Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine

Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, is an assistant professor in the UA College of Medicine - Tucson, Division of Cardiology, a member of the UA Sarver Heart Center and a heart failure specialist with the Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Team at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson.

She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. In 2018, she also was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Breathett's clinical interests include heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory devices, and women's health. Watch her patient video.

Research Interests: 

Her research interests include reducing racial/ethnic and gender disparities in advanced heart failure and preventing those populations from developing advanced heart failure.  Dr. Breathett has developed several outcomes and population studies as well as community interventions focused on reducing racial/ethnic and gender disparities in cardiovascular disease.  She serves on multiple national committees within the American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society of America.

Researcher Spotlight

  • MS (Clinical Science): University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, Colo., 2017
  • MD: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2008
  • BS: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 2004
Honors and Awards
  • National Minority Quality Forum, 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health, 2019
  • Heart Failure Society of America’s Emerging Leaders in Heart Failure Symposium Award, 2017
  • Heart Failure Society of America, Jay N. Cohn New Investigator Award Finalist: Clinical/Integrative Physiology, 2016
  • Charles A. Bush Award in Cardiovascular Research, Annual Fellow Research Award, Ohio State University, 2015
  • Award for Excellence in Research - Fellow Category, Oral Presentation of Research, Ohio State University Department of Internal Medicine Clinician Scientist Trainee Research Day, 2015
  • Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Review Course for Cardiology Boards & Recertification Scholar, Teaching/Leadership Scholarship, 2014
  • American Heart Association Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence, 2012
  • Ralph M Gibson Senior Award for Academic Excellence, University of Michigan Medical Center, 2008
  • Distinction in Service Award, University of Michigan Medical Center, 2008
  • Summer Biomedical Research Fellowship Certificate of Research Excellence, University of Michigan Medical School, 2005
  • Weber Scholar, Northwestern University, 2003-04
  • National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholar, 2002
  • National Society of Black Engineers Torchbearer, 2002
  • NASA Scholar, 2001-02
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, 2001
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2001
  • Ford Engineering Dean's Scholars Program, Northwestern University, 2000
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2008-11
  • American Heart Association Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Outcomes Research Fellow for Strategically Focused Research Network, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, Colo., 2016-17
  • NIH T32 Cardiovascular/Obesity Outcomes Fellow, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, Colo., 2015-16
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Fellowship, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, 2014-15
  • Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, 2011-14
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, 2016
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, 2014
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 2011

Select Publications


Breathett, K. K., S. M. Knapp, P. Wightman, A. Desai, S. Mazimba, E. Calhoun, and N. K. Sweitzer, "Is the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion Linked to Change in Rate of Ventricular Assist Device Implantation for Blacks and Whites?", Circ Heart Fail, vol. 13, issue 4, pp. e006544, 2020 Apr. PMCID: PMC7141778  PMID: 32233662


Breathett, K., E. Yee, N. Pool, M. Hebdon, J. D. Crist, S. Knapp, A. Larsen, S. Solola, L. Luy, K. Herrera-Theut, et al., "Does Race Influence Decision Making for Advanced Heart Failure Therapies?", J Am Heart Assoc, vol. 8, issue 22, pp. e013592, 2019 Nov 19. PMCID: PMC6915287  PMID: 31707940
Breathett, K., "Dare to Achieve Health Equity.", JACC Heart Fail, vol. 7, issue 6, pp. 516-517, 2019 Jun. PMID: 31146875
Ebong, I., and K. Breathett, "The Cardiovascular Disease Epidemic in African American Women: Recognizing and Tackling a Persistent Problem.", J Womens Health (Larchmt), 2019 Oct 29. PMID: 31661348


Breathett, K., L. A. Allen, L. Helmkamp, K. Colborn, S. L. Daugherty, I. V. Blair, J. Jones, P. Khazanie, S. Mazimba, M. McEwen, et al., "Temporal Trends in Contemporary Use of Ventricular Assist Devices by Race and Ethnicity.", Circ Heart Fail, vol. 11, issue 8, pp. e005008, 2018 08. PMCID: PMC6086596  PMID: 30021796