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Renowned Oncology Surgeon and Physician-Scientist Dr. William Cance Joins UA Cancer Center as Deputy Director to Lead Phoenix Efforts
October 24, 2016

William Cance, MD, will lead the UACC efforts in Phoenix at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. He will play a critical role in the integration of the Tucson and Phoenix campuses and developing one Cancer Center in two sites.


Skin Cancer Institute at UA Cancer Center Presents 7th Annual Melanoma Walk, Nov. 5
October 24, 2016

Proceeds support melanoma research, community outreach, education and patient care in Arizona


Physician to Thai Royal Princess Completes Visiting Scholar Tour at UA Nephrology
October 22, 2016

Dr. Sukit “Kob” Rukasuk, a visiting scholar to the UA Division of Nephrology from Thailand, takes home happy and sad memories. He’s learned a lot about advanced kidney care, vascular access and research methodologies—traveled from the Grand Canyon to Colorado ski slopes to Times Square and Harvard Yard—but the king of Thailand’s Oct. 13 death makes going home bittersweet… 


UANews Health Topics in Past Month Range from Kissing Bugs to Cognition in Older Adults
October 21, 2016

A flurry of UANews Health articles in the past month have covered everything from Alzheimer’s in women to training health workers in Liberia and ovarian cancer screening devices to a new student-run medical journal and kissing bugs to how gender influences strokes. Take a look see to what you may have missed… 


Pulmonary Docs Thrilled with CMS Certification for Lung Transplant Program
October 21, 2016

Drs. Monica Kraft, department chair, and Ken Knox, pulmonary chief, congratulated the collaborative, multidisciplinary effort of physicians from Tucson, Phoenix required to achieve this milestone. Our sixteenth lung patient was recently transplanted with three more on the waiting list. One patient from Yuma (pictured here) who received a double lung transplant just moved to Tucson after being accepted at the University of Arizona... 


DOM Research Seminar to Spotlight Sleep Medicine, Novel Therapeutics for Fibrotic Diseases, Nov. 10
October 21, 2016

Sleep medicine and fibrotic diseases are topics for the next DOM Research Seminar lecture on Thu., Nov. 10., noon to 1 p.m., in Room 8403, Chase Bank Auditorium, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. Come hear Dr. Sai Parthasarathy, director, Center for Sleep Disorders, and Dr. Louise Hecker, a translational research investigator who’ll discuss more than just pulmonary fibrosis… 


Neuro ICU Opens with Neurointensivist Recruit from UT Southwestern as Medical Director
October 20, 2016

The new Neuro ICU at Banner – UMC Tucson reopened in Unit 5W on Oct. 1 with Sankalp Gokhale, MD, recently recruited from UT Southwestern in Dallas, heading the unit as medical director. He completed his internal medicine residency at Brown, a neurology residency at Beth Israel Deaconness, and a neurocritical care fellowship at Duke. Please welcome him to our team…


South Campus Resident Dr. Jessica August Picked as ACP Resident/Fellow of the Year
October 20, 2016

Jessica August, MD, a third-year at the South Campus Internal Medicine Residency Program, was among two chosen for this year’s top Arizona resident award and will be recognized at Governor’s Dinner preceding the Arizona Chapter Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physicians, Nov. 4-6, hosted by Arizona State University. UA residents swept the competition at last year's meeting here in Tucson… 


Call for Abstracts for 3rd Annual UACC Spring Scientific Retreat
October 20, 2016

Dr. Dean W. Felsher, of Stanford Medicine, will be the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s keynote speaker at the Third Annual UACC Spring Scientific Retreat. Proposed abstracts are now being accepted for consideration for presentation at the retreat, which will be held April 21, 2017. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Dec. 20...


UA Receives $10.3M to Help Unlock the Mystery of Alzheimer’s in Women
October 20, 2016

Five-year National Institute on Aging program project grant led by Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, inaugural director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences.


Banner – University Medicine, DOM physicians win accolades as ‘Health and Medical Leaders’
October 19, 2016

Drs. Karl Kern, Andrew Kraft and Peter Ott were recognized at a gala Sept. 28 at Casino del Sol honoring Southern Arizona Influential Health and Medical Leaders that also named Banner – University Medicine the Outstanding Large Healthcare Organization of the year. Honored too were Dermatology’s Gerald Goldberg and the Stephen M. Gootter Foundation…


Valley Fever Research, Vaccine Gain Congressional Attention in Phoenix
October 18, 2016

The House majority leader and a Phoenix U.S. representative convene a press conference at Banner – UMC Phoenix to spotlight the respiratory disease endemic to the U.S. Southwest. In other news: Valley Fever Center for Excellence gets a $300,000 grant, Dr. Galgiani to appear Oct. 27 on Animal Planet, Farness Lecture keynote speaker announced, and two published papers underscore UA research on vaccine, mortality studies…


Four from DOM Among New Banner Leadership Program Grads
October 18, 2016

UA Department of Medicine physician-faculty Drs. Emad Elquza, Pradeep Kadambi, Kwan Lee and Tejo Vemulapalli  were among 60 new graduates of Banner Health’s 2016 Advanced Leadership Program for Physicians. Two dozen providers from Banner – University Medical Group participated in effort to cultivate next generation of Banner leaders… 


UA’s Dr. Frank Porreca Honored by the International Association for the Study of Pain with the Ronald Melzack Lecture Award
October 18, 2016

Known for his pioneering research on the molecular and circuit origins of chronic pain and discoveries that may lead to new treatments, Dr. Porreca received the award and delivered the Ronald Melzack Distinguished Lecture during the 16th World Congress on Pain®, attended by the world’s top pain researchers and clinicians.


UA Cancer Center Team Questions the Safety, Efficacy of Selenium to Combat, Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk
October 14, 2016

Selenium has been a popular nutritional supplement for decades, touted for its antioxidant properties and its role in stopping free radicals from damaging cells and DNA. Studies have shown a deficiency of this micronutrient to be associated with cancer risk. However, a UA-led study indicates selenium supplementation significantly increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.


Antiretroviral Side Effects Topic of Meet-Your-Pharmacist Event for UA Petersen Clinics, Nov. 16
October 13, 2016

The UA Petersen Clinics Pharmacy Group is providing a presentation on “Are Long Term Side Effects Going Extinct?” at its next meet-your-pharmacist community event Wed., Nov. 16, 4-5:30 p.m., at the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation offices. The theme focuses on long term antiretroviral side effects and improvements in therapy. It’s directed at HIV patients and their friends and families…


Endocrinology Grand Rounds to Spotlight Evolution of Activity, Inactivity
October 13, 2016

An associate editor of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, David Raichlen, PhD, a research scientist from the UA School of Anthropology, will speak on, “An Evolutionary Medicine Perspective on Physical Activity and Inactivity,” at the next Endocrinology Grand Rounds, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 3-4 p.m., UAHS Room 5403…


Susan G. Komen Now Accepting RFPs for Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Funding
October 11, 2016

Susan G. Komen, the Milburn Foundation, and Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation have entered into a groundbreaking partnership to provide a unique funding opportunity addressing key needs in this understudied form of breast cancer. Up to $60,000 is available for research projects for one year. Applications are due Nov. 28…


Noted Type 2 Diabetes Expert Dr. David G. Marrero to Lead New UA Health Sciences Center for Border Health
October 10, 2016

David G. Marrero, PhD, an expert in the field of clinical trials in type 2 diabetes and translational research, has been appointed director of the newly established UA Health Sciences Center for Border Health.


People on the Move at the UA Health Sciences and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
October 7, 2016

Dr. Vasudha Goel joins the UA Department of Anesthesiology chronic pain management team; Drs. Drew Kurtzman and Vivian Shi join the UA Division of Dermatology; UA nephrologist publishes book on kidney disease and diabetes; 2016 Radiology Awards honor Drs. Taljanovic and Gimber; Dr. Victor J. Gonzalez awarded grant to investigate new radiotherapy breast cancer treatment.


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