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‘Project Taking Charge’ Kicks Off Sept. 12


LOCATION:  Fred Archer Neighborhood Center, 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson

“Project Taking Charge,” a free six-month program for adults over age 18 and their families who want to take control of their health and wellbeing, will kick off with an informational session on Saturday, Sept. 12. The event will be held 8-11:30 a.m., at the Fred Archer Neighborhood Center, 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd, Tucson.

The program, which will focus on health promotion and prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke, is being offered by the University of Arizona colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health.

The kick-off event will include orientation, registration and health screenings. (Registration and informed consent are required to participate in the program.)

Health professions students from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, UA College of Nursing, UA College of Pharmacy and UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will provide most of the services under faculty supervision, preparing the students to work as teams in their...

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UA Emergency Medicine Participate in EM Day of Service

UA Emergency Medicine faculty and residents at the Wings for Women Gala in  August.

UA Department of Emergency Medicine faculty and residents are joining the national philanthropic campaign, the EM Day of Service, sponsored by the Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA). Throughout the month, they will be collecting food and hygiene products and hosting a bake sale for their chosen charity, Wings for Women’s “No Hungry Kids Tucson.”

The EM Day of Service provides an opportunity for emergency medicine providers to give back to the communities they serve. Wings for Women’s mission is to provide a safe and positive environment to homeless and impoverished women and their children. They offer education, job training and skill-building opportunities for women to help them become self-sufficient. The No Hungry Kids Tucson project provides food and hygiene products to women and children in need.

UA Department of Emergency Medicine service activities planned so far:

Collection boxes for food and hygiene products are in the emergency department and nurse break rooms at Banner... [read more]

With New Chief, Staff, UA Nephrology Division Focuses on Partnerships to Deliver Innovative, High-Quality Kidney Care

The arrival this summer of Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, as new chief of the Division of Nephrology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson came at an opportune time, coinciding with the announcement that the medical specialty at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson that deals with diseases of the kidney was chosen 41st best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

“The ranking is a tribute to the hard work, commitment and dedication of the many different people who worked together in a multidisciplinary fashion to offer the best possible kidney care for the Tucson community and region,” said Dr. Roy-Chaudhury, a professor of medicine in the UA Department of Medicine and UA BIO5 Institute investigator. He also serves as national co-chair of the Kidney Health Initiative, a public-private partnership of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and a member of the ASN Board of Advisors.

The need is great, he says, noting that 26 million Americans suffer from kidney disease and more than 600,000...

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UA and Banner Welcome Pediatric Nephrologist Dr. Clare Lindner

The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty member Clare Lindner, MD, assistant professor, to the Division of Nephrology.
Dr. Lindner received her medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. She completed her residency in pediatrics from Cohen Children’s Medical Center of The Long Island Jewish Hospital, and then completed a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

As a pediatric nephrologist, Dr. Lindner will provide care for children suffering from disorders affecting the kidney and urinary tract, including acute and chronic kidney failure, high blood pressure, inherited kidney diseases, kidney stones, urinary tract infections and abnormalities in the urine, such as blood and protein. She will take care of children hospitalized at Diamond Children’s and at Banner University Medical Group – Diamond Children’s Multi-Specialty Center outpatient clinic.

Dr. Lindner’s clinical and research interests are in transition...

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Pooja Rajguru Awarded Theodore H. Koff Graduate Scholarship For Studies in Aging and Gerontology

The University of Arizona Center on Aging has announced that the 2015-2016 Theodore H. Koff Graduate Scholarship has been awarded to Pooja Rajguru, a second-year medical student at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

The scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding UA graduate students who are pursuing studies in aging, health-care administration or gerontology, or to health professions students with an interest in aging and gerontology.

A native of Pune, India, Rajguru attended high school in the Phoenix area and graduated from the UA with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in chemistry and chemical engineering. Her introduction to aging took place during the UA Biomedical Engineering Summer Clinical Immersion Program, when she participated in research at the UA Center on Aging and the UA interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP), using body-worn sensors to measure frailty and fall risk in elders who reside in community dwellings.

In 2015, she was awarded the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (...

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UA Medical Team Wins Accreditation for Banner – UMC Tucson as Treatment Referral Center by National Pancreas Foundation

The National Pancreas Foundation has recognized a multidisciplinary team at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson for their ability to handle complex care of patients suffering from pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and related diseases by accrediting the hospital as one of 30 new NPF Centers nationally and the only one in Arizona.

“We are honored that our academic medical center has been designated an NPF Center for treatment of pancreatitis,” said Tom Dickson, CEO, Banner – UMC Tucson and South. “Having the NPF Center designation will help distinguish our hospital as an institution whose focus is on providing the best and most innovative care possible.”

The gastroenterologist who led the accreditation effort, John T. Cunningham, MD, professor in the Department of Medicine at the UA College of...

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Dr. Joe G.N. `Skip’ Garcia Keynote Speaker at UA Hispanic Alumni Club Celebration of Excellence Luncheon, Sept. 9

Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences, was the keynote speaker at the University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Club (UAHA) Celebration of Excellence Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m., at the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St., Tucson. During the event, two distinguished UA 2014 graduates will be awarded $500 each for their academic success.

In a celebration of students, scholarship and community, the annual event draws supporters and club members who help the UAHA in its mission to provide financial support and mentoring to qualified and deserving students. Tickets to the luncheon are $40 each and it is open to the public.

This year's keynote speaker also is the Dr. Merlin K. DuVal Professor of Medicine and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. An internationally noted physician-scientist, health administrator, scholar and educator, Dr. Garcia is...

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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


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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