A new vision to significantly advance the Arizona Health Sciences Center was outlined by AHSC’s top official during a Dec. 17 town hall.
Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences, outlined his plan to significantly advance AHSC through a major emphasis on expanding its biomedical research enterprise, as well as increasing its diversity and enhancing its partnerships and collaborations, among other efforts.
The plan aims to create an academic health center that better serves the state of Arizona and its people – and, in so doing, emerge as one of the nation’s premier academic health centers. The plan aligns with the UA’s “Never Settle” strategic plan, “redefining higher education through engagement, innovation, partnerships and synergy,” and the Arizona Board of Regents’ Arizona Higher Education Enterprise plan. ABOR has set a goal for the UA to double its research portfolio by 2020, and Dr. Garcia outlined four “areas of research excellence” and the newly formed advisory councils that will work to advance AHSC’s strategic position in those four research domains: