Alumni News

Engineering a Career in Medicine

by Deborah Daun When 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 Daun A 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...


A Record Year: the 2016 State of the College Address

“I truly believe we are in a great position to transform academic medicine through our undergraduate medical education and training programs; through strategic interdisciplinary and collaborative research; by collaborating with our clinical partner; and by building a strong, engaged and informed faculty,” said University of Arizona College of...


Joy Bunt, MD, PhD, Named College of Medicine –Tucson 2016 Alumnus of the Year

Joy Bunt, MD, was a respected exercise physiologist and endocrinologist, and assistant professor with the University of Arizona departments of Physiology and Exercise and Sport Sciences when she realized she wanted to broaden her experience. She applied and was accepted to the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s Class of 1990. She received her...


A Price Family Tradition at the College of Medicine – Tucson

On Father’s Day 2009, Cameron Price boarded a plane for Washington, D.C., where he went through a day of orientation with the Peace Corps. After that, he flew to South Africa, then hopped on a bus to neighboring Swaziland. He didn’t know it then, but he had just taken his first big steps toward becoming a physician. Now one of the 135 students in...


The record-breaking Class of 2020

A record number of applicants and a record yield rate of accepted students led to record enrollment for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Class of 2020. The College welcomed 135 students into the new class during the traditional White Coat Ceremony, where the future physicians received their white coats – the visible mark...


Preventing Asthma in Children: Our Researchers are One Step Closer

Efforts to improve the health of children at increased risk for asthma will receive a major boost with the launch of a new University of Arizona Health Sciences-led, federally funded national clinical study. For Fernando D. Martinez, MD, and his colleagues at the UA Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center, this study follows 30 years of research...


Match Day 2016: Primary Care Wins the Largest Share of Students

Fourth-year UA medical students Whitney Burns and Jeffrey Robertson, who met during their first week of medical school, were married on April 2. But on Friday, March 18, their excitement was all about Match Day. Whitney matched into one of two emergency medicine residency programs offered by the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, where Jeffrey will...


Stethoscope and White Coat Campaign

The Stethoscope and White Coat Campaign gives each incoming medical student a white coat and stethoscope as they begin pursuing their medical degree. It started in 2012, and look how far we've come:   And now, a look ahead: To celebrate the Class of 2020, will you make a gift of $2,020? Your generosity will provide a white coat, a...


In Memoriam: Brendan Phibbs, MD

Brendan Phibbs, MD, a cardiologist who was a member of the College of Medicine founding faculty, a medical pioneer, and an author whose World War II memoir was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, died on March 5, 2016. He was 99. Brendan Pedraic Pearse Phibbs was born December 3, 1916, in New York City. He grew up in Chicago, where he earned his...


Follow UA Family Physician Paul Gordon on his Bike Trip Across America

When the Affordable Care Act is in the news, it’s usually politicians or prominent health-care policy “wonks” doing the talking. Paul Gordon, MD, MPH – professor and former chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson – wants to know what other folks have to say; specifically,...


Dr. Charles B. Cairns Named Dean

Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA, a nationally recognized leader in emergency medicine and critical care research who has served as interim dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson since February 2015, was appointed dean of the college, effective April 11, 2016. "As interim dean, Dr. Cairns has provided outstanding...


2016 UA Homecoming Weekend Changed to Oct. 27-29

The University of Arizona has moved Homecoming 2016 to Oct. 27-29, and Family Weekend will now be Oct. 14-16. The changes were made to avoid any conflict with the Veterans Day holiday weekend and plans to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. With the changes, the UA football team will face Stanford on Homecoming and...


Building Gender Equity for Women in Academic Medicine

In 2014, only 15 percent of the nation’s medical school department chairs were held by women, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges report, The State of Women in Academic Medicine: The Pipeline and Pathways to Leadership, 2013-2014. Since August 2014, five of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s 21...


50 Years of Memories! Help us 'throwback' each Thursday in 2017

The College of Medicine – Tucson is getting ready to celebrate 50 years of leading medical education in the state of Arizona in 2017. Help us celebrate the past by submitting photos for Throwback Thursday (#tbt) posts on our Facebook page and Twitter account. Email your photos – including a short caption or description – to Senior Communications...


In Memoriam: John R. Davis, MD

Pathologist John R. Davis, MD, who left the University of Iowa in 1967 to become one of the first professors to join the brand new University of Arizona College of Medicine, died January 30, 2016, after a brief illness. He was 86. A specialist in gynecologic pathology, Dr. Davis was highly respected by his colleagues, and by medical students and...


Class Notes: Keeping You Connected

STEVE ROTHOLTZ, MD, Class of 1989 After 18 years in private OB/GYN practice I’ve joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty. I currently serve as Medical Director; University Obstetrics practice. TRISTAN DOW, MD, Class of 2003 Life is good in Colorado! Sending the best to all my COM 2003 peeps! JASON CRAWFORD, MD, MPH, Class of...


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