UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Names Emergency Medicine Chair

Veteran MIHS ER Doc Takes Reins of UA Department
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix has named J. Stephan Stapczynski, MD, as chair of the executive committee of the Department of Emergency Medicine for the downtown Phoenix medical college.
Dr. Stapczynski, a national leader in emergency medicine, has been the chair of the emergency medicine department at the Maricopa Integrated Health System since 2004 and held academic faculty positions in the field for more than 30 years.
“With more than three decades of experience in the field, Dr. Stapczynski is an outstanding addition for the college of medicine in this critical field of medicine,” said Stuart D. Flynn, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. “He has stellar academic credentials and he serves a vital role in our expanding academic mission, not the least of which is in the mentoring of our students, many of whom express an interest in pursuing emergency medicine every year.”
Trained at the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Stapczynski has spent more than 20 years overseeing departments of emergency medicine.
Dr. Stapczynski earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He trained and completed residency training in internal medicine at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
From 1990 to 2004, he was a professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Prior to that, Dr. Stapczynski served in emergency departments at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UCLA.
He came to Arizona in May 2004, taking over as chair of the Emergency Medicine Department at MIHS. He is board certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and has subspecialty certification in undersea and hyperbaric medicine.
He has authored more than 75 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and textbooks and has been the editor of the last four editions of one of the most popular emergency medicine textbooks, “Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide.”
He has served on the editorial board of the Annals of Emergency Medicine for 12 years and was president of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine from 1994 to 1996.
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The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its first class of medical students in August 2007 and currently has 265 students training to be physicians. The college seeks to promote health and improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease for the people of Arizona and beyond through education, research and patient care.