Jason X.-J. Yuan, MD, PhD

Associate Vice President for Translational Health Sciences
University of Arizona Health Sciences

(520) 621-0606

Jason X.-J. Yuan, MD, PhD, is associate vice president for translational health sciences at the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS).

Dr. Yuan works to advance UAHS research, including developing novel, high-impact training programs and centralized research and technical “core” facilities, in collaboration with UAHS deans, clinical department heads, institute and center directors, Banner - University Medicine, and key internal and external UAHS stakeholders.

An internationally recognized leader in pulmonary vascular disease research, Dr. Yuan also is a professor of medicine, at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson with a joint appointment as professor of physiology. He directs his highly competitive and innovative research program in translational and clinical pulmonary hypertension and vascular medicine, working with research groups across the UA campus.

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Yuan’s research interests include pulmonary vascular pathophysiology and pathogenic mechanisms of pulmonary vascular disease, including idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary hypertension associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, obstructive sleep apnea, sickle cell disease and scleroderma.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Yuan was professor of medicine and pharmacology, vice chair for scholarly activities for the Department of Medicine, director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Translational Research Program in the Institute for Personalized Respiratory Medicine, and director of the Program in Pulmonary Vascular Disease and Right Heart Function in the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also has held faculty positions in the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, and the Department of Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Dr. Yuan’s professional memberships include the American Thoracic Society and he is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He also is a fellow of the American Heart Association, American Physiological Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served as adviser and reviewer with many national and international associations, including the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and National Science Foundation. He also was a member of the 2012 review panel of the site visit of the Integrative Cardiac Health Program at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, American Institute for Biological Sciences and Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) of the Department of Defense.

Dr. Yuan received his medical degree in 1983 from Suzhou Medical College, Suzhou, China, where he also completed an internship at Suzhuo Medical College Hospital and Suzhou Third City Hospital, followed by a research fellowship in the Departments of Physiology and Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore from 1988-1991. He earned his doctorate in 1993 in a joint training program with the University of Maryland and Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China.