People and Programs on the Move

Dr. Koss, a professor of health promotion sciences and psychology at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, received honors from the American Psychological Association for her research, consultation and advocacy on sexual violence against women and girls.

Janko Nikolich-Zugich, MD, PhD, was re-elected as chair of the board and CEO of the American Aging Association. His term, which was to expire in 2017, now has been extended through 2020.

University of Arizona Department of Medicine Chair Monica Kraft, MD, was selected to join the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program as a fellow for its Class of 2017-18.

Vivian Y. Shi, MD, an assistant professor in the University of Arizona Division of Dermatology, has been awarded the 2017 Dermatology Foundation Patient Directed Investigation Grant.

Monica Kraft, MD, chair of the University of Arizona Department of Medicine, has been elected as a fellow of the prestigious European Respiratory Society.

Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, director of the UA Health Sciences Center for Sleep and Circadian Sciences, has received a $250,000 grant from the American Sleep Medicine Foundation to evaluate how telemedicine can assist in the delivery of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.

UA Center on Aging member Monica Vandivort, MD, will use a $50,000 start-up grant from the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AzAHEC) for a clinical research initiative to improve health outcomes of seriously ill elders in Sierra Vista.

Two University of Arizona investigators were awarded a two-year, $415,491 grant to develop an oral drug approved to treat multiple sclerosis.

Archita Desai, MD, a research associate with the University of Arizona Liver Research Institute, won a two-year, $150,000 grant from the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease Foundation to examine health-care utilization by advanced liver disease patients to better determine when care can be better managed for more optimal outcomes and potentially at lower costs over the long term.

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and chief of cardiology at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson, is the new editor-in-chief of ‘Circulation: Heart Failure,’ a scientific journal of the American Heart Association.

Benjamin Alouidor, a first year Master’s student in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Medical Pharmacology-Perfusion Sciences Graduate Program was awarded the Best Student Scientific Award at the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology’s 55th International Conference, held May 2017 in Boston, MA.

Elected by her peers in academic cardiology, Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, was inducted into the organization led by leaders in American cardiology research.

Three of the 12 new members are UA Health Sciences leaders based in Tucson and Phoenix.

UA Students were recognized for educating and enrolling students and community members in health care coverage as part of the Healthy Campus Challenge.

The UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health professor will lead the 1,600 member physician, resident and medical student organization.