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El Charro Café Downtown Site of Next Petersen Clinics ‘Meet-Your-Pharmacist’ Event, April 11

Hear about healthy eating at the next “Meet-Your -Pharmacist” event hosted by the UA Petersen Clinic pharmacy team—also known as the T-Rx Group (or Team Rx)—at El Charro Café, 311 N. Court Ave., on Tuesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. The dinner is sponsored by ViiV Healthcare, a pharmaceutical firm that specializes in HIV therapies. RSVP today…


Cerner EHR Transition Postponed, Training Sign-Ups, Forums, Workshops Still On

The June 1 go-live for the new Cerner electronic health record from the Epic EHR has been delayed, it was announced Friday, March 10. A new date is expected to be announced within two weeks. Physicians and staff are encouraged to take advantage of the extra time to practice in the Cerner environment. Please sign up for training by March 17…


UA Percussionist Seeks to Raise $10,000 for Alzheimer's with Final Recital, March 22

Trevor Barroero, a Tucson native, Flinn Scholar and senior percussion student in the UA Fred Fox School of Music, presents a free benefit concert to raise $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. The UA Center on Aging-supported event, titled “…in loving memory,” is presented in memoriam to Trevor’s late father and grandmother. His grandmother, who died in 2012, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. It will be Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m., at Crowder Hall. Donations will be accepted at the event or online…


Final WLSC Speaker Draws Packed House on ‘Pulmonary Vascular Disease’ Talk

Dr. Serpil Erzurum, a world-renowned translational scientist on respiratory diseases from the Cleveland Clinic/Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, had them in the aisles for the final Winter Lung Series Conference for the 2016-17 academic year. With a full audience, late attendees either stood or sat on steps. Her lecture—“Metabolism and Hypoxia in Pulmonary Vascular Disease”—doubled as the March 9 installment in the DOM Research Seminar Series…


Let’s Celebrate Women in Medicine on International Women’s Day – Today

As the global day to recognize and honor women, we take this moment on Wednesday, March 8, to celebrate the many women in medicine at the UA Department of Medicine and the benefits that greater opportunities for women in the sciences and compassionate care for our patients offers our society…


Banner Health announces new urgent care sites in East Valley, West Valley and Tucson

Banner Health is pleased to offer seven new urgent care sites this month and additional sites coming soon.


Sign Up for Cerner EHR Training by March 17 – Banner Tucson Hospitals, Clinics Transitioning June 1

The conversion from Epic to Cerner as provider of the electronic health record (EHR) in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South hospitals and clinics is now only three months away. In that time, more than 6,000 physicians and staff will undergo Cerner training. All physicians—including residents and fellows—should sign up by March 17 for training…


‘Top Doctors’ List Preview for July Issue of Tucson Lifestyle includes 25 DOM Faculty

More than 90 Banner – University Medical Group physicians recently were named to Castle Connolly’s annual “Top Doctors in Tucson” list. Twenty-five are from the University of Arizona Department of Medicine. They will be recognized in the July issue of Tucson Lifestyle magazine…


In Memory of Cardiology’s Kim Macdonald

The UA Sarver Heart Center faculty and staff are saddened by the unexpected passing Feb. 27 of Kim Macdonald, 54, a colleague and friend who was executive assistant to Dr. Nancy Sweitzer, center director and chief, UA Division of Cardiology, since 2014. A celebration of her life is at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, at the East Lawn Palms Mortuary, 5801 E. Grant Road. Please leave messages for the family on a digital guest book. Donations in memoriam can be made in lieu of flowers to the center…


Immunity, Aging, Nutrition and ‘Healthspans’ Topic for Tucson Lifestyle, Center on Aging Co-Director

Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich, UA Center on Aging co-director and chair of the UA Department of Immunobiology, was featured in the February 2017 issue of Tucson Lifestyle magazine in an article that focuses on his research into T-cells, the insulin pathway, how we absorb and manage nutrients, and the impact on our immunity as we age. The subject ties into other Tucson Lifestyle articles with Drs. Mindy Fain and Melanie Hingle...


Gootter Grand Slam Earns Ink in BizTucson for Sarver Heart Center, Dr. Karl Kern

UA Sarver Heart Center co-director, Dr. Karl Kern was featured in BizTucson magazine’s Winter 2017 issue in a preview to the Gootter Grand Slam Gala, held March 3 at the Westin La Paloma. The event is part of the Stephen M. Gootter Foundation fundraising to support education, awareness and research into sudden cardiac arrest. About $300,000 was raised through this year's gala. The issue also recognized Banner – UMC, which won a Common Ground Award from the Metropolitan Pima Alliance for neighborhood outreach on construction of its new Tucson campus hospital tower…


Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Make Independence at Home Program Permanent

As president of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, UA chief of geriatric medicine Mindy Fain, MD, lauds the innovative home-based primary care Medicare program for bringing primary care medical services to Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions in their homes. It has already saved $25 million in its first year. New bill introduced March 2 would make it permanent…


Dr. Monica Kraft, 11 Other UAHS Investigators Secure ABRC Grant Awards Worth Nearly $6M

Twelve UA Health Sciences investigators—including DOM Chair Monica Kraft, MD, cardiologist Steven Goldman, MD, and physiologist Heddwen Brooks, PhD, who is a UA Center on Aging and Sarver Heart Center member—won grants worth a total of $5.85 million over three years from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, it was recently announced…


UA Study Finds Belly Fat Poses Higher Risk of Mortality Than Being Overweight For Older Women

In a large multiethnic study by researchers at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, a higher waist circumference – but not being overweight or slightly obese – was associated with premature mortality, indicating that abdominal fat is more deadly than carrying excess weight.


Treatment of Pain Gets Green Light for Clinical Trials

A study by UA researchers, including Dr. Mohab Ibrahim, who presented March 1 on “Tame Your Pain” at the Living Healthy With Arthritis lecture series, revealed that rats with neuropathic pain that were bathed in green LED showed more tolerance for thermal and tactile stimulus. A clinical trial involving people suffering from fibromyalgia is under way…


HPV, Throat Cancer, Need for Vaccine Advocates Big Part of UA Cancer Center Lecture at the J

In the second Bear Down, Beat Cancer lecture, Dr. Julie Bauman, chief, UA Division of Hematology/Oncology and associate director, Translational Research, UA Cancer Center, and Dr. Beth Jacobs, director, Epidemiology Program, UA College of Public Health, spoke March 2 on "Head & Neck Cancer – The Emerging Epidemic"  at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. About 25 people heard them discuss how important the HPV vaccine is for everyone age 8-26 to reduce their risk…


January Match Mix Shows Promise for Incoming Fellows in Advanced Internal Med Training

Thirty-two incoming fellows—half of them graduating UA internal medicine residents—have matched into advanced training programs for the 15 ACGME-accredited fellowship programs in the UA Department of Medicine that start in July. Another 13 UA internal medicine residents are headed to fellowships elsewhere. Next year’s chief residents at Banner – UMC Tucson and South are named here, too. Read all about it…


With Audience of 200, Dr. Kraft Caps Banner ‘Doc Talk’ Lecture Series — Daily Wildcat

Two hundred people showed for the final Doc Talk lecture at the Westin La Paloma on Tuesday evening, Feb. 28, to hear DOM Chair Dr. Monica Kraft talk about the path forward to an asthma cure. It was the last of the Banner Health-sponsored lectures that attracted more than 800 people in Tucson and 400 in Phoenix. It also provided a platform to plug the UAHS/Banner partnership for the All of Us℠/Precision Medicine Initiative. See archived video of all talks here…


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