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Victor Weaver, M.D. (Residency Program Director)
Dr. Weaver graduated from medical school at the University of Florida, followed by family medicine residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans.  He spent the next four years working in a rural community health center and emergency room practice before joining the faculty of the University of Arizona in 2006.  Dr. Weaver has completed the University of Arizona's Faculty Development Fellowship.  His clinical practice at the University of Arizona has included serving as a hospitalist and ICU attending as well as outpatient attending; he does additional clinical work for the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine.   A few of his many areas of teaching interest include critical care, emergency/trauma skills for family physicians, inpatient procedures, and use of simulation lab experiences in medical education.  Globally, he has been involved in clinical and teaching mission work in Haiti and South America, as well as healthcare provision on the US-Mexican border.

 

Melody Jordahl-Iafrato M.D. (Residency Associate Program Director)
Dr. Jordahl-Iafrato graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine.  She grew up in Thatcher, Arizona, and then attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Following medical school, she completed a family medicine residency at Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix, Arizona.  She spent another year at Good Samaritan while completing a faculty development fellowship and serving as junior faculty.  She then moved on to the Hopi Health Care Center where she practiced full spectrum family medicine, including outpatient clinic, emergency, hospital, and obstetrical care.  She then served as clinical lead in the Show Low, AZ, office of North Country HealthCare, a federally qualified health center.  While there, she was able to continue to be involved in obstetrical medicine while maintaining a full time outpatient practice.  She is involved with organized medicine at both the state and national level and served as President of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians in 2012-2013.  Professional interests include women’s and rural health.  

 

 

Julia Hardeman, M.D.
Dr. Hardeman completed her medical school training at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, followed by residency through the University of Iowa Department of Family Medicine Pella Rural Track Program.  Her rural health experiences have included the delivery of healthcare to patients in Iowa, Alaska and Nigeria.  Following residency, she relocated to a remote section of the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona where she provided primary care to patients with a variety of acute and chronic healthcare needs at the Inscription House Health Center.  In 2008, she and her family moved to Tucson where she is enjoying her role as faculty with the Family and Community Medicine Department. Her particular areas of interest include outpatient based procedures in the area of dermatology and women's health including colposcopy; coding and practice management topics; pediatric well-child and acute care, and rural and international medicine. 

 

Susan Hadley, M.D.
Dr. Susan Hadley recently moved back to Tucson after eighteen years of practicing medicine in New York and New England.  Dr. Hadley graduated from Mount Holyoke College, attended medical school in Tucson, graduating from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1991.  She completed her first year of residency at the University of Arizona Residency Program in Family and Community Medicine moving to New York in 1992, ultimately graduating from the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx in 1994. After two years as Montefiore faculty working with underserved populations in the central and south Bronx , Dr. Hadley moved to New Hampshire to become one of the founding faculty in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Dartmouth Medical School focused on rural underserved medicine.  From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Hadley was a full-time faculty member in the Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Middletown, Connecticut where she started their fellowship in Integrative Medicine.  In 2006, Dr. Hadley became the Medical Director for “Wherever You Are” Healthcare for the Homeless program at a Community Health Center serving several areas in Connecticut.  She followed this with a similar position at Charter Oak Community Health Center, offering primary care to the homeless population of Hartford, Connecticut on a mobile unit.  After five challenging and rewarding years working in the Community Health Center environment, Dr. Hadley joined the University of Arizona Family Medicine Residency Program at South Campus.  She is also the current Medical Director of Mobile Health.  Her interests include integrative medicine, care of the underserved, women and children’s health, and global medicine (including experiences in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Honduras).

 

Jerry Koleski, M.D.
Dr. Koleski recently returned to the United States after eight years as a medical missionary.  He served five years on the edge of the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador doing full spectrum Family Practice and more, and three years caring for AIDS patients and doing ultrasounds in Malawi, Africa.   Dr. Koleski did his Family Medicine training at the International Health program at Marshall University, then spent six years at El Rio Health Center in Tucson as adjunct faculty with the University of Arizona.   He is a key leader and mentor in the rapidly growing Global Health Track at the University of Arizona Family Medicine residency.

 

Shirley Blancas, M.D.
Dr. Blancas is a native of Southern California who attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began her residency training at the Waukesha Family Practice Residency in Waukesha, WI, finishing residency at the St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency in Milwaukee. Dr. Blancas chose to extend her residency training for family reasons; this also allowed her the time to serve as an outpatient physician for a small community clinic whose focus was the provision of primary care to (primarily) Latino patients of all ages. Her favorite area of medicine is providing women's healthcare with a focus on maternal child health (MCH). She enjoys many areas of medicine, including providing care to those with mental health issues and those with multiple chronic conditions. She is bilingual in Spanish/English.

 

Cecilia P. Faust, M.D.
Dr. Urquides is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona.  She completed her Family Medicine Residency and Faculty Development Fellowship through the University of Arizona's Department of Family and Community Medicine. Her current interests include hospital medicine with an emphasis on intensive care medicine and procedures, caring and advocating for the underserved, and women's health.

 

   Daniel Derksen, M.D.
Dan Derksen, MD, is the Director of the University of Arizona Center for Rural Health (CRH), and has a joint appointment as Professor in the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine Department of Family & Community Medicine. After graduating from the UA COM of Medicine in 1984, he completed his family medicine residency at the University of New Mexico where he worked as a faculty member for 25 years.  In 2011 Governor Susana Martinez appointed Dr. Derksen Director, New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform where he submitted and served as Principal Investigator of NM’s $34 million CMS health insurance marketplace establishment proposal.  He completed a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship in 2008 with U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He researched and drafted federal legislative provisions to improve the nation’s supply and distribution of the health workforce that were included in Title V of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.”  Dr. Derksen serves as chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Governmental Advocacy, and on the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council Section on Rural or Small Hospitals. Dr. Derksen has been PI of state, federal, contract and private foundation funding in excess of $48 million. His health services research interests include improving health care coverage for the uninsured, enhancing access to quality health care, reducing health disparities, and implementing coordinated, community and team-based health services for rural, underserved and vulnerable communities and populations. 

 

Karyn Kolman, M.D.
Dr. Karyn Kolman is originally from the East Coast, and moved to Arizona after completing her residency. She graduated from the College of William and Mary and attended medical school at Cornell University Medical College in New York City. After receiving her medical degree, she moved to Phoenix, AZ where she completed a fellowship in Advanced Hospital Training for Family Physicians.  During that time she also completed the University of Arizona’s Faculty Development Fellowship.   Being trained in hospitalist medicine and operative obstetrics, and having a special interest in teaching, Dr. Kolman continued to work with the fellowship, serving as faculty and assistant director.  She also provided medical consultation to the psychiatric department.  Before joining the faculty of the University of Arizona department of family medicine in 2013, Dr. Kolman worked as part of the faculty of the St. Joseph’s family medicine residency in Phoenix and the University of New Mexico family medicine residency in Albuquerque.  Her interests include hospital medicine, women’s health and obstetrics, and the education of residents and medical students.

 

Autumn Stevenson, M.D.
Autumn Stevenson, MD, graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2007 where she participated in the Rural Health Professions Program.   She then completed her Family & Community Medicine residency in Albuquerque at University of New Mexico.   During medical school and residency she was involved in global health projects in rural Ecuador and Port-au-Prince Haiti.  After residency she worked as a locums provider throughout rural New Mexico before moving back to Arizona to provide care for the White Mountain Apache tribe at the Whiteriver Service Unit branch of the Indian Health Service.  Before joining the University of Arizona Family Medicine Department in February 2014, Dr. Stevenson practiced outpatient medicine and obstetrics at North Country Healthcare community clinic in Flagstaff. 

 

Adriana Nicastro Twelker, LCSW
Adriana Nicastro Twelker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker native of Buenos Aires, Argentina who attended the Social Welfare Graduate Program, with an emphasis on Community Mental Health, at the University of California, Berkeley.  She completed internships at the Barbara Milliff Center and at Huckleberry Youth Programs.   For the past twenty-five years she has worked and volunteered in diverse settings with diverse interdisciplinary teams while serving diverse populations.   Her clinical experience has focused on empathy, the body-mind connection, self-compassionate curiosity, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness practices that strive to promote self-awareness, conscience, creative imagination, and independent will needed to choose, to heal, and to evolve.  Her areas of interest are integrated health, the crucial relationships between providers and patients, and exploring and understanding the profound effects of illness and disease on patients, health professionals, and the social environments in which they live and work.  She believes in drawing from the creative and intellectual strengths present in diverse disciplines, in every patient and provider, and their application to medical and behavioral health practice.

 

Andrew Bernstein, PhD, CPRP
Dr. Andy Bernstein received his PhD in Community and Clinical Psychology in 1989 from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, where his dissertation focused on the development of self-help groups for a wide range of psycho-social issues.  He worked in hospital and community settings and maintained a private practice in northern New Jersey for over 20 years, using primarily a family systems approach to address neurotic level disturbances as well as the challenges of serious mental illnesses (SMI), HIV/AIDS, and other stigmatizing and marginalizing conditions.  In addition to serving as Adjunct Faculty at Rutgers’  AIDS Education and Training Center, he consulted with numerous community agencies, providing clinical supervision and training to their staff and often direct psychotherapy services to their clients–typically minority folks who were not traditional users of that kind of help.  During his time in NJ, Dr. Bernstein also became involved as a trusted professional in the mental health consumer movement and the evolving peer workforce movement both in NJ and nationally.  He was a founding Board member of one of the earliest and now one of the largest consumer-operated mental health programs in the country, and the technical consultant during its first 10 years to the Consumer-Provider Association of New Jersey, which became the first State Chapter of the National Association of Peer Specialists, a national organization supporting the professional development of peer providers, and now called the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS).   He is the first non-peer to serve on iNAPS’ Board of Directors, and is also on the Board of Directors of the Southern Arizona Psychological Association, the Arizona Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, and the (US) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.  Coming to Tucson in 2011, Dr. Bernstein started a practice again, and in 2013 was hired by FCM as the Clinical Director of the UA RISE Health and Wellness Center (Camp Wellness), which employs peer providers to teach illness management skills and healthy lifestyles to people with serious mental illnesses.  Soon after, he was asked to participate in the South Campus Residency Program, shadowing interns and residents to give them feedback on their communication with patients, and facilitating groups run as part of Resident Support Services.         

 

Kim Usher, M.D.

 

Lane Johnson, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Johnson is the Medical Director for the Family Medicine Clinic at South Campus. He received his MPH degree from University of California, Berkeley.  He is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine where he was a founding member of the Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) Program.  He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Arizona, followed by work as a campus health physician at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Johnson has served as physician and Medical Director for the United Community Health Center, a consortium of clinics in rural Southern Arizona, as well as for the Broadway Family Health Center in Tucson.  One of Dr. Johnson's many interests is medical care for the underserved, and he has provided volunteer physician services both for the Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) Clinic, as well as to the St. Elizabeth of Hungary clinic here in Tucson. Dr. Johnson is currently the Director of the MD-MPH Dual Degree Program, and a Mentor in the Societies program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.  Areas of special interest and research include public health, clinical prevention, medical education, rural health, and alternative therapies.  His practice has included the use of herbal treatments and acupuncture.  He authored a book about herbs for clinicians in 2001, Pocket Guide to Herbal Remedies.  He received a Health Education Multi-Media Yearly (HEMMY) award in 2005 for his work with herbs used by Hispanic women with diabetes.  He and his wife, Dr. Nancy Johnson, co-edited and authored The Care of the Uninsured in America, in 2011.

 

Victoria Murrain, D.O.
Dr. Murrain completed medical school in Pomona, California at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western University).  She completed a one year flexible internship at the Dallas Forth Worth Medical Center in Grand Prairie, Texas, followed by residency with the University of Arizona's Department of Family and Community Medicine.  She has completed a Faculty Development Fellowship through the University of Arizona's Department of FCM, as well as additional training through the National Institute for Program Director's Development.  Dr. Murrain has served as Medical Director of the Family and Community Medicine Clinic, as well as Program Director for the University of Arizona's Department of Family and Community Medicine Residency.  She is currently Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education for the University of Arizona, as well as Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for the University of Arizona College of Medicine at South Campus. She enjoys maternal-child healthcare provision and works closely with the rural health obstetrical program, in conjunction with the mobile health clinic.  She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys advocating for the provision of healthcare to the underserved.  She has helped to establish the Homeless Teen Program here in Tucson.  She is looking forward to working with our residents as they begin working with the mobile health clinic as part of the new family medicine residency program.

 

Ron Pust, M.D.
Dr. Pust is a family physician who is also board certified in public health/preventive medicine. He is the director of the Office of Global and Border Health, and co-director of the Global Health Distinction Track.  As a Cholla Society mentor, he seeks to promote intellectually sound and clinically efficient ways of diagnosing and treating clinical problems, especially among underserved patients. Dr. Pust’s 40-year career as a physician interfaces curriculum development with teaching, and field research with clinical practice among underserved populations.  After 4 years with CDC’s TB program (Navajo IHS and Nigeria) and 6 as a generalist in Papua New Guinea, he was board-certified in Preventive Medicine and in Family Practice.  Joining FCM in 1979 as director of its new clerkship and CUP programs, he was Director of FCM Predoctoral Education Division from 1981-2009, when it was awarded over $4.5 million in federal family medicine grants.  Dr. Pust remains an active faculty member in the ArizonaMed curriculum as a society mentor.  As director of the college's Global and Border Health Office, he co-directs an annual course on clinical global health for residents and senior students. On a 2004-5 sabbatical, he was founding head of Family Medicine at Moi University in Kenya. His research deals with field assessment of lung disease, leprosy, and clinical care under resource constraints. Other publications concern medical education for careers in underserved regions.

 

Tamsen Bassford, M.D.
Dr. Bassford is head of the Department of Family and Community Medicine.  She graduated from the University of Southern California with her medical degree, followed by her Family Practice Residency at the Arizona Health Sciences Center of The University of Arizona.  She has been active in the area of cancer prevention and women's health and was the Principal Investigator for the Arizona site of the Women's Health Initiative, a landmark study of three preventive interventions in postmenopausal women, a grant awarded by the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (NHLBI).  Dr. Bassford developed the Mensajeras de Salud Project, a lay health education project directed at breast and cervical cancer in Hispanic women, which operated for ten years in Tucson.  She has served on the Mammography Advisory Panel of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the FDA Mammography Advisory Committee, and the National Institute of Health (NIH) Consensus Panel on Osteoporosis.  Currently, Dr. Bassford is the Principle Investigator for the department’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, which focuses on research, training, and service to adults with developmental disabilities.  Dr. Bassford currently serves on the Board of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, the national organization for academic departments of Family Medicine.

 

Peter Catinella, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Catinella attended medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson, Arizona followed by residency at Banner (Good) Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix Arizona.  He completed a Faculty Development Fellowship with the University of Arizona's Department of Family & Community Medicine/College of Medicine, as well as a Master's of Public Health at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Catinella was previously the Program Director for the Department of Family Medicine Residency at Indiana University, as well as Associate Program Director at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center.  Just prior to his relocation to Tucson, he served as Vice Chairman of the University of Utah's Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, as well as Director of the Public Health Program at the University of Utah.  Dr. Catinella served as Vice Chairman of our Department of Family and Community Medicine between 2008 and 2010. Currently, he is the Chief Medical Information Office for The University of Arizona Health Network.   His areas of interest include clinical informatics, teaching residents about practice management, coding and organizational development and dynamics, as well as topics in the field of public health. 

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