PCMS Alliance Heart Disease & Women Luncheon 

February 18, 2018

The Pima County Medical Society Alliance & The American Heart & American Stroke  Association are hosting  Heart Disease & Women Luncheon on Monday, February 26 from 11:30-2 p.m. at Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm Street, Tucson, AZ. Khadijah Breathett MD, MS, from the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center is the guest speaker.

Cost is $30 per person can be paid by credit card at http://squareup.com/store/pcmsa or by check made payable to:
PO Box 68194
Oro Valley AZ, 85737
Please note the check is for the Heart Luncheon. If you have any questions, please contact Anastasha Lynn at msdesertprincess@gmail.com or (520) 820-1622.


Dr. Katzenberg Presents Tools You Can Use to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

January 13, 2018

Former PCMS President Charles Katzenberg, MD, is hosting “Tools You Can Use to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke,” to discuss specific actions to prevent heart disease and stroke. The lecture will take place Saturday, January. 13, noon.

Dr. Katzenberg is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and the UA Sarver Heart Center and co-founder of The Heart Series, an award-winning, medically directed, evidence-based program for people who want to prevent, halt or reverse coronary artery disease.

The free public lecture will take place near the Heirloom Farmers’ Market at Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road, north of the Home Depot Retail Center. To register, please visit www.heartseries.org or call Edna Silva at 520-544-3720.

New Ways to Diagnose and Treat Atrial Fibrillation and Other Arrhythmias Kicks Off Green Valley Lecture Series

January 18, 2018

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center will kick off its Green Valley Lecture Series, Thursday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. with “New Ways to Diagnose and Treat Atrial Fibrillation and Other Arrhythmias,” with Peter Ott, MD.

Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm problem, particularly in people over age 60. In many cases, medications may be sufficient to control symptoms. If medications are insufficient, an ablation procedure may be considered. Several recent advances in technology have made this approach more promising. Dr. Ott will discuss these new treatment options, as well as strategies for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, including anti-coagulation medicine, aspirin and new options for patients unable to tolerate anticoagulants.

Dr. Ott is associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and The Peter Ott Endowed Chair of Electrophysiology at the UA Sarver Heart Center.

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

Upcoming Green Valley lectures include:

  • Feb 15 – “Tour of the Heart: How Advances in Imaging Improve Diagnostics and Guide Treatments,” Raj Janardhanan, MD, associate professor of medicine and medical imaging, UA Sarver Heart Center.
  • March 15 – “New Interventional Procedures for Heart Disease,” Tom A. Lassar, MD, professor of medicine, UA Sarver Heart Center.

“Aging and Our Community” is Theme of UA Arthritis Center Conference

January 27, 2018

Internationally recognized immunologist and gerontologist Janko Nikolich-Žugich, MD, PhD, will deliver the keynote address, “Aging and Our Immunity,” at the University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 16th Annual Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference, Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference will be held at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m.

Dr. Nikolich-Žugich will discuss the biology of aging and the impact of aging on the immune system. He will explain the processes that the body endures as it ages, and the impact of lifestyle and physiology.

Dr. Nikolich-Žugich is co-director of the University of Arizona Center on Aging and a member of the UA Arthritis Center’s scientific advisory committee. He also is chair of the UA Department of Immunobiology and Elizabeth Bowman Professor in Medical Research at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and a member of the UA BIO5 Institute. He also is chairman of the board and CEO of the American Aging Association.

His research interests include vaccines and biomarkers of declining immunity in older adults, immune rejuvenation, immune monitoring in chronic conditions of aging, and the impact of inflammation and nutritional intervention in aging, immunity and metabolic disorders.

Conference registration is $20 per person (members of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Friends attend free) and includes morning refreshments and lunch. Free parking is available in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson Visitor/Patient Parking Garage and in nearby UA Zone 1 lots. Early reservations are advised; spaces are limited and fill quickly. Registration closes Monday, Jan. 22. To register or for more information, please visit the UA Arthritis Center website at arthritis.arizona.edu/annual-conference, email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu, or call the UA Arthritis Center at 520-626-5040.

The Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference will cover information about health and services that help improve daily life and promote strengthening the mind and body to manage arthritis. Breakout sessions promoting patient empowerment through management of arthritis will feature physicians and alternative therapy practitioners, including:

  • Mindy Fain, MD, co-director, University of Arizona Center on Aging; Anne and Alden Hart Professor of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; chief, Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, UA Department of Medicine; principal investigator, Arizona Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program; co-principal investigator, Healthy Brain Research Network. (“Knowledge is Power…How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of Aging: Cognitive Impairment, Frailty and Falls” with Dr. Wild, and Lunch Roundtable with Drs. Kwoh and Katzenberg: “The Road to Resiliency as We Age”)
  • Charles R. Katzenberg, MD, clinical professor of medicine, the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, and board-certified cardiologist who practices at the new Banner – University Medicine North at 3838 N. Campbell Ave.
  • Karma Kientzler, founding fitness director, Canyon Ranch Health Resort. (“The Healing Power of Breath” and “Movement as Medicine: Focus on the Feet”)
  • C. Kent Kwoh, MD, director, University of Arizona Arthritis Center; The Charles A. L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Endowed Chair in Rheumatology; chief, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, and professor of medicine and medical imaging, UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
  • Linda Richman, author, I’d Rather Laugh: How to be Happy Even When Life Has Other Plans for You, and Saturday Night Live’s “Coffee Talk” persona.
  • Donato Romagnolo, MSc, PhD, professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; professor, cancer biology, UA Graduate Interdisciplinary Program; member, UA BIO5 Institute and UA Cancer Center.
  • Mike Siemens, MS, corporate director of exercise physiology, Canyon Ranch Health Resort. (“Exercise Prescription for Healthy Aging”)
  • Alice Steinfeld, MEd, MA, LPC, therapist, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Associates, and counselor, Canyon Ranch Health Resort. (“Pain and the Power of Perspective”)
  • John Szivek, PhD, director, Robert G. Volz Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, and The William and Sylvia Rubin Chair of Orthopaedic Research, UA Arthritis Center; professor, orthopaedic surgery, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and adjunct associate professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, UA College of Engineering; member, UA BIO5 Institute; professor, physiological sciences, UA Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. (“The Latest Advancements in Cartilage Regeneration”)
  • Jason Wild, MD, assistant professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UA College of Medicine – Tucson. (“Knowledge is Power…How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of Aging: Cognitive Impairment, Frailty and Falls” with Dr. Fain)