UA/Banner ‘Doc Talks’ Expands to Offer Fall Series Launched by Dr. Irv Kron

Dr. Irving L. KronBanner image for Free Doc Talks lecture seriesA fall version of the popular University of Arizona/Banner Health “Doc Talks” lecture series launches Tuesday, Sept. 4, with Irving L. Kron, MD, senior associate vice president for health sciences at the UA Health Sciences and interim executive dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

A cardiothoracic surgeon and former chairman of the University of Virginia Department of Surgery, Dr. Kron joined the UA faculty in his new position in July. Board certified in surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, his specialties are adult cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiac surgery and peripheral vascular surgery. He has received numerous honors over the years, including America’s Top Doctor Award and one of America’s Top Surgeons awards.

Dr. Kron's lecture, "Valves R Us," will focus on valvular heart disease, its symptoms and the latest treatment options. Click here to add his lecture to your personal schedule (via iCal, MSOutlook, Google or Yahoo! calendar). Click below to register for any of the Doc Talks Fall lectures.


The venue for these lectures, scheduled for Tuesday evenings in September, is now the Westin La Paloma Health & Wellness Resort at 3800 E. Sunrise Dr. Each will include, from 5-6 p.m., a Wellness Expo exhibition showcase and cocktail hour featuring a cash bar. Appetizers also will be served. Lectures occur from 6-7 p.m.

Other speakers scheduled for the lecture series and when they’ll speak include:

Tuesday, Sept. 11 – 5-7 p.m.
"Throat Cancer: The New Epidemic"

Dr. Julie E. BaumanJulie E. Bauman, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, chief of the UA Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Medicine, and associate director of translational research at the UA Cancer Center. She joined the UA faculty in 2016, serving previously as co-director of the Head and Neck Cancer Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and co-leader of the Head and Neck Cancer Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, where she also was director of its Head and Neck and Thryoid Cancer Sections. Dr. Bauman has been a member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Head and Neck Cancer Steering Committee, and currently chairs the Immunotherapy Working Group for the NCI Recurrent/Metastatic Task Force. Her research has focused on issues such as green chemoprevention, human papillomavirus (HPV) related cancers (particularly a growing head-and-neck cancer epidemic among men) and the expanding emphasis on immunotherapy as an oncological tool to enlist the human immune system to better fight cancer.
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Tuesday, Sept. 18 – 5-7 p.m.
"How Innovation is Changing the Future of Medical Intervention"

Dr. Michael D. DakeMichael D. Dake, MD, an internationally recognized physician-scientist, health educator and innovative medical researcher, who started in June as senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Arizona and a professor of radiology. Previously serving as Stanford University's Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Dake made medical history in 1992 with the implantation of the world's first thoracic stent-graft at Stanford, the first aortic stent-graft done in the United States. With more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and more than 100 book chapters published, he has an international reputation for revolutionary work in improving vascular health to help treat debilitating diseases.
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Tuesday, Sept. 25 – 5-7 p.m.
"Aging for Life – Dodging Neurodegenerative Diseases"

Dr. Roberta Diaz BrintonRoberta Diaz Brinton, PhD—a leading neuroscientist on Alzheimer’s disease, aging female brain and regenerative therapeutics—heads the UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science as director. In her lab at the UA BIO5 Institute, She leads multiple National Institutes of Health/Aging grants focused on brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Her latest innovation is development of the first regenerative therapeutic for Alzheimer’s disease, currently in clinical testing. Dr. Brinton has published more than 200 scientific reports and holds multiple patents targeting Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders. She serves on boards of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and NIH Center for Scientific Review. Among her many honors, Dr. Brinton was awarded the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Scientist of the Year, U.S. News and World Report Ten Best Minds and Presidential Citizens Medal. She is a professor of pharmacology, neurology and psychology, and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the UA Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute.
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The UA/Banner Doc Talks lecture series was launched in February 2016 with UA Department of Medicine Chair Monica Kraft, MD, a world renowned physician-scientist on adult asthma, as the lead-off and closing speaker. Speakers addressed a Tucson audience on Tuesdays and a Phoenix audience on Thursdays. That winter lecture series continued this year with Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Cardiology and director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, and Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, MD, a professor of dermatology and director of the Cutaneous Oncology Program and Pigmented Lesion Clinic at the UA Skin Cancer Institute, among the speakers.

This fall’s lecture series is for a Tucson audience only.   

“Free, Public ‘Doc Talks’ Presented in March, include Drs. Sweitzer, Curiel as Speakers” | Posted Feb. 21, 2018
“With Audience of 200, Dr. Monica Kraft Caps Inaugural Banner ‘Doc Talk’ Lecture Series” | Posted March 2, 2017

Release Date: 
08/17/2018 - 2:45pm