General Cardiology

Kapil Lotun, MD

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Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program
Director of Interventional Cardiology
Director of the Structural Heart Disease Program and Vascular Medicine in Cardiology
Director of the Catheterization Laboratory at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
(520) 694-6481

Kapil Lotun, MD, is associate professor of clinical medicine, Cardiology and director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program, Interventional Cardiology, Structural Heart Disease and Vascular Medicine within the Division of Cardiology. He is also the medical director for the TAVR program and director of the Catheterization Laboratory at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson.

Dr. Lotun received his vascular medicine, cardiology training and interventional cardiology fellowship training at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

His clinical expertise includes structural heart disease such as aortic valvuloplasty (repairing stenotic or hardened, aortic valves using balloon catheters). He also treats congenital heart defects, such as a ventricular septal defect ( a “hole in the heart”), patent foramen ovale (tissue flaps in the heart that don’t close properly) and atrial septal defect closure ( hole in the  wall between the two upper chambers remains open after birth, allowing blood to flow and causing pressure in the lungs). His specialty is in percutaneous procedures in which he uses small needle catheters to treat aortic and mitral valve disease and vascular diseases. These catheters also are used in endovascular interventions for vascular diseases and high-risk coronary procedures.

Dr. Lotun is a fellow of American College of Cardiology, the Society of Vascular Medicine and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He is board certified in internal medicine, endovascular medicine, vascular medicine, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiology and interventional cardiology. He also is a registered vascular technologist.

Dr. Lotun’s research involves gene therapy in cardiac and vascular diseases. He has been co-investigator on several related NIH trials and investigations and has given presentations at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, and the Society of Vascular Medicine Meetings. He has published in various professional journals and has contributed to two book chapters on cardiovascular gene therapy. He is a reviewer for multiple journals including Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, JACC Intervention and Annals of Vascular Surgery.

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Phone: (520) 694-4686 • Fax: (520) 694-1007 • BUMCTStructuralHeart@bannerhealth.com

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Elizabeth Juneman, MD

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Associate Professor of Medicine, UA Sarver Heart Center
Director, Outpatient Cardiology
Graduate, UA Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program 2007
(520) 626-6358
ejuneman@shc.arizona.edu

Elizabeth Juneman, MD, is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, and director of Outpatient Cardiology. 

Dr. Juneman received her BS in electrical engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She attended medical school at the University of Texas - Houston Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Juneman completed her internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She joined the UA faculty in 2007 and worked at Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (Tucson VA) where she served as director of echocardiography and director of heart failure for seven years.

Dr. Juneman is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and advanced heart failure/transplantation.  She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) as well as the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE).  She is a member of American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society of America. Dr. Juneman won the Charles W. Hall Jr. Memorial Cardiology Fellowship Teaching Award in 2011, and is recognized by her peers as one of the Best Doctors in America, annually since 2009.

Dr. Juneman’s basic science research interest is focused on mechanical and cellular remodeling in heart failure. She is interested in alterations in systolic and diastolic dysfunction in various cardiomyopathies.  In her clinical research, Dr. Juneman’s focus is in heart failure.  She has served as a principal investigator in nationally funded, multi-center clinical trials, as well as her own investigator-initiated clinical trials.  She has authored multiple original research publications, a book chapter, and multiple clinical reviews.  As to the Tucson community, Dr. Juneman serves on the board of directors of a non-profit organization focused on the children of Tucson.  Outside of work she loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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Sharon Gregoire, NP

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Family & Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
sharon.gregoire@bannerhealth.com

Cardiac Transplant & Heart Failure Services Banner University  of Arizona Medical Center- Tucson

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Gerald A. Wolff, MD

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Associate Professor of Medicine, UMC Staff Cardiologist
(520) 694-7438
gawolff@email.arizona.edu

Gerald A. Wolff, MD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Section Cardiology, University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Banner- University Medical Center. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he graduated from Harvard University and Washington University (St. Louis) Medical School. Dr. Wolff completed his medical internship and residency at the Harvard Medical Service at Boston City Hospital. His cardiology fellowships were at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health, Georgetown University Medical Center, and Washington University (St. Louis) Medical School and Barnes Hospital. 

Dr. Wolff served in the Navy as a cardiologist, stationed at Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. Following his military service, he was a member of the clinical faculty of Washington University Medical School and practiced at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis for many years. Dr. Wolff is board certified in  cardiovascular disease and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology.

Dr. Wolff is interested in general clinical cardiology, preventive and rehabilitative cardiology.

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Marvin J. Slepian, MD

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Professor of Medicine, UA College of Medicine - Tucson
Associate Department Head and Professor, Biomedical Engineering, UA College of Engineering
Director, Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation
McGuire Scholar in the Eller College of Management
(520) 626-8543
slepian@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Marvin J. Slepian is Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and BioMedical Engineering at the University of Arizona and McGuire Scholar in the Eller College of Management, also at Arizona. Dr. Slepian presently directs the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation and teaches a university-wide course annually on Innovation, Translation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Slepian also serves as Adjunct Professor at several Universities including StonyBrook in BioMedical Engineering and UMDNJ in Oral Biology. Dr. Slepian is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of SynCardia, having served as founding President and Chairman for over a decade.

Dr. Slepian received his AB in Biochemical Sciences and Science in Human Affairs from Princeton in 1977 and his MD from the University of Cincinnati in 1981. He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine – Bellevue Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident in Medicine. Dr. Slepian completed both a clinical and research fellowship in Cardiology and Cardiovascular BioMedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins. He completed a second fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic and was appointed as Research Associate in the Division of Heart and Hypertension Research and Artificial Organs. He completed additional post-doctoral training in Polymer Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Washington University and MIT.

In parallel with his clinical career Dr. Slepian has had a synergistic career in basic and translational research and technology transfer. At the basic level his laboratory has focused on three main areas: 1. the role of cell-matrix interactions in vascular disease and 2. the role of physical forces in modulating cell behavior and 3. the utility of polymeric biomaterials to modulate cell-matrix interactions as well as serve as novel therapeutic structural, barrier or drug delivery materials. On the translational level his lab has developed many novel therapeutic solutions based on polymeric biomaterials which have found their way into clinical use today including: drug-eluting stent technologies, stent coatings, “polymer paving,” surgical anti-adhesive barriers, synthetic tissue sealants, myocardial revascularization and cell delivery methods and cardiovascular prosthetic devices, including the total artificial heart. As to technology transfer Dr Slepian has founded several medical device companies as spin-outs including Focal (NASDAQ), Endotex, Angiotrax, Hansen Medical (NASDAQ), Arsenal, 480 BioMedical, MC10 and SynCardia and has been involved with bringing many new devices through the FDA regulatory process into clinical use, including most notably the total artificial heart.

Dr. Slepian is the author of numerous publications and patents in the fields of vascular biology, polymeric biomaterials, local drug delivery and artificial organs. He is an active reviewer for several journals and is a consultant for academia, industry and governmental agencies. He is presently on the board of directors of several medical device companies. He has received multiple awards for his academic and translational research activities and has been a frequent Visiting Professor and Lecturer in Medicine (Cardiology), Biomedical Engineering and Innovation, both nationally as well as internationally.

Dr. Slepian is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and president of the International Society of Mechanical Circulatory Support.

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William R. Roeske, MD

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Professor of Cardiology and Pharmacology; Associate Chief for Finance, Section of Cardiology
(520) 626-6221
wroeske@email.arizona.edu

William R. Roeske, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Assistant Chief for Finance in the Section of Cardiology. A native of Indiana, Dr. Roeske received his MD degree from Stanford Medical School. His post graduate medical training was at Case Western Reserve, and his fellowship training was at The University of California at San Diego.

Dr. Roeske's major research interests include non-invasive cardiology and receptor pharmacology. He was the first to demonstrate cardiac muscarinic receptors using radioligand binding techniques. This work has led to numerous publications, including the first demonstration of guanine regulation of the muscarinic receptors and participation of the G protein in the process. He has also extensively documented the correlation of the development of the beta adrenergic receptor and other post receptor mechanisms in the developing heart. He has shown alterations in the receptor types in hypertension and in heart failure. He was recipient of a Research Career Development Award from the NHLBI. As of 2011, he has authored 171 original papers, 71 reviews and book chapters, and 206 abstracts.

Dr. Roeske's current investigations include the molecular biology of adenylylcylase superactivation and delta opiod receptor regulation. He also is investigating drug mechanisms of chronic pain and addiction as part of a program project headed by Dr. Victor Hruby. He has an ongoing interest in the investigation of receptor mechanisms of cardiac hypertrophy and development. Five of his former basic science fellows and two of his former graduate students are on pharmacology faculty.

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Peter Ott, MD

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Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
The Peter Ott, MD Endowed Chair of Electrophysiology at the UA Sarver Heart Center
(520) 626-8615
ottp@email.arizona.edu

Peter Ott, MD, is associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. A native of Germany, he received his medical degree from the University of Heidelberg and completed his medical residency training at the University of Arizona. He served one additional year as chief medical resident and then moved to Denver, Colo., where he completed fellowship training in cardiology at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Ott returned to Germany for two years, working in cardiology/electrophysiology at a large tertiary referral center for cardiology in the southwest of Germany. He transferred to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for additional training in cardiac electrophysiology before returning to the University of Arizona and his present position. He is the holder of The Peter Ott, MD Endowed Chair of Electrophysiology at the UA Sarver Heart Center.

Dr. Ott is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and cardiac electrophysiology. His clinical expertise is the management of patients with cardiac arrhythmias, including catheter ablation therapy and device therapy (implantable defibrillator and pacemaker).

Dr. Ott’s research interests are the electrophysiologic effects of heart failure, treatment of atrial fibrillation and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias with catheter ablation.

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Frank I. Marcus, MD

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Professor Emeritus of Medicine
(520) 626-6262
fmarcus@shc.arizona.edu

Frank I. Marcus, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, in Tucson, Arizona. His area of expertise is Clinical Cardiology, Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Clinical Electrophysiology. He graduated from Columbia University College and received a Masters Degree in Physiology from Tufts University. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine cum laude in 1953. He did his internship and residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston from 1953-1954 and 1956-1958. He was a research fellow in cardiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1957-1958 and then completed his cardiology training at Georgetown University Hospital in 1959. After a year as Chief Medical Resident at Georgetown University Hospital he was appointed Chief of Cardiology at the Georgetown University Medical Service, D.C. General Hospital. He held this position from 1960-1968. During this time he was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. In January 1969, he became Professor and Chief of the Section of Cardiology at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine. In 1982 he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Medicine and held this Endowed Chair until 1999. He is certified in the American Board of Internal Medicine and in the Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Disease.

Dr. Marcus was founder and first president of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Cardiology in 1987-1988 and was President of Association of the University Cardiologists from 1990-1991. Among his honors are the Laureate Award of the American College of Physicians in 1987, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston University School of Medicine in 2003; Master Clinician Award of the American Heart Association, Council on Clinical Cardiology in 2005; Outstanding Achievement Award of the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society in 2011; and the Pioneer in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology Award of the Heart Rhythm Society in 2011. He has been or is a member of the Editorial/Scientific Board of 14 Cardiovascular Journals and is a consultant and reviewer for 26 journals. 

His initial research interests were directed to understanding the pharmacology of cardiac drugs including digoxin, amiodarone, and propafenone. Later he turned his attention to this investigation of cardiac arrhythmias. He introduced radiofrequency energy for cardiac ablation procedures.

From 2001 to 2008 Dr. Marcus was the principal investigator of an NIH-sponsored study “The Multi-Disciplinary Study of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy/Dysplasia.” He is a principal investigator of an NIH-sponsored study, "Genetics, Mechanisms and Phenotypes of Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathies," that runs until 2018.

He is the author of 160 abstracts, 298 articles in peer reviewed journals and has written 60 book chapters. He is coeditor with Dr. Gaetano Thiene of a book on Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy published in 2007.

He and his family established the Samuel and Edith Visiting Professorship in Cardiology at the University Health Science Center. 

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Kwan S. Lee, MD, FACC

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Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiology, Banner - University Medical Center South
Director, Catheterization Lab, Banner - University Medical Center South
Associate Chief of Cardiology for Clinical Operations - Banner University Medical Center
Associate Program Director for the Cardiology Fellowship Program
520-626-8927
klee@shc.arizona.edu

Originally from Malaysia, Kwan S. Lee, MD, FACC, FSCAI, earned his medical degree from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, graduating in 2000. He then completed his internship at St James's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, followed by a move to the Mayo Clinic, Arizona where he completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship. He then went on to an Interventional Cardiology fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. At medical school, he was a founding editor of the Trinity Student Medical Journal and he was also the recipient of the Hassan Loutfi Distinguished Fellow Award 2008 from the Mayo School of Medicine upon graduating. He now is the Section Chief of Cardiology at South Campus.

Dr. Lee is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, echocardiography, interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine. He is currently the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Director at Banner- University Medical Center - South Campus and has been heavily involved in the growth of cardiovascular services there. He has served in numerous administrative roles at South Campus including Chief of Staff and Chair of the Credentialing Committee.

Dr. Lee, who joined our faculty in 2009, has pursued several areas of research in clinical cardiology, including stent healing in optical coherence tomography and simulation in cardiovascular education. In collaboration with Mayo Arizona, he has been course director for the only statewide cardiology fellows simulation course in the country since 2011. He is the current education chair for the American College of Cardiology Arizona Chapter, lectures on behalf of Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and is a regular blogging contributor for Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT).  He is a peer-reviewer for numerous cardiology journals.

Outside of work, he is an avid amateur photographer and loves to travel. He is devoted to his family and has two children, Kieran and Ashling, who attend the Gregory School in Tucson.  An enthusiast of the arts, he also serves on the University of Arizona Repertory Theater Advisory Board.

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Karl B. Kern, MD

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Professor, Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Co-Director, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
Gordon A. Ewy, MD Distinguished Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine
Graduate, UA Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program 1985
(520) 626-2477
kkern@shc.arizona.edu

Karl B. Kern, MD, is a co-director and the Gordon A. Ewy, MD Distinguished Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, and professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson. Dr. Kern graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University. Following his graduation, he attended Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. His postgraduate education and cardiac fellowship training were at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Kern is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the Council of Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association, a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. 

Dr. Kern's research interests are in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and coronary blood flow. He is the coordinator of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Research Group. He is leading a pilot clinical study that will help answer the question: “Does an early heart catheterization improve cardiac arrest survival, regardless of what the ECG shows?”

He was inducted as an honorary member of the European Resuscitation Council in 2014 and named a CPR Giant by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation in 2015. He has been awarded numerous American Heart Association grants, an AHA-Flinn Young Investigator award, and two three-year awards from the Arizona Disease Control Research Commission grant in the area of basic CPR research.  He has published over 175 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

His other honors include Lifetime Achievement Award from Drexel University College of Medicine's Alumni Association (2014) and Arizona Business' Lifetime Achievement in Health Care (2016).

He has received numerous honors for excellence in teaching. He was voted House Officer Educator of the Year and is on the Dean's List for Excellence in Teaching. In 1995-96, he was a Dean’s Teaching Scholar at The University of Arizona College of Medicine. He received numerous Cardiology Fellowship Teaching Awards, including Best Coronary Care Unit Attending (2016) and the Cardiology Fellowship Mentoring Award in 1996, 1999 and again in 2001. Dr. Kern has been a Visiting Professor at the Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and at The Leopold-Franzeus University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria.

Dr. Kern is active in the American Heart Association, serving as vice chair of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee. He also served as president of the Old Pueblo Division, Arizona Affiliate in 1992, and president of the AHA - Arizona Affiliate in 1993.  He was chairman of the American Heart Association National Subcommittee for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) from 1997-2000.  He is a past chairman of the Emergency Cardiac Care Committee of the American College of Cardiology and a past governor for Arizona for the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Kern is past chief of staff for Banner- University Medical Center and the past director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories.  He is an active interventionalist. 

A research pioneer in the field of chest-compression-only CPR, Dr. Kern has supported widespread CPR community education programs for more than a decade.

Dr. Kern has been named as one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 1996.

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