As hospitalists, the mission of our division is to provide quality patient care, educating the next generation of health-care providers, teachers and leaders, and pursuing outcomes research—always with an eye toward improving the care we provide our patients admitted to the hospitals where we serve...

Tejo Vemulapalli, MD, MBA
Chief, Division of Inpatient Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Inpatient Medicine

Hospital medicine is a relatively new and rapidly growing field of medicine specializing in the medical care of hospitalized patients. The physicians who are involved in delivering the care needed while patients are hospitalized are often called "hospitalists." We differ from our general internal medicine counterparts, known as "internists," in that we do not work in an outpatient setting but focus solely on inpatient care.

At the University of Arizona, our hospital medicine program was officially started in 2005—and it is one of the newest divisions within the Department of Medicine. We now provide round-the-clock care (24/7) to our hospitalized patients.

Our faculty physicians are experts in diagnosing and managing acute medical illnesses. The role of a hospitalist begins when a patient is admitted to the hospital and continues until the patient is safely discharged home. The hospitalist division at Banner – University Medical Center (UMC)—the primary clinical teaching facilities for the UA Health Sciences colleges—is unique as we work across multiple facilities and ensure quality care is delivered consistently.

Our faculty works collaboratively with other subspecialists, surgeons and clinical staff to provide the best care possible to hospitalized patients.

 Click here [PDF] or on the image at the left for an enlarged view of faculty physicians within the UA Division of Inpatient Medicine.

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