Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD

  • Director, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
  • Professor, Medicine, College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Chief, Division of Cardiology

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, is director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. She is a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and clinical researcher, specializing in heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplant patient care. Nationally recognized for her leadership and experience in clinical trials, Dr. Sweitzer's research program focuses on interaction of the dysfunctional heart muscle in heart failure with other body systems to better understand how to improve symptoms and organ function in heart failure patients.  She has done extensive work on the physiology of heart failure with preserved systolic function, a disease that disproportionately affects elderly women. She has led and collaborated on numerous studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health as well as studies supported by industry and academic sponsors. 

She has served on numerous NIH committees and currently serves as a member of the Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Science Study Section and the American Heart Association's Cardiac Biology and Regulation Committee. Dr. Sweitzer was named editor of Circulation: Heart Failure, beginning July 1, 2017. One of the most widely respected cardiology journals published, its impact ranking is 11 out 139 journals. She is a liaison to the AHA’s Heart Failure & Transplantation Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology for a term from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019.

Previously at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Dr. Sweitzer was Director of numerous programs, including clinical research, quality, and medical director of heart failure and transplant cardiology.  She also led the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program.    Other education 2003-2006, Clinical Investigator Preparatory Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Board certifications Diplomate, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, 2012-present Testamur, National Board of Echocardiography, 2003-present Academic appointments 1999-2001, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School 2001-2011, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin 2011-2014, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin Professional societies American Medical Association, 1989-present American College of Cardiology, 1997-present American Heart Association, 1997-present Heart Failure Society of America, 1999-present American Society of Echocardiography, 1999-present International Society Heart and Lung Transplant, 2002-present American Society of Hypertension, 2003-present American Society of Transplantation, 2004-present Society of Geriatric Cardiology, 2004-present. 

Degrees
  • MD: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,1993
  • PhD: Physiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,1993
  • BA: Biological Basis of Behavior, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,1984
Residency
  • Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital,Boston,1994-1996
Internship
  • Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital,Boston,1993-1994
Fellowship
  • Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston,1998-1999
  • Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston,1996-1998
Board Certifications
  • Diplomate, ABIM, Cardiovascular Diseases, 1999-present
  • Diplomate, ABIM, Internal Medicine, 1996-2006