Charles B. Cairns, MD

Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA

Dean, College of Medicine
Asst. Vice President, Clinical Research & Clinical Trials


COM Rm. 2205
(520) 626-0998

Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA, is the assistant vice president for clinical research and clinical trials at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, 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 has published more than 160 scientific articles and reviews. His work has appeared in such prestigious journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Circulation, Chest, Journal of Trauma, Academic Medicine and Science Translational Medicine. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the EMF Established Investigator Award, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Outstanding Contribution in Research Award and the 2014 John Marx Leadership Award, the highest award of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.


MD: 1986, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
1987, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
1989, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
1990, EM Research, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA

Research and Academic Interests and Expertise

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

Selected Recent Publications

Dickert NW, Brown J, Cairns CB, et al. "Confronting Ethical and Regulatory Challenges of Emergency Care Research With Conscious Patients." Ann Emerg Med. 2016;67(4):538-45.
Mosier JM, Hypes C, Joshi R, Whitmore S, Parthasarathy S, Cairns CB. "Ventilator Strategies and Rescue Therapies for Management of Acute Respiratory Failure in the Emergency Department." Ann Emerg Med. 2015.
Tsalik EL, Willig LK, Rice BJ, et al. "Renal systems biology of patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome." Kidney Int.. 2015.


Clinical Specialties: 

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care

Board Certification: 
Emergency Medicine, 1991
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