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Realization of a 20-year-old Dream: the International Society of Chinese Health Practices
July 9, 2019
What began with two friends’ mutual passion for Tai Chi has become a collaboration between the University of Arizona and Beijing Normal University that will facilitate worldwide research of the benefits of Chinese health practices and the complementary use of Eastern and Western medicine on a global scale.

New Name for Physiology Bachelor’s Degree at UA College of Medicine – Tucson
July 8, 2019

Changing the major’s name to Physiology and Medical Sciences and revising graduation requirements will give students an appreciation for the diversity of disciplines and careers supported by a foundation in physiology.


UA Alumnus Leaves $8.8M to College of Medicine – Tucson
July 1, 2019

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has received an $8.8 million gift from the estate of Dr. Ronald K. Baker, a 1975 alumnus of the college, including the largest endowed scholarship gift ever received by the college.


Noted Oncologist Dr. William Cance Named Interim Director of UA Cancer Center
July 1, 2019
Dr. Cance will oversee clinical operations and research, while leading the UA Cancer Center’s efforts to renew its NCI Cancer Center Support Grant in 2020.

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First Pitch for Strike Out Cancer Night Goes to Dr. Rachna Shroff at Veterans Memorial Stadium
June 28, 2019

Dr. Rachna Shroff, GI Medical Oncology section chief at the University of Arizona Cancer Center and a physician in the UA Division of Hematology and Oncology at the UA Department of Medicine, threw out the opening pitch June 25 at “Strike Out Cancer Night” for the Sun Belt College Baseball League in Tucson. See the photos; watch the video…


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Sarver Heart Center Volunteers Train More Than 4,000 in Compression Only CPR
June 27, 2019

Kudos to Erika Yee, a health education assistant with the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, reached a milestone of more than 4,000 people trained in Chest-Compression-Only CPR this year. She and her group of 15 volunteers, mostly UA undergraduate students, coordinate with the UA College of Medicine – Tucson REACT Group, the center’s Minority Outreach Program and the Steven M. Gootter Foundation…


June 2019 issue of Tucson Lifestyle with list of local "Top Doctors in America"
Banner Physicians Make Up Third of Tucson’s ‘Top Docs’ – DOM a Quarter of Those
June 26, 2019

Congratulations to the Department of Medicine physicians—all 21 of them—chosen for Castle Connolly’s “2019 Top Doctors in America” list and included in Tucson Lifestyle magazine’s annual Top Doctors issue out in June. They include Drs. Robert Aaronson, Liz Connick, Mark Friedman, Paul Gee, Gerald Goldberg, Randy Horwitz, Mathew Hutchinson, Julia Indik, Raj Janardhanan, Karl Kern, Steve Klotz, James Knepler, Monica Kraft, Kwan Lee, Kapil Lotun, Tammy Ojo, Peter Ott, Sai Parthasarathy, James Sligh and Steve Thomson…


Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Comes to Tucson
June 25, 2019
Groundbreaking ceremony for the Toole Family Memory Center at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Tucson, June 28.

UA Receives $1.78M Grant for Mining Safety Study
June 25, 2019
Researchers at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will study alternatives to diesel fuel, used to power equipment in underground mines, to reduce cancer and respiratory disease in miners.

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Dr. Parthasarathy Podcast Touts CPAP Devices to Cut Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients
June 21, 2019

Pulmonary Chief Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy, contributed a podcast this summer for Consultant360.com’s CardiologyConsultant website on on how clinicians can reduce rehospitalization rates among patients suffering from heart failure and sleep disordered breathing via use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices. It ties into an NIH grant subcontract he and Cardiology Chief Dr. Nancy Sweitzer won from Ohio State University…


Dr. Ida M. “Ki” Moore Named Dean of the UA College of Nursing
June 20, 2019

Dr. Ida M. “Ki” Moore brings impressive record of research funding, collaborative partnerships and professional development.


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Many Heads Are Better Than One for UA BIO5 Institute’s ‘Wall of Fame’
June 19, 2019

A likeness for Dr. Monica Kraft, chair of the University of Arizona Department of Medicine, is among the latest researchers to be added to the UA BIO5 Institute “Wall of Fame.” It’s one of multiple updates BIO5 has planned for the wall this summer. Currently, 17 DOM faculty members are pictured from nine divisions or business units. See who they are and check back in August for who’s been added…


UA Researcher Studying New Treatment to Prolong Survival in Advanced Biliary Tract Cancers
June 19, 2019
Dr. Rachna Shroff is seeking a “goldmine of information” in her quest to extend survival and improve quality of life for patients with cancers of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

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KOLD News-13 ‘Business File,’ New Feature with Banner Docs on Healthy Living Updates – Starts with Skin Cancer
June 17, 2019

KOLD News-13 TV this summer started a “Business File” feature in cooperation with Banner – University Medicine that focuses on different health-care issues of note to the local community. The first interview is with UA dermatologist Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski on skin cancer issues in Southern Arizona…


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FRONTERA, BLAISER Programs Offer Chance to Address Disparities in Underserved Communities
June 14, 2019

It’s summer in Tucson and a host of University of Arizona Health Sciences programs designed to foster diversity in the health professions run from June through August with a similar goal: to address related disparities for underserved communities. Among these are the BLAISER (Border Latino & American Indian Summer Exposure to Research) and the Focusing Research on the Border Area (FRONTERA) Summer Internship programs. See who all are participating as mentors and lecturers (with links to video)…


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Banner – UMC Tucson Opening Featured on Cover of Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine
June 11, 2019

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson’s grand opening of its new nine-story hospital tower in April got prominent play on the cover and in the cover story, “Healthcare Trends,” for the May/June 2019 issue of Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine, also known as AZRE. The article focuses on modern conveniences expected by both staff and patients. Three other Banner construction projects are profiled in Phoenix, too…


National Institute on Aging infographic about elder abuse
UA Center on Aging Staff Op-Ed Takes Aim at Elder Abuse, Social Isolation of Older Adults
June 10, 2019

Drs. Linda Phillips and Lisa O’Neill, members of the Arizona Workforce Enhancement Program at the University of Arizona Center on Aging, recently co-wrote an editorial page article in the Arizona Daily Star on the importance of supporting programs like the Pima Council on Aging and Meals on Wheels and watching out for your older neighbors and relatives as a safeguard against elder abuse. The occasion was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15…


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UA Center on Aging Paper Focuses on Health Information Disparities for Older Mexican-Americans
June 10, 2019

A new paper from the University of Arizona Center on Aging and Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, published by the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, looks at disparities in information available to older Mexican-Americans and their family caregivers that may affect their health-care use and end-of-life decisions. Dr. Linda Phillips, the center’s senior director of research and education, is a co-author…


Forest Melton honored as 2019 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society AZ Man of the Year
UA Cancer Center Research Specialist Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year
June 6, 2019

Forest Melton, a regulatory specialist with the Genitourinary (GU) Team and research member with the Therapeutic Development Program at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, won “Man of the Year” honors from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Arizona Chapter in June...


Janet Major Elected U.S. Distance Learning Association President
June 6, 2019

A vital contributor to the Arizona Telemedicine Program at the University of Arizona for more than 20 years, Major trains health-care professionals in the effective use of videoconferencing and also plans, develops and installs the teleconferencing and telemedicine equipment used at rural telemedicine sites.


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