Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, Appointed ‘Physician-in-Chief’ of Diamond Children’s at University Medical Center

As Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Ghishan will contribute to building a regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized academic medical environment focused on providing the best medical care possible for children...
Fayez GhishanTUCSON, Ariz. – Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, professor and head of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, director of the UA Steele Children’s Research Center, and the Horace W. Steele Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research, has been appointed “Physician in Chief” of Diamond Children’s at University Medical Center.
“As Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Ghishan will contribute to building a regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized academic medical environment focused on providing the best medical care possible for children,” said Karen D. Mlawsky, CEO of University Medical Center. “Dr. Ghishan has passionately advocated for a children’s hospital since arriving at the UA 16 years ago. His vision and dedication to children’s health makes him the perfect individual for this prestigious position.”
Dr. Ghishan will be responsible for safety, quality, and financial effectiveness of pediatric clinical care. He will work with the Pediatric Leadership Team to promote a healthy culture of problem-solving and innovation for Diamond Children’s patients and their families
Moreover, Dr. Ghishan and the Pediatric Leadership Team will be responsible for the operational aspects and growth strategies of all pediatric services, including inpatient, outpatient and emergency services for pediatric patients at Diamond Children’s. Initiatives include strategic, administrative, philanthropic and operational activities.
A few of the goals that Dr. Ghishan and the Pediatric Leadership Team will work together to accomplish include:
·       Recruiting physicians, physician-scientists, pediatric subspecialists and pediatric nurses to meet the clinical needs of our marketplace;
·        Creating a greater understanding of the bench-to-bedside benefits of an academic children’s medical center with philanthropic activities and community members;
·       Assessing and identifying a pediatric service line model that integrates inpatient, outpatient and Emergency Care services;
·       Provide leadership in partnering with community pediatric specialists and internationally-recognized basic scientists
·       Work with UA Healthcare Marketing Department for marketing, outreach and branding activities;
·       Initiate and support fund raising, and coordinate those efforts with the Steele Children’s Research Center and UA Healthcare.
Another goal—to obtain full NAHCRI membership—was recently reached. Diamond Children’s has been accepted for institutional membership to the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions—the only children’s medical facility in Southern Arizona to be given this designation.
“We have received the highest NACHRI designation because Diamond Children’s is an academically-based children’s medical center—that is, we train the next generation of pediatricians and actively conduct bench-to-bedside research through our unique collaboration with the UA Steele Children’s Research Center,” says Dr. Ghishan.
About Dr. Ghishan
Originally from Jordan, Dr. Ghishan attended medical school at Ankara University in Turkey. He went to England for officer training at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. From there, he went to Pennsylvania State University to complete his residency in pediatrics. He finished his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Iowa.
In 1979, Dr. Ghishan joined Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In 1982, he was voted the Amos Christie Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Vanderbilt pediatric housestaff. He was named Director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Vanderbilt in 1986 and Vice-Chair for Research in 1989.
In 1995, Dr. Ghishan was recruited to the University of Arizona in the director of the Steele Children’s Research Center and the head of the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Ghishan has made extraordinary contributions to the science and practice of pediatric gastroenterology. He has authored more than 400 publications including original articles, editorials, abstracts, book reviews and chapters. These publications include seminal articles in major journals such as the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Biological Chemistry, American Journal of Physiology, and Gastroenterology. He cloned a human intestinal sodium-phosphate transporter gene and has extensively characterized the structure, function and regulation of a variety of other sodium-phosphate transporters, including PHEX, the defective gene product in people with rickets.
In 1996, the NIH granted Dr. Ghishan a MERIT Award. This funding mechanism is awarded to fewer than 5% of NIH investigators and targets researchers who have demonstrated superior competence and outstanding productivity during their previous research endeavors. The awards provide the opportunity for 10 consecutive years of federal support. Dr. Ghishan is one of a very few pediatric gastroenterologists to receive a MERIT Award. In 2004, the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition awarded Dr. Ghishan its highest honor, the Shwachman Award, for life-long scientific and educational contributions to the field. In 2008, the NIH again awarded Dr. Ghishan a MERIT award for $2.5 million to extend his research on intestinal transport of calcium and phosphate for an additional 10 years. In 2010, Dr. Ghishan was honored with the UA Faculty Science Forum Founders Day Award.
Dr. Ghishan also chairs the UA Department of Pediatrics. In addition to seeing patients on a daily basis, Dr. Ghishan has directed substantial growth in the pediatric faculty. As Director of the Steele Children’s Research Center, Dr. Ghishan has actively built successful research programs focused on childhood diseases. As a teacher, Dr. Ghishan regularly earns top ratings from medical students, residents and fellows.  His passionate commitment to science consistently inspires contributions from community philanthropists.