Message from the Vice Chair

The Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson serves as the academic home to nearly 200 physicians in 13 divisions.

Our clinical mandate is to provide exceptional care to the people of and beyond Southern Arizona. Along with our health care partners (see Where We Practice), we will focus these clinical efforts with patient well-being as our overarching goal. In our quest to create a medical home for our patients and their families, we are dedicated to providing care that is respectful of and responsive to patient preferences and needs, giving appropriate consideration to their values as well as of those of their families in our clinical decision-making.

Across the United States, academic health systems are undergoing a process of transformation.  Mandates and pressures placed on institutions to function as “accountable care organizations” places the bar of clinical performance expectation very high.  As the product of the Banner Health and University of Arizona Health Network merger in 2015 to create Banner – University Medicine (Banner’s new academic division), we are poised to thrive and excel in this dynamic environment. We will continue to grow our legacy not only as the leading academic practice in the Southwest, but to further develop and promote our destination programs for clinical excellence recognized and respected nationwide.

We operate an academic clinical enterprise across numerous sites in Arizona, including community-based clinics, traditional hospital-based services, outpatient subspecialty practices, and a regional telehealth network sweeping across and beyond the state’s four corners.  Since we are highly committed to the other integral components of our institution’s tripartite mission—education and research— the scope and scale of our clinical activities must continue to provide a rich environment for our students, our house officers and our investigators. 

As the largest department within the UA College of Medicine and Banner – University Medical Group—the physician practice plan within Banner – University Medicine, we are dedicated to improving patient safety, value and satisfaction along with an emphasis on optimizing patient and employee engagement. 

We are proud to serve our patients as the state’s premier academic medical center. We hope that you will take the opportunity to learn more about our clinical services.

I am delighted to be part of this exciting enterprise.

Tammy Clark Ojo, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine
Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program,
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine