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Heart Surgeon Dr. Nicole R. Sydow Joins UA Department of Surgery

Nicole R. Sydow, MD, has joined the University of Arizona Department of Surgery as clinical instructor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Sydow has a special interest in the treatment of aortic valve disease, including coronary artery bypass grafting, minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, aortic surgery and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. TAVR is a new technology that provides a treatment option for many patients who are too frail to undergo open heart surgery for aortic valve stenosis. With TAVR, physicians provide aortic valve replacement via minimally invasive approaches, including percutaneous procedures (intervention without an incision).

Additionally, Dr. Sydow’s clinical research interests include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and adult cardiac surgery outcomes.

Dr. Sydow joined the department after completing an advanced cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the UA. She completed general surgery residency training at the Cleveland Clinic and earned her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

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Surgeon and Researcher Dr. Eugene Chang Joins UA Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

The newly formed Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, is pleased to announce that Eugene H. Chang, MD, FACS, has joined the faculty as associate professor.

Dr. Chang comes to the UA from the University of Iowa, where he served as assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery since 2010.  Dr. Chang earned his medical degree at Brown University in the Program for Liberal Medical Education (PLME), and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Iowa, which has been ranked in the top 10 otolaryngology training programs over the past 25 years.

Dr. Chang is one of a few  surgeon-scientists in otolaryngology who combines an active clinical practice with extensive research expertise to help understand the basic processes of sinus disease and to develop future therapies and treatments.  His clinical and research areas focus on endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery.  He specializes in primary and revision endoscopic sinus surgery,...

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CDC Director of Global Health to Discuss His First-Hand Experience with the Ebola Epidemic

Tom Kenyon, MD, MPH, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center (CDC) Center for Global Health, will give a firsthand update on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to health professionals on Friday, Nov. 14, Noon to 1 p.m., at the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Dr. Kenyon will be available to talk with media from 11 a.m. to noon.

(PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Kenyon’s presentation, “The Evolving Ebola Epidemic in West Africa: An Update From CDC,” is open only to health professionals and the media, not the general public.)

Dr. Kenyon has made several visits to the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa since the epidemic started in July.

He has been with the CDC since completing his pediatrics residency at the University of Arizona in 1994.

Dr. Kenyon also is a volunteer faculty member who frequently teaches in the “Global Health: Clinical and Community Care” course offered each summer through the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s Office of...

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Colon and Rectal Surgeon Dr. Nasrin Ghalyaie Joins UA Department of Surgery

Nasrin Ghalyaie, MD, has joined the University of Arizona Department of Surgery Division of Surgical Oncology as assistant professor.

Dr. Ghalyaie specializes in the treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum, with expertise in the surgical management of primary and recurrent cancers of the colon and rectum, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), diverticular disease and anorectal disorders. Her areas of expertise also include pelvic floor disorders, including sacral nerve stimulation in the treatment fecal incontinence, and in sphincter-preserving surgery. She performs screening and surveillance colonoscopies for high-risk patients and offers advanced minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopy and transanal excision of rectal tumors and polyps.

Dr. Ghalyaie works in close collaboration with gastrointestinal specialists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, urologists and interventional radiologists to develop individualized and multidisciplinary management strategies for each patient. Her surgical practice is based primarily at the University of Arizona...

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‘ComfyCozy’s for Chemo’ T-shirts to be Donated to Pediatric Cancer Patients

ComfyCozy’s for Chemo” T-shirts, developed by Amanda Hope Rainbow Angel’s, will be donated to patients with cancer at UAMC -- Diamond Children’s and its pediatric hematology/oncology/BMT outpatient clinic.

Sundt Construction contributed $1,000 to ComfyCozy’s for Chemo – enough to purchase 40 ComfyCozys.
“Sundt Construction has committed to support us long-term, so we can continue to provide ComfyCozy’s to patients at Diamond Children’s,” said Lorraine Tallman, founder of ComfyCozy’s for Chemo and Amanda Hope Rainbow Angel’s.

“Comfy Cozy’s” are brightly colored tie-dyed T-shirts designed with zippers, pockets and slits that allow access to chest-ports without exposing the child’s body. The shirts also provide storage for IV lines while preventing tangling and pulling on the patient’s clothing.

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angel’s is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing “dignity and comfort into the harsh world...

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Fourth Annual ‘Kids of Steele’ Miniature Golf Event Raises Approximately $64,000 for UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Kids of Steele raised approximately $64,000 for the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center at its Fourth Annual Miniature Golf Tournament, held Oct. 19 at Golf N’ Stuff.

“Our event was a huge success, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, attendees and special donors,” said Jenny Horn, Kids of Steele event co-chair.

“We nearly doubled what we raised last year; and, despite the rainy weather, close to 400 children and adults showed up to play miniature golf, race Go-Karts, ride bumper boats, play laser tag and engage in fun crafts to help Steele Center patients feel like rock stars,” she said.

Funds raised from the event will be used for “greatest-need” projects at the UA Steele Center and Kids of Steele service projects, such as providing breakfast and afternoon snacks to outpatients at the Angel Wing for Children with Diabetes and the UAMC Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic.

Kids of Steele, the family auxiliary of the UA Steele Children’s Research Center, is comprised of...

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Pima County AED Scavenger Hunt Participants Find More Than 1,300 Defibrillators

WHAT: Terence Valenzuela, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Arizona and medical director of the Tucson Fire Department, will present the grand prize check for $5,000 to the team that found the most automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Pima County during the HeartMap Challenge AED Scavenger Hunt.

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.

The goal of the AED scavenger hunt, which ran Sept. 3- 30, was to raise awareness about AEDs and to build a comprehensive database of the devices’ locations. More than 1,300 AEDs were found in the Pima County by 170 participants. The scavenger hunt also produced nine out of 10 “Golden AEDs,” worth $50 each. In addition to the announcement of the grand prize winner, other scavenger hunt participants will be recognized and...

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Eighth Annual ‘Pandemic: An Exercise in Disaster Preparedness’ Conducted by UA Interprofessional Education and Practice Program, Oct. 31

For the eighth year in a row, health professions, law and journalism students will tackle the complex logistical and ethical problems of a disease outbreak in Arizona and learn the importance of collaborations across professional lines during “Pandemic: An Exercise in Disaster Preparedness,” the annual statewide event conducted by the University of Arizona’s Interprofessional Education & Practice (IPEP) program, on Friday, Oct. 31, from 9 to 11:50 a.m.

The simulated pandemic will include the flu and other infectious diseases, such as Enterovirus D68, MERS, SARS and the Ebola virus, and will involve more than 575 students and 50 faculty from Arizona’s three state universities—the University of Arizona (UA), Arizona State University (ASU) and Northern Arizona University (NAU)—as well as Midwestern University in Glendale and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe.

The event will be held at three sites linked through real-time telemedicine video conferencing provided by the Arizona Telemedicine Program: in Tucson at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.; in Phoenix at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Building...

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From the American College of Surgeons: Universal Helmet Laws Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries in Young Motorcyclists, According To Trauma Surgeons

Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS, a trauma surgeon and associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was senior study author and a contributing study author, respectively, of two studies presented this week in San Francisco at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Joseph is a contributing author of a study that indicated young motorcycle riders are significantly less likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury if they live in a state with universal motorcycle helmet laws, instead of a state with age-restricted laws.

Two news releases from the American College of Surgeons outlining the findings of these studies are attached.  Contact information is provided on those releases. The releases also note other UA faculty members who were additional authors of the studies.

CONTACT: 
Sally Garneski, 312-202-5409
or Dan Hamilton, 312-202-5328
E-mail: pressinquiry@facs.org

SAN FRANCISCO: Young motorcycle riders are significantly less likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury...

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From the American College of Surgeons: Injury Prevention Intervention Cuts Distracted Driving in Half, According To Trauma Surgeons

Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS, a trauma surgeon and associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was senior study author and a contributing study author, respectively, of two studies presented this week in San Francisco at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Joseph was senior author of a study that outlines how a simple injury-prevention intervention designed to raise awareness about the use of communication devices while driving reduced the incidence of distracted driving by half among health-care personnel.

CONTACT: 
Sally Garneski, 312-202-5409
or Dan Hamilton, 312-202-5328
E-mail: pressinquiry@facs.org

SAN FRANCISCO: A simple intervention designed to raise awareness about the use of com-munication devices while driving reduced the incidence of distracted driving by 50 percent in hospital personnel, according to findings from a single site study presented today at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Driving distracted, caused by any...

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