The University of Arizona Health Sciences


Broader Dates for Valley Fever Awareness Week Underscore Significant Research into Tools to Fight This Respiratory Disease

With two impending clinical trials, Valley Fever Awareness Week, celebrated Nov. 7-15 in Arizona, is bigger than ever this year.

In fact, activities for the 13thannual observance — held by proclamation of the Arizona Governor’s Office since 2003 — have grown beyond the official second week in November with free presentations for the public and health professionals in Tucson and Phoenix scheduled from Oct. 24 to Nov. 18.

The More You Know, the Better

“You can’t prevent Valley Fever, but it’s important the public know about this disease largely of the lungs so they can ask their doctor when they get sick whether or not it’s Valley Fever,” said John N. Galgiani, MD, a University of Arizona professor of medicine and founding director of the UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence. “A third of all pneumonia cases in Phoenix and Tucson are caused by Valley Fever, but doctors often may forget to look for it. They’re more likely to do that if patients also know about this possibility and remind them.”

Common to the U.S. Southwest and Northwest Mexico, Valley Fever is caused by the Coccidioides...

[read more]

UA Cancer Center, Honors College Partner to Support Breast Cancer Research, Awareness

The University of Arizona Honors College and the University of Arizona Cancer Center are partnering this month to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money to fund the research of Honors College student Ariane Guthrie and Jessica Martinez, PhD, of the UA Cancer Center.

Guthrie and Dr.  Martinez are working together to find a way to help prevent breast cancer by studying the effects of resveratrol on human enzymes and metabolites that are part of pathways related to cancer prevention. Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in grapes and peanuts that has been attributed to a variety of health benefits, including cancer prevention.

More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, and one-third of all breast cancer diagnoses may be related to these issues, Dr. Martinez said. Increased body weight is associated with clinical factors such as insulin resistance, chronic inflammation and increased circulating sex hormones, all of which contribute to the initiation and progression of obesity-related cancers, including breast...

[read more]

Kids of Steele 5th Annual Mini Golf Event to Benefit UA Steele Children’s Research Center

WHEN:     Sunday, Oct. 11, 4 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:    Golf N’ Stuff, 6503 E. Tanque Verde Road

Tickets:     Starting at $55/individual; $225/foursome play package. Corporate sponsorships available.
Registration/purchase tickets/more info:

Contact:    Jenny Horn, (520) 406-4676

Kids of Steele,   the family auxiliary of the UA Steele Children’s Research Center, will host its  “5th Annual Mini Golf Event” at Golf N’ Stuff, Sunday, Oct. 11, from 4-8 p.m.

Kids of Steele is comprised of local families who want to teach their children about service and kindness, while raising awareness and funds for the UA Steele Center.  

The event is presented by VIP Mortgage – The Sundt Team.

“The event’s theme this year is ‘We Believe in Magic,’” said Jenny Horn, Kids of Steele event chair.  “We are promoting the idea that with community support we can use research and...

[read more]

The University of Arizona Holds Novel Life-Saving Cardiac Resuscitation Training for EMS Professionals

Every day, more than 15 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside the hospital in Arizona.  The University of Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center has made tremendous strides in saving lives by translating basic science advancements in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) research into action by emergency providers.

Those discoveries have led to important changes in national standards and spawned the enormous need to widely disseminate these techniques to every emergency medical services (EMS) provider and in-hospital medical professional.

In response, the UA recently held its first training session, which is part of a collaborative project called “High Performance CPR University,” in the Center for Simulation and Innovation at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. EMS personnel from across the nation, as well as Japan and Taiwan, took part in the first of many planned high-fidelity training sessions. Industry partners in this effort include ZOLL Medical Corp. of Chelmsford, Mass., and Laerdal Medical of Stavanger, Norway, which supplied advanced cardiac equipment and new-generation mannequins, with...

[read more]

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, Oct. 21

A free evening of presentations about all aspects of breast reconstruction following mastectomy will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the University of Arizona Cancer Center / North Campus, 3383 N. Campbell Ave.

The “BRA Day” event is part of the fourth annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, a nationwide collaboration between the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Plastic Surgery Foundation, breast centers, nurse navigators, corporate partners and breast cancer support groups.

In Tucson, the University of Arizona Cancer Center and Banner – University Medical Center are observing Breast Reconstruction Day by inviting the public to a series of  free lectures and slide shows by medical professionals, patients and others, including:

Carolyn Donohue, PA, physician assistant to plastic surgeon Ethan Larson, MD   Breast surgeon Michele Ley, MD Elaine Pichet, a nipple tattoo artist Brenda Casey, MSW, on sexuality and intimacy after reconstruction  Patti Anderson and Terri Coutee on their patient experience with reconstructive surgery. 

For more information about the event and/or breast reconstruction, please contact...

[read more]
People and Programs on the Move at Banner – University Medical Center

COM-T Faculty are on the Move at Banner – University Medical Center

Anesthesiologists to Peru

University of Arizona anesthesiologist Kerry Kreidel, MD, and senior anesthesiology resident Derek Frazier, MD, who both practice at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, leave for Peru this month as part of a Healing the Children team providing free surgeries to children with cleft lip or palate. 

It’s the second trip for Dr. Kreidel, who participated with resident Jamie McCulloch, MD, in a similar mission in Lima last year in which 80 corrective procedures were performed in one exhausting, exhilarating week. (They appear in a Healing the Children promotional flyer, at left, and showing their Wildcat pride at Machu Picchu, below.)

“I was looking for opportunities to get our residents involved in international outreach for hands-on experience in low-resource environments,” explained Dr. Kreidel, an assistant professor and associate residency program director in the University of Arizona Department of Anesthesiology.

She heard about a Healing the Children surgical team out of Denver seeking volunteer anesthesiologists and signed up. “We did a good job and worked well with them, were...

[read more]

Seventh Annual ‘Travels in Medicine: Exploring the Global Health Community’ Photography Exhibit through Nov. 30

The seventh annual photography exhibit, “Travels in Medicine: Exploring the Global Health Community,” is on display through Monday, Nov. 30, at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library, Coffee Bar area, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

This year’s display of photographs by University of Arizona Health Sciences students and faculty captures distinctive and inspiring images of their experiences providing health care in underserved communities in Arizona’s rural and border areas, the United States and abroad.

More than 50 photographs illustrate their global health experiences, ranging from community outreach, international development and health training and advocacy to socio-economic or political influences. UA College of Medicine – Tucson second-year students Ashley E. Pickering, RN, BSN, and Melissa Tran served as exhibit coordinators.

The exhibit is presented annually by the Global Health Forum (GHF), a student-run...

[read more]

UA’s Dr. Joe G.N. `Skip’ Garcia Elected to the Board of the Association of Academic Health Centers

Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia, MD, senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Arizona, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC).
The AAHC is a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the nation's health and well-being through the vigorous leadership of academic health centers. The UA Health Sciences is a member of the organization, which held its annual meeting Sept. 17-18 in Atlanta.

Dr. Garcia, the UA Merlin K. DuVal Endowed Professor and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, is an internationally noted physician-scientist, health administrator, scholar and educator. He is a leading authority on the genetic basis of lung disease and the prevention and treatment of inflammatory lung injury. A key member of the UA’s senior executive team, Dr. Garcia provides academic leadership for the UA Health Sciences colleges: the UA College of Medicine – Tucson; the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix; the UA College of Pharmacy; the UA College of Nursing; and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He has more than 400 peer-reviewed...

[read more]
F. Daniel Duffy, MD, MACP

Duffy: Medicine’s future not determined by its past

How did the quiet world of Marcus Welby turn into the industry of healthcare? F. Daniel Duffy, MD, MACP, former dean of the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, offered a "career's eye view" as this year's Buffmire lecturer. Mobile phone apps, accountable care organizations, retail pharmacy clinics, community health workers, and the business community's demand for health-care value are just some of the reasons Dr. Duffy feels "It's a wonderful time to be in medicine. The future is bright. The future is exciting."

Watch Dr. Duffy's full presentation, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Transition from Medicine to Health Care, online. 


About the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine

Initiated in 1997, the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine series continues the Flinn Foundation’s commitment to bring to Arizona leading practitioners and thinkers in the medical field. The lectureship offers physicians, students and community members opportunities to hear from distinguished leaders in the field of medicine and medical education. In 2008, the annual...

[read more]

UA Health Sciences Senior Vice President Outlines Major Accomplishments and Future Goals

During his “State of the University of Arizona Health Sciences” address on Tuesday, UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, shared the health sciences accomplishments and outlined the significant progress being made to achieve its short- and long-term goals.

He began by announcing the name change for the Arizona Health Sciences Center, which now will be known as the “University of Arizona Health Sciences.” The name change represents a move to clearly identify Arizona’s academic health center as an integral part of the UA, one of the nation’s premier research universities.

Dr. Garcia cited the many successful collaborations at the UA Health Sciences (UAHS) and the increased centralization and integration of resources across the colleges and centers. He listed centralized budgeting via Responsibility Centered Management implementation, the development of a biobank to support collaborative research, the creation of a research data warehouse to support informatics and the...

[read more]