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COM-T Welcomes Record-breaking Class of 2020

COM-T Welcomes Record-breaking Class of 2020

A record number of applicants and a record yield rate of accepted students led to record enrollment for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Class of 2020.

The College welcomed 135 students into the new class during the traditional White Coat Ceremony, where the future physicians received their white coats – the visible mark of a physician – before hundreds of their family and friends.

Bruce Coull, MD, professor of neurology and medicine and chair of the College’s Professionalism Program, gave the keynote address, sharing the “two cornerstones of what you need to acquire to be an outstanding professional physician.”

“On one hand you need to have a deep knowledge of medical science and all that it entails. On the other hand you need to be a person who understands human illness and humanity and how you can help to heal,” he said. “Having the knowledge alone is not enough.”

Each student received a stethoscope and white coat thanks to alumni, faculty, staff and friends from across the U.S. who gave to this year’s Stethoscope and White Coat Campaign.

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Banner – UMC Tucson Ranked Among Nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson has been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation in geriatrics and nephrology in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospitals’ ratings, and as “high ranking” in five other medical specialties.

The publication also rated Banner – University Medical Center as the best hospital in the Tucson metro area, and the No. 3 hospital in Arizona, after the Mayo Clinic and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, its sister hospital.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“We are pleased that U.S. News has recognized the caregivers, educators and researchers at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson for their focus on patients and for producing outstanding outcomes.  It takes an entire team to garner results like these,” said Tom Dickson, chief executive officer of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

The Tucson academic medical center was ranked 46th in the medical specialty of geriatrics and 39th in nephrology out of...

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UA Cancer Center Retains Prestigious NCI Comprehensive Status with $17.6M Award

The University of Arizona Cancer Center has been recognized for its multidisciplinary cancer research and research-driven clinical care through a highly competitive grant award from the National Cancer Institute. The NCI renewed the Center’s status as a Comprehensive Cancer Center and awarded a five-year, $17.6 million Cancer Center Support Grant, based on the strength, depth and breadth of basic laboratory, clinical, prevention, control and population-based research.

The UA Cancer Center is one of only 45 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation and is the only one headquartered in Arizona. The renewed designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center gives patients throughout Arizona and the greater Southwest access to the most comprehensive, research-driven cancer care and treatments.

The UA Cancer Center received its initial NCI designation in 1978 and was elevated to Comprehensive Cancer Center status in 1990.

The grant supports the important work in cancer research that has been the cornerstone of the mission and history of the UA Cancer Center, which is led by Andrew S. Kraft, MD...

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The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has seen many advances and accomplishments s

Shaping the Future of Medicine: The College of Medicine – Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has seen many advances and accomplishments since it was founded in 1967, and this publication—Shaping the Future of Medicine [PDF]—captures the history and highlights of the College and each of its departments.

Within the pages of the COM – T report, you’ll learn …

which artificial body part was the developed here and recognized as one of the nation’s 10  most important medical advances in 1976; how a single photon of light may eventually help prevent and treat a disease with no current cure; about new technology that shows fine details of breast tissue without added radiation to breast cancer patients;

and much, much more about the people, programs and ground-breaking research at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson!

White Coat Ceremony, Class of 2020, UA College of Medicine - Tucson

The 22nd annual ceremony marks the students’ entrance into the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

Bruce M. Coull, MD, UA professor of neurology and medicine, will deliver the keynote address, “Fifty Steps in Four Years: Professionalism on the Road to Becoming a Doctor.”


LOCATION:  Centennial Hall
1020 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus, Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. – The largest class ever admitted to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson – 135 students – will celebrate their entrance into medical school at the College’s 22nd annual White Coat Ceremony, on Friday, July 29, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., on the UA Main Campus.

Open only to family and friends of incoming medical students, not the general public, the ceremony may be viewed live on the Internet at http://streaming.biocom....

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UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $3 Million Continuation Grant for its Arizona LEND Program

The UA Steele Children’s Research Center has received a five-year, $3 million, LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) continuation grant to train individuals to improve the health status of infants, children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.

A center of excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, the UA Steele Center is part of the University of Arizona Health Sciences – the statewide leader in training health professionals.

Sydney Rice MD, MS, associate professor, and Eileen McGrath, PhD, assistant professor, are co-directors of the Arizona LEND programDr. Rice is an associate professor of pediatrics and a developmental and behavioral pediatrician; Dr. McGrath is an assistant professor of pediatrics and public health and the training director for Arizona LEND.

“This program enables us to bring together the expertise of families and professionals across Arizona,” said Dr. Rice. “The Arizona LEND...

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Grant Funds Research and Clinical Trial to Address Health Disparities in Bone Marrow Transplantation

Ethnic minorities who need bone marrow transplantation (BMT) have less than a 35 percent chance of finding a matched unrelated donor.

At the University of Arizona Health Sciences, physicians and researchers at  the UA Cancer Center and the UA Steele Children’s Research Center have been working together  to address this disturbing disparity.

Emmanuel Katsanis, MD, professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology and immunobiology, and director of the UA Cancer Center Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, recently was awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The “LLS Translational Research Program” will advance his ongoing haplo-BMT research at the UA Steele Center, and fund a Phase I/II clinical trial at the UA Cancer Center.

For patients who need a bone marrow transplant but cannot find a donor match, a procedure called haploidentical bone marrow transplantation (haplo-BMT) could be lifesaving. The...

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UA Sarver Heart Center Welcomes Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dr. Mathew Hutchinson

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center welcomes Mathew D. Hutchinson, MD, as the new director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Program in the Division of Cardiology at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson.

Board certified in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, Dr. Hutchinson specializes in treating complex heart rhythm disorders, such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.

Dr. Hutchinson comes from University of Pennsylvania where he was  an associate professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine. He completed his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and his medical residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston. His cardiology and electrophysiology fellowships were completed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hutchinson cares for patients with complex arrhythmia disorders, as well as adult congenital heart disease and arrhythmias. His clinical research activities focus on developing new techniques to improve procedural outcomes in patients with atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. He is internationally renowned for...

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UA’s Dr. Cecilia Rosales Appointed Co-Chair of Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Health Services Committee

Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, assistant dean and professor of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health – Phoenix, has been appointed private sector co-chair of the Health Services Committee of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC).

The AMC is Arizona’s cross-border nonprofit organization with a focus on improving the economic prosperity and quality of life for all Arizonans through strong, public and private collaborations in advocacy, trade, networking and information.

The Health Services Committee members participate in grassroots policy development, exchange ideas and information through cross-border communication and collaboration, and contribute to the implementation and advancement of cross-border projects.

Dr. Rosales has more than 25 years of experience in program development and implementation, public health administration and policy and health disparities research related to the Southwest and border region. Her comprehensive understanding of the region has resulted in a...

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People and Programs On the Move at University of Arizona Health Sciences

UA and Banner Welcome Neonatologist Dr. Shalin Patel

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty member Shalin Patel, MBBS, MPH, MD, assistant professor, to the Division of Neonatology.

As a neonatologist, Dr. Patel will provide care for high-risk newborns with critical clinical conditions, prematurity and birth defects, and provide care for other newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Diamond Children’s.

Dr. Patel received his medical degree from C.U. Shah Medical College (Surendranagar, India). He completed his pediatrics residency at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine (Kalamazoo, Mich.). He then went on to complete a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (Memphis). Additionally, Dr. Patel completed an MPH in health care administration from Benedictine University (Lisle, Ill.).

Dr. Patel conducts quality-improvement...

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