News Archive: 2018

Colon Cancer Expert Joins UA/Banner as Chief of Gastroenterology
July 18, 2018
Dr. Juanita Merchant, a National Academy of Medicine member and renowned physician-scientist on gastrointestinal chronic inflammation and cancer, joins the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and will see patients at Banner – University Medicine North.

Deadline for Providers to Complete Banner Health Profile Video Interview, Aug. 31
July 17, 2018

Banner Health and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson are encouraging physicians and other health care providers with Banner – University Medical Group Tucson to schedule a video profile interview if they haven’t already done one. See multiple dates, locations and links to schedule yours today. View sample videos, too. All profile videos are expected to be recorded by Aug. 3 and content updates made by Aug. 31…

BLAISER Lectures, Program Aim at Orienting Students toward Careers in Biomedical Research
July 16, 2018

Several University of Arizona Health Sciences lectures this summer on diabetes, precision medicine, clinical research disparities and building healthy communities highlight inequalities in health care with an eye toward encouraging students from underrepresented communities interested in biomedical professions to not only pursue their dream but offering a leg up in the process. Pulmonary’s Dr. Ken Ramos was among the lecturers lined up this year. See links to video with updates on lecture topics and titles…

New Medicine Subinternship Program Director Named, Clerkships Coordinator Hired
July 13, 2018

Dr. Serena Scott, an assistant professor in the University of Arizona Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, has been named director of the Subinternship Program at the UA Department of Medicine. In addition, Celina Andrade will oversee development of the new ambulatory block for the Medicine Clerkship that starts in February…

Fiske Guide to Colleges Names UA Only ‘Best Buy’ in PAC-12
July 12, 2018

The University of Arizona was one of only 10 public universities—and the only one in the Pacific 12 Conference—to qualify for the Fiske Guide's "Best Buy" list for 2019, which evaluates the nation's top values in higher education….

Completed Clinical Trial Offers New Hope for Stroke Patients
July 11, 2018

A new treatment regimen, developed with participation of the University of Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center and Banner – University Medicine, has proven to lower the risk of having a major, disabling stroke. This is from recent results from the POINT (Platelet-Oriented Inhibition in New TIA — transient ischemic attacks, or “mini-strokes”) research study…

National Expert on Colon Cancer Begins as Gastroenterology Chief at UA/Banner
July 6, 2018

Dr. Juanita L. Merchant, MD, PhD, a renowned physician-scientist who has made paradigm-shifting contributions to the understanding of gastric response to chronic inflammation and colon cancer, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, started July 2 as the new chief of the University of Arizona Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology…

UA/Banner Dermatology Cut Ribbon on New Consolidated Clinic Site
July 5, 2018

University of Arizona Department of Medicine and Banner – University Medicine faculty and staff joined the UA Division of Dermatology in celebrating the successful opening of its new consolidated clinical offices at 7165 N. Pima Canyon Drive. See a mini-photo gallery and link to album on department’s Facebook webpage…

UA Department of Surgery Names Bellal Joseph, MD, to Martin Gluck Endowed Chair as Newly Appointed Chief of Trauma Division
July 5, 2018
Tenured UA professor, distinguished researcher and trauma surgeon tapped to lead busy trauma division.

UA Sarver Heart Center, Proteomics Lab Launch New Webpages
July 3, 2018

The University of Arizona Department of Medicine in July celebrates new and redesigned affiliate websites with the launch of a reformatted UA Sarver Heart Center website and new webpages for the UA Proteomics Lab. The first was released in late June—the second were completed in early May. Take a look today…

This Virus Actually May Boost — Not Weaken — Our Immune System
July 2, 2018
Lifelong cytomegalovirus infection may be beneficial, boosting the immune system in old age, when we need it most, according to a study led by University of Arizona researchers published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Noted Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Health Administrator Dr. Irving L. Kron Appointed to Leadership Positions at UA Health Sciences, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
June 29, 2018
Former Chairman of the University of Virginia Department of Surgery will become a key member of UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Dr. Michael Dake’s fast-growing Leadership Team.

UA/Banner Kidney Transplant Team Lauded for Record-Breaking Week
June 28, 2018

Ten patients received new kidneys and a new lease on life last week in one of the busiest weeks ever for the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson Transplant Program. Kudos to transplant surgeons Drs. Robert Harland, Tun Jie and Alexandra Turner, kidney transplant medical director and transplant nephrologist with the University of Arizona Division of Nephrology, Dr. Lavanya Kodali, solid organ transplant director Darryl Lundeen and transplant administrator Deb Maurer…

UA Fellow, Med Students Sweep Top Awards at AZ Chapter of American College of Cardiology Event
June 27, 2018

University of Arizona cardiology fellow Dr. Keng Pineda took first place at the Arizona Chapter Annual Meeting the American College of Cardiology for his research poster, “Persistent Fetal Cardiac Troponin.” He’ll continue his research under mentor Dr. Jil Tardiff as a clinical and research fellow at the UA/Banner – University Medical Centger Tucson. Completing the sweep with second and third places were UA medical students Giuliana Repeti and Pierce Bradley—both mentored by Dr. Jordan Lancaster…

Olympian Billy Mills and UA’s Dr. John N. Galgiani Named Keynote Speakers for Association of American Indian Physicians Conference
June 27, 2018
Dr. Galgiani, director of the University of Arizona Valley Fever Center for Excellence, will present “Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis): In Arizona and Beyond” at the conference, which will be held in Scottsdale, July 26–29. Mills is a Valley fever survivor.

First Half of 2018 a Whirlwind of Accomplishment by DOM Faculty, Slideshow Attests
June 26, 2018

The “Accolades” and “Research Achievements” part of the UA Department of Medicine General Faculty Meeting held June 25 was full of news for DOM physicians and investigators. Among notable new items, Dr. Marvin Slepian is elected president of ASIO, Banner – UMC is added as a site in the TRIDENT Study on diabetic kidney disease and Dr. Chip Brosius named site PI, and a Dr. Khadijah Breathett article is tagged 'most impactful of the year' by American College of Cardiology. View the video, see the photos, watch the slideshow…

June 26, 2018

The 2018 ADVICE Collaborative was held in Phoenix, AZ with Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury delivering the keynote address. The theme for this year's conference was "patient engagement."

Forty-Plus New Banner UMC Chief Residents Undergo ‘Complex Care for All Ages’ Training
June 25, 2018

The 9th Annual Interprofessional Chief Resident Immersion Training (IP-CRIT) Program in the Care of Complex Patients of All Ages was hosted June 9-10 by the University of Arizona Center on Aging at the J.W. Marriott Star Pass Resort with more than 40 chief residents in attendance. Participating as instructors were the UA Department of Medicine’s Drs. Gordon Carr, Mindy Fain, Bree Johnston and Stacie Pinderhughes. See a photo gallery from the dinner…

South Campus Resident/Soon-to-Be Fellow Wins Banner BE Award
June 22, 2018

Dr. Wei Xiang Wong, a recent graduate of the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program at South Campus and incoming fellow in the UA Nephrology Fellowship Program, was presented recently with the April 2018 BE Award by Banner – University Medicine…

Healthy Dose Blog Focuses on Supercharging the Immune System to Fight Cancer
June 22, 2018

Most people familiar with cancer treatment know of three main options: surgery, radiation and chemotherapy—but a newer option, called immunotherapy, is creating quite a buzz across the cancer community. Drs. Daniel Persky and Emmanuel Katsanis offer a few thoughts in the latest blogpost for the UA Healthy Sciences’ Healthy Dose blog…