Julia Indik: How a Childhood Longing for Space Adventure Led to a Career in Cardiology

When she was 5, growing up in New York City, Julia Indik wanted to be an astronaut – something a lot of kids want to be.

Retina Specialist Vincent Hau Runs Boston Marathon with Visually Impaired

Vincent Hau ran the 2014 Boston Marathon to celebrate the city’s triumph over the tragic bombings the year before.

At the race, he learned from fellow runners of an organization that compelled him to “run Boston” again this year.

For Less-Advantaged Students, a New Pathway to Medical School

Lacy Manuelito grew up in Fort Defiance on the Navajo Reservation, knowing since she was a little girl that she wanted to be a doctor. The first in her family to graduate from college, she holds a bachelor’s degree in family relations and human development from the University of New Mexico.

News from the Alumni Office

Greetings, MedCats!

I am pleased to share many exciting COM alumni developments:

White Coat, Stethoscope and Scholarship Drive

Greetings from Interim Dean Chuck Cairns, MD

Greetings, Alumni and Friends,

As you know, this is an extraordinary time for the UA College of Medicine. It’s also an extraordinary honor for me to have been appointed interim dean at this time.

Match Day 2015: A Big Boost for Primary Care

The College of Medicine’s 34th Match Day found more students going into family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, with nearly half staying in Arizona. 

Rajni Gunnala, MD-MPH: Since Childhood, a Global Perspective on Health Disparities

When Rajni Gunnala was growing up, her family spent summer vacations in India, her parents’ native country.

Founding and Early Faculty Dinner: Celebrating 'Service, Hard Work and Dedication'

More than 200 people attended this year’s College of Medicine Founding and Early Faculty Dinner, March 10 at Tucson Country Club. It couldn’t have been a prettier evening, with temperatures in the high 70s, a gorgeous Tucson sunset and the Santa Catalina Mountains darkening in the background.

Class Notes: Keeping You Connected

April 2015Joel Kunkel, MD, Class of 1972

'I Was In Their Shoes'

By Jane Erikson

It’s been 40 years since Garry D. Strauser, MD, graduated from the UA College of Medicine. But he still remembers how difficult it was to pay for medical school.

CDC Global Health Director: Ebola Epidemic Still ‘Just a Plane Ride Away’

By Jane Erikson

November 14 was an extraordinary day in global health. It was a Friday, the day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH: Interim Head of Family and Community Medicine and Wildcat for Life

By Jane Erikson

Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, the newly appointed interim head of Family and Community Medicine, is widely respected for her more than 20 years of research leading to innovative programs to help people quit smoking.

Banner Update: ‘This Relationship Will Make Us Better’

By Jane Erikson

Banner Health and the UA Health Network are set to sign an acquistion agreement on Jan. 31 – a bold move that UA Health Network CEO Michael Waldrum, MD, told employees “will transform health care in Arizona.”

'Just Like Family'

By Jane Erikson

At our 2014 Reunion and Homecoming tailgate party, we asked some of you to describe your reunion experience – in one word.

The most frequent responses: "fabulous” and “family.”

Alumni Affairs News

Greetings, MedCats!

Like Father, Like Son

Written By: Jane Erikson

Of all the family photos in Scott Klewer’s office, one seems especially significant. It’s a 1997 photo of his two young sons, in a frame decorated with quotes. One says, “Dad, we’d like to be just like you.” 

Andrew Kraft, MD, Appointed Sydney E. Salmon Endowed Chair and Director of the UA Cancer Center

Written By: Jane Erikson

During his 35 years as a cancer clinician and researcher, Andrew S. Kraft, MD, has experienced many memorable moments.

Class Notes, October 2014

Gabriel Sarah, MD, Class of 2008