorer is required.

For more information on the Employee Suggestion Program, visit

Questions to Sue Knight at


Arrow Summer Day Camp and Sports Camps

Several opportunities remain for faculty, staff and students seeking summertime activities for children on the IUPUI campus. They include:

  • IUPUI Summer Day Camp and Sport Camps still have spots remaining for the final weeks. IUPUI Sport Complex Summer Day Camp is a great opportunity for kids to learn, grow and have fun. Summer Day Camp runs until Friday, July 30.
  • The Indianapolis Tennis Center is still accepting registrations for Tennis Camp, Monday, July 19, to Friday, July 30.

For more information, visit


Arrow Center for Young Children offers quality programs

IUPUI's Center for Young Children is conveniently located in downtown Indianapolis and offers an outstanding full-day full-year program for children ages 2 to 6.

The CYC has been in operation on IUPUI Campus for nearly 30 years. All classrooms are staffed with experienced Degreed Lead Teachers. Classroom activities are created with children's individual abilities in mind so that children of all levels are able to be successful and challenged.

The center collaborates with many departments for research and learning opportunities that benefit both IUPUI students and the children enrolled at the center, including the schools of medicine, dentistry and education.

The center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. For more information, contact (317) 274-3508 or visit


Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This weekend, Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18, Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis and guests will discuss health care costs, treating vision loss from diabetes and the epidemic of drug addiction.

Ryan Thompson, MD, an internist in Boston, will explain a course he designed and teaches at Harvard Medical School that helps new doctors understand the cost of care they are prescribing.

Raj Maturi, MD, an ophthalmologist with Midwest Eye Institute in Indianapolis, will discuss a new study that found the drug Lucentis, an age-related macular degeneration treatment, has improved vision loss caused by diabetes.

Stephen Goff, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Columbia University, will discuss what is known about a new retrovirus called XMRV (xenotropic murine leukemia related virus), which has been linked to prostate cancer and possibly chronic fatigue syndrome.

Gabor Mate, MD, a family practice physician and author, will discuss his new book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, which looks at the epidemic of addiction in our society and explains what must be done break the hold on behaviors and emotions.

This week's Sound Medicine "Checkup" will explore the effects location on exercise activity with Phillip Troped, PhD, assistant professor of health and kinesiology at Purdue University.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at

Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and IUPUI. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.


Grants & Funding

Arrow Research Awards — June 2010

The following list includes new and competing research awards received during the month of June 2010, excluding commercial projects. Amount shown is based on the first budget period/year:


AgencyTypeProject TitleBeginEndTotal
Ronald T. Ackermann, MD
NIH-NIDDKNewCommunity Translation of a Lifestyle Intervention to Improve Health in Diabetes6/1/105/31/11$631,381
Malaz Ahmed Boustani, MD
NIH-NIANewPharmacological Management of Delirium5/1/104/30/11$570,995
Peng-Sheng Chen, MD
Vanderbilt UnivNewAmyloid Oligomers and Susceptibility to Atrial Fibrillation5/1/103/31/11$52,874
Bernardino Ghetti, MD
NIH-NIANewSeventh International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias6/1/105/31/11$70,000
David Paul Gilley, PhD
Avon Foundation


Telomeres dysfunction markers for breast cancer detection3/1/102/28/11$150,000
Theresa Ann Guise, MD
NIH-NIDDKNewProstate Cancer Bone Metastases: Role of Adrenomedullin7/16/093/31/10$179,513
Komal Kochhar, MBBS, MHA
Ind State Dept HlthNewPrevalence of Drug Use among Pregnant Women in Indiana: A Follow-Up Study4/1/106/30/10$43,527
Patrick J. Loehrer, MD
Purdue UniversityNewWalther Oncology Physical Sciences & Engineering Research Embedding Program6/1/105/31/15$305,624
Patrick J. Loehrer, MD
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group5/28/104/30/11$294,857
Sherry F. Queener, PhD
Hauptman-Woodward Med Res InstNewStructural Studies of AIDS-Responsive Drugs1/1/1012/31/10$14,222
Susanne Ragg, MD, PhD
American Health Assistance FdnNewAn Integrated Approach to Proteomic Analysis of Aqueous Humor4/1/103/31/12$100,000
Vicenta Salanova, MD
University Of California, San FranciscoNewRadiosurgery vs lobectomy for temporal lobe epilepsy: Phase 3 Clinical Trial9/1/095/31/10$125,087
George W. Sledge Jr., MD
Komen Cancer FdnContin/
Project 1: Examination of the human kinome for novel genome-specific therapeutic targets in triple-negative breast cancer; Project 2: Association of genetic variability with receptor activation of tumor angiogenesis inhibitors: an in vitro genetic biomarker4/1/103/31/11$250,000
Daniel Jay Vreeman, OD
Regenstrief InstituteNewStandardizing Assessments and Supporting Health Information (ASPE)7/1/097/31/10$34,608
Bree Ashley Weaver, MD
Washington UnivNewAcquisition of Genital and Oral Human Papillomavirus in Adolescent Males4/1/103/31/11$59,010
Kara Kay Wools-Kaloustian, MD
Mt Sinai School MedNewRecognition of HIV-Related Kidney Disease in Kenya: Screening & Education in High-risk Patients10/1/099/30/10$4,384
Xiaofeng Frank Yang, PhD
NIH-NIAIDNewThe mechanism of activation of the Rrp2-RpoN-RpoS pathway in Borrelia burgdorferi6/1/105/31/11$180,688


Arrow Research Funding Update

The IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offer a weekly digest containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions. Digests are published on Wednesdays but may be sent more frequently if deadlines are urgent.

View the current Research Funding Update



Arrow Nominate a 2010 Riley Champion

Riley Children's Foundation launched Riley Champions two years ago to honor Riley Hospital for Children patients who have inspired communities with their courage and commitment to help others, despite facing difficult medical challenges. Walmart and Sam's Club sponsor the program and have been champions for Riley kids since 1988, raising more than $14 million for Riley Hospital.

Last year, Tatum Parker, was named one of six Riley Champions. While undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy for Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, Parker founded "Tatum's Bags of Fun" under the auspices of the Krause Foundation, a nonprofit organization which distributes backpacks filled with age-appropriate activities to Riley patients age two and older on their first day of cancer treatment.

Riley Champions are patients, like Parker, who have looked disease in the face and decide that sickness will not define the way they live. They use their courage and experience to inspire others.

Riley Champions nominees must be between the ages of 8 and 18 and have been treated at Riley Hospital within the past three years. Submissions must be received by Friday, July 30. Selected Riley Champions will be notified in September.

To nominate a Riley Life Sciences champion, visit


Arrow Translational research training program

The Clinical Investigator and Translational Education (CITE) Program is a special program for physicians, nurses, dentists, doctoral and postdoctoral scientists interested in more formal training in clinical and translational research. The program has recently been restructured using funding from the National Institutes of Health through the Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI).

The CITE Program has been structured in order to permit enrollees to integrate formal research training into a fellowship or faculty position within their own department. Approximately six credit hours per semester will be taken along with clinical research in the participant's discipline.

As part of the CITE Program, participants receive a master of science in clinical research degree through the Indiana University Graduate School. A second option is to take fewer courses and not the research requirement, leading to a graduate certificate in clinical research. Finally, individuals may simply take a course or two that may be relevant to their interests.

For more information, download a one-page flyer about the CITE program at Faculty and staff are encouraged to post this flyer in their department, division or section.

More detailed information is available at Or contact CITE Program Manager Suzanne Galbraith at (317) 630-7870 or


Arrow Intercultural communication courses

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development American English for Internationals (AEI) program will offer two courses in Effective Intercultural Communication for Healthcare Professionals this fall. These courses are designed for international professionals desiring to be more effective communicators.

  • Accent Modification will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 5 to Sept. 23, in Methodist Hospital, Candlelight Room, A3050-A, with follow-up workshops scheduled Thursday, Nov. 18; Jan. 13, 2011 and March 17, 2011. This eight-week course, taught by experienced speech language pathologist specialized in accent modification, will provide participations greater awareness of the unique features of American English pronunciation patterns and accent, and how to modify an accent to more closely approximate the speech of native speakers of American English.

  • Conversational English will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 17 to Oct. 5, in Methodist Hospital, Candlelight Room, A3050-A, with follow-up sessions scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 10; Jan. 25, 2011 and April 5, 2011. This eight week course, taught by a trained linguist and experienced teacher of English as a Second Language, will provide participants greater knowledge of some of the key elements of conversational skills, including the importance of cultural awareness, and a chance to practice these skills to become more effective communicators in both professional and social settings.

The cost for each course is $280 for IU/Clarian staff and $320 for non IU/Clarian staff. Scholarships are available for medical students and observers on an individual basis. Support provided by the IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Each course is accredited for 22 CME/CE hours awarded by the Indiana University School of Medicine. For more information, or to register, visit

Questions to Dr. Poonam Khurana at



Arrow Proposals for art in The New Wishard

Wishard Health Services is seeking qualifications from artists interested in creating public art for The New Wishard, currently under construction on Indianapolis's Westside between 10th Street and Michigan Street, just west of the current Wishard campus.

Artwork at The New Wishard will support and promote the healing mission of the 150-year-old public health care organization, and will complement the world-class design of its landmark new facility. Sites for art include building interiors, exteriors and the 37-acre landscaped campus.

A panel of independent visual arts professionals will evaluate applicants and select finalists from the applicant group to develop proposals for artworks.

The selection process is operated through Call for Entry (CaFE), a free, online digital image management and application service for artists. To set up a CaFE account and submit qualifications, visit

Submission must include six examples of past work in digital format with an image description sheet, resume, references and a professional statement. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Aug. 16.

For more information, visit The New Wishard or e-mail Public Art Administrator Julia Moore at



Arrow Clinical Medicine docs lead workshop

John Buckley, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, and Julie Vannerson, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, were recently invited to lead a workshop entitled, "A Systematic Approach for Teaching Improvement," at the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) in New Orleans.

The session included basic science faculty from medical schools across the globe. Topics discussed included effective teaching in a variety of settings including small groups and collaboration between clinical and basic science faculty throughout the curriculum.

IUSM is one of three medical schools in the world to have five faculty members who have trained at the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers, including Drs. Buckley and Vannerson. They have facilitated numerous faculty development courses in teaching for basic scientists and clinical educators locally, nationally and internationally.

Drs. Buckley and Vannerson's participation was sponsored by the Office of Medical Education and Curricular Affairs.


Around Campus

Arrow Farmers' Market at Wishard

Visit the Farmers' Market at Wishard each Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the perimeter of the Wellness Gardens behind the Bryce Building, located behind the pathway that leads from the Primary Care Center to the main entrance.

This weekly farmer's market features a medley of vendors, local farmers, bakers and beekeepers offering fresh and local produce, fresh baked goods, lavender products, honey products and other market items.

This season, in addition to the cookouts from the cafeteria, the market features a new booth called "Au Bon Wishard" featuring farmers' market chicken salad.

The Farmers' Market at Wishard continues through Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Questions to the Wishard Wellness Line at 630-7374.


 At Your Fingertips 

Arrow Continuing Medical Education

The Continuing Medical Education office launched a new and improved website at In addition to online registration and listings of grand rounds, conferences and courses, the site provides in-depth tools and information for presenters and program developers. Included are forms, tips, links, contacts, maps, and a host of other handy resources to make it easier to participate in CME events, prepare a presentation or plan an event.


Arrow Resources

Want to find a room that has a Polycom hook-up? Need official IUSM templates for your PowerPoint presentation or poster about a guest lecturer? Check out the new “Resources For” page on the IUSM web site. Resources For is accessible from the school’s home page ( – look on the right-hand side of the page.

If you have suggestions of other resources that would be beneficial and could be added to this list, contact the Office of Public and Media Relations at


Arrow MedTV

The Office of Public and Media Relations now manages the MedTV screens on the medical school campus. This closed-circuit TV system, part of the IUPUI network, presents a wonderful opportunity for faculty, staff and students to communicate events and information of interest to others. It also serves as a source for broadcasting emergency information on campus.

The MedTVs are located in public areas of the HITS building, the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium, the Daly Center, Research II, Walther Hall (R3) and the Cancer Research Institute (R4).

Announcements from departments and offices are welcome. To have your department or office announcements posted on MedTV, please read the MedTV guidelines: Questions? Phone 274-7722.


Arrow Scientific Calendar online

A comprehensive listing on IUSM seminars, lectures and Grand Rounds can be accessed at the new Scientific Calendar website. To place items on the Scientific Calendar, please forward them to Kelli Diener at


Arrow Scope submission guidelines

Scope wants your news items.

The deadline for submission is 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Scope is published electronically and sent to faculty, staff, students, and residents on Fridays (except on holiday weekends when it is published on the following Monday).

There are three easy ways to submit story ideas or information to Scope:

  • e-mail the information to
  • mail the information to Kevin Fryling, 1110 W. Michigan, LO 401, IUPUI
  • fax your information to (317) 278-8722

Contributions submitted by e-mail should be forwarded in 12 point, plain text format. Word document attachments in lieu of fliers are encouraged.

In the interest of accuracy, please do NOT use:

  • acronyms
  • abbreviations
  • campus building codes (use full, proper name of building and include the room number)
  • Dr. as a preface before names (designate MD or PhD)

To keep the electronic version of Scope as streamlined as possible, only seminars and lectures of general or multidisciplinary interest will be included.