UA Sarver Heart Center Presents: ‘Aortic Disease: Can We Intervene Before They Turn Deadly?’ 

The free 2019 Green Valley Lecture Series continues with a focus on aortic diseases.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center will continue its 32nd annual Green Valley Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m., with Aortic Diseases: Can We Intervene Before They Turn Deadly?,presented by Craig Weinkauf, MD, PhD.

The UA Sarver Heart Center Green Valley Lecture Series is offered in cooperation with Green Valley Recreation, Inc. Lectures will be at Canoa Hills Social Center, 3660 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley. The lecture series is free and open to everyone, and includes time for questions and answers. No reservations are required and refreshments are provided.

Dr. Weinkauf will discuss the causes and treatments of aortic aneurysms and also briefly will highlight his own research that investigates how vascular disease may affect long-term cognition.

Dr. Weinkauf is a member of the UA Sarver Heart Center and an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Upcoming Green Valley Lectures include:

  • March 21 – “Stroke Prevention and Atrial Fibrillation,” Ranjith Shetty, MD, assistant professor of medicine, associate director of the Structural Heart Disease Program, and associate director of the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program, UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
  • April 18 – “Arthritis and Heart Disease: Is Inflammation the Common Culprit?,” Kent Kwoh, MD, director, UA Arthritis Center; chief, Division of Rheumatology; professor of medicine and medical imaging; and The Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Endowed Chair in Rheumatology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson. This lecture is co-sponsored by the UA Arthritis Center.

For more information about the UA Sarver Heart Center, please visit

Pain Management: Medical, Non-invasive Options

“Advancements in the Treatment of Pain” is brought to you by the medical professionals at the TMC Integrative Pain Clinic.

Wednesday, February 27

  • Where: The Core at La Encantada 2905 E. Skyline Drive #277 Tucson, AZ 85718
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.  
  • Cost: Free event

Join Bill Abraham MD, with the TMC Integrative Pain Clinic, for the first of three lectures looking at current treatment options for chronic pain. Dr. Abraham’s insight into non-invasive and medical treatments will better your understanding of pain-management options available, giving you the tools to take charge of your health.

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Upcoming lectures:

  • Wednesday, March 27  at 5:30 p.m.: Integrative & Interventional Pain Management, Iftequar A. Siddiqui, Pharm.D, MD
  • Wednesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m.: Interventional Spine Options for the Aging Spine, Robert J. Berens, MD

Contact information: The Core at La Encantada (520) 324-2673


Doc Talks: Atrial Fibrillation, Aortic Disease

Wellness expo, free health lecture by university heart specialists

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medicine invite the public to a free wellness expo and lectures by two preeminent heart specialists on Tuesday, March 5, at the Doubletree by Hilton Tucson – Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way Tucson, AZ 85711.

The evening event kicks off at 5 p.m. with a wellness expo in which participants can have their skin analyzed for hidden sun damage, get involved in medical research programs, learn CPR or meet a primary care physician. Light refreshments will be provided.

At 6 p.m., Mathew Hutchinson, MD, a UA professor of medicine and director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Program at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, will discuss “Keeping Your Heart in Sync: What You Need to Know about Atrial Fibrillation.”

Dr. Hutchinson specializes in the treatment of complex heart rhythm disorders, such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, as well as adult congenital heart disease and arrhythmias. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Cardiothoracic surgeon David Bull, MD,  then will discuss “Aortic Disease and Your Treatment Options.” Dr. Bull is a professor and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery in the UA Department of Surgery. He specializes in heart, lung and esophageal surgery, heart and lung transplantation and artificial hearts. He is board certified in thoracic surgery, general vascular surgery, surgical critical care and general surgery.

Both Dr. Hutchinson and Dr. Bull also are members of the UA Sarver Heart Center.

REGISTRATION: Light refreshments will be provided at all DocTalks. Attendees are asked to register in advance by calling 800-230-CARE (2273) or registering online.

Humanism in Medicine Seminar to Focus on Doctor-Patient Conversations

Monday, March 25, 2019

Dr. Danielle Ofri

The 10th Annual Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism in Healthcare, honoring a decade of encouraging compassionate care, will be on Monday, March 25. Dr. Danielle Ofri, an internist, acclaimed author and one of the foremost speakers about the doctor-patient relationship, will discuss the topic of her latest book, “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear.”

The event honors Cindy Wool, the wife of Dr. Steven A. Wool, who died in 2008 at age 54 from acute lymphocytic leukemia. Her memorial promotes compassionate and empathic relationships between patients and their caregivers. The event is co-sponsored by the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and by the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

As a physician practicing at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, Dr. Ofri speaks with the authenticity of direct engagement on the front lines of medical care. On a daily basis, she confronts the major medical issues of our time without losing focus on the individual patient. Dr. Ofri’s unique voice and perceptiveness help unravel the complex layers of modern medicine. She reveals how refocusing conversations between doctors and their patients can lead to better health.

Dr. Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times about medicine and the critical connection between doctor and patient. Her previous books include “Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue,” “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine” and “Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients.”

Special recognition this year will go to Dr. Sandra Gold, the seminar’s founding speaker. With her late husband, Dr. Arnold Gold, she is co-founder of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, whose programs such as the White Coat Ceremony and Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care promote health care professional-patient relationships based on caring, personalization and mutual respect.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second St. Tucson, AZ 85719. VIP reception tickets are $100. The keynote address is at 7 p.m. Participants can opt for the seminar with coffee and dessert for $18. Medical students may attend at no cost. Tickets are available by clicking here or calling (520) 647-8468.

Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar Flyer

American Lung Association 3rd Annual Expo

The American Lung Association is excited to share that its 3rd Annual Lung Force Expo is taking place March 30, 2019 at Black Canyon Conference Center.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The LUNG FORCE Expo is a program designed for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and other chronic lung diseases. With different tracks for patients and caregivers and healthcare professionals, this one-day event features experts from a variety of lung health-related fields presenting on current research and hot topics, an exhibitor showcase, free health assessments, continuing education for professionals, and a chance for patients, caregivers and the local medical community to connect.

  • Where: Black Canyon Conference Center 9440 N. 25th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021
  • Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – Patients/Caregivers
  • Cost: $10 for Patients and Caregivers
  • Register: By clicking here.

There are CMEs available for healthcare professionals for this event. Click here for more information.

For more information on the event, click here.

Come learn about the latest trends, research, and resources surrounding lung disease. Continuing education credits for professionals and continued learning and networking for all!

American Lung Association Lung Force Expo


Stroke Prevention Saturday

Learn more about stroke, your risk and how to control the risk factors. Free screenings.

Saturday, March 30, 2019




  • Where: TMC Marshall Conference Center 5301 E. Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85712
  • Time: 8-11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: The event is free and requires no registration.

Please allow 60-90 minutes for screening. Free tests include: Height/weight/body mass; blood pressure/oxygen saturation; blood sugar/cholesterol; EKG; carotid artery ultrasound.

Contact information: Call Senior Services at (520) 324-1960

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ABMS Conference 2019

Monday, September 23-Wednesday, September 25

At the American Board of Medical Specialties national conference you will expand your knowledge, share best practice, connect with your peers and engage in professional development opportunities.

Call for sessions is open. Do you have an innovation that can advance Board Certification and the patients they serve? A technique you’ve developed that would benefit others? Consider sharing your expertise at the conference. Click here for details.

The conference will take place at JW Marriott Chicago 151 W. Adams St.  Chicago, IL 60603.

For more information on the conference, click here.