Two New Internal Medicine Specialists Join Faculty as UA-Banner Clinician Educators

Two new faculty members have joined the University of Arizona Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine and Banner – University Medicine in Tucson.

Malvika Varma, MD, and Bulbul Cibei, MD, are general internal medicine clinician educators in the division, which is one of 14 in the UA Department of Medicine — the largest department at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Dr. Varma completed her internal medicine residency and was chief resident at Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill. She then joined the Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group/Ascension Medical Group in Milwaukee as a clinical educator in primary care and hospital medicine settings. In that role, she was active in the Graduate Medical Education Committee, Ethics Committee and medical teaching service at hospitals where she worked, which were affiliated with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Cibei also completed his residency in internal medicine at Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill., and worked for several years in Milwaukee before joining the UA. He is committed to patient safety and quality improvement and active in medical education.

Both physicians earned their medical degrees from Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences, in Gangtok, India.

At the UA, Drs. Varma and Cibei will teach medical students and resident physicians in ambulatory clinic and inpatient hospital settings in addition to seeing patients in clinic by appointment as primary care providers. They will work at Banner – University Medical Group North Hills, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – UMC South, which will host their primary care clinic once a week.

“Drs. Varma and Cibei bring expertise in clinical care and education, and we are delighted that they are part of our growing academic family,” said Division Chief Mindy Fain, MD, a professor of medicine and the Anne and Alden Hart Endowed Chair in Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, associate professor of nursing at the UA College of Nursing and co-director of the UA Center on Aging.

For an appointment with Drs. Varma or Cibei — or any of the other of internists at Banner – University Medicine Tucson and South — please call 520-694-8888.

About the UA Department of Medicine

The University of Arizona Department of Medicine is one of six original departments and the largest at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, with 14 divisions covering medical subspecialties from cardiology to rheumatology. The faculty includes more than 250 physicians who help train more than 70 fellows in 18 fellowship programs, 130 residents in internal medicine and dermatology, and 450 medical students engaged in clerkships, sub-internships and research opportunities. Affiliated with UA institutes and centers of excellence and collaborative cohorts across the nation and world, the department’s investigators are leading research into development of personalized precision medicine therapies for both simple and complex diseases to improve the lives of people in Arizona and abroad. Learn more:

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 approximately 4,000 people, has approximately 800 faculty members and garners more than $140 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram)

About Banner – University Medicine

Banner – University Medicine is the academic arm of Banner Health — one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the country, with 28 hospitals in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. With a special emphasis on patient care, research and teaching, Banner – University Medicine includes Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner – University Medical Center South, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center, physician clinics and a health plan division. They are affiliated with the University of Arizona Health Sciences colleges in Tucson and Phoenix. When you choose an academic medical center, you are experiencing the future of medicine today. Learn more:

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03/14/2019 - 5:15am
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