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With April ‘Donate Life’ Campaign, Banner – UMC to Host Organ Donor Family Tribute, April 23

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner Health’s Tucson health care facilities will host the 12th Annual Organ Donor Family Tribute, April 23, and participate April 30 in the Tucson March for Babies 5K Walk/Run in Reid Park for their “one big day” push to register/re-register donors as part of the Donor Network of Arizona “Health Care for Hope” statewide hospital donor registration challenge. Read on for how to confirm your donor status, or join or donate to the UA/Banner March of Dimes team…


Clerkship Coordinator Contreras among UAHS Excellence Award Nominees

Congratulations to Lucia “Lucy” Contreras, who was the UA Department of Medicine’s representative among nominees for the UA Health Sciences 2017 Awards for Excellence presented April 12 in DuVal Auditorium. She was among eight honored with nominations from the UA College of Medicine and nearly 25 nominees overall… 


UA’s Dr. Yves Lussier Invited to Give Keynote Address at ‘Precision Medicine Day,’ April 13 in Houston

Dr. Lussier, director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics and associate vice president for data science and chief knowledge officer at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, will discuss “Delivering Better Treatments Through Data-Driven Science: Post-Genomics Advances in Precision Medicine.”


Reminder: DOM Research Seminar on Cardiovascular Phenotypes in Sickle Cell Disease, and HIV and B Cell Follicles, April 13

We’re down to the last three (or six, if you’re counting speakers) lectures in the inaugural season for the DOM Research Seminar Series. Speaking Thursday, April 13, noon-1 p.m., are Dr. Ankit Desai on “Bench-to-Bedside Approaches Unravel Inflammatory Mechanisms Underlying Novel Cardiovascular Phenotypes in Sickle Cell Disease,” and Dr. Liz Connick on “The Role of B Cell Follicles in HIV Replication and Persistence.” Be there—COM-T Room 5403. A light lunch will be served…


Tech Launch Arizona Assists in Commercializing Beating Heart Graft Invented at University of Arizona

With backing of Tech Launch Arizona, Tucson startup Avery Therapeutics Inc. has licensed a beating heart graft technology invented at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Pre-clinical studies have already shown that the technology, called MyCardia™—invented by cardiologist Steve Goldman, MD, and Jordan Lancaster, PhD—improves heart function…


UA Researchers Land $2.27M Grant to Study Why Some Don’t Get Valley Fever, Some Die of It

Why are some barely affected by Valley fever while others admitted to intensive care? Drs. John Galgiani, director of the UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence, and Yves Lussier, director of the UA Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics, have won a $2.27 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a unit of the National Institutes of Health, to study the immuno-genetic underpinnings of this complex respiratory disease endemic to the U.S. Southwest... 


New Faces, Updates to Admin Staff in Department of Medicine Announced

Four divisions in the Department of Medicine will experience changes in their administrative staff with the addition of two new admins and transfer of a third, announced Irene Robles, Banner – UMG administrative support supervisor for the department. Affected divisions include cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology and oncology, and nephrology. The South Campus residency program also has a new admin. Get an updated contact list for all divisions here…


South Campus Residents Push Health Care Jobs for the Underprivileged at April 11 Career Fair

Two UA College of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus physicians, Drs. Norm Beatty and Roberto Swazo, and Dr. Victoria Murrain, assistant dean for graduate medical education at the UA College of Medicine at South Campus, appear in a broadcast today of KGUN9’s Morning Blend to tout “A Pathway to Success” — an April 11 career fair at Banner – UMC South for high school students to explore jobs in the health professions…


UA Sarver Heart Center Presents ‘Sleeping for Peak Performance and Your Heart,’ April 12

Michael Grandner, PhD, will provide an update on research that shows the links between optimal sleep duration, quality, and timing on heart health, heart-healthy behaviors and physical performance.


April is Donate Life Month – Help Ensure Availability of More Hearts, Sign Up to Be a Donor Today!

April is a great time to talk with family, friends and colleagues about organ donation and registering/reregistering to give the gift of life. Only 2,000 hearts are donated a year, and with far more heart-failure patients, there aren’t enough donor hearts to go around. In this article from the UA Sarver Heart Center newsletter, Dr. Jennifer Cook, director of the Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Program at Banner – UMC Tucson, discusses how we improve survival and quality of life for heart failure patients…


Free Screenings for Stroke Risk

Free stroke screenings will be offered at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson’s DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., on Saturday, May 6, from 8 to 11:30 a.m., as part of Stroke Check 2017.


Dr. Potharaju Picked for Banner Health Leadership ‘Class of 2019’

Dr. Anil Potharaju, a hospitalist, associate chief for the Division of Inpatient Medicine and medical director for inpatient medicine at Banner – University Medical Center South, was chosen to represent the UA Department of Medicine in Banner Health’s 2017 Advanced Leadership Program for Physicians. He’s among 14 Banner – University Medical Group physicians selected for the program—10 from Tucson and four from Phoenix…


Sickle Cell, Congenital Heart Disease Focus of UA Researcher NIH Awards Worth Nearly $5.21M

Two UA Division of Translational and Regenerative Medicine faculty, Drs. Ankit A. Desai and Stephen M. Black, were awarded R01 research grants valued at more than $5 million combined from the NIH’s National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to study different aspects of cardiovascular disease. Both involve genetic studies, one with respect to sickle cell anemia and sudden cardiac arrest, the other congenital heart defects and pulmonary problems related to an inability to produce nitric oxide…


Physicians Recognized at Banner – UMC at Tucson, South Campus Hospitals, March 30-31

March 30—yesterday—was National Doctors' Day. As is the custom nationwide since 1991, when then U.S. President George H.W. Bush officially named the day as a national day of celebration for physicians, Banner - University Medical Center Tucson recognized the physicians with a luncheon held at the UA College of Nursing. Today, March 31, a similar luncheon occurs at Banner – UMC South. See photo galleries for both here…


‘The Health of Americans in a New Political Order’ Topic of Lecture, April 18

Darrell G. Kirch, MD, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, will examine the great challenges that health-care professionals face. He is the invited speaker for the 2017 James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, Distinguished Lecture for Health Policy, which is free and open to the public.


A Cardiologist's Inside Look at Cardiovascular Health, Inflammation and Arthritis Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, April 5

Free and open to the public, the lecture by Charles A. Katzenberg, MD, will explore the arthritis-cardiovascular connection.


DOM Program Directors Share Insights on Incoming Class of 2020 Interns, Residents

The largest group of incoming residents across the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, the nearly 50 graduating medical students matching into physician training programs March 17 at the UA Department of Medicine includes six from the COM – Tucson and four from COM – Phoenix, along with seven interns looking to complete their medical training in internal medicine here before heading off to other specialties—four at the UA. Dermatology also matched into its largest class ever. Find out where they’re all from here…


Lack of Sleep Impairs Ability to Interpret Facial Expressions, UA Study Shows

When you're tired, your ability to interpret subtle expressions of happiness and sadness can begin to deteriorate, according to UA researchers in a study reported on in an article in the journal Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms…


UA Researchers to Study Airport Safety to Prepare For Next Infectious Disease Outbreak

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has contracted the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health to study Airport public health preparedness and response in the event of an infectious disease outbreak, such as the Zika virus.


UA and Mayo Team Up to Improve Heart Care Treatment

To advance and improve patient care and alleviate the challenges of training new cardiology-specialized physicians to master cardiac procedures, the University of Arizona Health Sciences and the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix share simulated training.


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