Three UA Health Sciences Leaders Honored as 2017 Alumni of the Year

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Colleges of Medicine –Tucson, Nursing and Pharmacy honored three individuals with Alumni of the Year Awards for their many achievements and strong contributions to the UA.

Kathryn L. Reed MD; Joyce A. Verran, PhD, RN; and R. Ken Coit, were honored with the awards during the UA Alumni Association ceremony that took place on Friday, Oct. 27.

College of Medicine – Tucson: Kathryn L. Reed, MD 

Dr. Reed, head of the UA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a maternal-fetal research pioneer and professor who has gained global recognition for her work. She graduated from the UA College of Medicine in 1977 and completed both her residency and fellowship at the UA.

Dr. Reed has made great contributions to medicine through her research, teaching, clinical care, mentoring and administrative work. An early fascination with imaging technology drew her into obstetrical ultrasound, leading to worldwide recognition for her pioneering work in fetal cardiac physiology and monitoring, as well as Doppler ultrasound. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology honored her with its National Faculty Award in 2012.

College of Nursing: Joyce A. Verran, PhD, RN

Dr. Verran is an internationally recognized nursing expert dedicated to preparing the next generation of nursing systems researchers. She is a three-time alumna of the UA College of Nursing, earning baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees at the UA. She also served as a nursing faculty member for 29 years and remains a research consultant to current faculty.

Dr. Verran is known internationally for her systems research expertise. She was a pioneer in advancing the understanding of contemporary systems research design and measurement, and she is sought out by scholars and health-care leaders for her knowledge of instrumentation and analysis.

She was a pathfinder in studying care delivery in the ambulatory care setting at a time when health-care leaders were beginning to recognize the need to bolster care outside of the hospital setting. 

College of Pharmacy: R. Ken Coit

Coit is a highly successful private real-estate investment banker whose high ethical standards play a continual role in his success. He earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the UA in 1967. After practicing for three years, he moved to real-estate investing and now is founder and head of Coit Financial, managing more than 8,000 apartment units along the West Coast.

In 2016, Coit was the first to “step up” to the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Center Challenge, a campaign to transform the College of Pharmacy’s aging's facility into a hub for innovative research and education. In addition to making a gift, he is taking a leadership role in the fundraising campaign.

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