Welcome Message from Dean Abecassis


Welcome to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson


The College of Medicine – Tucson works to create an inclusive environment that recognizes and harnesses the power of diversity as a key component towards achieving excellence.

Respect for diversity is essential to the successful attainment of our mission to improve the health and lives of diverse communities in Arizona and beyond. All members of the College of Medicine – Tucson bring unique experiences to draw from and we see that as a strength. We believe that engaging a variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences improves our educational environment, leads to innovative research, and positions us to better serve our diverse communities through research and patient care. In essence, we celebrate our differences.

Inclusive excellence is the work of all constituents in the College of Medicine – Tucson and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is uniquely positioned to lead and support these efforts. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is a valuable resource in our college and supports efforts to foster an inclusive environment. I am proud to be part of a team that seeks nothing short of academic and clinical excellence through diversity, equity and inclusion and I invite you to join this team effort. 



Michael M. I. Abecassis, MD, MBA
Dean, College of Medicine – Tucson
Professor, Departments of Surgery & Immunobiology