Action at the University of Arizona Department of Medicine began at a brisk pace for 2019, with highlights on the Third Annual P.I. Poster Session on Jan. 9, distinguished guest speakers on Jan. 22 and Jan. 25, and a tour of the soon to be complete new hospital tower for Banner – University Medicine Tucson on Jan. 24.
See samples of photos from albums posted to the departmental Facebook webpage below.
In addition, you’ll find a mini-photo gallery from the On Our Own Time Art Exhibit—including works by Ruslan Rafikov, PhD, Evgeny Zemskov, PhD, and Carolyn Bothwell—that concluded Saturday, Feb. 9, in the lobby of the BioSciences Research Laboratory building, at this link.
For Geriatric Care, ‘Look Homeward, Medicine,’ says Johns Hopkins Speaker
The Medicine Grand Rounds presenter for Wed., Feb. 6, was Johns Hopkins University guest speaker Bruce A. Leff, MD, a professor of medicine with joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Nursing. Dr. Leff is director of the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research and an internationally renowned leader and researcher in the development, evaluation and dissemination of novel models of care for older adults, including the Hospital at Home, Guided Care, geriatric service line models and home-based medical care. He leads The National Home-Based Primary Care & Palliative Care Registry, which constituted a national stakeholder group to develop quality of care domains and measures for home-based medical care, a CMS-approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry, and a national quality improvement-focused learning collaborative of home-based medical care practices. Dr. Leff has a strong interest in health policy and is a past Health and Aging Policy Fellow and has served on multiple National Quality Forum and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panels. With that in mind, his topic was “Look Homeward, Medicine.”
He was introduced by Mindy Fain, MD, chief of the UA Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, co-director of the UA Center on Aging and the Anne and Alden Hart Endowed Chair in Medicine at the University of Arizona.
One of the most cited researchers in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ever, James C. Hogg, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, was a special guest speaker for the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center at the University of Arizona Health Sciences on Jan. 25, 2019. His topic: “Small Airways Disease in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).”
He was introduced by Francesca Polverino, MD, PhD, a recent arrival from Harvard Medical School to the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine as an assistant professor and research scientist studying COPD. She noted that Dr. Hogg ranked No. 3 on the list of 100 most cited articles on COPD, with five other articles on the list.
In the final photo, pictured with Dr. Hogg (third from left) are, L-R: Dr. Polverino, Monica Kraft, MD, chair, UA Department of Medicine; woman; Wayne Morgan, MD, pulmonologist, UA Department of Pediatrics; Gene Bleecker, MD, and Deb Meyers, PhD, co-chairs, UA Division of Geriatrics, Genomics and Precision Medicine.
Construction Update for New 9-Story Banner – UMC Tucson Hospital Tower
Anticipation is beginning to build for the opening of the new, nine-story hospital tower at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, which will occur in April with a series of events to celebrate the achievement.
The following photos were shot on Jan. 24, 2019, during a tour of construction of the new tower hosted by Christian Watkins and Steve Brigham (retired), from the Banner strategic development and construction team. This includes:
- April 4 — Banner – University Medicine employees should look for invitations soon for tours, great food, live entertainment, and giveaways.
- April 7 — Cyclovia, one of Tucson’s biggest community events, is coming right to the new tower. This open streets event and its 40,000 participants will start and stop on our campus to allow the community to come through and see the new space. Staff will be welcome to showcase services and programs in addition to live music, a juice bar, activities for kids and more
- April 11 — Finally, the hospital will hosting a VIP event for elected officials, media, community leaders, donors, UA leadership and Banner leadership.
Along with the move, Banner – UMC Tucson’s address will change to 1625 N. Campbell Ave., leaving the prior address (1501 N. Campbell Ave.) exclusively for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. In addition, the hospital towers will be renamed Towers 1-4 and all rooms will be renumbered to reflect that. We’re excited and hope you are too. Look for more details coming soon.
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“UA Faculty, Staff Join Banner UMC to Celebrate ‘Topping Off’ New Hospital Tower” | Posted Jan. 20, 2017
“Crane Highlights Speed-Up in UAHS Campus Construction” | Posted Aug. 8, 2016
Military Lecturer Speaks on ‘TRAuma Care In a Rucksack (TRACIR)’
The University of Arizona Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center at the UA Health Sciences welcomed Col. (Ret.) Ronald K. Poropatich, MD, for the Department of Medicine Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture on Jan. 22, 2019.
The topic of his talk: “Robotics Enabled Autonomous and Closed Loop TRAuma Care In a Rucksack – TRACIR.”
Dr. Poropatich is director of the Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences; a professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine; and a faculty member, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as a senior advisor for telemedicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
An experienced Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine physician, Dr. Poropatich served 30 years on active duty in the U.S. Army retiring in 2012 at the rank of colonel with extended assignments at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., from 1985 to 2012. His last assignment was at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, Md., serving as the deputy director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) from 2006-12 where he managed large medical research programs and developed novel research programs and technologies in medical informatics and telemedicine.
Diversity Lecture with Dr. L.W. Britt for MLK Day
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson hosted its inaugural Diversity Lecture in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on Jan. 22, followed by a mixer reception later that evening in honor of the invited speaker L.W. Britt, MD, MPH, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Britt presented on “Leadership in Medicine: How Do We Address the Challenges of Healthcare Disparities.” As the Henry Ford Professor and Edward J. Brickhouse Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, he is the first African-American in the country to have an endowed chair in surgery.
Dr. Britt also is the recipient of the nation’s highest teaching award in medicine, the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, given by the American Association of Medical Colleges in conjunction with national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. And he was selected by the Association for Surgical Education as the 2004 Distinguished Educator Award, presented annually to one individual who has attained national prominence and demonstrated excellence as a master educator.
In addition, President George W. Bush recognized Dr. Britt’s leadership role in medicine by nominating him to the board of regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, which was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. For more pictures from the lecture and the mixer reception later that evening, see this link. You can see video from Dr. Britt’s lecture via Facebook Live here as well as archived below.
Another successful P.I. Poster Session, a.k.a., the University of Arizona Department of Medicine principal investigator poster night, was hosted at Kiewit Auditorium on Wednesday evening, Jan. 9, 2019, with nearly 40 research projects highlighted.
Sparkling conversation and a lot of collaboration are spawned by the innovative ideas that the department serves as a ground spring for in tackling issues from allergies and asthma to cardiovascular disease to gastric cancer to osteoarthritis to pulmonary arterial hypertension.
You can see the titles of posters and their chief authors in the P.I. Poster Session brochure at this link (or click on image at left) .
For background, see this link.
Speaking on biomarkers related to pulmonary vascular disease and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), Steve Black, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the Lung Vascular Pathology Program at the UA College of Medicine, gave the final Medicine Grand Rounds of 2018 on Dec. 19.
The title of his talk was: “B-Oxidation Stimulators as Therapy for Pulmonary Vascular Disease.” As you can see in these photos (as well as the video), he’s very animated about the subject.
Dr. Black also presented on “Metabolic Reprogramming in Pulmonary Hypertension” at the Department of Medicine Research Seminar on Feb. 8, 2018. That same month, he won a Program Project Grant (PPG) award valued at more than $11.6 million over five years to serve as principal investigator on a multi-institution, multi-project effort entitled, "Genetics, Epigenetics and Post-Translational Modifications in the Development of Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury (VILI)" from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a unit of the National Institutes of Health.
You can see that lecture here.
Additional photos of the above events and more (courtesy of UAHS BioCommunications photographers) can be found at the "Photo Galleries" webpage for the UA College of Medicine - Tucson. For that, see this link.
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