People and Programs on the Move

Mark Lane, who has more than 25 years of leadership experience in communications, public relations and brand marketing, has been appointed associate vice president for communications at the University of Arizona Health Sciences.

A vital contributor to the Arizona Telemedicine Program at the University of Arizona for more than 20 years, Major trains health-care professionals in the effective use of videoconferencing and also plans, develops and installs the teleconferencing and telemedicine equipment used at rural telemedicine sites.

Previously at Yale University, Dr. Sweasy brings expertise in basic sciences that will facilitate translational research.

The American Thoracic Society will honor Monica Kraft, MD, chair of the University of Arizona Department of Medicine, with its Elizabeth A. Rich Award at the Women’s Forum during the ATS 2019 International Conference in May. The award recognizes Dr. Kraft as a female role model and mentor and for her contributions to lung disease research.

For her excellence and distinction in research, Donata Vercelli, MD, has been awarded the University of Arizona Koffler Prize for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.

Dr. Lu brings pharmaceutics expertise in cancer immunotherapy that will facilitate cancer drug discovery.

The honor will allow the University of Arizona College of Nursing clinical assistant professor to participate in the program designed for faculty members interested in assuming leadership roles in the research or administration of simulation programs in nursing education.

For excellence in teaching and mentoring, Zoe Cohen, PhD, of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Physiology, has received the Margaret M. Briehl and Dennis T. Ray Five Star Faculty Award.

Message from the UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

A message from Dr. Michael D. Dake, Senior Vice President, UA Health Sciences

Jeffrey Frelinger, PhD, has received the highest honor bestowed by the American Association of Immunologists.

Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, a cardiologist at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center who is a passionate advocate for health equity and conducts research on bias in health care, was selected as one of the National Minority Quality Forum’s “40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health” for 2019.

Drs. Malika Varma and Bulbul Cibei bring broad clinical experience in training internal medicine resident physicians and medical students to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South.

The honor recognizes Dr. Sheila Gephart and Dr. Kimberly Shea in the realm of direct care nursing practice, education and research.

Nancy A. Alvarez, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, an established national leader in pharmacy, has been appointed associate dean for the UA College of Pharmacy – Phoenix and as an associate professor for the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. Dr. Alvarez will oversee all aspects of the college in Greater Phoenix.

Clinical psychologists Jacob N. Hyde, PsyD, and Janelle Thompson, PsyD, will provide a wide array of behavioral health services for patients of all ages across Tucson.

The professor of physiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson was recognized by the HeartMath Institute for her teaching on mind-body balance and research on stress reduction and using equine therapy to promote the healing, enrichment and well-being of others

COO and Associate Administrator at Banner – UMC

Family medicine physicians Ashley Krauser, DO, and Ana Mendez, MD, MPH, will provide a wide array of primary care services for patients of all ages across Tucson.

Victoria Murrain, DO, has been promoted from interim to permanent deputy dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

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