News Archive: 2023

Selfies anyone? GI division hosting holiday photo booth, Dec. 20-21
December 20, 2023

In the spirit of the season, the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology invites all comers to join them in the hallway outside their office (COM-T Room 6402) to shoot selfies of themselves and colleagues at their 2023 GI Holiday Photo Booth display Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New chief, director named for Division, Center for Integrative Medicine
December 15, 2023

Mt. Sinai/Icahn School of Medicine’s Dr. Stephen Dahmer agrees to take lead on Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and new division to be created in Department of Family and Community Medicine. He’ll also serve as assistant dean of wellness at UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

Dr. Marvin Slepian appointed to federal patent advisory committee
December 14, 2023

Dr. Slepian, Regents Professor in the Division of Cardiology and Sarver Heart Center member at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, will serve on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s Patent Public Advisory Committee through 2026.

The doctor is in – in the kitchen that is
December 14, 2023

Everyone has to eat, but these UArizona Health Sciences faculty members – including Gastroenterology & Hepatology Division Chief Dr. Juanita Merchant and Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine – take their cooking to another level. This story comes with a latke recipe, too!

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute offers provider training, mentoring in dementia care
December 13, 2023

‘Tele-mentoring’ coaches Arizona health pros in top-quality Alzheimer’s treatment in free virtual course starting in January 2024.

DOM administration undergoes division clinical leadership update
November 27, 2023

A shuffle of clinical associate directors reflects better management of divisions from Cardiology to Rheumatology, with a new associate director, Monica Rodriguez, joining the team in November.

Taking the high route to deliver for the holidays
November 21, 2023

Dr. Geoffrey Block, a transplant hepatologist and Thomas D. Boyer Liver Institute director, and the College of Medicine – Tucson give a much-needed lift to the holiday season on the Navajo Nation.

Better way to study Parkinson’s disease in the lab could lead to earlier diagnosis
November 16, 2023

Dr. Lalitha Madhavan and her research team used induced pluripotent stem cell technology to reprogram adult skin cells into brain cells to study Parkinson’s disease in hopes of developing improved diagnostics and treatments for the neurological disorder.

Liver Institute Director to fly donations to Navajo Nation
November 9, 2023

Dr. Geoffrey Block will participate in the Navajo Christmas Airlift, flying donations collected in Tucson across the state in time for holiday celebrations.

Flag-raising ceremony part of Veterans Day honors
November 9, 2023

A group of people gathered at the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson’s main entrance Thursday, Nov. 9, for a flag-raising and blessing ceremony in recognition of Veterans Day. See mini-photo gallery of event and things to do this weekend.

Arthritis Center Director C. Kent Kwoh, MD, Named Master of the American College of Rheumatology
November 7, 2023

The Master designation is the highest honor offered by the ACR. Dr. Kwoh, who also is chief of the Division of Rheumatology, joined the UArizona a decade ago. He has published nearly 300 papers and earned over $75 million in NIH grants in his career.

Dr. Marvin Slepian named Biomedical Engineering Society fellow
November 6, 2023

Dr. Marvin Slepian, cardiologist, Sarver Heart Center member and Regents' Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been named a 2023 Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow. 

Immune rejuvenation could pave the way for healthier aging
November 1, 2023

As part of a long-running research program to develop strategies for “rejuvenating” the aging immune system, the National Institute on Aging has awarded a $13.1 million grant to a team of investigators across the country led by Dr. Janko Ž. Nikolich, a professor of medicine, Center on Aging co-director and head of the Department of Immunobiology.

Banner Alzheimer’s to host brain health expo Nov. 11 in English, Spanish
October 30, 2023

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute will hold a free, bilingual “Brain Health Expo” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 11, at the facility located at 2626 E. River Road.

Photo Gallery: 2023 Primary Care Physician Scholarship recipients
October 30, 2023

Twenty-five aspiring physicians—14 students in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and 11 in the College of Medicine – Phoenix—are the latest to benefit from the UArizona Health Sciences Primary Care Physician Scholarship Program.

Six Health Sciences faculty named 2023 Women of Impact
October 23, 2023

Six women from the University of Arizona Health Sciences, including GI Division Chief Dr. Juanita Merchant, received UArizona Women of Impact Awards from the office of Research, Innovation and Impact on Oct. 20. Thirty female faculty and staff members from across campus were honored.

Healthy Dose Blog: Empowering loved ones – conquering the fear of falling
October 23, 2023

Chris Childers, PT, PhD, founding director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the College of Medicine – Tucson, shares insights on the fear of falling among older adults, including the importance of physical activity and support from loved ones in overcoming it.

Brain’s self-cleaning machinery may be key to Alzheimer’s disease
October 19, 2023

Specialized cells take out the trash in the brain, finds UArizona researcher Dr. Fei Yin, of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science. When they break down, waste builds up, possibly setting the stage for Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Rachna Shroff selected to lead Hematology and Oncology Division
October 17, 2023

Having served as interim chief of the division at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and UArizona Cancer Center since early 2022, the specialist in pancreatic and hepatobiliary cancers hits ground running to realize the division’s full potential.

Paging Dr. Robot – A Q&A with Dr. Marvin Slepian on AI in health care
October 5, 2023

Artificial intelligence platforms can help medical professionals diagnose and treat diseases – but are patients ready to trust them? Learn more in this interview with cardiologist and Sarver Heart Center stalwart Dr. Marvin Slepian...