2017 Board Candidates Summary


Executive Board

Roy Loewenstein, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine

A member of PCMS since 2005, Dr. Loewenstein was a member of the Board before being appointed to the Executive Committee in 2016. He is on the board of directors at Arizona Community Physicians where he practices Internal Medicine at the Tucson Internal Medicine office. Before going into practice, he graduated from medical school and completed an internship at the University of Washington in Seattle. He came to Tucson for his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Arizona.  He has been an event leader for the PCMS Walk-With-A-Doc Program.

Scott Lick, MD
President Elect
Specialty: Thoracic Transplant Surgery

President-Elect candidate Scott D. Lick, MD, is professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, and director of Heart and Lung Transplant Surgery at the Arizona Medical Center. Dr. Lick has 20 years of experience in all aspects of cardiac surgery and heart and lung transplantation. He was previously a professor of surgery and director of Thoracic Organ Transplantation at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. As a resident at the UA, Dr. Lick worked with Jack Copeland, MD, former chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, who is recognized for performing the world’s first successful bridge to heart transplant with a total artificial heart.  He was elected to the Executive Committee in 2016.

Robert Segal, MD
Vice President
Specialty: Dermatology

Dr. Segal practices at the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Division of Dermatology. He also practiced at the Dermatology Center in Northwest Tucson. His interests are advanced treatment options for non-invasive facial rejuvenation, minimally invasive treatments for non-melanoma skin cancers and expanded patch testing for contact allergy. He also helped develop the DermaBlade, an instrument for skin biopsies. He attended medical school at State University of New York in Syracuse and completed his dermatology residency at Stanford University.

 Ole Thienhaus, MD
Specialty: Psychiatry

Dr. Thienhaus is the head of the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry. He also was Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada and Chief Clinical Office at University Hospital of Cincinnati. He serves as a senior examiner for specialty board examinations and as a member of the Maintenance of Certification Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He also is a consultant to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Hospital Accreditation Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Board of Directors

Christina Arredondo, MD
Specialty: Psychiatry

Dr. Arredondo is practicing psychiatry at Palo Verde Behavioral Health. She came to Tucson after graduating from University of Washington Medical School and completing her residency at Yale New Haven Medical Center. Her medical interests include Public Health. She has volunteered for the PCMS Walk-With-A-Doc program.

Gajapathiraju Chamarthi, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine

After completing medical school and training in India, Dr. Charmarthi completed his residency in internal medicine at West Lake Hospital in Melrose Park, IL.  He joined the University of Arizona Division of Inpatient Medicine staff in 2012.

Rachel Cramton, MD
Specialty: Pediatrics

Dr. Cramton is a pediatric hospitalist at Banner University Medical Center.  Her focus is on palliative and hospice care. After graduating from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, she was a resident at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She was awarded the Collins Award for Resident Advocacy.

Mateja DeLeonni Stanonik, MD
Specialty: Neurology

Dr. DeLeonni Stanonik is the former surgeon general and consul to the U.S. for the Republic of Slovenia. Her practice, VitaMedica Institute, treats stroke and vascular neurology conditions and is one of the few clinics that focus on women’s neurological issues. She attended medical school in The Netherlands and trained in psychiatry in the Carlton Health System in Roanoke, VA and completed her neurology residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where she also served on the faculty. She is an adviser to the Southern Arizona chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She has also spent 15 years working in the development of telemedicine.

 Sarah Desoky, MD
Specialty: Pediatric Radiology

Dr. Desoky’s is an assistant professor at the UA College of Medicine Department of Medical Imaging. She received her fellowship training in Pediatric Imaging at the Pediatric Academic Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She teaches medical imaging to resident physicians and medical students. In her practice, Dr. Desoky is keen on reducing and/or eliminating unnecessary radiation exposure. She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and received residency training in diagnostic radiology at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Victoria Fewell, MD
Specialty: OB-GYN

As a member of Genesis OB-GYN, Dr. Fewell practices at the Northwest location. She has more than 20 years of experience working in Tucson. Her special interests include both obstetrics and gynecology working with routine and high-risk pregnancy. She performs minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including robotic surgery and specializes in gynecologic ultrasound. She performs other routine gynecology services such as contraception, cancer prevention and wellness.

 Rajesh Janardhanan, MD
Specialty: Cardiology

Dr. Janardhanan is the Director of Echocardiography and Medical Director, Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging at the Banner-University Medical Center. He is also a member of the Sarver Heart Center. After undergraduate medical training in India, he had extensive clinical and research training in the United Kingdom in non-invasive cardiology. He moved to the U.S. in 2004 when he was offered the position of Clinical Project Director of the Echocore lab at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University. He completed a clinical cardiology fellowship at the University of Virginia, followed by training in advanced multi-modality non-invasive imaging.

Sireesha Koppula, MD
Specialty: Nephrology

Dr. Koppula currently provides care to a broad spectrum of patients with kidney disease both in an inpatient and outpatient setting. She has a special interest in peritoneal dialysis and home therapies and is the DCI Medical Director for Home Dialysis. She has a Master’s in Public Health, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine from the University of Rosalind Franklin in Chicago. She then joined the University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor for three years, followed with a renal fellowship at the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing an MBA from the Eller School of Management. She is an active participant in quality improvement and process of care initiatives within the Division of Nephrology.

 Kathryn Reed, MD
Specialty: OB-GYN

Dr. Reed currently heads the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Banner University Medical Center and specializes in maternal fetal medicine. She has been appointed to the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and holds a Certificate of Special Competence in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her extensive record of service to the medical community of Southern Arizona includes attending the University of Arizona for her medical degree, residency and fellowship in obstetrics and gynecology. She was member of PCMS as a resident in 1980. She was named a “Local Legend” in 2004 by the National Library of Medicine as part of an exhibit celebrating women physicians.

 Debra Walter, MD
Specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Walter’s practice is located at 2560 E. Ft. Lowell and affiliated with Tucson Medical Center. She has very strong ties to Tucson as a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine where she also completed her internship and residency. She completed an additional residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington D.C. In past years she has been very active in PCMS and has served on the Board of Directors, Board of Mediation and was a PCMS ArMA delegate.

A Successful Society Requires Decisive Leadership

As with any volunteer organization, strong leadership is essential for success. During July of each year, the PCMS Elections Committee meets to begin the task of recruiting officer, Board of Director, Board of Mediation, Resident, Student and Member-at-Large candidates.  Election ballots are then mailed to vote-eligible members and winning candidates are announced at our December Board of Directors meeting.  Terms vary depending on the leadership position.

Members interested in playing a personal and more active role in the direction of the Society and organized medicine should seriously consider running for office.  If interested, please contact Executive Director Bill Fearneyhough.  He can answer any questions you may have.