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Dr. Bentley Bobrow Joins Department of Emergency Medicine at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Bentley J. Bobrow, MD, FACEP, FAHA, internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of resuscitation science and emergency medical care, has joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson as distinguished professor. He also will join Daniel Spaite, MD, as co-director of EMS research and associate director of the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center. 

Dr. Bobrow currently serves as the medical director for the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma System. He will continue to serve in this role as he joins the UA academic faculty.     

Dr. Bobrow is renowned for his work on implementing and measuring systems of care aimed at improving outcomes for time-sensitive emergency medical conditions, such as out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), ST-Elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He has partnered with public health officials, EMS agencies, municipal fire departments, hospitals, university researchers and the public to develop a statewide reporting...

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Seven Tips for a Healthy Heart

Every year 1.5 million men and women will have a heart attack or stroke.  Heart disease will kill as many Americans each year as all cancers, pneumonias and accidents combined. What can you do to prevent heart disease or minimize its impact on your life?

Charles Katzenberg, MD, a cardiologist with the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, emphasizes a healthy lifestyle, including diet, exercise, community engagement and stress management, as the best prevention against heart disease in his program called the Heart Series.

Dr. Katzenberg shares these seven tips for a healthy heart:

Find your own healthful diet. Eat as close to a whole-foods, plant-based diet as possible. Minimize meat and dairy, since these are associated with heart disease. Also, minimize calorie-dense oils, including olive oil, which contains 15 percent saturated fat and 1 percent omega-3, compared to canola oil, which contains 7 percent saturated fat and 11 percent omega-3. The first Mediterranean Diet study, called the Diet Heart Study, used canola oil, not olive oil... [read more]

UA Public Health Students to Assist on Super Bowl Sunday

Kristen Pogreba-Brown, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, is taking a team of graduate students to the Super Bowl on Sunday – but the team won't be there to watch the game.

The students are members of Student Aid for Field Epidemiology Response, or SAFER, and they will assist the Maricopa County Department of Public Health with surveillance for signs of infectious-disease outbreaks, foodborne illnesses and injuries.

SAFER has been providing surveillance assistance to health departments throughout Arizona for 10 years. At Super Bowl XLIX, team members will be located at every first-aid station inside University of Phoenix Stadium, working alongside emergency medical technicians from the Glendale Fire Department.

“Our students will interview every person who visits a first-aid station. And we will also be asking everyone who enters if they have had the measles vaccine,” Pogreba-Brown said.

The SAFER program at the UA College of...

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UA Department of Surgery Welcomes Back Trauma Surgeon Dr. Rifat Latifi

The University of Arizona Department of Surgery welcomes back Rifat Latifi, MD, as professor of surgery and vice chair of International Affairs. He also is an honorary professor of the medical faculty of University of Tirana, Albania.

While maintaining his academic research appointment at the UA, Dr. Latifi left the department in 2011 to direct the trauma program at Hamad General Hospital in Doha, Qatar, the only Level I trauma center in Qatar. Under his leadership, the trauma center gained national, regional and international recognition for significantly reducing mortality and morbidity and for spearheading trauma research in the region.

Dr. Latifi first came to the UA Department of Surgery and The University of Arizona Medical Center in 2003, serving as director of Surgical Critical Care and associate director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program. In 2007, he served as interim chief of the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery. Before coming to the UA, he was assistant professor of surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

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Solidarity Day Begins with a Week of Compassion Dedicated Activities, Feb. 9

A week of solidarity for the compassionate care of patients will be celebrated on the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) campus Monday, Feb. 9, through Friday, Feb. 13. Events are designed to bring together health-care faculty members, students and staff throughout the University of Arizona health sciences colleges.

Each year, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation honors National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care, typically held on or near Valentine’s Day, by encouraging medical schools, patient-care institutions and other health-care organizations around the country to show their support of the importance of kindness to patients.

University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Gold Humanism Honor Society students lead the solidarity effort on the AHSC campus. The society is the foundation’s signature program and recognizes medical students, residents and faculty members who practice patient-centered care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy.

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Providing Tomorrow's Medicine Today

Dr. Marvin Slepian, University of Arizona professor of cardiology, knows how to bridge the gap between the bench and the bedside.

Slepian has made the connection between creative entrepreneurship and significant health care issues to innovate and deliver solutions, such as the artificial heart, that enhance and save lives.

In his latest venture, he will help extend the linkages between UA research and the public as director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation.

The center, also known as ACABI, will help researchers form collaborations, find applications for new discoveries, develop their technologies and access resources to move their innovations forward. It will focus primarily on the development of translational biomedical technologies.

"ACABI is a 'creativity engine' that will fuel translational research at the UA," Slepian said. "It will maximize the value of University research. It will translate interesting discoveries into real, practical value, and it will be an economic engine to drive new startups and new corporate efforts in Arizona."

ACABI will focus its efforts on addressing unmet needs in...

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LCME Update: Establishing a CQI System at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson

A continuous quality improvement (CQI) system is being established for the medical education program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

The CQI Leadership Team and the ArizonaMed Collaborative Action Team (AZ CAT) will support the CQI effort at the college in implementing consistent change control management best practices through the Accreditation Office. This system will support a group of leaders who will maintain a real-time pulse on the operations of the medical education program leading to the MD degree and mitigate unintended consequences through communication and coordination.

The groups will review and evaluate requests for changes or new initiatives in medical education; recommend to the appropriate governance bodies requests that should be considered for implementation; and assist in providing stewardship of the operations of the medical education program; which includes workflows/procedures that govern the curriculum, student services and educational resources.

These groups are composed of the administrators of the functional units supporting the medical education program – deputy deans, associate/assistant deans, as well...

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Anthony 'Tony' DeFrancesco Appointed Senior Director of Operations for Arizona Health Sciences Center

Health-care executive Anthony “Tony” DeFrancesco, RD, MS,  FACHE, has been appointed senior director of operations for the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

DeFrancesco, who joined the UA Jan. 5, will provide senior-level leadership in support of AHSC projects and change-management initiatives, including facility/space planning, clinical research operations, shared service units and responsibility-centered management implementation. He reports to Mike Jonen, senior associate vice president for health sciences, AHSC.

“I am extremely pleased that Tony has joined the UA in this important leadership position with AHSC,” said Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, UA senior vice president for health sciences and interim dean of the UA College of Medicine -- Tucson. “He brings strong leadership and management skills that will support our clinical, clinical research and education program development and integration efforts with AHSC strategic clinical partners, including Banner Health, the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s...

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Hillary Franke, MD, UA Pediatric Intensivist Completes Integrative Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Hillary Franke, MD, MS, associate professor, UA Dept. of Pediatrics, is the first pediatric intensivist in Tucson to complete the two-year fellowship program in integrative medicine from the Arizona Center Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, making her one of the 120 pediatricians nationally with this specialized training.

According to the internationally-recognized UA Center for Integrative Medicine, integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies. 

“The fellowship focuses on the use of what we used to call ‘complementary’ methods of treatment, using an evidence-based medicine approach,” said Dr. Franke. “Integrative medicine implies the union of these complementary approaches with standard medical care. Integrative medicine focuses on the mind, body, and spirit of the individual. The field has incredible potential in pediatrics due to its...

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Dr. Wayne Jacobsen Appointed Head of Anesthesiology at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Wayne K. Jacobsen, MD, FCCM, has been appointed head of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. After serving as interim head since 2013, he was appointed the department head on Jan. 5. 

Dr. Jacobsen, who also is UA professor of anesthesiology, previously served as director of the department’s residency program for nine years and prior to that was chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, Calif. 

Dr. Jacobsen joined the UA anesthesiology team in 2004 as professor of clinical anesthesiology and associate head for education. In 2005, he also became director of the anesthesiology residency program. Dr. Jacobsen’s research interests include ischemic reperfusion and medical education. He replaced Steven J. Barker, MD, PhD, who served as department head since 1995.

“Dr. Jacobsen’s leadership and dedication to medicine and medical education will help to advance the clinical experience, educational opportunities and research programs at the UA Department of Anesthesiology," said Joe G.N...

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