UA and Banner Welcome New Pediatric Specialists

The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty members Jenny Mendelson, MD, and Alicia Palmer, MD.

Dr. Mendelson, assistant professor, joined the Division of Critical Care.  As a pediatric intensivist and pediatric emergency physician, Dr. Mendelson will take care of critically ill children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the pediatric emergency department at Diamond Children’s.

Dr. Mendelson completed her MD and a combined residency in emergency medicine/pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center).

Her research interests are in the areas of pediatric cardiac arrest and post-resuscitation care, medical simulation and transport medicine. She is board certified in pediatrics and emergency medicine.

Dr. Palmer, assistant...

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Message from the UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences: UA Health Sciences Programs Champion Health-care Workforce Diversity

Increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of the health-care workforce has been identified as a key factor to addressing health disparities and ensuring the adequate provision of culturally competent care to our nation’s growing minority communities.

To encourage diversity in the health-care workforce, the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center has initiated several novel programs and initiatives focused on the recruitment, education and training of a diverse group of future health-care educators, practitioners and leaders.

Diversity in the health-care workforce is essential if we hope to ensure gains in the health and well-being of our state and nation. With a population that is 35-percent Latino and Native American, Arizona suffers from serious health disparities and access to quality care – challenges made even more profound by the lack of diversity in the biomedical and health-care workforce. Creating a diverse health-care workforce, representative of the populations it serves, is a strategic priority for the UA Health Sciences.

I am pleased to report that our efforts are paying off. For example, the incoming UA College of Medicine – Tucson Class...

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‘Ebola: What Are We Learning? In Africa? In America?,’ Aug. 10

An Ebola survivor is one of four national and local experts—including representatives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson—who will discuss the current state of affairs surrounding the disease and answer questions at “Ebola: What Are We Learning? In Africa? In America?”

The free presentation, open to the public and health professionals, will be held Monday, Aug. 10, 4:30-6 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. (Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson visitor/patient parking garages.)

As the Ebola epidemic continues, headlines are shifting from panic toward sober appraisal of this new clinical and public health challenge. Recent news that an Ebola vaccine has been successful in a clinical trial has raised hopes that an end to the epidemic may be near.

The presenters are:

Craig Spencer, MD, MPH (appearing via a...

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UA Emergency Medicine Researchers Receive $2.4 million Grant to Join Federally Funded Pediatric Research Network

The Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center (AEMRC) – Tucson at the University of Arizona Emergency Medicine Department received a $2.4 million grant to join a prestigious group of researchers and institutions as one of six U.S. Research Node Centers for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).

Kurt Denninghoff, MD, distinguished professor of emergency medicine and associate director of AEMRC – Tucson, will lead the newly created Southwest Research Node Center (SW-RNC), a network of three affiliated pediatric emergency departments: the UA, the University of New Mexico and the University of Oklahoma. Clinical researchers from each of these sites will collaborate to develop and conduct PECARN-approved studies that focus on preventing and reducing child and youth morbidity and mortality.

“The inclusion of the UA-based Southwest Research Node Center in the internationally acclaimed PECARN will serve to integrate Arizona and the Southwest, with their unique populations and geographies, into the forefront of pediatric care and research,” said...

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UA Cancer Center’s ‘Better Than Ever’ Fitness Program Kicks Off 16th Season, Aug. 19

Better Than Ever (BTE), a University of Arizona Cancer Center community fitness and fundraising program, invites the Southern Arizona community to attend the kickoff of the program’s 16th season, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 5:30-7 p.m., at the UA Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

The kickoff is free and open to the public. The event will feature food, prizes and more information about BTE. (Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson visitor/patient parking garages. After 5 p.m., free parking is available just south of the hospital in the UA Zone 1 permit and metered parking lot No. 2030 at East Mabel Street and Martin Avenue.)

Whether you are a new or previous participant, come join BTE’s weekly walking, running and biking groups conveniently located throughout Tucson and Arizona, including Green Valley, Phoenix and Sedona. There also is a train-from-home option.

BTE welcomes all ages and fitness levels and provides a noncompetitive atmosphere where you...

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UA Sarver Heart Center Recruiting Heart Failure Patients for Clinical Study

Cardiologists at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center are recruiting patients with heart failure for a clinical research study that is evaluating a cardiac contractility modulation (CCM) investigational device.

The study, “Evaluate Safety and Efficacy of the OPTIMIZER® System in Subjects With Moderate-to-Severe Heart Failure: FIX-HF-5C,” is looking for patients who are 18 years and older and have been told they have heart failure with symptoms that are limiting their daily living activities.

The CCM investigational device delivers special electrical signals to the heart. Unlike a pacemaker, the CCM signals do not initiate a new heartbeat or change the rate at which the heart beats. Rather, these signals are intended to enhance the strength (contractility) of the heartbeat.

Peter Ott, MD, an associate professor of clinical medicine at the UA Sarver Heart Center and a cardiologist who specializes in treating heart rhythm disorders, is the UA’s principal investigator for this study, sponsored by Impulse Dynamics.

For more information, please call Lizzette Marquez...

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UA Department of Emergency Medicine Welcomes New Faculty Members

The University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine welcomes two new faculty members.

Jennifer J. Smith, MD, PharmD, joined the department as assistant professor of emergency medicine after recently completing an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fellowship at the UA.

Dr. Smith received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and medical degree from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago. She completed her residency training in emergency medicine at the UA. Her research interests include prehospital medical care and pharmaceuticals, and community paramedicine.

Dr. Smith will practice at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South, and will serve as the associate medical director for the BUMC-S Base Hospital.

Cameron Hypes, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, not only sees patients in the emergency department, but also spends time in the ICU as an attending physician.

His research interests include airway management, including the use of mechanical ventilation devices, respiratory failure, cardiac arrest...

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The V Foundation Presents Breast Cancer Research Grant to University of Arizona Cancer Center

The V Foundation for Cancer Research has awarded the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) a one-year, $65,000 breast cancer research grant.

The UACC, a National Cancer Center Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, was selected for its breast cancer clinical trial education programs that encourage diversity among participants, particularly targeting Latinas, and for its multi-disciplinary approach to treatment.

The UACC is one of five National Cancer Institute-designated regional cancer centers to receive a research grant from The V Foundation. The grants were made possible through fundraising efforts by Hooters Restaurants of America.

Hooters raised $661,824 during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2014 by asking America to #SupportOurHooters in the fight against breast cancer. The remaining funds from the #SupportOurHooters fundraising effort will be awarded to breast cancer-specific grants nationwide later this year.

Local Hooters franchisee, Restaurants of America, with Hooters locations in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota and New Mexico,...

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Annual Regional Conference Covers New Approaches to Treating Trauma

EVENT: 26th Annual Southwest Regional Trauma Conference

WHEN: Thursday & Friday, July 30-31

WHERE: JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson

Trauma is any injury to the body by an outside source of energy. It can be as minor as a cut or as serious as the worst injuries sustained from a car crash, fall or gunshot wound. In the U.S., trauma is the leading cause of death people age 46 and younger, exceeding cancer and heart disease combined.

Medical advancements and public health efforts have made an impact on this challenging problem, but injuries still remain the greatest silent epidemic of modern society. The 26th Annual Southwest Regional Trauma Conference, Thursday and Friday, July 30-31, at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, aims to deliver the most current information on trauma and its management to all health-care professionals working to combat this major health problem.

The conference has been organized under the leadership of the Division of Trauma, Acute Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery at the University of Arizona...

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UA Center on Aging Awarded $2.5 Million Grant to Better Prepare Arizona’s Geriatric Health-care Workforce

The University of Arizona Center on Aging is among 44 organizations in 29 states that will receive a three-year grant as part of a new Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) announced by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell during the recent White House Conference on Aging. As part of the $35.7 million in GWEP funding awarded during the July 13 event, the UA Center on Aging will get $2.5 million.

The GWEP’s purpose is to ensure access to high-quality care for older adults at individual, community and population levels by better preparing the health-care workforce to respond to needs associated with advancing age. 

“Today’s grants reaffirm our commitment to invest in a workforce that will ensure high-quality care for older adults. These investments will promote access to quality health care for older adults by supporting their self-management, their families’ engagement in their care and the dedicated caregivers who work with them,” Burwell said.

The Arizona GWEP aims to improve the quality of health care for Arizona’s older...

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