In 2017, we are honoring the anniversaries of the colleges and research centers at the University of Arizona Health Sciences that—individually and collectively—are building a healthier Arizona. Every day. For everyone.

70th UA College of Pharmacy

60th UA College of Nursing

50th UA College of Medicine — Tucson

50th UA Health Sciences Library

40th UA Cancer Center (celebrated in 2016)

30th UA Sarver Center (celebrated in 2016)

25th UA Steele Children’s Research Center

17th UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

10th UA College of Medicine — Phoenix

Looking Forward

Building on a long tradition of excellence, we think big.

As we celebrate our anniversaries with you, we also look forward to what is ahead.

Because of your support, we’re transforming research and clinical care. We’re educating the best and brightest to grow our future health care professional workforce. And we’re finding solutions to the challenging health care landscape in Arizona and around the world.

Every tomorrow is an opportunity to make incredible breakthroughs. Your generosity makes that possible.

Let’s shape our future together. Give today. 

Share a Memory

FacebookCelebrate this special anniversary year with us by sharing a photo or a memory on Facebook! 

Calling all alumni, students, friends, and current and former faculty or staff…share a favorite story, memory or photo with the UA Colleges of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix), Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health or the UA Cancer Center, UA Sarver Heart Center, UA Steele Center for Children’s Research and the Arizona Health Sciences Library.

Or, if you’ve been touched by our work here, tell us your story. We want to hear from you.

What To Do

  1. Create a post on your Facebook page 
  2. Use one of the Facebook “handles” (e.g., @UACollegeofPharmacy) in your post
  3. Use the tag #UAHSCelebrations

Facebook Handles

UA College of Pharmacy – @UACollegeofPharmacy
UA College of Nursing – @uacon
UA College of Medicine — Tucson – @UACOM.alumni
UA Health Sciences Library – @uazhsl
UA Cancer Center – @arizonacancercenter
UA Sarver Heart Center – @UniversityOfArizonaSarverHeartCenter
UA Steele Children’s Research Center – @UASteeleCenter
UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health –  @UAPublicHealth
UA College of Medicine — Phoenix – @UAMEDPHX
UA Health Sciences – @UAHealthSciences

Join the celebration and share your memories throughout 2017!

UAHS Anniversary Celebrations

Looking Back

Highlights of the past 70 years

Over the last seven decades, we have been at the forefront of education and training, research and clinical care. Leading the way in innovation and bridging divides, our history is rich with stories that have enhanced the lives of individuals regionally, nationally and throughout the world.

Browse our timeline and photo gallery to see how far we’ve come.

1947

    • The UA College of Pharmacy, the first health professions college at the UA, opens in September. 

    UA College of Pharmacy

1953

    • Toxicologist Albert Picchioni, PhD, joins the UA College of Pharmacy faculty and informally starts one of the nation’s first poison centers, the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center. 

    UA College of Pharmacy

1957

    • The Arizona Board of Regents approves the School of Nursing, and 42 students enroll in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program. 

    UA College of Nursing

1959

    • The UA College of Pharmacy begins PhD programs in pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmacology. 

    UA College of Pharmacy

1963

    • The Arizona Legislature votes to establish the state’s first medical school in Tucson, and Arizona becomes the 42nd state to start a medicine program. 

    UA College of Medicine – Tucson

1965

    • The UA Health Sciences Library begins providing services two years prior to the opening of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. 

    UA Health Sciences Library

1967

1974

1976

    • The UA Cancer Center is founded as a division of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. 

    UA Cancer Center

1978

    • The UA Cancer Center becomes a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, and begins exploring “personalized cancer care” long before many researchers consider the possibility.  

    UA Cancer Center

1979

    • The UA College of Nursing awards its first Doctor of Philosophy. 

    UA College of Nursing
    • The first heart transplant surgery in Arizona is completed. Since then, approximately 900 heart transplants have been done here. 

    UA Sarver Heart Center

1980

    • The Arizona Legislature establishes state funding for the poison center at the UA College of Pharmacy, which serves all of Arizona except Maricopa County. 

    UA College of Pharmacy

1982

    • The UA College of Pharmacy and its new PharmD program move into a new building on the UA Health Sciences campus. 

    UA College of Pharmacy

1983

    • Drs. Sydney Salmon and Anne W. Hamburger’s patent for the Primary Bioassay of Human Tumor Stem Cells is granted to advance cancer research and diagnosis. Their work is later featured on the cover of Time magazine. 

    UA Cancer Center

1985

1986

    • The Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research at the UA College of Pharmacy is established to study the clinical and economic outcomes of pharmaceutical interventions.

    UA College of Pharmacy
    • The UA Sarver Heart Center is founded with the goal of preventing and curing cardiovascular disease through research, education and patient care. 

    UA Sarver Heart Center

1987

    • The UA Center for Toxicology at the UA College of Pharmacy is established to provide research and training to understand how chemicals affect people and environmental health. 

    UA College of Pharmacy

1990

    • The UA Cancer Center becomes a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, the NCI’s highest designation. 

    UA Cancer Center

1992

    • The UA Health Sciences Library service moves to its present home where it remains the largest, most comprehensive health sciences library in Arizona

    UA Health Sciences Library
    • The UA Steele Children’s Research Center officially opens as Arizona’s only academic pediatric medical center. 

    UA Steele Children’s Research Center
    • The UA Health Sciences Phoenix Campus is established to meet the needs of UA medical students in Maricopa County and to provide education and community outreach to the surrounding region. 

    UA Health Sciences

1994

1998

    • The UA Steele Children’s Research Center is the first in the country to receive a 5-year National Institutes of Health grant to study alternative medicine in pediatrics. 

    UA Steele Children’s Research Center

2000

    • The Arizona Board of Regents votes to establish the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the first and only nationally accredited college of public health in Arizona.

    UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
    • The UA Sarver Heart Center dedicates its new home, a 30,000-square-foot, three-story addition to the original UA College of Medicine — Tucson building. 

    UA Sarver Heart Center

2001

    • The completely renovated Arizona Elks Clinic for Children and Young Adults opens at the University Medical Center. 

    UA Steele Children’s Research Center
    • Dr. Frank Marcus and his team set clear guidelines for diagnosis of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart disease that can cause cardiac arrest. 

    UA Sarver Heart Center

2003

    • The UA Health Sciences Library begins hosting a plethora of traveling exhibits, many of which are sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. 

    UA Health Sciences Library

2005

    • The Bert W. Martin Foundation funds the development of a Skin Cancer Institute as part of the UA Cancer Center in Tucson. 

    UA Cancer Center

2006

    • The Arizona Board of Regents approves Arizona’s first Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the UA College of Nursing. 

    UA College of Nursing
    • The UA Health Sciences Library opens at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. 

    UA Health Sciences Library
    • The Medication Management Center at the UA College of Pharmacy is established as the first-of-its-kind pharmacist-run call center providing services to Medicare beneficiaries. 

    UA College of Pharmacy

2007

2008

    • Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, the UA Steele Children’s Research Center director, receives his second Method to Extend Research in Time grant, which the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases awards only to the top 1% of scientists. 

    UA Steele Children’s Research Center

2009

2010

2011

    • Trauma surgeon Narong Kulvatunyou, MD, performs Arizona’s first implant of an electrical stimulator, freeing high-level spinal cord-injured patients from a ventilator. 

    UA College of Medicine – Tucson
    • Pediatric cardiologists Ricardo Samson, MD, and G. Michaels Nichols, MD, are the first in Arizona to use a catheter to replace a pulmonary valve, avoiding open-heart surgery for their 26-year-old patient. 

    UA Sarver Heart Center

2012

    • President Obama awards the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to UA College of Medicine – Phoenix faculty member Gholam Peyman, MD, for expanding the field of retinal surgery by inventing the LASIK surgical technique

    UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
    • The College of Medicine – Phoenix’s Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine develops a portable rapid DNA analysis technology that can sample and match a DNA profile to a secure national law enforcement database in a few hours. 

    UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

2013

    • Robert Poston, MD, and Zain Khalpey, MD, perform the world’s first two robot-assisted left ventricular assist device implants. 

    UA College of Medicine – Tucson, UA Sarver Heart Center
    • The American Pharmacists Association Foundation honors the College of Pharmacy’s Medication of Management Center for its innovative contributions to patient care. 

    UA College of Pharmacy
    • The College of Medicine – Phoenix becomes the UA’s second, separately accredited medical school in the state and the first MD-granting medical school in Phoenix.

    UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

2014

    • Jane Carrington, PhD, RN, from the UA College of Nursing is awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to improve patient safety by enhancing nurse communication around electronic health records.

    UA College of Nursing
    • The UA Health Sciences Library presents a campus-wide symposium to raise visibility of women’s health research and sex and gender differences. 

    UA Health Sciences Library
    • The UA Steele Children’s Research Center opens in Phoenix. 

    UA Steele Children’s Research Center

2015

    • The University of Arizona and Banner Health finalizes the terms of a 30-year academic affiliation agreement to invest significant capital and resources in facilities, equipment, clinical research and education programs. 

    UA Health Sciences
    • Phoenix welcomes its first ever National Institutes of Health-designated comprehensive cancer center, the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health's St. Joseph's Medical Center.  

    UA Cancer Center, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
    • The UA Health Sciences Library hosts the successful Native Voices in the Southwest Conference about health, wellness, and medicine among Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. 

    UA Health Sciences Library
    • The UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health establishes an online Master of Public Health program. 

    UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
    • The UA College of Nursing is the fourth nursing school to be recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Health Professions School. 

    UA College of Nursing

2016

    • The National Institutes of Health awards the UA Health Sciences and Banner the largest NIH peer-reviewed grant ($4 million) in Arizona history to improve prevention and treatment of disease based on precision medicine. 

    UA Health Sciences
    • The Children’s Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy Center of Excellence is established at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center as the first in the U.S. to implement a model of basic and clinical research, clinical care and teaching to address a spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders. 

    UA Steele Children’s Research Center
    • The UA College of Nursing launches the world’s first Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship, transforming nursing education and practice by blending conventional and complementary care. 

    UA College of Nursing
  • UA College of Pharmacy
  • The College of Pharmacy has approximately 4,000 graduates holding BS, PharmD, MS and/or PhD degrees.
  • Rick G. Schnellmann, an alum of the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine, became dean of the College of Pharmacy in 2016.
  • College of Pharmacy students visit pharmaceutical manufacturer Abbott Laboratories in 1956.
  • Meet the Class of 2019 when they first became PharmCats in August 2016.
  • Marty Ronstadt (left) was in the first graduating class of the College of Pharmacy in 1950.
  • The College of Pharmacy’s Keep Engaging Youth in Science program celebrates its 10th year this summer.
  • A capital campaign launched in 2016 will expand and renovate the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Building.
  • UA College of Nursing
  • The College of Nursing Class of ‘87 will celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2017!
  • Meet the College of Nursing’s first cohort of Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellows in 2016.
  • Students are excited at the first White Coat Ceremony for Doctor of Nursing Practice students in March 2015.
  • The College of Nursing was nationally recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Health Professions School in 2015.
  • Members of the College of Nursing Class of ‘66 march in the Homecoming parade in 2016.
  • Dr. Jane Carrington and her team improve communications among nurses through electronic health records.
  • College of Nursing students attend a lecture in 1961.
  • UA College of Medicine - Tucson
  • After WWII, 114 Quonset huts near the Polo Field (now Banner – UMC Tucson) housed university students.
  • The College of Medicine – Tucson recognizes excellence in teaching at the 2016 Faculty Teaching Awards.
  • The College of Medicine – Tucson is a leader in scientific discovery, innovation and translational research.
  • In 2016, the College of Medicine –Tucson welcomed a record 135 students into the Class of 2020.
  • Merlin K. "Monte" DuVal, MD, founding dean of the College of Medicine – Tucson, addresses Arizona’s first class of medical students in 1967.
  • The Hippocrates statue in the College of Medicine – Tucson courtyard was donated by N.W. Genematas.
  • College of Medicine – Tucson signs a six-year agreement with the Navajo Nation, providing scholarships for Navajo scholars.
  • UA Health Sciences Library
  • The 2014 Women’s Health Research: Sex and Gender Differences symposium was presented by the Health Sciences Library.
  • Director David Bishop and Reference Librarian Elizabeth Hinkle in the original health sciences library.
  • The Health Sciences Library hosted the successful Native Voices in the Southwest Conference in 2015.
  • The new Health Sciences Innovation Building will feature an Information Commons service managed by the Health Sciences Library.
  • The Health Sciences Library at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus opened in 2006, expanding in 2012.  
  • A popular exhibit at the Health Sciences Library in 2003, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature encouraged visitors to consider what it means to be human.
  • The Health Sciences Library moved to its present location in 1992, and continues to advance health information literacy.
  • UA Cancer Center
  • Mark “Marty” Pagel, PhD, works with contrast agents in the lab at the Cancer Center.
  • Physicians Parminder Singh, Farid Gharagozloo and Hitendra Patel specialize in treating various cancers at the Cancer Center.
  • During the Salmon Building’s construction, the Cancer Center’s clinical headquarters were in the “Redwood Trailer.”
  • Using a compound found in broccoli sprouts, Sally Dickinson, PhD, helps reduce skin cancer risk.
  • Brian Durie, MD; David S. Alberts, MD; Sydney E. Salmon, MD; and Steve Jones, MD, in the early days of the Cancer Center.
  • Leslie Gunatilaka, PhD, looks at arid plants for new cancer drugs and their drug target.
  • Cancer Center scientists Abraham Jacob, MD, and Maki Niihori, PhD, study zebrafish, an effective model for some human cancers.
  • UA Sarver Heart Center
  • This cake from a 2015 celebration at the Sarver Heart Center says it all.
  • Cardiovascular Disease Fellows Melissa Dakkak, DO, Jennifer Huang-Tsang, DO, Hyon-he Garza, MD, and Imo Ebong, MD, are the future of cardiology at the Sarver Heart Center.
  • Robert Sarver and Dr. Gordon Ewy introduce the modernized chest-compression-only CPR at Phoenix Suns Stadium.
  • Students learn the life-saving CPR technique at Arizona’s Best Fest in Phoenix.
  • The Sarver CPR Resuscitation Research Group introduced a new method for bystanders and paramedics in 2004.
  • Frank Marcus, MD, the first chief of cardiology, introduced radiofrequency as a safer energy source for arrhythmia ablations.
  • Wilbur and Wilma help Ken Karl promote the 3-step CPR guide to save a life.
  • UA Steele Children’s Research Center
  • The Steele Center officially opens in 1992, completely funded by philanthropy.
  • The Children’s Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy Center of Excellence at the Steele Center opened in 2016.
  • Donald and Joan Diamond donated $15 million in 2010 towards the construction of Diamond Children’s Medical Center.
  • The 1992 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Steele Center.
  • The Steele Center in Phoenix opens in 2014 with support from the Arizona Elks Major Projects and PANDA.
  • The 2001 Arizona Elks Clinic for Children and Young Adults ribbon-cutting at the Steele Center.
  • The Steele Center’s Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, and Hua Xu examine images of cells through the confocal microscope.
  • UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
  • College of Public Health will offer a series of week-long summer camps in June and July for children ages 7-10 designed to share public health messaging and will include fun interactive activities.
  • Public health students lead environmental training and exposure sampling in Navajo community.
  • Phoenix welcomes its first class of UA public health graduate students in August 2010.
  • Drachman Hall becomes the new home of the College of Public Health in 2006.
  • The UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health offers free health services to vulnerable residents in Maricopa County.
  • The College of Public Health has had 1,120 students complete its undergraduate program from 2000-2016.
  • Students and staff from the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health received White House honors for helping Arizonans sign-up for health insurance.
  • UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
  • The College of Medicine – Phoenix has partnerships with clinical partners, including Banner Health.
  • Students from the UA colleges of medicine, pharmacy and public health are training at the Health Sciences Education Building in Phoenix.
  • Awad Mohamed, a then 2nd year medical student at the College of Medicine - Phoenix, demonstrates compassionate care with a patient.
  • College of Medicine – Phoenix medical students learn residency destinations at Match Day in 2016.
  • The 10th class at the College of Medicine – Phoenix begins the journey to become doctors in 2016.
  • College of Medicine – Phoenix faculty member Gholam A. Peyman, MD, received the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama.
  • In 2015, the College of Medicine – Phoenix launches fellowship and residency programs in partnership with Banner Health.

Thank You

This year, we celebrate the entire UA Health Sciences community that has ignited change for the past 70 years.

We applaud the change-makers, leaders and innovators who have taken us to where we are from 1947 to today.

To our alumni, friends, students, and current and past faculty and staff, thank you for creating a legacy of world-class research and discovery, teaching and learning, clinical care and community outreach.

Share a memory.  Give today. 

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