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Special Veterans Day Theme to DOM Grand Rounds Draws Standing Ovation

Dr. Dean Winslow, a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon and current professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, spoke Wednesday, Nov. 9, about his time in Afghanistan and Iraq in a lecture titled, “From Bagram Airfield to Baghdad and Back Again—A U.S. Military Doctor's Experience in Two Wars.” Frequently teary-eyed when discussing patients and colleagues and occasionally humorous and irreverant, he drew the audience to their feet clapping in the end…  


Sarver Heart Center 30th Anniversary Lecture Series: “Beating Your Odds Against Stroke: An update on prevention, treatments and acting FAST to preserve your brain”

On November 16, Bruce Coull, MD, professor of neurology, will present a community lecture, part of Sarver Heart Center’s 30th Anniversary Lecture Series, focused on stroke treatment and prevention.


Banner Health helping veterans through ‘Hiring Our Heroes’ program

Banner Health is helping military veterans obtain meaningful employment through the Hiring Our Heroes program, a national group associated with the U.S. Chambers of Commerce that works with vets transitioning to civilian life. Master Sgt.  Alen Schulze, a telecommunication operations chief at Fort Huachuca, is one of two Hire Our Heroes corporate fellowship program graduates recently hired by Banner Health in Arizona…


DOM Faculty Repeat as Winners in the 37th Annual College Teaching Awards

Drs. John Bloom and Amy Sussman were the big winners again from the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Faculty Teaching Awards Ceremony held Nov. 3 in DuVal Auditorium. Both were repeat winners from last year, joined by Drs. Diana Darnell and Brandon Larsen, for the Cardiovascular, Pulmonary & Renal Systems Block of medical student education…


UA Arthritis Center Faculty Headline ‘Spotlight on Arthritis’ Week at Canyon Ranch

UA Arthritis Center faculty Drs. Kent Kwoh, Eric Gall and Dan Latt led the program at Canyon Ranch Health Resort Tucson’s “Spotlight on Arthritis” week lectures. In addition, an article by Dr. Kwoh, Dr. Ernest Vina, Erin Ashbeck and Di Ran on reasons behind disparities in knee replacement surgery ran in the journal of the American College of Rheumatology; and Dr. Kwoh was an invited speaker at an orthopedic conference in Xi’an, China… 


Happy DoM Halloween 2016

A number of offices around the UA Department of Medicine were in the spirit of Halloween and/or the Day of the Dead festivities. Remember to be wary of nut allergies tonight and read about other National Safety Council tips. See who all’s wishing you a ‘boot-iful’ time, including from the Chair’s Office…


UA/Banner Walkers Place 2nd at Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, But Looking for More

More than two dozen strong, the UA/Banner team took second place in fundraising at the 2016 Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes at Rillito Park Race Track on Sunday, Oct. 30. You can still donate to help them reach their $1,000 goal…


UA Researchers Closer Than Ever to Valley Fever Vaccine

Although rarely fatal, the fungal disease—which affects largely the lungs—can prove debilitating to people and their pets. Now, a breakthrough—published in August by the journal Infection & Immunity—by a UA multidisciplinary team in development of a vaccine, highlights the work being done that has drawn in UA specialists in infectious diseases, pulmonary medicine, agriculture and plant sciences to find a vaccine… 


UA Findings Spread Across Globe on How AIDS Spread Across North America

A new technique that allowed researchers from the University of Arizona and Cambridge University to analyze genetic material from serum samples of HIV patients taken before AIDS was known provides a glimpse into the beginnings of the epidemic. Surprise—it began way before “Patient Zero”…


‘Back in Control – A Spine Surgeon’s Inside Look at Healing Back Pain’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, Nov. 2

Free and open to the public, the lecture by Kenneth A. Hood, DO, will discuss the latest approaches to surgical and non-surgical options for common and complex types of back issues, in addition to sharing the latest research into novel treatments and procedures for back pain and injury.


UA Cancer Center Scientist Recognized for ‘Bold Approach to Major Challenges in Biomedical Research’ through NIH Transformative Research Award

Keith Maggert, PhD, with the University of Arizona Cancer Center and associate professor of cellular and molecular medicine, has been awarded a $1.7 million NIH grant and has been recognized for his high-risk/high-reward research that has the potential to change the way we think about epigenetics in disease.


Lung Cancer Awareness, Treatment Subject of UA Cancer Center Open House, Nov. 15

 With new CMS certification for the reactivated lung transplant program creating more patient choices, Drs. Afshin Sam, Charles Hsu and Samuel Kim will talk about lung cancer treatment options at the Nov. 15 UA Cancer Center Open House. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month…


Free Diabetes Awareness Bracelets to Those Attending November DPEC Workshops

In honor of November being American Diabetes Awareness Month, the Diabetes Prevention and Education Center is offering free rubber wristbands to folks who attend its workshops during this time. Those who go to six or more by the end of the year can win a $100 gift card, too. DPEC is affiliated with the UA Division of Endocrinology and Banner – University Medical Group diabetes clinic at the Abrams Public Health Center adjacent to Banner – University Medical Center South…


UA Endocrinology Lecture to Put Spotlight on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and the Evolution of Human Health, Nov. 8

University of Arizona anthropologist Dr. David Raichlen will provide a free public lecture on how medical history and time spent sitting versus being physically active affects your health. He will share details of his research during the Endocrinology Grand Rounds at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 3-4 p.m.


Sudden Cardiac Death Topic for First Lecture from Banner – UMC, Andra Heart Foundation, Nov. 3

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and the Andra Heart Foundation will host Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation president and Mayo heart specialist Dr. Michael Ackerman for a free, public talk about sudden cardiac death in the young at Tucson’s Fox Theater on Thursday evening, Nov. 3. He’ll also provide a Cardiology Grand Rounds address at the UA Sarver Heart Center…


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

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

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


Physician to Thai Royal Princess Completes Visiting Scholar Tour at UA Nephrology

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

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

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... 


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