Message from Dr. Leigh A. Neumayer, interim senior vice president for the UA Health Sciences

Aug 22, 2017


People don’t often think of late summer as a time for new beginnings, but at the University of Arizona Health Sciences we do.

It’s a time when we welcome new faces and many familiar ones to our health sciences campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. In each of these faces, I see a bright light full of purpose as they pursue their dream of becoming a doctor, nurse, public health professional, pharmacist, or research scientist.

Whatever their dream, our mission is to prepare our students to shape health care forever. They will be ready.

We’ve brought learning into the 21st century with innovative curriculum and new ways of teaching, using problem-based and team-based learning to revolutionize the classroom and the student experience.

Diverse students from various backgrounds are contributing to a richer medical education through their experiences, perspectives and new ideas.

New technology is moving medical education forward, helping to train our students to work seamlessly as members of a team. High-tech simulation and clinical settings are preparing them for real-world interactions with anesthesiologists, radiologists, pharmacists and other allied health professionals.

Innovative programs, training and outreach in our colleges of Nursing and Public Health are making a tremendous impact in underserved and rural communities in our state. The College of Pharmacy is re-imagining education, research and drug discovery efforts through the Skaggs Challenge, a capital campaign to expand and renovate the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center. 

Our research collaborations are leading to startups and medical discoveries at an unprecedented pace, and will forever change how our health sciences graduates serve their communities in the future.

In every face, I see the promise of a healthier Arizona. It all begins here at the UA. With your continued support for our students, these Wildcats will change the world.

Thank you and Bear Down! 

Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS
Interim Senior Vice President
University of Arizona Health Sciences