Upcoming Awardees: Rebecca Fischbein and Vahagn Ohanyan

It’s a signature NEOMED event, and always cause for celebration: the Employee Service Awards and Faculty & Staff Recognition Ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, March 31.  

This year, in advance of the ceremony, The Pulse is spotlighting some of the award categories and the awardees. (Others are a secret, and will remain so until the event!)

We’ll start with the Junior Faculty Award, which honors “a junior faculty member (instructor or assistant professor who has been appointed for at least two years but fewer than seven years) within the consortium who has demonstrated exemplary performance and has made noteworthy contribution to the NEOMED community.”

Congratulations to the two winners of the Junior Faculty Award:

Rebecca Fischbein, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and a faculty member of the College of Graduate Studies. Dr. Fischbein joined the NEOMED faculty in 2013. She recently led a Women In NEOMED (WiN) project to research and work with administration to update the lactation facilities, as well as policies and communication surrounding lactation, at NEOMED.

Dr. Fischbein is the program evaluator for the All-Ohio Medical School Opioid Use Disorder Collective, a $500,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) for NEOMED to work with the other six medical schools in Ohio to develop a common curriculum on pain management and opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment.

Vahagn Ohanyan, M.D., Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Medical Sciences;  a faculty member of the College of Graduate Studies; and chief scientist and president of  Ohan Cardiovascular Innovations Corp., located in NEOMED’s REDIzone.

Dr. Ohanyan joined the NEOMED faculty in 2017. His research is focused in myocardial blood flow regulation in health and disease. A new drug for heart failure treatment that Dr. Ohanyan’s lab investigated with Dr. William Chilian’s research group is now in preclinical trials.

Dr. Ohanyan has presented his research work at national and international scientific meetings and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. Through his bioscience company, Dr. Ohanyan designed a new rodent intubation system that allows scientists to intubate mice and rats in less than one minute. His work as an entrepreneur and inventor is highlighted in the Spring 2020 issue of Ignite magazine.

Save the date

We’ll learn much more about these honorees and others at the Faculty and Staff Recognition Ceremony event, so be sure to mark your calendar for March 31 at 2 p.m.

Preceding the ceremony from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 31, employees who have reached milestone years of service will be recognized at a luncheon in the Grand Ballroom. Their supervisors are invited, too.

Watch The Pulse for more details and winners.

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