Five New Faculty Members Join the UA Department of Emergency Medicine

July 20, 2016

The University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine welcomes five new faculty members. All will practice at both Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South Campus emergency departments.


Lucas Friedman, MD, MEd, joined the department as assistant professor of emergency medicine after recently completing an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at the UA Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Friedman received a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University and medical degree from the UA College of Medicine. He completed his residency training in pediatrics and emergency medicine at the UA.



Nicholas J. Stea, MD, joined the department as clinical assistant professor. After completing an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at the UA, Dr. Stea practiced emergency medicine for a year in the Tucson community. He also completed his residency training in emergency medicine and received his medical degree at the UA. Dr. Stea has particular interest in the use of ultrasound to rapidly diagnose emergency conditions, as well as medical student and resident education.



NicholaB. Hurst, MD, MS, assistant professor, is also a UA alumnus. He recently completed two-year Medical Toxicology Fellowship at the UAwhere he received his residency training, medical degree and master of science degree in physiological sciences. Dr. Hurst provides bedside and telephonic consultation in medical toxicology through the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center. His research interests include optimizing care of rattlesnake, scorpion and bee envenomated patients, mechanisms of rattlesnake-induced coagulopathy and airway management of poisoned patients.


Garrett S. Pacheco, MD, assistant professor, joined the department after recently completing his residency training in combined pediatrics and emergency medicine at the UA, where he was the recipient of the Richard Levitan’s Airway Scholarship. He also received his medical degree at the UA. Dr. Pacheco’s practice primarily focuses on pediatric emergency medicine, and he also provides adult emergency care at BUMC. His areas of interest are pediatric emergency airway management and pediatric cardiovascular emergencies.


Suzanna I. Hutchinson, MD, will join the department as clinical assistant professor starting Sept. 1. Dr. Hutchinson comes to the UA from the Department of Emergency Medicine at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, where she served as an attending physician. She received her degree in medicine and dentistry at New Jersey Medical School and completed her residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Medicine in Philadelphia.