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College of Medicine – Tucson: Past, Present, Future

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson is marking its 50th year with a celebration this week featuring free public lectures by founding faculty members and a Junior Investigator Poster Forum.In recognition of the milestone, the UA Health Sciences Office of Public Affairs spoke with the college's dean, Dr. Charles B. Cairns, about the impact the...


College of Medicine-Tucson Leader Honored as 2017 Alumna of the Year

Dr. Kathryn Reed, Professor and Head of Obstetrics & Gynecology was honored this Homecoming as the College of Medicine Alumna of the Year.Dr. Reed has been an impactful leader for the College of Medicine, especially regarding women faculty, as well as a national leader for advancing the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She is head of the...


UA College of Medicine – Tucson Celebrates its 50th Anniversary during Founders Week, Nov. 13-17

DATES/TIMES/LOCATIONS: MONDAY, NOV. 13, NOON – 1 P.M. (lunch 11:30 a.m.)Founders Week Lecture William S. Dalton, PhD, MD, former dean, UA College of Medicine – Tucson (2001-2002) Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15, NOON – 1 P.M. (lunch 11:30 a.m.) Founders Week Lecture...


UA Lab Seeks 'Holy Grail of Gerontology'

A framed, black-and-white photo of Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich rests on a bookshelf in his office. He is seen in profile, head bent, a pen tucked into the pocket of his lab coat. Nikolich-Zugich is at work at his lab bench at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Twenty-five years after the photo was snapped, Nikolich-Zugich, his black...


Dr. Fayez K. Ghishan Receives ‘Eugene G. Sander Endowed Faculty Fundraising Award’

Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, director of the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center, received the prestigious 2017 Eugene G. Sander Endowed Faculty Fundraising Award from the University of Arizona Foundation. Dr. Ghishan, also the head of the UA Department of Pediatrics, received the award at the UA Foundation Board of Trustees’ Fall...


UA Sarver Heart Center Presents ‘Heart of Women’s Health’ Luncheon, Nov. 3

The heart of women's health lies deep within the chest. Heart disease does not discriminate - 1 in 3 women will die from heart disease this year in the United States. Learn why women need to go beyond the "bikini" view of women's health – beyond the focus on the breasts and reproductive organs – at The Heart of Women’s Health Luncheon, presented...


Chronic Pain and the Opioid Epidemic - CME Lecture on Oct. 27

Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health. “Chronic Pain and the Opioid Epidemic” is the subject of this year’s College of Medicine – Tucson...


UA Snakebite Treatment Makes Major Advance

A University of Arizona researcher developing a therapy to prevent or delay the dangerous results of rattlesnake and other venomous snakebites in humans has shown that a combination of carbon monoxide and iron inhibits snake venom’s effects for up to an hour in animals, a major advance in bringing the treatment to market. Snake venom is hemotoxic...


UA Sarver Heart Center and Banner – University Medical Center Welcome Three Cardiologists

Sophia Airhart, MD, and Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, Division of Cardiology as assistant professors and heart failure specialists with the Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Team at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. Satinder Singh...


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Hispanic Center of Excellence

It's time to celebrate and commemorate! The Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) in collaboration with the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) community invites you to commemorate National Hispanic Heritage month. #HispanicHeritageMonthThe observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded...


Third National Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase, Oct. 2-3

EVENT:                  Third National Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider ShowcaseDATE/TIME:           MONDAY, OCT. 2, AND TUESDAY, OCT. 3; 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. both daysLOCATION:             Hyatt Regency Hotel, 122 N. Second St., downtown PhoenixIn response to the explosive market growth for telemedicine services, the Arizona Telemedicine...


The Science of Consciousness Conference - April 2-7, 2018

‘The Science of Consciousness’ Conference will be held from April 2-7, 2018 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort  in Tucson. Call for Abstracts, Pre-Registration and Workshop Proposals The Science of Consciousness (‘TSC’) is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to all aspects of the study and understanding of...


Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoids Show Promise for Pain Relief

Some cancers love bone. They thrive in its nutrient-rich environment while gnawing away at the very substrate that sustains them, all the while releasing inflammatory substances that cause pain — pain so severe that opioids often are prescribed to allay the agony. But opioids recently have been denounced for their addictive nature. This summer,...


UA College of Medicine – Tucson Part of New NIH Emergency Medicine Research Effort

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is one of a team of six national institutions selected for the Strategies to Innovate EmeRgENcy Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN), a new initiative of the National Institutes of Health to advance critical emergency medicine research. A clear need exists for research to improve emergency...


Video: 23rd Annual White Coat Ceremony Welcomed Class of 2021 to the UA College of Medicine - Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson welcomed 120 students into the Class of 2021 during the College’s 23rd annual White Coat Ceremony Friday, July 21, at Centennial Hall on the UA Main Campus. Watch a short White Coat video featuring a few of the medical students in the Class of 2021 here:  https://youtu.be/_AOqM5eAV6M During...


Engineering a Career in Medicine

by Deborah DaunWhen Shannon Driscoll’s engineering colleagues joined her to exercise during their lunch hour, she was happy. When they began reporting positive changes in their health, she was elated.“It’s a great feeling to support people, see their progress, and even have them thank me,” she says.Shannon was engaged in sports as a child and...


From Refugee Camp to Neurosurgery Accolades

by Deborah DaunA stint on Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds’ chicken farm in Phoenix taught Volker Sonntag, M.D., the value of hard work and not complaining. More than three decades after the doctor’s 35-cents-an-hour high school job, Mr. Reynolds sought medical advice from him and insisted on paying for the consultation. Dr. Sonntag added self-reliance to...


Celebrating 50 Years of Innovation

2017 is a momentous year for the UA College of Medicine – Tucson: it marks 50 years since the College was founded, with Dr. Merlin K. “Monte” DuVal leading the charge.Throughout 2017 we’ll celebrate “50 Years of Innovation,” recognizing innovative discoveries and highlighting the bright minds and pioneering spirit that drives us today. We have...


For Sydney Rice, MD, Developmental Pediatrics is ‘an Opportunity to Make a Difference’

Eight-year-old Holland Barr was a healthy and happy child, until the morning she woke up with severe anxiety, the beginning of a chronic condition that included phobias, tics and migraines.“She was afraid to eat and afraid to go to school,” her mother, Karen Blandini, recalled.After two years of doctor visits and searching for answers, she was...


Career Choices: How Different Paths Helped Dirk and Amy Leverant Find the Perfect Fit

Career paths can follow a single straight line or they can zig-zag like a ping pong ball in a tornado.The latter is how Dr. Dirk Leverant describes his career, which has taken him from medical school to law school to now, a blend of both.Dr. Amy Leverant took the straight-line approach. Together, the Leverants have shown that both paths can lead...


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