Alumni News

New OB-GYN Chair Appointed by UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — Chaur-Dong Hsu, MD, MPH, a renowned figure in the field of maternal-fetal health, has been appointed the new chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, effective March 15. “Dr. Hsu offers a broad portfolio of research and clinical experience to share with faculty...


UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson Names New Anesthesiology Chair

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has named Emory University School of Medicine’s Kathryn E. Glas, MD, MBA, as its new chair for the Department of Anesthesiology, effective March 8. “We are truly excited to have Dr. Glas come on board this spring,” said UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson Dean Michael A.I....


Connecting with Dean Abecassis: Reflecting on a First Year

One could argue Dr. Michael Abecassis’ first year at the University of Arizona Health Sciences as dean of the College of Medicine – Tucson was shaped by the pandemic, but he is proud that it did not hold the college back.  Michael A. Abecassis, MD, MBA, came to Tucson in November 2019 to lead the College of Medicine – Tucson as the newest dean...


People and Programs on the Move at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — Among recent honors, awards and promotions at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson are the following news items: Renowned HIV/AIDS Researcher Wins National Women’s Health Award Elizabeth Connick, MD, professor, chief and fellowship program director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UArizona College...


COVID-19 Dominates Top 10 UArizona Health Sciences News Stories of 2020

COVID-19, social distancing, masks, antibody tests and the quest for a vaccine dominated the media this year, and University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers contributed to the global pandemic response in myriad ways. From research to clinical trials and public outreach, UArizona Health Sciences faculty, physicians, scientists, staff and...


'Freezer Farm' Ready to Store More Than 1.6M Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine at UArizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — An ultracold storage facility capable of storing more than 1.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine has been completed at the University of Arizona. The so-called "freezer farm" includes eight storage freezers to accommodate the first vaccines expected to be available in the U.S. – the Pfizer vaccine, which the Food and Drug...


Guest Column: Student Inspired by Alzheimer’s Research

Greg Branigan, a fourth-year MD/PhD student in the College of Medicine – Tucson, conducts research at the Center for Innovation in Brain Science (CIBS). He is part of a team that recently published a study showing certain breast cancer treatments also can reduce the risk of age-related Alzheimer’s disease. My grandmother is suffering from...


Building Bridges with Indigenous Communities: Stamets Gift Funds New Scholarship for Fellowship in Integrative Medicine

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (AWCIM) has established a new scholarship funded by a generous gift from Paul Stamets, D.Sc. (Honoris Causa), an internationally known mycologist and advocate of the medical benefits of mushrooms. The Paul Stamets Scholarship will advance integrative medicine by...


People and Programs on the Move at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. – Among recent awards, honors and new hires at the University of Arizona Health Sciences in the College of Medicine – Tucson are the following items: Dr. Weinstein Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award Ronald Weinstein, MD, director of the national award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program and a professor of pathology, was...


In memoriam: Kenneth Hatch, MD

It is with a heavy heart we inform you that Kenneth Hatch M.D., Professor Emeritus and former Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine – Tucson, passed away after a short illness on November 12, 2020. Dr. Hatch earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in...


UArizona Health Sciences Study Shows SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies Provide Lasting Immunity

  TUCSON, Ariz. – One of the most significant questions about the novel coronavirus is whether people who are infected are immune from reinfection and, if so, for how long.  To determine the answer, University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers studied the production of antibodies from a sample of nearly 6,000 people and found immunity...


Future Primary Care Physicians Grateful for Full-Tuition Scholarship, Excited to Serve their Communities

  TUCSON, Ariz. – Earlier this year, the University of Arizona Health Sciences partnered with the State of Arizona to launch the UArizona Primary Care Physician Scholarship Program, which addresses two critical issues in health care: Arizona’s shortage of primary care physicians and the rising amount of debt for medical students. The program...


Green Light Therapy Shown to Reduce Migraine Frequency, Intensity

TUCSON, Ariz. – New research from the University of Arizona Health Sciences found that people who suffer from migraine may benefit from green light therapy, which was shown to reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches and improve patient quality of life. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine is the third most prevalent...


University, County Work Together at ‘Critical Time’ for COVID-19 Mitigation

The University of Arizona continues to work in partnership with the county and city to slow the spread of COVID-19, President Robert C. Robbins, MD, said today in a briefing on the university’s reentry progress. Theresa Cullen, MD, director of the Pima County Health Department and an associate professor of family and community medicine in the...


UArizona Steele Children’s Research Center Announces $5M in Gifts Honoring Dr. Fayez K. Ghishan

TUCSON, Ariz. — In honor of the 25th anniversary of Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, as director of the Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, members of the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center have contributed $5 million to establish an endowment in his name. The endowment celebrates and...


2020 UArizona Arthritis Center ‘Bear Down for Health: Sport and Science in the Era of COVID-19’ Livestream, Sept. 16

NOTE TO WRITERS/EDITORS: Media are welcome to cover this event. Participants will be available for interviews in advance. To make arrangements, please contact Tracy Shake, UArizona Arthritis Center, shake@arthritis.arizona.edu. TUCSON, Ariz. – Building upon a long tradition of mutual support, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center once...


UArizona Health Sciences Researcher Studies Statins for Stroke Therapy

  TUCSON, Ariz. — Every year in the United States, about 800,000 people experience a stroke. Many are left with neurological complications such as paralysis on one side of the body, speech and language problems, vision issues, behavioral changes, and memory loss. Researchers at the University of Arizona Health Sciences aim to reduce these...


UArizona Health Sciences Researcher Seeks Safer, More Effective Leukemia Treatment

TUCSON, Ariz. – A potentially safer, more effective chemotherapy treatment for patients with blood-related cancers, such as leukemia, who need a particular bone marrow transplant procedure is under study at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The procedure is known as a haploidentical (half-matched) bone marrow transplantation, or “haplo-...


Health Disparities in Advanced Heart Failure Treatment – Intersection of Race and Sex

TUCSON, Ariz. – Physicians revealed biases affecting women, particularly African American women, when evaluating heart failure patients for advanced heart disease therapies such as heart transplants and ventricular assist devices (VADs), according to recently published research led by the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona Health...


Constitution Has Answers for Balancing Health and Liberties Amid COVID-19, UArizona Experts Say

TUCSON, Ariz. – As COVID-19 affects every aspect of American life, it has also emerged as a politically polarizing issue, and measures to mitigate the disease’s spread have brought about debates on balancing public health and civil liberty. Three University of Arizona experts weighed in on how norms and values defined in the U.S. Constitution...


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