Within the UA Department of Medicine, there are nearly 200 faculty physicians on staff.
We participate in the education of more than 450 medical students at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, offering clerkship and sub-internship opportunities for third- and fourth-years with an interest in internal medicine and rotation electives in all of our subspecialties.
In addition to the many medical students we teach, our faculty physicians train more than 130 resident physicians in our two Internal Medicine Residency Programs (Tucson and South Campus) and our Dermatology Residency Program.
We also train about 70 fellows in various subspecialties in our 15 ACGME-accredited fellowship programs and our Fellowship in Integrative Medicine.
Our primary clinical teaching facilities include:
- Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. This hospital first opened on the University of Arizona campus in 1971 as University Hospital and later became University Medical Center (UMC), then the University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) after UMC's merger with University Physicians Healthcare (UPH) in 2010. With approval of the Arizona Board of Regents, UAHN merged with Banner Health in 2015, and the hospital joined its new Banner University Medicine academic division. Now, the hospital is at the start of a $500-million expansion that includes adding a new hospital tower to its campus.
- Banner – University Medical Center South. Banner – UMC South began originally as a hospital built by Pima County near 38th Street and Sixth Avenue in 1935 using funds from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The current building went up in 1977, when the county built Kino Community Hospital on Ajo Way, and came under its current management structure after UPH - which took over management of the hospital in 2005 - merged with UMC to form UAHN in 2010. It was most recently expanded with the addition of a new Emergency Room and Behavioral Health Pavilion in August 2011. Also included on the southside campus are outpatient facilities in the Pima County-built Abram’s Public Health Center (which opened in December 2012) that include Banner – UMC Family & Community Medicine and Diabetes clinics, and Banner's Diabetes Prevention & Education Center.
- The University of Arizona Cancer Center – North Campus. This 82,000-square-foot clinic that opened in 2007 on the site of the old Tucson Hospital. Construction is beginning on a new 200,000-square foot outpatient health care facility at this location.
Multiple other Banner – UMC outpatient facilities exist across Tucson and in Green Valley and Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
With 479 licensed beds, this hospital is the only Level I Trauma Center designated in Southern Arizona.
It’s ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report in geriatrics, nephrology and pulmonology (all of which are in the UA Department of Medicine), and is high performing in seven others (including three in the UA Department of Medicine—cancer care, diabetes and endocrinology, and gastroenterology and GI surgery). U.S. News also recognized the hospital as the No. 1 facility in Tucson and Southeastern Arizona, and No. 3 in the state, behind its sister facility Banner – UMC Phoenix.
The hospital also is accredited as:
- A Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission;
- Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care;
- Non-Invasive Vascular Lab by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC);
- Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute;
- An NPF Referral Center by the National Pancreas Foundation; and
- A Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Association
Its Interstitial Lung Disease Program, operated with the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, also was chosen as a member of the National Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Care Center Network.
Its Petersen Clinics, operated with the UA Division of Infectious Diseases, are recognized by the University HealthSystem Consortium as rating No. 3 in the nation for HIV patient care.
And it is designated as one of 55 Ebola Treatment Centers in the nation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Becker’s Hospital Review also named Banner – UMC Tucson one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America.”
Banner – University Medical Center South
With 245 licensed beds, this hospital in south Tucson is recognized as:
- An accredited Cardiac Receiving Center by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS);
- Non-Invasive Vascular Lab by the IAC;
- A Certified Diabetes Self-Management Education Program by the American Diabetes Association;
- An Infectious Disease Treatment Center of Excellence by the ADHS,
- A Senior Friendly Hospital by the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Program, and
- A state-designated Trauma Center.
See Accolades & Awards for a full list of accreditations, certifications and more for these and other clinical facilities where we practice.