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Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
Banner Health
Location1501 North Campbell Avenue, Tucson, Arizona, United States
Coordinates32°14?25?N 110°56?45?W / 32.24028°N 110.94583°W / 32.24028; -110.94583Coordinates: 32°14?25?N 110°56?45?W / 32.24028°N 110.94583°W / 32.24028; -110.94583
Affiliated universityUniversity of Arizona
Emergency departmentLevel I Adult Trauma Center
Level II Pediatric

Banner - University Medical Center Tucson (BUMCT), formerly University Medical Center and the University of Arizona Medical Center, is a private, non-profit, 479-bed acute-care teaching hospital located on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.[1] BUMCT is part of the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) center campus which includes the university's Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. It is Southern Arizona's only trauma center for both adult and pediatric patients.[2] BUMCT is one of two University of Arizona affiliated academic medical centers in Tucson with Banner - University Medical Center South (formerly Kino Community Hospital, University Physicians Healthcare Hospital, and University of Arizona Medical Center - South Campus) being the other such institution. The area's only dedicated children's hospital, Banner Children's at Diamond Children's Medical Center, is located within and adjacent to BUMCT, providing care to infants, children, teens, and young adults aged 0-21.[3]


When founded in 1971, the hospital was part of the University of Arizona. In the 1980s, it became a separate entity but, in 2010, was reintegrated into the University of Arizona under the name UA Health Network (UAHN).[4]

In July 2009, the Banner - University Medical Center Tucson was designated a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons.[5]

The 2011 name change to the University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC) reflected the need to combine all University of Arizona affiliated medical services: University Medical Center, University Physicians Healthcare, and the College of Medicine. In 2015, Banner Health based in Phoenix, Arizona, merged with UAHN and began a 30-year affiliation with the University of Arizona in which the facility was renamed to its present designation.


As part of the merger between UAHN and Banner Health, the latter committed $500 million towards the construction of a new hospital and nearby outpatient clinic building.[6] Designed by Shepley Bulfinch and built as a joint venture between Sundt and DPR Construction, groundbreaking occurred in early 2016. The $306 million, nine-story hospital tower contains over 200 new patient rooms and 19 new operating rooms.[7] The tower was topped out February 2017 and was completed in the spring of 2019.[8] It is the 5th tallest building in Tucson.

Notable events

On January 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in an assassination attempt. Having been critically wounded after suffering a single gunshot wound to the head, she and many of the other 18 wounded individuals were promptly evacuated by helicopter to this facility. Giffords underwent emergency surgery by doctor Peter M. Rhee to save her life and many attribute her survival to the swift actions of the university's doctors.[9] After her condition improved, doctors deemed her safe to travel so that she could begin speech, physical, and occupational therapy. Giffords was flown by plane to Houston's Memorial Hermann Medical Center on January 21, 2011, to continue therapy. In total, 6 people died in the shooting, including federal District Court Chief Judge John Roll; Gabe Zimmerman, one of Rep. Giffords' staffers; and a nine-year-old girl, Christina-Taylor Green.[10]

Graduate medical education

Through the University of Arizona College of Medicine, BUMCT hosts nearly 50 residency and fellowship programs across almost every speciality in medicine.[11] Over 600 residents and fellows train at BUMCT and Banner - University Medical Center South (BUMCS) and all physicians who practice at these facilities have University of Arizona faculty appointments.

Residency programs

Anesthesiology General Surgery Ophthalmology Psychiatry
Dermatology Internal Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery Radiation Oncology
Emergency Medicine Neurology Otolaryngology Radiology
Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics Neurosurgery Pathology Urology
Family Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology Pediatrics Vascular Surgery

Fellowship programs

Acute Care Endocrinology Interventional Cardiology Pediatric Pulmonary
Allergy & Immunology Epilepsy Maternal Fetal Medicine Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Anesthesia Critical Care Gastroenterology Medical Toxicology Rheumatology
Anesthesia Pain Management Gastrointestinal Pathology Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Sports Medicine
Behavioral Neurology Geriatrics Minimally Invasive Surgery Stroke and Vascular Neurology
Body Imaging Hematology and Medical Oncology Molecular Genetics Pathology Surgery Critical Care
Cardiovascular Disease Hematopathology Nephrology Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Cardiothoracic Surgery Hospice and Palliative Medicine Neuroradiology Vascular Surgery
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Infectious Diseases Nuclear Medicine
Emergency Medicine Critical Care Integrative Medicine Pediatric Endocrinology

Associated centers and institutes

Banner - University Medical Center Tucson serves as the primary clinical partner for the University of Arizona Health Sciences' (UAHS) numerous multidisciplinary institutes and centers for excellence. These programs are a collaboration between the five colleges that comprise the UAHS: the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, College of Medicine - Phoenix, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Adjacent and interrelated to BUMCT is the Arizona Cancer Center, an NCI cancer research and treatment facility. The medical center serves as the site of the programs' numerous clinical trials. Besides the hospital, Banner Health, via its University Medicine division, operates two hospital-based physician offices in Tucson, one hospital-based physician office in Green Valley, Arizona, and one medical transplant physician office in Phoenix (for pre- and post-transplant patients).

Accreditation and recognition


  1. ^ "American Hospital Directory - Banner - University Medical Center Tucson (030064) - Free Profile". Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Trauma Centers". American College of Surgeons. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Arizona Resource Directory". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "History | College of Medicine - Tucson". Retrieved .
  5. ^ Riley, Katie (July 15, 2009). "UMC Trauma Center Receives Level 1 Verification". UA News. University of Arizona. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "Banner - University Medical Center Tucson Replacement Hospital". DPR Construction. 2017-03-31. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Banner - University Medicine | UAHS Campus Construction". Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Sundt/DPR JV Tops Out Banner-University Medical Center Tucson". Medical Construction and Design. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Innes, Stephanie. "Giffords surgeon Peter Rhee leaving Tucson". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Arizona Congresswoman Giffords shot; doctors 'optimistic' about recovery chances". Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Fellowships | Department of Medicine". Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Banner University Medical Center Tucson". U.S. News & World Report.

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