The University Physicians Opens Wilmot Clinics
The University Physicians has opened the first phase of a 20,000-square-foot medical facility on Tucson's east side to allow expansion of several key patient care programs and to enhance service to patients.
The University Physicians is the not-for-profit faculty practice plan for physicians at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Formerly a CIGNA-operated clinic, The University Physicians Wilmot Clinics, 535 N. Wilmot Ave., provides much-needed space to relocate the clinics of the UA Section of Rheumatology (including its cutting-edge biologic treatment center utilizing the latest therapies for rheumatoid arthritis and related disorders), the UA Section of Infectious Disease (including its Valley Fever Clinic and HIV Clinic) the UA Gerontology Program, and the UA Traveler's Clinic. About half the facility already has been occupied by these services.
During the project's second phase, scheduled for July, the clinics of the UA Section of Dermatology (along with Dermatopathology), and the UA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery's Hand and Upper Extremity Service will move to the new facility. The Hand and Upper Extremity Service, with Joseph Sheppard, MD, Marci Jones, MD, and Myles Whitfield, PA-C, provides comprehensive care, from fingers to shoulders, including trauma, degenerative, congenital and arthritic conditions and reconstruction of hand and upper extremity disorders.
The UA Dermatology Clinic will move from cramped quarters on the AHSC Campus to a much more spacious site at Wilmot. Noted dermatological surgeon Ronald G. Wheeland, MD, FACP, from the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Santa Fe, N.M., will become the new section chief for dermatology in July. He plans to strengthen the Section's laser surgery and cosmetic surgery programs, and its residency program, in addition to other measures.
Norm Botsford, President and CEO of The University Physicians, says, "This wonderful new medical facility allows our programs to grow and thrive. We will be able to offer new, cutting-edge patient services at a modern, convenient eastside location."
The Wilmot Clinics complement the 44,000-square-foot Alvernon Medical Offices, 700 block of North Alvernon Way, which UPI opened in early 2000, bringing together Ophthalmology, Family Practice, Neurology and Orthopaedic Surgery to a convenient central location.