Renowned Expert Dr. F. Daniel Duffy to Present ‘Transition from Medicine to Healthcare,’ Sept. 29 in Phoenix, Sept. 30 in Tucson

Free and open to the public, the presentation is part of the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine series, which is sponsored by the Flinn Foundation.

Just how much the health-care system has changed is the topic of special lectures on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in Phoenix and Tucson.

Dr. F. Daniel DuffyThe presentation, “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Transition from Medicine to Healthcare,” will be given by acknowledged medical education expert F. Daniel Duffy, MD, MACP, as part of the bi-annual Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine series, sponsored by the Flinn Foundation.

Dr. Duffy, the former dean of the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, will speak in Phoenix Sept. 29 and in Tucson Sept. 30.

Dr. Duffy is an internal medicine physician and a founding member of the American Academy on Healthcare Communications. He has written and lectured on the incorporation of principles of knowledge management into the core competencies for medical practice.

Among the subjects he will address in his presentation:

  • Democratization of the health-care system
  • Challenges of providing rural health care
  • Utilizing evolving technology
  • Minimizing health-care disparities among populations
  • Understanding clinical medicine vs. public health

The Phoenix presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 29, will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m., in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium, 600 E. Van Buren St. (Please note: For campus maps and detailed parking information, click here.) Guests are asked to register by Thursday, Sept. 24, online at (Questions may be directed to Sheila Maddox,, 602-827-2007.)

The Tucson presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 30, will include the lecture from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet reception from 1 to 1:30 p.m. (light lunch available at 11:45 a.m.), in Kiewit Auditorium, University of Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave. Please RSVP by Sept. 23 to For more information, please contact the UA College of Medicine – Office of the Dean by email at The Tucson lecture also will be broadcast live and archived on the Internet at (please visit “site requirements” on the webpage prior to the lecture to ensure that you have the proper components installed).

Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson Visitor/Patient Parking Garage, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, just south of the UA Cancer Center; metered parking spaces also are available in UA Zone 1 parking lot 2030, at East Mabel Street and North Martin Avenue, south of the parking garage.

About Dr. Duffy

Daniel Duffy, MD, MACP, is the Steven Landgarten Chair in Medical Leadership and former dean of the University of Oklahoma (OU) School of Community Medicine, Tulsa. He spent 10 years in Philadelphia as the executive vice president of the American Board of Internal Medicine, creating the widely used self-administered practice-improvement module now used across multiple certifying boards. He has been a leader in launching the new process for physician Maintenance of Certification that includes assessment and improvement of performance in practice.

At OU, Dr. Duffy has been instrumental in the development of the School of Community Medicine and developed academies for developing faculty in community medicine and third-year students in the skills needed to provide longitudinal care to underserved patients suffering from chronic illness.

Dr. Duffy was a regent for the American College of Physicians from 1992-98, chair of the Board of Governors from 1991-92, and was Oklahoma governor for the College from 1988-91. He was chair of the Department of Medicine at OU, where he was honored with several awards from students and residents for excellence in teaching.

About the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine

Initiated in 1997, the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine series continues the Flinn Foundation’s commitment to bring to Arizona leading practitioners and thinkers in the medical field. The lectureship offers physicians, students and community members opportunities to hear from distinguished leaders in the field of medicine and medical education. In 2008, the annual lecture was expanded to a bi-annual event and includes presentations at both the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

The lectureship is named for the late Donald K. Buffmire, MD, in recognition of his distinguished career as a medical practitioner in Arizona and his leadership role with the Flinn Foundation in supporting the UA Colleges of Medicine. Dr. Buffmire, who died in July 2008 at age 85, served on the board of the Flinn Foundation for 36 years, from 1965 to 2001, including 14 years as its chair.

The Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed organization that awards grants to non-profit organizations in Arizona, primarily to improve the competitiveness of the state’s biomedical research enterprise.