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Hall Award Honors Outstanding Residents in Cardiac Care Unit

Division of Cardiology faculty and fellows selected two University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson internal medicine resident physicians to receive the Charles W. Hall Jr. and Virginia C. Hall Memorial Endowment Award for Outstanding House Officer in the Cardiac Care Unit. Colin Anderson, MD, grew up in Tucson and attended St. George’s...


Noon Award Honors Outstanding Medical Students in Cardiac Care Unit

Three University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson medical school graduates were selected to receive the 2021 Zenas B. Noon Award for Excellence in Cardiology. The award was established by the family of Dr. Noon, a surgeon born in Nogales, AZ who served that community for more than three decades. Joseph Heiler, MD, will begin an eight-year...


David Bruzzese and LaToya Singletary join College of Medicine - Tucson

David Bruzzese, MBA, and LaToya Singletary will be joining the College of Medicine – Tucson (COM-T) as the new Executive Director, Brand Communications and Senior Director of Development, effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021.    Mr. Bruzzese will serve on COM-T's senior leadership team and will foster effective communication between the COM-T and its...


Students, Faculty Recognized with Senior Awards

Multiple awards were presented to graduating seniors and a few faculty members at the Class of 2021 convocation for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, held May 12 at the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center.    Normally, the college’s Honors and Awards Committee would have recognized the winners at the Senior Awards Luncheon...


Davis Sports Center Site of 2021 Medical Student Convocation

An in-person convocation ceremony returns May 12, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson for Class of 2021 graduates. A total of 119 students will receive their Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees, officially making them physicians. The celebration will be hosted at the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center,...


Meet a MedCat: Sandra Vazquez Salas

Sandra Vazquez Salas is currently completing her fourth year as a medical student here at COM-T. She will be graduating in May with distinctions in Community Service, Rural Health, and Medical Spanish. After graduation, Sandra will be heading to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for a residency in Pathology. She chose this specialty after seeing the...


Meet a MedCat: Karen Ibarra

Karen Ibarra is a self-described “Wildcat at heart.” She is from San Luis, AZ and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. She earned a Bachelor's of Science in Public Health and then completed the College of Medicine – Tucson (COM-T) Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway (P-MAP) Program, which led her to COM-T. Karen loves being a part of...


Aspiring Physicians Celebrate Match Day, Residency Results

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Friday, March 19, 117 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 2021,” says Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, dean of...


Remembering Paul Johnson, PhD– One of UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson's Founding Faculty

Paul C. Johnson, PhD, passed away at the age of 93 on February 21, 2021. A Founding Faculty member in the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Johnson was Professor Emeritus and former Head of the Department of Physiology at COM-T. Dr. Johnson was trained in Physics and Physiology at the University of Michigan, and received his PhD...


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