Patients In Need
Over 1.2 million people across our state suffer each day with the serious health epidemic created by arthritis. Nearly 55 million Americans suffer from this complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases of conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders. Each year, people with arthritis account for 44 million outpatient visits and 992,100 hospitalizations nationwide. The leading cause of disability in the United States, arthritis is actually a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer, or diabetes.
Outstanding Clinical Care
The University of Arizona’s rheumatology team provides outstanding clinical care to patients from across Arizona, the nation, and from other countries. Our healthcare providers function within the framework of Banner - University Medicine. Banner University Medicine practitioners work in partnership with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. This entity was created to facilitate better coordination, integration, and promotion of clinical activities to support the College of Medicine’s education, research, and patient-care goals.
The healthcare professionals who are members of Banner - University Medicine interact with more than 100,000 patients each year. Nearly 800 nationally-recognized faculty members make up the network which is the largest physician group in the state of Arizona. Banner - University Medicine's partner, the University of Arizona College of Medicine, continuously embarks on life-changing research and educating new physicians who touch lives across Arizona, the nation and the world.
State-of-the-Art Healthcare Facilities
The affiliation with our primary clinical partner began in late February 2015 with the Arizona Board of Regents-approved merger of the University of Arizona Health Network with Banner Health. Banner is one of the largest nonprofit healthcare systems in the country with 28 acute-care hospitals and healthcare facilities. With more than 50,000 employees, it’s the leading nonprofit provider of hospital services in all the communities it serves and the largest private employer in Arizona. The company committed to spending at least $500 million in Tucson on capital improvements. This includes a new nine-story, state-of-the-art hospital tower and a three-story, 200,000-plus square feet outpatient ambulatory care facility adjacent to the UA Cancer Center – North campus. Banner - University Medicine includes two hospitals: Banner University Medical Center – Tucson and Banner - University Medical Center – South Campus, some 40 clinics, as well as a health plan division and the practice plan for physicians from the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Diseases We Treat
Crystalline arthropathies (Gout/Pseudogout)
Inflammatory Myositis and other myopathies
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus