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									                                                                   WSU/MVH Grand Rounds
                                                           Continental Breakfast Served 7:30–8:00 a.m.
                                                                Fall 2006 · Wednesdays · 8:00 a.m.
                                            Bieser Auditorium, Berry Women’s Health Pavilion, Miami Valley Hospital
Date                 Topic                                                                          Speaker
November 1           Hypercoagulable State – Women’s Issues                                         Atef Shrit, M.D., Valley Pathologists, Inc., Miami Valley Hospital
                                                                                                    Department of Pathology
November 8           Infant Adoption Awarness                                                       Laura Jordan Roesch, M.S., Infant Adoption Awareness Training Pro-
                                                                                                    gram Coordinator, Catholic Social Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fall 2006                    Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
November 15          Obstetric Trends at Miami Valley                                               Gary Ventolini, M.D., Chairman and Associate Professor, Department
                                                                                                    of Ob/Gyn, WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Calendar                  2006	ANNUAL	ACOG	MEETING
November 22          TBA                                                                            TBA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    November                         The annual 2006 American College of Ob-
November 28          TBA                                                                            Dayton OB/GYN Society
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               stetricians and Gynecologist meeting in Wash-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      23–24	 Thanksgiving	Day	Holiday          ington, DC was a great success. For the first time
November 29          ADD                                                                            TBA                                                                                                                                        in ACOG history, a President holds a Masters in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    December                   Education degree. Therefore, we are expecting
December 6           Cervical Cancer Screening: Alternatives for the Devel-                         Edith Harte, M.D., Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati Col-                                                                      some changes, particularly regarding the cre-
                     oping World                                                                    lege of Medicine Department of OB/GYN, Cincinnati                                                 2	         Department	Holiday	Party
                                                                                                                                                                                                      	          Yankee	Trace	Golf 	Club       ation of two different tracts in our specialty: one
December 13          Cardiovascular Diseases in Pregnancy: Approach to                              Mukul Chandra, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Wright State Uni-                                                                                                                             Dr. Gary Ventolini and Dr. Sara
                                                                                                                                                                                                      	          Centerville                   strictly surgical and the other more clinical.       Page were inducted as Fellows of
                                                  Common Disorders                                  versity Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ACOG continues to be very involved with                    ACOG.
December 20          TBA                                                                            Waiting to hear back from Pfizer                                                                  24–25	 Christmas	Holiday                 the legislators. Legislative priorities for ACOG’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     January                   2006 federal medical liability reform remains the top. Also, AGOG is requesting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               that Congress stop Medicare physician payment cuts of nearly 30 percent over the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1	         New	Year’s	Day	Holiday        next six years and permanently fix the Medicare physician payment system.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ACOG supports measures to ensure healthy outcomes for mother and child,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      11-14	 Gynecologic	Oncology		            including increasing the availability of contraception and improving access to
                                                                                                                                                                                                      	      Group	Meeting
           If you wish to join our weekly e-mail announcement list for Grand Rounds & other meetings, please e-mail Becky Bezich: RSBezich@mvh.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                      	      San	Diego,	CA                     prenatal care. They support increased federal funding for women’s health research.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ACOG is also aware that one-third of America’s pregnancies are covered by
                       OB/GYN, Wright State University, 128 E. Apple Street, Suite 3800 CHE, Dayton, OH 45409, or visit our web site at www.med.wright.edu/obgyn/.                                                                             Medicaid. Vulnerable populations such as uninsured pregnant women and elderly
 ment by or official policy of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Please send comments and announcements to: Department of
        The Department of OB/GYN Newsletter is published quarterly. Unless specifically stated otherwise, the opinions expressed and the statements made in this publication do not imply endorse-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               women must have access to affordable, high-quality needed health care. Another
                                                         Editor: Gary Ventolini, M.D.; Managing Editor: Joanne Cottrell.                                                                                                                       important fact is that one in five women of childbearing age (12.7 million) are un-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               insured. ACOG will highlight the special needs of uninsured women, particularly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               those who are pregnant, in our support for universal coverage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     First	Annual	Meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology held their First Annual Meeting on the evening of August 30, 2006, at
                                                                                                                                                                                                     the Dayton Racquet Club. The theme of the meeting was to openly communicate the achievements and vision of the depart-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ment. All employees and faculty of the department were invited to attend. The meeting started with an informal buffet dinner
                                                                                           Fall 2006                                                                                                 provided by the department. After dinner, Dr. Ventolini shared his vision for the department and reviewed a letter to members
                                                                                          Ob/Gyn news                                                                                                of the medical community he released earlier that day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dr. Ventolini discussed several future changes for our department including moving the private practice from Elizabeth
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Place to the Berry Building at MVH. This move is planned for early October and will allow us to serve our patients more
                                                                                                                                                                                                     efficiently. In addition, he has been working with the Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) administration to develop a Midwife
                                                                                                                                                                                                     service at the Center for Women’s Health (CWH). There are plans to start several sub-specialty clinics to further enhance ser-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     vices in the CWH. Dr. Ventolini concluded by reminding everyone that the mission of the department is to provide excellence
                                                                                                                                                                                                     in patient care, outstanding training of the next generation of medical students and physicians, and a commitment to research
                                                                                                                                                                                                     in women’s healthcare.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dr. Ventolini was followed by an overview of the residency program by Dr. Mark Campbell, Program Director. There
                                                                                                                                                                                                     have been major changes in the processes used in the program. Dr. Campbell has attended two of three training sessions
                                                                                                                                                   Dayton, OH 45409                                  sponsored by CREOG, to ensure that we have all the information available for a top-tier residency program. We will undergo
                                                                                                                                                   Suite 3800, Weber CHE
                                                                                                                                                   128 E. Apple Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                     two mock certification visits to prepare for the next official visit in May 2007.
                                                                                                                                                   Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology                     Lastly, Mark Biery, Director of Business Operations, outlined business goals of the department. He emphasized the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     need for data-driven decision processes, meeting monetary goals to ensure financial viability, and an employee recognition
                                                                                                                                                                                                     program as key areas of focus over the next twelve months. The program ended by Mark announcing the service awards for
                                                                                                                                                                                                     faculty & staff members who have worked for the Department for three-year intervals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
       2006	GREATER	DAYTON	HEART	WALK	                               Profile:		Dr.	Jack	Gruber                                            Dr.	Nahhas	Retires                                                      Student	Clinician	Ceremony
     This year’s American Heart Association’s (AMA)                        Listening to Dr. Gruber since his recent                            William A. Nahhas, M.D., Medical Direc-                                  On July 19, 2006, the 6th
three mile walk was held at Island Metro Park on Saturday,           retirement, it’s easy to hear in his voice the                       tor of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology                             Annual Clinician Ceremony was
September 16th. It was a pleasant morning; cool but sunny            contentment of someone whose life has come                           has retired from full-time practice as of June                          held for the Class of 2008. The
for a walk. Our department raised $200 to benefits the               full circle. Dr. Gruber was born and raised in                       30, 2006. Dr. Nahhas joined the Wright State                            ceremony celebrates the transi-
AMA by funding research, education, and advocacy to fight            the rural areas of Marion, Ohio, where as a                          University Boonshoft School of Medicine in                              tion for the second year medical
                                                                     youth, he was active in 4H. He was initially in-                     1983. He has provided excellent teaching to our
American’s No.1 and No. 3 killers, heart disease and stroke.                                                                                                                                                      students as they prepare to use
                                                                     terested in working as a veterinarian, but didn’t                    medical students and residents. He has received
We missed our walkers from last year’s group who were not            like the lifestyle that went with that career. “I                    many awards, including the Association of                               their academic knowledge gained
able to attend this year. Thanks to everyone who participated        didn’t like being cold and wet,” he says. “So, it was an easier      Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) and the                  in the first two years of medical school it in their 3rd and 4th
by making donations and walking.                                     choice for me to give up that rough life.” Instead, Dr. Gruber       Excellence in Teaching Award in June 2006 as well as the                years. The address to the 3rd year class was presented by Dr.
                                                                     decided to attend medical school and specialize in infertility.      Civilian Faculty Award in 2005. Each of the awards honored              Janice Duke, (Class of 2000), who discussed the “Top 10
                                                                     “Women always seemed to feel comfortable talking to me               him for his excellent patient care and medical expertise. His           Ways to Succeed in Your Third Year.”
                                                                     and asking me questions,” he says, “and so I went to school          guidance and leadership has made our Gynecologic Oncol-                       The ceremony was conducted by the class of 2007, who
                                                                     to seek out answers to their questions.” After completing his        ogy program the comprehensive service it is today.                      were beginning their 4th year, and wanted to share the 3rd
                                                                     obstetrics and gynecology residency in Dayton in 1974, Dr.                As Professor Emeritus, Dr. Nahhas will remain avail-               year wisdom they gained during their 3rd year. The 4th year
                                                                     Gruber completed a fellowship in gynecological endocri-              able for medical student and resident education and physi-              class presented the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching
                                                                     nology and infertility at Wayne State University in Detroit,         cian consultations. In addition, he will remain involved in
                                                                     Michigan. In 1976, he came to Wright State as a faculty              cancer research and be available for limited patient care. We           Awards to the residents who were role models to their class
                                                                     member. He has since seen many medical students develop              thank Dr. Nahhas for his many years of service and congrat-             during their clerkship rotations. Dr. Ned Williams (R-2), was
                                                                     into talented physicians and has helped numerous couples             ulate him on his retirement. We look forward to continuing              presented the OB/Gyn awards by Amberly Davidson, MS IV.
Joanne Cottrell; Margie McCarthy, CNM; Becky Bezich                  realize their dreams of parenthood. He has held a variety of         to work with Dr. Nahhas in his new role in the future.                  Dr. Williams was nominated by Tony Schlake, MS IV: “Dr.
Not pictured: Barb Isaacs, AS; Erin Yontz, CRNP; Malania             roles during his tenure, serving as chair of the university’s                                                                                                              Ned Williams is calm, likeable
Cunningham, RN                                                       Institutional Review Board (IRB), chair of the Miami Valley                                                                                                                and so humble that he doesn’t
                                                                     Hospital IRB, division director for Reproductive Endocri-
                                                                                                                                          Residents		Welcome:	Mexican	Fiesta	Picnic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                need to be boisterous about his
                  A	GROWING	FAMILY                                   nology and Infertility, director of teaching associates, and               On Saturday, July 15, 2006, the Wright State University                                         intelligence. Instead, he shows
                                                                     clerkship director. In the year prior to his retirement, he          Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics                                                 his brilliance through his ac-
   Emily Grace Erskine, b. 3/20/06, 2:59 pm, 5 lb. 13 oz.            served as vice chair of the department. Looking back on his          and Gynecology sponsored an “Intern Welcome Picnic” for
  Sarah Elizabeth Erskine, b. 3/20/06, 3:00 pm, 4 lb. 13 oz.                                                                                                                                                                                    tions and his willingness to sit
                                                                     many accomplishments, Dr. Gruber seems most pleased with             the 2006 Interns. The 2006 interns include Jeremy Crouch,
                                                                     the impact his work had on students: “It was amazing to see          M.D., Gregory Jones, D.O., Kelly McCluskey, M.D., Adri-                                               down and share his knowledge
                                                                     how much they progressed in their third-year clerkship. The          enne Perfilio, M.D., Anna Schissel, D.O. and Alicia Watson,             with any medical student. If only I could possess one or two
                                                                     transformation from a beginning third-year to a fourth-year          D.O.                                                                    of these traits, then I would be satisfied with my progression
                                                                     mature student was just awesome.” Soon after retiring, Dr.                 The event was held at the home of Dr. Sara (R-2) and              towards becoming an effective clinician and role model for
                                                                     Gruber—now professor emeritus—moved to a 35-acre farm                Nathan Johnstone in Huber Heights. About 50 department                  medical students just as Ned has done.”
                                                                     in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, where he plans             faculty, staff and residents and their families attended. The                 Congratulations, Ned, on being an excellent mentor.
                                                                     to keep busy with landscaping and woodworking. “I’ve                 theme for the event was “Mexican Fiesta” and everyone
                                                                     returned to my roots of self sufficiency and living off the          enjoyed the food from Chipotle. There were even games
                                                                     land,” he says. In honor of Dr. Gruber’s lifetime of service         and piñatas for the children. A good time was had by all! A             Publications	in	Peer	Reviewed	Journals
                                                                     and dedication, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecol-            special thanks to Mrs. Cindy Campbell for helping with the
                Proud parents and family                                                                                                                                                                          1. Ventolini G, Baggish M, Walsh PM. Vulvovaginal
                                                                     ogy has established the Jack Gruber Endowed Scholarship in           arrangements and Jennifer Davis from Wyeth Pharmaceuti-
 Kelly McCluskey, M.D., Phillip Erskine & brother Thomas                                                                                  cals for providing financial assistance.                                candidiasis from non-albicans species: retrospective study
                                                                     Obstetrics and Gynecology.                          –Robert Boley
                                                                                                                                                The Department welcomes the new interns and hope                  of recurrence rate after fulconazole therapy. J Reprod Med.
                                                                          (Article originally published in Vital Signs, Vol. 30, No. 1)
                   FORMER	ALUMNUS                                                                                                         that they enjoy their Residency Program with us.                        2006Jun;51:475-8.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Ventolini G., Glover, Neiger R. Intrapartum Management
     We regret to announce that Dr. Gregory Ballengee                                                                                                                                                             of the IUGR Fetus. The Female Patient. 2006Feb;31(2):12-5.
                                                                                                           Department	Faculty	Photo:		June	7,	2006	
(Class of ‘93) died unexpectedly on Monday, October                                                                                                                                                               3. Neiger R, Sonek J, Ventolini G, Croom C. Sonographic
9th. Dr. Ballengee most recently lived in Erie, Pennsylvania.                                                                                                                                                     assessment of vascular pattern of endometrial lesions. J Gyn
A memorial service was held on Friday, October 13th at the                                                                                                                                                        Surg. 2006Mar;22(1):19-22.
Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home in Brookville, Ohio. He is                                                                                                                                                           4. McKenna D, Ventolini G, Neiger R, Downing C. Gender
survived by his wife Susan and 5 children: Brandon, Ryan,                                                                                                                                                         related differences in fetal heart rate during first trimester.
Megan, Samantha and Sydne. Please keep this family in your                                                                                                                                                        Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy. 2006;21(1):144-7.
thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.                                                                                                                                                                  5. Ventolini G, Baggish, M. Recurrent vulvovaginal candidi-
                          Erratum                                                                                                                                                                                 asis. Clinical Microbiology Newsletter. 2006Jun;28(12):93-5.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Neiger R, Sonek J, Croom C, Kiprono L, McKenna
     The Summer ‘06 newsletter, under Resident Awards,                                                                                                                                                            D, Ventolini G. Perinatal outcome associated with sono-
misidentified the recipient of the Jack S. Gruber Excellence        Front Row: Drs. Ran Neiger, Stephen Guy, Christopher Croom, Sarah Page, William Po, Lawrence Amesse, Gary Ventolini, Jiri Sonek, Janice       graphically detected globular placenta. J. Reprod Med.
in Clinical OB/GYN Award: Andre T. Harris, Sr., M.D.,               Duke, Ealena Callender, Catrina Crisp, Mark Campbell, William Nahhas, David McKenna.
                                                                    Back Row: Drs. Alan Baker, Ryan Ball, Samantha Wiegand, Melanie Glover, David Kim, Austin Findley, Vicki Rager, Toby Genrich, Ayodeji
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2006Jul:51(7):563-6.
received the award.                                                 Joshua, Jill Roth, Casey Boyce, Cory Barnett, and John Hardy.
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