• Department of Medicine researchers are internationally known across a wide range of medical subspecialties in internal medicine from cardiology to rheumatology.

  • From treatments for devastating diseases to the challenges of translating research into global health action, we find innovative solutions to the world’s most urgent health care needs.

  • Our precision medicine research uses big data, longitudinal studies and clinical trials to help patients live fuller lives through individualized therapies.

The UA College of Medicine has a long history of academic excellence. One of the central roles of the Office of Research is to facilitate academic growth by providing an extensive array of support for junior investigators as they begin their independent careers.

Jil Tardiff, MD, PhD
Associate Chair for Research


Multiple resources exist throughout the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, UA Health Sciences and UA’s main campus for basic as well as clinical researchers and investigators to further their aims at therapeutic and technological breakthroughs to advance patient care and find innovative remedies for those suffering from common medical conditions as well as complex diseases. This includes one of the newest in the UA Department of Medicine, the Quantitative Proteomics Lab...

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Lecture Series at the UA Department of Medicine

  • Medicine Grand Rounds
    Weekly lectures with a brief hiatus in mid-summer. Video archived at UAHS BioCommunications Webcast page (except for MMRs).
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  • DOM Research Seminar Series
    Begun in 2016, this monthly lecture series occurs on the second Thursday of the month from September to June.
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  • Winter Lung Series Conferences
    Ongoing since 2002. 
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  • Sleep Medicine Lecture Series

Research Projects

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVC/D) is an inherited disorder and one of the most common causes of sudden cardiac death in athletes and young, apparently healthy adults.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and is a leading cause of pain and disability among the elderly.

In the U.S. Southwest, Coccidioidomycosis (cocci) or Valley fever is an endemic fungal infection. It typically presents as a self-limited pulmonary illness.


Dr. Skip Garcia's lab is a state-of-the-art pulmonary research laboratory focusing on the genetics and proteomics of lung biology and disease. He is internationally recognized for development of novel therapies for critically ill patients with acute inflammatory lung disease...

Research News

A Dozen New Hospitalists Start at UA Division of Inpatient Medicine, Banner – UMC

Eleven hospitalist physicians have started in the University of Arizona Division of Inpatient Medicine since July 1, with another set to start on Oct. 1. They come with a wide range of experiences and clinical and research interests, says Division Chief Dr. Tejo Vemulapalli. Be sure to welcome Drs. Alvaro Altamirano, Tarun Bathini, David Brual, Soham Davé, Roshanak Habibi, Robert Koch, Shilpa Pedapati, Nanda Pullela, Sorabh Sharma, Annie Shergill and Kamaldeep Singh…

UA Cancer Center News: Post-Radiation Dry Mouth, ‘Evil’ Proteins, Hopi Tribe Alliance, Lymphoma Event

These are just a few of the headlines in the just-released September issue of the University of Arizona Cancer Center Newsletter. Welcomes also to Drs. Juan Chipollini and Leslie Farland and new UACC Communications and Public Affairs Director Megan Guthrie. Shared Resource Highlight: Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis. Read all about it…

UA Researchers to Study, Test Potential Drug Candidates for Deadly Lung Disease

Scarring is a good thing. When you fall and scrape your knee, the natural process jumps into gear, seals up wounds and heals damaged tissue. But excessive scarring gone haywire, or fibrosis, causes many diseases that affect internal organs—most with no cure. Now, a $4.4 million U.S. Department of Defense grant for Dr. Louise Hecker will help University of Arizona researchers focus on a deadly fibrotic disease that affects the lungs, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis…