People on the Move: UAMC - South Campus Inpatient Psychiatric Leadership

Vicki Knight, MD, recently rejoined the University of Arizona Health Network as inpatient medical director for Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services at the University of Arizona Medical Center - South Campus. She replaces Richard Rhoads, MD, who continues as medical director for the Crisis Response Center (CRC), adjacent to the Behavioral Health Pavilion at South Campus.

Previously a UAMC inpatient psychiatrist and UA assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, Dr. Knight left last year after two years here to be medical director of behavioral health at Marana Health Center. Before that, she worked in community psychiatry at the Indian Health Services, Arizona Department of Corrections, and Magellan Health Services in Phoenix. She completed her psychiatric residency at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, Texas, and earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her prior work included being a medical ethicist at the American Medical Association, a staffer at The Joint Commission and a paralegal.

Dr. Rhoads became interim...

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Becker’s Hospital Review: UAMC Among ‘100 Great Hospitals in America’

University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus was named today to the 2014 list of “100 Great Hospitals in America” compiled by Becker’s Hospital Review, a Chicago-based trade publication.

UAMC – University Campus was one of three Arizona hospitals named to the annual list and the only one in Tucson. It is the third year UAMC has been included. The complete 2014 list can be seen here:

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, hospitals included on its 100 Great Hospitals list are home to many medical and scientific breakthroughs, provide best-in-class patient care and are stalwarts of their communities, serving as academic hubs or local mainstays. “They are among the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused health-care facilities in the nation,” said Heather Punke, list editor.

To develop the list, the publication conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated hospital ranking sources such as U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top...

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Center for Integrative Medicine Launches Lifestyle Transformation Program Series

Filling a need to develop full integrative teams that partner with their patients and treat the whole person rather than just the symptoms, the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) has launched its lifestyle transformation program series, opening integrative study opportunities to a much larger group of health professionals than those who previously were eligible for AzCIM offerings. The series includes the Integrative Health and Lifestyle program (IHeLp) and the Integrative Health Coaching certification program.

The first IHeLp class of 43 health professionals began online in January and will end in July.  The class includes registered nurses, dietitians, psychologists, master’s of social work, physical therapists, and a number of other licensed health professionals in emergency medicine, family medicine, geriatrics, neonatal, women’s health, oncology, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, public health and surgery.


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2014 Desert Diamond/University of Arizona Arthritis Center Bear Down Luncheon Teams Up With UA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, April 17

Building upon a long tradition of mutual support, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) will once again team up with the UA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as it introduces the 2014 Desert Diamond/University of Arizona Arthritis Center Bear Down Luncheon to benefit the UAAC and its research efforts.

This unique event will be held Thursday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 6360 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The event is sponsored by Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

Guest speakers will be Greg Byrne, UA vice president for athletics, and Rich Rodriguez, UA head football coach.

Active on both the Pacific-12 Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association levels, Byrne will enlighten guests on the latest news in athletics, both locally and throughout the NCAA.

Coach Rodriguez, who took over the Wildcat football program after coaching the West Virginia Moutaineers and the...

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Join us for the 2nd Annual Interprofessional Rural Health Professions Conference

The 2nd Annual Interprofessional Rural Health Professions Conference features keynote speaker, Roberto Dansie, PhD, an internationally recognized authority on cultural diversity.

Dr. Dansie, together with a multidisciplinary panel, will share insights on cultural wisdom, rural health and interprofessional education and practice during the free conference to be held on Friday, April 18 at the University of Arizona Medical Center DuVal Auditorium.

Anyone with an interest in rural health and cultural wisdom is welcome to register and attend the conference. Registration, the preliminary agenda and poster session information are available online at:

As a Maya and ancient wisdom scholar, Dr. Dansie, a clinical psychologist and a member of the Toltec tribe of Mexico, is recognized internationally as a contemporary authority on cultural diversity. He is renowned as a dynamic and inspiring speaker, who eloquently weaves story-telling, music, and cultural wisdom to resonate on a personal level.


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UA Researchers Contribute to National CDC Study Estimating 1 in 68 Children in U.S. Identified as Having an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Researchers from the University of Arizona participated in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that now estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), based on tracking across multiple areas of the nation.

In Arizona, the findings were slightly higher, with 1 in 64 children in Maricopa County identified with ASD.

The report, “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010,” provides autism prevalence estimates from 11 areas. It was published yesterday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The UA team reviewed the records of more than 33,000 8-year-old children in Maricopa County to determine the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities in that region.

Highlights from the Arizona-specific study (complete Arizona findings available at

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Dr. Kenneth S. Ramos Appointed Associate Vice President for Precision Health Sciences at the Arizona Health Sciences Center

Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, who is internationally recognized in genomics and predictive biology, environmental and molecular medicine and toxicology, has been appointed associate vice president for precision health sciences at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ramos joined the UA March 17.

In this new role, Dr. Ramos is responsible for developing precision-health strategies and approaches to health outcomes and health-care delivery. He also will lead development of personal diagnostics and therapeutics for complex diseases, including cancer, cardiopulmonary disorders and diabetes.

Dr. Ramos reports to Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences, and works in collaboration with the deans of the five AHSC colleges, clinical department heads, institute and center directors, The University of Arizona Health Network, and external stakeholders to develop and implement novel, high-impact programs and initiatives in precision health.

“Dr. Ramos will provide critical leadership in our...

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‘Magic Carpet Ride’ Gala Raises $125,000 for UA Steele Children’s Research Center and Diamond Children’s

The “Magic Carpet Ride” Gala held in February at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort raised approximately $125,000 for the University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and the UA Steele Children’s Research Center.

Approximately 500 people attended this fun-filled and meaningful evening, which was emceed by Amy Miller, wife of UA men’s basketball Coach Sean Miller.

One of the evening’s highlights was the uplifting music video featuring rock band American Authors, as well as patients, doctors, nurses, researchers, hospital administrators and staff. The video can be viewed online here

Another highlight of the evening was the stirring speech by 15-year-old patient, Austin Thacker, who is battling stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His speech received a standing ovation.

Funds raised from the gala will support autoimmune disorders research at the UA...

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Join Us for Global Health Week Lunch Talks March 25 - 28

Join Us for Global Health Week Lunch Talks March 25 - 28

Global Health Week starts today and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson students invite you to join them for a noon lunch talk series on health experiences abroad. The first series is Tuesday, March 25 and will be held in Room 3117.

The lunch talks are a planned kick off to the AZ Global Health Conference taking place Friday and Saturday March 28 - 29. The lunch talks will feature the global experiences of medical and other health sciences students and faculty who have studied, volunteered or practiced abroad.

Food will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

The lunch talk schedule is as follows:

Tuesday March 25: North America Wednesday March 26: Caribbean and South America Thursday March 27: Central America Friday March 28: Africa

Saturday March 29: AZ Global Health Conference; to register visit:

Medical Students are invited to attend by signing up on MedCats, all others may register by emailing Rebecca M. Thiede at...

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The College of Medicine Class of 2014 found out where they will complete their medical residency training.

Match Day 2014 Video

This year marked the 33rd Match Day at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. In total, 54 women and 63 men learned where they will be completing their residency training after medical school. Congratulations!

Learn more about Match Day Profiles of students See a map of where our students are moving or staying to do their residency Learn more about residencies at the College of Medicine – Tucson