• 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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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. Ken Knox's research includes correlating the lung microbiome/virome and inflammatory responses to clinical phenotypes in HIV as part of the NIH-funded INHALD consortium...

Research News

Final Seminar of Academic Year Pairs Duo in Genetic Pathways for Precision Medicine

Two researchers with cross-disciplinary roots, Drs. Christina Laukaitis and Paul Langlais, return to the lineup for the next UA Department of Medicine Research Seminar on Thursday, June 16. They’ll offer an in-depth discussion on the genetics and proteomics of solutions under development at the University of Arizona Health Sciences for a joint hypermobility disorder known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and microtubule-associated proteins' impact on insulin control in diabetics…

Drs. Breathett, Ramos Pen ‘Healthy Dose’ Blogposts on Medical Bias, Precision Medicine

Two articles posted as blogposts to “The Healthy Dose” blog by the University of Arizona Health Sciences tackle tough issues over medical bias with minority patients and the nationwide launch May 6 of the All of Us℠ Research Program—at a moment when the Arizona cohort leads the nation in recruitment and received confirmation that the state’s largest award from the National Institutes of Health just got bigger. Authors include Drs. Khadijah Breathett and Ken Ramos…

Resident, Fellow Poster Winners Announced for Tucson Campus Research Academic Half Day

Congratulations to the 2018 Research Academic Half Day poster winners for the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – Tucson Campus— Drs. Darien Reed, Phan Saligrama and Ryan Buckley. They present clinical vignettes at the May 16 Medicine Grand Rounds. See the photo gallery and which fellows won. More than 50 posters were on display for the April 26 event…