UA Cardiology Fellows Class of 2014 Prepare for Next Phase of Careers

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center celebrated the graduation of five fellows from the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program and two from the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program this June.
The graduating Cardiovascular Medicine Fellows are:

Vijay Doraiswamy, MD, who is joining the UA College of Medicine, Division of Cardiology as an assistant professor, primarily practicing at the UA Medical Center – South Campus. Joseph Hackler, DO, who is moving to Little Rock, Ark., where he will work in private practice. Ahmad Mizyed, MD, who is pursuing a heart failure fellowship at the University of Michigan during the coming academic year. Madhan Shanmugasundaram, MD, who is pursuing an interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Kentucky. Tam Truong, MD, who will remain at the UA during the upcoming academic year as a fellow in the Interventional Cardiology Program.

The graduating Interventional Cardiology Fellows are:

Ravi Boyella, MD, who will work in private practice in Sierra Vista, Ariz.... [read more]

The University of Arizona Health Network and Banner Health Launch Effort to Create State-Wide Organization to Transform, Advance Health Care in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – In a historic move that will transform the health care landscape in Arizona, the University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) and the University of Arizona (UA) executed a Principles of Agreement document with Banner Health, to create a statewide health care organization and a comprehensive new model for academic medicine. This ground-breaking agreement will formalize discussions and is intended to lead to final definitive agreements sometime in the fall.

The proposed transaction is anticipated to generate approximately $1 billion in new capital, academic investments, and other consideration and value beneficial to UA and the community.

The anticipated transition of 6,300 employees working at UAHN’s two hospitals, the health plan and the medical group into Banner will create Arizona’s largest private employer with more than 37,000 employees.

Today’s action follows votes from the UAHN and Banner boards of directors in support of proceeding with negotiations, as well as a vote by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) to authorize UA to also move forward with UAHN and Banner. The parties will now work together towards final...

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The University of Arizona Health Network and Banner Health to Make Formal Announcement About Advancing the Future of Health Care in Arizona and Nationwide

***** MEDIA ADVISORY *****

Contact:               Rebecca Ruiz McGill, Arizona Health Sciences Center Office of Public Affairs, 520-626-8434; 520-360-0308      

WHAT:                 Join The University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN), The University of Arizona, Banner Health and the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) to hear firsthand a formal announcement that will transform and enhance the future of patient care, academic medical education and research in Arizona.

Prior to the press conference, the UAHN board and ABOR will convene at 10 a.m. in a joint public meeting to discuss this formal announcement. The joint meeting and press conference will be available via live webstream at:

WHEN:                 Thursday, June 26, 2014
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
*Executives will be available for interviews immediately following the press conference.

WHERE:               Kiewit Auditorium in the Arizona Cancer Center building
1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson,...

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An Important Communication for You

Dear AHSC Community, 

As we stated last week, your senior leaders and the UAHN Board of Directors are actively exploring new strategies to ensure that UAHN’s hospitals, health plan and medical group have a secure, sustainable foundation that elevates our ability to care for present and future patients and also supports our research and education missions.

We also stated that our exploration has led us into discussions about collaboration with many organizations, including Banner Health.

 Information has been posted on the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) website about a non-binding Principles of Agreement document intended to lead to final definitive agreements that will guide the transition of UAHN into Banner Health and a significant academic affiliation between Banner and the University of Arizona. This information is accurate. We believe such a transition and affiliation will benefit health care and medical education in Arizona. The UAHN Board of Directors and ABOR are scheduled to vote on the Principles of Agreement on Thursday, June 26, and we are hopeful of their support.

The boards will convene at 10 a.m., Thursday, in a public meeting that is...

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`Med-Start(ing)’ a Health Career and Interest in Higher Education

Since 1969, more than 1,000 high school students from Arizona’s most remote and under-represented areas have been accepted into the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Med-Start program. The highly competitive health career interest program is a proven success with 80 percent of the program’s participants progressing on to higher education.

A part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, the Med-Start program has two goals: to address the critical shortage of a diverse health-care workforce and to provide students  opportunities to explore health careers and college  to successfully reach their academic and career goals.

Now in its 45th year, Med-Start at the UA  College of Medicine – Tucson counts among its alumni Gerardo “Jerry” Sanchez, mayor of San Luis, Ariz., who holds a Bachelor of Science  in microbiology and immunology and an advanced degree in medical technology from the UA;...

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Arizona Elks Pediatric Clinic Receives ‘Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Teen Practice Immunization Award’

The Arizona Elks Pediatric Clinic at the University of Arizona Medical Center won the “Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Teen Practice Immunization Award.”

The award was presented at the 18th Annual “Big Shots for Arizona Awards Ceremony,” by The Arizona Partnership for Immunization in Phoenix.

This award is given for reaching 90 percent immunization coverage levels by age 15. The vaccines assessed included one Tdap (protects against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough), one MCV (protects against meningitis) and one HPV (protects against cervical cancer) vaccine.

“I want to thank my staff and faculty for taking every opportunity to be sure our patients receive appropriate vaccinations,” said Kimberly Gerhart, MD, medical director of the clinic, assistant professor and division chief of General Pediatrics, UA Department of Pediatrics. “I especially thank Bridgette Favors, LPN, for helping us keep the clinic compliant with CDC/state guidelines, including vaccination schedules, vaccine administration and the handling and storage of vaccines.”

This is the second recognition the Arizona Elks...

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Orphaned Ugandan Boy Undergoes Surgery at UAMC to Correct Severely Deformed Spine

Neurosurgeons Ali Baaj, MD, University of Arizona Department of Surgery, and Kumar Kakarla, MD, Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, successfully performed corrective spine surgery June 9 on a severely deformed Ugandan orphan approximately 8 years old at the University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC) in Tucson. Now, Luwasi Muhammed, also known as “Little Lewis,” stands four inches taller and has a chance at living a normal life.

Little Lewis suffered from a severely deformed spine caused by tuberculosis. Four years ago, he was found abandoned near a Ugandan cemetery. He has been in the care of African Children’s Charities, a Tucson-based organization that sponsors an orphanage in Uganda. Both his parents had died of AIDS.

Given the complex nature of the pathology and the high-risk technical aspects of the surgery, it was clear that the surgeons and facilities needed to perform the deformity correction procedure were not available in Uganda. Doctors...

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Dr. Pradeep V. Kadambi Joins Division of Nephrology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Pradeep V. Kadambi, MD, MBA, FASN, has been appointed associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and medical director of solid organ transplantation at the University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC).

Dr. Kadambi is responsible for the development and oversight of UA/UAMC solid organ transplant programs.

“Dr. Kadambi is an outstanding addition to the Department of Medicine.  He brings needed expertise in transplant medicine that will be of benefit to all of our transplant programs,” said Thomas D. Boyer, MD, head, UA Department of Medicine.
“I am delighted to join the Arizona Health Sciences Center and the UA Health Network,” said Dr. Kadambi. “The institutional alignment and leadership commitment to solid organ transplantation gives our team a great opportunity to restore the rich history of transplantation as the Southwest’s premier transplant program. Along with the rest of the transplant team, I am committed to...

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Beads of Courage ‘Celebration of Courage’ Event at Diamond Children’s

Beads of Courage will host its “Celebration of Courage” event on Friday, June 13, 3-5 p.m. in the lobby at Diamond Children’s.

Current and past patients who have participated in the program are invited to attend this fun-filled event.

Activities include:

• Make a “Strength Bracelet”
• Create a “Courage Clip”
• Weigh their beads
• Receive a “Certificate of Courage”
• Receive a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Bead of Courage

Clowns from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will attend the event and provide fun and entertainment for patients and their siblings as well.

“We believe that it is important to host a Celebration of Courage Event once a year to provide a meaningful context to honor the courage of children and families we support through Beads of Courage,” said Jean Baruch, PhD, RN, executive director of Beads of Courage. “A celebration is a form of ceremony that involves purposeful time dedicated to reflecting upon milestones overcome along a challenging treatment journey. We are grateful for the caring...

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UAMC Surgery Team Removes 47-pound Tumor in Tucson Woman in High-Risk Procedure

In a complex, 10-hour operation, surgeons at The University of Arizona Medical Center successfully removed a 47.5-pound tumor from a Tucson woman. The team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses brought Marcey DiCaro successfully through the surgery, despite her suffering a cardiac arrest during the procedure.

Three years prior to surgery, DiCaro noticed her belly getting bigger, but attributed it to weight gain. She was experiencing transient pain in her upper right quadrant, and eventually the pain remained constant.

DiCaro, who had no health insurance at the time of diagnosis, had a scan that revealed a large tumor in March 2012. With preexisting conditions, finding insurance was very difficult, but DiCaro eventually found a plan she thought would cover the procedure. Surgery was scheduled in 2013, but her operation was cancelled the night before because of more issues with her insurance coverage.

Finally, in 2014, DiCaro was able to acquire insurance coverage that would cover preexisting conditions through the Affordable Care Act. She underwent...

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