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  • Program manager/alumna named one of ASCLS’ Voices Under 40

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Sep 08, 2017

    Program manager/alumna named one of ASCLS’ Voices Under 40

    Melanie Giusti headshotMelanie Giusti, program manager of the medical laboratory sciences program, was selected as one of twelve recipients of this year’s the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science’s (ASCLS) “Voices Under 40.”

    The ASCLS’ Voices Under 40 recognizes members who have shown exceptional commitment to their professional organization, the laboratory profession and the community at large at a young age in their professional career.

    Giusti graduated from the certificate track of the University of Cincinnati’s (UC) medical laboratory science program in 2002. Upon graduation, she started working at UC in the Hoxworth Blood Center and then came to the medical laboratory science program in 2006. Recently, she also graduated from UC’s Master of Health Informatics program, which is also located in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

    She has served as the President of the Ohio Society of ASCLS and has helped to organize and speak at regional and national conferences. Giusti just recently graduated from the Master of Health Informatics Program within the Department of Clinical and Health Information Sciences.

    Melanie Giusti during graduation for the Master of Health Informatics program

    Along with the other Voices Under 40 honorees, Giusti, was recognized at the ASCLS Member Awards Ceremony on August 3, in Philadelphia.

  • Congratulations Victoria Wangia-Anderson

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Apr 26, 2017

    Congratulations Victoria Wangia - Anderson!  

    Victoria Wangia-Anderson






    Faculty Award for Exemplary Service to the University

    • Victoria Wangia-Anderson
      Associate Professor/Director, Clinical & Health Information Science
      College of Allied Health Sciences

    Victoria Wangia-Anderson, PhD, FHIMSS has been at UC since 2013 and in that time she has sought opportunities to serve the university. As a faculty member in the Department of Clinical and Health Information Sciences in the College of Allied Health Sciences, she has been recognized by one of the largest health informatics professional organizations for her service at the national level, and awarded advanced membership status as a fellow. She serves as the program director for the Masters of Health Informatics program, but also finds time to engage in service.

    "I am committed to service activities that enable me to make a difference and contribute towards advancing beneficial strategy and goals. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with effective faculty and staff across the university through my service involvement,” says Wangia-Anderson.

    In addition to serving as a Faculty Senator and on Senate Cabinet, Wangia-Anderson represents faculty interests on a variety of committees, where her tireless work has earned her a reputation as someone who knows how to get things done.

    “I’ve been impressed with her engagement, her willingness to put forward competing and useful ideas to help provide useful perspectives on issues under discussion and her strong work ethic and accountability,” says Cynthia Nitz Ris, PhD, professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    She serves as chair for the Faculty Senate Information Technology committee.

    “Members of that committee have recognized impressive changes and leadership that Dr. Wangia-Anderson has brought to the committee, as well as the time commitment needed,” says Prince Ellis, DBA, assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Clermont College. “She has been an effective and patient facilitator for contentious discussions related to IT enterprise solutions.”

    Wangia-Anderson is married with a young daughter and son. Some of her hobbies include traveling, reading, learning new languages, some sports and experiencing new cultures.

     Check out all the 2017 Faculty Award Winners

  • CAHS Welcomes President Pinto!

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jan 12, 2017


    Welcome President Pinto

    President Pinto

     The University of Cincinnati (UC) will welcome it’s 30th president in February 2017. Neville Pinto, PhD was named UC’s next president on December 17th by the UC Board of Trustees.

    Currently, President-Elect Pinto, is serving as the acting president and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Louisville. Pinto has a long history with UC and many are excited for his return.

    Pinto served for 26 years on UC’s faculty in chemical engineering.  During this time, he held numerous administrative roles including Department Head for Chemical Engineering, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, and, most recently, Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School.

    In 2011, Pinto left UC and joined the University of Louisville as the Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. In 2015, he was named Interim Provost and most recently he is serving as the universities’ acting president.

    The search for UC’s president started in August after former President Santa Ono, PhD, left UC to become the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  

    College of Allied Health Sciences Dean, Tina Whalen, EdD, was one of the members of the presidential search committee that had a hand in choosing our 30th president.

    The university has a specific composition that makes up a presidential search committee (as outlined in University Rule 3361:10-6-01). A full list of search committee members can be found at the bottom of this article. As the Chairman of the Dean’s Council it made sense that Whalen would represent the university deans on the search. 

    Prior to beginning the search, the committee held sessions across the university to collect feedback about what stakeholders wanted in their next president. Based off of these conversations the committee knew that they couldn’t replicate former President Santa Ono, but they needed to find a candidate that was in touch with students. These sessions also made it clear that faculty and students wanted a president who ascribed by the values of the institution and who would not see UC as a stepping stone opportunity.

    After reviewing and interviewing the pool of candidates the committee recommended four finalists who then had further interviews with a number of stakeholder representatives. The final decision was solely with the Board of Trustees.

    “We were committed to getting the best possible candidate” Whalen said about the presidential search committee. To ensure that the committee had the highest quality pool they also had to protect the antinomy of the candidates for as long as they could. 

    “President Pinto offered the best of both worlds” says Whalen. “He has a history and knowledge of the university and has developed new experiences and skills while at the University of Louisville.”

    It was also important to the committee that Pinto made it clear that he wanted to come back to Cincinnati. “He intends to come here and establish himself in the university and the community” says Whalen.

    During his past years at UC, Pinto showed he was an advocate for the College of Allied Health Sciences and the Academic Health Center. 

    While he was dean of the graduate school, he worked with CAHS on a number of programs including:

    • Approving the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program, a program that will surpass 200 graduates this year.
    • Moving the genetic counseling from CAHS to the College of Medicine. He was able to save the program by finding it another home, showing that he put students at the forefront of his decisions.
    • Supporting early conversations about the development of our Master of Occupational Therapy program which is currently in the final stages of accreditation.

    Whalen says she excited about Pinto’s arrival. “He is thoughtful, a good listener and very process-oriented when it comes to decision making” she says.  She also notes that she has received unsolicited messages from past and present faculty at the university who share in her excitement. Many of them say they have had positive interactions with Pinto over the years and thank the committee for their time during the search.

    As UC approaches its Bicentennial year, it now has a leader that can help take our rising institution to new heights. The campus is eager to see what 2017 with President Pinto will bring.

    Search Committee Members

    Rob Richardson, chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the presidential search committee

    Shakila Ahmad, UC Foundation Board of Trustees
    C. Francis Barrett, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas D. Cassady, UC Board of Trustees
    Phil D. Collins, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas H. Humes, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Ericka King-Betts, Community Member
    Richard P. Lofgren, President and CEO, UC Health
    W. Troy Neat, UC Alumni Association
    Mitchell A. Phelps, Undergraduate Student Government
    Robert Probst, Dean, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning
    Sid Thatham, Graduate Student Government, Vice President
    Tina F. Whalen, Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Ohio Department of Higher Education Designee, Gary Cates, Vice Chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents

    Watch an interview with President Pinto here:

  • Focus on Students: Abeer Shehada

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Dec 08, 2016

    Focus on Students: Abeer Shehada

    Health Informatics student A conversation with Abeer Shehada, a 2016 graduate of UC’s online health informatics program. Shehada is getting a degree from the University of Cincinnati but lives in Qatar. 

    Q: How was your experience completing the degree while in a different country? 

    A: “It was definitely a learning curve when it came to understanding the healthcare system in the United States. However, learning the healthcare system of another country was enlightening in the sense that it allowed me to reflect on the health care systems I was familiar with in Canada and in Qatar. Completing the degree while residing in Qatar allowed me to apply and compare what I was learning to a different type of environment which was enriching. Overall, I didn't feel being in a different country hindered my learning or reduced my experience, but instead it allowed me to concurrently take what I was learning and apply it to different scenarios.” 

    Q: How different are the health IT issues in Qatar from those in the US? What are 3-5 key differences? 

    A: “Health IT is expanding in the region with international guidelines and best practices being followed. As health IT is new, the issues faced and the stages of progression are different to that of the US. For example, mandates such as meaningful use are not required and the stages of interopera-bility and data sharing are starting to develop. Also, since most of the health IT vendors are US based, much of the out of the box content follows US requirements and guidelines, which are not always applicable to the region and health system's workflows.” 

    Q: How do you see a MHI degree benefiting other professionals from allied health professions? 

    A: “As a dietitian and a clinical informaticist responsible for the implementation of allied health electronic documentation, the MHI degree definitely provided me with a better understanding of how electronic tools can be utilized to optimize the use of electronic documentation and workflows for allied health professionals. The documentation completed by allied health professionals are very comprehensive and logical data flow in the EHR becomes very important. Also, if more allied health professionals become more aware and involved in health informatics they will definitely help fill a gap that is currently present in the health informatics field as there is a primary focus on physicians and nursing needs with limited tools addressed to allied health professionals. The more allied health professionals enter the field of health informatics, the more awareness can be raised around the importance of including allied health needs in all aspects of informatics.” 

    Q: Can you summarize your practicum project? 

    A: “The availability of an interdisciplinary EHR system is not frequently available, especially not without a lot of customization done by the organization. The project will focus on exploring how disparate documentation of allied health professionals can be leveraged to improve the quality of patient care. Often, EHR implementations provide a large focus on nursing, physician and ancillary department’s EHR requirements and integration. This does not factor in the allied health professionals such as dietitians, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, etc. Therefore, the focus of the project is to provide recommendations on how to improve the documentation workflow and data flow for allied health professionals through the use of data dictionaries and setting up a data governance structure. The project aims to raise awareness to the allied health professionals in the health informatics field while proposing a standardization initiative for allied health documentation.” 


  • Medical Laboratory Science alumna finds success

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Nov 14, 2016

    Medical Laboratory Science alum finds success 

    The Pathways for Emerging Healthcare Leaders is a program for the Academic Health Center, which breaks down barriers that prevent high school students from pursuing careers in health care. This effort is part of a grant, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH), which aims to increase diversity and cultural competence in the health care workforce so that the makeup of health care providers matches the general population. The program recently shared success stories from across the Academic Health Center in order to inspire future healthcare practitioners.  Alumna Cecelia Thompson, A&S ’09, CAHS ’11 of the medical laboratory science program was featured as one of their success stories.

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