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Colon and Rectal Surgeon Dr. Nasrin Ghalyaie Joins UA Department of Surgery

Nasrin Ghalyaie, MD, has joined the University of Arizona Department of Surgery Division of Surgical Oncology as assistant professor.

Dr. Ghalyaie specializes in the treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum, with expertise in the surgical management of primary and recurrent cancers of the colon and rectum, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), diverticular disease and anorectal disorders. Her areas of expertise also include pelvic floor disorders, including sacral nerve stimulation in the treatment fecal incontinence, and in sphincter-preserving surgery. She performs screening and surveillance colonoscopies for high-risk patients and offers advanced minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopy and transanal excision of rectal tumors and polyps.

Dr. Ghalyaie works in close collaboration with gastrointestinal specialists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, urologists and interventional radiologists to develop individualized and multidisciplinary management strategies for each patient. Her surgical practice is based primarily at the University of Arizona...

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‘ComfyCozy’s for Chemo’ T-shirts to be Donated to Pediatric Cancer Patients

ComfyCozy’s for Chemo” T-shirts, developed by Amanda Hope Rainbow Angel’s, will be donated to patients with cancer at UAMC -- Diamond Children’s and its pediatric hematology/oncology/BMT outpatient clinic.

Sundt Construction contributed $1,000 to ComfyCozy’s for Chemo – enough to purchase 40 ComfyCozys.
“Sundt Construction has committed to support us long-term, so we can continue to provide ComfyCozy’s to patients at Diamond Children’s,” said Lorraine Tallman, founder of ComfyCozy’s for Chemo and Amanda Hope Rainbow Angel’s.

“Comfy Cozy’s” are brightly colored tie-dyed T-shirts designed with zippers, pockets and slits that allow access to chest-ports without exposing the child’s body. The shirts also provide storage for IV lines while preventing tangling and pulling on the patient’s clothing.

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angel’s is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing “dignity and comfort into the harsh world...

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Fourth Annual ‘Kids of Steele’ Miniature Golf Event Raises Approximately $64,000 for UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Kids of Steele raised approximately $64,000 for the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center at its Fourth Annual Miniature Golf Tournament, held Oct. 19 at Golf N’ Stuff.

“Our event was a huge success, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, attendees and special donors,” said Jenny Horn, Kids of Steele event co-chair.

“We nearly doubled what we raised last year; and, despite the rainy weather, close to 400 children and adults showed up to play miniature golf, race Go-Karts, ride bumper boats, play laser tag and engage in fun crafts to help Steele Center patients feel like rock stars,” she said.

Funds raised from the event will be used for “greatest-need” projects at the UA Steele Center and Kids of Steele service projects, such as providing breakfast and afternoon snacks to outpatients at the Angel Wing for Children with Diabetes and the UAMC Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic.

Kids of Steele, the family auxiliary of the UA Steele Children’s Research Center, is comprised of...

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Pima County AED Scavenger Hunt Participants Find More Than 1,300 Defibrillators

WHAT: Terence Valenzuela, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Arizona and medical director of the Tucson Fire Department, will present the grand prize check for $5,000 to the team that found the most automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Pima County during the HeartMap Challenge AED Scavenger Hunt.

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.

The goal of the AED scavenger hunt, which ran Sept. 3- 30, was to raise awareness about AEDs and to build a comprehensive database of the devices’ locations. More than 1,300 AEDs were found in the Pima County by 170 participants. The scavenger hunt also produced nine out of 10 “Golden AEDs,” worth $50 each. In addition to the announcement of the grand prize winner, other scavenger hunt participants will be recognized and...

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Eighth Annual ‘Pandemic: An Exercise in Disaster Preparedness’ Conducted by UA Interprofessional Education and Practice Program, Oct. 31

For the eighth year in a row, health professions, law and journalism students will tackle the complex logistical and ethical problems of a disease outbreak in Arizona and learn the importance of collaborations across professional lines during “Pandemic: An Exercise in Disaster Preparedness,” the annual statewide event conducted by the University of Arizona’s Interprofessional Education & Practice (IPEP) program, on Friday, Oct. 31, from 9 to 11:50 a.m.

The simulated pandemic will include the flu and other infectious diseases, such as Enterovirus D68, MERS, SARS and the Ebola virus, and will involve more than 575 students and 50 faculty from Arizona’s three state universities—the University of Arizona (UA), Arizona State University (ASU) and Northern Arizona University (NAU)—as well as Midwestern University in Glendale and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe.

The event will be held at three sites linked through real-time telemedicine video conferencing provided by the Arizona Telemedicine Program: in Tucson at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.; in Phoenix at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Building...

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From the American College of Surgeons: Universal Helmet Laws Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries in Young Motorcyclists, According To Trauma Surgeons

Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS, a trauma surgeon and associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was senior study author and a contributing study author, respectively, of two studies presented this week in San Francisco at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Joseph is a contributing author of a study that indicated young motorcycle riders are significantly less likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury if they live in a state with universal motorcycle helmet laws, instead of a state with age-restricted laws.

Two news releases from the American College of Surgeons outlining the findings of these studies are attached.  Contact information is provided on those releases. The releases also note other UA faculty members who were additional authors of the studies.

CONTACT: 
Sally Garneski, 312-202-5409
or Dan Hamilton, 312-202-5328
E-mail: pressinquiry@facs.org

SAN FRANCISCO: Young motorcycle riders are significantly less likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury...

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From the American College of Surgeons: Injury Prevention Intervention Cuts Distracted Driving in Half, According To Trauma Surgeons

Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS, a trauma surgeon and associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was senior study author and a contributing study author, respectively, of two studies presented this week in San Francisco at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Joseph was senior author of a study that outlines how a simple injury-prevention intervention designed to raise awareness about the use of communication devices while driving reduced the incidence of distracted driving by half among health-care personnel.

CONTACT: 
Sally Garneski, 312-202-5409
or Dan Hamilton, 312-202-5328
E-mail: pressinquiry@facs.org

SAN FRANCISCO: A simple intervention designed to raise awareness about the use of com-munication devices while driving reduced the incidence of distracted driving by 50 percent in hospital personnel, according to findings from a single site study presented today at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Driving distracted, caused by any...

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UA Arthritis Center Presents ‘The Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle: Foods that Heal Inflammation,’ Nov. 5

“Our strength, vigor, health—and even the span of life itself—depend upon what we eat,” proclaims an advertisement in The Atlantic Monthly magazine—in February 1922.

What we know now about how foods influence health will be explored in a free presentation, “The Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle: Foods that Heal Inflammation,” by nutritionist and registered dietician Kelly Grant, RD, NC, of Kelly Grant Nutrition and formerly with Canyon Ranch and Miraval Health Resorts, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6-7:15 p.m., at the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium (Room 2600), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. (If seating in DuVal Auditorium reaches capacity, the talk also will be videostreamed live to UAMC Room 5403).

What we eat affects everything we do. Our diet directly influences levels of inflammation, ease of digestion, hormone balance and regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol. Sleep quality, bone density, muscle tone, skin elasticity and tone, brain function, genetic expression and disease also are directly affected by what we consume...

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Arizona Telemedicine Program Founding Director Dr. Ronald S. Weinstein Honored by the ‘Custodian’ of the Nation’s First Telemedicine Program, the Center for Connected Health

Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, founding director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and one of the “fathers” of telemedicine, will be honored for “distinguished service in advancing technology-enabled care delivery and help promoting health and wellness,” on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the 11th Annual Connected Health Symposium, hosted by the Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare, in Boston, Mass.

The Center for Connected Health is part of Boston-based Partners HealthCare, a non-profit integrated health system, and was started in 1994 by two of the nation’s leading academic medical centers: Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General), both affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

“It’s a homecoming for me,” said Dr. Weinstein, who did his residency in pathology at Mass General, and participated there in the very first telemedicine cases in the country, in 1968.

“That program is of enormous historical interest, and to receive an award from the people...

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UA’s Dr. Sean Elliott Appointed to Governor’s Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response

Pediatric infectious diseases physician, Sean Elliott, MD, professor of pediatrics and medical director of infection prevention for the University of Arizona Health Network, has been appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer to the newly established Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.

The council is comprised of leading experts from the fields of health, human services, public safety, emergency and military affairs, education and more.

Dr. Elliott, together with a multi-disciplinary team at UAHN, has created an “infection-prevention SWAT team,” developing protocols and training for infection control to safely care for patients and to protect the well-being of staff and clinicians throughout the network.

“The Governor’s councils have been formed before—as in the council for H1N1—and they bring together the resources of the state to improve communication, training and understanding,” said Dr. Elliott. “Since we are about to enter the flu season, this council is particularly important.”

According to the Office of the Governor, the “Council has been charged with developing...

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