Welcome to the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center

Our Mission: To teach, to heal, to discover 

At the UArizona Steele Children's Research Center, our physician-scientists and researchers are passionately dedicated to improving children's health through basic science research, translational research and clinical research.

As the research arm of the UArizona Department of Pediatrics, the Steele Children's Research Center is one of the prestigious Centers of Excellence in the UArizona College of Medicine

Our researchers and physician-scientists conduct research in many areas, such as autism, autoimmune disorders, cancer and blood diseases, type 1 diabetes, GI disorders and lung disease, to name a few. Our researchers receive grant support from national funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the CDC, foundations, non-profit organizations and community philanthropy.

In addition to conducting research, our physician-scientists provide compassionate healthcare for children at Banner Children's - Diamond Children's Medical Center and its affiliated outpatient clinics, and hold specialty clinics in rural areas throughout Arizona. What's more, our faculty train the next generation of pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists and basic-science researchers.

In all our endeavors--whether it's teaching, healing or discovering, we are committed to improving children's health!

A Brief History:

The UArizona Steele Children's Research Center was made possible by the dedication and passion of community members committed to creating a center in Tucson to improve children's health through research.


  • The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) approved a "Children’s Research Center" at the UArizona Department of Pediatrics.


  • The Children’s Research Center advisory board is formed. Louise Thomas was the Founding Board Chair, and held that post for the following six years. 


  • The Steele Foundation in Phoenix makes naming gift of $2 million  and the "Steele Memorial Children’s Research Center" (name changes to Steele Children's Research Center in 2005) is named to honor Phoenix businessman Horace Steele and the Steele Foundation. Additional fundraising and construction begins on the new building.


  • Construction is completed, and the UArizona Steele Children's Research Center officially opens

More history


Fayez K. Ghishan, MD
Director, Steele Children's Research Center
Physician-in-Chief, Diamond Children's
Horace W. Steele Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research & Alan and Janice Levin Family Endowed Professor of Pediatrics