Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Happy Holidays!

As 2018 draws to a close, I took a moment to pause and reflect. It has been quite a year for FCM, as our department continues to grow! In fact, since 2017, we have screened/interviewed approximately 75 candidates and hired 33 new faculty and advanced practice providers. This is quite an achievement! I want to acknowledge all the hard work that goes into recruiting, screening, interviewing, and putting through the paperwork to hire new members to our department—thank you to all who are part of this complex and often long process.

We are delighted to welcome those who have joined our department into our FCM family. We have an amazing group of people in our department! By working together, we will continue to make a positive impact in our communities, in Arizona and beyond, through our excellence in clinical care, education, research and community engagement. 

This is a season for celebration and giving, and also for experiencing the joy of giving back to those who are less fortunate. So, in 2016, we started a new FCM tradition of coming together as a department for a service project to give back to our community. We do our project in January, as a way to start the New Year with appreciation and gratitude for the blessings that we have, and for the opportunity to share our blessings with others. This year, we will again help pack food boxes for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Last year, we packed hundreds of food boxes to benefit families in our community. Thanks to Jesse Pettit and Leslie Cohen for organizing our 2019 project.
I wish you and all your loved ones a wonderful holiday season! And come January, I'm excited and optimistic about what 2019 will bring....

In gratitude,

Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine



FCM professor Lane P. Johnson, MD, MPH, retired on Dec. 17, after a more than 35-year career in medicine.

Dr. Johnson has been a beloved faculty member, compassionate clinician, dedicated educator and insightful researcher. His friendly nature, quick wit, keen insights, calm demeanor and unwavering commitment to patients, residents and medical students, has profoundly and positively impacted all of us at FCM.
“I am very grateful to have had the Department of Family and Community Medicine as my professional home since graduation from medical school in 1983 and full time since 1993,” said Dr. Johnson. “My dear friend and mentor, Dr. Ron Pust, asked me during the residency application process; ‘who do you want to spend the rest of your professional life with?’ That immediately clarified my decision to go into family medicine. That is a choice I have never regretted.”

Dr. Johnson has been with FCM since 1993, when he joined the department to serve as the medical director for the Broadway Family Health Center. Since then, Dr. Johnson has served in many capacities and leadership roles at FCM and the UA College of Medicine - Tucson. From 1997 - 2018, Dr. Johnson was the director of the UA College of Medicine’s MD-MPH Dual Degree Program; from 2006 – 2018, he was a mentor for medical students with the College of Medicine’s Societies Program. From 2010-2017, he cared for his own panel of patients and was the medical director at Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic South. During his time, he wore many hats—all with professional grace, dignity and humor.
Dr. Johnson was as dedicated to teaching as he was to taking care of patients. “Lane taught me the simple but profound secret to teaching medical students,” said colleague, Hal Strich, MPH, former associate director of COM’s MD-MPD Dual Degree Program and FCM faculty member. “Lane said, ‘Teach them what they need to know, not what you want them to know.’”
On Dec. 6, FCM held a special celebration for Dr. Johnson at Lodge on the Desert, where he gave his “last lecture” —a moving talk where he provided highlights and shared wisdom and lessons learned from his life and career.
At the event, FCM department chair Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, gave a heartfelt speech about Dr. Johnson:
“Although Lane has served in many roles over his 35-year career, at his core Lane is a family doctor—practicing the art and science of medicine to help patients,” she said. “He never lost sight of the importance of the art of medicine to recognize and sometimes transcend the limitations of medical science. Lane, we are grateful for all that you have given to the faculty, staff, residents and students of FCM, the College of Medicine, and many other organizations in our community.”
“One of the things I enjoy most about family medicine is that we are as much interested in our patients as we are with their conditions,” said Dr. Johnson. “It is a remarkable privilege to be present with our patients, and I know that is a feeling shared by my family medicine colleagues. I very much appreciate the friendship, support and collegiality I have been blessed with in my time at the University of Arizona.” 
In addition to being skilled in the art and science of medicine, Dr. Johnson is a naturalist of Southwest herbs, a published writer and a musician (he is a member of the Tortolita Gutpluckers bluegrass band, and they perform regularly at Borderlands Brewery—check them out!).
Dr. Muramoto concluded her speech at Dr. Johnson’s celebration with words we all echo:
“Thank you for helping us, teaching us, and reminding us to ‘take care of our patients, our learners, and each other.’ We wish you much enjoyment in your well-deserved retirement. We will miss you!” 

View photos from Dr. Johnson's retirement celebration>>  | Watch Dr. Johnson's "Last Lecture">>



We are proud of our FCM faculty member, Dr. Vicky Murrain, who has been named permanent deputy dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson! The appointment went into effect Dec. 3. Dr. Murrain previously held the title of interim deputy dean since January 2018.

“I am both humbled and excited to accept the role of permanent deputy dean for diversity and inclusion,” said Dr. Murrain. “As we revitalize the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, our goal is to create an environment of inclusive excellence where we acknowledge our similarities and celebrate our differences."
As deputy dean for diversity and inclusion, Dr. Murrain will serve as chief diversity officer for the college and, with key stakeholders, develop a sustainable plan to implement clear policies and strategies pertaining to diversity and inclusion.  Read more>>
TFAP Funded for 2019
Congratulations to Anne Ryan, JD, and Tucson Family Advocacy Program (TFAP), which has been awarded $50,000 for 2019 from the Arizona Bar Association Foundation via Southern Arizona Legal Aid. TFAP provides free legal services to low-income families in FCMs residency teaching clinics. Within this medical and educational setting, TFAP also teaches health care providers about legal issues that impact health and how they can become more effective advocates for their patients.
Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah Receives a Tucson "40 Under 40" Award
Kudos to Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah, associate professor and medical director of Banner - University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon, who was honored as one of Tucson’s 40 under 40 winners. The "40 under 40 Class of 2018" was recognized in an awards breakfast on Dec. 4 at the Pima Air & Space Museum and in an Arizona Daily Star article. We're grateful for Dr. Grivois-Shah's unparalleled commitment to his patients and service in our community! 
American Indian Youth Wellness Initiative Awarded $50,000 Grant 
Congratulations to Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH, and the American Indian Youth Wellness Initiative for receiving a $50,000 grant for its Youth Wellness Camp, from the Tohono O'odham Nation. The Wellness Camp is a healthy lifestyle intervention program targeted to at-risk and diagnosed type 2 diabetes American Indian youth from Arizona Tribes. These funds will be applied to the 2019 camp scheduled for June 15-21, 2019 at Camp Wamatochick. A special thank you to Evelyn Rens for her contributions to this application. 


Banner  – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon Participates in Team Building
The entire team from Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon got together at Reid Park on Nov. 15, for a clinic retreat, team-building activities and to review progress of their clinical practice transformation work at the Alvernon family medicine clinic. The clinic is part of the Clinic First Collaborative, which aims to improve the primary care outpatient residency training experience for both residents and patients. The retreat was followed by a picnic dinner when team members' families could join. View photos>>


Dr. Colleen Cagno Invited to Join the USMLE Women's Health Test Material Development Committee
Colleen K. Cagno, MD, associate professor, has accepted an invitation to join the USMLE Women’s Health Test Material Development Committee. The committee is charged with developing multiple choice questions and cases for USMLE Step examinations to assess the foundational science and clinical science of women’s health essential to the practice of medicine.


Adam Patterson, MD 
3rd-year resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program
Family Members: I’m married with two children.
Favorite Travel Spot: Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium.
Free Time Activity: I enjoy camping in the mountains with my family. I like pick-up basketball and playing golf.
Why UA FM at SC: I chose the UA family medicine residency program at South Campus because of the opportunity it offers to train in rural communities in Arizona, and to have experiences in global and integrative medicine.
How do you envision your future in family medicine and what are you most passionate about?  I’m passionate about rural medicine in underserved communities. Having grown up in one such community, I understand the need that exists for quality health care, and I look forward to providing that as a family physician.
Katie Hartl, MD
3rd-year resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program 
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? Location, family-friendly, lots of strong female role-models, strong OB presence in the faculty, strong inpatient training, opportunities to teach.
What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson? Not too big, not too small, the fall and the spring make the summer totally worth it.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine? Yoga, traveling, family time.
What are your professional interests within medicine? Teaching, mom-baby medicine, end-of-life care.
Favorite Vacation spot? Tahiti
Favorite way to spend a day off? Sleep in, go out for lunch/dinner, play with kids, go to bed early with a book.
Best Arizona getaway? Staycation at all the cool places Tucson has tucked into its nooks and crannies.


We had a wonderful time at the opening reception of ArtWorks'  annual exhibit, "Through Our Eyes: Our Arizona-Sonoran Desert" on Friday, Dec. 7. The event took place at the new Oasis Lounge & Art Gallery, located within the UA Campus Recreation Center. The event included wonderful paintings, a silent auction of smaller pieces of artwork and handmade ornaments—all created by the ArtWorks artists, and inspired by their visit to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. The exhibit runs through mid-January, and all the artwork is for sale! Proceeds support ArtWorks’ programs. Thanks to all who attended!  View event photos>>
FCM Admin Team Participates in Primavera Outreach
On Monday, Dec. 17, the FCM admin team made and served lunch to individuals at the Primavera men's shelter. The team worked together to make tasty chicken tacos, rice, beans, chips, salsa and all the fixings. It was a great way to give back to our community and get into the true spirit of the the holiday season! View photos>>


FCM Interim Vice Chair for Research, Ivo Abraham, PhD, professor, UA College of PharmacyAbdulaali Almutairi, PhD candidate, UA College of Pharmacy and researchers from fellow institutions recently published a novel study, "Economic Evaluation of Talimogene Laherparepvec Plus Ipilimumab Combination Therapy vs Ipilimumab Monotherapy in Patients With Advanced Unresectable Melanoma" in JAMA Dermatology. The study found that the cost of  treating patients with advanced unresectable melanoma with talimogene laherparepvec plus ipilimumab, compared with ipilimumab monotherapy, yielded no economic benefit over ipilimumab alone, when assessment was limited to objective response. In fact, "The cost of talimogene laherparepvec plus ipilimumab ($494,983) was almost quadruple that of ipilimumab monotherapy ($132,950)," said Dr. Abraham. The researchers concluded that "combination therapy of talimogene laherparepvec plus ipilimumab does not offer an economically beneficial treatment option relative to ipilimumab monotherapy at the population level." Read more: JAMA Dermatology publication | MedPage Today article


Kari Marano, started on Dec. 17, as a research specialist senior for Susan Schembre, PhD, RD.
Melanie Esher-Blair, started on Dec. 3, as a program coordinator for the family medicine clerkship program.


Ivo Abraham, PhD
  • Oh YM, McBride A, Yun S, Bhattacharjee S, Slack M, Martin J, Jeter J, Abraham I. BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations and colorectal cancer risk: systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2018;110:1178-1189.
  • Abraham I, Curiel-Lewandrowski C. Staging systems to predict metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma: unsatisfactory for clinical use, but some less so? JAMA Dermatology 2018;154:1391-1392.
  • Kelley EF, Snyder EM, Alkhatib N, Snyder SC, Sprissler R, Olson TP, Abraham I. Economic evaluation of a pharmacogenomic multi-gene panel test to optimize anti-hypertension therapy: simulation study. Journal of Medical Economics 2018;21:1246-1253.
Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, FAAFP
  • McCurry V, Aldulaimi S. Practical Considerations of Caring for Patients Abroad During Short-term Medical Trips. Am Fam Physician. 2018 Dec 1;98(11):673-675. PubMed PMID: 30485045. Read abstract>>
Alicia M. Allen, PhD, MPH
  • Allen AM, Jung AM, Lemieux AM, Alexander AC, Allen SS, Ward KD, al'Absi M. Stressful life events are associated with perinatal cigarette smoking. Prev Med. 2018 Nov 20;118:264-271. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed. 2018.11.012. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30468790. Read abstract>>
Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH, CIP
  • Batai K, Harb-De la Rosa A, Lwin A, Chaus F, Gachupin FC, Price E, Lee BR. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Renal Cell Carcinoma: An Analysis of Clinical Characteristics. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2018 Oct 27. pii: S1558-7673(18)30635-9. doi: 10.1016/j.clgc.2018.10.012. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30459061. Read abstract>>
Mary C. Harrel, MD
  • Hernández-Aguilar MT, Bartick M, Schreck P, Harrel C; Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. ABM Clinical Protocol #7: Model Maternity Policy Supportive of Breastfeeding. Breastfeed Med. 2018 Nov;13(9):559-574. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2018.29110.mha. PubMed PMID: 30457366. Read abstract>>
Shana E. Semmens, MD
  • Semmens, S., Higgins, E. and Coyne, P. A Treatment for Refractory High Ileostomy Output. Journal of Pain and Palliative Pharmacotherapy. Epub Nov 5 2018. DOI: 10.1080/15360288.2018.1529011 Read abstract>>

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