Cardiothoracic Surgery

Kenneth A. Fox, MD

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Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
(520) 626-9752
kennethfox@surgery.arizona.edu

Dr. Kenneth Fox, a UA clinical assistant professor of surgery, 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 also served as medical director of the Children's Regional Heart Program at the Children's Hospital of Austin and the Dell Children's Medical Center, also in Austin.

Dr. Fox earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Arizona.  He then completed his thoracic surgery residency at the University of Michigan and a pediatric cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan.

He is board certified in surgery, thoracic surgery and congenital heart surgery.

"We are pleased Dr. Fox has joined the cardiothoracic surgical team at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson.  His expertise in congenital heart surgery for both pediatric and adult patients will allow for the continued growth and expansion of our already strong program in congenital heart surgery," said David A. Bull, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

 

Robert C. Robbins, MD

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President, The University of Arizona
Professor, Surgery
(520) 621-5511
president@email.arizona.edu

Robert C. Robbins, MD, began his term as the 22nd president of the University of Arizona on June 1, 2017. Previously, he served as president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston from 2012 to 2017. In this role, he significantly enhanced TMC's commitment to collaboration, introducing five cross-institutional research initiatives centered on innovation, genomics, regenerative medicine, health policy and clinical research.

Prior to his time in Houston, Dr. Robbins served as professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, founding director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, president of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, president of the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate, president of the Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and chair of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Council, among other roles. 

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 work includes the investigation of stem cells for cardiac regeneration, cardiac transplant allograft vasculopathy, bioengineered blood vessels, and automated vascular anastomotic devices. Dr. Robbins is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and a former guest editor of the Circulation Surgical Supplement.

While at Texas Medical Center, Dr. Robbins also served on the Houston branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve board, the board of directors of the Welch Foundation, and the American Heart Association Southwest Affiliate in 2016. He served on an independent blue ribbon committee to evaluate the Veterans Affairs health system, and the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston honored him as the 2016 International Citizen of the Year.

His educational background includes a B.S. in chemistry from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., medical degree from the University of Mississippi, general surgical training at the University of Mississippi, cardiothoracic training at Stanford University, postdoctoral research at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health, and congenital heart surgical fellowships at Emory University and Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. 

David A. Bull, MD

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Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Professor, Surgery
Sarver Heart Center Jack G. Copeland Endowed Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Michael Drummond Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
(520) 626-7806
davidbull@email.arizona.edu

David A. Bull, MD, joined the Sarver Heart Center team as professor 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.

“We welcome Dr. Bull’s clinical and research focus areas, which provide additional expertise to our strong cardiothoracic surgery team, which includes Drs. Scott Lick, Zain Khalpey and Toshinobu Kazui,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and chief of cardiology.

Dr. Bull returns to Arizona from the University of Utah, where he was a professor of surgery, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and program director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program. He specializes in heart, lung and esophageal surgery, heart and lung transplantation and the implantation of mechanical circulatory support devices.

Dr. Bull received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his general surgery residency at the UA, followed by a fellowship in vascular surgery at the UA and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Utah. He joined the University of Utah School of Medicine faculty in 1994.

Dr. Bull’s research efforts focus on the development of new therapies to promote myocardial recovery and the development of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer.

Samuel Kim, MD

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Interim Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery
520-626-7813
skim@surgery.arizona.edu
 

Samuel Kim, MD, is Interim Chief for the Thoracic Surgery Section as well as an Assistant Professor of Surgery here at the UA. He completed his Cardio-thoracic Surgery Residency at the Massachussetts General Hospital. Previously, Dr. Kim completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Pennsylvannia Hospital and earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. 

His specialties include minimally invasive surgery for lung and esophageal cancer, complex esophageal reconstruction, benign esophageal disease, robotic thymectomy, and tracheal resection and reconstruction. Dr. Kim's research interests include invesigating genetic markers associated with improved clinical outcome in lung and esophageal cancer, as well as the development of targeted therapy.

Board Certified General and Thoracic Surgery
 Arizona State Licensure
 
Fellowship 
 7/2010-10/2010- Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery Fellowship under Dr. Luketich, University of Pittsburg
 10/2010-12/2010- Thoracic Surgery Residency under Dr. Claude Deschamps, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
 
Publications

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Toshinobu Kazui, MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
(520) 626-7806
tkazui@surgery.arizona.edu

Toshinobu Kazui, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Dr. Kazui served as an assistant professor of cardiovascular surgery at Iwate Medical University, and completed an advanced fellowship with a focus on heart failure, heart transplant, ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) procedure at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Dr. Kazui's focuses on the research and surgical treatment of complex heart disease, heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory and assist devices, mitral valve disease and coronary bypass grafting (CABG). His current research is on analysis of cardiac function, specifically the impact of atrial fibrillation on cardiac function. 

EDUCATION

M.D.: Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, Japan, 1999

PhD: Iwate Medical University, Japan, 2006

Residency: Memorial Heart Center, Cardiovascular Surgery, Iwate Medical University, Japan, 2007

Fellowship: Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, VAD/Heart Transplant, 2012-2014

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Nicole R. Sydow, MD

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Clinical Instructor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
520-626-7806
sydown@email.arizona.edu

Nicole R. Sydow, MD, is a clinical instructor in the UA Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. She joined the department after completing an advanced cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the UA. She completed general surgery residency training at the Cleveland Clinic and earned her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sydow has a special interest in the treatment of aortic valve disease, including coronary artery bypass grafting, minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, aortic surgery and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. TAVR provides a treatment option for many patients who are too frail to undergo open heart surgery for aortic valve stenosis.  Her clinical research interests include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and adult cardiac surgery outcomes

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Scott Lick, MD

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Professor of Surgery
Director, Heart and Lung Transplant
(520) 626-7806
slick@surgery.arizona.edu

Scott Lick, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in adult cardiac surgery, heart, and lung transplantation.

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery, 1993
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 1995

Education
BS: 1983, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
MD: 1987, The University of Minnesota, School of Medicine, Minneapolis, MN
Residency
1992, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1994, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Additional Training
Director of Thoracic Organ Transplantation at University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston) 1994-2014.

Research

Collaborator with Zain Khalpey, M.D., Ph.D. in VAD, stem cell and organ regeneration studies.

Previous research work with J.B. Zwischenberger in Artificial Lung development.

Publications

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Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, MRCS (Eng)

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Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Sarver Heart Center's Tony A. Marnell, Sr. Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiac Surgery
Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
520-621-0122
zkhalpey@surgery.arizona.edu

Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, MRCS (Eng), associate professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is the Tony A. Marnell, Sr. Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiac Surgery at the UA Sarver Heart Center. He also serves as surgical director of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson.

Dr. Khalpey directs the Ex Vivo Lung Program, Clinical and Translational Cardiothoracic Research and the Cardiopulmonary Stem Cell Bank. The Ex Vivo Lung Program offers a method of improving the quality of lungs removed from donor cadavers, making more lungs suitable for transplantation. His laboratory focuses on basic and translational research involving organogenesis (the formation and development of organs), organ preservation and tissue regeneration.

One goal is to recondition human hearts and lungs that are not suitable for transplantation, by chemically stripping unusable cadaveric lungs of their cells, leaving a functional lung bioscaffold. This structure then can be “re-seeded” with autologous (a patient’s own) stem cells to rebuild the organ. Using a patient’s own stem cells may eliminate the need for expensive immunosuppressant medication that must be take post transplant for life and subject patients to various health risks.

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Birger E. Rhenman, MD

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Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery; Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Southern Arizona Veteran's Health Care System
(520) 626-6339
birgerrhenman@yahoo.com

Gulshan K. Sethi, MD

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Professor Emeritus of Surgery
(520) 626-6339
sethi@email.arizona.edu
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