Despite declines in cancer deaths starting in the 1990s, cancer remains the second leading cause of death in Arizona and nationwide. The Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson works within the University of Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide specialty multidisciplinary care, cutting-edge research, and expert education and training for the next generation of hematologists and oncologists.  

Rachna T. Shroff, MD, MS 
Interim Chief, Division of Hematology and Oncology 

Hematology and Oncology


With more than 15 medical oncologists and hematologists, the Division of Hematology and Oncology works within the University of Arizona Cancer Center—the only cancer center in the State of Arizona to receive comprehensive designation by the National Cancer Institute. Our investigators have leadership roles in national organizations and pursue many lines of research in NCI-funded and active Phase I studies. Our fellowship training program prepares fellows for certification in medical oncology and/or hematology. 

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. 

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