White Coat Ceremony 2015 - video recap

The Class of 2019 celebrates the start of medical school with family and friends

Watch highlights from the Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 7, 2015, and see what it's like to officially become a MedCat!

FUTURE OF CANCER CARE HAS ARRIVED: University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital Set To Open

As the lone National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center headquartered in the state, The University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital is bringing the future of cancer care to downtown Phoenix.

National Cancer Institute facilities are dedicated to fighting cancer through groundbreaking research and the Center’s goal is to have a clinical trial available to patients with any type of cancer.  There are only 41 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. 

Medical staff, who have been recruited from across the nation, will begin seeing patients at the new Center on Monday, Aug. 24.  The Center is located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, next to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, at Fillmore and 7thStreets.  “We believe this facility and the extraordinary combined medical talents from St. Joseph’s and UA Cancer Center will allow us to set the standard for extraordinary cancer care,” said Patty White, president and CEO of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. 

One of the country’s most forward-looking cancer centers, the new five-story, 220,000-square-foot facility provides...

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Faculty Affairs Earns National Poster Award

Faculty development efforts at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix are getting some national acknowledgement.

The College was cited for “Best-in-Class Poster” for improving faculty affairs offices at the 2015

Association of American Medical College’s Group on Diversity and lnclusion and Group on Faculty Affairs Professional Development Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, earlier this summer.

The poster, “Retooling Faculty Development: Increasing Engagement through Technology for the Faculty of Tomorrow,” was recognized for “poster quality, originality and significance,” the group said. It was developed by Jennifer Allie, PhD, associate dean of Faculty Affairs and Development, and Jonathan Snyder, faculty development program coordinator.

The Faculty Affairs unit has increased its course offerings and ramped up use of technology to reach a wider group both on- and off-campus since a majority of faculty are located at several locations around the city,...

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Curcumin Shows Potential to Prevent Inflammation-Associated Colorectal Cancer, Restore Microbial Gut Ecology

Researchers at the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center have made another promising discovery about curcumin—the bioactive ingredient in turmeric—as a potentially viable means to prevent inflammation-associated colorectal cancer and balance the microbiota of the gut.

“The microbiota of the gut is becoming recognized as a major player in health and disease,” said Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, professor and head, UA Department of Pediatrics and director of the UA Steele Center. “This is the first study to implicate the role of curcumin in modulating the microbiota of the gut and preventing colon cancer.”

Colorectal cancer—cancers of the colon and rectum—is the third-highest cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. Individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) have a higher chance of developing colon cancer.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, approximately 93,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colon cancer, 40,000 with rectal cancer and 50,000 will die from the disease.

Genetic components,...

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World-renowned Burn Care Specialist to Lead Off Community Lecture Series

Join Kevin Foster, MD, MBA, FACS, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium on the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix campus, 600 E. Van Buren, as he shares details about Arizona Burn Center’s experimental skin spray treatment designed to help burn victims heal from devastating injuries.

Dr. Foster has dedicated his life to the continual improvement of care and wellbeing for burn victims, and currently serves as the medical director of Maricopa Integrated Health System’s Arizona Burn Center and clinical assistant professor of surgery at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.

The innovative treatment is considered less invasive than traditional skin grafting and has been found to not only heal more quickly, but also create less scarring with the potential to decrease the number of operations patients need.

“There are really few opportunities to talk about truly translation research when one goes from doing a study on a product or drug or device and then using it almost immediately on patient,” Dr. Foster said.  “As soon as this is approved by the...

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Open House to Celebrate, Rededicate ‘Camp Wellness’

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2015, 3:30 - 5 P.M.

UA RISE Health and Wellness Center, 1030 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson

The University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine invites media to cover a celebration and rededication of Camp Wellness, a nationally recognized day program that teaches adults with serious mental illness how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

The open house will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at the UA RISE Health and Wellness Center, home to Camp Wellness, at 1030 N. Alvernon Way, just south of Speedway Blvd., in Tucson.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will speak at the open house, as will Terry Stevens, CEO of Cenpatico Arizona, which last December won the state’s three-year contract to administer behavioral health-care services throughout Southern Arizona, including Pima County, beginning Oct. 1. Wednesday’s open house will celebrate and rededicate Camp Wellness as an important component of Cenpatico’s services.

The UA Department of Family and Community Medicine...

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AHSC Diversity Programs Featured on Arizona Public Media

The diversity-and-inclusion efforts of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center were featured on the Arizona Public Media (AZPM) show, Arizona Week. The program airs on PBS 6 on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. The program featuring AHSC diversity and inclusion efforts can viewed online:

Arizona Week producer and host, Lorraine Rivera, interviews Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, as he explains the efforts AHSC has taken to train and mentor students via a variety of diversity-and-inclusion programs, specifically created to positively impact health care. With a population that is 35-percent Latino and Native American, Arizona suffers from serious health disparities and access to quality care, made even more severe by the lack of diversity in the biomedical and health-care workforce.
The program features interviews with the following students and alumni:

Malini Chauhan, a UA College of Medicine – Tucson Class...

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The 21st annual ceremony marks the students’ entrance into the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

Francisco Garcia, MD, MPH, director and chief medical officer of the Pima County Health Department, a 1992 graduate of the UA College of Medicine and the College’s 2015 Alumnus of the Year, will be this year’s keynote speaker.

DATE/TIME:            FRIDAY, AUG. 7, 5-6:30 P.M. (reception immediately follows)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. – As family, friends and faculty cheer, 117 new medical students in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2019 will celebrate their entrance into the medical profession at the College’s 21st annual White Coat Ceremony.

Designed to honor new medical students as they accept the responsibility of the doctor-patient relationship, the ceremony will be held Friday, Aug. 7, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in Centennial Hall,...

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Breathing New Life Into Diabetes Treatment

This story first appeared in UANews and was written by Alexis Blue, University Relations - Communications,

Dr. Klearchos Papas, a professor in the University of Arizona Department of Surgery, and his collaborators have been awarded $3 million in grants and contracts for ongoing efforts to revolutionize islet cell transplantation in patients with Type 1 diabetes.

Their work includes the development of an implantable oxygen generator aimed at improving the function and efficacy of implanted, encapsulated insulin-producing islet cells. If successful, the advancement has the potential to reverse Type 1 diabetes in some patients without the need for immunosuppression.

"We believe this could be a breakthrough in diabetes treatment," said Papas, scientific director of the UA's Institute for Cellular Transplantation.

JDRF, the world's largest charitable funder of Type 1 diabetes research and formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research...

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Banner, College of Medicine Welcome Host of New Faculty Physicians

A nephrologist from one of the top U.S. health systems specializing in kidney transplants is among more than 30 new faculty physicians joining Banner – University Medical Center and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson in the next 90 days.

Asjad Sardar, MD, an assistant professor in the UA Department of Medicine, came to Tucson last month from a transplant nephrology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, whose hospital is ranked No. 5 in the country by the National Kidney Registry for kidney transplants.

Dr. Sardar earned his medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, and did his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. He worked as a hospitalist in Indiana and internal medicine specialist in Yuma, Ariz., before completing a general nephrology fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. In Texas, he served under Pradeep K. Kadambi, MD, now Banner – UMC medical director of solid organ transplantation, who recruited him to Tucson. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.

“I believe the combination of Dr. Sardar’s...

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