Several UA Department of Medicine Docs to Serve on Panels at National Health Journalist Event

AHCJ Health Journalism 2018 logoFive University of Arizona Department of Medicine physicians were asked to participate on panel discussions during the National Health Journalism 2018 conference hosted, April 12-15, in Phoenix by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.

These include: John Galgiani, MD (Infectious Diseases); Steven Goldman, MD (Cardiology), Sairam Parthasarathy, MD (Pulmonary), Kenneth Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB (Pulmonary/Genetics) and Esther Sternberg, MD (Integrative Medicine).

The AHCJ has about 1,500 members and nearly 1,000 attendees are anticipated for the conference, which will be held at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix.

Spotlighted speakers at Health Journalism 2018 include David Blumenthal, MD, president, Commonwealth Fund; Otis Brawley, MD, CMO and executive vice president, American Cancer Society; Wilson Bryan, MD, director, Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Carolyn James, director, executive producer, Defining Hope; Mary Smith, former principal deputy director, Indian Health Services; and Julie Willems van Dijk, RN, PhD, director, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize.

The UA and Banner are among co-sponsors of the conference and will share a booth at the exhibition hall, where media interviews and related events also will take place. Below, you’ll find panels with DOM as well as other UA/Banner speakers. For the full conference schedule, see this link (and click on “Program”).

Events with DOM Affiliated Participants

Dr. Steve GoldmanPanel: “Science of Stem Cells” – 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Salon I – Steven Goldman, MD, research scientist professor of medicine, Sarver Heart Center and Division of Cardiology, University of Arizona; co-founder, Avery Therapeutics, Tucson

(Also on this panel is Lalitha Madhavan, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, molecular cellular biology, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona.)

Dr. Sai ParthasarathyFRIDAY, APRIL 13
PANEL: “Is lack of sleep killing us?” – 9-10:20 a.m., Salon G – Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, professor of medicine, interim chief, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and director, Center for Sleep and Circadian Sciences, University of Arizona; director, Center for Sleep Disorders, Banner University Medical Center - Tucson

Dr. Esther SternbergPANEL: “Newest efforts in integrative health,” 9-10:20 a.m., Courtroom K – Esther Sternberg, MD, director, Institute on Place and Wellbeing, and research director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson
Dr. Ken RamosPANEL: “Precision medicine’s new initiative,” 10:40-noon, Courtroom M – Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, associate vice president, Precision Health Sciences; executive director, Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine; professor of medicine, University of Arizona Health Sciences

(Also on this panel is Andy Theodorou, MD, professor, Department of Pediatrics (retired), University of Arizona; co-principal investigator, UA-Banner Health All of Us℠ Arizona Research Program/Precision Medicine Initiative.)

Dr. John GalgianiSUNDAY, APRIL 15
PANEL: “Valley fever and other regional diseases: A struggle of awareness,” 9-10:20 a.m., Salon I – John Galgiani, MD, executive director, Valley Fever Center for Excellence, University of Arizona (Moderator: Stephanie Innes, Arizona Daily Star)

Other Panels with UA/Banner Participants

PANEL: “Science of genetic testing,” 1:45-3 p.m., Salon I – Christopher Robertson, professor of law and associate dean for research and innovation, University of Arizona

PANEL: “States and health care in the age of Trump: Wishes and waivers,” 9-10:20 a.m., Salon J – Daniel Derksen, MD, the Walter H. Pearce endowed chair, Community, Environment and Policy Department, and director, Arizona Center for Rural Health, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona
PANEL: “How hospital consolidations are affecting the cost of health care,” 1:40-3 p.m., Courtroom K – Dennis Laraway, chief financial officer, Banner Health, and Chuck Lehn, president, Banner Health Network
PANEL: “Is climate change a threat to public health,” 1:40-3 p.m., Salon J – Kacey Ernst, PhD, MPH, associate professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona

PANEL: “Cancer basics for reporters: The latest in care, research and policy,” 9-10:20 a.m., Salon H - William G. Cance, MD, deputy director, University of Arizona Cancer Center, Phoenix
PANEL: “The lurking danger of medical device hackers,” 9-10:20 a.m., Salon I – Roman Lysecky, PhD, associate professor electrical and computer engineering, University of Arizona
PANEL: “Finding organization in the chaos of mass violence,” 9-10:20 a.m., Salon J – Keith Fehr, emergency management director, Banner Health
PANEL: “Pandemic preparedness: Lessons from disease outbreaks,” 10:40-noon, Salon I – David H. Beyda, MD, chair and professor, Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
PANEL: “Has increased scrutiny made hospitals safer?” 10:40-noon, Salon J – Charlie Agee MD, vice president of care management, chief medical officer for academic delivery, Banner Health, University of Arizona (Moderator: Ken Alltucker, Arizona Republic)
PANEL: “Geography and health disparities: Resources for reporters,” 10:40-noon, Courtroom K – Elizabeth Calhoun, PhD, associate vice president for Population Health Sciences; executive director, Center for Population Science and Discovery, University of Arizona Health Sciences
PANEL: “Despair, disparity and #MeToo: Reporting on women’s mental health,” 3-4:20 p.m., Courtroom M – Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD, clinical associate professor and vice chair of psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine
PANEL: “Nutrition, obesity and countering clickbait,” 4:40-6 p.m., Courtroom K – Cynthia A. Thomson, PhD, RD, professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; director, Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion; director, Arizona Smokers' Helpline

About the Association of Health Care Journalists
AHCJ is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With about 1,500 members across the United States and around the globe, its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism provide training, resources and a professional home for journalists. Its offices are based at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia.

—David Mogollón

Release Date: 
03/08/2018 - 1:45pm