Alumni News

50 Years of Memories! Help us 'throwback' each Thursday in 2017

The College of Medicine – Tucson is getting ready to celebrate 50 years of leading medical education in the state of Arizona in 2017. Help us celebrate the past by submitting photos for Throwback Thursday (#tbt) posts on our Facebook page and Twitter account. Email your photos – including a short caption or description – to Senior Communications...


In Memoriam: John R. Davis, MD

Pathologist John R. Davis, MD, who left the University of Iowa in 1967 to become one of the first professors to join the brand new University of Arizona College of Medicine, died January 30, 2016, after a brief illness. He was 86. A specialist in gynecologic pathology, Dr. Davis was highly respected by his colleagues, and by medical students and...


Building Gender Equity for Women in Academic Medicine

In 2014, only 15 percent of the nation’s medical school department chairs were held by women, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges report, The State of Women in Academic Medicine: The Pipeline and Pathways to Leadership, 2013-2014. Since August 2014, five of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s 21...


Class Notes: Keeping You Connected

STEVE ROTHOLTZ, MD, Class of 1989 After 18 years in private OB/GYN practice I’ve joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty. I currently serve as Medical Director; University Obstetrics practice. TRISTAN DOW, MD, Class of 2003 Life is good in Colorado! Sending the best to all my COM 2003 peeps! JASON CRAWFORD, MD, MPH, Class of...


Delivering Babies in Ebola Land

The Princess Christian Maternity Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, is the only maternity referral hospital in that West African country. It does not take patients who screen positive for Ebola. Sierra Leone also is short on physicians, with just one obstetrician in the country during the Ebola epidemic. Theresa Cullen, MD, a Tucson family doctor...


College of Medicine Reunion 2015

As a child and adult psychiatrist with the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center in New Haven, Dorothy Stubbe, MD, understands the importance of paying attention to one’s feelings. That may explain, at least partly, her decision to attend this year’s reunion. “I got very nostalgic for my old classmates and the University of Arizona, and I...


UA College of Medicine - Tucson Marks an Application Milestone: Nearly 6,500 Apply for Class of 2020

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has received a record 6,457 applications for enrollment in the Class of 2020. The number of applications is a 13.9 percent increase over the 5,667 applications the College received for admission to the Class of 2019. And it’s more than two and a half times the 2,500 applications the college...


COM Alumni Welcome Future Physicians with Scopes & Coats

For the first time in almost 50 years, every member of the class of 2019 was welcomed into the medical world with a gift of a stethoscope and white coat from our generous COM alumni. These important gifts send our new students a powerful message: The UA College of Medicine alumni will support them, have confidence in them, and wish them well on...


Class Notes: Keeping You Connected

Larry Myers, MD, Class of 1975larrymyersor@gmail.comI retired as Medical Director of a CHC in Springfield, Oregon and Cheryl and I live in the coastal hills near Eugene. My main work places are the CHC I’ve worked in since 2004, a Catholic system rural hospital 30 miles south of us and a rural hospital five hours away near the California border...


Career of Eminent Stroke Researcher Chelsea Kidwell, MD, Comes Full Circle

As the daughter of two university scientists, Chelsea Kidwell was inspired to follow in their footsteps. After graduating with a degree in psychology from Duke University, she enrolled in the UA College of Medicine, where she made the choice to devote her career to neurology.  She was named Outstanding Neurology Student of the Year when she...


For ‘Legacy’ Applicants, a First Interview is Guaranteed

Is your son or daughter interested in becoming a doctor? Would he or she like to follow in your footsteps, by attending the UA College of Medicine? Under a College of Medicine policy that took effect three years ago, “legacy” applicants – those who have a sibling, parent or grandparent who graduated from the UA College of Medicine – are guaranteed...


From Dean Cairns: Our Research is Changing Patient Care Around the World

The College of Medicine in Tucson has a long history and bright future in groundbreaking medical research, from the pioneering research that led to FDA approval of the total artificial heart, to non-invasive wearable technology for monitoring health biomarkers. Our faculty’s innovative work led to an FDA-approved scorpion antivenom, changed the...


Fulfilling His Father’s Dream

Mohab Ibrahim was 17 when he left his native Egypt for Tucson. His two older brothers had already settled here, and he wanted to get his undergraduate degree, then his medical degree from the UA College of Medicine. It was 1993, eight years after his father died at a very young age. Mohamed Kamal Ibrahim was an internal medicine doctor and...


Retina Specialist Vincent Hau Runs Boston Marathon with Visually Impaired

Vincent Hau ran the 2014 Boston Marathon to celebrate the city’s triumph over the tragic bombings the year before. At the race, he learned from fellow runners of an organization that compelled him to “run Boston” again this year. Team With A Vision, which each year competes to raise funds and awareness for the Massachusetts Association for the...


For Less-Advantaged Students, a New Pathway to Medical School

Lacy Manuelito grew up in Fort Defiance on the Navajo Reservation, knowing since she was a little girl that she wanted to be a doctor. The first in her family to graduate from college, she holds a bachelor’s degree in family relations and human development from the University of New Mexico. Marisela Mariscal, whose heritage is both Hispanic and of...


News from the Alumni Office

Greetings, MedCats! I am pleased to share many exciting COM alumni developments: White Coat, Stethoscope and Scholarship Drive Thanks to the generous support of so many of you, every student in the Class of 2019 will receive the gift of a white coat and stethoscope!  In addition, COM alumni and faculty have given more than $20,000 for student...


Message from Dean Cairns: Exciting Conversations, Extraordinary Times

Greetings, Alumni and Friends, We have passed the 90-day mark of our partnership with Banner Health, and it’s really been an extraordinary 90 days. The first thing we’ve been able to do is to show it’s possible to have an evolving and synergistic partnership between a large not-for-profit health-care system and an academic institution. The...


Julia Indik: How a Childhood Longing for Space Adventure Led to a Career in Cardiology

When she was 5, growing up in New York City, Julia Indik wanted to be an astronaut – something a lot of kids want to be. But over time, her longing for space adventure evolved into a passion for math and physics, and that eventually led her to the UA College of Medicine, where she received her MD in 1996. Today Dr. Indik is a cardiologist with the...


Class Notes: Keeping You Connected

April 2015Joel Kunkel, MD, Class of 1972jwklerkim@earthlink.netLife has been good to the Kunkels. We were married in 1964 in Arizona and returned to Tucson in 2014 to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. I’m retired from the Emergency Department, after 32 years, but still work eight hours a week at Med Now PC, a walk-in clinic (aka Doc in the...


Greetings from Interim Dean Chuck Cairns, MD

Greetings, Alumni and Friends,As you know, this is an extraordinary time for the UA College of Medicine. It’s also an extraordinary honor for me to have been appointed interim dean at this time.I want to share a little bit about me, and my thoughts about this College of Medicine and its future.My family and I moved to Tucson last year from Chapel...


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