Living Healthy With Arthritis ~ Tucson Lecture Series


The Living Healthy With Arthritis community outreach and public education program focuses on healthy lifestyle education and patient empowerment while living with arthritis. The lecture series features a wide range of topics utilizing both community speakers and medical and health professionals from the University of Arizona.

Monthly lectures are free and open to the public. Prior registration is required. Lectures are held the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., in the DuVal Auditorium (room 2600) at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., unless otherwise noted. The DuVal Auditorium is located on the hospital's main level, just right of the main lobby. For more information, please email or call (520) 626-5040.  These programs are supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.

Fall 2015
Lecture Series


'No Bones About It'
Promote and Protect Your Bone and Muscle Health

When: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Where: DuVal Auditorium
Banner - University Medical Center, Tucson
1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Room 2600
Tucson, Arizona 85724

Who: Jeffrey R. Lisse, MD
Professor of Medicine, the University of Arizona College of Medicine
The Ethel McChesney Bilby Endowed Chair for Osteoporosis
Medical Director, Arizona Telemedicine Program
Medical Director,
the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Osteoporosis Program


About the Lecture:

An estimated 54 million Americans age 50 and older are affected by osteoporosis or low bone density. The numbers are staggering and represent more than one-half of the U.S. adult population.  The disease causes an estimated two million broken bones each year and often results in immobility, pain, isolation and other health problems.  Dr. Jeffrey Lisse, an internationally-known expert in osteoporosis, the medical director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center's Osteoporosis program and the Ethel McChesney Bilby Endowed Chair for Osteoporosis at the University of Arizona, will present cutting-edge research and information on the prevention of excess bone and muscle loss as we age.  He will also discuss the current status of bone and muscle loss with age and the individual variation around the norms.  In addition, research related to the importance of preventive strategies for osteopenia, osteoporosis and sarcopenia will also highlight this presentation.   Dr. Lisse will guide participants on practical steps that individuals at risk can take to have a lifetime of bone and muscle health.


About Dr. Lisse:

Dr. Lisse serves as the Medical Director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program, Medical Director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center's Osteoporosis Program, a practicing rheumatologist in the UA Division of Rheumatology and is a professor of medicine in the University of Arizona College of Medicine.  He was chief of the division of rheumatology at the UA from 2004 - 2013 and served as Director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center from 2005-08.  Upon his arrival to the UA in 2000, he was also named as the Ethel McChesney Bilby Endowed Chair for Osteoporosis. Additionally, he serves as chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee in the University of Arizona Department of Medicine. Prior to his work at the University of Arizona, Dr. Lisse served as chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Texas. 

Dr. Lisse received his medical degree with honors at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, in 1976. He completed his internal medicine residency at the United States Public Health Services Hospital and his rheumatology fellowship at the University of California-San Diego. He has published numerous articles on therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and on the epidemiology of rheumatic diseases.

Dr. Lisse has been a member of the board of directors for the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition, the Southwest Osteoporosis Council and the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition. He is also the past president of the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition (AZOC). 

His awards include the Best Doctors in America, the Lange Award for Academic Excellence, the United States Public Health Service Scholarship and the “Bone Builders” Award of Excellence.

Dr. Lisse is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.  His clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory back pain (spondyloarthritis), lupus and osteoporosis.  His major research interests are in the investigation of new therapies for arthritis and osteoporosis with a special interest in these diseases among minority populations.


Tickets for the Event:
Prior registration is required, however it is not necessary to bring a printed ticket to the lecture.


Parking Information:
Parking in the Banner - UMC Tucson Visitor/Patient Parking Garage:
The University of Arizona Arthritis Center is pleased to offer free validation of parking tickets for the Banner ~ UMC Tucson Visitor/Patient Parking Garage during Living Healthy With Arthritis lectures. Your ticket may be validated by a UAAC staff member in front of the main lobby either upon entering or exiting the lecture.



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