Sophia Airhart, MD

  • Assistant Professor, UA College of Medicine - Tucson, Division of Cardiology

Sophia Airhart, MD, is 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, cardiovascular disease, and echocardiography, and advanced heart failure and transplantation. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology's Heart Failure and Transplant Section, the Heart Rhythm Society, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Council on Clinical Cardiology, among others.

Her clinical interests include: hemodynamics in pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure, as well as the use of mechanical assist devices in management of shock and advanced heart failure.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Airhart's research interests include exploring the genetic predisposition to pulmonary vascular disease in patients with pulmonary hypertension, and developing novel therapy to address mitochondrial dysfunction in systolic heart failure. She has authored multiple original research publications as well as several book chapters on cardiomyopathy.

  • MD: Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Ore., 2010
  • BA: Philosophy, Chemistry Minor, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash., 2004
Honors and Awards
  • Washington Chapter ACC Poster Competition Winner, 2016
  • Mentors in Medicine Research Scholarship, Washington University School of Medicine, 2012
  • Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute Summer Scholar, Oregon Health & Science University, 2007
  • The Robert L. Bacon Fund for Medical Education Enrichment, School of Medicine of Oregon Health & Science University, 2007
  • Whitman College Summer Research Grant, 2002
  • Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Internal Medicine, 2010-2013
  • Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology: Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., 2016- 2017
  • Cardiology: University of Washington, Seattle, 2013-2016
Board Certifications
  • Diplomate, ABIM, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant, 2018
  • Diplomate, ABIM, Cardiovascular Diseases, 2016
  • Diplomate, American Society of Echocardiography, 2015
  • Diplomate, ABIM, Internal Medicine, 2014