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UAMC Reactivates Heart Transplant Program

UANews | June 12, 2014
The UA Medical Center has reactivated its Heart Transplant Program after receiving approval from the United Network of Organ Sharing. UAMC temporarily suspended the program in December to recruit for – and strengthen – its highly specialized transplant team. The reactivation follows the recent recruitment of Dr. Scott D. Lick and Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer.

NIH Awards UA $2M to Study Recovery of Language After Stroke

UANews | June 11, 2014
An interdisciplinary team of UA researchers has received a $2.098 million grant to study recovery of language in the first few months after a stroke. The findings could lead to the development of treatments that help patients regain as much of their language skills as possible.

Slepian-Led Startup Targets Paradigm Shift in Heart Valve Surgery

UANews | June 11, 2014
PolyNova, a startup company that has grown out of an inter-institutional collaboration between the UA and Stony Brook University, is developing a novel polymeric prosthetic heart valve. Sarver Heart Center cardiologist Dr. Marvin J. Slepian, professor of medicine and biomedical engineering at the UA, is the founding CEO of the new venture. PolyNova entered an exclusive option to the patent rights jointly held by the two universities earlier this spring.

UA's Dr. Derksen Addresses Physician Shortages, Access to Care at Health Workforce Policy Academy Meeting

UANews | June 5, 2014
Dr. Daniel Derksen, director of the UA's Center for Rural Health in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, was keynote speaker at a recent meeting of the National Governors Association's Health Workforce Policy Academy in Washington, D.C. He discussed physician shortages, access to health care in underserved communities and other challenges facing the nation's health workforce.

New Wilderness Medicine Class Hones Patient Care Skills in Rugged Conditions

UANews | May 27, 2014
A new course is teaching UA medical students how to save lives in the wilderness. Through outdoor simulations, the Wilderness Medicine and Advanced Wilderness Life Support class teaches students how to apply their medical expertise with limited resources.

Heart Attack Patient Defies Odds with Tailored Surgical Treatment at UA Medical Center

UANews | May 22, 2014
When cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Sreekumar Subramanian first saw Charles Barnes he knew the odds were stacked against the patient, who had suffered a massive heart attack, was in a coma, and was given a 25 percent chance of survival. The heart team at the UA Medical Center and UA Sarver Heart Center were able to save the patient's life by performing "hybrid" surgical procedures tailored to his condition.