News Archive: 2018

Drs. Langlais, Laukaitis Offer Grand Finale to Two Years of DOM Research Seminars
June 21, 2018

Two presentations June 14 by the University of Arizona Department of Medicine Drs. Paul Langlais and Christina Laukaitis capped the 2017-18 academic year lectures for the DOM Research Seminar Series with a focus on insulin proteomics and hypermobility syndrome. The seminars will be rolled into Medicine Grand Rounds in 2018-19. This caps 32 speakers and 20 seminars since series began in Fall 2016. See links to photo galleries and archived video…

UA Researchers Develop Novel ‘Lung-on-a-Leaf’ Model to Study Pulmonary Diseases
June 20, 2018
UA College of Medicine – Phoenix scientists cross-utilize plant biology, medicine and engineering to create novel platform.

Baker’s Dozen Get Promotions among UA Department of Medicine Faculty
June 19, 2018

A dozen faculty members from seven divisions in the University of Arizona Department of Medicine have been tapped for promotion and tenure advancement. Congratulations to Drs. Tara Carr, Clara Curiel, Dawn Coletta, Ankit Desai, Linda Garland, Louise Hecker, Randy Horwitz, Raj Janardhanan, Sireesha Koppula, Kapil Lotun, Mohammed Sikder, Perry Skeath and Bijin Thajudeen…

UA College of Nursing Receives $1.6M Grant to Examine the Healing Potential of Curcumin for Acute Lung Injury
June 19, 2018
The five-year National Institutes of Health grant will enable Charles Downs, PhD, to study whether the non-pharmacological supplement curcumin can prevent lung injury.

UA Health Sciences’ Research Tackling Health Challenges Supported by NIH Funding to Arizona in FY2017
June 19, 2018
As part of the National Institutes of Health’s “NIH in Your State” social media campaign about NIH investment in fiscal year 2017 and the impact of federally funded research on citizens’ health, the NIH recently tweeted that Arizona received $189 million in research support in FY2017. The University of Arizona Health Sciences received $70.3 million in NIH funding during FY2017, conducting research addressing statewide and global health challenges.

2018 South Campus Internal Medicine Residency Graduates Lauded at Awards Banquet
June 18, 2018

With the smell of creosote strong from a rare June desert rain, the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus celebrated the graduation of 10 residents and a chief resident at an annual awards banquet Friday, June 15, at the Westward Look Resort. Several resident and faculty awards were presented and it was announced one of the graduates, Dr. Emilio Power, had won the top award in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s “Residents as Teachers” program…

Dr. Karen Herbst Takes Top Honor at 4th Annual Influential Health and Medical Leaders Awards
June 15, 2018

Dr. Karen Herbst, an endocrinologist and associate professor of medicine, medical imaging and pharmacy practice science at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was the big winner June 13 at the 2018 Influential Health and Medical Leaders Awards banquet hosted by TucsonLocalMedia and Inside Tucson Business. She won the Lifetime Achievement Award at a gathering that UA Cardiology chief Dr. Nancy Sweitzer addressed as keynote speaker…

Pancreatic Cancer Patients with BRCA Mutation May Benefit from Targeted Drug
June 15, 2018

Rachna Shroff, MD, led a landmark study on the use of targeted drugs called PARP inhibitors in pancreatic cancer patients with BRCA mutations.

UA/Banner ‘Ask the Expert about Liver Disease’ Event Draws Standing-Room-Only Crowd
June 14, 2018

University of Arizona liver specialist Dr. Jen-Jung “J.J.” Pan—with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and UA Thomas D. Boyer Liver Institute—and abdominal transplant surgeon Dr. Alexandra Turner were among presenters at an “Ask the Experts about Liver Disease” event hosted June 12 at Banner – UMC Tucson by the Desert Southwest Division of the American Liver Foundation. Attendance was standing room only…

Physician-Led Startup Licenses UA-Invented Disruptive Biopsy Device
June 14, 2018

The company—Data Driven Diagnostics Sciences Inc. (D3S), led by Nicholas Lim and Drs. Michael Larson and Paul Mack Consigny—targets accelerated diagnosis and treatment of cancer by providing optimal tissue samples for effective personalized medicine. Their device, invented by Drs. Larson and Charles Hennemeyer, is a next-generation needle biopsy instrument utilizing electrosurgery and electrocautery to safely increase tissue sample volumes in minimally invasive biopsy procedures…

National Kidney Patient Advocate to Give Medicine Grand Rounds, June 20
June 13, 2018

Kidney transplant recipient Paul Conway, the president of the Tampa-based American Association of Kidney Patients—the oldest and largest independent U.S. kidney patient advocacy organization—will be the presenter June 20 at the Medicine Grand Round on behalf of the University of Arizona Division of Nephrology. Having managed his condition for nearly four decades, he offers a unique perspective on patient-centered care…

C. diff. Foundation Waives Registration Fees Again for 2018 International Conference & Expo
June 12, 2018

The C. diff. Foundation has once again given a pass for clinicians from the University of Arizona on the cost of registration for participants at its sixth annual conference in Philadelphia on Nov. 8-9. Join 200 health-care professionals to share the latest data on prevention, treatment and environmental safety related to the health-care-associated infection Clostridium difficile, irritable bowel syndrome/disease (IBS/IBD), as well as fecal transplant procedures and more...

Five DOM Faculty Elected to Six Posts on UA College of Medicine – Tucson 2018-19 Committees
June 12, 2018

In recent UA College of Medicine – Tucson elections, five faculty members from the University of Arizona Department of Medicine were among 48 elected to 16 committees for the college for the 2018-19 academic year. They include Drs. Jennifer Cook, Janet Funk, Reza Movahed, Afshin Sam and Rachna Schroff. All proposed changes to the COM-T P&T Guidelines were also approved…

Patient-Ordered Tests Indicate Valley Fever Uptick in State, UA Infectious Diseases Specialist Says
June 12, 2018
Data from patient-ordered tests show a second seasonal surge, says Dr. John Galgiani, a UA professor and director the UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence. This gets ahead of state statistics in a year when big numbers already were predicted and are being borne out.

Retiring Dr. Yeager Passes Baton to Dr. Chalasani as UA Hem-Onc Fellowship Director
June 11, 2018

Dr. Pavani Chalasani is the new director of the University of Arizona Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Training Program in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the UA Department of Medicine and UA Cancer Center. As of May 1, she replaces Dr. Andrew Yeager, who has been named a professor emeritus and will continue to give lectures and lead a fellows boot camp. His official retirement is June 29…

BIO5 Institute Funds UA Multidisciplinary Effort to Improve Vascular Remodeling Imaging in Dialysis
June 11, 2018

The University of Arizona BIO5 Institute has allocated more than $70,000 in funding to a multi-disciplinary research team led by Drs. Eleonora Tubaldi, an assistant professor in the UA College of Engineering, and the UA Division of Nephrology’s Diego Celdran Bonafonte to improve imaging analyses of blood flow at the point where chronic kidney disease patients are connected to hemodialysis machines that filter their blood…

Nephrology updates
June 11, 2018

See what faculty and staff at the Division of Nephrology have accomplished so far in 2018.

Seven New Admins Added to UA/Banner Support Staff for Internal Medicine
June 11, 2018

New administrative support staff has been added to three divisions in the UA Department of Medicine—Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, and Geriatrics, General Internal and Palliative Medicine—as well as the Office of the Chair. See who’s who, how to reach them with an updated “DOM UA/Banner Support Staff” document you can download as a printable PDF…

Success Story: The Journal Telemedicine and e-Health Profiles Arizona Telemedicine Program’s National 2017 Service Provider Showcase
June 11, 2018
The article highlights the success of the event that connects hospitals, clinics and other health-care organizations with the physicians, nurses and other health professionals who are available to help meet the organizations' telehealth needs. Attendees gave SPS 2017 rave reviews.

UA Vascular Team to Host Free Screening Event June 30 at Banner – University Medicine North
June 7, 2018

The Vascular Team at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery will provide its first free vascular health screening event on Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m.-noon, at Banner – University Medicine North, 3838 N. Campbell Ave., Building 2. Learn about how vascular health affects other issues such as diabetes, heart, lung and kidney disease. Screenings are by appointment only, so schedule yours today…