|District Assembly May 5, 2018
Quail Creek Club House, Green Valley, AZ
$15.00 in advance - $20.00 at the door
Dr. Emil Annabi, who was Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Director of Chronic
Pain Management at the University of Arizona for 7 years and is currently Medical Director at Green Valley
Hospital, was perhaps the most passionate speaker the Club has had in recent years. His father and brothers
are physicians, and he drew a vivid contrast between the “eye to eye” relationship between doctor and patient
in the days of medical bags and house calls and the modern “take a number” approach to healthcare. He said
the Pima Pain Center, which has 5 offices in Tucson in addition to the one at GV Hospital, tries to deal with
the whole organism. It’s the personal connection that makes his job fruitful. He believes the fear of opioid
addiction is not really relevant for someone who is dying of cancer, and he called for better education,
especially for the state and healthcare bureau-cracies. He told us the majority of the services this community
needs are available right here. We who have retired have paid our dues, and now is the time to enjoy life.
Consequently different rules should apply. “Talk is cheap,” he said. It’s actions, not words, that matter. Dr.
Annabi urged Rotary to make healthcare a goal and would love to collaborate with us to that end.
Check out www.Pimapaincenter.com.