J.R. Exequiel "Keng" Pineda, MD, PhD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiologist at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson (North and South Campus)

Dr. Pineda is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and an interventional cardiologist at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson (North and South Campus).

He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease and board eligible in vascular medicine and echocardiography.

Dr. Pineda earned his combined MD-PhD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine with a research focus on computational biophysical studies of ligand binding and catalysis by enzymes. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by a clinical fellowship in vascular medicine, also at CCF. He then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Arizona and a research fellowship at Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson, after which he then completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Arizona.

His clinical interests include:

Preventative cardiology
Cardiovascular care of patients with cancer who develop cardiovascular toxicities from their treatment
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Interventional cardiology

Research Interests: 

Dr. Pineda's research interests include ligand binding to the thin filament through computational biophysical (in silico) studies and validation by in vitro and in vivo experiments to understand the cardiotoxic effects of some chemotherapeutics.  

Scholarly Output Summary Link:

2020 Interview with Dr. Pineda about the UA Cardiology Fellowship and Research Programs:

Video Link 

  • MD-PhD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, 2002 - 2011
Honors and Awards
  • 1st Place, Fellow-in-Training Poster Session, American College of Cardiology, Arizona Chapter, 2018
  • Ranked 3rd, Chemist’s Licensure Examination, Professional Regulations Commission, Republic of the Philippines, 1997
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, Internal Medicine, 2011 – 2014
  • Vascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland OH, 2014 - 2015
  • Cardiovascular Disease, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, 2015 – 2018 and Co-Chief Fellow, 2017 - 2018
  • Research Fellow, Banner-University Medical Center, Tucson AZ, 2018 - 2019
  • Interventional Cardiology Fellow, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, 2019 - 2020
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, 2020
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, 2019
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 2014