News

Dr. Juneman Joins UA Sarver Heart Center Faculty

Elizabeth Juneman, MD, has joined the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center as an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, and director of outpatient cardiology.  Dr. Juneman also serves as assistant program director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program.

Dr. Juneman conducts basic science research focused on mechanical and cellular remodeling in heart failure, particularly alterations in systolic and diastolic dysfunction in various cardiomyopathies. On the clinical research side, Dr. Juneman’s focus is in heart failure. She has served as a principle investigator on nationally funded, multi-center clinical trials, as well as her own investigator-initiated clinical trials. She has authored multiple original research publications, a book chapter, and clinical reviews. 

Currently, Dr. Juneman is collaborating with Henk Granzier, PhD, professor of cellular and molecular medicine at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson, and Steve Goldman, MD, professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson...

[read more]

Banner University Medicine Begins New Era in Academic Medicine

Under single aligned leadership and working toward a single goal of creating nationally ranked academic medical centers, Banner Health officially merged with what was formerly known as the University of Arizona Health Network to create the Banner – University Medicine Division.

This new division includes three hospitals:

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson (BUMCT), Banner – University Medical Center South (BUMCS) and  Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (BUMCP).

The Banner – University Medicine Division supports the growing needs of the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in Phoenix and Tucson as they attract and train more physicians and will enhance and elevate academic and medical excellence to national leadership levels.

“We are convinced that our private/public partnership will help play a lead role in the transformation of health care in our state and beyond. The academic rigor of Arizona’s premier medical education program will be combined with the clinical delivery excellence and population health know-how of the state’s leading health system. This is a formula that can elevate both the quality...

[read more]

Abdominal Transplant Surgeon Dr. Robert Harland Joins UA Department of Surgery

Robert C. Harland, MD, has joined the University of Arizona Department of Surgery Division of Abdominal Transplantation as professor, vice chair of academic affairs and surgical director of solid organ transplantation at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

Dr. Harland comes to the UA from East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine, where he served as professor of surgery and division chief of surgical immunology and transplantation. He previously was associate professor and director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He also has been on the medical faculty at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Massachusetts. He is board certified in internal medicine, as well as surgery.

Dr. Harland has more than 20 years of experience in the management of complex patients with end-stage organ failure. In addition to kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation, his expertise includes advanced laparoscopic surgery, including donor nephrectomy, hepatobiliary diseases...

[read more]

New 3-D Mapping System Helps UA Cardiologists Improve Targeted Treatment for Arrhythmia Patients

For select patients with heart-rhythm problems, radiofrequency catheter ablation can be an effective treatment to restore a normal heart rhythm. For atrial fibrillation, the most common arrhythmia seen in clinical practice, catheter ablation therapy currently offers only modest success rates.

Determining the appropriate sites for ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation when symptoms are not well controlled by medications has been a challenge for electrophysiology cardiologists.

Now, a new 3-D mapping technology enables University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center electrophysiology cardiologists to precisely locate so-called rotor sites, electrical spiral waves that allow arrhythmias to continue.

“By seeing these rotors more precisely, we can target them with ablation catheters and improve the success of the procedure,” explained Julia H. Indik, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the UA Sarver Heart Center. “This new technology can process electrical signals from multiple locations in the...

[read more]

UAHN Named Ebola Treatment Center by CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named the University of Arizona Health Network one of 55 Ebola Treatment Centers in the United States. The Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix also was named.

“It’s a great honor to be selected and it comes with a lot of hard work by our Highly Infectious Disease Response Planning Team,” said Andy Theodorou, MD, UAHN chief medical officer and a professor in the University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics. “This CDC designation represents a great responsibility. We consider it part of our mission as an academic medical center to provide cutting-edge medical care, research and leadership in any public health emergency.” 

“We’d like to thank the UA  Health Network and MIHS for stepping up to ensure appropriate treatment is available to Arizonans when faced with any infectious disease,” said Cara Christ, MD, chief medical officer, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). “Their ability to implement...

[read more]

UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Program Chosen to Join the National Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network

The Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has been selected as a member of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) Care Center Network. 

As part of the PFF Care Center Network, the Interstitial Lung Disease Program will have access to a wealth of resources for both patients and caregivers and will collaborate with 20 other academic institutions across the nation to advance the care of patients with pulmonary fibrosis (PF). 

“We are honored that the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has recognized the quality of our programs and the expertise our physicians have in diagnosing and treating patients with fibrotic lung disease,” said Gordon Carr, MD, director of the UA ILD Program and assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson. Dr. Carr also is medical director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC), soon to be Banner...

[read more]

Tucson Rodeo Clowns to Entertain Patients at Diamond Children’s

WHEN:  WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2 to 3 P.M.

WHERE: The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. (lobby)

In celebration of Tucson Rodeo Week, clowns from the Tucson Rodeo will entertain patients at Diamond Children’s on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., in the Diamond Children’s lobby.

Justin Rumford (clown and barrelman), Andy Burelle (bullfighter), Wacey Muncell (bullfighter) and Dusty Tuckness (bullfighter) will entertain patients as they share funny and exciting stories about what they do in a rodeo as they protect the bull riders.

UA Medical Center Recognized for Quality in Transplant Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona today  recognized University of Arizona Medical Center—University Campus (UAMC) with a Blue Distinction Center® designation for delivering quality transplant care as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program.  Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community. 

In 2006, the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program was developed to help patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs while encouraging health-care professionals to improve the care they deliver.  To receive a Blue Distinction Centers for Transplants® designation, a hospital must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety criteria as well as transplant-specific quality measures (including survival metrics).

“UAMC is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona for meeting the rigorous selection criteria for transplants set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program,” said Deborah Maurer, UAMC associate vice...

[read more]

UAMC, UA College of Medicine Adult Diabetes Program Recognized by ADA

The University of Arizona Medical Center’s adult diabetes education program, based in the Abrams Public Health Center adjacent to UAMC - South Campus, recently received recognition by the Education Recognition Program (ERP) of the American Diabetes Association. 

The UAMC - Diabetes Physician Offices there joins the Angel Wing for Children with Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders in achieving this honor. The Angel Wing for Children at UAMC - University Campus was awarded ADA ERP recognition for pediatric diabetes education in 2009. 

The recognition was awarded based on the program meeting ADA-endorsed National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support programs. The ADA ERP is one of two certifying bodies deemed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for Diabetes Self-Management...

[read more]

‘Osteoarthritis Under the Microscope,’ March 4

“Osteoarthritis Under the Microscope,” an inside look into the latest advances in prevention and treatment of the most common form of arthritis, will be presented Wednesday, March 4, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson (formerly University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus), DuVal Auditorium (Room 2600), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

The pain and physical limitations caused by osteoarthritis affect nearly 27 million men, women and children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it a significant disease. In this special presentation, University of Arizona Arthritis Center Director C. Kent Kwoh, MD, an internationally recognized expert in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other joint diseases, will discuss new information on the causes of osteoarthritis and how to prevent the disorder.

Dr. Kwoh will share how this complex condition involves not only the breakdown of cartilage in joints but also changes in the adjacent soft tissue...

[read more]

Pages