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UA College of Medicine Dean Emeritus James E. Dalen, MD, Honored with 2010 Alumni Award of Merit from Harvard School of Public Health; Dr. Francisco Garcia Named to NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health; Eric Gall, MD, to Chair Arthritis Foundation Public Health Committee
UA College of Medicine Dean Emeritus James E. Dalen, MD, Honored with 2010 Alumni Award of Merit from Harvard School of Public Health
 
James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, University of Arizona College of Medicine dean emeritus, received the 2010 Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston on Sept. 25.
 
The annual award is the highest honor presented to an alumna/us of the Harvard School of Public Health and recognizes up to four individual alumni who make exceptional contributions to public health. Recipients are chosen from the nominations of classmates and colleagues.
 
Dr. Dalen, who received his Master of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1972, was recognized for his role in establishing a master of public health program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School when he served as interim chancellor and for his role in establishing the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
 
Dr. Dalen served as dean of the UA College of Medicine from 1988 to 2001 and as vice president for health sciences from 1995 to 2001. He currently serves as professor emeritus in the College of Medicine and Zuckerman College of Public Health.
 
In 1999, he was one of the founders of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, now supported by 46 medical schools in the United States and Canada. He was appointed executive director of the Weil Foundation, a non-profit foundation that supports education in integrative medicine, in 2009.
 
A noted cardiologist and respected leader in academic medicine, Dr. Dalen is the author of University Hospitals: Doctors and Patients, a personal account of the role of university hospitals in the development of medical advances over the last half century.
 
Dr. Francisco Garcia Named to NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health
 
Francisco Garcia, MD, MPH, chair, Family & Child Health; director of the University of Arizona Center of Excellence in Women’s Health; Distinguished Outreach Professor of Public Health and Obstetrics & Gynecology; and co-director of the Cancer Disparities Institute of the Arizona Cancer Center, has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health.
 
The committee advises the Office of Research on Women’s Health on appropriate research activities to be undertaken by the national research institutes with respect to research on women’s health; research on sex/gender differences in clinical trials, and research on women’s health conditions which require an interdisciplinary approach.
 
Committee members are actively involved in reviewing NIH women’s health research priorities, the women’s health research portfolio for NIH, career development, and the inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research. The committee is composed of up to 18 members who are appointed by the NIH director.
 
Dr. Garcia is a UA professor of obstetrics and gynecology, public health, pharmacy and Mexican-American studies. He is the immediate past director and principal investigator of the Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence as well as former director of the Division of Gynecology. Dr. Garcia’s research expertise is in the area of pre-malignant cervical disease and human papilloma virus infection, and the evaluation of new technologies and therapeutics for cervical cancer precursors. Dr. Garcia also has a longstanding interest in the health of women on the United States-Mexico border.
 
Eric Gall, MD, to Chair Arthritis Foundation Public Health Committee
 
Eric P. Gall, MD, interim director of theArizona Arthritis Center, has been appointed chairman of the Arthritis Foundation’s national Public Health Committee.
 
The Public Health Committee coordinates the Foundation’s public health efforts on osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis and juvenile arthritis with the U.S. Centers of Disease Control, congressional representatives and others.
 
Dr. Gall is one of the founding directors of the Arizona Arthritis Center, a center of excellence at the UA College of Medicine. He was chairman of the Department of Medicine at Chicago’s Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science from 1994 to 2009. In 2010 he returned to the Arizona Arthritis Center to work with the fellowship program before accepting the position of interim director.