Cairns is College of Medicine dean
Dr. Charles B. Cairns, a nationally recognized leader in emergency medicine and critical care research, has been named dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson, where he has served as interim dean since February 2015.
Cairns joined the UA Health Sciences in November 2014 as assistant vice president for clinical research and clinical trials, vice dean of the UA College of Medicine — Tucson, and professor in the UA Department of Emergency Medicine. His research interests include the host response to acute infections, illness and injury; trauma, cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation; and systems of emergency and critical care.
He has served as the principal investigator of the National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is director of the U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to joining the UA, Cairns was professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina.