Alumni News

Brian Panique Named Senior Director of Development

Brian Panique has been appointed the senior director of development at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, effective Wednesday, July 1. Panique holds more than 10 years of experience in fundraising, including supporting non-profit organizations such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  “Brian has a strong background in health care...


UArizona Physician, Med Student Biking across Midwest on Health Care ‘Listening Tour’ in Age of COVID-19

TUCSON, Ariz. – Paul Gordon, MD, MPH, professor, University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine – Tucson and Julia Liatti, a first-year medical student (and avid bicyclist), are embarking on a multi-state bicycle “listening tour” to hear what people in rural areas of the United States think about the U...


UArizona Medical Student Effort to Distribute COVID-19 Awareness Posters in Spanish Gains Supporters Near and Far

TUCSON, Ariz. – It was a simple plan: Design a few posters to underscore the importance of social distancing, handwashing and wearing masks in public during the COVID-19 pandemic – but in Spanish, where such literature was scarce. And spread them around areas where Latinos typically may shop. Now, the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson...


Drs. Andrew Weil and Victoria Maizes Host New Integrative Medicine Podcast, ‘Body of Wonder’

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (AWCIM) at the University of Arizona announced the launch of a new podcast series, “Body of Wonder,” with four exciting episodes ready for listeners now. The show is recorded at the Tucson home of integrative medicine pioneer, Andrew Weil, MD, founding director of the center, and...


UArizona Medical Student Selected for National Scholarship Supporting Physician Workforce Diversity

TUCSON, Ariz. – Third-year medical student Aaron Bia is one of 10 students in the nation selected for the inaugural ElevateMeD Scholarship. As a recipient, Bia will receive $10,000 for each of his remaining years at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. ElevateMeD is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing physician...


UArizona President to Have Blood Drawn for COVID-19 Antibody Testing

TUCSON, Ariz. — University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins, MD, will be among the first group of general population members to have their blood drawn for the COVID-19 antibody test developed by UArizona researchers. The event will occur Thursday, April 30, 11 a.m. (PT) at the UArizona Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center, 640 N. National...


College of Medicine – Tucson to Celebrate Class of 2020 Convocation

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Thursday, May 14, 117 students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson officially will become doctors.  The convocation ceremony, in which students will be recognized for earning Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees, will take place entirely online beginning at 4 p.m.; viewers may watch it at Facebook.com/...


UArizona Health Sciences ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ Webinars Offer Community Connection during Social Distancing

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Health Sciences this week introduces a new free webinar series, Wellness Wednesdays: A Community Connection, designed to engage the public in topics to maintain and improve their physical and mental health – both at a time of social isolation during the COVID -19 pandemic and beyond. “We are excited to...


Medical Students Rally to Help Tucson’s Homeless Amidst Pandemic

TUCSON, Ariz. – Medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson are stepping up to help Tucson’s homeless population amid concerns the population will be hit hard by COVID-19.  “This is a vulnerable population in our community; they can’t defend themselves in a society already running short on supplies and resources,”...


UArizona Regents Professor Submits Designs to DOD for Three Low-Cost Ventilator Prototypes – One Using a Basketball

TUCSON, Ariz. – A renowned researcher at the University of Arizona Health Sciences has taken the university’s reputation as a basketball powerhouse to a new level – designing an easily manufactured and low-cost ventilator prototype that uses a basketball to respond to the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic. “We are in a period where ventilators...


Dr. Andrew Weil to Discuss COVID-19 Strategies in Webinar

TUCSON, Ariz. — Members of the public and the media are invited to join a virtual discussion on integrative strategies to supplement public health measures against the spread of the new coronavirus. Organized by University of Arizona Global and hosted by the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, the presentation, “An Integrative Approach...


UArizona Medical Students Step Up to Help Health Care Professionals

TUCSON, Arizona — When College of Medicine – Tucson student Darien Stratton heard about students volunteering to help medical professionals in areas of the country hit hard by COVID-19, the University of Arizona was still on spring break. Local schools, preschools and businesses remained open, and social distancing was just entering the lexicon....


UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson Students Given Option for Early Graduation in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has announced that it will offer its Class of 2020 students set to graduate later this spring the opportunity to apply for early graduation. A similar alternative was offered to UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix students on Friday. Both measures are driven by projected...


Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Jonathan Holmes Appointed UArizona Chair of Ophthalmology

Jonathan M. Holmes, MD, has been appointed chair of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Ophthalmology, effective Friday, July 31. Dr. Holmes currently serves as the Joseph E. and Rose Marie Green Professor of Visual Sciences and Professor of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester,...


Aspiring Physicians Celebrate Match Day, Residency Results

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Friday, March 20, 115 medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson (COM-T) learned where they will first practice the science and art of medicine as they begin the next phase of their professional journey. “We are extremely proud of our Class of 2020,” says Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, dean of the...


Arizona Telemedicine Program Rapidly Responds to Coronavirus Pandemic

TUCSON, Ariz. – As our state, nation and world confront the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, ever-increasing numbers of individuals and families are self-isolating to help lessen the spread of the dangerous new disease. But these individuals still require access to health-care services, especially if they manifest symptoms of the novel coronavirus. ...


UArizona Restructures ‘Match Day’ in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

TUCSON, Ariz. — Out of an abundance of caution for the welfare of students and employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional, large-scale Match Day ceremony hosted by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has been canceled. Instead, medical students will hold smaller, private celebrations with their friends and loved...


Endowed Scholarships Dinner Celebrates College Founders and Donors

On Monday, Feb. 10, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson hosted the 2020 Endowed Academic Scholarships Dinner to celebrate founding faculty members, as well as donors who have supported endowed scholarships for medical students. “This dinner is a celebration of not only our past, but our future,” Dean Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA...


$500,000+ Gift Establishes Drach Endowed Chair for Urology

University of Arizona alumnus and Professor Emeritus George W. Drach, MD, has donated more than $500,000 to establish a new endowment in the College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Urology. The transformative gift, in combination with gifts from other donors, will establish The George W. Drach, MD, Endowed Chair for Urology. Funds from the...


Aspiring Doctors to Learn their Future at Match Day Ceremony

Out of an abundance of caution for the welfare of students and employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional, large-scale Match Day ceremony hosted by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has been canceled. Instead, medical students will hold smaller, private celebrations with their friends and loved ones to celebrate...


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