Featured Spotlights

Skin Cancer Institute helps keep Arizona safe through prevention, early detection, treatment

In a state with the second highest UV index, Arizonans are affected by the Earth’s closest star daily. For Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, the connection between sun exposure and skin cancer is alarming. That makes UArizona Skin Cancer Institute research, care and outreach to better harmonize our lives with the sun all the more important.


Using big data to target gene mutations in cancer tumor cells

UArizona Health Sciences researchers – including Dr. Aaron Scott, of the Division of Hematology & Oncology in the Department of Medicine – are leveraging molecular profiling data to better understand certain cancers and uncover new treatments.


UArizona designated an ‘Age-Friendly University’

A University of Arizona Health Sciences strategic initiative, research activities, educational opportunities and community events for older adults – including geriatrics and rheumatology programs, the Center on Aging and Arthritis Center – earn recognition.


The doctor is in – in the kitchen that is

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!


Taking the high route to deliver for the holidays

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

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.


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

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...


Paving a path for Valley fever research, treatment, prevention

For four decades, the Division of Infectious Diseases’ John Galgiani, MD, has pioneered translational research and clinical care for Valley fever, a disease more common in Arizona than anywhere else.


Reluctant doctor finds her passion helping women, children

Dr. Purnima Madhivanan’s mother made her study medicine, but the public health and infectious diseases associate professor’s drive to help the underserved led to a career in health research, teaching and clinical support.


Meet Members of the Class of 2013 Who Are ‘MedCats for Life’

An unusually high number of 2013 graduates remain as faculty at the College of Medicine – Tucson – including Dermatology’s Dr. Daniel Butler, where they find joy in helping to shape the next generation of physicians.


Bringing a new dermatology discipline to Tucson

Dermatology’s Dr. Daniel Butler helped define a new specialty in medicine — geriatric dermatology — and has returned to his hometown to launch a research program devoted to aging skin.


New SSWIMS fellowship aims to elevate women in academic medicine

Tapping into nearly a quarter-century of history, the Women in Medicine and Science Program takes its biggest step yet in preparing women for leadership positions. Among DOM participants are Drs. Mindy Fain, Indu Partha, Salma Patel and Olivia Hung – the last two among the inaugural SSWIMS fellows.


Pulmonary’s Dr. Christian Bime motivated by mission doctor’s devotion

The critical care specialist is working to build a global health care coalition to bridge the gaps in underserved nations, such as his native Cameroon, and help people receive needed chronic illness care.


Revolutionizing skin cancer care through data

University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers, including Division of Dermatology Chief Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, in the College of Medicine – Tucson's Department of Medicine, are filling a knowledge gap by building a powerful tool to accelerate the development of diagnostic and prognostic technologies.


Cardiology’s Dr. Marvin Slepian follows where inspiration leads

Curiosity guides the Regents Professor to bridge medicine, engineering and now the law to address unmet needs in medical research and mentorship.


Sky’s the Limit for Research at New Sleep Facility

New world-class University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Sleep, Circadian Rhythm and Neuroscience Research greatly expands research capabilities.


Key to healthier employees could be a quieter – or louder – office space

A new study led by Department of Medicine professor Dr. Esther Sternberg, with the Center for Integrative Medicine and Institute for Place, Wellbeing & Performance, suggests too much – or too little – office noise has a negative effect on employee well-being. The sweet spot? About 50 decibels, comparable to moderate rain or birdsong.


Center for Sleep and Circadian Sciences Construction Underway

A new location will give investigators, led by Pulmonary division chief Dr. Sai Parthasarathy, access to state-of-the-art technology to conduct sleep and circadian rhythm research.


Dr. Juanita Merchant Recognized as Inspiring Black Scientist

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD, has been named one of 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America by Cell Mentor, an online resource from Cell Press and Cell Signaling Technology that provides early-career researchers with career insights, publishing advice, and techniques on experimental processes and procedures.


Thomas D. Boyer Liver Institute at University of Arizona receives special designation to support Hep C patients

The Thomas B. Boyer Liver Institute's Hepatitis C Treatment Program (HCTP), led by Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD and Geoffrey Block, MD, pursued the 340B designation, filling a desperate need in the community by offering patients discounted prescription drugs and other services.


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