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Packed House, Agenda Make for Eventful Fall 2018 DOM General Faculty Meeting

With a full agenda at the Fall 2018 General Faculty Meeting for the UA Department of Medicine, seats filled quickly. About 65 people attended with several more watching online to hear addresses by Drs. Michael Dake (Sr. VP, UA Health Sciences), Irv Kron (Dean, UA College of Medicine – Tucson) and Rick Schnellman (Dean, UA College of Pharmacy). Other reports came from Tech Launch Arizona, and Drs. Tammy Ojo (Clinical Affairs) and Amy Sussman (Education). See the photo gallery, view the video…


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UA Nephrology Celebrates Busy Schedule, Multiple Successes for Third Quarter 2018

Among kudos for the division in the past few months are the opening of a multidisciplinary stone clinic, creation of a Nephrology Fellow Survival App, welcome of a new pancreas and kidney transplant medical director, successful conference presentations and honors, a record 10 kidney transplants in one week and a kidney patient panel talk…  


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UA Rheumatologists, Arthritis Center Members on Frightful Pace in October

Led by Dr. Kent Kwoh, UA Arthritis Center director and Division of Rheumatology chief, researchers had 15 abstracts accepted for the 2018 American College of Rheumatology/American Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Meeting, Oct. 19-24, in Chicago. PGY2 rheumatology fellow Dr. Manjinder Kaur won first place in the 2018 Image Competition. In addition, division faculty and researchers presented a series of lectures to highlight “Spotlight on Arthritis Week” at world-renowned Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, Oct. 9 -12. All this and more…


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UA to Co-Host Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Lecture, ‘Empowering the IPF Patient,” at Aloft Tucson University, Dec. 3

Dr. Sachin Chaudhary will co-chair a complimentary 3.5-CME event, “Empowering the IPF Patient,” Dec. 3, at Aloft Tucson University with National Jewish Health’s Dr. Gregory Cosgrove, who also is CMO for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. The event is free and open to the public…


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Healthy Dose Blog Looks at BRCA1, BRCA2 Mutations, HPV for October Posts

Two Healthy Dose Blog posts from the University of Arizona Health Sciences focus our attention on cancer this month, one appropriately—as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—targeting BRACA1 and BRACA2 mutations. The other addresses HPV, which is causes cervical cancer and head-and-neck cancer…


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Drs. Breathett, Merchant Spotlight DOM Research at 2nd Innovations & Inventions Fair

Medical researchers, faculty and staff from the University Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson gathered on a rainy, chilly evening Oct. 16, for the 2018 Innovations and Inventions research fair. The second annual event spotlighted new and up-and-coming basic scientists and clinicians, their research endeavors and success stories. Drs. Khadijah Breathett (Cardiology) and Juanita Merchant (Gastroenterology) represented the UA Department of Medicine. See the photos, watch the video…


Sarver Heart Center with Drs. Tushary Acharya, Olivia Hung and Nader Makki
UA Division of Cardiology, Sarver Heart Center, Banner – UMC Welcome Three New Faculty Members

Three new cardiologists began work recently at the University of Arizona Division of Cardiology, UA Sarver Heart Center and Banner – University Medicine in Tucson, Drs. Nader Makki, Tushar Acharya and Olivia Hung. "With these cardiologists, we continue rapid growth in cardiovascular medicine at the UA and Banner – UMC Tucson and enhance our ability to provide highly personalized care to patients,” said Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer, cardiology chief and center director…


Terry Smith with UAHS Center for Biomedical Information & Biostatistics Director Dr. Yves Lussier
Congratulations to CB2’s Terry Smith for Wildcat Family Spirit Award

Kudos to Terry Smith, REDCap program manager for the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics (CB2), for receiving a Wildcat Family Spirit Award for his outstanding work, dedication, and commitment to making REDCap, which supports clinical surveys and databases projects and initiatives, a huge success for university researchers and collaborators…


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A Dozen New Hospitalists Start at UA Division of Inpatient Medicine, Banner – UMC

Eleven hospitalist physicians have started in the University of Arizona Division of Inpatient Medicine since July 1, with another set to start on Oct. 1. They come with a wide range of experiences and clinical and research interests, says Division Chief Dr. Tejo Vemulapalli. Be sure to welcome Drs. Alvaro Altamirano, Tarun Bathini, David Brual, Soham Davé, Roshanak Habibi, Robert Koch, Shilpa Pedapati, Nanda Pullela, Sorabh Sharma, Annie Shergill and Kamaldeep Singh…


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UA Cancer Center News: Post-Radiation Dry Mouth, ‘Evil’ Proteins, Hopi Tribe Alliance, Lymphoma Event

These are just a few of the headlines in the just-released September issue of the University of Arizona Cancer Center Newsletter. Welcomes also to Drs. Juan Chipollini and Leslie Farland and new UACC Communications and Public Affairs Director Megan Guthrie. Shared Resource Highlight: Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis. Read all about it…


UA Researchers to Study, Test Potential Drug Candidates for Deadly Lung Disease A $4.4 million grant from the Department of Defense will help researchers test two drug candidates for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis — a deadly disease with no cure.

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UA Participating in Banner – UMC, TMC One-Day, 8-CME Training Event in Tucson

An 8.0 CME event, “The Tucson Conference,” will be hosted by Banner – University Medicine and Tucson Medical Center on Oct. 20, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 E. Second St. Lead organizer for the event is DOM Chair Dr. Monica Kraft and multiple UA College of Medicine – Tucson faculty will be participating as instructors or panelists. See agenda topics and register today…


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Third Annual Fellows Retreat to Capitalize on Medicine’s Recruiting Successes

The 2018 Department of Medicine Fellows Retreat, with more than 75 fellows and faculty expected to attend, is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 12, at the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Kiewit Auditorium. Come learn about career trajectories of junior and senior faculty, opportunities in research and academic medicine, mentorship and more. You’ll hear from Drs. Irving Kron, Monica Kraft, Jil Tardiff, Tara Carr, Anita Koshy and your peers. By invitation only…


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Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski Named Winner of AZBIO Researcher of the Year Award

Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, a professor of medicine in the University of Arizona Division of Dermatology and director of the Cutaneous Oncology Program at the UA Skin Cancer Institute, has won the 2018 AZBIO Researcher of the Year Award from the Arizona Bioscience Association, the association announced on its website along with several other winners named. The award will be presented Oct. 3 to her in a ceremony at the Phoenix Convention Center…


UA Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop Schedule Announced for Fall 2018

Several free “Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Workshops” are offered this fall to all members of the University of Arizona community. They count toward RCR education required for students, postdocs, and certain junior faculty funded through the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and/or National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The UA Office for Research, Discovery & Innovation offers RCR Certificates to meet requirements set forth by these federal funding agencies. Enroll in one today…


American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Funding for New Investigators Available Up to $120,000

Up to three grants for new investigators valued at $30,000 each are available along with a fourth at $30,000 for a new investigator “in areas of special interest.” Dr. Andrew Kraft, UA Cancer Center director and associate vice president for oncology programs at the UA Health Sciences, is the principal investigator. All applications are due by Aug 31…


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

A fall version of the popular University of Arizona/Banner Health “Doc Talks” lecture series launches Sept. 4 with Dr. Irving L. Kron, senior associate vice president at the UA Health Sciences campus and interim executive dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. The cardiothoracic surgeon’s topic: “Valves R Us.” Also speaking Sept. 11 in this month-long series will be Dr. Julie Bauman, chief of the UA Division of Hematology and Oncology. Lectures are Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m., at the Westin La Paloma…


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Renowned Asthma Researcher, Dr. Monica Kraft Picked for Prestigious NIH Advisory Post

Dr. Monica Kraft, chair of the University of Arizona Department of Medicine, the Robert and Irene Flinn Endowed Chair of Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and deputy director of the UA Health Sciences Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center, attends her first teleconference as an official National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council member in late August. She joins UA President Dr. Robert Robbins, also a member of the NIH/NHLBI advisory group...


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BLAISER Closing Ceremony Brings Kudos for Students, Mentors Alike

Four faculty members in the University of Arizona Department of Medicine—Drs. Steve Black, Jane Mohler, Jil Tardiff and Jason Yuan—participated as mentors in the Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) Program and were recognized Aug. 7 at the closing ceremony for the class of 2018 student participants. See the video, program and photos…


Dr. Juanita L. Merchant
National Expert on Colon Cancer Begins as Gastroenterology Chief at UA/Banner

Dr. Juanita L. Merchant, MD, PhD, a renowned physician-scientist who has made paradigm-shifting contributions to the understanding of gastric response to chronic inflammation and colon cancer, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, started July 2 as the new chief of the University of Arizona Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology…


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