Dr. Elizabeth Calhoun Appointed Executive Director of the New Center for Population Science and Discovery at the Arizona Health Sciences Center

Elizabeth Calhoun, PhD, MEd, a nationally recognized leader in minority health and health disparities research, with a special focus on breast cancer disparities, has been appointed associate vice president for population health sciences and executive director of the new Center for Population Science and Discovery at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Calhoun also has been appointed professor in the Division of Community, Environment and Policy of the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with a joint appointment in the Department of Surgery at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Dr. Calhoun, who joined the UA Aug. 18, reports to Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences and interim dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Calhoun to the UA to lead the development of the new Center for Population Science and Discovery,” said Dr. Garcia. “The establishment of this center is...

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The Three Most Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation, the most common heart-rhythm abnormality, affects 2 to 3 million people in the United States, a number projected to increase to 12 million by 2050 as the population ages, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month and a good time to talk to your doctor about this condition that increases your stroke risk.

Here are three recommended atrial fibrillation (a-fib) questions from Julia H. Indik, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and a cardiologist who specializes in evaluating and treating heart-rhythm disturbances.

1. What is my risk for stroke?
Learn your CHADS-VASc  score. This is a stroke risk calculation for patients with a-fib, said Dr. Indik. Points are added if you have heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, history of stroke (even a “mini-stroke...

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UAMC to Discontinue Home Health Services in October

University of Arizona Medical Center announced today it will discontinue its home health services in the next 30 days.

UAMC Home Health currently provides approximately 400 patients with intermittent nursing care in the home. Patients who require ongoing home health care will be transitioned to the care of other home health agencies in the community.

UAMC’s 36 home health staff members include nurses, therapists, social workers and others. They will receive severance packages based on their length of service and their benefits will be continued for two months. UAMC anticipates that most will find other jobs elsewhere in the UA Health Network, one of the largest employers in Tucson with more than 6,000 employees.

UAMC is making a business decision to devote its resources to services and programs not duplicated or available elsewhere in the community, such as trauma, organ transplantation and the high-tech specialty care that make UAMC a referral center for other hospitals around the state, said Karen Mlawsky, CEO of the Hospital Division of the UA Health Network.

“We are confident our...

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Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, Associate Vice-President of Precision Health Sciences, Named New MD-PhD Head at UA College of Medicine - Tucson

Building on the University of Arizona tradition of research excellence and the commitment of Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, and the Arizona Health Sciences Center senior leadership team to nurture and expand the pipeline of clinician-scientists, Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD,  will serve as the new MD-PhD program director at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

The MD-PhD Program at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson was established in 1990 to provide dual training in medicine and research to students interested in careers as research-intensive physicians working in the public and private sectors. 

Graduates often pursue residency training before joining medical schools or research institutions as academic scholars. Dr. Ramos, associate vice-president of precision health sciences and professor of medicine, will work closely with members of the MD-PhD Committee, the UA Graduate College, UA Admissions Committee, the Office of Diversity and the College of Medicine – Phoenix to increase recruitment and retention of...

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TOWN HALL with Dr. Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia



Please join us for an informative town hall with
Dr. Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

4:00 p.m. 


DuVal Auditorium

Videoconferenced to Phoenix PBC campus Room C104. 

The town hall will be available for viewing on the AHSC streaming page immediately after the Town hall ends. 

Reception to follow at the University of Arizona Cancer Center main lobby (¬first floor).

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Women’s Health Research Symposium: Sex and Gender Differences

Women’s health research has come a long way since the ground-breaking 15-year Women’s Health Initiative was launched in 1991 by the National Insitutes of Health (NIH) to address the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women.

On Friday, Sept. 5, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., University of Arizona researchers studying women’s health will gather for a Women’s Health Research Symposium: Sex and Gender Differences at the UA Student Union Memorial Center, North Ballroom, 1301 E. University Blvd., Tucson.

The event seeks to draw campus-wide attention to women’s health research issues and sex and gender differences research. The symposium provides a forum for UA Main Campus and Arizona Health Sciences Center faculty, staff, students, fellows, post-doctoral students and medical residents to discuss their research in women’s health and/or sex and gender differences and to network to expand cross-campus research collaborations. The event will feature speakers, roundtable discussions, workshops, research posters and a networking reception.

Presented by the ...

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UAMC Trauma Center Chosen for Clinical Study on New Drug that May Improve Function after Acute Spinal Cord Injury

The University of Arizona Medical Center is one of 60 trauma centers in the United States, Canada and Europe selected to conduct a clinical trial of a new investigational drug that could help people with acute spinal cord injuries (ASCI) experience less spinal cord damage and have improved function.

Researchers are evaluating the safety and efficacy of an investigative new drug called SUN13837 to determine whether it can protect and regenerate the spinal nerves in ASCI patients. To be considered for the study, a participant must have suffered a spinal cord injury within 12 hours prior to receiving the first dose of the medication and be available for daily dosing for 28 consecutive days.

UAMC is the only Level I Trauma Center in the Southwest involved in the two-year study. UA Department of Surgery surgeons Randall Friese, MD, professor, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery, and Rein Anton, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Division of Neurosurgery, are leading the study.

Acute spinal cord injury occurs in 13,000 to 15,000 individuals in the United...

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UA Steele Children’s Research Center Welcomes New Special Events and Development Coordinators

Katie James, MPA, and Michelle MacDonald have joined the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center as coordinators, special events and development.

As members of the development team, both James and MacDonald will coordinate special events benefitting the UA Steele Center and the University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s.

In addition to coordinating special events, James will serve as a liaison and representative to volunteer groups and donors who support the UA Steele Center, such as Kids of Steele and UA-affiliated groups.

James graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and the UA with a Master of Public Administration. James has a strong background in non-profit operations, special events, grant writing and volunteer coordination. 

“Supporting the mission to improve children’s health through research and discovery is a very rewarding opportunity,” said James. “I’m excited to be part of the Steele Center team and grateful to...

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Tucson Fire Department and UA Department of Emergency Medicine Host Community-Wide Scavenger Hunt for Life-Saving Emergency Defibrillators Sept. 3-30

Tucson and Pima County residents are invited to join a scavenger hunt for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) during the month of September. The Tucson Fire Department and the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine are hosting HeartMap Tucson Challenge, an AED scavenger hunt that aims to raise awareness about AEDs and to a build a comprehensive database of the devices’ locations. Registration for the challenge is open to individuals or teams. Prizes range from $50 to $5,000.

AEDs are electronic, brief-case size devices designed to allow bystanders to help someone who has collapsed during a cardiac arrest prior to the arrival of emergency medical services providers. Using an AED has been shown to saves lives; if a person suffering a cardiac arrest receives defibrillation within 3 minutes of collapse, the chance of survival increases 30 percent.
AEDs are cost-effective lifesavers that often are placed in schools, businesses, airports, sports clubs and shopping malls, said Terence Valenzuela, MD, UA professor of emergency medicine and medical...

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UA’s Dr. Dan Derksen Appointed Director of The Community, Environment & Policy Division

Dan Derksen, MD, professor and the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair, has been named director of the community, environment and policy division at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Dr. Derksen is director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health at the UA College of Public Health, where he oversees the State Office of Rural Health, the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program. 

“Dr. Derksen will provide a strong and effective vision and leadership for the division. During his time at the college, he has proven to be an exceptional researcher and a creative leader in health policy, health administration and rural health,” said Dean Iman Hakim, MD, PhD, MPH.

Dr. Derksen said, “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the community, environment and policy division. As we welcome new faculty and students this fall, there is much for us to contribute to improve public health and health outcomes research conducted...

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