Welcome to the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art, compassionate care to patients with infectious diseases, train the next generation of infectious diseases physicians, perform cutting-edge research into a variety of infectious diseases, and provide local, national and international leadership in the field...

Elizabeth Connick, MD
Division Chief, Infectious Diseases
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

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Infectious Diseases

The Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has a broad range of clinical programs including a robust Ryan White-funded HIV clinic, the Valley Fever Center for Excellence, a growing transplant infectious disease service, a refugee screening clinic, an antimicrobial stewardship program, and an infection prevention service.

Faculty, fellows and students care for patients with a broad range of infectious diseases in both ambulatory and inpatient settings at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – UMC South and the Tucson VA Medical Center. Strong ties exist between the division and the Pima County Health Department, where many sexually transmitted diseases and active tuberculosis cases are treated.

Our ACGME-approved fellowship training program accepts up to three postdoctoral fellows each year. The goal of our fellowship is to train fellows not only to be excellent clinicians, but also to provide them with the skills necessary to accomplish their long term professional goals, whether it is a career in academic medicine, public health or private practice. We are committed to providing a stellar clinical education, research opportunities and mentorship in order to help build the next generation of infectious diseases physicians.

Faculty conduct a broad range of research from laboratory-based bench research to clinical and epidemiological studies. HIV-related research is a major strength of the division, which currently has ongoing studies of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), retention in care, cardiovascular prevention, and basic immunopathogenesis. The Valley Fever Center for Excellence also conducts research on treatment and prevention of this fungal disease.

Abundant resources are available at the university to sustain robust research efforts, including:

  • A clinical and translational sciences research center that supports clinical trials;
  • Animal care facilities and a veterinary diagnostic laboratory;
  • Biostatistical, bioinformatics and computing core services;
  • Flow cytometry, microscopy, genomics and proteomics cores;
  • The UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and UA College of Pharmacy; 
  • Multiple centers including the UA's Sarver Heart Center, Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center, Center on Aging, Cancer Center, and Biorepository.

This is an exciting time to be in the field of infectious diseases. The urgent need for our skills is underscored by the global spread of new as well as old infectious diseases, the emergence of increasingly more drug-resistant organisms, and the rising numbers of immunocompromised hosts who are vulnerable to opportunistic infections. Our division is growing and we look forward to contributing to a healthier world through our clinical care, teaching, research and leadership in the field.

 

News

DOM Physician Wins $100K Bayer Grant to Study Shortness of Breath after Pulmonary Embolism

Dr. Michael Insel, an assistant professor in the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, has won an inaugural Pulmonary Hypertension Accelerated Bayer (PHAB) Award valued at $100,000 to investigate breathlessness in patients after a pulmonary embolism. It’s part of $1 million in grants that Bayer is investing to help propel clinical advancements in treatment for conditions that can lead to pulmonary hypertension...


Preventing Health-care-Associated Infections Focus of UA Health Sciences Researcher

Marc Verhougstraete, PhD, assistant professor and environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, received a $510,000 CDC research grant to focus on the prevention of health-care-associated infections, a serious threat to patient safety.


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