Longtime Cardiologist Dr. Frank I. Marcus to Present ‘Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork,’ March 3 in Tucson, March 4 in Phoenix


Dr. Frank MarcusSticking to a diet and exercise program is easier said than done! With that in mind, cardiologist Frank I. Marcus, MD, of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center in Tucson, will discuss the consequences of the obesity epidemic during “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork,” in Tucson on Tuesday, March 3, at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and in Phoenix on Wednesday, March 4, at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. The presentation is part of the bi-annual Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine series sponsored by the Flinn Foundation.

Studies show that obesity is a worldwide epidemic that leads to several life-threatening conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. People are bombarded with messaging about high-calorie, less-expensive processed foods; couple that with increased time at the computer, including sedentary games, and the problem increases.

A professor of medicine and cardiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Dr. Marcus will discuss the challenges associated with the prevention of obesity by addressing the need for exercise and avoiding sedentary routines and large portions of food. He will include strategies for physicians to communicate to their patients the importance of avoiding obesity and will present a systematic and comprehensive approach for decreasing its prevalence.

This approach, which includes collaboration by physicians, schools and the entire community, will require a full-time leader and coordinator supported by an endowed chair at the UA Sarver Heart Center. For information about the Marcus family’s plans to build an endowment, please contact the UA Sarver Heart Center Development Office at 520-626-4146 or email tmelendez@shc.arizona.edu

The Tucson presentation on Tuesday, March 3, will include the lecture from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet reception from 1 to 1:30 p.m. (light lunch available at 11:45 a.m.), in Kiewit Auditorium, University of Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 25, to specialevents@medicine.arizona.edu; for more information, please contact the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Office of Special Events, email specialevents@medicine.arizona.edu or call 520-626-6177. The lecture also will be broadcast live and archived on the Internet at http://streaming.biocom.arizona.edu (please visit “site requirements” on webpage prior to the lecture to ensure that you have the proper components installed). Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson Visitor/Patient Parking Garage, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., just south of the UA Cancer Center; metered parking spaces also are available in UA Zone 1 parking lot 2030, at East Mabel Street and North Martin Avenue, south of the parking garage.

The Phoenix presentation on Wednesday, March 4, will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m., in Lecture Hall B102 in the Health Sciences Education Building, 435 N. Fifth St. (Please note: For campus maps and detailed parking information, click here.) Guests are asked to register by Wednesday, Feb. 25, online at eventbrite.com (Questions may be directed to Sheila Maddox, smaddox@email.arizona.edu, 602-827-2007.)

About Dr. Marcus

Dr. Marcus earned his medical degree from Boston University followed by an internship, residency and fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. He completed his cardiology training in 1959 at Georgetown University Hospital, where he spent most of the next decade as chief of cardiology. 

He joined the UA College of Medicine in 1969 as professor and chief of the then-Section (now Division) of Cardiology of the Department of Medicine, serving until 1982, when he was appointed UA Distinguished Professor of Medicine, an endowed chair he held until 1999. From 1971 to 1982, he was chief of cardiology at the newly opened University of Arizona Teaching Hospital (soon to be Banner – University Medical Center Tucson). He was director of the hospital’s Arrhythmia Service from 1982 until he “retired” as UA professor emeritus of medicine in 2000.

He remains active in research, and is a principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health-sponsored study, “Genetics, Mechanisms and Phenotypes of Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathies,” that runs until 2018.

Dr. Marcus is the author of 164 abstracts, 312 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written 63 book chapters. He has been or is a member of the editorial/scientific board of 14 cardiovascular journals and is a consultant and reviewer for 26 journals. He was founder and first president of the Arizona chapter of the American College of Cardiology and later became president of the Association of University Cardiologists.

Among his honors are the Laureate Award of the American College of Physicians in 1987, Distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston University School of Medicine in 2003, Master Clinician Award of the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology in 2005, Outstanding Achievement Award of the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society in 2011; and the Pioneer in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology Award of the Heart Rhythm Society in 2011.

About the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine

Initiated in 1997, the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine series continues the Flinn Foundation’s commitment to bring to Arizona leading practitioners and thinkers in the medical field. The lectureship offers physicians, students and community members opportunities to hear from distinguished leaders in the field of medicine and medical education. In 2008, the annual lecture was expanded to a bi-annual event and includes presentations at both the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

The lectureship is named for the late Donald K. Buffmire, MD, in recognition of his distinguished career as a medical practitioner in Arizona and his leadership role with the Flinn Foundation in supporting the UA College of Medicine. Dr. Buffmire, who died in July 2008 at age 85, served on the board of the Flinn Foundation for 36 years, from 1965 to 2001, including 14 years as its chair.

The Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed organization that awards grants to non-profit organizations in Arizona, primarily to improve the competitiveness of the state’s biomedical research enterprise.

About the UA College of Medicine - Phoenix

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its inaugural class of first-year medical students in August 2007 and currently has 301 students training to be physicians. The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars and who will embrace professionalism, innovation and collaboration to optimize health and health care for all.

About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson provides state-of-the-art programs of medical education, groundbreaking research opportunities and leading-edge patient care. Founded on the UA campus in 1967 with an initial class of 32 students, the UA College of Medicine – Tucson has graduated more than 3,400 physicians and today ranks among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. The College’s students, faculty, staff and alumni continue more than 45 years of service in advancing medical care and knowledge in Arizona—and around the world.