Aaron Wilson, MD, was named chief medical officer at Sierra Tucson in February 2018. Previously the medical director at Valley Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in Phoenix, AZ, that specializes in mental health and chemical dependency care, Dr. Wilson also led the facility’s Freedom Care Unit. With an extensive background in helping those who have experienced trauma, combined with his childhood in which he grew up with a father who served as an Army orthopedic trauma surgeon, he was well prepared when recruited to head up the Unit, created specifically to address the specific mental health needs of military service members and first responders. During his tenure, Dr. Wilson worked closely with active-duty personnel, veterans, retired military, police officers, firefighters, border patrol agents, Department of Corrections staff, and EMTs with a high acuity of mental illness.
Prior to returning to Arizona in 2011 to take the position of staff psychiatrist at Valley Hospital, he earned his medical degree in 2007 at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and completed his psychiatry residency at the Tulane University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. While attending medical school at Tulane, Dr. Wilson came face-to-face with unique circumstances that defined his path as a medical provider.
Currently, he is an active member of the mental health community in Arizona, serving as president of the Arizona Psychiatric Society and as chairman of the Arizona Disaster Psychiatry Task Force. He is also a co-founder of the Arizona Inter-Professional Behavioral Health Collaborative. In his role as chief medical officer at Sierra Tucson, he is eager to champion the quest for hope and change for those suffering from behavioral health issues, and is leading efforts to work with the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry and Center of Integrative Medicine in a collaboration to share knowledge and best practices to influence future behavioral health caregivers.
Dr. Wilson assists in bringing new, innovative, evidence-based treatment modalities to Sierra Tucson to maintain the organization’s industry leadership position as an internationally recognized treatment center. He believes strongly in the clinical excellence and compassionate care that is offered at Sierra Tucson.