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A Dozen New Hospitalists Start at UA Division of Inpatient Medicine, Banner – UMC

Eleven hospitalist physicians have started in the University of Arizona Division of Inpatient Medicine since July 1, with another set to start on Oct. 1. They come with a wide range of experiences and clinical and research interests, says Division Chief Dr. Tejo Vemulapalli. Be sure to welcome Drs. Alvaro Altamirano, Tarun Bathini, David Brual, Soham Davé, Roshanak Habibi, Robert Koch, Shilpa Pedapati, Nanda Pullela, Sorabh Sharma, Annie Shergill and Kamaldeep Singh…


Scleroderma and Vasculitis Specialist Dr. Alicia Rodriguez-Pla Joins UA Rheumatology Faculty Also a University of Arizona Arthritis Center member, she trained at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Johns Hopkins University and Boston University and conducted research on lupus at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research in Dallas.

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UA Medical Students Create Life-Saving CPR Training Videos in Spanish

Work by medical students from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, with the Department of Emergency Medicine and Sarver Heart Center, to increase use of chest-compression-only CPR among Hispanics in Arizona just got a new tool. Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), the student-led Resuscitation Education and CPR Training (REACT) Group, completed two videos in Spanish. Take a look…


Clara Curiel, MD, Wins Recognition as 2018 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year The bioscience industry organization named Dr. Curiel this year’s top researcher for her pioneering work in skin cancer prevention, screening, treatment and community outreach.

UA Trains Next Generation of Cancer Prevention Researchers The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health received a $1.25 million federal grant to train a new generation of students from underserved communities in cancer prevention and control research.

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UA Cancer Center News: Post-Radiation Dry Mouth, ‘Evil’ Proteins, Hopi Tribe Alliance, Lymphoma Event

These are just a few of the headlines in the just-released September issue of the University of Arizona Cancer Center Newsletter. Welcomes also to Drs. Juan Chipollini and Leslie Farland and new UACC Communications and Public Affairs Director Megan Guthrie. Shared Resource Highlight: Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis. Read all about it…


Breast Team Asks, ‘Are You at High Risk for Breast Cancer?’ at Free Educational Presentation, Sept. 29 The UA Cancer Center’s Breast Team will educate the public about their risk for breast cancer in a presentation featuring talks about genetics, prevention and more.

UA Study: Sleep Apnea, Congenital Heart Disease May be Deadly Mix for Hospitalized Infants

Infants with congenital heart disease and central sleep apnea are four times more likely to die in the hospital, researchers find.


UA Dermatology Celebrates Five-Year Streak of 100% Board Passage Rate

Congratulations to the University of Arizona Division of Dermatology team after news its latest four graduates from the Advanced Dermatology Residency Program— Drs. Jessin Blossom, Joseph Chao, Colleen Cotton and Jennifer Sawaya—sailed through their American Board of Dermatology exams. That’s five straight years of perfect scores. (Dr. Cotton is featured in a Dermatology News article, too!)…


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U.S. News Names UA One of the Nation's Top 50 Public Institutions

The University of Arizona earned its highest overall mark in the U.S. News & World Report ranking since 2011, placing 46th among public institutions in the Best Colleges 2019 guidebook—14 spots better than last year—and 106th among all universities, public and private, an 18-spot improvement over the university's 2018 ranking and the UA's highest appearance in almost 10 years. See other current rankings…


Preventing Heart Disease Among Diabetes Patients in Mexico Focus of UA Public Health Graduate Student’s Study Expanding a successful diabetes self-management program, developed by researchers at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and El Colegio de Sonora, to a regional health system in Sonora, Mexico, is the focus of a new research project led by Benjamín Aceves, MPH, MA, public health doctoral candidate.

‘The Frayed Safety Net: The Future of Public Hospitals in America’ Discussed in Free Public Lecture, Oct. 4 Speaker David Oshinsky, PhD, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health, will cover the dramatic impact of public hospital closings on the poor and medically underserved and the series of troubling questions these closings raise. The presentation is part of the Flinn Foundation Buffmire Lecture series.

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Time to Get Your Shot for Upcoming 2018 Fall Flu Season

It’s September, so flu season is just around the corner and it’s time to get a flu shot to keep you and everyone around you healthy. The University of Arizona will host flu shot clinics—free for state employees—on the UAHS campus on Oct. 5, Oct. 10 and Oct. 11. Banner Health flu clinics in Tucson are Sept. 28 and Oct. 22-24. See where and what time for these and other flu shot clinics, as well as what you’ll need to get your free shot…


Drs. Persky and Kumar Featured Speakers at ‘Ask the Doctor About Lymphoma: Updates on Lymphoma and Treatment Options,’ Sept. 13 University of Arizona Cancer Center physicians Daniel Persky, MD, and Abhijeet Kumar, MD, will be the featured speakers at the free patient education program presented by the Lymphoma Research Foundation. The program is open to patients, caregivers and health-care professionals.

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Open House for New Advanced Electrophysiology Suite Set for Sept. 13

An open house for the new Advanced Electrophysiology Suite at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson will be hosted by the first floor Cardiac Catheterization Lab on Thursday, Sept. 13, 4-6:30 p.m. The new $4.2 million suite is equipped with a c-arm unit featuring a Philips Azurion image-guided therapy system that cost just over $2 million and is the low X-ray technology’s first use in Arizona. Congratulations to UA Cardiac Electrophysiology Director Dr. Matthew Hutchinson and his team…


UA Researchers to Study, Test Potential Drug Candidates for Deadly Lung Disease

Scarring is a good thing. When you fall and scrape your knee, the natural process jumps into gear, seals up wounds and heals damaged tissue. But excessive scarring gone haywire, or fibrosis, causes many diseases that affect internal organs—most with no cure. Now, a $4.4 million U.S. Department of Defense grant for Dr. Louise Hecker will help University of Arizona researchers focus on a deadly fibrotic disease that affects the lungs, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis…


$2.5M Grant to UA Nursing Professor to Ease Cancer Patients’ and Caregivers’ Psychological Distress The four-year National Cancer Institute grant will enable Terry A. Badger, PhD, to study a precision approach to decreasing psychological distress in both cancer patients and their family caregivers during treatment.

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UA Participating in Banner – UMC, TMC One-Day, 8-CME Training Event in Tucson

An 8.0 CME event, “The Tucson Conference,” will be hosted by Banner – University Medicine and Tucson Medical Center on Oct. 20, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 E. Second St. Lead organizer for the event is DOM Chair Dr. Monica Kraft and multiple UA College of Medicine – Tucson faculty will be participating as instructors or panelists. See agenda topics and register today…


UA Cancer Biology Graduate Student Travels ‘ROCKy’ Road Toward a Cure for Post-Radiation Dry Mouth

The Limesand Lab at the University of Arizona is devoted to improving quality of life for head-and-neck cancer survivors, who often suffer from irreversible dry mouth.


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Third Annual Fellows Retreat to Capitalize on Medicine’s Recruiting Successes

The 2018 Department of Medicine Fellows Retreat, with more than 75 fellows and faculty expected to attend, is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 12, at the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Kiewit Auditorium. Come learn about career trajectories of junior and senior faculty, opportunities in research and academic medicine, mentorship and more. You’ll hear from Drs. Irving Kron, Monica Kraft, Jil Tardiff, Tara Carr, Anita Koshy and your peers. By invitation only…


UA-Banner Doctors to Provide Free Community Health Lectures Tuesdays in September at ‘Doc Talks’

Topics include valvular heart disease, throat cancer, medical innovations and neurodegenerative diseases. Talks will take place each Tuesday evening in September.


‘From Sick Care to Health Care: Lifestyle Medicine and the Prevention of Chronic Disease’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, Sept. 5

Free and open to the public, the lecture features UA Sarver Heart Center cardiologist, Dr. Charles Katzenberg, who will discuss the difference between preventing and treating chronic disease, advances in lifestyle medicine, acute and chronic inflammation, the emerging science about the microbiome and tools people can use to reduce disease risk.


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Aging and Resilience Seminars Point to Larger NIH Funding Effort, Pepper Center Pilot Grants

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, UA Center on Aging and UA BIO5 Institute are sponsoring an inaugural “Aging and Resilience Seminar Series,” starting Aug. 28 with Drs. Mindy Fain, Janko Nikolich- Žugich and Zhao Chen, as part of an effort to land Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Center pilot grants from the National Institute on Aging. Other seminars planned for September through November…


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Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski Named Winner of AZBIO Researcher of the Year Award

Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, a professor of medicine in the University of Arizona Division of Dermatology and director of the Cutaneous Oncology Program at the UA Skin Cancer Institute, has won the 2018 AZBIO Researcher of the Year Award from the Arizona Bioscience Association, the association announced on its website along with several other winners named. The award will be presented Oct. 3 to her in a ceremony at the Phoenix Convention Center…


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UA College of Medicine Puts Out Call for Nominations for New ‘Clinical Excellence Award’

The recently established Annual University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson Clinical Excellence Award recognizes physician faculty members at the assistant or associate professor level for outstanding clinical care. This competitive award is acknowledged by a plaque, UA Health Sciences media coverage and carries with it a monetary prize. Deadline for nominations: Fri., Sept. 7…


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