The University of Arizona Health Sciences eNewsletter
July 2019

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.

William Cance, MD, deputy director of the UA Cancer Center in Phoenix and a renowned oncology surgeon and physician-scientist, has been appointed interim director of the UA Cancer Center.
Thirty high school students from across Arizona spent the summer at the University of Arizona, where they were steeped in ignorance — a misunderstood concept that should be understood simply as the first step in the process of scientific discovery.
Fifty years ago — just two years after the UA College of Medicine in Tucson welcomed its first class of medical students — about 20 high school students came to the campus to attend the first Med-Start summer program and learn firsthand what it takes to be a health-care professional.
FRONTERA, or Focusing Research on the Border Area, prepares Arizona’s future health-care professionals and researchers to tackle the health challenges unique to the U.S.-Mexico border area, a mostly rural, bicultural region with interconnected communities on both sides of the border.
For the second year in a row, Banner – University Medicine will provide each new medical student at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson a stethoscope. The gift of 120 stethoscopes is valued at $20,500.
Researchers at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will study alternatives to diesel fuel, used to power equipment in underground mines, to reduce cancer and respiratory disease in miners, thanks to a $1.78 million grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
The American Academy of Nursing announced that UA College of Nursing’s Sheila M. Gephart, PhD, RN, and Ruth E. Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, FAHA, will join 231 other distinguished nurse leaders in the academy’s 2019 class of fellows during the academy's annual policy conference.
The UA College of Medicine – Tucson received an $8.8 million gift from the estate of Ronald K. Baker, MD, a 1975 alumnus of the college, including the largest endowed scholarship gift ever received by the college.
Scott Litton, a second-year medical student at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, is changing diagnostic care for patients in rural villages in the Dominican Republic.
Lisa Quale, health educator at the UA Skin Cancer Institute provides ways to keep your skin healthy in the sun-drenched Sonoran Desert.
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