About the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center

30 Years of Working Toward Heart Disease Prevention, 1986-2016

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center is celebrating 30 years of life-saving innovations, research and patient care. We were established by the Arizona Board of Regents as University Heart Center on July 10, 1986. Click here to view a slide show recapping our historic highlights.

In the 1960s, 40 percent of Americans died of cardiovascular disease. We have made progress, as that figure has decreased to 34 percent and death from the disease now occurs at an older age. Nevertheless, we cannot take much solace, as cardiovascular disease remains the No. 1 killer of Americans — a statistic that holds true for women as well as men.

Message from the Director and Chief

As Sarver Heart Center embarks on its next 30 years, Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and chief of cardiology, reflects with gratitude on the thousands of donors who have supported the Center and continue to fund early-stage research and equipment that produce critical data to help our scientists compete for national and international grants. (Read more...)

The History of Sarver Heart Center

The Sarver Heart Center was founded as the University Heart Center in 1986 with the goal of preventing and curing cardiovascular disease through the three pillars of research, education and patient care. Renamed in 1998 in recognition of generous support from the Sarver family, the Center is composed of about 135 physicians and scientists with national and international reputations. Their goal is to bring together scientists from complementary backgrounds and expertise to work collaboratively toward a future free of heart disease, vascular disease and stroke. (Read more...)

The Sarver Family
Jack Sarver died of heart disease in 1979 at the age of 58. The family struggle against heart disease began in the paternal lineage generations before his birth. The childhood memories of his young father's valiant struggle motivates Robert Sarver, with three sons beginning the next generation of the Sarver family, to end "the heritage of heart disease." (Read more...)


Mailing address:
Sarver Heart Center
PO Box 245046
Tucson, Arizona 85724-5046

Phone: 520-626-2000 or 800-665-2328

For clinic appointments:

Please call 520-694-3278 (520-My-Heart).