Tomas Nuño, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine with a joint appointment in the Division of Public Health Practice and Translational Research in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Nuño completed his PhD in Epidemiology in August 2011 at the University of Arizona. Upon completion of his doctorate, Dr. Nuño was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Arizona Area Health Education Center-funded Clinical Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness Research Academic Fellowship Program. The goal of the fellowship program was to provide training in clinical outcomes and comparative effectiveness research, with a specific focus on primary care for rural and underserved patients, families, and communities in Arizona. In September 2012, Dr. Nuño received a three-year National Cancer Institute Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities postdoctoral fellowship grant as part of the University of Arizona Cancer Center R25T Cancer Prevention and Control Translational Research Training Program. In September 2017, Dr. Nuño received a three-year junior faculty diversity supplement grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to explore tools and practices to decrease cardiovascular disease (CVD) and complications among Hispanic diabetics in Arizona.
Dr. Nuño’s program of research addresses the issues of chronic disease disparities among underserved populations. Particular areas of research include diabetes and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes among Hispanics in the United States. Dr. Nuño utilizes data and resources from the nationally renowned Save Hearts in Arizona Registry & Education (AZ SHARE) Program. The over-arching aim of his program of research is to identify disparities in health outcomes and to find methods to prevent and control CVD among Hispanics and other underserved populations. He has expertise with population-based research and utilization of large national databases, including the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program, and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. He has a growing field of work and research with behavioral epidemiology and community-based interventions. Dr. Nuño enjoys working with diverse faculty, fellows, residents, and students in a transdisciplinary team-science approach.