Health Sciences Center programs and individuals were singled out by the Arizona Republic as among the top 10 health stories in Arizona in the past 125 years. The award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program was noted for providing advances in telecommunications. Hospitals and health centers began using "telemedicine" to access hard-to-reach populations in rural Arizona, among other populations. In addition, Jack Copeland, MD, a former chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the UA, performed the state’s first heart transplant surgery in 1979; six years later, he performed the world’s first bridge-to-transplant surgery. Tucson-basedSynCardia, a UA spin-off company, was noted for manufacturing the total artificial heart, which continues to be used worldwide as a bridge to heart transplantation. Leslie Boyer, MD, director of the UA VIPER Institute, was recognized for conducting a multi-site clinical trial to test a scorpion antivenom made by a Mexican manufacturer. After a dozen years, Dr. Boyer’s efforts secured FDA approval of the much-needed drug. The UA also was noted for making strides in genomic medicine. Read more.