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Philippines Surgical Medical Mission Includes UA Anesthesiology Team

A team of six surgeons and five anesthesiologist, three from the University of Arizona, completed more than 116 major surgical procedures during an eight-day period in an area of the Philippines recovering from an earthquake and typhoon.

More than 16 million people were affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November 2013. Though aid is shifting from emergency response to recovery, technical and material resources still are needed to support health-care services where the typhoon caused $16 million in damages to 571 health-care clinics.

Anthony R. Lucas, MD, chief of thoracic anesthesia and director of the post anesthesia care unit at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson  Department of Anesthesiology, traveled to the island of Bohol as part of a medical mission team to provide specialty care to those in need. Dr. Lucas has mentored residents on medical missions to Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the South Pacific, in addition to...

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UA Department of Pediatrics and the University of Arizona Health Network Welcome Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Mo Mortazavi

The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and the University of Arizona Health Network welcome new faculty member Mo Mortazavi, MD, assistant professor, to the Division of General Pediatrics.
 
A board-certified pediatric sports medicine physician, Dr. Mortazavi is developing the first dedicated pediatric sports medicine program in Tucson—scheduled to launch Aug. 19 at the UAHN Children’s Multi-Specialty Clinic at Wilmot.

Dr. Mortazavi received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis, where he also completed his pediatrics residency. He then earned a fellowship in pediatric sports medicine at Children’s Colorado in Denver. While there, he focused on musculoskeletal injuries, concussion care and pediatric fractures. Since then, Dr. Mortazavi has expanded his practice to include exercise prescriptions for athletes with chronic illness, sports nutrition and injury-prevention programs.

As an undergraduate student at UC Davis, Dr. Mortazavi played Division IAA football as a wide receiver for four years....

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UAMC Earns Perfect Score in Transit Time Project to Improve Delivery of Newborn Screenings to State Lab

The University of Arizona Medical Center was among 35 hospitals honored Aug. 7 in Phoenix by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), for reducing delays in reporting newborn screening tests to the state.

Although the Legislature did not mandate ADHS create a newborn screening program until 1993, Arizona has conducted widespread newborn screening for certain disorders since 1979. Bloodspot specimens from newborn heel pricks are analyzed to determine likelihood of 28 genetic and metabolic conditions, ranging from sickle cell anemia to cystic fibrosis. While parents may refuse, state law requires hospitals send a blood sample from every newborn infant to the Arizona State Laboratory for testing within 24 hours or the next working day – usually within 48 hours of birth. A December newspaper report noted, however, about a third of blood samples collected in 2012 at 17 of 42 Arizona hospitals took five days or more to arrive at the state lab.

The Transit Time Project, an improvement effort that got under way in January, takes its name from the lag – or transit time – in bloodspot specimen deliveries to the state lab....

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Dr. William ‘Scott’ Killgore Joins Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

William “Scott” Killgore, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist whose research focuses on understanding the brain systems involved in emotional processes and cognitive performance, has been appointed professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

Dr. Killgore’s work combines neurocognitive assessment with state-of-the-art neuroimaging methods, including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to study the role of emotion in complex cognitive processes, such as moral judgment, decision-making and risk-taking. He also is interested in how these brain-behavior systems may be affected by environmental and lifestyle factors, such as insufficient sleep, nutrition, light exposure, physical activity and stimulants, such as caffeine. Dr. Killgore has explored the role of sleep as a mediator of psychological and emotional health and the potential role of insufficient sleep as a contributor to psychiatric disturbance, emotional dysregulation and risk-related behavior.

“Scott Killgore is an eminent scientist and...

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Arizona Telemedicine Program at AHSC Appoints National Advisory Board for Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase

The award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) at the Arizona Health Sciences Center of the University of Arizona has announced the appointment of the National Advisory Board of the Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase (SPSSM), to be held Oct. 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix.

The 24 nationally recognized thought leaders and health-care innovators have made major strides in the telemedicine arena. Members of the board are:

• Joseph S. Alpert, MD, professor of medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson; editor-in-chief, The American Journal of Medicine

• David C. Balch, MA, chief technology officer, White House Medical Group, Washington, D.C.

• Rashid Bashshur, PhD, senior adviser for eHealth, eHealth Center, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor

• Anne E. Burdick, MD, MPH, associate dean for telehealth and clinical outreach, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

• Robert “Bob”...

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Noted Physician-Scientist Dr. Monica Kraft Appointed Chair of Department of Medicine at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Monica Kraft, MD, an internationally renowned physician-scientist who specializes in translational asthma research, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. She is scheduled to begin her new duties at the UA in December.

Dr. Kraft will join the UA after serving as chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care and as the Charles C. Johnson, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Duke University. She also is director of the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airway Center.  While at Duke, Dr. Kraft also served as the Department of Medicine’s vice chair for research from 2009 to 2013.  In this role she implemented several important initiatives to support the department’s research endeavors and, as co-principal investigator, was instrumental in the re-submission and renewal of Duke’s National Institutes of Health-funded Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA).

“We are thrilled that Monica Kraft will be joining the Arizona Health Sciences Center in a key leadership position within the College of Medicine, said Joe G.N...

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People and Programs On The Move At the Arizona Health Sciences Center

UA Emergency Medicine Receives Training Grant to Improve Care and Outcomes of Critically Ill Patients

The University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine has received a $30,000 grant from the Academic Insurance Funding, Limited (AIFL) Risk Management Process Improvement Fund. The grant will support advanced training of emergency nurses to provide the specialized care needed between the time patients come to the emergency department and are transferred to the intensive care unit.

A number of factors can determine the amount of time it takes for critically ill patients to transfer from the emergency department (ED) to an intensive care unit (ICU). This “boarded” time is a vulnerable one for the patient. The grant will support training of nurses to optimize care during the boarding period so that patients experience better outcomes.

“A collaborative ED–ICU model facilitates a seamless transition on the continuum of critical care, allowing for better care delivery and outcomes. In order for this to function, we need to provide our nurses with extensive critical care education,” said...

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UA Department of Pediatrics and the University of Arizona Health Network Welcome Dr. Sarah M. Becker to the Division of Critical Care

The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and the University of Arizona Health Network welcome new faculty member Sarah M. Becker, DO, assistant professor, to the Division of Critical Care.
 
Dr. Becker completed medical school at Midwestern University, and her residency in pediatrics at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson. As a pediatric critical-care hospitalist, Dr. Becker will care for hospitalized children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center.

Dr. Becker’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of diagnostic imaging in the pediatric emergency department and the use of simulation medicine in residency training programs
 

UA Summer Health Internship Immerses Students in Border Research

Meeting the heath-care needs of the people of Arizona includes ensuring that those who live along its border with Mexico, home to an estimated 2 million people, are served by a healthcare workforce representative of this unique, vibrant community.

Understanding the bicultural fusion of life among people who share similar resources and are economically and socially interdependent is vital to the improvement of border health-care outcomes.

The Arizona Health Sciences Center is committed to creating a health-care workforce representative of the state and the Frontera Summer Research Internship program, a part of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and its Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is working to increase those numbers. 

This summer, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson has selected 10 students for the Frontera Summer Internship Program. Frontera (Focusing Research on the Border Area), which is Spanish for border, provides undergraduate and...

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The Future of Medicine Begins With Donning the White Coat

Joining one of the more challenging and rewarding medical education training programs in the nation, the 115 new medical students of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson class of 2018 will don their medical coats for the first time on Friday, Aug. 8, during the college’s White Coat Ceremony.

The ceremony, to be held at Centennial Hall at 5 p.m., in the presence of families, guests, faculty members and college leaders, marks the beginning of a four-year, hands-on, training commitment to learn leading-edge patient care under the mentorship of distinguished clinician-educators at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson, along with the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, a part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center, are Arizona’s only MD degree-granting institutions and serve as a health-care resource for the entire state and its people.

The Arizona Health Sciences Center is committed to creating a health-care workforce representative of...

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