With is primary clinical practice home as a hospitalist at Banner – UMC South, Dr. Alvaro Altamirano Ufion joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson faculty in 2018, coming from the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, where he completed his residency training in internal medicine. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua, of which he is a native. His work experience includes most recently having been a student coordinator for the Kaplan Test Prep Center in Pasadena, Calif., for U.S. Medical License Examinations (USMLE). Before that, he was an internal medicine resident at the Hospital Roberto Calderón Gutierrez in Managua and a general practitioner with the Nicaragua Ministry of Health. He has served as a volunteer for Chagas disease outreach clinic and health fairs in Los Angeles and a research volunteer at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, Calif. In addition, he has done a externship rotation in cardiology at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, Calif., and internal medicine rotations at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Altamirano’s research—co-authored largely with our next physician, Dr. Roshanak Habibi—has focused on hypothyroidism and cardiovascular disease, Chagas disease among patients with pacemakers (particularly Latin American immigrants), cirrhosis in HIV-positive patients, diabetes and gout. He speaks English and Spanish.