Alumni News

Class Notes, April 2014

From the Class of 1999Kevin McGarey, MD, Class of 1999, passed away May 11, 2013 after an 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer. We are still reeling from the loss of a truly vibrant individual and friend whose light helped make the world a little brighter for those who had the pleasure of knowing him.  He was determined to live life to the...


Match Day 2014

By Jane EriksonJosh Makhoul: Ob-GynStanding on the stage of DuVal Auditorium, in front of a standing-room-only crowd of fellow medical students, family members and friends, Josh Makhoul read the slip of paper that told him where he will spend his next four years.“I’m going to be delivering babies at the same hospital where I was born – Lehigh...


Alumni Affairs News

The Alumni Affairs board has identified a critically important strategic priority: helping medical students survive the financial challenges they face now, and will face later, after they have completed training.Median medical student debt is now $175,000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Thirty years ago, student debt...


Checking in With the Class of 2017

By Jane Erikson Last October we introduced you to four students of the Class of 2017. We asked them recently about the experiences – expected and unexpected – they have had during their first six months of medical school.  Hannes Prescher started med school thinking he would become an orthopaedic surgeon. But shadowing ER doctors during winter...


Calling on Alumni to Show Support for Students

By Jane EriksonCatherine Cosentino, MD, has been passionate about the practice of medicine since before she entered medical school. Now she is equally passionate about a barrier that keeps some students from pursuing their dreams of becoming physicians.When Cosentino graduated from the UA College of Medicine in 1983, the average medical student...


‘Trust and Understanding’

By Jane EriksonVanessa Jensen, MD, will never forget her first surgical trauma case – and how the experience left her feeling conflicted.Jensen was in her third year as a medical student. The patient was a UA student, the victim of a hit-and-run, bleeding out from a ruptured spleen.“I never felt so exhilarated and challenged at the same time,”...


Pioneering Pathologist Anna R. Graham, MD, Retires

By Jane Erikson When Anna R. Graham interviewed at the UA College of Medicine in 1970, she was asked about her plans for having children. She answered the question - which today would lead the interviewer straight to human resources – and took her place with the Class of 1974. She stayed for her residency, then joined the faculty. Year after year...


‘Superstar’ Mindy Fain, MD, Receives Endowed Chair in Medicine

By Jane Erikson Mindy Fain, MD, is a widely recognized leader in gerontology, whose many UA College of Medicine titles attest to her achievements in advancing health care for older adults. She is professor of medicine and chief of the division of geriatrics, general internal medicine and palliative medicine in the UA Department of Medicine.  She...


A Place to Heal

By Jane Erikson For 10 years, Stephen was homeless. In May, he found shelter and three meals a day – when he was hospitalized for several weeks with a severe cellulitis that required surgery on his left leg. He was discharged in a wheelchair, still in need of wound care and rehab, which he had no way to get on his own. Four months later, his leg...


'Given the Gift to Work for Children'

By Jane Erikson It’s Monday morning. Pediatrician John Tannous, MD, has just made the grueling 35-minute bike ride from his house to his clinic in Kunming, China. It doesn’t take long for his first patients to arrive. Two baby girls, both with Down’s syndrome, both with heart disease, both very ill. Both had been abandoned and are now in foster...


Greetings from Dean Steve Goldschmid

It’s hard to believe it’s been four months since the August 9 White Coat Ceremony, where we welcomed the 115 women and men who make up the Class of 2017. But time flies when you’re having fun – and working hard, as all of us have been this year. Like every year, 2013 has brought its share of challenges and rewards. Financial issues have shaped our...


Google Glass Goes to Medical School

Two fourth-year students at The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix received one of about 6,000 Google Glass units distributed earlier this year. Jeff Tully and Christian Dameff were awarded the new high-tech glasses after entering a contest they found via social media. “Google Glass is a wearable computer in the shape of eyeglasses,” Dameff...


Connecting, Engaging, Coming Home - Reunion 2013

By Jane Erikson For Cynthia Holdren, MD, the 2013 College of Medicine Reunion was about coming home. “I came here hoping to see some old friends, and to see my best friend, Marilyn Medweid,” said Holdren, an anesthesiologist practicing in Seattle. Holdren and Medweid, a Tucson gynecologist, graduated with the Class of 1978. Holdren’s favorite med...


Jack Nolte, PhD: ‘A Very Great Person”

By Jane Erikson Students, faculty, family and friends poured into DuVal Auditorium the morning of Nov. 25 to celebrate the life of an extraordinary man: John “Jack” Nolte, PhD, professor emeritus of cellular and molecular medicine, who died October 22. A faculty member at the UA College of Medicine since 1990, Nolte received 15 top teaching awards...


Greetings from Dean Steve Goldschmid

Like every year, 2013 has brought its share of challenges and rewards. Financial issues have shaped our experience this year, but so have the many opportunities we’ve had to witness and nurture our students’ excitement and commitment to becoming outstanding physicians. We’ve also been able to celebrate the discoveries made by our researchers who...


CLASS NOTES – October 2013

Susan Dalby – Class of 1986I closed my solo pediatrics practice in 2008, after many rewarding years. Eskild and I live in Portal, AZ, in the winter and in Wells Gray Park, British Columbia for the rest of the year.  We do a lot of traveling, camping, kayaking, and playing with grandson Jasper. Classmates may remember our daughters Maya and Anya...


College of Medicine – Tucson Reunion and Homecoming to be Best Ever!

The UA College of Medicine annual Reunion and Homecoming weekend is just around the corner, and it promises to be the best ever! Taking place on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, activities include our traditional programs for reunion year alumni (1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008) such as the annual reunion reception...


How a Life-long Dream Finally Came True

By Jane Erikson Janet Vargas will never forget that day in 1995 when she watched her oldest son open the letter from the UA College of Medicine. “I’ve been accepted!” Bert Vargas told his mother. Nor will she forget her son’s words to her, once they got through with the hugs and congratulations: “Well, Mom, when are you going to go to medical...


Scholarship to Honor ‘Beacon of Light’ Norm Koelling

By Jane Erikson Norman Koelling began teaching anatomy to UA College of Medicine students in 1969. He was here for the college’s first graduation ceremony in 1971 – and every graduation since. And although he retired in 2002, he is still teaching, now as a volunteer. “I never get tired of working with the students,” Koelling says. “I share that...


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