The Department of Anesthesiology moved into its new operating rooms on Monday April 9th that are located on the 3rd floor of the recently dedicated Tower 1, a 9 story, 670,000 square foot hospital, part of the Banner University Medical Center Tucson expansion project. The new peri-operative space includes 22 state of the art operating rooms, including 2 hybrid ORs, dedicated regional block and procedure rooms, office space for the Board Runner, Peri-Operative Medical Director and Director for Clinical Operations. A new Anesthesiology Library contains computers for charting as well as space for breaks between cases. New on-call rooms are located in separate Resident and Attending call suites that are in close proximity to operating rooms and will be a comfortable place to rest between clinical duties. Tower 1 has a beautiful sunny cafeteria (Level 1) with indoor and outdoor seating options, a coffee bar (Level 2) with mountain views and an outdoor roof-top patio (Level 4), all within a minute’s walk from the operating rooms. Also located in Tower 1 are procedural areas including Cardiology laboratories (Cath and EP), Interventional Radiology, MRI and CT scanner (Level 2). Level 5 houses the new OB center with OB Triage, Labor and Delivery rooms, OB operating rooms and pre- and post-partum rooms. All Adult ICUs will eventually relocate to Tower 1, with MICU (Level 7) and Surgical ICU (Level 8) being the first to relocate. The Cardio-vascular ICU will move in early May (Level 6). Faculty and staff will have convenient parking in Parking Garage C located just to the west of Tower 1 main entrance.
University of Arizona President, Robby Robbins, MD (center) shows off the Wildcat sign while posing with OR leadership during the opening of the new operating rooms in Tower 1. Front row, from left: Sam Paidy, MD Director of Clinical Operations (Anesthesiology), Taylor Riall MD, Vice Chair (Surgery), Dr. Robbins, Kara Snyder RN, Director of Perioperative Services, Randal Dull, MD PhD. Back row left: Irv Kron, MD Dean COM; Back row middle, Patrick Boyle, MD Medical Director for Perioperative Services (Anesthesiology).
On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the College of Medicine – Tucson hosted a Shark Tank-style competition as part of Research Day, for researchers at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. Six teams competed for a $10,000 prize during ‘Shark Tank.’ Contestants pitched their research ideas to a panel of “sharks,” a cast of UA celebrity judges that included our Professor Dr. Randall Dull, UA President Robert Robbins, MD, and Senior Vice President Michael Dake, MD, Humberto Lopez, a UA alumnus, local philanthropist and businessman; Tucson philanthropist and community leader Ginny Clemens; and Andrew Messing, president of the Steven M. Gootter Foundation.
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Stuart Hameroff MD and the Center for Consciousness Studies (‘CCS’) have received $153,000 from the Penrose Institute for clinical studies of transcranial ultrasound (‘TUS’) for treatment of dementia, brain trauma, addiction and mood disorders. He will be collaborating with Drs John JB Allen and Jay Sanguinetti in Psychology, Bellal Joseph in Surgery, Rich Amini in Emergency Medicine, and Todd Vanderah and Tally Largent-Milnes in Pharmacology. TUS has been shown to improve mood and cognitive function in humans, reverse effects of Alzheimer’s and brain trauma in animals, and could prove useful in treatment and/or prevention of post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). The first clinical study showing TUS effects on mental states in humans was done by Hameroff and departmental colleagues (including Drs Boyle and Lucas) and published in the journal Brain Stimulationin in 2013.
The CCS-sponsored conference ‘The Science of Consciousness 2019’ will be held June 25-28 in Interlaken, Switzerland, in the Alps, near famous mountain peaks Eiger, Monk and Jungfrau. The program is excellent, including a workshop on how anesthetics act to specifically erase consciousness. Dr Hameroff is conference co-organizer, and will give several talks during the 4 day event. Click Here to read more.