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Meet Our Governor

Arizona Chapter

Our Governor, Robert M. Aaronson, MD, FACP, began his four-year term as Governor on November 1, 2014, replacing Dr. Felicetta. His term will end after the Annual Business Meeting in April 2019. He will serve as the official representative of the College for the Arizona Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. To learn more about Dr. Aaronson, feel free to read his bio and candidate statement below.

Robert M. Aaronson, MD, FACP


  • Columbia University, NY, 1980-1984: BA, summa cum laude, English Literature
  • New York University, NY, 1984-1988: MD

Post Doctural Training:

  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), 1988-1991, Internal Medicine internship and residency
  • Boston University, 1992-1995, Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowships


  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Neurocritical Care

Present Position:

  • Practicing physician, Pulmonary Associates of Southern Arizona
  • Executive Director, Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program (THMEP)
  • Director of Medical Education, Tucson Medical Center
  • Associate Program Director, University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Medical Director, Sleep Technology and Respiratory Services (STARS), Tucson
  • Medical Director, Pima Medical Institute, Respiratory Therapy Program

ACP Chapter Involvement and Leadership Activities:

  • Membership committee, 2012 - present
  • Chapter Bylaws Revision, 2012
  • Governor's Council, 2002-2009
  • Program Chair, Arizona Chapter Scientific Meeting, 200
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  • Planning committee, Arizona Chapter Scientific Meeting, 1999, 2003-2009
  • Lecturer: American College of Physicians, Arizona Scientific Meeting, 2009: "Current Controversies in the Management of Obstructive Lung Disease"
  • SEP Module Instructor, Pulmonary Medicine, American College of Physicians, Arizona Scientific Meeting, 2008
  • Frequent participation in preparation of posters and clinical vignette presentations with University of Arizona and THMEP residents for the annual Arizona scientific meeting

Other Appointment/Activities: (currently)

  • Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA), A.T. Still University
  • Medical Executive Committee, Tucson Medical Center, 2001 - present
  • Professionalism Program Committee, University of Arizona College of Medicine, 2013 - present
  • Continuing Medical Education Committee, Arizona Medical Association (ArMA), 2009-present
  • Medical Director, Fundamentals of Critical Care Course, Tucson Medical Center, 2005-present

Select Honors:

  • Mentor of the Year, University of Arizona Pre-Health Experiential Learning class 2013 Laureate Award, American College of Physicians, Arizona, 2008 Foundation Award, Pima County Medical Society, 2006"

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise:

  • Pulmonary, Sleep, Critical Care and Neurocritical Medicine
  • General medicine education to both students and residents• Continuing Medical Education to physicians in our community

Candidate Statement:

I value my ACP membership both for the opportunity to contribute, learn and interact with colleagues and for the mission and accomplishments of the organization, enhancing the quality and effectiveness of health care through its programs, publications and advocacy. I would be honored to build upon these activities and to represent the will and initiatives of our membership to the national leadership as Governor.

Together with our Governor's Council and committee members, we will work to increase the visibility and appeal of Internal Medicine among students, attract more residents and internists to the personal and professional resources that college membership brings, and promote opportunities for participation and mentorship, fostering future chapter leaders.

As both a community physician and a university-affiliated medical educator and administrator, I am familiar with the challenges of private and academic medicine, the needs of medical learners, and the imperative to work collaboratively when leading an organization.