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Solidarity Week 2017 Launches Today, Finishes with Friday Ring-of-Hands - Noon

The UA College of Medicine -Tucson student chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society will stage a variety of events this week to recognize kind, compassionate patient care for Solidarity Week—culminated in Tucson by a ring-of-hands on Friday, Feb. 17, at noon, in the UAHS Plaza. Join Drs. Randy Friese, Andy Theodorou and COM-T Dean Charles Cairns, as well as Banner UMC Tucson CEO Tom Dickson…


See BUMG Newsletter for Doc Video Profiles, Cerner Champions and Critical Care Training

Visit the Banner Health YouTube Channel for physician profile videos on 42 Banner – University Medical Group doctors (with more to come), physician champions step up for the Cerner transition in June and “The Practice of Advanced Critical Care,” a sim-based training event at the COM-Phoenix Center for Simulation & Innovation will be Feb. 17-18—these are only a few items you may have missed in the BUMG Wildcat Connection newsletter…


Better Luck Next Year for Nephrology Consult Inclusion in Arizona Telemedicine Coverage

UA nephrologist Dr. Bijin Thajudeen, who travels monthly to see chronic kidney disease patients in Douglas, Ariz., was among physicians who provided expert testimony on legislation to expand private insurance coverage for kidney and urology services in Arizona for telemedicine patient medical consultations. Unfortunately, the bill was assigned to committee with only urology included for possible coverage, but he was energized by the process and will try again…


UA Receives Merck Foundation Funds to Promote Patient-Centered Cancer Care for Latinos, Underserved

Collaborative effort brings together the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, the UA Department of Psychology, UA Cancer Center and many community partners, including El Rio Community Health Center and the Arizona Community Health Worker Outreach Network.


‘Tame Your Pain...An Inside Look at Conventional and Alternative Therapies for Pain Management’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, March 1

Free and open to the public, the lecture by Dr. Mohab Ibrahim will discuss the causes of chronic pain and current treatments for arthritis and related joint pain, including conventional and alternative approaches to pain management and the facts, fads and fiction associated with this complex medical issue.


DOM Docs in Banner Health Videos that Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Six physicians from the UA Department of Medicine are among those clinicians and staff featured in videos developed by Banner Health to celebrate diversity and inclusion. They include Drs. Elizabeth Connick, Karen Herbst, Tammy Ojo, Merri Pendergrass, John Po and Sai Parthasarathy. Take a look!


Have Your Wine and Chocolate, Too? UA Cardiologist Offers Tips for Valentine’s Day Blog

February challenges us with a combination of national heart month health advice and decadent Valentine's Day temptations. So, how do you strike the balance? In his second “Healthy Dose” blogpost—“Have Your Wine and Chocolate, Too?”—for the UA Health Sciences, Dr. Charles Katzenberg, a cardiologist with the UA Sarver Heart Center, offers advice for indulging in treats while caring for your heart… 


Dr. Nancy Sweitzer Inducted into Association of University Cardiologists

UA Cardiology Chief Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, was one of eight new members inducted into the Association of University Cardiologists during the group’s 56th annual meeting Jan. 18-20 at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix. She joins four other Sarver Heart Center members who also are AUC inductees… 


Two New Divisions at UA Health Sciences Target Precision Medicine Remedies via Advanced Genetic, Genomic Research

Drs. Gene Bleecker and Deb Meyers—pioneers in research and application of personalized medicine in respiratory disease based on advances in translational genetic studies—have been recruited from Wake Forest University to head related divisions in the University of Arizona Department of Medicine and the UA Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine...


Research Marketplace: New User-Friendly UA Health Sciences Website Links Outside Collaborators with UA Researchers, Services

UA Health Sciences has developed a “Research Marketplace” website that allows potential collaborators, faculty, students and others to identify campus expertise for research, projects, consulting and a variety of other services. Rick Silva, PhD, executive director, UAHS Biomedical Corporate Alliances, said the website makes it easier to “do business with the University of Arizona” and streamlines most engagement processes for industry partnerships in biomedical sciences through one web portal…


Free February Doc Talks Off to Great Start with Dr. Kraft Address on Asthma

Nearly 50 people attended the initial address in the new Banner – UMC “Doc Talk: The Future of Medicine” lecture series, which kicked off Feb. 2 in Phoenix with Dr. Monica Kraft speaking about a cure for asthma. Alzeheimer’s researcher Dr. Eric Reiman is the lead-off speaker in the Tucson series that starts Tuesday at the Westin La Paloma, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Twice the number of people have pre-registered for the event. All lectures are free and food and beverages are provided…


Hematology/Oncology Professor Wins National Award for Cancer Drug Discovery

Dr. Daruka Mahadevan, professor of hematology/oncology and director, Phase I Program receives Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award for a novel class of cancer drugs and radiation sensitizers targeting NHEJ DNA repair. He is one of 11 physician-scientists from across the country honored with a 2017 award from the Harrington Discovery Institute to support breakthrough discoveries of researchers whose work shows promise to advance the standard of health care…


Get Free CME Credits with MedPage Today Weekly Education Update

Looking for ways to amass credits for Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education (CME/CE) units in your specialty or in general? Try MedPage Today’s CME/CE articles, supported with Projects in Knowledge. Answer four survey-style questions after reading and earn up to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per year. And its available via Android/Apple apps…


Free Webinars on Pulmonary Fibrosis Care, Feb. 15-16

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is promoting two FREE webinars in mid-February of interest to specialists in pulmonary and critical care medicine. The first is on “Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis,” with PFF senior medical advisor and NY Presbyterian/Columbia ILD co-director Dr. David Lederer. The next is on “Transitions of Care in IPF” by Dr. Chris Lettieri, colonel, U.S. Army Medical Corps, and Cheri Lattimer, RN, executive director, National Transitions of Care Coalition. Register today…


UA Sarver Heart Center Presents `Keeping Your Heart in Sync: What You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation,’ Feb. 16

The presentation is part of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center’s Green Valley Lecture Series, in cooperation with Green Valley Recreation, Inc.


UA Named a White House Healthy Campus

Students and staff from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health received White House honors for their efforts to reach uninsured Americans and get them health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.


UA Named for Third Year in Row as a 'College That Pays You Back'

The Princeton Review has highlighted the University's commitment to educational value and post-college success. For the third consecutive year, the UA is among 200 colleges and universities featured in the 2017 edition of "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck"…


DOM Research Seminar, Feb. 9, to Spotlight Biomarkers for ARDS and Osteoarthritis

The next lecture in the DOM Research Seminar Series, Feb. 9, noon-1 p.m., in UAHS Room 5403, will feature as speakers BUMCT Medical ICU Medical Director Christian Bime, MD, and Rheumatology Chief and Arthritis Center Director C. Kent Kwoh, MD. Dr. Bime will discuss “SELPLG as a candidate gene is Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.” Dr. Kwoh’s talk is on “Imaging Biomarkers of Knee Osteoarthritis”…


Drs. Zangeneh, Ampel Present at Mayo Scottsdale’s ‘Update on Infectious Diseases for Primary Care’

Dr. Tirdad T. Zangeneh, a UA associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and associate program director for the UA Internal Medicine Residency Program – Tucson Campus, was one of two UA-affiliated physicians to speak at a Mayo Clinic conference in January. He was joined by Dr. Neil Ampel, a UA professor of medicine and affiliated physician with the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System…


Winter Lung Series Conference Hears Northwestern Pulmonary Chief on ‘Macrophage Ontogeny & Age-Related Susceptibility to Lung Disease’

An address by G.R. Scott Budinger, MD, chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital (and Prentice Hospital), drew nearly 45 attendees to the Jan. 26 Winter Series Lung Conference event at the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute…


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