Alumni News

White Coat Ceremony Celebrates the Next Generation of Physicians

Members of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2026 took part in a White Coat Ceremony recognizing their entry into medicine with their first physician’s white coat, the garment of their future profession. “In tonight’s ceremony, you will don the doctor’s white coat and recite and sign a mission and vision statement...


Remembering Dr. Cetas, Neurosurgery Chair and Immense Soul

Justin Schultz Cetas, MD, PhD, chair of Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was born on October 3, 1970, in Ames, Iowa. He died on July 13, 2022, in Tucson, Arizona, from a fatal collision on his motorcycle, at the age of 51. He died instantly. Justin had an immense soul. He was husband to Alivia...


Dr. Cetas, Neurosurgery Chair, Passes Away

It is with heavy hearts and a deep sense of loss that we share with you the tragic news of the sudden passing of our dear colleague, Justin S. Cetas, MD, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Neurosurgery. He was involved in a traffic accident yesterday that resulted, unfortunately, in non-survivable injuries. On behalf of everyone at the...


Dr. Kevin Moynahan, MedCat Class of 1993, Receives AMSA National Golden Apple Award

Kevin Moynahan, MD, FACP, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson professor of medicine and vice dean for education, received the 2022 National Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). The association places great emphasis on the importance of medical education as a means of...


Remembering Dr. Dantzler, Founding Faculty Member and Pioneering Researcher

It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the sudden and unexpected death of our colleague, William Dantzler, MD, PhD, a member of the Founding Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, who passed away at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson on May 27 at the age of 86. He was widely regarded as the...


A Conversation with Dr. Patricia Lebensohn, Family Physician

MD-PhD candidate Andres F. Diaz, MS, published this Q&A with Patricia Lebensohn, MD, professor of family and community medicine and medical director of the Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) Program, in a recent issue of The New Physician. It is reprinted here with permission. Family medicine has unique aspects that separate it from other...


Newly Minted Physicians Prepare for Next Chapter of Their Careers at Convocation Ceremony

On May 12, nearly 120 University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson students will receive their medical degrees in Centennial Hall, where they will take the Hippocratic Oath and be draped with an academic hood to represent their initiation into the field of medicine. “These students have spent the bulk of their medical school education and...


P-MAP Clears Obstacles and Cheers Alumni, Expanding Physician Pipeline

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will honor exceptional alumni who have completed the Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway (P-MAP), an intensive medical school preparation program that every year accepts 10 promising students who have faced considerable obstacles on their paths to medical school. Students who successfully complete...


Future Doctors Gather Outdoors to Celebrate Match Day

Fourth-year medical students pick up bags containing envelopes revealing where they have been matched for residency programs. Photography by University of Arizona Health Sciences Communications, Kris Hanning. After an excited countdown, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2022 simultaneously opened their individual...


Future Physicians to Begin Their Next Chapter at Match Day Ceremony

In a photo taken at the last in-person Match Day ceremony, College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2019 member Leanne Zabala, MD, matched in internal medicine at UCLA Medical Center. (Photo: Rick Kopstein, UAHS BioCommunications) More than 110 medical students in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will learn where they will...


Dr. Paul Farmer, Pioneer of Global Health, Dies at 62. MedCat Andres Diaz Shares His Thoughts on His Legacy.

Today, the world lost a towering figure of global health equity, a champion of human rights and one of the greatest humanitarians of our lifetime. Dr. Paul Farmer devoted his career to working for and in defense of the poor, underserved, stigmatized and disenfranchised. His tireless commitment to a “preferential option for the poor” in health...


White Coat Ceremony Recognizes Students who Started Medical School During the Pandemic

After their White Coat ceremonies were postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2024 students will receive their white coats on Feb. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the UArizona Student Union. The White Coat Ceremony recognizes medical students’ entry into medicine...


Medical Students Learn Vital Skills Through Community Service

The issue of health equity has had a profound impact on how the University of Arizona Health Sciences prepares its students to better meet the care needs of all patients. At the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson, improving health care disparities includes training the next generation of physicians to understand the cultures and speak the...


In memoriam: Ronald Weinstein, MD

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Ronald Weinstein, MD, professor of pathology, public health, medical imaging and pharmacy practice-science, and co-founder and long-time director of the renowned Arizona Telemedicine Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Dr. Weinstein was beloved...


Dr. Theresa Cullen Named College of Medicine – Tucson 2021 Alumni of the Year

For Theresa Cullen, MD, MS, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s 2021 Alumni of the Year, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a trial by fire. A 1983 graduate of the college, she was among those recognized Thursday, Nov. 4, 2-5 p.m., during the UArizona’s 2021 Alumni of the Year Awards Ceremony at the Student Union Memorial Center’...


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