UA Rheumatology Chief Takes Top Asian American Faculty Award

Dr. Kent Kwoh, director of the UA Arthritis Center, is named by the University of Arizona Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association as the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award, to be presented Nov. 7 at the group’s 26th annual gala at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.

Rheumatologist C. Kent Kwoh, MD, director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center has been named the UA Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association (AAFSAA) top professor for 2015.

The AAFSAA Outstanding Faculty Award will be presented to Dr. Kwoh, who is the Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Chair of Rheumatology, chief of the UA Division of Rheumatology, and a professor of medicine and medical imaging at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, at the organization’s 26th Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center (TCCC), 1288 W. River Road.

The event, held in partnership with the UA Alumni Association and Asian American Cultural Association — a UA student club, begins at 6 p.m. with appetizers and tours of the TCCC. The dinner program begins at 7 p.m. with a dance to follow at 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 ($50 of which is tax deductible as a contribution to the AAFSAA scholarship and grants program and AAFSAA scholarship endowment). Learn more and RSVP here.

“The Asian American Faculty and Alumni Association has a long and distinguished history at the UA and there are many wonderful and talented Asian American faculty here who have made important teaching and research contributions. I am both very honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Dr. Kwoh. “The AAFSAA’s mission of awarding merit-based and need-based scholarships is also very meaningful to me. I was the recipient of a similar scholarship from the Chinese American Educational Foundation (CAEF) when I attended college.”

An NIH-funded physician-scientist, Dr. Kwoh became director of the Arthritis Center and joined the College of Medicine – Tucson and Department of Medicine in July 2013. He came from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was clinical research director for the Arthritis Institute and held joint appointments as a professor in the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology as well as the Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

“We want to take this opportunity to congratulate you and your nominating team regarding this achievement,” said 2015 AAFSAA President Theodore G. Tong, PharmD, and awards committee chair Caryn Jung, senior coordinator, UA Life & Work Connections. “The competition for this award was extremely rigorous and this nomination demonstrated exemplary professional accomplishments and noteworthy contributions to the University and community at large.” Dr. Tong also is the R. Ken Coit Endowed Chair, associate dean and a professor in the UA College of Pharmacy.

To see more on Dr. Kwoh's award, please visit:http://alumni.arizona.edu/club/asian-american-faculty-staff-alumni-association-aafsaa  

About the University of Arizona Arthritis Center 

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease. The next lecture in the center’s Living Healthy with Arthritis lecture series will be at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson’s DuVal Auditorium, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6-7:15 p.m. Speaker Patrick Bouley, PT, MS, Banner – UMC manager of Physical Therapy Outpatient Services, will present “Back Talk: Treating and Preventing Complex and Common Forms of Back Pain.” For more information, please visit www.arthritis.arizona.edu.

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information, see: http://ahsc.arizona.edu