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Ribbon-Cutting Signals Final Moves for New BUMCT Hospital Tower Opening
April 12, 2019

Banner – University Medicine hosted a VIP event the evening of April 11 at its new hospital tower that included a fly-in via helicopter from University of Arizona mascots Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat, Wilbur rappelling down the side of the hospital and a ribbon-cutting that included UA President Dr. Robert Robbins and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. Among DOM faculty attending were Drs. Monica Kraft (chair), Joe Alpert, Kevin Moynahan and Esther Sternberg…

UA Researchers on Team Investigating Machine-Learning Methods to Reduce Opioid Overdoses
April 10, 2019

Researchers from the University of Arizona and others, including the College of Pharmacy’s Dr. Daniel Malone, and Dr. C. Kent Kwoh, chief of the Division of Rheumatology and director of the Arthritis Center, recently published a study in JAMA Network Open evaluating the use of machine-learning to predict opioid overdose risk…

‘American Indian Youth Wellness Camp’ Seeking Support to Promote Healthy Lifestyles
April 10, 2019
The American Indian Youth Wellness Camp, a one-week residential camp, integrates American Indian values and culture, while promoting a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition and exercise to American Indian children from tribes across Arizona.

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Three DOM Faculty among 22 Locally Taking Part in Global ‘Women in Data Science’ Event
April 8, 2019

Kudos to the 22 female data scientists who spoke during the “Data Blitz” portion of the Women in Data Science regional conference hosted Friday, April 5, at the University of Arizona’s Environment and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2) Building. The Tucson conference was among more than 150 satellite events to the main conference at Stanford University held across the globe. DOM participants: Drs. Joanne Berghout, Francesca Vitali and Rebecca Vanderpool…

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Dr. Andrew Kraft to Step Down as UA Cancer Center Director in June
April 8, 2019

Dr. Andrew S. Kraft, director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center since 2014, will step down from his leadership position effective June 30, 2019, according to an announcement today by UA Health Sciences Senior Vice President Dr. Michael Dake. An accomplished prostate cancer researcher and developer of novel cancer drugs, Dr. Kraft will continue in a leadership role related to research. Look for an announcement about an interim director coming soon…  

Dr. Andrew Weil to Debate Dr. Irving Kron During Free Public Event, April 23
April 8, 2019
`Father of integrative medicine,’ Dr. Andrew Weil, will go head-to-head with renowned heart surgeon Dr. Irving Kron, interim dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, on whether prevention or intervention strategies are best for optimal health and wellness.

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New Hospital Tower Galleries Showcase Open House Photo Op, Prelude to Public Preview
April 5, 2019

With two open house sessions for physicians, faculty and staff of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South complete April 4, plans move on to the public preview, which coincides with Cyclovia’s April 7 event in central Tucson; a VIP event April 11, and the official grand opening for patient care April 22…

Pain Clinics Could Cut Down on Opioid Use, UA Team Finds
April 5, 2019
Pain specialists at the University of Arizona and Banner – University Medicine are trying to reduce the use of opioids for patients suffering from chronic non-cancer pain by utilizing alternatives and complementary methods, and a large array of pain intervention procedures.

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Banner – UMC Tucson Hospital Cafeteria Services Moving to New Tower—Last Full Day April 18!
April 4, 2019

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson will phase out use of the current cafeteria, April 18-21, in favor of the completed cafeteria in its new nine-story hospital tower, for which an open house for University of Arizona and Banner employees was held April 4. See the schedule and food and beverage (including coffee) alternatives…

UA’s Dr. Jeffrey Frelinger Named Distinguished Fellow of the American Association of Immunologists
April 3, 2019
Jeffrey Frelinger, PhD, has received the highest honor bestowed by the American Association of Immunologists.

Exploring Copper's Potential as Antibiotic
April 3, 2019
While antibiotic resistance is on the rise, pharmaceutical companies are making fewer and fewer new antibiotics. UA immunobiologist Michael Johnson says this trend is in urgent need of reversal and believes copper might just be the key.

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Five from Department of Medicine Recognized at UA President’s Esteemed Faculty Reception
April 2, 2019

Congratulations to the five physicians from the University of Arizona Department of Medicine who were included as honorees at the Esteemed Faculty Reception hosted March 12, 2019, in the Meinel Optical Sciences Building by UA President Robert C. Robbins. They included: Drs. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, Karen Herbst, Monica Kraft, Rebecca Vanderpool and Jason Yuan. They were among 72 faculty members recognized…

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See Dr. Peter Ott Perform at 34th Annual Tucson Folk Festival, April 6
April 1, 2019

Planning on enjoying the music at the Tucson Folk Festival in downtown Tucson the first weekend in April? Pop by the Dusty Monk Pub at Old Town Artisans, 201 N. Court Ave., to hear a bit of the fine guitar work of the University of Arizona Division of Cardiology’s Peter Ott, MD, a member of the Ruff Mixx band onstage at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6. Ruff Mixx also provided entertainment at this year’s 2019 Women of Influence Awards hosted at the Desert Diamond Center in Sahuarita in early March…  

UA Medical Student Awarded $30,000 Scholarship
April 1, 2019
Second-year medical student Jacquelyn Hoffman has been awarded the Shirley D. Curson Medical Student Scholarship from the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation.

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Centennial Hall ‘Great Debate’ Spotlights Drs. Andrew Weil, Irv Kron on Prevention vs. Intervention, April 23
March 29, 2019

Join the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson for a very special conversation with Drs. Andrew Weil and Irving Kron about approaches to conventional medicine and complementary therapies and healing practices that are shaping tomorrow's care. Can prevention and intervention co-exist in today's complex health care environment? They’re joined by panelists Drs. Roberta Brinton, Juanita Merchant, Joaquin Ruiz and Nancy Sweitzer for this public event sponsored by the Arizona Daily Star…

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Newly Redesigned Website Top Headline for UA Cancer Center Newsletter
March 29, 2019

The March 2019 edition of the University of Arizona Cancer Center Newsletter posted today with a plethora of information for physicians, investigators and staff in the UA Division of Hematology and Oncology and beyond. The top story is on the center’s newly redesigned website. Other features cover expanded treatment options for GI cancer patients and combination immunotherapy option to boost cancer immune response, featuring Drs. Andrew Kraft, Rachna Shroff and Jue Wang…

UA Sarver Heart Center Presents: ‘Arthritis and Heart Disease: Is inflammation the common culprit?,’ April 18 in Green Valley
March 29, 2019
The free 2019 Green Valley Lecture Series concludes with a focus on arthritis and heart disease.

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Eight DOM Faculty to Serve at College of Medicine Clinical Trials Workshop, April 13
March 28, 2019

A number of University of Arizona Department of Medicine faculty are lined up as presenters and panelists at a Clinical Trials Development Workshop, Saturday, April 13, sponsored by the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported by the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission: Drs. Hani Babiker, Julie Bauman, Khadijah Breathett, Pavani Chalasani, Kwan Lee, Jarrod Mosier, Sairam Parthasarathy and Rachna Shroff. See the program and register today as spots are limited to 60…

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National Doctors’ Day 2019 Luncheons Set for March 29 across Tucson
March 27, 2019

Physicians practicing with Banner – University Medical Group, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – UMC South and the University of Arizona Cancer Center are invited to an honorary luncheon Friday, March 29, in recognition of National Doctors’ Day 2019...

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Banner – University Medical Centers among 56 Recently Rated for CMS ‘Star’ Quality
March 27, 2019

A March 2019 Arizona Republic article looked at an evaluation of 56 hospitals in the state that were part of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS, or Medicare) “Star” quality ratings recently released, among them Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – UMC South. See how they compare with others in the state…