Leadership

Program Director's Welcome

Welcome to the University of Arizona Medicine Internal Medicine Residency.  I am delighted that you are interested in our program.  We feel that we have a highly collegial, intermediate sized academic training program located in a beautiful part of the country.  The experiences at our diverse training sites in Tucson allow our residents exposure to the broadest possible range of patients and faculty.  Outside of the Tucson city limits, we have rotations on the Navajo and Apache reservations, as well as international experiences available in British Honduras and in Jordan. Beyond the rigorous clinical training, our program has a history of matching its graduates into competitive fellowships and careers.  The Arizona Cancer Center and the Sarver Heart Center allow our residents to compete for some of the most competitive fellowships.  UA faculty welcome our residents into their laboratories allowing them participation in both clinical and bench research.

We are very proud to announce Continued Accreditation from the ACGME effective 01/13/2017.
If you are looking for a friendly program with high academic standards, we welcome you to visit and meet our faculty and residents.

Sincerely,
Laura Meinke, MD

Program Directors:

 

Laura E. Meinke, MD
Program Director, University Medical Center
Dr. Laura Meinke graduated summa cum laude with her B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Arizona before heading off to northern California where she acquired her medical school degree, her Internal Medicine Residency and her Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University. It was during that time that she further developed her interest in academic medicine. Dr. Meinke completed the Stanford Faculty Development program in 2006 and has been an active participant in resident education since her return to the University of Arizona in 2007. She has developed several quality improvement projects, including central line complications and ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization. Dr. Meinke is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Robert Aaronson, MD
Associate Program Director, Tucson Medical Center
Executive Director, THMEP
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona
Dr. Aaronson is an Associate Program Director for the University of Arizona, Tucson Internal Medicine Residency Program. He oversees program activities at Tucson Medical Center and throughout the Tucson community. A Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Aaronson received his B.A. summa cum laude in English Literature from Columbia University, followed by his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at University of California, San Francisco and his fellowship training in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Boston University. He is currently the Executive Director of the Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program (THMEP) and section chief for Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Tucson Medical Center. Dr. Aaronson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Neurocritical Care Medicine.

Joao Paulo Ferreira, MD
Associate Program Director, University Medical Center
Dr. Joao Paulo Ferreira received his MD from Faculdade de Medicina da Bahia in Brazil. He worked for two years in urban urgent care facilities, rural emergency rooms and for a family health program in Brazil. Dr. Ferreira completed his residency and Geriatrics fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After fellowship, Dr. Ferreira worked for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System as a hospitalist. In October of 2013, Dr. Ferreira joined us at the University of Arizona Medical Center — now Banner – University Medical Center — as a hospitalist and plays a vital in the Internal Medicine Residency Program as an Associate Program Director. Dr. Ferreira is also in the preliminary stage of starting a Hospitalist Fellowship here at the University of Arizona.

Joshua Malo, MD
Associate Program Director, University Medical Center
Dr. Malo graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Biophysics from The John Hopkins University before obtaining his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York. Dr. Malo completed his postgraduate Internal Medicine Residency and fellowship training in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the University of Arizona. He has been an active participant in resident education since his residency, serving as a Chief Resident for the Internal Medicine Program from 2009-2010 and as a Chief Fellow in 2012-2013. As an influential member of our faculty, Dr. Malo currently serves as an Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship as well as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency program. Dr. Malo has developed curricula for airway management simulation and critical care ultrasonography for pulmonary and critical care. Dr. Malo is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine. His clinical and research interests include resident and fellow education, coccidioidomycosis, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and lung transplant.

Tirdad Zangeneh, MD
Associate Program Director, University Medical Center
Dr. Zangeneh graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in psychology. Furthering his education he completed a Masters in psychology at California State University in Los Angeles. After working as a counsleor in the behavioral health field, Dr. Zangeneh received his D.O. from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Postgraduate training in Internal Medicine Residency and a fellowship in infectious Disease was completed at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. Currently, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Zangeneh serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Medicine Clerkship Director and Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency program. Dr. Zangeneh is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.
 


Department Chair of Medicine:

IMAGE: Dr. Monica Kraft
 
Monica Kraft, MD
Robert and Irene Flinn Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
Internal Medicine Residency: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Year joined Faculty: 2015

Special interests: Patient Care, Teaching, Adult Asthma
Research interests:Mechanisms of innate immune dysfunction, Inflammation and airway remodeling in asthma, Evaluation of new therapies through clinical trials

 

Chief Residents

Laith Ghazala, MD

Laith Ghazala was raised in Iraq and received his MD from the University of Jordan. He moved to Canada where he spent one year at the University of Alberta in Edmonton as a Research Associate. Afterward, he joined the faculty at UC, San Diego where he continued his passion in research and worked in the department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency training at the University of Arizona and is currently applying for Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship. His primary research interest is in elderly chronic lung disease. Dr. Ghazala serves mainly as the Outpatient Chief resident and a QI project leader for 2016-2017. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, playing soccer and spending time with the family.

Rorak Hooten, MD

Rorak Hooten was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He completed his B.S. in Physics at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He then attended medical school at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota graduating in 2013.  He completed Internal Medicine Residency Training at the University of Arizona and is applying for fellowship in Pulmonary-Critical Care. He has done research with Community Acquired Pneumonia in the ICU setting. He is primarily the Academic Conferences Chief for 2016-17. He enjoys running, hiking, skiing, grilling, and spending time with his wife and daughter.  

Jennifer Segar, MD

Jennifer Segar was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in the suburbs of Simi Valley, CA.  She completed her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Sociology at the University of Southern California before receiving her MD from Ross University in 2012. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at the University of Arizona and is currently applying for hematology/oncology fellowship. Her primary research interest is in breast cancer and quality improvement projects. Dr Segar serves as one of the scheduling chiefs for the 2016-2017 academic year. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, attending barre classes, orange theory, surfing, and traveling.

Lindsey Trutter, MD

Lindsey Trutter was born and raised in Illinois, and received her B.S. in Kinesiology at Arizona State University. She completed a Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology, before receiving her MD from St. George's University. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the University Arizona, and currently serves as a Scheduling Chief for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. Dr. Trutter is applying for Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, and meanwhile works on expanding her medical knowledge by participating in the Integrative Medicine Education program through the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. In her free time she enjoys road trips, visiting National Parks, hiking, and reading.