Mark and Mindy Zeitzer Named 2023-24 Franke Honors Alumni of the Year

Feb. 19, 2024
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The W.A. Franke Honors College acknowledges Drs. Mark and Mindy Zeitzer as our 2023-24 Alumni of the Year (AOY). This award is given to graduates who have bestowed honor on the college through significant contributions and accomplishments that embody the mission of the W.A. Franke Honors College, pursuing their passions with wonder and purpose.

Mindy and Mark Zeitzer both earned undergraduate degrees with honors from the University of Arizona and have gone on to impressive professional careers marked by accomplishments in health care and a profound commitment to the communities they serve.

Mindy graduated summa cum laude with honors from the College of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2001. She also holds a master’s in nursing (acute care nurse practitioner), a master’s in bioethics, and a Ph.D. in nursing ethics from the University of Pennsylvania. Mindy has been a nurse for 23 years, working clinically with patients and their families, primarily in cardiothoracic and surgical-trauma critical care. She is a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League of Nursing and an assistant professor of nursing at Linfield University’s School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches and serves as the director of the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Mindy started dating her husband, Mark, while she was an undergrad and he was in medical school at UArizona. They connected frequently at Hillel on the university campus. Today, Mindy is involved in the Portland community, which the couple considers home. She has served in many leadership roles as part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and is currently board chair.

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Mark graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in molecular and cellular biology in 1998. He then graduated from the College of Medicine – Tucson in 2002. Mark married Mindy (nee Friedlander) in 2001. They moved to Philadelphia, where he completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and served as chief resident.

Mark is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) and the College of Urgent Care Medicine (CUCM). Today, he is a practicing emergency physician and the chief medical officer of ZoomCare — an urgent, primary, emergency and specialty care clinic with over 50 locations in Oregon and Washington. Mark built and developed ZoomCare’s Super Clinics, which blend urgent and emergency care at low costs to patients. Mark and his family now call Portland, Oregon, their home and together, he and Mindy are raising three active boys. His volunteer work, like Mindy’s, centers around the Jewish community in Portland, where he serves on the board of his local synagogue, Congregation Neveh Shalom.

Mark and Mindy’s tireless and impactful achievements in the medical and academic communities make them exceptional candidates to be awarded the Franke Honors College Alumni of the Year award. The Zeitzers will be recognized at the annual AOY awards ceremony on February 22, amongst other prominent UArizona Alumni.