Charles Cairns

Research Interests

Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA, is the assistant vice president for clinical research and clinical trials at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, interim dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, and a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Dr. Cairns previously served as professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), where he also served as consulting faculty for the Duke Clinical Research Institute at Duke University Medical Center. At UNC-CH, he served in leadership roles in medical education and curriculum reform, health information technology strategy, university system campus security and health-care system strategic planning. He was elected by the medical students as an alumnus faculty member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and named as a fellow of the UNC-CH Academy of Educators.

Dr. Cairns’ research interests include the host response to acute infections, acute asthma, trauma and cardiac resuscitation and regionalization of emergency and critical care.