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November 19, 2010
Volume 14 Number 46 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Top Docs for Cancer — 21 IUSM physicians recognized

Twenty-one physicians affiliated with IUSM have been recognized as the best in their field. The 21 are among 27 physicians statewide included in the most recent edition of America's Top Doctors for Cancer. The guide identifies the nation's most outstanding physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in adults and children.

The physicians are John Coleman III, MD (plastic surgery); James Croop, MD, PhD (pediatric hematology/oncology); Lawrence Einhorn, MD (medical oncology); Robert Fallon, MD, PhD (pediatric hematology-oncology); Sherif Farag, MD, PhD (hematology); Richard Foster, MD (urology); Robert Goulet Jr., MD (surgery); Paul Haut, MD, (pediatric hematology/oncology); Valerie Jackson, MD (diagnostic radiation); Michael Koch, MD (urology); Keith Lillemoe, MD (surgery); Patrick Loehrer Sr., MD (medical oncology); David Plager, MD (ophthalmology); Frederick Rescorla, MD (pediatric surgery); Douglas Rex, MD (gastroenterology); Scott Shapiro, MD (neurological surgery); George Sledge Jr., MD (medical oncology); Frederick Stehman, MD (gynecologic oncology); Chandru Sundaram, MD (urology); Thomas Ulbright, MD (pathology); and Terry Vik, MD (pediatric hematology-oncology).

"America's Top Doctors for Cancer has again recognized the expertise of the faculty physicians at the IU Simon Cancer Center and our other patient facilities," said D. Craig Brater, MD, dean IUSM. "The recognition is much appreciated and serves as a reminder that their skill, care and compassion are recognized by their patients, colleagues and others nationwide."

Published by Castle Connolly, the guide – now in its sixth edition – profiles more than 2,400 of America's leading cancer specialists across more than 40 medical specialties.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow World AIDS Day Art Fest

Physicians For Human Rights, with support from Creative Arts Therapy and the GLBT and Global Health student interest groups, will present a World AIDS Day Art Fest from Tuesday, Nov. 30, to Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building atrium. The exhibit will begin with a gallery opening from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the atrium.

The gallery opening will feature live music played by IUSM students, tasty appetizers, and an opportunity to contribute to a large collaborative art project which will be displayed at the Community AIDS Action Group's World AIDS Day event at the Church Within, located at 125 Spruce St., Dec. 1.

This event will celebrate the strides made in the continuous battle with HIV/AIDS, commemorate of those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and reflect on the struggles yet to overcome. Admission is free and open to the public, but it's requested that a donation be made to Indiana AIDS Fund, a nonprofit agency that funds HIV/AIDS care coordination centers across Indiana.

Questions to Katherine MacDonald at or Lauren Guggina at


Student Showcase

Arrow Stash Bash at Cadillac Ranch

The first annual Stash Bash at Cadillac Ranch, 39 W. Jackson Place, will be from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Prizes from local restaurants and businesses will be awarded.

Stash Bash is a campus-wide philanthropic effort to raise awareness about testicular and prostate cancer. To date, $5,000 has been raised – half way to the goal of $10,000. Donations are accepted at (Select "donate" and then search under "teams" for "IU School of Medicine.") All proceeds go to Livestrong and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Check out the men participating and their hairy progress at

Questions to Jen Pasko at


Events & Lectures

Arrow Gunderman to present Honors Colloquium Lecture

Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts and philanthropy, will present the inaugural IUPUI Honors Colloquium Lecture from 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22, in the IUSM Library Lilly Auditorium.

This campus-wide presentation will focus on the colloquium topic for fall 2010: "A Life Well Lived." Everyone is invited to this opportunity to learn about what the inaugural capstone honors colloquium students explored as they addressed the challenge of not merely living, but living well.


Arrow Indiana CTSI Notre Dame retreat — Nov. 23

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will host an informational retreat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Eck Visitor Center, University of Notre Dame in South Bend.

Speakers will include Robert Bernhard, PhD, vice president for research at Notre Dame; Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, director of the Indiana CTSI; and Scott Denne, MD, associate director of the Indiana CTSI. Participants also will hear about advances in medical science from Indiana CTSI investigators, who will discuss their research. Additional activities include a lunchtime poster session and afternoon breakout sessions.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the resources available through the Indiana CTSI is welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided. To register, please visit

For more information, see the event flyer.


Arrow Presentation to explore volunteer advocates program

Robin Bandy, JD, MA, program director for the Wishard Volunteer Advocates Program, will present "Advance Directives, Health Care Consent, and the Path to Guardianship" from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, in Wishard Hospital, room T2008A/B.

This presentation is sponsored by the IU Geriatrics Conference.


Arrow Grant development and management discussion

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the IUSM Graduate Division will offer a group discussion on best practices in training grant development and management from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Daily Center, room 186.

The discussion also will address recruiting postdocs and the various resources available for collecting and managing data.  All interested faculty are welcome to attend. To RSVP, visit

Those who cannot attend but are interested in being added to the Training Grant listserv may email Jennifer Williams at All meeting attendees will automatically be added to the listserv.


Arrow Career development workshops

Brianna Blaser, PhD, project director of the Outreach Program for Science Careers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will present two workshops on career development Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

"Creative Job Searching," from 10 a.m. to noon, will focus on the skills required to conduct an academic job search, including importance of networking, how to market oneself properly, and other ways to get a leg up on the competition when applying for non-academic jobs. To register, visit

"Careers Away From the Bench," from 2 to 4 p.m., will focuses on non-traditional career opportunities for PhD-level scientists outside academic or industrial bench research. Dicussions will include the types of alternative careers available, how to parlay current skills and values into a new area, ways to research career options and how to develop additional required skills. To register, visit

These workshops are hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. All IUSM postdoctoral and graduate students are welcome to attend.


Arrow Lecture to focus on community research partnerships

Ronald Ackermann, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of the Indiana CTSI Community Health Engagement Program, will discuss community research partnerships from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the University Library, room 2115E.

The involvement of the community in research helps to enhance the community's ability to address many issues and ensures that researchers understand community priorities. The aim of this workshop is to explore the concept of community engagement and provide guidance on how to develop and sustain successful partnerships with the community.

This event is sponsored by the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Office of Research Administration. To register, visit

Questions to Etta Ward at


Arrow Alumni holiday night – reduced admissions available

IUPUI Alumni Holiday Night will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Indianapolis Children's Museum. This event offers good food, great times and festive holiday music. All five floors of the museum will be open to participants, including the Yule Slide, Jolly Days and the Carousel.

The cost of this event for fourth-year medical students and current house staff (interns, residents and fellows) is $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-12 (children under 3 are free). All other alumni receive IUAA pricing of $20 for adults and $13 for children ages 3-12. Prices include admission ticket with private access to all floors of the museum, an Italian buffet open from 6:30 to 8 p.m., drinks and dessert.

To register, visit Questions to Yvonne Owens at 274-5063 or


Arrow Postdoc Night Live! to offer presentation reviews

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will offer the first session of Postdoc Night Live!, a monthly program offering postdocs the opportunity to practice presenting and provide feedback to their peers, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. All following sessions will be on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning in January.

Each session will feature two postdocs delivering presentations and receiving feedback from both postdoc and faculty reviewers. The agenda will include two 30- to 45-minute presentations, with 15 to 25 minutes of constructive feedback each. Pizza will be provided.

Postdoctorial students and faculty volunteers to give valuable feedback to the presenters, as well as postdocs interested in presenting, are also needed. To sign up, visit

To RSVP for the Dec. 14 event, visit Questions to Jennifer Williams at


Arrow Exhibit to explore African-American role in Civil War medicine

The Ruth Lilly Medical Library invites faculty, staff and students to visit "Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine," a new online exhibit from the NIH National Library of Medicine, which looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and explores how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in society.

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers has often been overlooked. Through historical images and Civil War era documents the exhibit explores the life and experiences of surgeons Alexander T. Augusta and Anderson R. Abbott, and nurses Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes as they provided medical care to soldiers and civilians.

The live exhibition is currently on display at the National Library of Medicine through Feb. 28, and is touring around the country. Questions to Erika Mills at or Nancy Eckerman at

Visit the online exhibit at


News to Use

Arrow Scope holiday publication schedule

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Scope will not publish Friday, Nov. 26. The next issue will be released Friday, Dec. 3.

In addition, no Scope issues are scheduled Dec. 24 or Dec. 31. Additional December issues will be determined based upon submission volume. Anyone interested in submitting items to Scope are encouraged to consider this limited publication schedule when sending items involving events or deadlines. Scope will return to its regular publication schedule Friday, January 7.

For more information on Scope submissions, see


Arrow Indiana CTSI newsletter now online

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has launched a newsletter for faculty, staff and students interested in keeping up with the many exciting activities happening at the Indiana CTSI, including many educational, research support and funding opportunities. Upcoming events and research advances also are highlighted.

The newsletter also marks the creation of the "Indiana CTSI Forum," a new tool designed to open up a two-way communication path between the research community and the individuals who manage the many programs offered by the Indiana CTSI. Together the newsletter and forum will serve as a vital tool for clinical investigators wishing to discover more about the ways in which they can engage with the Indiana CTSI.

The Indiana CTSI is a statewide collaboration of IU, IUSM, IUPUI, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, as well as public and private partnerships, which facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries in the lab into clinical trials and new patient treatments in Indiana and beyond.

It was established in 2008 with a $25 million Clinical Translational Science Award from the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutions of Health, together with nearly $60 million from the state, the three member universities, and public and private donors. The Indiana CTSI is a member of a national network of 55 CTSA-funded organizations across the United States.

To view the Indiana CTSI newsletter, visit

To subscribe, see


Arrow Third party payment policy

Per the IU Foundation's Restricted Account Policy, the IU Foundation cannot reimburse individuals for expenses considered "third party payments." A third party payment is one defined as a payment to an independent contractor for taxable services rendered. The IU Foundation needs to pay the person who performed the service directly and will issue IRS form 1099MISC to record and report the income.

Many local small businesses are independent contractors. The following business entities need a W9 on file and must be paid directly by the IU Foundation: Individual/sole proprietorships, LLCs (Limited Liability Company) and partnerships. Examples include, but are not limited to, caterers, photographers, bartenders and musicians.

To download a W9 form, see


Arrow Simon Family Tower tours

IUSM and Clarian employees are invited to stop by the new Riley Children's Hospital Simon Family Tower between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, for a self-guided tour of this new in-patient facility.

Participants will start at the Simon Family Tower table in the Riley atrium; directions will be provided from there to begin the self-guided tour and individuals will be stationed throughout the tower to assist with directions and questions. Simon Family Tower is a new 10-story inpatient building with 300 beds in private rooms to help the hospital increase the number of children and their families it's able to serve.

Many Simon Family Tour features will be unveiled by Jan. 27, with additional services opening through December 2013.


Arrow Free flu shots

Faculty, staff and students are eligible for free seasonal flu vaccinations at IUPUI Health Services office in Coleman Hall, suite 100. Health care workers and students may also be able to receive a flu shot in the clinic or hospital where they work.  Individuals may choose to get their flu shot at any of these locations.

The flu shot being used this fall contains three flu strains, including novel H1N1. Unlike last year, there will only by one flu vaccine that is needed this year. The vaccine this year has been produced using the same process as has been used for decades in making the seasonal flu vaccine.

The best tool to prevent flu is to receive a flu shot. Health care workers are strongly encouraged to receive a flu shot to protect both themselves and their patients.

For more information, visit


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This weekend, Saturday, Nov. 20, and Sunday, Nov. 21, Sound Medicine, the award-winning health talk-radio show, will discuss investigation into pharmaceutical company payments to physicians who promote the company's drugs.

Doctors and pharmaceutical companies have a symbiotic but slippery relationship. When is it acceptable for physicians to take payment for endorsing a drug they prescribe? Do these financial deals affect patient care? Sound Medicine's David Crabb, MD, chats with Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist Tracy Weber of Pro Publica about that group's ongoing investigation of payments to doctors. Weber will discuss Pro Publica's Dollars for Docs database, which provides information on physicians who receive payments from pharmaceutical companies.

Host Barbara Lewis will speak with Tufts University rheumatologist Chenchen Wang, MD, about the benefits of the slow and meditative practice of tai chi for fibromyalgia patients. Dr. Wang's research was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Also this week, Sound Medicine faculty co-hosts will interview Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson, PhD, author of The Creative Brain; Harvard nephrologist Julian Seifter, MD, author of After the Diagnosis; and registered dietitian Susan Burke March, author of Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally.

For more information on this show or archived editions, visit

Sound Medicine is co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM). Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and IUPUI. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.



Arrow American Cancer Society — application deadline Dec. 15

The IU Simon Cancer Center seeks proposals from new investigators seeking to initiate independent research projects. This program is made possible by support from the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant.

Funds are available for four to five pilot projects in amounts up to $25,000. Special funds also are available for one pilot study in the amount of $30,000 within the special topic of cancer disparities focused on underserved populations. Proposals must address benefits to specific populations and present a clear plan for pursuing external funding. The funding period will be Feb. 1, 2011 to Jan. 30, 2012.

To apply, visit Application deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 15.

For more information, see

Questions to Elizabeth Parsons at 278-0078 or


Arrow Gold Professorships — call for applications

The second National Gold Professorship Competition will providing $50,000 per year for a three-year period to faculty at the assistant or associate professor level who promote the importance of humanistic medicine and the values of professionalism in medical education through clinical practice, teaching and scholarship, including research and curriculum development.

The Gold Foundation defines the attributes of a humanistic doctor as one who demonstrates respect for a patient's concerns and values and provides compassionate consideration and care for a patient's physical and emotional well-being. Awards may be used for a variety of activities, projects or research including but not limited to curriculum development, program development and transforming institutional culture toward a more humanistic learning environment.

Deadline for applications is Saturday, Jan. 15. A maximum of three Gold Professorships will be announced and awarded in April.

To apply, visit Questions to


Arrow Master in Public Policy program

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Health Affairs at Princeton University offers a one-year Master in Public Policy degree program for mid-career professional who are rising leaders in international and domestic public policy, including qualified physicians.

The application deadline for the 2011-2012 academic year is Wednesday, Dec. 1.

For more information, visit


Grants & Funding

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 Honors

Dave Ingram, MD, director of neonatal-perinatal medicine and associate professor of pediatrics and biochemistry and molecular biology, has been elected the 2011-2012 vice president of the Society for Pediatric Research. Following his term as vice-president, he will serve as president from 2012-2013.The Society for Pediatric Research is the largest international society for the encouragement of young investigators engaged in research to benefit children. Through co-sponsorship with the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting, it provides a forum for the interchange of ideas and opportunities and for the presentation of innovative pediatric research.

Carole Kacius, PhD, associate chair for academic programs and alumni services, Department of Public Health, has been named president-elect of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. She will serve as president-elect for two years and then president for two years. Membership in Delta Omega reflects the dedication of an individual to quality in the field of public health and to protection and advancement of the health of all people. Dr. Kacius' election recognizes her national leadership in advancing excellence in public health.

Rivienne Shedd-Steele, director of the IU Simon Cancer Center Office of Health Disparities and Outreach, has been named recipient of the Dr. Harold Burdette Award. The award, presented by the Mary Margaret Walther Program of Cancer Care Research, housed in the IU School of Nursing, goes to those who continue to foster the ideals, beliefs and values of Dr. Burdette, who played a leading role in the support of behavioral oncology research at the Walther Cancer Institute (now the Walther Cancer Foundation). Dr. Burdette's professional life exemplified his belief in the importance of the patient and family—not just the disease.

The Indiana Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has honored David Mattson, MD, PhD, as Physician of the Year, and Lee Hayward, BSN, RN, MSCN, was named Nurse of the Year. Dr. Mattson is the director and Hayward is a clinical research nurse at the IU MS Center.


Around Campus

Arrow Celebrating Indiana women

Michael Maurer, author of 19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women, and Patricia Miller, former Indiana Secretary of Commerce and co-creator of Vera Bradley, will deliver an address celebrating Hoosier women from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Monday, Nov. 22, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 409.

For more information, visit the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts.


Around Town

Arrow Winter Farmer's Markets

The Winter's Eve Farmer's Market will kick-off its winter season from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Grand McGowan Hall of the Knights of Columbus, 1305 N. Delaware St. The market will be open to the public every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. through March 31.

The indoor food festival, located in the Old Northside, will feature plenty of parking; easy access from Delaware Street and the interstate. Shoppers can sample food, eat a light dinner, listen to music and purchase groceries on their way home. The market also will feature locally produced products, including range-fed poultry, beef, pork, lamb and goat; chicken and quail eggs; gourmet cheeses; kefir milk; local beer and wine; produce; honey; artisan oils and spices; baked goods; chocolate; fresh-made salads; pasta; coffee; and many other local gourmet products. Holiday festivities will be featured throughout the month of December, with Santa making an appearance on Thursday, Dec. 23.

In addition, the Indy Winter Farmer's Market, which opened Nov. 13, will continue Saturdays until April 30 at the Maxwell Building, 530 E. Ohio St. For more information, visit


Traffic Updates

Arrow Michigan Street closed

As a part of the new Wishard Hospital project, Michigan Street will close after 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, between Union Building and Porto Allegre (approximately 1300-1400 W. Michigan Street). It is scheduled to reopen Monday morning, Nov. 22.

Michigan Street will be completely closed with no through traffic. Michigan Street traffic past University Boulevard will remain for local-campus access only. The two southern most lanes will remain restricted for construction between Limestone and Porto Allegre after Michigan Street re-opens Nov. 22. Traffic will use the northern most lanes.

Detours to the west side of White River from campus include:

  • North on University Boulevard and west (turn left) on 10th Street to White River.
  • North on University Boulevard and turn on Indiana Avenue to 16th Street, then turn left on 16th Street.
  • South on West Street to Washington Street, and turn right on Washington Street.


 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.