Arthur B. Sanders, MD

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Professor of Emergency Medicine
(520) 626-6312

Arthur B. Sanders, MD, MHA, professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, is a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Dr. Sanders also is a member of the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center and the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center.

Dr. Sanders earned his medical degree from Cornell University in 1973 and completed his residency in medicine at the UA College of Medicine. He joined the UA faculty in 1977 (before emergency medicine was recognized as a medical specialty) and worked in the emergency department of University Hospital, now called The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus. He has been named by his peers for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America® from 2007 to the present.

A member of the UA Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group, Dr. Sanders worked with Gordon A. Ewy, MD, to develop chest-compression-only CPR, the effective new method of cardiac resuscitation that does not include mouth-to-mouth breathing. Dr. Sanders also served as chair of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Committee for the American Heart Association.

Dr. Sanders’ research interests also include geriatric emergency medicine. He helped develop a more comprehensive model of care for elder patients in the emergency medical system that specifically addresses the special needs of older patients. He edited the first textbook in geriatric emergency medicine, “Emergency Care of the Elder Person,” and co-edited the textbook “Emergency Medicine: An Approach to Clinical Problem Solving.”

He has published more than 250 articles in scientific journals and is author or co-author of several books, including “Ethics in Emergency Medicine,” which he co-authored with fellow UA emergency physician Ken Iserson, MD, to help health-care professionals prepare for ethical dilemmas in emergency medical, nursing and pre-hospital practice (cases and analyses in the book also have been used to draft scripts for the television show, “ER”).

In addition to research and patient care, Dr. Sanders spends about one-third of his time teaching and mentoring medical students.

Dr. Sanders is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American College of Emergency Physicians Outstanding Contributions in Research Award, presented annually to one researcher in recognition of research contributions to emergency medicine (2003); the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Leadership Award, presented annually to one individual for leadership contributions to the specialty of emergency medicine (1998); and the Hal Jayne Academic Excellence Award, presented annually by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine to one individual nationally for academic contributions to the specialty of emergency medicine (1993).