Message from the Chair

At the University of Arizona Department of Medicine, we are poised for significant positive change with many components that make up the building blocks toward accomplishment in our three missions — education, research and clinical care — coming together at just the right time.

As experts in primary care, you’ll find our growing lineup of nationally and globally renowned physician-scientists on the cutting-edge of new frontiers in medical research that explore not only the basic science behind some of the most challenging, complex diseases, but translational solutions to transform their findings into advances in medical practice that result in meaningful health outcomes on a clinical level. They are also exploring how to broaden the benefits of those advances so that more people can take advantage of them. This means looking at health disparities in not only how care is delivered across racial, cultural and other demographic lines, but how study of ways in which these different populations are affected by disease on a cellular and molecular level can be correlated to target precision health solutions and to widen the scope of lives that research enhances. The intersection of Native American, Hispanic and other diverse and mainstream groups in Arizona offers a multitude of prospects in that regard.

Current construction of the new Bioscience Research Laboratory (BSRL) and Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB)—formerly known as the Simulation, Inter-Professional Health, Education & Research (SIPHER) Building—as well as other investments by the UA Health Sciences in our campus, will attract and open up more chances for junior and other faculty to participate in these groundbreaking advances. New programs for bridge and seed funding, as well as dedicated time for research and teaching pursuits, only augment those opportunities. And the planned $500 million investment by Banner Health into a new 9-story hospital tower at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and a 208,000-square-foot outpatient health center adjacent to the UA Cancer Center – North Campus also bode well for clinical training opportunities at our primary partner for health care delivery to patients in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

The outpatient center, Banner - University Medicine North, Building 2, opened in December 2017, shortly after the opening of the BSRL building. The Department of Medical Imaging already is occupying space in the basement of the HSIB building, a 220,000-square-foot advanced learning structure that's expected to open fully in early 2019. The new hospital towered is scheduled to open in April 2019. All in all, the investment for these new facilities and supporting programs is forecast to top $1 billion.

Come to our open spaces and fill your own space in the health care field. Learn. Train. Teach. Do transformational medicine in an innovative, collaborative environment with opportunities to take part in advanced research into the patient-centered care of the future. Come grow with us!

Monica Kraft, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine
Robert and Irene Flinn Endowed Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
​Deputy Director, UA Health Sciences Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center