The Zenas B. Noon Award of Excellence in Cardiology is given to medical students with outstanding performance in their cardiology rotations. Christine E. Chiu, MD, who graduated with her medical degree in May, is the 2019 recipient. Dr. Chiu grew up in Glendale, Ariz., before moving to UCLA to earn her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. At UCLA, she volunteered at a student-run free clinic for the homeless. “This volunteer experience opened my eyes to the field of medicine and its ability to change lives.” She continued volunteering at free clinics in Tucson and graduated with Distinction in Community Service from UA College of Medicine – Tucson in May. She is returning to the Los Angeles area for her internal medicine residency at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. Although she has not yet chosen her subspecialty focus, Dr. Chiu became aware of the ubiquitous presence of heart disease in hospital patients and how management of these conditions could dramatically improve patient lives.
The Charles W. Hall, Jr., and Virginia C. Hall Memorial Award recognizes amazing residents on the coronary care unit rotation at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. Louis Eubank, MD, a second-year internal medicine resident physician, received the Hall award for 2018-2019. Louis grew up in Portland, Maine, but fell in love with the desert while guiding in Utah. After meeting his wife, he decided to pursue a career in medicine and obtained his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Following internal medicine residency, Dr. Eubank plans to pursue a career in pulmonary/critical care medicine and hopes to run an intensive care unit someday.