Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It’s that time of year when (finally!) the blistering hot days of summer are coming to an end, the mornings feel cool and crisp, and the promise of fall is just around the corner.

I’m excited about how our family medicine presence continues to grow. Drs. Serign Marong and Sanjay Dronavalli are now providing family medicine to patients of all ages at Banner  - University Medicine North (“New North”), and our new faculty Dr. Jeffrey Maudlin is serving as the medical director at the Banner – University Medicine Multispecialty Services Clinic in Green Valley. This is the first time patients of all ages are able to receive their primary care at the Green Valley clinic. We’re also expanding the scope of services offered by our family physicians, through Dr. Shana Semmens, who will be providing palliative care. There is more to come!

As always, I am grateful for the dedication and hard work of everyone in our department to improve the lives of our patients and people in our community. Thank you to all of our faculty, staff, residents, fellows and student workers.

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


Shana Semmens, MD, assistant professor. Dr. Semmens received her MD degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson. She completed her family medicine residency training at the University of Arizona College of Medicine South Campus. After graduating from residency, Dr. Semmens completed her fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Semmens will join the faculty for the UA Family Medicine Residency at South Campus. Her clinical work will encompass the full scope of family medicine practice: ambulatory primary care at Banner - University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic (at the Abrams Public Health Center); and in-patient care at Banner UMC - South Campus. She will be delivering babies, and caring for newborns and children at Banner UMC -Tucson Campus. We are so delighted to have Dr. Semmens re-join our FCM family as one of our faculty!
Jeffrey Maudlin, MD, assistant professor. Dr. Maudlin received his MD degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson. He completed his family medicine residency training at Southern Illinois University Memorial Hospital. Dr. Maudlin will provide primary care to patients of all ages and serve as the medical director at   Banner – University Medicine Multispecialty Services Clinic in Green Valley.  In addition, he will join the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency at South Campus, where he will be teaching residents in the Banner - University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic (at the Abrams Public Health Center).
Prior to joining FCM, Dr. Maudlin was in private practice for many years in Nogales, AZ, where he also served as chief of staff at Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Maudlin worked in a district hospital in Ecuador, and later served as director of a large residency program in a tertiary care referral hospital in Ecuador's capital city, Quito. He has also worked in earthquake disaster relief in Pakistan. He is the founder of the Christian nonprofit organization, Agape Care, which provides medical care for underserved Mexican populations, and leadership among Mexican physicians. As a family physician, Dr. Maudlin takes a strong interest in treating the whole family, from newborns to seniors. Welcome to FCM Dr. Maudlin!



At the September faculty meeting, Darci Slaten, FCM communications director, presented the department communications strategy/roadmap for 2018-2019. If you missed her presentation, you can view the PDF version here


Oscar Beita, MD, FCM assistant professor and former assistant director of the  Hispanic Center of Excellence at UA Health Sciences, retired from the UA in June. In early October, Dr. Beita will return to his native country of Costa Rica. In recent years, given the urgency of climate change, Dr. Beita began developing programming to highlight the significant impact of grass-roots coalition building on the protection of rivers and water sources in southern Costa Rica and Tucson, through his Climate Justice Study Abroad Program.

Dr. Beita has been a faculty member with FCM since 2004, and with the UA since 1998. He has made so many valuable contributions during his time here with us! Dr. Beita is most proud of his collaboration and accomplishments made with FCM faculty Tracy Carroll, PT, and Ron Pust, MD. These include: developing and teaching the Conversantes class (for bilingual pre-med students); establishing a clinical shadowing rotation for medical students in the Global Health Distinction Track at the Secretaria de Salud’s General Hospital in Nogales, Sonora; and developing the Global MedCats Study Abroad program in Costa Rica, with initial participation of medical students from the Global Health Distinction Track. Dr. Beita also collaborated with FCM faculty member, Vicky Murrain, MD, to develop the GME South Campus - Spanish Language/Health Care Disparities Distinction Track, and with Alejandra Zapien, MD, in the development of the Bilingual Medical Spanish Distinction Track in the COM-Tucson. Thank you, Dr. Beita, for your many years of amazing service and dedication!



Philip Call, DO
3rd-year resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program
Languages spoken: English,  Spanish
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? I love the opportunities to train in full-spectrum (caring for patients of all ages, including prenatal care and delivery), and rural care with the support of the university.
What do you love most about Tucson? I love the southwest and the diversity that comes with Tucson.
Tell us about your family (including pets!): I have a wife and 4 kids; 2 boys and 2 girls all 7 and under.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1. I enjoy baking, gardening, and wood working
2. I lived in Peru for two years as a missionary for my church.
3. I love camping and hiking.
Aneela Cox, MD
3rd-year resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program 
Medical School: University at Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Where are you from? Buffalo, NY
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? Robust integrative medicine, commitment to underserved and full-spectrum family medicine (caring for newborns to seniors, including prenatal care and delivery).
What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson? Mountains, great hiking trails, affordable city
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine? Yoga, meditation, hiking, spending time with my husband and friends
What are your professional interests within Medicine? Integrative Medicine, women's health, OB
Favorite Way to spend a day off? Hiking, going out to eat, spending time with my husband
Favorite Restaurant in Tucson? Prep n Pastry, Wildflower, Mian
Favorite outdoor activity in AZ? Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Desert Museum


Congratulations to Alvernon 2nd-year resident, Amy Rogers, MD, who was awarded an AAFP Emerging Leaders Scholarship, which included a two-day leadership training at the AAFP National Headquarters in Leawood, Kansas, and support for a project throughout the year. Dr. Rogers served as an alternate delegate for the state of Arizona as one of the AzAFP resident directors, and on a reference committee for the Congress of Delegates. Well done, Dr. Rogers!
Judith S. Gordon, PhD, professor, Nursing; professor, Family and Community Medicine; executive director of research; interim associate dean for research, is leading a tobacco-cessation study using guided imagery to help underserved smokers quit smoking. Julie Armin, PhD, assistant professor at FCM, is a co-investigator on the study. Guided imagery is a form of visualization in which a coach helps smokers harness the power of their minds, in addition to changing their behaviors. Guided imagery has been used by coaches and athletes for decades to help them succeed. Now, powered by results from her recent See Me Smoke Free study with women who smoke, Dr. Gordon hopes to use guided imagery to help smokers quit. This is the first study to develop and evaluate a telephone-based, guided imagery smoking-cessation program. Read article>>



On September 13th, Omavi Bailey, MD, MPH, sleep medicine fellow in the Department of Medicine, and a graduate of the Family Medicine Residency at Alvernon, was the featured speaker for FCM's September Grand Rounds. Dr. Bailey discussed a bio-psycho-social approach to understanding the relationship between sleep disorders and health disparities, with a focus on and social determinants of health, and their impact on sleep and mental and cardiometabolic health.  View his presentation>>
Amy Rogers, MD, gives presentation at 2018 AAFP National Family Medicine Student and Resident Conference
Dr Rogers' study focused on addressing intimate partner violence (IPV) in rural Ecuador. She conducted a needs survey in a hospital serving a large indigenous community in rural Ecuador. The research goal was to determine provider views on IPV and possible solutions to decreasing rates of IPV in the community.
The 2018 AAFP National Family Medicine Student and Resident Conference 
There was a great showing in Kansas City at the AAFP National Family Medicine Student and Resident Conference, by our FCM residents and program directors from both programs. Students from all around the country (and the world) stopped by our booths in "Arizona Avenue" to hear more about the great opportunities offered at the UA for residency training to provide care to families and patients of all ages, including pregnancy care and delivery (full-spectrum family medicine). See more photos here>>


What a milestone! The University of Arizona RISE Health & Wellness Center’s Camp Wellness began its 50th Camp on Monday, Sept. 17. Named “The Golden Camp,” a special Jubilation Celebration will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15 to celebrate the completion of the camp. Camp Wellness has improved the lives of more than 1,600 adults throughout Southern Arizona. It helps students learn to choose and prepare healthful meals, understand the human body, enjoy safe exercise, and to interact socially in a positive, challenging and supportive learning environment. Camp Wellness is staffed by peer “Health Mentors"--recovery support specialists who have experienced serious mental illness (SMI) or substance use disorder. Peer health mentors have completed training and certification approved by the State of Arizona that prepares them to foster better communication and provide effective peer support for persons seeking recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse.  Read article>>


Mobile Health Program and Amity Foundation collaboration featured on front page of AZ Daily Star!
The FCM Mobile Health Program, recently began providing health-care services to the Amity Foundation Circle Tree Ranch, a nearly 50-year-old therapeutic community for alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and the nearby transitional housing project, Dragonfly Village. The new partnership, with regular visits to the Circle Tree Ranch and Dragonfly Village, will provide those individuals with better access to care. Read AZ Daily Star article>>
ArtWorks artists interviewed for AZPM's "Arizona Spotlight"
A few of our ArtWorks artists were interviewed for an Arizona Spotlight segment, "Every Brilliant Thing" on Arizona Public Media, on Sept. 19. The segment focused on coping  with emotional challenges such a grief over the loss of a friend or loved one. The artists at Artworks are adults with developmental disabilities, but working together in a cooperative and supportive group environment has helped them gain wisdom about coping with emotional difficulties. AZPM's Mark McLemore talks with Cody, Bradley, and Vicky, three participants at Artworks, about their perspective. Listen to the segment>>
Dr. Serign Marong featured on KGUN's "The Morning Blend"
On Sept. 18, FCM faculty Serign Marong, MD, clinical assistant professor, was featured on KGUN "The Morning Blend," discussing the flu and the family medicine care he provides at the new Banner - University Medicine North clinic. 


FCM's  Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities recently was awarded a 3-year, $150,000 grant to further partnership goals with Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) in Sells, AZ. Leslie J. Cohen, JD, director of the Sonoran Center, is principal investigator on the project and Francine Gachupin, PhD, is a co-investigator. The goal of the project is to implement a sustainable partnership joint action plan that serves to build a mutual knowledge and practice exchange between the UA Sonoran Center and TOCC. Outcomes of the project will be to increase TOCC faculty and students’ knowledge on disability funding, resources and skills; increase the Sonoran Center's faculty’ and students’ knowledge about O’odham culture and skills in providing culturally-competent training and services; and creating ongoing opportunities for student and faculty exchange and learning--including as Sonoran Center trainees and UA students, with an emphasis on health sciences. This grant follows two years of a planning grant aimed at creating a partnership plan with TOCC and is part of a diversity initiative within the Sonoran Center’s core funding agency, HHS Administration on Community Living, Administration on Disability


Welcome to Adria Powles, who started on September 24 as the new program manager for Workforce Development Program. 
Welcome to UA student worker, Eliu Bautista, who joined our FCM business office on September 24th.
Welcome to UA student worker, Claudio Cerrillo, who joined our IT service desk on September 10. 


  • Gordon JS, Armin J, Bell M, Giacobbi P, Nair U, & Povis G. (2018) Development of a Guided Imagery Tobacco Cessation Intervention to be Delivered by Quitline and Website. Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(Suppl 1):A307. DOI:
  • Allen A, Carlson S, Bosch T, Eberly L, Okuyemi K, Nair U, & Gordon JS. (2018) High Intensity Interval Training and Continuous Aerobic Exercise Interventions to Promote Self-Initiated Quit Attempts in Smokers: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Lessons Learned from a Randomized Pilot Trial. Journal of Addiction Medicine.

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