Francisco Moreno, MD

Associate Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion
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Francisco A. Moreno, MD, is associate vice president for diversity and inclusion at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, where he is responsible for creating a comprehensive network of meaningful diversity-and-inclusion initiatives, programs and strategies to improve the diversity of the health-care workforce statewide.  

Dr. Moreno works to infuse diversity into the instruction and content of new and existing courses and coordinate and develop diversity training, in collaboration with health sciences colleges and centers and other university departments. In addition, he seeks to identify barriers to recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations and support strategies to overcome these barriers for students, faculty and staff.

In addition to improving diversity in the biomedical workforce pipeline across the UArizona Health Sciences campus and beyond, Dr. Moreno continues to serve as professor of psychiatry at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson and oversee its Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence.

Dr. Moreno has served as executive vice chair, interim department head and as director for inpatient, outpatient, residency and research programs in the UArizona Department of Psychiatry. He has a special interest in working with the underserved and has established clinical, educational and research collaborations to decrease the gap of mental health services for immigrants in Arizona.

Since 2009, he has served as an institutional representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI). In 2010, he was elected Western Region Representative of the AAMC GDI. He also served as a member of the first elected GDI National Steering Committee from 2010 to 2012. In this capacity, he helped identify strategic priorities for diversity, inclusion and equity applicable to all AAMC U.S. and Canadian member colleges.

A UArizona faculty member since 1997, Dr. Moreno has served in a variety of roles at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson related to academic administration; undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education; faculty development; promotion; research compliance; resource utilization; and community advocacy. He is a former chairman of the Faculty Diversity Advisory Committee at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Originally from Mexico, Dr. Moreno received his medical degree from the University of Baja, California, then completed his psychiatry residency and research fellowship training in neuropsychopharmacology at the UA. He has conducted extensive research in the biology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. An expert psychopharmacologist, he is involved in clinical, educational and consultative activities in this area.