After Green Valley realtor Ann Lessard noticed vision loss in her left eye, an MRI revealed the cause: a giant aneurysm pressing on her optic nerve. While most aneurysms are about the size of a pea, hers had grown almost as large as a golf ball. Had the aneurysm ruptured, Lessard, 63, could have faced lifelong disability or death.
Using a minimally invasive treatment called the Pipeline Embolization Device, now available at The University of Arizona Medical Center, Travis Dumont, MD, assistant professor and director of the Neurovascular Program at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery, was able to successfully treat the giant aneurysm with less risk of stroke or brain damage.
“The aneurysm could have killed me in a second,” Lessard said. “Dr. Dumont is the hero in this. He pulled me through something that could have been terrifying with very little anxiety. I am really grateful to enjoy life today. Every day is a gift.”
Prior beliefs about the immune system in aging adults have been changed by the results of a University of Arizona study recently published in the Journal of Immunobiology.
Studying different subsets of the immune system’s white blood cells, along with the presence of a common and typically harmless virus, researchers at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and collaborators found results that run against conventional wisdom. Importantly, these results may help scientists understand which older adults may have impaired immune systems, allowing early intervention to improve protection against infectious diseases, which remain a prominent killer in those over age 65.
“Aging and cytomegalovirus, or CMV, infection differentially and jointly affect distinct subsets of T cells,” said Janko Nikolich-Žugich, MD, PhD, chairman of the UA Department of Immunobiology, co-director of the University of Arizona Center on Aging, Elizabeth Bowman Professor in Medical...[read more]
This Valentine’s Day, Anna R. Graham, MD, parted with one of her true loves.
After 44 years with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – as one of the college’s first women medical students, then as one of the college’s most respected teachers, who rose to national leadership in the field of pathology – Dr. Graham retired.
“I have mixed feelings, as you can imagine,” Dr. Graham said. “Teaching has just been the love of my life. There’s something so very special about imparting knowledge to students who are eager to learn.”
Medical students recognized Dr. Graham’s extraordinary dedication to teaching by honoring her with their Basic Sciences Educator of the Year award. It’s an uncommon honor that has been given to just five faculty members in the UA College of Medicine, and Dr. Graham received it three times, in 1988, 1993 and 1997. She further was honored with the College’s Basic Sciences Educator Lifetime Teaching Award in 2000.
One of her most recent students is Annika Zhang, at Basis Tucson North high school – one of the schools where Dr. Graham has taught medical science to students in 7th to 12th grades. It’s a first-of-...[read more]
Cementing an informal relationship developed over the past few years, the University of Arizona Medical Center has agreed to become the official medical sponsor for the 2014 Desert Diamond Cup, hosted by FC Tucson at the Kino Sports Complex just north of UAMC - South Campus along Ajo Way and Interstate-10.
The agreement comes at an optimal time.
Desert Diamond Casino’s Monsoon Nightclub, 7350 S. Nogales Highway, hosts a welcoming reception at 6 p.m. tonight for Major League Soccer teams invited to play in the Desert Diamond Cup, which is organized by FC Tucson and begins this Saturday. MLS spring training games, first brought to Tucson in 2011, were played earlier this month. All games are held at the new North Stadium in the Kino Sports Complex.
FC Tucson’s regular season as part of the USL Premier Development League...[read more]
UA associate professor of anthropology Susan J. Shaw and UA assistant professor of pharmacy Jeannie Lee have received $1.48 million from the National Institutes of Health to study factors that impact medication adherence among residents in Massachusetts, where state law mandated that nearly every resident receive a minimum level of health care insurance coverage.
The grant is a follow-up to a previous NIH award to Shaw to study how health literacy varies among different cultural populations in one particular Massachusetts city: Springfield. Shaw’s earlier work has indicated that medication adherence is likely to be impacted by patients’ culture-based beliefs about their medications, as well as by changing costs associated with health care reform.
Over the next four years, Shaw and Lee will examine factors that may influence medication adherence, such as culture-based beliefs about health, health literacy, and changing patient costs in five ethnic groups in Springfield: African-American, Hispanic and white residents as well as Vietnamese and Russian immigrants.
Surgeons Jordan Smith, MD, and Jason Wild, MD, of the University of Arizona Department of Orthopaedic Surgery were selected to be part of the Google Glass Explorer Program and have been using the technology on select patients since receiving them this past December.
Google awarded 10,000 applicants a pair of these hands-free, wearable computers as part of its product beta testing. As members of an academic medical center, Drs. Smith and Wild thought this opportunity a natural fit for collecting data for research as well as helping educate the next generation of surgeons.
“By just winking, the Glass captures an image of whatever you’re looking at during surgery,” Dr. Wild explains. “We’ve tried using other kinds of cameras, but they require touch control which can be a contamination risk. Glass allows us to capture angles otherwise impossible, to help educate our residents.”
Not every orthopaedic surgical case necessitates use of the Google Glass. To date, the surgeons have used the glasses during 25 cases—generally the more complex cases. “The benefit is being able to take a picture of something either rare...[read more]
WHAT: Heart Health Lecture at Murphy-Wilmot Public Library
WHEN: Wednesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road, Tucson AZ 85710
TOPIC: Sorting Out Heart News You Can Really Use
No reservation required. For more information about...[read more]
Paying Tribute to Compassionate Care, the UA College of Medicine - Tucson Commemorates Solidarity Day
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson students, faculty and staff, along with members of the Arizona Health Sciences Center and the University of Arizona Health Network, gathered today to pay tribute to acts of compassionate care to commemorate those who cared for the victims of the mass shooting in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011.
February 14 is National Solidarity Day and on this day, medical schools and health care institutions across North America and Canada stand in solidarity, undertaking projects to pay tribute to compassionate, patient-centered caregivers. The day commemorates those who cared for the victims of the mass shooting in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011, that killed six and wounded several others, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The UA's Solidarity Day activities were led by the Gold Humanism Honor Society's UA chapter, part of the College of Medicine's Program in Medical Humanities.
The event included speakers from the honor society, Julie Kennedy Oehlert, RN, vice president of patient experience for the University of Arizona Health Network and Randall S. Friese, MD, the first physician to treat Gabrielle Giffords after she...[read more]
The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is pleased to announce that Violet Siwik, MD, has been selected as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Dr. Siwik was selected after an extensive internal search process that included input from faculty, staff and medical students.
Dr. Siwik is a graduate of the College of Medicine – Tucson (COM) Class of 1991 and has been involved in medical student education and mentorship for her entire career. She currently serves as the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Director, and is a COM – Tucson Society Mentor. Dr. Siwik will transition out of these roles over the remainder of the academic year to concentrate on her new role with Student Affairs.
Dr. Siwik will begin her role as Assistant Dean this month. Her responsibilities will include a focus on academic and career advising for students.
Dr. Siwik looks forward to working in Student Affairs and collaborating with faculty, students and staff across the COM - Tucson campus to support student learning and success.
The COM - Tucson thanks the chair of the search committee, Paul St. John, PhD, for his leadership...[read more]
‘And There’s the Humor of it: Shakespeare and the Four Humors’ at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, Feb. 17 through March 29
“‘And There’s the Humor of it’: Shakespeare and the Four Humors,” a National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibition that explores the four humors—once thought to define peoples’ physical and mental health—and their influence in Shakespeare’s plays, will be displayed in the Arizona Health Sciences Library, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Monday, Feb. 17 through Saturday, March 29. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) understood human personality in the terms available to his age. The theory of the four bodily humors—blood, bile, melancholy and phlegm—originated with the ancient Greek philosophers Aristotle, Hippocrates and Galen. It was believed that the interaction of the four humors in the human body explained differences of age, gender, emotions and disposition.
The language of the four humors pervades Shakespeare’s plays and their influence is felt above all in a belief that emotional states are physically determined. Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors...[read more]