Alumni News

Veteran-focused Mental Health Forum, Nov. 8

When: Friday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Where: Jim Click Hall of Champions, 1766 E. University Blvd., Tucson University of Arizona Veterans Education and Transition Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and My Veteran Passion are collaborating on the Mental Health Forum, an event designed to inform the public about issues veterans...


‘Revolutionary’ New Class Challenges UArizona Students to Cure Alzheimer’s Disease

A new class at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is preparing students to lead scientific discovery and is challenging them to create a drug that can help patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Slated to begin in January 2020, “Designing Drugs: From Chemistry to Cure,” is a unique interdisciplinary class spearheaded by May Khanna, PhD, an...


Banner – University Medical Center Tucson earns comprehensive stroke center status

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson has earned comprehensive stroke certification from The Joint Commission. Accreditation and certification by The Joint Commission is recognized nationwide as the gold standard in the treatment of the most complex stroke cases. Banner – University Medical Center Tucson (B – UMCT) now offers the first Joint...


Providing Health Care to Homeless Children Topic of Free Public Lecture, Oct. 29

TUCSON, Ariz. – Randy Christensen, MD, MPH, has dedicated his life to caring for society’s often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to health care.  Dr. Christensen will discuss, “Ask Me Why I Hurt and Other Tales from the Street,” at a free public lecture at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Part of the Flinn Foundation...


UA Department of Urology to Host Inaugural Golf Benefit for Fight Against Prostate Cancer, Nov. 9

The chance of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one on the golf course is 12,500 to one, while one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. This November, a researcher at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is hoping to use golf to help defeat the disease during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Benjamin R. Lee...


Medical Students Honor Those Who Have Donated Their Bodies to Medical Education

This August, medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson planted a tree in memory of those who have passed away and generously donated their bodies to science. The annual event, known as the Tree Blessing Ceremony, took place on Wednesday, Aug. 28 in the Dr. Norman Koelling Willed Body Memorial Garden. The garden...


An Update from Medical Education: September 2019

Graduate Medical Education The UA College of Medicine – Tucson and its clinical partner, Banner Health, welcomed approximately 250 new residents and fellows on July 1, 2019. This year, these new trainees come from 46 states, range in age from 25-53, and include 20 percent of our own College of Medicine – Tucson graduates. In all, the UA College...


Longtime UA College of Medicine - Tucson Faculty Member, Dr. James C. Dunn, Dies

James Clarence Dunn, Sr., MD, a longtime faculty member at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Dr. Dunn was 90 years old. Dr. Dunn was a faculty member at the College of Medicine – Tucson for more than 35 years until his retirement in 2015. He joined the college in 1978 as an adjunct...


Doc Talks: Child Development and Wellbeing

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medicine invite the public to a free wellness fair and lectures by three physician-specialists Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Doubletree by Hilton Tucson – Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with a general wellness fair in which participants can...


A Message from the Interim Dean

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that the College of Medicine – Tucson is establishing two new clinical departments. Effective Monday, July 15, the surgery divisions of urology and neurosurgery were elevated to department status. Please join me in congratulating Michael Lemole, MD, and Benjamin Lee, MD. Dr. Lemole will serve as interim...


Dr. Michael M.I. Abecassis Appointed Dean of UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Following an extensive national search, Michael M.I. Abecassis, MD, MBA, has been appointed dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. His appointment begins early November 2019, as he becomes the ninth dean of the college since its founding in 1967. Dr. Abecassis is the J. Roscoe Miller Distinguished Professor of Surgery and...


An Update from Medical Education: July 2019

Student Affairs & Admissions The Office of Admissions needs your help. Sign up to assist with the medical student interviewing process. Interested in selecting the next generation of physicians? The Office of Admissions is recruiting MMI (Multiple-Mini Interview) Evaluators for the upcoming cycle! The Admissions Office will host the...


Banner – University Medicine Supports First-Year UA Medical Students with New Stethoscopes

New medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson typically have to buy their first stethoscope. But for incoming students in the Class of 2023, the purchase won’t be necessary. Banner – University Medicine, the medical school’s clinical partner, has purchased a new stethoscope for each student in the class. The...


UA Alumnus Leaves $8.8M to College of Medicine – Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has received an $8.8 million gift from the estate of Dr. Ronald K. Baker, a 1975 alumnus of the college, including the largest endowed scholarship gift ever received by the college. A significant portion of the gift, $5.9 million, will establish the Ronald K. Baker, M.D.,...


Future Doctors to Receive First White Coats at UA

Nearly 120 new medical students will receive and don their very first white coats at the White Coat Ceremony for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. The annual event, held to honor the college’s latest class of medical students, will take place Friday, July 26 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the UA's Centennial Hall, located at 1020 E....


An Update from Medical Education: June 2019

Admissions – We Need Your Help!  Each year, the dedicated faculty members and students on the Admissions Committee receive almost 10,000 applications for approximately 120 seats at the College of Medicine – Tucson. It is gratifying work, but we need you to help us with the interview process.  More information is available for faculty and staff...


For Students Who Have Overcome Challenges, Pathway to Medical School Program Demonstrates Success

Five years ago, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson launched a new pathway to medical school. Named the Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway (P-MAP) program, its purpose is to assist students interested in pursuing medicine, but who may have faced educational and economic challenges in their journey to medical school. This May, the P...


Dr. Dan Derksen Named UA College of Medicine – Tucson 2019 Alumnus of the Year

Dan Derksen, MD, University of Arizona Health Sciences associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities, has been named the UA College of Medicine – Tucson 2019 Alumnus of the Year. The honor is bestowed annually by the UA Alumni Association. After completing his bachelor’s degree at the UA, Dr. Derksen...


Dr. Dan Derksen Named 2019 Alumni of the Year

Dan Derksen, MD, professor of public health and family and community medicine, has been named the College of Medicine – Tucson’s 2019 Alumni of the Year. The honor is bestowed annually by the University of Arizona Alumni Association. Dr. Derksen completed his bachelor’s degree and medical degree and at the University of Arizona. He then went on...


New EMS Bachelor’s Degree Program Starts This Fall at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

A new bachelor’s degree program in emergency medical services, offered by the Department of Emergency Medicine in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, will start this fall. The Arizona Board of Regents approved the Bachelor of Science major and minor in EMS during its April meeting. The undergraduate degree program is the first...


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