A Message from the UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Greetings, College of Medicine Alumni!

I’m writing to you in my new dual role as Interim Dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences.

As you may know, Steve Goldschmid, MD, who served as Dean of the College of Medicine for more than five years, began a new role on March 3 as Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the Arizona Health Sciences Center – which includes the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. Steve also will serve as Vice President of Physician Services for The University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN), which includes our physician practice and our two hospitals. He also will oversee the development of clinical practice strategies and opportunities for our health colleges, while participating in UAHN strategic planning; clinical quality and patient safety; accreditation; and financial management.

After six months on the job as senior vice president for health sciences, I remain greatly impressed by the scope and richness of activities of AHSC faculty, students, staff and alumni.

We are moving forward quickly on our plan to significantly advance AHSC in research, patient care, education and service. Many of our efforts are in full gear, including major activities and initiatives aimed at achieving our goals set forth in the December “State of the UA Health Sciences” address ( There are a number of key College of Medicine leadership searches in process. I will share the latest developments in these efforts in the next communication.

Also in December, I convened four advisory councils ( – drawing faculty from the Tucson and Phoenix health sciences campuses, and involving 11 UA colleges – to evaluate and recommend ways to advance the UA’s national reputation in four areas: health disparities, precision health, neuroscience, and population health and health outcomes.

These councils will help guide our growth in these areas and ensure our success in expanding our basic, clinical and translational research programs, to be measured by significant increases in biomedical research funding by 2023.

As you well know, the work of our UA College of Medicine – Tucson is critically important to the health of the people of Arizona and far beyond.

As we move toward our goal to become a premier academic health center, I am confident that our future success will come from our deep connections with our faculty, staff and students, and you, our alumni. Thank you for all you do to further the mission and goals of the UA College of Medicine - Tucson.

Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD
UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
Interim Dean, UA College of Medicine – Tucson