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Southwestern Clinic and Research Institute (SCARI)

Established in 2015, the SCARI Endowed Lectureship recognizes over 80 years of research collaboration between the Southwestern Clinic and Research Institute and the University of Arizona Arthritis Center. 

Motivated by a deep concern for patients with progessive, crippling arthritis, Drs. W. Paul Holbrook and Donald F. Hill conceived of a research institute that would encompass both clinical studies and basic research to better understand the etiology underlying Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Drs. Donald Hill and Paul Holbrook started an arthritis clinic in the 1930s in Tucson, which was a major treatment center because the climate brings symptom relief. At the time, little was known about the disease. The doctors also created a research organization in an effort to improve treatment. They secured funding from well-known philanthropists such as J.D. Rockefeller and sources including the U.S. Public Health Service. 

The clinic gained prominence for patient treatment as well. In 1951, famous French painter Raoul Dufy presented Hill and Holbrook with “Hoedown” as a token of gratitude for their care during his vacation to Tucson. A replica of this work hangs on the walls of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center.

The excellence in research and patient care established by SCARI, its physicians and researchers continues today.

SCARI Visiting Professors:

2017: V. Michael Holers, MD, University of Colorado ~ Event page
2016: James S. Louie, MD, UCLA


To view photos from the Inaugural SCARI Endowed Lecture, please click on the link below:

Inaugural SCARI Endowed Lecture and Reception - 2016


To view a recording of the 2017 SCARI Endowed Lecture, please click on the title below:

Studies of At-Risk Populations Provide Insights into the Origins, Pathogenesis and Prevention of Rheumatoid Arthritis