• 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
Vice 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.

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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. Jason Yuan is looking into how elevated pulmonary vascular resistance in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)—a progressive and fatal disease that predominantly affects women—causes an increase in afterload in the right ventricle, leading to right ventricular hypertrophy (or heart failure) and death...

Research News

UA Engineers Help You Stay a Heartbeat Ahead of Hackers to Protect Your Health

With a million forms of malware released every day, UA electrical and computer engineer Roman Lysecky, PhD, and colleagues are developing technologies to better detect malware in pacemakers and other life-critical health and other devices. Their research is funded by the National Science Foundation and Army Research Office…

Dr. Monica Kraft, 11 Other UAHS Investigators Secure ABRC Grant Awards Worth Nearly $6M

Twelve UA Health Sciences investigators—including DOM Chair Monica Kraft, MD, cardiologist Steven Goldman, MD, and physiologist Heddwen Brooks, PhD, who is a UA Center on Aging and Sarver Heart Center member—won grants worth a total of $5.85 million over three years from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, it was recently announced…

With Audience of 200, Dr. Kraft Caps Banner ‘Doc Talk’ Lecture Series — Daily Wildcat

Two hundred people showed for the final Doc Talk lecture at the Westin La Paloma on Tuesday evening, Feb. 28, to hear DOM Chair Dr. Monica Kraft talk about the path forward to an asthma cure. It was the last of the Banner Health-sponsored lectures that attracted more than 800 people in Tucson and 400 in Phoenix. It also provided a platform to plug the UAHS/Banner partnership for the All of Us℠/Precision Medicine Initiative. See archived video of all talks here…