Alumni News

Alumni Board Updates

The University of Arizona College of Medicine Alumni Board met on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Marvin “Swede” Johnson building in Tucson. The meeting covered a lot of ground, including discussing goals and priorities, new projects, current events and the recruitment of new members. Several members expressed how much they appreciated their medical...


Class Notes, October 2012

[Pictured from left to right: Dr. Gabriel Sarah, Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi]Suzanne Sisley, MD, Class of 1995One of my many academic pursuits at University of Arizona College of Medicine is my service as Principal Investigator on an FDA-approved Marijuana Study. It's a big achievement because I don't think the...


Hutchison Legacy Begins at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

As years pass and new students begin their medical education, it’s no wonder the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson continues to grow family legacies. Ellie Hutchison, a member of the Class of 2016, is joining the College of Medicine tradition, as she follows in the footsteps of her father, Timothy Hutchison, MD.Born in Tucson,...


Dr. Christian Moher to Speak at 2012 White Coat Ceremony

Christian Moher, MD, will speak at the 18th annual White Coat Ceremony to welcome the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Class of 2016. As an alumnus, Dr. Moher said he hopes his speech will help the incoming class understand the uniqueness of the medical profession.The 2012 UA College of Medicine – Tucson White Coat Ceremony is...


Class Notes, August 2012

[Faculty member Stephen Howell, MD, and wife Jennifer Parod]William 'Bill' Thrift, MD, Class of 1983I've practiced in Prescott since leaving Scottsdale Memorial Family Medicine residency in 1986.Although I did full family practice, the last baby I delivered is now a 14-year-old. I continue to work about one shift a week, in our busy emergency...


Alumni Office Welcomes New Director

It’s our privilege to announce that longtime University of Arizona employee Holly Altman has been named director of Alumni Affairs for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. “It was an intensive search, and we are confident that we have found the best person for the job,” said Clint McCall, senior director of development for the...


An Update From Tucson's Student Government Chair

Greetings UA College of Medicine – Tucson Alumni,As the new school year begins and summer begins to fade, students are gearing up for the upcoming challenges they will face in the classrooms and clinics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.At this time, we welcome the incoming first-year medical students with a three-day...


Clint McCall Named Senior Director of Development for UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Clint McCall has been named senior director of development for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. He will oversee the college’s development, alumni relations and special events offices.McCall joins the college after serving as senior director of development for the UA Sarver Heart Center since 2004. There, he increased the...


Dr. Wayne Beck Endowed Scholarship

It is with deep sadness that we inform the University of Arizona College of Medicine community about the passing of Wayne Beck, MD, Class of 1975. After battling multiple health issues for the past few years, Dr. Beck passed away on Sunday, April 8, surrounded by his family.In August 2010, Dr. Beck stepped up to serve as president of the UA...


Two Members of UA Community Honored by Gold Foundation

Two individuals from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards on Thursday, May 10, at the senior breakfast.Faculty member Dr. Carlos Gonzales and Natasha Bhuyan, a fourth-year medical student, were nominated and selected by members of the Class of 2012 to receive this accolade. The...


Class Notes, March 2012

[Ryan Putnam, MD, with wife Haley and daughter.]Steve Ketchel, MD, Class of 1972I am continuing my practice of Hematology/Oncology at the Cancer Care Center of Southern Arizona next to TMC. I am also chair of the Arizona Clinical Oncology Society, and as the chair am working with the American Society of Clinical Oncology to better represent the...


UA Medical Student Works to Create Change in Ghana

Charity Adusei brings more than intelligence and determination to the Class of 2015 at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. The 24-year-old also shares her passion, enthusiasm and conviction for philanthropy with her 113 classmates.As a native of Ghana, Africa, Adusei moved to the United States to complete one year of high...


Message from Dean Goldschmid, March 2012

Greetings College of Medicine alumni!The UA College of Medicine has much to be proud of and it was my honor and pleasure to host most of the UA deans on a tour of the college and our teaching hospital, The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, during a dinner meeting on March 5. The tour group visited many areas, including the...


Dean Goldschmid Meets With Alumni and Friends in Washington, DC

As part of the UA President’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and co-CEO of The University of Arizona Health Network, spoke at CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) headquarters in Washington, DC, on Dec. 6. Dean Goldschmid spoke to alumni, friends and guests...


UA Medical Students Serve in Clinics in Dominican Republic

PHOENIX – If Brenna Derksen had any doubts about her chosen career path, they were swept away during her holiday break.“It brought me back into why I wanted to get into medicine in the first place,” Derksen said. “It’s real easy to get caught up in the stress of medical school and I think the trip was invaluable in that sense. Yes, this is why I’m...


First-Year Student Balances Medical School and Music

Balancing medical school with any other passion can be a struggle for some, but not for first-year University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson student Alex Sandweiss. According to the Arizona native, the rigor of medical school pushes him to take time at the piano to de-stress and refocus.The 23-year-old MD-PhD candidate juggles school and...


Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care

Both the Tucson and Phoenix chapters of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) organized and celebrated the second-annual Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care on Feb. 14.The national GHHS commemoration was created after the tragic shootings on Jan. 8, 2011 in Tucson.Building upon last year’s...


A Note from the Student Body Chairman

It’s definitely been a quite a year – one full of surprises, excitement, new additions, busy days, countless hours of studying for tests, but most importantly, plenty of good times shared by all! Whether it was revealing the incredible newly redesigned student lounge (which is phenomenal… if you haven’t had the chance to check it out, you should...


Class Notes, December 2011

Liz (Gobble) Enlow, Class of 2009:I'll be starting a Neonatology Fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in July 2012.Leslie Willingham, Class of 2008:I finished my family medicine residency at the University of Arizona in June 2011 and have joined an existing practice in Tucson at El Dorado Internal Medicine, along with Drs. Alan Rogers...


Moynahan Dedicated to Success of Medical Student Education

Dr. Kevin Moynahan, MD, is not only the deputy dean of education at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, but also is a dedicated alumnus who enables current medical students to attain educational success.By guiding students and implementing new programs, he’s enabled the medical education curriculum and student learning to...


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