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 and Genomic Medicine 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...

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Video: New UA Medical Class Shares `Wildcat Pride’ During Orientation and White Coat Ceremony

A new video captures the enthusiasm of the 115 new medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucsonas they begin rigorous training to become much-needed physicians for our state and beyond.

Please view the video here:

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.

Three days of orientation familiarized the future physicians with the UA medical education program, the Tucson community and the Arizona Health Sciences Center campus, which also is home to the UA Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, as well as the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus.

The formal White Coat ceremony, held Aug. 8, welcomed...

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UA’s Inaugural Class of Integrative Health Professionals Exceeds Expectations

The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) will graduate its inaugural class of Integrative Health and Lifestyle program (IHeLp) participants today.  The IHeLp program equips health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and credentials with the skills they need to enhance their roles as crucial members of integrative health-care teams worldwide.

The 42 graduates of the IHeLp 2014 summer class began their studies in January. This 250-hour comprehensive program offers participants flexibility in scheduling with online delivery of curriculum, while joining a community of like-minded professionals. They get hands-on training at a four-day educational retreat in Tucson, which expands and applies their online learning through team building, faculty interaction and experiential exercises.

IHeLp is a six-month online certificate program that emphasizes a patient-centered approach, combining conventional and complementary treatment, including nutrition, mindfulness and physical activity; techniques to motivate change and reduce stress; manual medicine; traditional Chinese...

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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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