Dr. Moynahan completed his bachelor’s degree, medical degree and residency training at the University of Arizona. After completing a chief residency in 1997 at the College of Medicine – Tucson, he joined the Department of Medicine as a full-time faculty member.
Dr. Moynahan soon climbed the ranks, becoming chief of general internal medicine, director of the societies program and eventually, assistant dean for clinical education. All the while, the physician has never lost sight of the next generation of UA MedCats.
In a nomination letter to the UA Alumni Association, former college dean Steve Goldschmid, MD, wrote, “Since joining our faculty, Dr. Moynahan has worked tirelessly to support and promote excellence in medical education for our students. He is also one of the best internists in the state and is sought after by all who know him, wanting him to be their primary care provider.”
Dr. Moynahan has been recognized for his accomplishments and dedication to medical education in the past. He was named Clinical Sciences Educator of the Year in 2000, 2001 and 2002. It was then that the college presented him with the Clinical Science Educator of the Year Lifetime Award.
Charles Cairns, MD, dean of the college, also nominated Dr. Moynahan for Alumni of the Year. In his letter, Dr. Cairns wrote that the deputy dean consistently demonstrates “altruism,” “a commitment of service to our community,” and “effective leadership.”
Dr. Moynahan will be recognized during the UA’s 2018 Homecoming weekend along with other college alumni of the year.
Past Alumni of the Year awardees include Joy Bunt, MD, who served as a medical director at the National Institutes of Health; Francisco Garcia, MD, former director and chief medical officer of the Pima County Health Department; and Kathryn Reed, MD, chair of the College of Medicine – Tucson’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The prestigious recognition of Alumni of the Year is bestowed on UA alumni who have uniquely demonstrated a commitment to an academic college’s success and mission through professional achievement, service or support.