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Last 25 Postings

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Medical Image of the Month: Giant Bulla
Determining if Drug Price Increases are Justified (News)
Not-For-Profit Price Gouging (Editorial)
Medical Image of the Month: Air Bronchogram Sign
October 2019 Critical Care Case of the Month: Running Naked in the
Severe Respiratory Disease Associated with Vaping: A Case Report
Some Clinics Are More Equal than Others (Editorial)
Court Overturns CMS' Site-Neutral Payment Policy (News)
September 2019 Arizona Thoracic Society Notes
Medical Image of the Month: Large Complex Cerebral Arteriovenous
Medical Image of the Month: Renal Cell Carcinoma with Extensive Tumor
September 2019 Pulmonary Case of the Month: An HIV Patient with a
Blue Shield of California Announces Help for Independent Doctors-A 
   Warning (Editorial)
Pulmonary Disease Linked to Vaping (News)
Severe Accidental Hypothermia in Phoenix? Active Rewarming Using 
   Thoracic Lavage
CEO Compensation-One Reason Healthcare Costs So Much (News)
Medical Image of the Month: Mounier-Kuhn Syndrome
Left Ventricular Assist Devices: A Brief Overview
Medical Image of the Week: Diffuse Pulmonary Ossification
August 2019 Imaging Case of the Month: A 51-Year-Old Man with a
Medicare for All-Good Idea or Political Death? (Editorial)
Doctor or Money Shortage in California? (News)
Medical Image of the Month: Reexpansion Pulmonary Edema
Medical Image of the Month: Bilateral Atrial Enlargement
July 2019 Critical Care Case of The Month: An 18-Year-Old with
   Presumed Sepsis and Progressive Multisystem Organ Failure 


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Stephen Kotz MD Named Associate Editor (9-12-19)  

Stephen Klotz graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1974 followed by an internship at SUNY Syracuse. Subsequently Dr. Klotz was in the Public Health Service serving as a staff physician for the Indian Health Service on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, Mescalero, NM. He subsequently completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and an infectious disease fellowship at the University of Texas in San Antonio. He then joined the faculty at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA followed by the University of Kansas where he was associate chief of staff for research and development and AIDS Clinic director at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. He came to the University of Arizona in 2000 and led the University of Arizona Division of Infectious Diseases from 2008 to 2016. He is director of The Petersen Clinics at Banner – UMC Tucson, funded by a $1.5-million-a-year U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to the UA under the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which was rated No. 3 in the nation in 2015 by the University HealthSystem Consortium.  Dr. Klotz has published widely in infectious disease with over 100 publications. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease.  

Arizona Thoracic Society Meetings Resume September 18 (9/6/19)

Arizona Thoracic Society meetings will resume on September 18, 6 PM, at Banner University Medical Center. The room number will be announced shortly and posted before the meeting. There will be at least 3 case presentations by fellows. If you have an interesting case please bring it. Previously, a newsletter was sent out but Cox has limited large mailings on its server so none will be sent. Dinner will be served and valet parking is available.  

Sarah Patel MD Named Associate Editor (9-3-19)

Dr. Sarah Patel received her BS from the University of Arizona in Tucson and her MD from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten in 2012. She did her internal medicine residency at Banner University Medical Center South Campus, University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and a sleep fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Following completion of her fellowship she was a clinical assistant professor of medicine and the associate program director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ. She is currently in private practice in Phoenix where she is clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Creighton University. She is board certified in internal medicine and sleep medicine.

Extortion Scam Targeting DEA Registrants (2/21/19)

The Department of Justice has issued an alert that DEA registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel.  The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number.  Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration.

Physicians contacted by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information through “Extortion Scam Online Reporting” posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division’s website,

Joshiah R. Gordon Named Associate Editor (2/6/19)  

A native of Boulder, Colorado, Joshiah R. Gordon DO MSc, received his BS and MSc degrees from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO and his DO from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA in 2005. He subsequently completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Louisville and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 2011. He is currently an associate professor of medicine at Rocky Vista University in Parker, CO.  He sits as the director of the pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Parkview Medical Center. He holds other directorships through Parkview Medical Center and St Mary Corwin hospitals in Pueblo, CO. Dr. Gordon is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.   

Tammer El-Aini Named Associate Editor (11/17/18)

Dr. Tammer Y. El-Aini, MD will be assuming the editorship of the Medical Image of the Month section. He brings a unique skill set ideally suited to edit this section. Dr. Al-Aini graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2007. He subsequently completed a radiology residency at the University of Alabama followed by an internal medicine residency and pulmonary/critical care fellowship at the Arizona Medical Center in Tucson. He is board certified in radiology, internal medicine and pulmonary medicine.