UA Sarver Heart Center Welcomes New Members

In 2017, the UA Sarver Heart Center welcomed new members from varied backgrounds, including, for the first time in the center’s history, the president of the University of Arizona. Click on their names for more detailed bios. In alphabetical order, here are the newest members:

Sophia Airhart, MD, is an assistant professor in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Division of Cardiology, and a heart failure and transplant 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, echocardiography, and board eligible in advanced heart failure and transplantation. 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. Her 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.

Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, is an assistant professor in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Division of Cardiology 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. Dr. Breathett’s clinical interests include heart failure, cardiac transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support devices. Her research interests include reducing racial/ethnic and gender disparities in treatment of advanced heart failure and prevention of heart failure in populations at high risk.

David A. Bull, MD, joined the Sarver Heart Center team as professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the UA Department of Surgery and as the UA Sarver Heart Center Jack G. Copeland Endowed Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Michael Drummond Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. He specializes in heart, lung and esophageal surgery, heart and lung transplantation and the implantation of mechanical circulatory support devices.

Kenneth Fox, MD, a UA clinical assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics, specializes in the surgical repair of congenital heart defects in children and adults. He comes to Tucson from Austin, Texas, where he had a successful private practice for 15 years. He is board certified in surgery, thoracic surgery and congenital heart surgery.

 

Lawrence Mandarino, PhD, is director of the UA Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. His research interests include the mechanisms of insulin resistance in skeletal muscle and liver and the mechanisms of fatty liver development. His research is aimed at providing new targets for treating insulin resistance syndrome – sometimes referred to as metabolic syndrome – which increases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other cardiometabolic conditions, all areas of special concern in the Latino population.

Robert C. Robbins, MD, is the 22nd president of the University of Arizona and a professor of surgery. An internationally recognized cardiac surgeon, Dr. Robbins has focused his clinical efforts on acquired cardiac diseases with a special expertise in the surgical treatment of congestive heart failure and cardiothoracic transplantation. His research includes the investigation of stem cells for cardiac regeneration, cardiac transplant allograft vasculopathy, bioengineered blood vessels, and automated vascular anastomotic devices.

Satinder Singh, MD, joined the UA Sarver Heart Center as assistant professor of medicine in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Division of Cardiology. Board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in cardiology, Dr. Singh is a general cardiologist seeing all types of heart disease patients in clinics at Banner – University Medical Center South. He was a 2017 graduate and chief fellow of the UA College of Medicine Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program.

Rick G. Schnellman, PhD, is dean of the UA College of Pharmacy and a leading pharmacologist, researcher and drug discovery entrepreneur. His research is focused on identifying and developing drugs to treat acute kidney injury, diabetic kidney disease, stroke, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease.

 

David Thorpe, MD, PhD, is an assistant research scientist at the Sarver Heart Center in clinical sciences and translational medicine. He is working on the proteomics of heart failure with a multisite clinical study of more than 1,300 subjects, and “disease in a dish” approaches of bench science such as iPSC – inducible pluripotent stem cells – from people with and without heart disease.