Alumni News

Thanks to $1.72M Federal Grant: UA Researchers Using Green Light for HIV-Related Pain as Astonishing Therapy Moves to Next Phase of Study

After proving surprisingly beneficial in human clinical trials at the University of Arizona for the treatment of pain resulting from fibromyalgia and migraines, green light therapy now will be tested in a preclinical study to determine if it successfully can control HIV-related neuropathic pain. Further, researchers at the UA College of Medicine...


UA Health Policy Expert Dr. Dan Derksen Receives Napolitano Award

Daniel Derksen, MD, associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, has been selected for the 2018 Leonard M. Napolitano, PhD, Award by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Alumni Association. He will receive the award Oct. 27 at the UMN School of...


Student-Run Medical Clinic Open House to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of the CUP Program

Students, faculty and staff will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) program on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m. on the University of Arizona Health Sciences Plaza, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.Housed in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, CUP gives medical students the opportunity to provide free medical care and...


New UA Researchers to Showcase Medical Innovations and Inventions, Oct. 16

Medical researchers from the University Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will gather from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, for the 2018 Innovations and Inventions research fair. The second annual event will spotlight up-and-coming basic scientists and clinicians and their research endeavors and success stories. It will take place at the Walkway...


COLLEGE OF MEDICINE – TUCSON DEAN SEARCH

We are making significant progress in our search for the next dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. The job description and recruitment materials have been finalized.  (Click here to view the job description.) We’ve received inquiries about and nominations for the position that include a number of diverse and highly-qualified candidates....


Banner – University Medicine in Tucson Welcomes New CEO

Banner Health welcomes Chad Whelan, MD, MHSA, as chief executive officer of Banner – University Medicine in Tucson, effective Sept. 26.Dr. Whelan will have oversight of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – University Medical Center South, dozens of clinics, the Banner – University Medical Group physician practice plan in Tucson and...


The Future of Health Care — Insurance, Access to Care, Prescription Benefits — to be Discussed by UA Health-Care Policy Expert, Oct. 3

WRITERS/EDITORS NOTE: Dr. Derksen is available for interviews; to make arrangements, please email Sharon Vanskiver, UA Zuckerman College of Public Health, sharonv@email.arizona.edu TUCSON, Ariz. – The critical state of the U.S. health-care system and the potential impact of the mid-term elections will be the topic of a lecture by University of...


Medical Students Create Life-Saving Hands-Only CPR Training Videos in Spanish

Overwhelming evidence shows bystander chest-compression-only CPR significantly improves survival from a cardiac arrest. Research also reveals large disparities in survival that exist between socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic groups. Hispanics, in particular, remain less likely to receive this form of CPR than non-Hispanics. A group of medical...


‘The Frayed Safety Net: The Future of Public Hospitals in America’ Discussed in Free Public Lecture, Oct. 4

From Boston and Philadelphia to Chicago and Los Angeles, our nation’s flagship public hospitals are disappearing in a sea of apathy and red ink. David Oshinsky, PhD, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at New York University Langone Health in New York, will discuss “The Frayed Safety Net: The Future of Public Hospitals in America,” at...


‘From Sick Care to Health Care: Lifestyle Medicine and the Prevention of Chronic Disease’ - UA Arthritis Center Lecture, Sept. 5

“From Sick Care to Health Care: Lifestyle Medicine and the Prevention of Chronic Disease,” will be presented Wednesday, Sept. 5, 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. Speaker Charles A. Katzenberg, MD, FACC...


UA-Banner Doctors to Provide Free Community Health Lectures Tuesdays in September at ‘Doc Talks’

Top doctors and researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine ­– Tucson and Banner Health will provide free health lectures in September. The Tucson community is invited to attend and pose their questions directly to physicians. The “Doc Talks” lecture series will take place from 5-7 p.m. each Tuesday in September at The Westin La...


Health-Care Policy, Rural Health Expert Dr. Daniel Derksen Appointed Associate VP at UA Health Sciences

Daniel Derksen, MD, a nationally noted health-care policy and rural health expert, and University of Arizona faculty member and administrator, has been appointed associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities at the UA Health Sciences. Dr. Derksen is a professor of public health in the Department of...


UA Medical Students to Honor Willed Body Donors

This week, medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will plant a tree in memory of those who have passed away and generously donated their bodies to science. The annual Tree Planting Ceremony, will take place at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the Dr. Norman Koelling Willed Body Memorial Garden, just south of the...


Meet a MedCat - Victoria Stevens, MD - Class of 1976

Victoria Stevens, MD, has had a fulfilling, award-winning career since graduating from the College of Medicine – Tucson in 1976. Dr. Stevens won the 2018 Physician of the Year Award from Association of American Indian Physicians in July. She is currently the vice chair for the San Carlos Apache Healthcare board of directors. Before retiring from...


COLLEGE OF MEDICINE – TUCSON DEAN SEARCH

I am pleased to announce that we have begun the search to select the next dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.  Jennifer Barton, PhD, Director, Bio5 Institute and Irving Kron, MD, Senior Associate Vice President for Health Sciences and Interim Executive Dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson have enthusiastically agreed to co-chair...


Medicine is More Than a Science for UA Medical Students in Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson welcomed a new class of medical students in July. But before the Class of 2022 could begin to learn about practicing medicine, faculty first ensured that students walked in the shoes of their future patients. “Medicine isn’t all science; there is a human piece. Health care is a caring field...


Future Doctors to Receive and Don First White Coats at UA, July 27

TUCSON - More than 100 new medical students will receive and don their first white coats this week at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson White Coat Ceremony. The event, held to honor the college’s latest class of medical students, will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, July 27, in Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. The...


Nationally Recognized Pediatrician, UA Alum to Keynote 2018 White Coat Ceremony

Pediatrician, journalist, entrepreneur and television producer Alok Patel, MD, will return to his alma mater to keynote the ceremony.Alok Patel, MD, a member of the College of Medicine – Tucson’s Class of 2012, will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 White Coat Ceremony.Dr. Patel is a nationally-recognized pediatrician who completed his...


Anesthesiology Department Gains Internationally Recognized Physician-Scientist as Visionary Leader

Randal O. Dull, MD, PhD, has been appointed professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Dr. Dull’s leadership role officially commenced on July 2. The physician-scientist is eager to create a sustainable, highly efficient, team-centered anesthesiology program by building trust...


Noted Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Health Administrator Dr. Irving L. Kron Appointed to Leadership Positions at UA Health Sciences, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Irving L. Kron, MD, a noted cardiothoracic surgeon and former chairman of the University of Virginia Department of Surgery, has been appointed senior associate vice president for the University of Arizona Health Sciences and interim executive dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, effective July 9. Michael D. Dake, MD, UA senior vice...


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