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Drs. James Corrigan, Vincent Fulginiti and Brendan Phibbs – on their recognition by the Pima County Medical Foundation for their efforts in advancing medical education; Dr. William Grana on being named a “Godparent” by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine;...

Pima County Medical Foundation Honors UA College of Medicine Pioneers

Three physicians long associated with the UA College of Medicine were honored with Pima County Medical Foundation awards May 8. Drs. James Corrigan, Vincent Fulginiti and Brendan Phibbs were recognized by the Pima County Medical Foundation for their exemplary efforts in furthering medical education.
James J. Corrigan Jr., MD, joined the UA faculty in 1971 as a professor of pediatrics with tenure. He served as chief of the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, chief of staff at University Medical Center (now The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus) and director of the Mountain States Regional Hemophilia Center at Tucson (now Arizona Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center). In 1990, he joined the faculty at the School of Medicine of Tulane University as a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine. He served as vice dean at Tulane, 1990-1993, dean, 1990-2000 and vice president of the Health Sciences Center at Tulane from 2000-2002,when he returned to Tucson as a retired faculty member and clinical professor of pediatrics. Presently, he is a professor emeritus of pediatrics at Tulane, and he continues to conduct resident rounds at both Tucson Medical Center and The University of Arizona Medical Center.
Vincent A. Fulginiti, MD, joined the UA College of Medicine as founding head of pediatrics in 1969. He became associate dean, academic affairs, in 1986, and then interim dean of the college, 1988-1989. Dr. Fulginiti was dean of the School of Medicine of Tulane University from 1989-1993 and chancellor of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1993-1998. He retired to Tucson, where he continues to teach at the UA College of Medicine and serves on the Arizona Health Sciences Center Interprofessional Education and Practice Coordinating Council. He has served on the Pima County Board of Health since 2009 and served on the board of The University of Arizona Health Network from 2010-2012. Dr.Fulginiti is professor and pediatrics head emeritus at the UA College of Medicine; chancellor emeritus, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; dean emeritus, Tulane University School of Medicine; and professor emeritus, University of Colorado.
Brendan P. Phibbs, MD, was among the original faculty members in cardiology at the UA College of Medicine. He arrived in Tucson from private practice in Casper, Wyo., in 1971, the year University Hospital (today, The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus) opened. He was chief of medicine and chief of cardiology at Kino Community Hospital (now The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus) from 1978-2008. Gordon Ewy, MD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and College of Medicine founding faculty member, recalls that Dr. Phibbs “loved to teach.” An expert on electrocardiograms, Dr. Phibbs has written several books on heart health and heart disease, as well as Advanced ECG: Boards and Beyond, a text to aid students in preparing for internal medicine and cardiology specialty boards. He also is known for The Other Side of Time, an acclaimed memoir on his experience as a combat surgeon in World War II. Today, at age 95, Dr. Phibbs remains on the volunteer faculty as a professor of clinical medicine. He continues to instruct second-year UA medical students in ECGs through the Societies Program of ArizonaMed.

Dr. William Grana a ‘Godparent’ for AOSSM 2012 Traveling Sports Medicine Fellowship

William A. Grana, MD, MPH, professor emeritus in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, will accompany three young orthopaedic sports medicine specialists on a month-long tour of major sports medicine centers in Europe this summer. Dr. Grana has been named a “Godparent” by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for the organization’s 2012 Traveling Sports Medicine Fellowship. Initiated in 1985, the traveling fellowship program is an annual scientific and cultural exchange among orthopaedic sports medicine physicians in North America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and South America. Dr. Grana and his group will travel to Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland on their tour. An active member of the AOSSM since 1976, Dr. Grana served as president of the organization in 2005-2006 and has been a member of the AOSSM Hall of Fame since 2009. 

AMA Recognizes UA College of Medicine Students

Wyatt Unger awarded seed grant
UA Class of 2012 medical student Wyatt Unger is one of 43 junior investigators in the nation to have been awarded a 2012 research grant by the AMA Foundation through its Seed Grant Research Program.
The Seed Grant Research Program provides medical students, residents and fellows with $2,500 grants for basic science or clinical research projects. The program provides support, motivation and professional development, such as grant-writing and research skills, for young researchers by funding projects that are applicant-conceived.
Unger’s research focuses on pancreatic cancer. The fourth-leading cancer and the 12th most common cause of death in the United States, pancreatic cancer is resistant to both chemotherapy and radiation. Unger is studying the potential of the fluorocarbon Dodecafluoropentane (DDFPe) to increase the availability of oxygen to tumors in pancreatic cancer, thus increasing their sensitivity to radiation. Successful reversal of tumor hypoxia, he explains, would implicate a role for DDFPe in radiation therapy of this cancer.
Joseph West receives leadership award
The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has named UA Class of 2013 medical student Joseph West, MPH, a recipient of the Foundation’s 2012 Leadership Award at the organization’s annual Excellence in Medicine Awards ceremony held in Washington D.C. in February. Recipients of the award are recognized for demonstrating outstanding non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education.
West is a third-year medical student who is interested in health disparities, underserved populations and international maternal and child health. As a first- and second-year medical student, he was the coordinator of the Shubitz Family Clinic, a free clinic that serves the uninsured and refugee populations in Tucson. In 2011 he managed the integration of a free Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system at the Shubitz Family Clinic, and he plans to use his methods as a model for the implementation of EMRs at other financially challenged clinics throughout Arizona. He also coordinated several other community service projects, including the Juvenile Prisoner Health Education program, the Casa de los Niños CPR training program and the Nogales Ortho/Peds Clinic. He plans to seek a career in congenital cardiothoracic surgery and spend time in underdeveloped countries assisting in the care of children born with congenital heart problems.

Angela Souza Named GIP National Chair

The American Association of Medical Colleges’ Group on Business Affairs/Group on Institutional Planning held its spring meeting April 18-20 in Denver, where members voted on and announced the GIP national officers and steering committee members for 2012-2013. Angela Souza, assistant dean, Planning and Facilities at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, was named national chair of the AAMC GIP. She has been an active member of the GIP for the past 13 years.
The GIP is committed to advancing the practice of planning in academic medicine and to be among the foremost professional resources for planners in advancing academic medicine.