Mindy J. Fain, MD

  • Professor, Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Nursing
  • Chief, Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine
  • Co-Director, University of Arizona Center on Aging
  • The Anne and Alden Hart Endowed Chair in Medicine

Dr. Mindy Fain is passionate about health care: “Health care is a right for everyone,” she declares. Since joining the University of Arizona medical faculty in 1985, she has made a remarkable difference in the availability and quality of health care in Arizona, especially among the state’s burgeoning population of elderly. She is committed to developing and disseminating high value models of health care. Dr. Fain served as medical director of Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System Home-based Primary Care from 1988-2012, and guided this remarkable interprofessional team to provide care for aging veterans in their own homes — combining the best of geriatric medicine with the best of palliative care. She is currently the Anne and Alden Hart Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and co-Director of the Arizona Center on Aging. She is boardcertified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Fain is also the President of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine. Active in the Arizona medical community, Dr. Fain is a member of the board and editor of the Journal of the Arizona Geriatrics Society. As co-director for two geriatric education grants, the Arizona Geriatric Workforce Education Program and the Arizona Reynolds Program, she contributes to the continuing education of medical colleagues and other health professionals throughout the state. In 2000, she was named Geriatrician of the year by the Arizona Geriatrics Society. In 2003, Dr. Fain was named a Local Legend from Arizona, a national recognition by former U.S. Congressman Jim Kolbe and the American Medical Women’s Association and, in 2004, she was named the John A. Harford Geriatrics Leadership Scholar. She was appointed Chair, Governor’s Aging and Long Term Care Healthcare Workforce Task Force in 2008 to develop a healthcare workforce plan to meet the needs of the 21st Century, and was a member of the Senior and Aging Issue Advisory Council, by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She currently serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Geriatric Medicine Board and American Academy of Home Care Medicine Board, and is a member of the National Institute on Aging Behavior and Social Science of Aging Review panel. 

Research Interests: 

Models of healthcare delivery TeleHealth Frailty

Degrees
  • MD: New York University, 1977
  • AB: Biology, New York University, New York City
Honors and Awards
  • Voted "Best Doctors in America" 2013-16
Residency
  • Internal Medicine, University Hospital of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
Fellowship
  • Infectious Disease, University Hospital of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine - General
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine - Subspecialty
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine - Subspecialty

Select Publications

2017

Joseph, B., T. Orouji Jokar, A. Hassan, A. Azim, M. Jane Mohler, N. Kulvatunyou, S. Siddiqi, H. Phelan, M. Fain, and P. Rhee, "Redefining the association between old age and poor outcomes after trauma: The impact of frailty syndrome.", J Trauma Acute Care Surg, vol. 82, issue 3, pp. 575-581, 2017 Mar. PMID: 28225741

2015

Mohler, J., B. Najafi, M. Fain, and K. S. Ramos, "Precision Medicine: A Wider Definition.", J Am Geriatr Soc, vol. 63, issue 9, pp. 1971-2, 2015 Sep. PMID: 26390003

2014

Martinez, GF., JR. Lisse, M. Fain, TK. Vemulapalli, H. Szerlip, and KS. Knox, "Finding a Mentor: The Complete Examination of an Online Academic Matchmaking Tool for Physician-Faculty", Southwest J Pulm Crit Care, vol. 9, issue 6, 12/2014.