Dr. Carlos Gonzales performs a traditional American Indian blessing at the annual Tree Blessing Ceremony, which is part of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Willed Body Program. “The blessing ceremony helps students recognize that willed bodies are a gift,” said Dr. Gonzales. “We honor the sacrifice of these donors and acknowledge that their gift to the UA is not something to be taken for granted.”  (Photo: University of Arizona Health Sciences, Kris Hanning)  Read more  |  View photos



Francine Gachupin PhD, MPH, CIP

What do you do at FCM?
I am research faculty and spend most of my time working on several different research projects focused on vascular and behavioral risks specific to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and dementia (separate projects). These projects are in partnership with five different Arizona tribes. I train primarily American Indian students on research methods and human subjects protection and serve on a couple of thesis committees. I also work with UCEDD and the Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) on introducing TOCC students to UA disability resources and services. I serve on several UA committees including the IRB, Native Faculty Association (president), the FCM Promotion and Tenure committee, and served on the Executive Director of Community Engagement (co-chair) search committee.
What are the most meaningful aspects of your work?
The most meaningful aspects of my work are making a difference in the health outcome of individuals and playing a role in addressing American Indian health disparities.
What got you interested in your subject area/current job/career focus?
I became interested in health because of my paternal grandmother, parents and oldest brother. My grandmother came from a long line of traditional healers and midwives and always advocated for primary prevention. My parents and oldest brother had chronic conditions which required extensive sophisticated medical care and I quickly learned how dysfunctional our health care system is and wanted to make a difference.

What is something about you that most people don’t know or wouldn’t guess? 
I used to be a runner, including collegiate cross country, and have run six marathons. My best marathon time was 3:14:05, at the Denver Mayor’s Cup. 
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to spend time with my family and dogs (we have four), read, watch movies, embroider/cross stitch and garden.


Angela Puthenveetil, MD, assistant professor. Dr. Puthenveetil will provide patient care at Banner–University Medicine Cortaro Primary Care clinic, and will be core faculty for the family medicine residency program at Banner–University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon. At Alvernon, she will train residents and medical students, provide educational lectures and serve as a faculty mentor for residents. Dr. Puthenveetil completed her medical degree from American University of Antigua (NY), and her residency in family medicine at Memorial Hospital of South Bend (IN). She then completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the UA Family Medicine Residential Fellowship Program, and is currently completing an integrative medicine fellowship at the UA Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. She has interests in integrative medicine and preventative medicine. Welcome to FCM, Dr. Puthenveetil! View her video


Chief Resident Dr. Emma Goodstein Receives National "Community Service Recognition Award"

Emma Goodstein, MD, chief resident of the Family Medicine Residency at South Campus, received the national Community Service Recognition Award. This award is given to one resident in the U.S. across all specialties by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Organization of Resident Representatives. The award recognizes those who have made contributions above and beyond the rigors of residency training to improve the communities surrounding their training institution, and who worked towards meeting health or other human needs in the communities where residents live and train. In November, Dr. Goodstein will be honored at a recognition luncheon during the AAMC Annual Meeting in Phoenix. A $1,250 contribution will be made in Dr. Goodstein's name to the nonprofit charity of her choice, Casas Alitas. Congratulations, Dr. Goodstein! Read more

Banner–University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at South Campus Wins Arizona Daily Star Reader's Choice Award

Congratulations to Banner–University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at South Campus, on winning the 2019 Arizona Daily Star Reader’s Choice Award for Best Community Health Center. The awards were presented at the Reader's Choice Winners and Favorites event on August 29th at the JW Marriott Starr Pass resort. Kudos to the entire team for an honor well earned!
Photo: Bethany Bruzzi, DO, assistant professor, and Anthony Arnold, MD, medical director for Banner – University Campus Family Medicine Clinic South.
Dr. Julie Armin, Named Director of the Health Disparities Curriculum

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson and the Office of Curricular Affairs announced the selection of Julie Armin, PhD, assistant professor, as the new director of the Health Disparities curriculum. In this role, Dr. Armin will continue to grow the teaching and development of health disparities content in the College of Medicine’s curriculum and will partner with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Curricular Affairs, as well as interact extensively with COM-Tucson students and faculty. Congratulations, Dr. Armin!
Dr. Jessie Pettit Named Member at Large on Board of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD)

Jessie Pettit, MD, assistant professor, was named a "Member at Large" for this year’s term on the board of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD). AFMRD seeks to inspire and empower family medicine residency program directors to achieve excellence in family medicine residency training. Dr. Pettit will serve as the AFMRD’s liaison to the Building Research Capacity Steering Committee to help family medicine departments and residency programs elevate their scholarship and research activity and presence, and will also work with other AFMRD board and staff members to optimize AFMRD’s online resources for program directors and associate program directors. Kudos, Dr. Pettit!
Dr. Colleen Cagno Named Course Director for Pathways in Health and Medicine

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson and the Office of Curricular Affairs announced the selection of Colleen Cagno, MD, associate professor, as permanent course director for the Pathways in Health and Medicine course. She has been serving as the interim director since January 1, 2017. In this role, Dr. Cagno will continue her important work of coordinating and teaching throughout the curriculum on such diverse topics as cultural competency, population health, ethics in medicine, healthcare disparities, advocacy, physician wellness, and care of special populations. Congratulations, Dr. Cagno!
Pamela Wagner Recognized "Arizona Champion" by UA Classified Staff Council

Congratulations to Pamela Wagner, administrative associate for FCM's Camp Wellness, who was recognized an “Arizona Champion” by the UA Classified Staff Council for her work on the National Arts Program, On Our Own Time UA employee art exhibit. She was recognized on the UA football field during the UA vs. NAU football game on Sept. 7. Pamela was also interviewed by KOLD on game night. Way to go, Pamela! View KOLD clip>>

Pictured left to right, UA President Robert Robbins, Jason Kreag, Darious Jamal Britt, Pamela Wagner, Dave Heeke, VP & Director of UA Athletics.
Dr. Vicky Murrain Recognized as "Arizona Champion" by UA College of Medicine - Tucson

Congratulations to Victoria Murrain, DO, associate professor, who was recognized as an "Arizona Champion" by the College of Medicine - Tucson for her dedication to diversity and inclusion. She was recognized on the field during the UA vs. Texas Tech football game on Sept. 14. Well deserved, Dr. Murrain! Photo: Dr. Murrain, UA President Robert Robbins, and another Arizona Champion recipient.
Seven ArtWorks Artists Chosen for "Art Enables 13th Annual Outsider Art Inside the Beltway (OAIB) Exhibit"

Congratulations to our ArtWorks artists! Art Enables 13th Annual “Outsider Art Inside the Beltway (OAIB)” Exhibit had more than 350 artwork submissions and seven ArtWorks artists were chosen. Pictured here (from the left) are: Ricky, Joey, Marco, Anne, Chris, Karen, and Scott. Their artwork has traveled from Tucson to Washington D.C. to be exhibited at the Art Enables Gallery from Sept. 3-Oct. 5, 2019. OAIB is a nationwide exhibit that highlights and provides self-taught artists who often do not have opportunities to exhibit their work, the opportunity to do so. This includes new/emerging self-taught artists, artists with disabilities and artists from traditionally underrepresented communities.  View images

Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson Co-Authors New Book

Congratulations to Wendy Parent-Johnson, PhD, CRC, CESP, professor and executive director of the UA Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities, who co-authored a new book, "Planning the Transition to Employment." To learn more and order:



Grand Rounds: Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson, "Transition for Youth with Disabilities and/or Chronic Health Conditions"

Wendy Parent-Johnson, PhD, CRC, CESP, professor, and executive director of the UA Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities, discussed the transition process for youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions, and the interconnected role that our education, health, and employment systems play on achieving quality adult outcomes. She highlighted the possibilities available and effective strategies for preparing youth and their families to navigate and integrate these multiple systems. She discussed current projects and research impacting policies and practices in the area of transition and Sonoran UCEDD initiatives, resources, and opportunities for collaboration. View presentation

Alvernon Residents Participate in "Cultivating Happiness in Medicine" Event

Myra Muramoto, MD, professor and chair, and Jessie Pettit, MD, assistant professor and program director for the Alvernon residency, led a Banner Health program, "Cultivating Happiness in Medicine" event with third-year residents. They discussed issues that contribute to resident wellness—specifically, faculty teaching, support on the job and needed areas to transition to post-residency practice. Residents shared their experiences working and learning within the department and institution, and made suggestions to optimize life as a resident. "Cultivating Happiness in Medicine" is a Banner Health program that uses evidence-based methods to combat burnout among physicians and provides support when things go well, and when they don't. 


Opening Reception for ArtWorks Exhibit: "Crafting My Story: Experiences of Loss, Grief & Spiritual Life" 

The ArtWorks UA opening reception for their new exhibit, "Crafting My Story: Experiences of Loss, Grief, and Spiritual Life" took place on Sept. 6 at The University of Arizona Museum of Art. The pieces are are deeply meaningful expressions of grief, loss and spirituality. The exhibit runs through January, 2020, so check it out it you get the chance—it's inspiring! View photos | Daily Wildcat article

New Partnership Enables Camp Wellness and Workforce Development Program to Expand Services

FCM’s UA RISE—home of Camp Wellness and Workforce Development Program (WDP)—signed a new contract with Banner–University Family Care contract in August, enabling both programs to reach more adults with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. “We can now serve more people in need,” said Adria Powles, WDP program manager. “This new partnership empowers us to help individuals to be more hopeful, have additional choices and better employment opportunities.” Photo, left to right: Cheryl Glass, MBA, CHES, director, Health and Wellness Center, Adria Powles, program manager, Workforce Development Program, and Randa M. Kutob, MD, MPH, associate professor, medical director, Health and Wellness Center. Read more
Dr. Serign Marong Presents at "Doc Talk"

On Aug. 27, Serign Marong, MD, faculty physician, presented at "Doc Talk: Child Development & Wellbeing," that took place at the DoubleTree Hotel. The free, public event was co-sponsored by the UA College of Medicine - Tucson and Banner–University Medicine. Dr. Marong discussed family medicine, well-child checks (immunizations), fever and concussions.


Mobile Health Program Featured in Patient Engagement HIT Newsletter

The Mobile Health Program was one of the featured mobile clinics in a Patient Engagement HIT article, "How Mobile Health Clinics Drive Care to Vulnerable Patients." The article discussed how mobile clinics offer options to those facing challenges accessing medical care. “We're at nearly a dozen different sites over the course of a month," said Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, medical director for the Mobile Health Program. Photo: Edna Rodriguez, MHP medical technologist, with a patient. Read article  


Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson Receives $75k from AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (AZDDPC)

Wendy Parent-Johnson, PhD, professor and executive director for the UA Sonoran Center of Excellence in Disabilities, received $75,000 from the AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (AZDDPC). The project, "Exploration of Transition Services in Arizona" is focused on completing a statewide assessment of the current state of transition services in Arizona to identify current exemplary practices, areas of need, and recommendations for improving post-school employment rates for youth with disabilities. This comprehensive qualitative and quantitative approach is designed to gather information from multiple stakeholders involved with transition services that will contribute to data-informed policy and programmatic decision-making. Read more


Patricia Wu, MD, 3rd-Year Resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program

Why you chose South Campus FM residency: I chose South Campus because it provided the best blend of academic and community medicine along with such amazing rural opportunities. Our main site is at a community hospital on Tucson’s south side and gives us access to their underserved patient population. The rural rotations are already built into our curriculum, which makes it easy to see and explore the beautiful state of Arizona. And last but not least, I chose South Campus because of the people; everyone here is particularly dedicated to rural and global health with a focus on the underserved.
What you love most about Tucson: I love the southwest and grew up here! I also love that you’re basically in rural Arizona as soon as you’re out of city limits. The food is great, too.
Tell us about your family (including pets.): My parents and older sister all live in Arizona. My parents live in Douglas, a small rural town a couple hours south of Tucson and one of our rural rotation sites. Our family dog is a little poodle named Dim Sum and he loves Tucson.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: Family medicine is a family business. My dad is an FM doctor in rural AZ.
2: I dance the hula.
3: I am part-Marshallese and am hoping to serve the Marshallese community through medicine in the future.
Amy  Rogers, MD, 3rd-Year Resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program

Where are you from?: Williamsburg, VA
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? I fell in love with the UA because of the incredible faculty and residents I met on my interview, the program's focused on the underserved, especially Spanish-speaking and refugee populations, the global health curriculum, opportunities to work with the mobile health clinic, the medical-legal services program within our own clinic, the program's leadership in integrative medicine and of course the year-round sunshine in Tucson.
What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson? Everything. There’s no shortage of things to do outside, whether its great hiking through the canyon 15 minutes from my house, mountain biking, perching up on a ridge for a sunset over the mountains or exploring any of the national parks surrounding Tucson. Never ending opportunities for great salsa and tacos. A day trip to Sedona, Mexico or wine country. Two stepping and salsa dancing on the weekends. And the great people I work with.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine? Hiking through the beautiful mountains surrounding Tucson, running, swimming, an occasional Muay Thai class, cooking, reading, and hanging out with my boyfriend and the amazing friends we’ve met in Tucson.
What are your professional interests within medicine? Underserved populations, global health, advocacy, ultrasound, women's health and public health.
"Bucket list" item: Camping trip in the Grand Canyon with an extended pit stop at Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon


Abby Beckley started on September 3, as a student administrative assistant for the FCM business office. Abby is a pre-nursing major, minoring in family studies and human development. She was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She is a sophomore and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Welcome, Abby!

Karen Estrada, started on September 23, as a medical assistant for the Mobile Health Program. Prior to joining FCM, Karen was a medical assistant/Spanish interpreter at a TMC urology clinic. Welcome, Karen!



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