General Cardiology

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD

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Director, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Professor, Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
(520) 626-2000
nancysweitzer@shc.arizona.edu

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, is director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. She is a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist, specializing in heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplant patient care.

Dr. Sweitzer’s scientific interests focus on clinical research in the area of heart failure, with expertise in clinical trials, and particular interest in early phase drug and device trials in heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplant.

Recognized for her expertise in clinical trials, Dr. Sweitzer holds national leadership roles in several large multicenter trials of novel drug and device therapies in heart failure.  She has led and collaborated on studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, foundation, industry and academic sponsors.  She has served on numerous NIH committees and study sections, and regularly performs grant review for the American Heart Association.

Dr. Sweitzer joined the University of Arizona in 2014 after 12 years at the University of Wisconsin.  At the Sarver Heart Center, she has established a robust clinical research program, which administers numerous translational and clinical projects with a portfolio of Phase 2 and 3 trials reaching hundreds of patients each year. She is currently funded by the NIH and the AHA for projects involving early phase study of novel therapeutics, as well as proteomic and metabolomic study of heart failure. Much of her current research is focused on identification of novel targets that would respond to drugs in the currently untreatable disease, HFpEF.  

Named editor-in-chief of the journal Circulation: Heart Failure in 2017, Dr. Sweitzer is active in many national societies, including the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Failure Society of America. She has served as an associate editor for the journal Circulation since 2016. She is on the Board of the Association of Professors of Cardiology, a group of U.S. national leaders in cardiovascular medicine, and was inducted into the Association of University Cardiologists in January, 2017.

EDUCATION:
1984, B.A., Biological Basis of Behavior, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1993, M.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1993, Ph.D.-Physiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION:
1993-1996, Intern/Resident - Internal Medicine Brigham & Women's Hospital

OTHER EDUCATION:
1996-1998, Fellow - Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital
1998-1999, Fellow - Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant, Brigham & Women's Hospital
2003-2006, Clinical Investigator Preparatory Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

BOARD CERTIFICATION:
Diplomate, ABIM, Internal Medicine, 1996-2006
Diplomate, ABIM, Cardiovascular Diseases, 1999-present
Diplomate, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, 2012-present
Testamur, National Board of Echocardiography, 2003-present

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:
1999-2001, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
2001-2011, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin
2011-2014, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:
American Medical Association, 1989-present
American College of Cardiology, 1997-present
American Heart Association, 1997-present
Heart Failure Society of America, 1999-present
American Society of Echocardiography, 1999-present
International Society Heart and Lung Transplant, 2002-present
American Society of Hypertension, 2003-present
American Society of Transplantation, 2004-present
Society of Geriatric Cardiology, 2004-present

Read more:

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Joel B. Holland, MD

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Associate Professor, UA College of Medicine - Tucson, Division of Cardiology
Joel.Holland@bannerhealth.com

Joel B. Holland, MD, is an associate professor in the UA College of Medicine - Tucson, Division of Cardiology and sees patients at Banner-University Medical Center - Tucson and Banner-University Medicine North (at 3838 N. Campbell Ave, Campbell Ave. and Allen Road in Tucson).  

He is board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.

Dr. Holland's clinical interests include echocardiography, valvular heart disease and adult congenital heart disease. He has extensive expertise and experience in the use of different forms of echocardiography to evaluate patients for mitral valve repair and optimize surgical outcomes.

Prior to joining the Division of Cardiology in March 2018, he worked with Cleveland Clinic structural interventional cardiologists to apply echocardiography to optimize strategies and outcomes with transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

EDUCATION: 

BA, University of Rochester, 1973 (Summa Cum Laude)
MD, University of Rochester, 1977

POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING:

1977 - 1978, Intern in Medicine, University of Chicago Hospitals
1978 - 1980, Resident in Medicine, University of Chicago Hospitals
1980 - 1982, Fellow in Cardiology, University of Chicago Hospitals

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS:

2000 - 2017 Staff Physician, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
1997 - 1999 Associate Chief, Division of Cardiology, University Hospitals of Cleveland
1987 - 1997 Co-Chief, Division of Cardiology, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
1986 - 1997 Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, Mt. Sinai Medical Center
1986 - 1987 Acting Co-Chief, Division of Cardiology, Mt. Sinai Medical Center
1983 - 1986 Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program, Mt. Sinai Medical Center
1983 - 1991 Director, Coronary Care Unit, Mt. Sinai Medical Center
1982 - 1983 Acting Director, Coronary Care Unit, Mt. Sinai Medical Center

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Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS

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Assistant Professor, UA College of Medicine - Tucson, Division of Cardiology
Heart Failure Specialist, Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Team, Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
(520) 626-1933
kbreathett@shc.arizona.edu

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 advanced heart failure and preventing populations that experience disparities 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.

EDUCATION:
2004, BS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
2008, MD, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
2017, MS, Clinical Science, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, CO

POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING:
06/2008 - 06/2011, Internal Medicine Residency, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC  
07/2011 - 06/2014, Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
07/2014 - 06/2015, Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Fellowship, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
07/2015 - 06/2016, NIH T32 Cardiovascular/Obesity Outcomes Fellow, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, CO
07/2016 - 06/2017 American Heart Association Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Outcomes Research Fellow for Strategically Focused Research Network, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, CO

CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE:
American Board of Internal Medicine 8/2011 - 12/2021
American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiology 10/2014 - 12/2024 
American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, 10/2016 - 12/2026

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:
Member, American Heart Association, 2011- present
    Women in Cardiology Committee, Clinical Cardiology Council, 2014 - 2015
    Fellows in Training (Early Career) Committee, Clinical Cardiology Council, 2015 - present
    Social Determinants of Health Committee, Epidemiology and Quality of Care and Outcomes Research
    Councils, 2015 - present

Member, American College of Cardiology, 2011 - present
Member, Association of Black Cardiologists, 2013 - present
Member, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant, 2014 - present
Member, Heart Failure Society of America, 2014 - present
    Early Career Committee, 2017 - present

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Read "Let's Increase Awareness of Health Disparities in Heart Failure."

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Satinder Singh, MD

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Assistant Professor, Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Graduate UA Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program 2017
sasingh@shc.arizona.edu

Satinder Singh, MD, joined the University of Arizona 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, he primarily sees patients at Banner - University Medical Center South.

A 2017 graduate and chief fellow of the UA College of Medicine Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, Dr. Singh completed medical school (2011) and his internal medicine residency (2014) at University of California Davis School of Medicine.

Prior to medical school, Dr. Singh, who has a Master of Science in computer science from Stanford University (1991), worked as a software engineer from 1989-2007 at technology startups and established companies, including Apple, Sun Microsystems, Network Appliance, Cisco Systems and Alcatel-Lucent.

M. Reza Movahed, MD, PhD

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Clinical Professor of Medicine, UA College of Medicine - Tucson
Affiliated Member
(520) 792-1450
rmovahed@email.arizona.edu

Academic/Professional Bio:  Dr. M. Reza Movahed is an affiliated physician with the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson, Division of Cardiology through work he does at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson.  He is also regional cardiology director of Arizona for CareMore, a subsidiary of Anthem Inc., which is an integrated health plan and care delivery system for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Degrees:

PhD:  Immunology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, 1990
MD:  Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, 1989

Residency:

Medicine:  University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, 1994-96
Medicine: Weser Hospital, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, 1990-91
Medicine:  Siloah Hospital, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, 1989

Internships:

Medicine:  University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, 1993-94
Pathology:  University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, 1992-93

Fellowships:

Interventional Cardiology:  Yale University Hospital, New Haven, Conn., 1999-2000
Cardiology: University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1996-99

Board Certifications:

Cardiac Transplant/Heart Failure, 2014
Nuclear Cardiology, 2014
Cardiovascular Disease, 2011
Interventional Cardiology, 2011

 

 

Sophia Airhart, MD

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Assistant Professor, UA College of Medicine - Tucson, Division of Cardiology
Heart Failure Specialist, Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Team, Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
(520) 694-5630
Sophia.Airhart@bannerhealth.com

Sophia Airhart, MD, 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.

Dr. Airhart is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and echocardiography, and board eligible in 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. 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.

Dr. Airhart received her BA in philosophy from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. Following medical school at Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Airhart completed her internal medicine residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. She completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., and an advanced fellowship in heart failure/transplant cardiology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Penn. She has authored multiple original research publications as well as several book chapters on cardiomyopathy. Outside of work she loves cycling, yoga and hiking. 

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Wilber Su, MD

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Cardiac Electrophysiology, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Director of Electrophysiology Fellowship, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona
(602) 521-3090
wilber.su@bannerhealth.com

Dr. Wilber Su is the Chief of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Director of the Electrophysiology Fellowship at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.  He is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Su is board certified in cardiovascular disease, clinical cardiac electrophysiology, and internal medicine. 

His research interests include atrial fibrillation, ablation physiology, Cryoballoon ablation, and novel device therapies including pacemakers and defibrillators as well as heart failure treatments.  His clinical interests include atrial fibrillation and cryo ablation.

Following medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, Dr. Su completed his Internal Medicine residency followed by a Cardiovascular Medicine – Clinical Investigator Research Fellowship and a Cardiovascular Medicine and Electrophysiology Fellowship, all at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Ryan Tsuda, MD

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
(520) 792-1450
Ryan.Tsuda@va.gov

Ryan Tsuda, MD FACC is an assistant professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. Dr. Tsuda received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, HI. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. He then travelled to New Orleans, LA to complete a cardiovascular disease fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Tsuda returned to the University of Arizona College of Medicine to complete an interventional cardiology fellowship. After several years working as an interventional cardiologist in private practice, Dr. Tsuda joined the faculty at SAVAHCS in 2014 where he has served as a staff interventional cardiologist.  r. Tsuda is board certified in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, and interventional cardiology. 

Dr. Tsuda has a specific interest in radial access percutaneous coronary intervention and multivessel high-risk PCI.  Research interests include the role of adjunctive laser atherectomy in PCI. 

Madhan Sundaram (Shanmugasundaram), MD, FACC

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Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UA College of Medicine - Tucson
Interventional Cardiologist, Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System (SAVAHCS)
msundaram@shc.arizona.edu

Madhan Sundaram (Shanmugasundaram), MD is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and an interventional cardiologist at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System (SAVAHCS), where he works with cardiology and interventional cardiology fellows. After finishing his medical school and internship training in India, he moved to the United States. He completed his internal medicine residency at University of Arizona where he also served as a chief resident. He did his general cardiology fellowship at University of Arizona where he was a chief fellow, after which he completed his interventional cardiology training at University of Kentucky. He also completed an additional year of training in structural heart disease and peripheral vascular interventions at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Sundaram is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Echocardiography. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Sundaram’s clinical interests include complex coronary interventions, chronic total occlusions and endovascular peripheral interventions.

Dr. Sundaram has published in various scientific journals and has been co-author of a textbook chapter. He is also an expert peer reviewer for various geriatrics, cardiology and critical care journals. He also serves as a member of a scientific advisory board, faculty of the International Academy of Cardiology and World Congress of Cardiology. He has received young investigator travel awards from the Heart Failure Society of America and the American Heart Association. His research interests include applicability of various cardiac interventions in older adults, clinical trials in coronary artery disease and use of adjunctive atherectomy in endovascular interventions. 

Mathew Hutchinson, MD

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Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Program at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program at University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson
(520) 626-8615
mathewhutchinson@shc.arizona.edu

Dr. Mathew Hutchinson, board certified in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, serves as the director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Program. He specializes in the treatment of complex heart rhythm disorders, such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. 

Dr. Hutchinson comes to the University of Arizona Health Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania where he was an associate professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine. He completed his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and his medical residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston. His cardiology and electrophysiology fellowships were completed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hutchinson cares for patients with complex arrhythmia disorders, as well as adult congenital heart disease and arrhythmias.  His clinical research activities are centered on developing new techniques to improve procedural outcomes in patients with atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. He is internationally renowned for his work in the use of imaging to characterize arrhythmia substrate in patients with structural heart disease. He has authored or co-authored nearly 100 research publications and serves as a reviewer or editorial board member on numerous publications, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, American Journal of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm, and the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.

“Dr. Hutchinson’s international reputation as a clinician and scientist strengthens and expands our arrhythmia practice, which already provides outstanding patient care, including remarkable outcomes for some very complex procedures,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and chief of cardiology.

Healthy Dose Blogpost by Dr. Hutchinson: Reducing Atrial Fibrillation’s Fear Factor

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