The Sarver Heart Center, in 2016, has launched a 10-year vision to grow our well-established excellence in five focus areas that I believe embody the future of cardiovascular medicine. The Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine—as the center’s core clinical enterprise—is integral to this vision, as each area includes a focus on clinical excellence along with excellence in research and education...

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD
Director, UA Sarver Heart Center
Chief, Division of Cardiology, and Professor, Department of Medicine

Cardiology

The Division of Cardiology includes nationally recognized faculty in cardiovascular medicine, heart failure and transplant cardiology, advanced coronary and structural interventions, cardiac imaging, resuscitation sciences, and electrophysiology. These physicians and physician scientists are committed to advancing patient care, collaborating with basic scientists to bridge bench-to-bedside knowledge and pursuing multidisciplinary and cutting edge clinical and population research in cardiovascular disease.

A diverse group of fellows comprise our fellowship programs in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

As the heart of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, the cardiology faculty and fellows work closely with the more than 135 heart center members from across campus. Disciplines represented in the center include cellular and molecular medicine, immunology, physiology, biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmacology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurology, pediatric cardiology, vascular surgery, emergency medicine, endocrinology, pathology and radiology. Medical students, residents and fellows with interest in cardiovascular research are encouraged to pursue opportunities with mentors within the heart center, and to compete for investigational research awards offered through the Sarver Heart Center.

Established within the UA College of Medicine in 1968 by its first chief Frank I. Marcus, MD, the division and its faculty have been involved in some impressive "firsts," such as:

  • Discovering that radiofrequency energy was a safer substitute for DC energy in eliminating arrhythmia sites in the heart.
  • Performing the world’s first successful bridge-to-transplant procedure using an artificial heart.
  • Demonstrating and promoting chest-compression-only CPR as a resuscitation method that doubles survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

We look forward to many more innovative advances in cardiovascular care to come.

News

DOM Program Directors Share Insights on Incoming Class of 2020 Interns, Residents

The largest group of incoming residents across the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, the nearly 50 graduating medical students matching into physician training programs March 17 at the UA Department of Medicine includes six from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and four from COM – Phoenix, along with seven interns looking to complete their medical training in internal medicine before heading off to other specialties—four at the UA. Dermatology also matched into its largest class ever. Find out where they’re all from here…


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Events

Mar
24
Sarver Heart Center Grand Rounds - Steven M. Gootter Foundation Visiting Professor
Grand Rounds
Sarver Heart Center Grand Rounds - Steven M. Gootter Foundation Visiting Professor

Mar
29
Medicine Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds