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Internationally Recognized Sleep and Health Researcher Joins UA Department of Psychiatry in Tucson

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson welcomes Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR, CBSM, FAASM, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of its new Sleep and Health Research Program.

Dr. Grandner is an internationally recognized sleep researcher who studies how sleep and sleep-related behaviors are related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, neurocognitive functioning, mental health and longevity. 

Please Note: On Sept. 30, Dr. Grandner will present, "Sleep Duration and Health:  Downstream Cardiometabolic and Neurocognitive Consequences and Upstream Social, Behavioral and Environmental Determinants" at the Behavioral Health Pavilion, Room 1233, from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Banner – University Medical Center South, 2800 E. Ajo Way, Tucson.

He is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for two research studies. One study focuses on sleep patterns and how they relate to cardiometabolic disease risk and neurocognitive function. The other is on social, environmental and...

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UA Study Finds Huge Disparity in the Occurrence of Leg Amputations on Low-Income and Rural Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

People with low incomes or living in rural areas who have type 2 diabetes are significantly more likely to suffer the amputation of a lower extremity, largely due to limited access to preventive health care, according to research by the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery.

The study, “A Diabetic Emergency One Million Feet Long: Disparities and Burdens of Illness among Diabetic Foot Ulcer Cases within Emergency Departments in the United States, 2006-2010,” published this month in the journal PLoS One, also found that a system for preventive care for those type 2 diabetes patients could cut national annual health-care costs by billions of dollars.

“We know now there are significant disparities in diabetes care, particularly within the lower extremities,” said David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, UA professor of surgery and director and co-founder of SALSA. “But the great news about these shocking data is that with a little bit of energy, we can affect change and make a difference for these folks no matter where they live or how big their bank account is....

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Hyundai Hope on Wheels Handprint Ceremony

WHO: Hyundai Hope on Wheels, Jim Click Automotive Group and the UA Steele Center

DATE/TIME:   WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 10 A.M.

LOCATION: Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center (lobby)
 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

Two pediatric oncologists and researchers at the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center have been chosen to receive a Hyundai Hope Scholar Grant from Hyundai Motor America’s Hyundai Hope on Wheels® program.

The $400,000 grant will be presented to Emmanuel Katsanis, MD, professor, and Yi Zeng, MD, PhD, assistant professor, during a Hope on Wheels Handprint Ceremony in the lobby at Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m.

Every Handprint Ceremony celebrates the courageous lives of children faced with cancer and brings Hope on Wheels’ community of supporters together.

“Thanks to the funding from Hyundai Hope on Wheels, I will be able to further my research in using novel...

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Marlys Witte

New York Times highlights 'Ignorance 101' developed by UA Professor of Surgery

Surgery Professor Marlys H. Witte, MD, began offering a class on medical ignorance in the 1980s. An Aug. 24, 2015, New York Times article explains how her class, and the notion behind it, have slowly gained acceptance, how questions garner as much respect as answers, and how students now fondly refer to the class as Ignorance 101. 

UA College of Medicine - Phoenix Family Medicine Fellowship Re-Launched

Outstanding scholarship and teaching skills are essential for excellent graduate medical education programs. 

The Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, working with the Arizona Consortium of Family Medicine Residency Directors, recently re-launched the year-long Faculty Development Fellowship at the downtown Phoenix campus. 

Co-directed by Honor Health Family Medicine Residency Program Director Cynthia Kegowicz, MD, and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Family Medicine Residency Program Director Steven R. Brown, MD, the 9-month course recently graduated the first group of 15 fellows. Current fellows are residents and faculty from five Arizona family medicine residencies: Yuma Regional, Honor Health, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Abrazo Central Campus. 

Topics covered in the half-day per month sessions include leadership; advocacy; information mastery; scholarship in family medicine and precepting; and skills needed to teach and...

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UA Skin Cancer Expert Available to Speak on Melanoma Diagnosis, Treatment and Survival

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with an estimated 3.5 million new cases diagnosed each year — more than all other cancers combined. Former President Jimmy Carter’s melanoma diagnosis, resonates in Arizona, where skin cancer rates rank among the highest in the world.

There are two categories of skin cancer, nonmelanoma skin cancer and melanoma. Nationally, one in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society has indicated that Arizona sees approximately 1,400 new cases of melanoma each year.

The Skin Cancer Institute unites the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s many skin cancer prevention activities, bringing together innovative research, clinical care, education and community outreach. The Skin Cancer Institute is poised to serve as the model for community-based skin cancer research and care in the United States.

Lee D. Cranmer, MD, PhD, associate professor of clinical medicine and director of the UA Cancer...

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Bone and Muscle Health Subject of UA Arthritis Center’s "Living Healthy With Arthritis" Lecture, Sept. 2

“‘No Bones About It’ — Promote and Protect Your Bone and Muscle Health,” a free, inside look into the latest advances in prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, will be presented Wednesday, Sept. 2, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

Osteoporosis, the most common form of bone disease, is characterized by low bone density and structural deterioration of bone tissue as we age, leading to bone fragility and increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. An estimated 54 million Americans age 50 and older are affected by osteoporosis, with a 2004 U.S. Surgeon General report on bone health indicating 1.5 million people a year suffer a related fracture. Of those, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted U.S. women are four times as likely as men to suffer from osteoporosis of the hip or spine — with 306,000 hip fractures, resulting in an average hospital length of stay of 5.8 days.

In this special presentation, Jeffrey Lisse, MD,...

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Leading Integrative Medicine Fellowship Expands Faculty

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, an integrative medicine authority, has joined the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) as assistant director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine and assistant professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

“Dr. Chiasson joins the Fellowship team at an exciting time in the growth of our Center, bringing the vision, expertise and passion we need to continue to innovate and create unparalleled learning experiences,” said Victoria Maizes, MD, AzCIM executive director and professor of clinical medicine, family and community medicine and public health at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Chiasson is a 2004 alumna of the UA Fellowship in Integrative Medicine and since 2006 has been lead faculty for the AzCIM Integrative Medicine Elective Rotation, educating medical students and residents on the fundamentals of integrative practice for one month, twice yearly. A nationally acclaimed...

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Kevin Schulman

COM-T Hosts Expert in Health Care System Innovation

Accountable Care Organizations and the Affordable Care Act are major efforts to increase health-care access and quality, while reducing cost. But health care system innovation expert Kevin Schulman, MD, MBA, told attendees at a College of Medicine – Tucson presentation: “We have to make getting health care much easier and more consumer-centric.”

Dr. Schulman is a professor of medicine and the Gregory Mario and Jeremy Mario Professor of Business Administration at Duke University and a visiting professor in general management at Harvard Business School. You can watch Dr. Schulman’s full presentation in the Biomedical Communications online archives.

UA Pediatrics Resident-Physician Awarded Grant to Implement Tooth-Brushing Program for Children in Sunnyside District

Sarah Williamson, MD, pediatrics resident-physician with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, Department of Pediatrics, was awarded a - CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) grant by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to implement “Promoting Oral Health through the Classroom” in Tucson’s Sunnyside School District.

 “There are high rates of tooth decay found by second grade in children in the district,” said Dr. Williamson. “The grant will fund the supplies to have kindergarteners in the district brush their teeth following breakfast, and learn about dental hygiene. We also will go to the schools during the year to apply fluoride varnish, while teaching the kids about oral health.”

The AAP’s CATCH program was established to support pediatricians to work within their communities so that all children have access to needed health services.

"It's terrific that Dr. Williamson was awarded this competitive advocacy grant,” said Rachel Cramton, MD, assistant professor, UA Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Williamson’s mentor for the project. “Her project is particularly valuable...

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