People and Programs on the Move at Banner – University Medical Center

Dr. Gordon Carr Named Chief Medical Officer

Gordon Carr, MD, critical care medical director of the Intensive Care Unit at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, has been appointed the hospital’s chief medical officer.

“Dr. Carr has distinguished himself as a leader dedicated to quality and improved patient outcomes,” said Tom Dickson, chief executive officer for Banner hospitals in Tucson.

Dr. Carr is a pulmonologist and intensivist in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine within the University of Arizona Department of Medicine. He joined the faculty in 2011, starting out as medical director of the Intensive Care Unit at University of Arizona Center – South Campus, now known as Banner – University Medical Center South.

Before coming to Tucson he worked at Resurrection Medical Center, Kindred Chicago Medical Center and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, all in Chicago. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medical and fellowship in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

He succeeds Andreas Theodorou, MD, who recently was named regional medical officer over Banner Health’s three academic medical centers in Tucson and Phoenix.

$10 Sports Physicals for TUSD Athletes, May 14
Physicians from the Banner – University Medicine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic will provide comprehensive sports physicals from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14 to Tucson Unified School District student athletes at the Catalina Magnet High School gym, 3645 E. Pima.

“The benefit is we’re providing low-cost physicals to athletes and their families. It’s happening on a Saturday, which is more convenient for parents, and the proceeds go to each school’s athletic department,” said event coordinator Holly Beach, MD, a UA family medicine specialist who works in the Banner sports medicine clinic.

Additional staffing for this annual event comes from TUSD and Athlon Physical Therapy, an orthopedics practice with three clinics in Tucson.

Cost is $10 on a first come, first served basis. To participate, students should check with their school’s Interscholastic Department or TUSD’s Interscholastic webpage for more information and permission slips.  (See attached flyer)

Skin Cancer Lecture at Arizona Cancer Center / North, May 17 

Banner – University Medical Center and the University of Arizona Cancer Center are hosting monthly open houses and free public information sessions on cancer-related topics at the University of Arizona Cancer Center / North, 3838 N. Campbell Ave. The May lecture, on skin cancer, will be held 5:30 - 7 p.m. and presented by:

Clara Curiel-Lewandroski, MD, UA Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Curiel-Lewandroski, a board-certified dermatologist, is the director of the Pigmented Lesion Clinic and Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Oncology Program, both part of the University of Arizona Cancer Center Skin Cancer Institute.

Charles C. Hsu, MD, PhD, UA Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Dr. Hsu earned his medical degree and doctorate in epidemiology from the Johns   Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health in Baltimore and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer epidemiology with the World Health Organization in Lyon, France. His clinical and research interests focus on thoracic and skin malignancies and stereotactic body radiotherapy. 

Light refreshments and music provided. Presentations begin at 6 p.m. No reservations are required.

About Banner – University Medical Center

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South are part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. These institutions are academic medical centers for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Included on the two campuses are Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center, the Peter and Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic at UA Cancer Center / North and many other clinics across Southern Arizona. The two academic medical centers are part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the country. Banner Health operates in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit or

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences
The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information:

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05/02/2016 - 5:01am
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