UA-Banner Doctors to Provide Free Community Health Lectures Tuesdays in September at ‘Doc Talks’

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Top doctors and researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine ­– Tucson and Banner Health will provide free health lectures in September. The Tucson community is invited to attend and pose their questions directly to physicians.

The “Doc Talks” lecture series will take place from 5-7 p.m. each Tuesday in September at The Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. Each event kicks off with a Wellness Expo featuring free physician “meet and greets,” hands-only CPR training, osteoporosis screenings, UV damage analyses and more. Lectures commence at 6 p.m.

“Doc Talks” is co-sponsored by the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner Health. The speakers and their lecture topics are:

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Valves R Us

Irving L. Kron, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in pediatric and adult cardiac surgery and peripheral vascular surgery. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including America’s Top Doctor Award and one of America’s Top Surgeons Awards. Dr. Kron is interim executive dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and senior associate vice president of the UA Health Sciences. His lecture will focus on valvular heart disease, its symptoms and the latest treatment options.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Throat Cancer: The New Epidemic

Julie Bauman, MD, MPH, is a professor of medicine and chief of hematology/oncology at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Dr. Bauman specializes in head and neck cancer and thyroid cancer. Her research interests include “green chemoprevention” — using plants such as broccoli to help the body detoxify carcinogens.

Her talk will focus on throat cancer risk factors and prevention strategies for the highly preventable cancer. 

Tuesday, Sept. 18

How Innovation is Changing the Future of Medical Intervention

Michael Dake, MD, is an internationally recognized physician-scientist, health educator, medical researcher and the recently appointed UA senior vice president for health sciences. Dr. Dake made medical history in 1992 with the implantation of the first thoracic stent-graft at Stanford University; it was the first implantation of its kind in the United States.

His talk will focus on cutting-edge innovations in development at the University of Arizona Health Sciences and Banner Health that are advancing health and medicine.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Aging for Life: Dodging Neurodegenerative Diseases of Aging

Roberta Brinton, PhD, is the director of the UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science and a leading neuroscientist in the field of Alzheimer’s disease, the aging female brain and regenerative therapeutics. Her latest innovation is the development of the first regenerative therapeutic for Alzheimer’s disease, which is in clinical testing.

Her talk will focus on age-associated neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and rapidly progressive multiple sclerosis.  

REGISTRATION: Light refreshments will be provided at all “Doc Talks,” but attendees are required to register in advance by calling 800-230-CARE (2273) or registering online at

About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is shaping the future of medicine through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research and advancements in patient care in Arizona and beyond. Founded in 1967, the college boasts more than 50 years of innovation, ranking among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. Through the university’s partnership with Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the college is leading the way in academic medicine. For more information, visit

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About Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, nationally ranked as a Best Hospital by U.S. News and World Report, and Banner – University Medical Center South, are part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. These institutions are academic medical centers for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Included on the two campuses are Diamond Children's Medical Center and many specialty clinics. The two academic medical centers are part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, with 28 hospitals in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit or

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