Pediatrician Andy Theodorou, MD, Named UMC Chief of Staff
Pediatric intensivist Andreas "Andy" Theodorou, MD, has been elected to a two-year term as Chief of Staff at University Medical Center. The appointment took effect Jan. 1.
Elected by the hospital's medical staff, Dr. Theodorou will be the chief administrative officer for the more than 600 physicians who practice at UMC. He also will serve as chairman of the hospital's Medical Executive Committee while continuing to care for patients as medical director of the UMC Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Dr. Theodorou earned his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit in 1983. He completed his pediatric residency and a pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. He is board-certified in pediatric critical care.
He joined the UA College of Medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics in 1992 and today serves there as associate professor of clinical pediatrics. Dr. Theodorou has been medical director of UMC's pediatric ICU since 1998 and he held the same position with Tucson Medical Center from 1997 until 2002. He also serves on the Governor's Advisory Council on Spinal and Head Injuries.
In addition to his clinical and teaching roles at UMC and the College of Medicine, Dr. Theodorou is involved in research projects on pediatric asthma, scorpion antivenin, and acute lung damage. He is the author of dozens of research papers, abstracts and book chapters on pediatric medicine.
Dr. Theodorou succeeds outgoing Chief of Staff Eskild Petersen, MD, an infectious disease specialist. Cardiologist Karl Kern, MD, is the Chief of Staff-Elect
Established in 1971, University Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. It is the primary teaching hospital for the UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UMC recently was identified in US News and World Report's Best Hospitals issue as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation in oncology, cardiology, heart surgery, rheumatology, neurology and neurosurgery.