South Campus family medicine residents Delphine Colar, DO (left) and Patricia Wu, MD (center), participate in an infant mock code blue simulation at the UA Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC). South Campus residents participate quarterly in these mock simulations, led by South Campus Associate Residency Program Director, Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, associate professor.



Amit Algotar, MD, PhD, MPH

What do you do at FCM?
The majority of my clinical time is devoted towards helping patients lose weight through the Clinical Weight Loss Clinic at Banner UMC - South Campus, and taking care of the needs of cancer survivors through the Cancer Survivorship Clinic at the UA Cancer Center. I also provide primary care and urgent care services whenever needed. My research focuses on the role of lifestyle modification in countering the adverse effects of androgen deprivation therapy in men with prostate cancer. 

What is one of the most meaningful aspects of your work?
The most meaningful aspect of my work is the realization that treatment I provided to patients has genuinely helped them, not only in the short term, but also in the long term. If someone in the weight loss clinic is able to achieve their goal weight and as a result are currently off the three different hypertension medications they were taking before, and can now keep up with their grandson as a result of their weight loss and seem genuinely happy, that is what I find as the most meaningful and rewarding part of my work. Similarly, a cancer survivor who came to me with significant cancer-related fatigue and metabolic disturbance, is now able to be more functional, and his metabolic health has improved resulting in him coping better with his disease.

What got you interested in your subject area/current job/career focus?
Obesity has reached epic proportions and is associated with a number of diseases such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and 13 different types of cancers. Hence, treating obesity allows us to not only address the disease of obesity itself, but it also results in positive impact on a number of diseases mentioned above which results in improved morbidity, mortality and quality of life for the patient. By treating obesity and by helping patients understand the role of lifestyle factors in a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, I believe I am helping them improve and sustain a better a quality of life. The ability to positively impact a large number of disease processes by addressing obesity attracts me to my focus area.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to spend my free with my wife and family, traveling, bird watching (birding), and relaxing on the beaches in LA or San Diego.


New Program Provides Patients Both Medical and Behavioral Health Services

A new program implemented at Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at South Campus and Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon is providing primary care patients the opportunity to receive behavioral health care services at the same location. 

The program, known as TIP (Targeted Investment Program), was created by AHCCCS to enable providers to develop these systems. The University of Arizona Department of Family & Community Medicine and Banner – University Medicine worked together for the past few years to develop the program, and implement it at the Alvernon and South Campus family medicine clinics.

“We are now able to have the resources available to support our patients with unmet behavioral health needs,” said Ann Mathias, DO, Banner physician and UA clinical assistant professor and associate chief of clinical affairs. “In addition, we are also able to continue to build our wellness resources. These supports will have a very positive effect on all our patients’ health concerns.”

Wilton I. Hall III, Banner health and wellness program manager, recently was hired to manage the new program. “Services we can provide, either in-house or by referral, include therapy, psychiatric care, legal assistance, food assistance, employment information, housing information and more,” he said. (Pictured above: Victoria Cannon, LCSW, and Wilton I. Hall III)   Read more>>


Welcome, Eamon C. Armstrong, MD, MS, faculty physician. Dr. Armstrong will provide clinical services at Banner - University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon, and serve as FCM's clerkship director. As clerkship director, Dr. Armstrong will be in charge of the six-week core family medicine rotation that second and third-year medical students complete. He will be responsible for orientating the medical students and setting up introductory teaching at the beginning of their family medicine rotations. Read more>>


FCM Residency Teaching Awards, 2018 - 2019

Congratulations to the following faculty and staff on receiving an FCM Residency Teaching Award!

South Campus Residency, pictured top row, left to right :
- Jeff Maudlin MD: Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching in the Outpatient Setting  
- Shana Semmens MD: Faculty Excellence in Residency Didactic Teaching
- Karyn Kolman MD: Faculty Excellence in Teaching on the Inpatient Service
- Naomi Young MD (former resident): Family Medicine Rural Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award
- Anthony Saenz MD: The University of Arizona College of Medicine at South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program Annual Teaching Award

Alvernon Residency, pictured bottom row, left to right :
- Mari Ricker, MD: Faculty of the Year
- Krista Sunderman, MD: Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
- Leila Ali-Akbarian, MD: Leila Ali-Akbarian Award (given to the faculty member who the graduating class feels best embodies their class spirit)
- Ingrid Patsch, MD: Golden Palo Verde Faculty Award (given to the faculty member who best demonstrates the qualities of excellence, compassion, and patient-centered care)
- Dana Hensley: Cirila Beltran Outstanding Staff of the Year Award
Chizoba Ngwube, MD, EMBA, Recognized by Poets and Quants

Congratulations to Chizoba Ngwube MD, EMBA, faculty physician. Dr. Ngwube was recognized by Poets and Quants as one of the "100 Best and Brightest Executive MBAs: Class of 2019."  Read article>>
Dr. Cadey Harrel Co-Authored Clinical Protocol Adopted by UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO)

Congratulations to Cadey Harrel, MD, assistant professor, whose co-authored protocol, "Model Maternity Care Supportive of Breastfeeding" for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), has been adopted by UNICEF and WHO as the primary resource for Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Implementation Guidance. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is a worldwide organization of medical doctors dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding. Dr. Harrel has co-authored six protocols for ABM.
Dr. Amy Rogers Awarded Best Leadership Project at AAFP National Conference

Amy Rose Rogers, MD, chief resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency, was awarded Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute's Best Leadership Project award in Philanthropic and Mission-Driven Leadership at the AAFP national conference. Her presentation "Arizona Asylum Network," discussed the Arizona asylum network training from the fall of 2018, how the network is run and a current asylum outcomes research project. Congratulations Dr. Rogers!
Photo: Dr. Amy Rogers on right, with another best project winner


Grand Rounds: Dr. Stephen Paul, "Low Back Pain in the Primary Care Office"

At August's FCM Grand Rounds, Stephen Paul, MD, associate professor, discussed the magnitude of low back pain presenting to primary care clinics. He provided a review of the problem and discussed differential diagnosis and treatment guidelines. He also presented a practical, evidence-based approach to managing low back pain visits. Dr. Paul currently works at the UA Campus Health Service as the coordinator of sports medicine and club sports, and is the assistant team physician for UA’s intercollegiate athletics.  View presentation>>

NARTC Welcomes 14 First Year Scholars to its Leadership in Equity for American Indian Development (LEAD) Program

On Aug. 19, NARTC welcomed 14 new scholars as the first cohort for their Leadership in Equity for American Indian Development (LEAD) program. LEAD supports incoming freshmen and transfer students with the tools they need to succeed at the University of Arizona. LEAD is a one-year, mentored program for American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) students that provides a welcoming and supportive learning environment. The program includes leadership development and community service opportunities, research enrichment coursework and training, peer and faculty mentorship, cultural integration activities and networking opportunities. 
Drs. Aldulaimi, Grivois-Shah and Meehan Selected to Speak at AAFP National Conference

Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, FAAFP, assistant professor, Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP, clinical assistant professor and Elizabeth Kyle Meehan, MD, assistant professor, were selected to speak at the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) conference session, “Health Inequities Around the World and in the United States: Family Physicians Making a Difference.”
FCM Faculty Welcome First Year Medical Students

Drs. Paul Gordon, Tejal Parikh, Randa Kutob, Carlos Gonzales, Craig McClure, Mari Ricker, and Colleen Cagno were among the College of Medicine – Tucson Societies Program mentors who welcomed and coated the class of 2023 at COM-Tucson's annual White Coat Ceremony. View KVOA segment>>
Pictured: Dr. Cagno, center, with her first-year Societies medical students.


ArtWorks Artists Shine in "SHOWTIME" Talent Show

On Aug. 8, 24 talented ArtWorks artists performed at their annual talent show, SHOWTIME. The talent show took place in the UA BIO5 Institute conference room. The room was filled with cheers of joy by ArtWorks families and friends. This year, there were a variety of acts and videos including, a yoyo-ing Elvis, a magic show, sleepy lions, "Godzilla," and much more. The UA College of Medicine - Tucson Inter-Professional Education team presented the video “Vicky’s Big Move,” which was developed in collaboration with ArtWorks artists, UA CUP students, and FCM Sonoran UCEDD staff. View photos>>

Mark Your Calendars: Opening Reception for ArtWorks Exhibit, "Crafting My Story" Friday, Sept. 6

Please join us for the opening reception of the new ArtWorks exhibit, "Crafting My Story: Experiences of Loss, Grief, and Spiritual Life." For this show, the artists were given choices of sharing their loss-related stories or spirituality (things make them happy/calm).

The opening reception takes place on Friday, September 6, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m at the UA Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Rd. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available at the Park Avenue Garage on the northeast corner of Speedway and Park. Use the pedestrian underpass to cross Speedway. After crossing, take first stairway on right to reach the museum entrance.


Dr. Elizabeth Kyle Meehan Featured in AZ Big Media Article

Elizabeth Kyle Meehan, MD, assistant professor, was featured in an AZ Big Media article about her appointment as program director of the Family Medicine Residency at South Campus. Read article>>

Dr. Colleen Cagno Featured in AAFP News Article

Colleen Cagno, MD, associate professor, was featured in an AAFP News article, "ACOG Committee Opinion: Prevention of Early-Onset Group B Streptococcal Disease in Newborns: Family Physician Experts Weigh In."  Read article>>


Josef Sipos, MD, PhD, 3rd-year resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program

Languages spoken: English, Slovenian
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency?: I chose South Campus Family Medicine residency because of the nationally-recognized faculty, commitment to rural medicine, and opportunities to practice evidence-based medicine. South Campus faculty members go above and beyond for both the residents and patients.
What do you love most about Tucson?: The diversity of people and the weather. When you live in Tucson, you get to meet all kinds of people from various cultural backgrounds. The weather is a plus, especially in the winter time, and summer monsoon lightning storms attract photographers from all over the world.
Tell us about your family (including pets): I am fortunate to have a great family. My family is from Eastern Europe and I am first generation. I grew up in a small mining town called Ajo, 120 miles southwest from Tucson, near the border of Mexico. My father worked for the mining company Phelps-Dodge and my mother was a housewife.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: I’ve hiked Mount Kilimanjaro.
2: I don’t have a favorite weekday. Of course it was “Friday” when I was in school.
3: I’m an avid mountain biker. There are plenty of trails to ride in Tucson.
Erica Kumala, MD, 3rd-year resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program

Where are you from?: Los Gatos, California
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine?: I was excited about the ability to delve into integrative medicine at UA FM with the IMR modules. I also really liked everyone I met on my interview day and liked that I would have the chance to help a diverse, underserved population during residency.
What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson?: I love that there's no traffic compared to the big cities I've previously lived in.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine?: Outside of medicine, I like doing yoga, attempting to play decent guitar songs, and running to decompress.
What are your professional interests within medicine?: I am interested in integrative medicine, particularly mind-body medicine, stress management, and nutrition. I'm hoping I can incorporate these things into my practice in the future to help my patients with acute and chronic medical conditions.
Favorite vacation spot?: San Francisco Bay Area


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