Message from the Chair

We provide outstanding clinical care to adults in our primary care and subspecialty clinics, our hospitals, and in the home and community. We are proud to build a diverse health care workforce and the next generation of physicians, including medical students, internal medicine residents, fellows and collaborative interprofessional teams.

At the University of Arizona Department of Medicine, we are proud of our past and excited about the future! We are grateful to the remarkable leadership that Dr. Monica Kraft provided over the past seven years and we remain fully dedicated to growing our three core missions – education, research and clinical care. We are committed to advancing the health and wellbeing of all members of our community, including our remarkable faculty and staff.

We provide outstanding clinical care to adults in our primary care and subspecialty clinics, our hospitals, and in the home and community. We are proud to build a diverse health care workforce and the next generation of physicians, including medical students, internal medicine residents, fellows, and collaborative interprofessional teams. We are proud of our nationally and globally renowned physician-scientists and other researchers who are exploring innovative and impactful basic and translational solutions to some of our most challenging and complex problems and bringing these advances to the bedside. 

The campus is growing to support our innovation and impact! The Bioscience Research Laboratory (BSRL) and Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) as well as other investments by the UArizona Health Sciences in our campus, have opened up remarkable collaborative opportunities. New programs for bridge and seed funding, as well as dedicated time for research and teaching pursuits, only augment those opportunities. Banner Health’s investment of a $446 million, nine-story hospital tower at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson as well as a $100 million, 208,000-square-foot outpatient health center adjacent to the UA Cancer Center – North Campus has made a tremendous impact on clinical training opportunities. The investment for these new state-of-the-art facilities, supporting programs, and new equipment has topped $1.5 billion. 

As we live at the intersection of Native American, Hispanic, and other diverse groups in Arizona, we fully embrace our responsibility to support and embrace our individual differences and build an inclusive community. The department of Medicine is proud to include diversity, equity and inclusion as a milestone in our Strategic Plan, by promoting DEI trainings and fostering learning and working environments that celebrates and supports diversity among our students, faculty staff and community. We are committed to reducing health disparities in care delivery by developing strategic initiatives to cultivate a diverse and culturally prepared workforce, advancing and promoting inclusion excellence and implementing edge cutting research to learn how health disparities affects disease at cellular and molecular levels in different populations.

Tucson is a uniquely wonderful place to live. Set in the Sonoran Desert valley surrounded by five mountain ranges, Tucson boasts an average 350 sunny days a year. For those interested in outdoor adventure and nature, heritage and culture, arts and attractions, original Southwest-inspired dining, and a great place to raise a family, Tucson is what you are looking for.

Come join us!

Mindy J. Fain, MD (she/her/hers)
Anne & Alden Hart Professor of Medicine
Interim Chair, Department of Medicine
co-Director, University of Arizona Center on Aging
Associate Director for Education, Care & Community Research
Innovations in Healthy Aging/University of Arizona Health Sciences
Banner University Medical Center - Tucson