UAHS Advisory Councils

Advisory Councils Forming to Support Four Areas of UAHS Research Excellence


Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD
UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences leadership has identified four “areas of excellence” and, per my direction, is forming campus-wide advisory councils to advance UAHS’s strategic position in these four research domains.

The four theme-based areas of excellence are:

  • Health Disparities
  • Population Health and Health Outcomes
  • Precision Health
  • Neuroscience

I recently outlined these priorities as part of the UA’s “Never Settle” strategic plan presentation to the Arizona Board of Regents. Each council will meet regularly with completion of initial recommendations and suggestions expected by the end of March.

The councils were established in response to the Arizona Board of Regents’ mandate that the UA double its research enterprise by 2020.

We are extremely pleased with the immense talent, intellectual depth and diversity of the membership of these four advisory councils.  These working teams will serve a major role in establishing and guiding our efforts to significantly advance our research programs.

Members were nominated based on their experience, research success and status as a “thought leader” in their field.

Each of the theme-based research advisory councils will:

  • Evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis) in each individual research theme domain.
  • Produce a white paper blueprint with action items (targeted recruitment, core facilities, training plans, marketing, etc.) specific to improving UAHS’s research/scholarly distinction and national reputation that is aligned with the SWOT evaluation.
  • Create an ongoing forum for generating new, theme-driven initiatives and collaborations and serve as an implementation arm in response to external initiatives.

As this important effort begins, I know you will support these advisory councils as they gather and assess information to guide our research enterprise. In the end, our goal is to better serve the state of Arizona and its people – and, in so doing, emerge as one of the nation’s premier academic health centers. With your help and support, I truly believe we can accomplish this goal.

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