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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JAMA Studies Highlight CPR-AED Benefits Developed at UA Sarver Heart Center

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week published significant findings in two studies noting improved patient outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) victims, influenced by bystander CPR interventions and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

The studies — “Association of Bystander and First-Responder Intervention with Survival After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in North Carolina, 2010-2013” and “Association of Bystander Interventions with Neurologically Intact Survival Among Patients with Bystander-Witnessed Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Japan” — appear in the July 21 issue of JAMA.

Many of the CPR techniques discussed, including Chest Compression-Only Resuscitation (COCPR), were developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson by UA Sarver Heart Center and UA emergency medicine physician-researchers. 

The studies are accompanied by an editorial pointing out that outcomes following OHCA had not improved for more than 30 years in most communities until expanded training and the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AEDs...

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Banner University Medical Centers in Phoenix and Tucson named to U.S. News ‘Best Hospital’ ranking

Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner-University Medical Center Tucson have each been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking, and nationally recognized for specialty services.
Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix, ranked as the second best hospital in Arizona, is also recognized nationally for geriatrics, nephrology, diabetes/endocrinology and urology services.

In addition to being recognized as the best hospital in southeastern Tucson and the Tucson metro area, Banner-University Medical Center Tucson is ranked nationally for geriatrics, nephrology and pulmonary services.

Now in its 26th year, the annual U.S. News Best Hospitals ranking recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. The publication showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

“Once again, we are thrilled that Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix has been recognized for its outstanding patient care as a top hospital in Arizona,” said Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix CEO Steve Narang, MD. “As an academic...

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Crisis in India: UA Researchers Mobilize to Save Lives

The Emergency Medicine Research Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix will help dramatically improve survival rates from cardiac arrest across the globe, in India.

M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, M.S. Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, MSR Advanced Learning Centre, University of Illinois at Chicago and Medtronic announced Wednesday the launch of HeartRescue India.  The program is a first-of-its-kind $4.4-million collaborative effort that supports community-based demonstration projects designed to expand access to life-saving interventions for cardiovascular events such as heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest. The Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center (AEMRC) at the UA in Tucson and Phoenix is the technical advisor on the project.

The HeartRescue India partners convened on Thursday at M.S. Ramaiah Memorial Hospital in Bangalore, India, with representatives from state government, local and national medical experts to launch a bold and unique initiative aimed at dramatically improving survival from the leading cause of death in India--acute cardiovascular disease.

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People on the Move at Banner – University Medicine

Four longtime University of Arizona Health Network employees have been promoted to leadership positions within Banner – University Medicine, the academic arm of Banner Health. Nonprofit Banner Health acquired the UA Health Network in March.

Maria Fletcher has been named chief financial officer for Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South. Fletcher has been with the organization for more than 20 years in various key roles such as controller, internal consultant and associate vice president for the network revenue cycle.  She is a certified public accountant with many years auditing health-care organizations and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the UA.

Jody Butera is the new chief financial officer of Banner – University Medical Group, the physician practice plan of faculty from the UA Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix. Butera, a certified public accountant with more than 20 years in health-care finance, was chief financial officer for the UA Health Plans for six years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the UA and an MBA in...

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Surgeon William Dolan, MD, National Leader, to Speak at White Coat Ceremony

Accomplished surgeon William Dolan, MD, will address the newest class of 80 incoming medical students at the ninth annual White Coat Ceremony at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. The ceremony will be held Friday, July 17, at 3:30 p.m., at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams. (The ceremony will be live streamed at starting at 3:30 p.m.)

Dr. Dolan, longtime attending surgeon at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center and College faculty member, will give a keynote address to welcome students into their journey toward becoming medical doctors. Dr. Dolan has served as a physician for more than four decades, including many years overseas as part of an international health initiative and in reserve duty in the U.S. military.

In the 1980s, Dr. Dolan was program director of Esperanca, Inc., an international health program in Latin America and Africa. Dr. Dolan later won the Kiwanis Club World Service Medal in 1990 in acknowledgement of his...

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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 Daniel Combs, MD, and Rajan Senguttuvan, MD.

Dr. Combs, assistant professor, joined the Division of Pulmonology, Allergy and Immunology. He specializes in pediatric sleep medicine and works with children with a variety of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders and insomnia.  Additionally, Dr. Combs interprets pediatric sleep studies and is working with the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson Center for Sleep Disorders to establish a pediatric sleep laboratory on campus.

Dr. Combs conducts research on the cognitive and behavioral impact of sleep disorders in children with chronic disease, particularly the impact of sleep apnea on children with congenital heart disease. He also has worked on developing a sleep apnea screening tool for general pediatricians, and evaluated the role of sleep in Hispanic and Caucasian children as a contributing factor...

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