Patient Care

The cardiologists in the Division of Cardiology can provide expert care for all forms of heart disease. Our teams work with patients to offer the latest in preventive treatment, can provide comprehensive treatment for all forms of heart disease with the goal of optimizing outcomes, and are involved in the latest research often providing access to new treatments not yet widely available.

General & Preventive Cardiology

General cardiologists evaluate patients with all forms of heart disease, conducting appropriate diagnostic testing, and developing treatment plans. Our general cardiologists are expert in the managing heart disease according to the latest guidelines, incorporating lifestyle changes, drugs and devices as appropriate. Our general cardiologists are also expert in prevention of heart disease in those at risk.

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Advanced Heart Failure

Our team of board-certified advanced heart failure cardiologists work with their multidisciplinary team to develop optimized treatment plans for patients with heart failure and cardiomyopathy of all causes. We provide expert evaluation of familial disease, including genetic testing, and can manage heart failure resulting from all common and uncommon causes. At the University of Arizona and our primary clinical partner Banner – University Medical Center, we provide a full spectrum of care for advanced heart failure, including:

  • A personalized treatment plan tailored to balance benefits and side effects in each person
  • High-risk coronary and structural heart interventions
  • Expertise and experimental treatments in Heart Failure with preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) or Diastolic Heart Failure
  • Heart transplantation
  • Mechanical circulatory support as bridge to transplantation
  • Mechanical circulatory support as destination therapy for select patients ineligible for transplant
  • Only program in Arizona offering Total Artificial Heart
  • Clinical trials investigating the latest heart failure therapies

Since the beginning of the modern era of heart transplantation, the specialists at the University of Arizona have performed more than 800 heart transplant for patients suffering from heart failure, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Our specialists also implant more than 20 mechanical circulatory support devices a year—about half being left ventricular assist devices (LVADs)—in heart failure patients.

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Interventional and Structural Cardiology

Our interventional cardiology staff perform thousands of cardiac catheterizations each year, many of extremely high complexity with spectacular results. During these procedures, our highly skilled team of interventionists routinely diagnoses coronary artery disease, valve and other heart diseases. Our interventional cardiologists implant stents and other devices to restore blood flow to the heart, often avoiding the need for surgery. Our structural heart disease specialists use the same procedures to replace heart valves in patients who are not candidates for surgical valve replacement due to high risk. We have newer devices available to treat other conditions such as atrial fibrillation (A-fib), mitral valve disease and congenital heart disease. Among the procedures currently done at the University of Arizona and Banner – UMC in Tucson are trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), Mitral Clip, the Lariat procedure to close a left atrial appendage for A-fib patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners, and closure of atrial septal defects. The active clinical research program is bringing the newest and most exciting interventional and structural devices to our patients before they are widely available, allowing a less invasive approach to many heart diseases.

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Electrophysiology

Our expert electrophysiology team can deal with the most straightforward as well as the most complex arrhythmias. We are a regional leader in providing advanced treatment options. Our electrophysiology team will develop a personalized treatment plan for any heart rhythm problem, weighing the pros and cons of lifestyle changes, drug therapy, implanted device therapy, ablation, and hybrid approaches. We have the most experienced lead extraction team in Southern Arizona, and place hundreds of pacemakers and defibrillators each year. We are happy to provide consultation regarding treatment alternatives for atrial fibrillation and any other heart rhythm disorder.

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Medical Imaging

Our imaging faculty are cardiologists with special training in imaging the heart, and includes world leaders in this field. All advanced imaging technologies are in routine use at the University of Arizona and Banner University Medical Center, including echocardiography (ultrasound) nuclear imaging for ischemia and viability, cardiac CT, and cardiac MRI. All imaging is interpreted by physicians specially trained and certified in the modality, and we have experience with the imaging characteristics of all common and unusual cardiac diseases. Multidisciplinary imaging conferences allow continual learning and professional growth for all our imaging faculty, in an environment of scholarly inquiry and continual quality improvement. In addition, our cardiologists are involved in improving imaging and developing the techniques that will permit even more detailed imaging of the heart and blood vessels in the future.

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Native American Cardiology

The Native American community in Arizona faces unique health-care challenges. For 20 years, the Native American Cardiology program has been dedicated to meeting the heart care needs of Arizona’s Native populations in a culturally sensitive and highest quality setting. The program provides coordinated medical, cultural and spiritual care to this population, both in their home environment and in Tucson when necessary. Services include outreach clinics in many Native American communities throughout the state, diagnostic testing, inpatient care and discharge planning, all with provided with necessary translation services.

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Additional Programs

Other programs and services we offer through our primary clinical partner, Banner – UMC Tucson and South campuses, include the following:

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Where We Practice

Not including health-care partner organizations, affiliated community practices and providers, and mobile clinic services offered by our physicians, these are the major facilities where our physicians practice and teach:

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
1501 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 694-6000

Banner – University Medical Center South
2800 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 874-2000

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How to Schedule an Appointment

Remember, in an emergency, call 9-1-1. 

To schedule a cardiovascular medicine appointment with one of our physicians, please call (520) 694-3278 (520-MY-HEART) or toll-free 1-800-524-5928. If you already are a patient, you can also log-in to MyChart.com to request an appointment or click here.

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How to Make a Referral

If you’re a health-care provider and want to make a patient referral with one of our physicians, please contact Physician Resources at (520) 694-5868 or toll-free 1-800-524-5928. You can also use the HealthLink online referral tool to make a physician enquiry.

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