Faculty and Staff

The Liver Research Institute conducts research on, teaches about and provides comprehensive care for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions of the liver. It is a unit of the UA Department of Medicine and the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

University of Arizona Liver Research Institute
1501 N. Campbell Ave.
PO Box 245136
Tucson, AZ  85724-5136
Tel: (520) 626-3005
Fax: (520) 626-5975


Thomas D. Boyer, MD
Professor of Medicine, and Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Director, Liver Research Institute

Dr. Boyer received his medical degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and performed his post-graduate training at USC and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). He has served on faculty at USCF and was the director of the Division of Digestive Diseases at Emory University before joining the faculty of the University of Arizona in 2000. He has served on numerous National Institutes of Health committees as well as international organizations for the study of liver disease and is a past president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the International Association for the Study of the Liver. He is the editor of Hepatology: A Textbook of Liver Disease and has served on editorial boards of several peer reviewed journals. He is currently the associate editor for the American Journal of Medicine.

Archita Desai, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Liver Research Institute

Dr. Desai completed her medical school degree at the University of California at San Francisco and her post-graduate training at the University of Chicago, where she was a fellow in both gastroenterology and transplant hepatology. She joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in August 2014. Her research interests focus on improving outcomes in patients with liver disease. In 2015, she was one of seven junior faculty to win a UA Health Sciences Career Development Award for her work on improving quality in the hospitalist-based health-care delivery model for cirrhosis.

Research Staff

Laurie C. Judge, RN
Senior Research Nurse
Phone: (520) 626-3735
Fax: (520) 626-9815
Email: ljudge@deptofmed.arizona.edu

Jo McClain, RN
Senior Research Nurse
Phone: (520) 626-9882
Fax: (520) 626-9815
Email: jmcclain@deptofmed.arizona.edu

Clinical Staff

Kane D. Gronback, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
Phone: (520) 626-0919
Fax: (520) 626-2798
Email: kane.gronback@bannerhealth.com 

Carol Peters, NP
Nurse Practitioner
Phone: (520) 626-5952
Fax: (520) 626-5975
Email: cpeters2@deptofmed.arizona.edu

Carol received her bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Northern Arizona University and her advanced degrees from the University of Arizona College Of Nursing. After working for several years in general gastroenterology, she joined the Liver Research Institute in 2010. In addition to managing general liver disease, Carol specializes in the treatment of hepatitis C and has been an integral part of the clinical research program.

Mirna Cano, MA
Medical Assistant
Phone: (520) 626-2589
Fax: (520) 626-2798
Email: mirna.cano@bannerhealth.com

Janet Serrano, MA
Medical Assistant
Phone: (520) 626-5952
Fax: (520) 626-5975
Email: janet.serrano@bannerhealth.com

Office Staff

Lisa Laughlin
Administrative Associate
Phone: (520) 626-3005
Fax: (520) 626-5975
Email: laughlin@deptofmed.arizona.edu 

Jason Gass
Data Entry Specialist
Phone: (520) 626-7210
Fax: (520) 626-9815
Email: jgass@deptofmed.arizona.edu