Dr. Tamsen Bassford Named Head of UA Department of Family and Community Medicine
Award-winning family physician and noted women's health researcher Tamsen "Tammie" Bassford, MD, has been appointed head of the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine, effective immediately.
Dr. Bassford had served as Interim Head of the Department since April 2002.
An Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Bassford served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the College of Medicine from 2000-2002. She is the Principal Investigator for the Arizona site of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), a landmark study testing interventions to reduce coronary heart disease, breast and colorectal cancer, and osteoporotic-fractures among postmenopausal women. She has been active in cancer prevention education, developing a cancer prevention education curriculum for medical students, with support from the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Bassford also developed the Mensajeras de Salud Project, a lay health education project directed at breast and cervical cancer in Hispanic women, which now operates as a program of the YWCA.
Dr. Bassford has served on the Mammography Advisory Panel of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the FDA Mammography Advisory Committee, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Panel on Osteoporosis, among others.
She earned a bachelor's degree in biology at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and completed her medical degree at the University of Southern California. She served her Family Practice residency at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.
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