Board of Directors Candidate Profiles

The following PCMS members have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for 2019. Elections were concluded on December 9 and winners were announced at the Board of Directors meeting on December 11, 2018.

Executive Committee

President – Scott Lick, MD
Dr. Lick is a professor of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery and director of Heart and Lung Transplant Surgery at the Arizona Medical Center.

He has 20 years of experience in all aspects of cardiac surgery and heart and lung transplantation. As a researcher he has more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts and is committed to the innovation and discovery necessary for the next decade of advances in cardiac surgery as well as heart and lung transplantation.

Before coming to Tucson in 2014, Dr. Lick was professor of surgery and director of Thoracic Organ Transplantation at the The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. As a resident, 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 is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons

President Elect – Robert Segal MD
Dr. Segal is a board certified dermatologist and associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is the chair of the PCMS CME/Education Committee.

After receiving his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, Dr. Segal trained at State University of New York for medical school internship and internal medicine residency. He was Chief Resident at Stanford University during his residency in dermatology. He specializes in advanced treatment options for non-invasive facial rejuvenation and minimally invasive treatments for non-melanoma skin cancers

Vice President – Ole Thienhaus MD
Dr. Thienhaus is Professor and Department Head at the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry.

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. He is an ad hoc study section reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (epidemiology) and the National Institute of Mental Health (geriatrics).  Dr. Thienhaus is the author or editor of several books, including Correctional Psychiatry, Volumes I and II, Manual of Hospital Psychiatry and several articles that have appeared in many publications, including the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, American Family Physician, American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Harvard Mental Health Letter and Psychiatric Times.

Prior to coming to Tucson, Dr. Thienhaus was with the Unversity of Nevada. He served as chief clinical officer of University Hospital Cincinnati with the University of Cincinnati, associate professor of psychiatry and emergency medicine and vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and director of the Psychiatric Emergency Service at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He also was a psychiatric consultant to the Cincinnati V.A. Medical Center.

Secretary Treasurer – Kathryn Reed
Dr. Reed is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is very active and dedicated in the Tucson Medical community having graduated from the UA College of Medicine in 1977. She also trained as an intern and resident at the University of Arizona. She was named a “Local Legend” by the UA National Center of Excellence for Women’s Health.

She first joined PCMS as a resident in 1980. She has been an active member since 2007 and joined the PCMS Board of Directors in 2018.

Board of Directors

Carlos Borras MD
Dr.  Borrás, is an internal medicine practitioner at TMC One and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018.  He is now a candidate for a three-year term. Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Borrás received his medical degree from Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine. He earned several honors and commendations from John Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore where he completed his internal medicine residency and internship.  He also completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine/musculoskeletal care.

He served as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona and received the Best Doctors in America Award from 2013-2015. The Borrás family has called the Old Pueblo home for more than 10 years.

Rebecca Franzi-Osborne, MD
Rebecca A. Franzi-Osborne, MD is a family practitioner at Northwest Allied Physicians.  A Tucson native, she graduated from University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2004 and completed her residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Franzi-Osborne returned to Tucson after practicing in Chesapeake, VA for 14 years.

“I am interested in serving on the Board for many reasons. When I was a medical student at UACOM, I was the student member of the board. I found that experience very educational and rewarding. After my training, I looked forward to getting involved with my local medical society.  Unfortunately this was not an option in Virginia Beach where I lived, as they were not well organized and did not have a local medical society. When I relocated back to Tucson, I was excited to get back involved with PCMS. I would like to play an active role in the future of medical care and feel that the best place to start is with my local medical society.”

Michael Probstfeld, MD
Dr. Probstfeld is a surgeon with Saguaro Surgical. His practice includes colon and rectal surgery, biliary and laparoscopic surgery, endocrine surgery, varicose vein treatment, microphlebectomy and sclerotherapy. Dr. Probstfeld is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Probstfeld  attended Chapman College in Orange, California. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in biology. He attended medical school at the University of California / Irvine and served his internship and surgical residency at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles. From 1990 through 1993, He served as a major in the U.S. Air Force at Loring Air Force Base in Maine where he was Chief of Surgery and responsible for regional triage during the Desert Storm conflict. He was in private practice in Wisconsin before moving to Tucson in 1998. He served as Chief of Staff at Tucson Medical Center from 2012-2014.

David Teeple, MD
Dr. Teeple is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both neurology and neurophysiology. He has practiced at the Center for Neurosciences since 2008. He is also the Director of the Stroke Care Program at Tucson Medical Center.

Dr. Teeple earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Arizona. He completed a residency in neurology at the Barrow Neurological Institute where he served as chief resident. He has also completed a fellowship in Epilepsy at the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Ron Widman, MD
Dr. Widman has spent his medical career in Tucson. He is an emergency medicine physician at the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Hospital. He attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed his residency at the UA Health Sciences Center in 1992.

Dr Widman served on the Tucson Medical Center Board of Directors and was Chief of Staff in 2009. He was Medical Director of Emergency Services at TMC from 2002-2010. Dr. Widman is participating in the PCMS Walk With A Doc program.

“I am semi-retired and have more time to volunteer to provide our community, Tucson and Arizona  with the best medical care possible.  To do this, I know that I can provide the amount of time needed to help move all of us forward and be proactive to effect change locally and beyond.”

Residents

Josh Blessing, MD
Dr. Blessing is a second-year family medicine resident at the University of Arizona South Campus Hospital. As part of a military family he moved around a lot before settling in San Diego. He attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and studied biochemistry and went to Creighton University in Omaha for two years. He did his clinical rotations at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.  He and his wife decided that Tucson would be a good place to raise a family and also had a large underserved population. After graduating from his residency, he plans to be a family physician working underserved areas of Tucson

“I would like to serve on the PCMS BOD to find new ways of helping out the community and be an advocate for my patients.”

Bijan Mossadeghi MD (Alternate)
Dr. Mossadeghi is a Family Medicine resident at Banner University Medical Center South Campus. He graduated from The University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson in 2016. Prior to attending medical school he worked as an IT principal engineer and manager for 12 years, overseeing global IT services. He lived and worked in Malaysia for 3 years in that capacity, and had the opportunity to travel in Southeast Asia.

He was an active proponent for healthcare reform during medical school, and as chair of social policy for the UACOM AMSA chapter, Dr. Mossadeghi organized lunch talks and wrote blog articles for his fellow medical students. He was awarded a Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute scholarship in 2015 by The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation to carry out a project in humanitarianism. The project was selected as one of the winners in that category. Some of his other interests include hiking and camping with his wife and daughter, travel, music, and judo.

“I plan to continue to bring my global perspective to my work as a resident, and collaborate with my fellow residents and physicians to improve the lives of under-served populations in Arizona. I hope to be an active member of the Pima County Medical Society, and lead fellow residents in promoting food security, healthy lifestyles, and access to healthcare for the people of Arizona.”

Students

Darien Allen
Adam Roussas (Alternate)

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, and Student 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 Dennis Carey.  He can answer any questions you may have.