Marvin Slepian, MD, and Teshia Arambula Solomon, PhD, were recognized by the University of Arizona President’s Office on Monday, January 13 in an induction ceremony for new University of Arizona Regents Professors, University Distinguished Professors and University Distinguished Outreach Faculty.
The annual event recognizes and honors UArizona’s most accomplished and impact generating faculty members.
Dr. Slepian was inducted as a Regents Professor, a title confirmed by the Arizona Board of Regents. Regents Professorships are reserved for full professors whose exceptional achievements merit national and international distinction. Regents' Professor appointments are limited to no more than 3 percent of the total number of the university’s tenured and tenure track faculty members.
Dr. Slepian is a professor of medicine, medical imaging, biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering. He is also the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation. Dr. Slepian’s groundbreaking work in medicine, engineering and business has been stunning. Two examples include the first FDA-approved total artificial heart and the first biodegradable coronary stent. As an innovative teacher, mentor, clinician-scientist-engineer, inventor and real-world “solution developer,” Dr. Slepian has brought national and international distinction to UArizona many times over.
Dr. Solomon was inducted as a University Distinguished Outreach Faculty, a designation for those members of the general faculty who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to outreach and impact.
Dr. Solomon is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. A member of the Choctaw Nation, Dr. Solomon has focused her career on improving health equity for Native Americans. This includes pushing for culturally competent national health policy that honors tribal sovereignty, working to create pathways for Native American students to careers in STEM fields and serving in leadership roles for several research projects, including the UArizona-Banner Health All of Us Research Program.