With a full agenda for the Fall 2018 General Faculty Meeting for the University of Arizona Department of Medicine, seats did not stay empty for long.
About 65 people attended and several more livestreamed in to watch it online. To view an archive video of the meeting, see this link: http://bit.ly/2PkSQJn
You also can see a photo gallery at the DOM Facebook webpage here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.739202079805830
To view a PDF version of the New Hires and Accolades & Awards slideshow presented at the meeting, click here (or see “EXTRA INFO” at the bottom of this article).
Topping the list of guest speakers were UA Health Sciences Senior Vice President Michael Dake, MD, UA College of Medicine – Tucson Dean Irving Kron, MD, and UA College of Pharmacy Dean Rick Schnellmann, PhD.
They were introduced after department Chair Monica Kraft, MD, recognized new faculty in the past quarter and highlighted accolades and awards, divvied up by education, clinical and research interests.
On research, Dr. Kraft was proud to announce that DOM contracts and grant awards for Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018, topped $62 million. More than half of that—$32.7 million—involved National Institutes of Health funding that she said would again boost the department’s position on the Blue Ridge NIH Award Rankings. At the Principal Investigator Poster Session in January, she noted that the DOM had moved up from 56th to 39th position on the list since her tenure as department chair began in late 2014.
Dr. Dake discussed the UAHS Strategic Planning effort and new education, research and training and clinical facilities scheduled to open in 2019. He encouraged faculty to review the plan and offer input on ways in which it might be improved and address their issues and needs.
Dr. Kron talked about the department’s wins at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson 2018 faculty teaching awards announced earlier in the day, the recent LCME accreditation visit, a new master of education degree in medicine coming for the college next year, a college research retreat currently planned for Feb. 13. The retreat will feature Ted Talk style addresses, data blitzes, poster contests with awards, and a shark tank competition with Dr. Dake and UA President Robert Robbins, MD, among the judges, he added. In response to clinical dollar loss projections by Banner Health in Tucson, he also spoke about a “favored nation” status for employees and residents so that they can get appointments as patients within 3-days of a request to facilitate clinical access and improve the business model.
During a Q&A with both Drs. Dake and Kron, Dr. Kraft noted in response to a question from James Knepler, MD, about more clinical support that she felt new Banner – University Medicine CEO Chad Whelan, MD, was more attuned to clinical needs and requests being a physician himself.
Dr. Schnellmann talked about the new Arizona Center for Drug Discovery, under construction south of the UA Sarver Heart Center, and the need to identify more project ideas that pharmaceutical clients may be willing to fund for new or improved clinical therapies and devices.
Lisa Lin and Kaitlyn Norman-Powers, licensing managers with Tech Launch Arizona, gave an overview of how the UA commercializes inventions.
Dr. Kraft then discussed results from the recent Banner Health VOICE Survey and solicited participation on work teams to tackle issues they raised.
Next, Tammy Ojo, MD, DOM associate chair for clinical affairs, went over various strategies to meet 14-day new patient access goals and specified that the 3-day priority that Dr. Kron mentioned applied to both UA and Banner employees as returning patients.
Lastly, Amy Sussman, MD, DOM associate chair for education, provided an update on “The Overlap” that period from February through May of next year when changes to the medical student curriculum means the department will have double the number of students participating in clerkships, which will require “all hands on deck” for teaching purposes.
Dr. Ojo’s husband, Dr. Akinlolu Ojo’s presentation on the All of Us Arizona Research Program, of which he is principal investigator, was tabled until the next meeting.
EXTRA INFO: New Hires, Accolades & Awards
New Hires – July-October 2018
Tushar Acharya, MD, PhD — Cardiology Rupa Bala, MD — Cardiology Olivia Hung, MD, PhD — Cardiology Nadar Makki, MD — Cardiology Jennifer Stern, PhD — Endocrinology Juanita Merchant, MD — Gastroenterology & Hepatology (Chief) Shaun Chatelain, DO — GGP Clara Connell, MD — GGP Amy Klein, MD — GGP/Palliative Krisstina Gowin, MD — Hematology & Oncology Sao Jiralerspong, MD — Hematology & Oncology Mohanad Al-Obaidi, MD — Infectious Diseases Justin F. Hayes, MD — Infectious Diseases Jamilah Shubeilat, MBBS — Infectious Diseases Tarun Bathini, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist David Brual, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist Soham Davé, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist Maham Farshidpour, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist Roshanak Habibi, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist Robert Koch, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist Shilpa Pedapati, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist Nanda Pullela, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist Sorabh Sharma, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist Anne Shergill, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist Kamaldeep Singh, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist Alvaro Altamirano Ufion, MD — Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalist Angelo de Mattos, MD, MPH — Nephrology Pablo Loarte-Campos, MD — Nephrology Elaine Cristan, MD — PACCS/Pulmonary Tammer Y. El-Aini, MD — PACCS/Pulmonary Imran Patel, MD — PACCS/Sleep Medicine Salma Patel, MD — PACCS/Sleep Medicine Francesca Polverino, MD, PhD — PACCS/Pulmonary Puneet Shroff, MD — PACCS/Allergy Alicia Rodriguez-Pla, MD, PhD, MPH — Rheumatology
Accolades & Awards: July-October 2018
Education – UA/State Recognition
- Drs. John Bloom, Erika Bracamonte, J.P. Ferreira, Elizabeth Juneman, Robert Segal and Amy Sussman among DOM faculty recognized at 39th Annual UA College of Medicine –Tucson Faculty Teaching Awards and the Vernon and Virginia Furrow Awards.
- Dr. Marvin Slepian addresses Tucson/Phoenix audience for UAHS/UA College of Law Regulatory Science Seminar on “The Artificial Heart: A Regulatory Nightmare.”
- Dr. Kevin Moynahan presented with UA College of Medicine – Tucson Alumni of the Year Award at 2018 Homecoming/Reunion Weekend festivities.
- DOM residency programs celebrate board passage rate success: Tucson Campus’ Internal Medicine residency program hits 97%; South Campus IM program enjoys a 93%, 3-year rolling board passage rate—third highest of all IM residencies in the state, and Dermatology residents continue 5-year, 100% board passage streak.
- UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence promotes statewide youth poster art contest with Arizona Department of Health Service for 2018 Valley Fever Awareness Week, Nov. 10-14.
- GGP internist Dr. Serena Scott chosen as director of Sub-Internship Program for DOM Medical Education Office
Education – National/Global Recognition
- Dr. Kwan Lee invited speaker on "Contemporary Management of Cardiac Arrest in the Cath Lab" on behalf of SCAI delegation to Vietnam National Heart Association meeting and Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology, Beijing China.
- Dr. Hannah Tiu creates a Nephrology Fellow Survival App for mobile learning/ reference.
- Dr. Khadijah Breathett chairs session at Heart Failure Society of America Scientific Sessions in Nashville and gives talk on “The ACA and Advanced HF Therapies”
- Olympian Billy Mills and UA’s Dr. John Galgiani give keynote speeches for Association of American Indian Physicians Conference on impact of Valley fever.
- Dr. Bree Johnston named to the ABIM Geriatrics exam writing committee as well as associate editor of American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine online journal PC-FACS and AAHPM ACGME Curricular Milestones Workgroup member.
- Dr. Marvin Slepian paper on “Relation between blood pressure and pulse wave velocity for human arteries” in PNAS opens door on wearable technology to monitor patient blood pressure.
- Dr. Karl Kern gives international address at Brazilian Society of Cardiology’s 73rd Annual Congress and the UA Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group, which he chairs, has four presentations accepted at AHA Annual Scientific Sessions in November.
Education – National/Global Recognition
- Dr. Sachin Chaudhary to cohost CME-event “Empowering the IPF Patient” Dec. 3 at Aloft with National Jewish Health’s Dr. Gregory Cosgrove, who also is CMO for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
- Dr. Nancy Sweitzer gives Maurice Sokolow Lecture in Cardiology at UCSF, keynote addresses at University of Alabama Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center’s 7th Annual Focus on Heart Failure Symposium and University of Washington’s 5th Annual Full Spectrum of Heart Failure Therapy Conference, and serves as invited speaker at the UCLA Cardiovascular Symposium 2018.
- Dr. Tushar Acharya article on “The Iceland MI Study: Association of Unrecognized Myocardial Infarction with Long-term Outcomes in Community-Dwelling Older Adults” published in JAMA Cardiology.
- Dr. Raj Janardhanan delivers several invited lectures and headlines a 3D echocardiography workshop at EchoIndia 2018 in Chennai, where he also provides SRM Medical College guest lecture on “Multimodality Imaging in Valvular Heart Disease.”
Education – Community Presence
- THE TUCSON CONFERENCE, an 8-CME event for Tucson community physicians, date moved to Feb. 2 at Tucson Marriott University Park with presenters: Drs. Edwin Aquino, Tara Carr, Steve Knoper, Merri Pendergrass, James Sligh and Nancy Sweitzer. Dr. Monica Kraft co-chairs the organizing committee with the Division of Dermatology’s Dr. Robert Segal, and Arizona Community Physicians’ Drs. Robert Berens and Alan Rogers.
- UA fellow, med students sweep top awards at AZ Chapter of American College of Cardiology event.
- Hem-Onc Chief Dr. Julie Bauman delivers Fall Doc Talk lecture on “Throat Cancer: The New Epidemic,” Sept. 11 at Westin La Paloma
- UA Arthritis Center members and Rheumatology faculty present five lectures during “Spotlight on Arthritis” Week at world-renowned Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Oct. 8-12. Led by Dr. Kent Kwoh, topics include knee osteoarthritis, joint replacement surgery, foot & ankle issues and how to tame your pain.
- UA Cancer Center hosts “Are You at High Risk for Breast Cancer?” free presentation and co-sponsors “Biden Community Cancer Event” in September.
- Drs. Daniel Persky and Abhijeet Kumar participate Sept. 13 in “Ask the Doctor about Lymphoma,” a treatment options update hosted by Lymphoma Research Foundation at Tucson Marriott University Park.
Clinical – UA/State Activities
- UA/Banner Dermatology cuts ribbon at newly consolidated clinic site on North Pima Canyon Drive.
- Drs. Kapil Lotun, Ranjith Shetty among PCPs, specialists expanding services to Banner – University Medicine Physicians Office in Green Valley, joining Drs. Hannah Tiu and Gerald Wolff, among others.
- Hospitalist Dr. Ryan McGrath is honored by Banner – UMC at combined leadership meeting for work on timely patient discharge.
- UA Lung Transplant Program named a “Blue Distinction Center” by Blue Cross Blue Shield, further broadening geographic reach for Banner –UMC Tucson.
- Hospitalist Dr. Bujji Ainapurapu, Renal Biopsy Service’s Dr. Erika Bracamonte, Geriatrics’ Dr. Monica Vandivort, and Infectious Diseases’ Dr. Tirdad Zangeneh receive inaugural College of Medicine Clinical Excellence Awards.
- UA/Banner Kidney Transplant Team lauded for record-breaking week, June 17-23, with 10 transplants completed, three from living donors.
- Division of Cardiology, Sarver Heart Center celebrate open house for new $4.2-million Advanced Electrophysiology Suite, led by Drs. Matthew Hutchinson, Julia Indik and Peter Ott.
Clinical – National/Global Recognition
- Dermatology Chief Dr. James Sligh appointed to American Academy of Dermatology Actinic Keratoses Work Group.
- Dr. John Galgiani spearheads development, sharing of new UA/Banner Health Valley Fever Clinical Practice protocols to avert diagnoses delays in fungal respiratory infection endemic to U.S. Southwest.
- 2018 Fellow of the American Heart Association conferred on Dr. Khadijah Breathett by AHA Council on Quality Care and Outcomes Research.
- Dr. Mindy Fain awarded 4-year, $850,000 HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program grant to support inter-professional geriatric education and training and integrating geriatrics into primary care.
- World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disorders names UA Interstitial Lung Disease Program among designated WASOG Sarcoidosis Clinics.
- Dr. Chyi Chyi Chong was invited to be a faculty member and speaker at the 5th John C. McDonald Transplant & Dialysis Access Symposium hosted Oct. 13-14 by LSU Shreveport.
- DOM physicians continue to make up quarter of ‘Top Doctors’ in Tucson from UA/Banner Health—24 appear in Tucson Lifestyle magazine listings for 2018.
Clinical – National/Global Recognition
- Dr. Monica Vandivort named American Academy of Home Care Medicine 2018 National House Call Physician of the Year.
- Drs. Mindy Fain, Lisa O'Neill, Raed Sukerji, Meena Dagar and Mohab Ibrahim awarded $32K HRSA Geriatrics Work-force Enhancement Program Opioid Supplement to educate and train primary care providers about opioid management for older adults.
- Drs. Ana Sanguineti, Mindy Fain, Bellal Joseph and Jason Wild author chapter, “Management of Common Fractures in Older Adults,” in Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine, 3rd Ed.—book takes honors at British Medical Association Book Awards.
- DOM continues to lead U.S. News ‘Best Hospital’ rankings in 2018 for Banner – UMC Tucson, with just one of three nationally ranked and six specialties or adult procedures recognized as “high performing” not in department.
- Dr. Monica Kraft appears in four MD Magazine articles, videos on asthma as part of coverage of 2018 CHEST Meeting in San Antonio.
- Dr. Clara Curiel, as part of Melanoma Prevention Working Group, co-authors paper in JAMA Dermatology about higher risk of skin cancer for patients who require excising of more than one atypical mole.
Clinical – Community Presence
- Drs. Bijin Thajudeen, Sangeetha Murugapandian serve on Southwest Nephrology Conference planning committee. Co-held with 6th Annual Cardio Renal Metabolic Conference, she delivers plenary lecture on “Modality choice in older patients with ESRD” at Phoenix event.
- Join Doximity by Nov. 15 to have your say on the next U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Survey.
- Drs. Steve Black, Jane Mohler, Jil Tardiff and Jason Yuan participate as research mentors for UA Border Latino & American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) Program.
- Dr. Monica Vandivort gives keynote address for Southeast Arizona Agency on Aging Annual Conference in Sierra Vista on "Team Care: Impacting Our Community’s Health."
Research – UA/State Activities
- UA College of Medicine, College of Public Health, Center on Aging and BIO5 Institute host “Aging & Resilience Seminar Series” as part of effort toward gaining re-cognition as Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Center.
- Dr. Juanita Merchant and Khadijah Breathett represent DOM at UA College of Medicine’s 2nd Annual Innovations & Inventions Research Fair.
- V Foundation $60,000 grant allows Dr. Pavani Chalasani to work on expanding clinical trials in Arizona related to breast cancer research.
- Dr. Clara Curiel recognized Nov. 2 at UA Wildcats Football game (above right) as ‘Academic Champion’ by UA President’s Office — in part for Dr. Curiel’s work that led to her being named 2018 Arizona Bioresearcher of the Year. AZBIO award presented Oct. 3 in Phoenix during Arizona Bioscience Week. See video below from the AZBIO awards ceremony.
Research – National/Global Activities
- Dr. Sai Parthasarathy to lead effort to finalize 5-year NIH strategic plan on sleep medicine research.
- Drs. Steve Klotz and Norm Beatty to present a paper at symposium on “Chagas’ Disease in the United States –Is it Time for Primary Prevention?” and two posters related to kissing bug research at the 67th ASTMH Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
- Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury recognized at American Society of Nephrology plenary session for six years of leadership of Kidney Health Initiative, a joint venture with FDA to accelerate research to improve dialysis and kidney disease therapies available on market.
- UA Division of Rheumatology and UA Arthritis Center faculty get 15 abstracts accepted for 2018 American College of Rheumatology/American Rheumatology Health Professionals Meeting, Oct. 19-24 in Chicago.
- Dr. Tara Carr and Monica Kraft author paper on “Use of Biomarkers to Identify Phenotypes and Endotypes of Severe Asthma” in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
- Rheumatology Chief and Arthritis Center Director Dr. Kent Kwoh named to prestigious Division Directors Special Committee for the American College of Rheumatology.
Research – National/Global Activities
- Dr. Ernest Vina papers published in JAMA Network Open on “Positive psychological intervention on pain and functional difficulty among adults with osteoarthritis” and Lupus on “Healthcare resource utilization and costs of long-term corticosteroid exposure.”
- Dr. Nima Toosizadeh co-authors multiple papers on geriatric biomechanics, back pain, frailty, fall prevention and assessments to predict acute outcomes in colonoscopy screening.
- All of Us Arizona Research Program, hosted by UA-Banner Health, passes enrollment milestone of 15,000, continuing to leading national effort for genetic database to better develop personalized therapies in precision medicine.
- Findings from study by Drs. Daniel Combs and Sai Parthasarathy published in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine note infants often aren’t screened for sleep apnea, but it may be tied to risk of death from congenital heart disease.
- The journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine publishes groundbreaking research, led by UA’s Dr. Esther Sternberg and funded by U.S. General Services Administration Wellbuilt for Wellbeing Program, that found open office seating arrangements offer health benefits unseen in workers in cubicles, private offices.
- Dr. Monica Kraft officially made NHLBI advisory council member and chairs Sepsis workshop for National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
Research – Contracts & Awards
- Boeringer Ingelheim $500,000 grant awarded to Dr. Sachin Chaudhary to study “Role of GERD and Sleep Apnea in progression & exacerbation of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).”
- Dr. John Galgiani awarded $200,000 subcontract from the CDC to investigate the clinical utility of a Valley fever rapid diagnostic test for antibodies to coccidioidomycosis.
- Dr. Marvin Slepian wins NIH/NIBIB grant for $3.84M to study “Biomechanical Approaches and Technologies for Enhancing TAVR Outcomes.”
- Dr. Steve Black wins $1.8M R01 award from NHLBI to study “PKG Signaling and Sepsis-Induced ALI” related to his research on ARDS.
- Dr. Juanita Merchant receives two R01 awards from NIDDK/NIH for a combined $3.05M to study “Transcriptional Control Gastrin” and “MDSC Polarization and Helicobacter Induced Gastric Metaplasia.”
- Dr. Khadijah Breathett receives $875K NHLBI grant — as well as $10K UA Sarver Heart Center Women of Color Heart Health Ed Committee award — to address provider bias in advanced heart failure therapies for racial/ethnic minorities.
- Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee receives $1.99M research grant from NCI/NIH to fund next steps in development of Dual View Imaging endoscope in colonoscopy. He also is interviewed for upcoming article on topic in MedTech Strategist.
“First Half of 2018 a Whirlwind of Accomplishment by DOM Faculty, Slideshow Attests” | Posted June 26, 2018