Alumni News

Love in the Anatomy Lab: From Medical School Romance to Successful Life Partnerships

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s history is dotted with stories of couples whose relationships bloomed during long hours of training and study, and grew into lifetime partnerships.Two couples, Scott and Katy Berger (formerly Katy Hicks) and Chris and Susan Burke (formerly Susan Kunesh), all from the Class of 1987, reconnected in October at...


Hurtado Scholarship Fund Will Honor Pediatricians Who Made a Difference

They were two pediatricians, dedicated to caring for the children of poor families. Grateful parents would pay with a chicken or a dozen fresh eggs.But this was Cuba, and when Fidel Castro came to power, doctors were told to devote their practice to the upper class. When an armed soldier came to their home and seized their files and typewriter,...


110 Students Match to Residencies in College of Medicine – Tucson’s 32nd Match Day

After all her hard work, and all the anticipation, Evelinda Gonzales could not have been happier with the news she got on Match Day 2013.“I’m so happy. So, so happy. I’m shocked. And very, very excited,” she said, after learning she got her first choice: a family medicine residency with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in...


Class Notes, March 2013

Tamra Whiteley Myers, MD, Class of 1978Here is a family photo of myself, my husband, Mark, and my two kids, Lauren and Thomas. We are all UA alumni – Mark, MBA; Lauren BS in math and cell and molecular biology; Thomas in optical sciences!Cori Veatch, MD, Class of 2008 I am sharing an outpatient job with Andrea Patton (family medicine)! We are part...


Students Coordinate 5K to Support Team Derek

As University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson students work to finish the fall semester, they also have banded together to support their peer, second-year student Derek Neal, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) in September.Since the diagnosis, the College of Medicine student government has completed various...


First Time in the Nation: Interprofessional Simulated Pandemic Emergency Goes Statewide

Health professions students from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University learned to collaborate across professional lines and tackle logistical and ethical problems of a disease outbreak in Arizona; sites in Tucson and Phoenix representing Bisbee, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott, Tuba City, Tucson and Yuma...


Dr. Yost Advances Medical Provision In Puerto Rico

David Yost, MD, MSc, graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1987 and the University of Arizona Family Practice Residency Program in 1990.  He grew up in Northern Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation, spent time in Tucson, Phoenix and Pinetop, Ariz., but currently is practicing medicine in San Juan, Puerto Rico....


Associate Dean Lori Arviso Alvord, MD, Sees Priorities for Medical Admissions and Student Affairs

Three months into her role as associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Lori Alvord, MD, is moving forward with plans to make sure the student experience is nothing short of exceptional. “For me, it’s very rewarding to help guide a student and give them good advice and see them progress through...


Dr. Gilbert Gonzales Named Alumnus of the Year

As alumni of all ages returned to the University of Arizona for homecoming and reunion in November, each college had the opportunity to honor a graduate of their college. It is with distinct honor that the University of Arizona Alumni Association and the UA College of Medicine – Tucson presented the 2012 Alumnus of the Year Award to Gilbert...


Class Notes, December 2012

Danetta Bronnimann, MD, Class of 1981It has been eight years since my transplant, and I am doing great! I am an administrator/moderator on the Books for Soldiers website (11 years) and a Mary Kay beauty consultant (four years). My husband, Mark, has an active medical practice and we camp, hike the Arizona Trail and travel every chance we get. My...


Campus Collaboration to Benefit College of Medicine – Tucson

Cross-college collaboration is working toward the University of Arizona’s benefit. In order to honor scholarship and endowed chair donors, the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, in partnership with the UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA), have solidified and constructed a new Donor Recognition Wall.“This particular project...


First-Year Student Looks to Father for Medical Inspiration

UA College of Medicine – Tucson first-year student, Jeff Brown, says he learned the spirit of medicine through his father, Mark Brown, MD. Now in the same building, both are working to better themselves as patient caretakers.“My dad always is willing to go into the hospital or talk on the phone whenever a patient is in need, or if a colleague...


Save The Date

Join us to celebrate the reunion Classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008.


Moynahan Reflects on College's Evolution of Medical Education

As the UA College of Medicine – Tucson admits new classes each year, administrators, faculty and staff work to ensure students are receiving the best medical education possible.Deputy Dean of Education Kevin Moynahan, MD, knows what it takes to instill an effective medical school curriculum. As a member of the UA College of Medicine Class of 1993...


UA Grad Works to Increase College of Medicine Alumni Connections

The Office of Alumni Affairs would like to introduce our wonderful new staff member, Shannon Maule. Shannon is the driving force behind our e-newsletters and social media efforts.Shannon began her work at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson in June 2011 as a social media and communications student intern. In about one-year’s...


News from the Class of 2015

The Class of 2015 is saddened to inform the greater University of Arizona College of Medicine community that our classmate and friend, Derek Neal, recently was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. With absolutely no risk factors for this disease, the news came as a tremendous shock to our class and to Derek’s family and friends.Derek...


Alumni Board Updates

The University of Arizona College of Medicine Alumni Board met on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Marvin “Swede” Johnson building in Tucson. The meeting covered a lot of ground, including discussing goals and priorities, new projects, current events and the recruitment of new members. Several members expressed how much they appreciated their medical...


Class Notes, October 2012

[Pictured from left to right: Dr. Gabriel Sarah, Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi]Suzanne Sisley, MD, Class of 1995One of my many academic pursuits at University of Arizona College of Medicine is my service as Principal Investigator on an FDA-approved Marijuana Study. It's a big achievement because I don't think the...


Dr. Christian Moher to Speak at 2012 White Coat Ceremony

Christian Moher, MD, will speak at the 18th annual White Coat Ceremony to welcome the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Class of 2016. As an alumnus, Dr. Moher said he hopes his speech will help the incoming class understand the uniqueness of the medical profession.The 2012 UA College of Medicine – Tucson White Coat Ceremony is...


Class Notes, August 2012

[Faculty member Stephen Howell, MD, and wife Jennifer Parod]William 'Bill' Thrift, MD, Class of 1983I've practiced in Prescott since leaving Scottsdale Memorial Family Medicine residency in 1986.Although I did full family practice, the last baby I delivered is now a 14-year-old. I continue to work about one shift a week, in our busy emergency...


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