People on the Move at the UA College of Medicine -- Tucson

Jul 4, 2013
Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord Delivers Commencement Address at the University of Utah School of Medicine
Dr. Lori AlvordLori Arviso Alvord, MD, associate dean for student affairs and admissions, delivered the commencement address at the University of Utah School of Medicine on May 25.     
A board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Alvord is a member of the Din√© (Navajo) Tribe and of the Tsinnajinni√© (Ponderosa Pine) and Ashi’hii’ Din√© (Salt People) clans. Her research has focused on surgical outcomes and health disparities  in Native American populations.
Dr. Alvord received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in general surgery at Stanford University Hospital and is a board-certified general surgeon.
She is the author of “The Scalpel and the Silver Bear” (1999), a memoir that describes her journey from the Navajo reservation to become a surgeon, her efforts to provide culturally competent care and to create healing environments based on principles of Navajo traditional healing.
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Dr. Leslie Boyer Named One of 30 Heroes by FDA Office of Orphan Products Development
Dr. Leslie BoyerLeslie Boyer, MD, founding director of the VIPER (Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response) Institute at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, has been named one of 30 heroes of rare diseases by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Orphan Products Development. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Orphan Drug Act, the FDA is highlighting the work of 30 heroes who have made clinical, research, advocacy and regulatory contributions over the last 30 years.
The FDA’s designation recognizes efforts that raise awareness with the public about rare diseases, the challenges encountered by those affected, the importance of research to develop diagnostics  and treatments and the impact of these diseases on patients’ lives.
In the United States, any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people is considered rare and there are nearly 7,000 rare diseases Affecting nearly 30 million Americans, a ratio of almost one in ten
Americans suffering from rare diseases. Scorpion stings and snakebites, although well known in Arizona, are less common in the rest of the US and are considered orphan diseases by the FDA.
Dr. Boyer has focused her scientific career on venomous bites and stings, which often are unrecognized public health issues. The VIPER Institute, with 150 faculty members in Arizona and around the world, uses clues from the genealogy of venomous animals to guide scientific discovery toward practical applications, including clinical trials of a variety of antivenoms for snake, scorpion and spider venom injury. Dr. Boyer has been the principal investigator in ten clinical studies involving new antivenom technologies, with funding from the FDA's Office of Orphan Products Development, the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and private companies. Her research efforts recently resulted in the U.S. FDA approval of a scorpion antivenom developed in Mexico, a key health concern in the Southwest, where 8,000 scorpion stings occur in Arizona alone.  
Patricia B. Hoyer Honored with Two Society of Toxicology Awards
Dr. Patricia HoyerPatricia B. Hoyer, PhD, professor of physiology in the UA Department of Physiology was named the recipient of two prestigious awards from the Society of Toxicology. 
She was recognized with the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award and the Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group Mentoring Award.
The Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award is presented to members for lifetime achievement or for contribution of a particularly influential body of work to the field of reproductive and developmental toxicology. The Reproductive and Developmental Specialty Section is a subgroup of the Society of Toxicology membership whose members have expertise and/or responsibility for assessment of toxicology of the reproductive system or development of offspring. Included are all areas of male and female reproductions, developmental biology, teratology and developmental and reproductive risk assessment.
The Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group Mentoring Award recognizes the important mission of mentoring to support the career growth of women in toxicology and to guide young women considering careers in toxicology. This award is given to an individual in academia, government, industry, or a related field who has been a major influence in the mentoring of women scientists entering the field of toxicology and/or whose leadership and service has
provided career development opportunities for women toxicologists or encouraged women to achieve their professional goals.
Dr. Hoyer’s research specializes in the effects of environmental chemicals on ovarian function. Her professional activities have included membership in professional societies such as the Society of Toxicology and the Society for Study of Reproduction. She has also served as a panel member as well as chair for National Institutes of Health and American Cancer Society study sections. She currently serves as associate editor for Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, senior editor for the Journal of Reproductive and Biological Health, and as an editorial board member for several other journals.
“Iserson’s Getting Into a Residency” Newly Revised and Published in its Eighth Edition
Iserson's Getting Into A ResidencyThe newly revised eighth edition of “Iserson's Getting Into a Residency: A Guide for Medical Students” (Galen Press), by Kenneth V. Iserson, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM, professor emeritus with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been published. Dr. Isersonretired in 2008 to work internationally and teach
disaster medicine and continues to publish.
He is an expert in global and disaster medicine, having practiced or taught on all seven ontinents, including serving six months as lead physician for the U.S. Antarctic Program and working with
NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in rural areas of Central and South America, Zambia, Bhutan, Ghana and South Sudan.
Dr. Iserson is a prolific writer, having authored numerous books and more than 150 scientific articles. In addition to professor emeritus with the UA Department of Emergency Medicine, he is medical director (emeritus) of the Southern Arizona Rescue Association, a supervisory physician with Arizona’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team and a member of the American Red Cross disaster response team. 
Janet Major Re-Elected to the Board of the U.S. Distance Learning Association
Janet MajorJanet M. Major, who has more than 20 years of experience producing distance learning outreach programs for the Arizona Health Sciences Center, was elected in April to a second three-year term on the board of the U.S. Distance Learning Association. She will continue to serve as the USDLA representative for the telehealth community as well as serve as the liaison to the American Telemedicine Association.
Major currently serves as the Arizona Telemedicine Program’s associate director of facilities and is responsible for the planning, development and installation of the teleconferencing and peripheral equipment used at rural telemedicine sites as well as training health-care professionals in the effective use of technology for clinical and educational applications.
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