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UA Cancer Center Researchers Advocate new Approach To Treat Rare Tissue Disorder

Researchers at the University of Arizona Cancer Center are advocating a new treatment approach for a rare connective tissue disorder called “Scleredema of Buschke.”

Scleredema of Buschke causes decreased range of motion, decreased sensation, pain and poor physical appearance, mostly around the shoulder and neck areas.

In a recent case study published in the journal Advances in Radiation Oncology, Tijana Skrepnik, MD, Silvija Gottesman, MD, and Baldassarre Stea, MD, PhD, demonstrated radiation therapy (RT) as a simpler way to manage this rare condition, focusing on one treatment option rather than a multitude of approaches. According to the paper, “RT is convenient, brief, noninvasive and well-tolerated.”

Radiation Therapy is a high-energy beam of X-rays focused on a specific area to destroy abnormal cells, with every effort made to preserve normal tissue.

“The reason why this approach can prove more successful than established methods of treating Scleredema of Buschke is because it has very few (if any) systemic...

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A Message from the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

I am writing to follow-up on my March 17th communication announcing the departure of Dean Stuart D. Flynn, MD.  Dean Flynn’s last day of service to the University will be April 15, 2016. I want to again express my appreciation to Stuart for his leadership and commitment to building an outstanding new medical school – the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.

I recently met with the members of the College’s leadership team to solicit their input, and will soon announce the formation of the committee that will lead the national search for our next Dean. In the interim, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, as Interim Dean of the College of Medicine – Phoenix, effective April 18, 2016.

Many of you have come to know Dr. Ramos from his role as UAHS Associate Vice President for Precision Health Sciences and Director of the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine. He also has served as Director of the College of Medicine – Tucson MD/PhD program and was co-Principal Investigator (together with Dr. Charles Cairns and me) of the UAHS Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) application...

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UA College of Medicine – Tucson Ups Its Commitment to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has committed to enhancing its opioid and addiction education to align with the newly released U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

“Students currently learn about acute and chronic pain management, opiates and addiction, and as we revise our curriculum we will readdress the content in light of the new guidelines,” said Deputy Dean of Education Kevin Moynahan, MD, FACP.

According to the CDC, the rate for drug poisoning deaths involving opioid analgesics nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, and the overuse and abuse of opioid painkillers is a major public health problem that kills nearly 15,000 Americans each year.

For more information about the recent White House announcement, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/29/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-additional-actions-address...

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UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center Co-Sponsor Inaugural Desert Lung Disease Conference, April 15-16

For most people, the idea of having lung cancer or end-stage lung disease sounds like a death sentence.

 That’s not the case, according to surgeons Samuel Kim, MD, and Scott Lick, MD, two physicians at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center (UMC). They have organized the inaugural Desert Lung Disease Conference, to be held Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, to discuss treatment options clinical practitioners might consider for their patients.

Dr. Kim said topics will range from “Imaging and Bronchoscopy for Lung Failure” to “Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lung Cancer,” with other themes including COPD, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis and hypertension, medical imaging, radiation therapy and surgical considerations for lung transplantation.

“This event allows us to showcase our premier clinical programs at Banner – UMC and provide education to trainees, nurses and physicians,” said Ken Knox, MD,...

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‘Building Better Joints … Recent Advances in Cartilage Regeneration’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, April 6

“Building Better Joints … Recent Advances in Cartilage Regeneration,” a free lecture open to the public, will be presented Wednesday, April 6, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The 75-minute presentation will include time for questions and answers, and light refreshments will be provided.

More than 30 million Americans suffer from painful arthritis in their joints caused by osteoarthritis, while the most common types of knee pain are caused by a breakdown in cartilage. Currently, damaged joints often are replaced with metal and plastic parts that can break down over time and limit range of motion.

Remarkable findings that could change the way doctors treat patients with damaged joints due to cartilage breakdown will be revealed by John Szivek, PhD, a senior scientist in the University of Arizona Arthritis Center and director of the Robert G. Volz, MD, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. Dr. Szivek and his team are continuing their discoveries that have led to the ability to grow cartilage cells...

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UA and Banner Welcome Pediatric Geneticist Dr. Eugene Hoyme

The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty member Gene Hoyme, MD, clinical professor, to the Division of Genetics and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Dr. Hoyme also serves as senior adviser to the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. He previously served on the faculty of the UA from 1986-97, during which time he was chief of the Division of Medical and Molecular Genetics. He then went on to serve as professor and chief of the Division of Medical Genetics and associate chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.  Most recently, he served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota and chief of Genetics and Genomic Medicine at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Dr. Hoyme’s research focuses on the delineation of genetic syndromes and fetal alcohol...

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People and Programs On The Move at the University of Arizona Health Sciences

Dr. Samuel Keim, UA Department of Emergency Medicine Chair, Elected to Board of American Board of Emergency Medicine

Samuel M. Keim, MD, MS, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM).

Dr. Keim is professor and chair of the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine, director of the UA Emergency Medicine Research Center (AEMRC) and professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Keim practices clinically at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – UMC South.

Dr. Keim has been an ABEM volunteer since 1999, having served as an Oral Certification Examination examiner and case reviewer, an item writer for the ConCert™ Examination and a member of the ABEM – American Board of Internal Medicine Critical Care Medicine Task Force. He also has served as president of the National Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors and on the...

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Arizona High School Girls Learn about Orthopaedic Surgery at UA Health Sciences

Drilling through bones and sawing through casts, 40 high school girls from Arizona went from intimidation to power tool divas as the University of Arizona Health Sciences offered its medical expertise to empower and inspire future women surgeons.   

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is committed to diversity and inclusion and the development of strategies to address health disparities and to improve the diversity of the health-care workforce statewide and beyond. 

To create awareness and recruit women to pursue careers in health care, UAHS partnered with the Perry Initiative, a national organization that works to create a pipeline for women to pursue careers in engineering and orthopaedic surgery, to host a recent hands-on workshop for the Arizona high school.

Despite the increasing number of women entering medical and graduate school, women make up only 6.1 percent of fully accredited practicing orthopaedic surgeons, according to a 2014 survey by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. And only 12.4 percent of the faculty at engineering schools are women.

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Primary Care Wins the Largest Share of Students in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Fourth-year University of Arizona medical student Shawn Ong danced across the stage of DuVal Auditorium Friday after opening his Match Day envelope to learn he will be doing his residency training in internal medicine at Yale – New Haven Hospital.

Ong was one of 99 students in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2016 who have anticipated this day since their first day in medical school, nearly four years ago. It’s the day they learn where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians, the next step in building a medical career.

Fourth-year UA medical students Whitney Burns and Jeffrey Robertson, both of whom received their undergraduate degrees from the UA, will marry next month. But on Friday their excitement was all about Match Day. Whitney matched into one of two emergency medicine residency programs offered by the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, where Jeffrey will do his residency in anesthesiology.

“We are so happy. This is our first choice. This is where we want to be,” Whitney said. “We have our...

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MATCH DAY 2016

“Match Day” – the day that medical students across the country have been working toward for four years will be held Friday, March 18.

Match Day is the culmination of a complex year-long process that matches the nation’s graduating medical students with residency programs. Match results are released nationally by the National Resident Matching Program™ (NRMP) and announced at ceremonies coordinated to occur each year on the same date (the third Friday in March) at the same time (1 p.m. Eastern time).

Surrounded by excited family members and friends, members of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2016 will open the traditional Match Day sealed envelopes, containing letters showing where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians, the next step in building a medical career. Residency programs vary in length from three years for general medicine/family practice specialties to eight years for the most specialized of surgeons. Most residencies will begin July 1.

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson Match Day event will be held in DuVal Auditorium...

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