Patient Care

The University of Arizona Division of Infectious Diseases is a state and national leader in clinical care. Our focus is on providing the best patient experience with respect to diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases—both common and those unique to our region.

Our faculty physicians practice at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South campus facilities as well as the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. At these facilities, they handle both inpatient and ambulatory care.

Infectious Diseases at Banner – UMC Tucson and South

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Petersen HIV Clinics

Patient care provided through our Petersen HIV Clinics at Banner – UMC Tucson and South has been rated among the best in the nation by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), now known as Vizient.

In cooperation with the Pima County Health STD Program, the clinics have been providing comprehensive care for HIV/AIDS patients in Southern Arizona for more than 30 years. They are operated by the UA Division of Infectious Diseases through grants from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

All patients with HIV/AIDS in need of medical care are treated. Those in need of financial assistance have access to Ryan White Program services. Financial status is evaluated based on U.S. Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.

Contact: Shannon Smith, director, (520) 626-8598

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Valley Fever Clinics & Consultation Service

In partnership with the Division of Infectious Diseases and Banner – University Medicine, the UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence has established a clinical program to help patients who have Valley fever infections—also known as coccidioidomycosis. Caused by inhaled fungal spores endemic to soils in the U.S. Southwest, this disease can manifest as mild pneumonia in some or a disseminated form that can be deadly in others. The Banner – University Valley Fever Program involves outpatient clinics at Banner – UMC Tucson and Banner – UMC Phoenix, as well as support for physicians in training as they manage their Valley fever patients.

Contact: John Galgiani, MD, director, (520) 626-6887 in Tucson, (602) 521-4675 in Phoenix

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Antimicrobial Stewardship

The antimicrobial stewardship program is co-led by the Division of Infectious Diseases and a pharmacist (Dr. David Nix). This team is strongly supported by Banner - UMC hospital leadership, and works to design and implement strategies and policies to curb inappropriate antimicrobial use. Team members serve as champions for the optimal use of antibiotics and educate physicians, residents, medical students, pharmacists and other health care providers in the proper use of antimicrobials. They also participate in the Banner multi-hospital system to recommend and design policies, programs and tools to improve antibiotic use system-wide.

OPAT Program

We oversee an Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) Program to supervise intravenous antimicrobial therapy outside the hospital setting that allows patients to return home more quickly at substantial cost savings.

Contact: Anca Georgescu, MD, director, (520) 626-6887

Infection Prevention

Infection prevention protocols and programs at the Banner – UMC Tucson and South facilities are coordinated through a multidisciplinary team that has won state and national recognition for its preparedness methodologies, with infection prevention specialists often providing training for community health-care providers as well.

Among honors:

Contact: Sean Elliott, MD, infection prevention medical director, (520) 694-8888

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Transplant Infectious Diseases Program

The Transplant Infectious Diseases Program at the UA/Banner - UMC is dedicated to prevention and management of infectious diseases in solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. This multidisciplinary program is involved in educational, clinical, and research projects and services that support the transplant programs.Patients receive care in both the inpatient and ambulatory clinical settings from physicians experienced in preventing and treating transplant-related infections.

Contact: Tirdad Zangeneh, DO, director, (520) 626-6887

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Refugee Clinics

The division operates the Refugee Preventive Health Screening Program that provides initial health screenings for about 1,200 foreign refugees a year. These people, largely from Asia and Africa, relocate to Southern Arizona through the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement and Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program, in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Health Services and county health departments. These clinics often serve as the first encounter refugees have with Western medicine. Services—provided in cooperation with the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine—include preventative exams and physicals, primary care procedures for common illnesses, prenatal care and child delivery, and other specialized services for refugees.

Contact: Natasha Korosteleva, MPH, director, (520) 626-1019 

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Where We Practice

Not including health-care partner organizations, affiliated community practices and providers, and mobile clinic services offered by our physicians, these are the major facilities where our physicians practice, train and teach:

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
1501 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 694-4000
 

Banner – University Medical Center South
2800 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 874-2000
 

University of Arizona Cancer Center – North Campus
3838 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 694-2873 (CURE)
 

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How to Schedule An Appointment

To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, please call (520) 694-8888. You can also request an appointment online here. Or, if you already are a patient with us, you can log-in to MyChart.com to schedule or request an appointment.

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How to Make a Referral

If you’re a health-care provider and want to make a patient referral with one of our physicians, please contact Physician Resources at (520) 694-5868 or toll-free 1-800-524-5928. You can also use the HealthLink online referral tool to make a physician enquiry.

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