Internal Medicine Residency – Tucson Campus

  • Internal Medicine Residency Graduation 2021. Program Director, Dr. Laura Meinke (front center) joins the IM Residents, Class of 2021 to celebrate and honor their achievements.

  • Some Have A Story, They Made History, Class of 2021!

  • Internal Medicine Residency – Tucson Campus director Dr. Laura Meinke chats with medical students and residents at a Faculty Meet-and-Greet event held in the Medical Research Building.

  • Internal medicine residents, fellows and students share thoughts on their projects and posters during Research Academic Half Day competition in Kiewit Auditorium in Spring 2019.

  • Tucson Campus former Internal Medicine resident Dr. Alexander Peck presents his report, “The Case of MC,” at Medicine Grand Rounds for ACP Clinical Vignettes competition.

  • Our 2021 Chiefs, Dr.'s Eric Brucks, Martin Chacon, and Sumana Veeravelli bond with the new IM Interns on a Chief Hike in Mount Lemmon.

  • Internal medicine residents explain and critique each other's work during poster competition at Research Academic Half Day, a spring ritual at the University of Arizona Department of Medicine.

  • Thirty to 40 awards and honors are presented each spring at the University of Arizona Department of Medicine Annual Awards Assembly at the Arizona Inn, many coming with a financial prize.

  • Former Internal Medicine Resident and overall winner Dr. Kevin Breen covers high points in his research on genetics of brain cancer in oral vignettes portion of 2019 Research Academic Half Day.

  • Associate Program Director, Dr. Josh Malo and 2021 IM Chief, Dr. Eric Brucks, welcome the new interns during the IM Orientation Meet and Greet, 2021.

Over nearly five decades, we have developed a highly collegial, mid-sized academic training program that offers diverse experiences at multiple state-of-the-art training sites. With Tucson nestled in the northern region of the Sonoran Desert and in the heart of the Old West, our residents gain exposure to a broad range of patients and faculty. We also offer centers of excellence on arthritis, cancer, diabetes, geriatrics, heart, liver, lung disease and more, in which University of Arizona faculty welcome our residents into their labs and allow them to participate in both clinical and bench research.

If you are looking for a friendly program with high academic standards and rigorous clinical models, we welcome you to visit and meet our leadership, faculty and residents as part of our interview process. Tomorrow is here today. Come grow with us!

Laura E. Meinke, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program – Tucson Campus, University of Arizona Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency – Tucson Campus

Housestaff training in internal medicine at the University of Arizona originated in 1972. Since then, we’ve graduated more than 700 physicians trained in all aspects of primary care. We consider this training experience to be highly competitive and successful. Residents learn the fundamentals of inpatient medicine while caring for patients on the general medical wards and in state-of-the-art intensive care and cardiac care units. The experience is broadened by ample exposure to ambulatory medicine. We also enjoy one of Arizona’s highest board passage rates.

Our primary clinical partner is Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, which is part of the academic division of Phoenix-based Banner Health along with multiple clinical facilities in Tucson that include the Banner – UMC South community hospital, UA Cancer Center Peter & Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic and, adjacent to that, the new adult multispecialty outpatient center known as Banner – University Medicine North. Along with other community partners such as the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS), residents are now able to care for patients in a range of settings: a University hospital, community hospital and VA medical center, in addition to various outpatient clinical operations.

Residents are expected to focus on three major goals — education, clinical skills and research excellence. Research opportunities are plentiful and encouraged. Our intent is to provide the necessary background for the successful practice of medicine and to allow growth and interest in clinical and basic sciences research at an early stage in training. To accomplish this, three major teaching facilities are utilized: Banner – UMC Tucson, the SAVAHCS, and Tucson Medical Center. In addition, outpatient continuity clinic experiences are available at Banner – UMC Tucson, SAVAHCS as well as with specialty and general practice groups and community physicians.

This Year's Residents


The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD, has been named one of 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America by Cell Mentor, an online resource from Cell Press and Cell Signaling Technology that provides early-career researchers with career insights, publishing advice, and techniques on experimental processes and procedures.

Meet our Residents

Juan Pablo Moreno-Ortiz, MD
MD: Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine, 2019

I was born in Mexico, raised in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago (A.M.D.G.) and obtained my M.D. from Texas A&M University (Whoop!). In my spare time, I like to run, hike, play tennis, classical piano, and read. A book titled, "Vincent and Theo," by Deborah Heiligman, left a very special place in my heart for Vincent Van Gogh. The first time I traveled to Europe was for a trip to visit his museum. My favorite movie is Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World; the best gift I've ever received was given by my loving sister – it was the complete Scott Pilgrim graphic novels! I have a brother working on his Doctor of Chiropractic degree and cannot be more proud of him. Lastly, I'm excited to be part of the University of Arizona - Banner Health family and look forward to developing my skills as a doctor and to help improve healthcare everywhere.

Resident News - Internal Medicine Residency - Tucson Campus

UArizona Research Makes ‘Top Studies of 2020’ for Sleep Journal

Kudos to Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy, who authored a paper named among the “Top Studies of 2020” published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Elizabeth Connick Wins National Women’s Health Award for HIV/AIDS Research, Advocacy

Division of Infectious Diseases chief at UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson receives NIH-supported AIDS Clinical Trials Group award at virtual ceremony in November. 

Nogales Father, Son Offer Patient/Caregiver View at Spotlight on Stomach Cancer Symposium

Atanasio and Thano Gatzionis, who run a Nogales, Ariz., food distributorship, are among patient and caregiver panelists participating in the Spotlight on Stomach Cancer Symposium hosted Oct. 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the HSIB Forum in the Health Sciences Innovation Building, 1670 E. Drachman St., on the University of Arizona Health Sciences Campus in Tucson. Learn about them and register for Saturday!…