UA Steele Children’s Research Center Welcomes New Special Events and Development Coordinators

Katie James, MPA, and Michelle MacDonald have joined the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center as coordinators, special events and development.

As members of the development team, both James and MacDonald will coordinate special events benefitting the UA Steele Center and the University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s.

In addition to coordinating special events, James will serve as a liaison and representative to volunteer groups and donors who support the UA Steele Center, such as Kids of Steele and UA-affiliated groups.

James graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and the UA with a Master of Public Administration. James has a strong background in non-profit operations, special events, grant writing and volunteer coordination. 

“Supporting the mission to improve children’s health through research and discovery is a very rewarding opportunity,” said James. “I’m excited to be part of the Steele Center team and grateful to...

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Tucson Fire Department and UA Department of Emergency Medicine Host Community-Wide Scavenger Hunt for Life-Saving Emergency Defibrillators Sept. 3-30

Tucson and Pima County residents are invited to join a scavenger hunt for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) during the month of September. The Tucson Fire Department and the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine are hosting HeartMap Tucson Challenge, an AED scavenger hunt that aims to raise awareness about AEDs and to a build a comprehensive database of the devices’ locations. Registration for the challenge is open to individuals or teams. Prizes range from $50 to $5,000.

AEDs are electronic, brief-case size devices designed to allow bystanders to help someone who has collapsed during a cardiac arrest prior to the arrival of emergency medical services providers. Using an AED has been shown to saves lives; if a person suffering a cardiac arrest receives defibrillation within 3 minutes of collapse, the chance of survival increases 30 percent.
AEDs are cost-effective lifesavers that often are placed in schools, businesses, airports, sports clubs and shopping malls, said Terence Valenzuela, MD, UA professor of emergency medicine and medical...

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UA’s Dr. Dan Derksen Appointed Director of The Community, Environment & Policy Division

Dan Derksen, MD, professor and the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair, has been named director of the community, environment and policy division at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Dr. Derksen is director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health at the UA College of Public Health, where he oversees the State Office of Rural Health, the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program. 

“Dr. Derksen will provide a strong and effective vision and leadership for the division. During his time at the college, he has proven to be an exceptional researcher and a creative leader in health policy, health administration and rural health,” said Dean Iman Hakim, MD, PhD, MPH.

Dr. Derksen said, “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the community, environment and policy division. As we welcome new faculty and students this fall, there is much for us to contribute to improve public health and health outcomes research conducted...

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Bear Down! Members of the UA Football Team to Visit Patients at Diamond Children’s

Before the UA football team kicks off its 2014 season, team members will visit pediatric patients at the University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s on Thursday, Aug. 28, 1 p.m.

“We are so grateful to the UA football team for taking time before their big game to bring smiles and comfort to our young patients,” said Lori Mitts, BS, CCLS, child life manager at Diamond Children’s.

In their season opener, the Arizona Wildcats will face the UNLV Rebels on Friday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., in Arizona Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN.


Changes in Medical Education the Focus of the Fall Donald K. Buffmire Lecture at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Sept. 3

EVENT: Buffmire Lecture: “The Evolution of Medical Education”
Speaker Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD, MACP, George DeForest Barnett Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

   Light lunch available at 11:45 a.m.; a meet-and-greet follows from 1-1:30 p.m.

LOCATION: University of Arizona Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium (Room 2951)
1515 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson

The education of physicians and other health-care professionals is rapidly evolving to meet changes in health care reform, the changing delivery models, clinical applications of research and the explosion of information technology and associated tools – from smart phones to electronic health records.

To help understand the changes in the content of medical education over the last decade, Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD, MACP, George DeForest Barnett Professor of Medicine and vice chair for educational programs at the Stanford School of Medicine, will present the Fall Donald K. Buffmire Lecture,...

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‘The Art and Work of Dave Cantrell: 30 Years of Excellence’ at the Arizona Health Sciences Library through Oct. 29

“The Art and Work of Dave Cantrell: 30 Years of Excellence” will be displayed in the Arizona Health Sciences Library, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, through Wednesday, Oct. 29. Free and open to the public, the exhibit may be viewed Sundays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A talented and well-respected scientific illustrator, animation specialist and designer with AHSC BioCommunications at the University of Arizona, Cantrell worked with many AHSC faculty and staff from 1984 until his death Dec. 17, 2013.

Nearly 50 examples of Cantrell’s work over his remarkable career, including two- and three-dimensional illustrations, will be displayed in the coffee bar area of the AHS Library. 

In addition, the AHS Library will host a special reception honoring Cantrell, his work and the care he took to go above and beyond for his many clients, on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Although admission is free, please note that there is a parking fee of $1.50...

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National Health Equity Expert Dr. Winston Wong to Speak at Arizona Health Sciences Center, Sept. 9

The ability to measure health disparities in a population is the necessary first step in reducing and eliminating challenges in access to and the delivery of culturally competent and inclusive health care.  

So says Winston Wong, MD, MS, a national leader in health equity and director of disparities improvement and quality initiatives at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Wong will share his expertise as part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Diversity Seminar Series on Tuesday, Sept. 9, noon to 1 p.m., at DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Ariz.

The talk is free and open to the public. Students, faculty and staff at the Arizona Health Sciences Center are invited to RSVP their attendance and enjoy a free lunch.

The Diversity Seminar Series provides insight into a variety of issues related to health disparities and access to – and the delivery of – culturally competent and inclusive health...

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UA Arthritis Center Presents ‘Outcomes and Evidence on Joint Replacement Surgery,’ Sept. 3

Outcomes and Evidence on Joint Replacement Surgery,” a free presentation by orthopaedic surgeon Michael Dohm, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, 6-7:15 p.m., at the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium (Room 2600), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

Open to the public, the 75-minute presentation includes time for questions and answers. Light refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Dohm will discuss the operative and non-operative treatment of joint disease, including evidence, outcome and value of current surgical and non-surgical treatments. He will discuss evidence for both the development and prevention of arthritis as well as the history of joint replacement surgery and the application of patient-reported and functional outcomes to joint replacement. Current treatment guidelines, with a Consumer Reports approach to the...

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¡Vida! Cancer Survivorship Program Honored by Arizona Rural Health Association

 ¡Vida! – an information and wellness program for cancer survivors held at the University of Arizona Cancer Center – North Campus and broadcast to sites across the state over the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) Rural Network – has received the Arizona Rural Health Association’s 2014 Inspiring Rural Health Program Award. 

The award recognizes ¡Vida! as a program that “promotes or facilitates the development of rural health delivery systems” and demonstrates “excellence in the provision of health services” to rural and other medically underserved people. 

Launched in 2008 with funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, ¡Vida! grew out of the UA Cancer Center’s work with breast cancer survivors. “They told us they wanted information to help them not just survive, but to be healthy and live well. As patients, they need and want to be well prepared to take charge of their health,” said Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, ¡Vida! director, ATP medical director and a UA Cancer Center oncologist specializing in breast cancer. 

“¡Vida!’s sole mission is to support...

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Dr. Rick Kittles Appointed Director of New Division of Population Genetics at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and UA Professor of Surgery and Public Health

Rick Kittles, PhD, a national leader on cancer health disparities and the role of genes and environment in disease, and a pioneer in DNA testing to trace the ancestry of African Americans, has been appointed director of the new Division of Population Genetics, part of the new Center for Applied Genetics at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Kittles also has been appointed professor in the Department of Surgery Division of Urology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson with a joint appointment in the Division of Health Promotion Sciences at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He also is a member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center and the center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program.

Dr. Kittles, who joined the UA July 7, is a National Institutes of Health-funded investigator whose research program and scientific expertise will support UA Health Sciences strategic initiatives in health disparities and precision health.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kittles to the University of Arizona,” said Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD...

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