Heart Failure and Transplant 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

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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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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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Jennifer Lynn Cook, MD

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Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
Director, Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
Director, Advanced Heart Disease Fellowship Program at University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
(520) 626-6358
jencook@shc.arizona.edu

Jennifer Lynn Cook, MD, is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson and Sarver Heart Center, and director of Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. She also directs the Advanced Heart Disease Fellowship Program.

Dr. Cook is board certified in cardiovascular disease as well as advanced heart failure and transplantation. She is a fellow of the American Heart Association, where she serves on the Membership Committee for Clinical Cardiology. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology where she serves as co-chair of Mechanical Circulatory Support Working Group.   

Her clinical research interests include application of clinical guidelines into clinical practice. She has been lead author on Circulation Recommendation manuscripts for Mechanical Circulatory Support and Acute Heart Transplants Rejection. Dr. Cook leads a clinical research network within Banner Health System. She also participates in clinical trials for novel drug therapy to help treat heart failure.

Previously, Dr. Cook was medical director of the ventricular assist device program at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where she was an assistant professor.

Following medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Dr. Cook completed her internal medicine residency at Medical University of South Carolina, and cardiovascular disease and advanced heart failure fellowships at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Ankit Desai, MD

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
520-626-6867
adesai@shc.arizona.edu

Ankit Desai, MD, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson and Sarver Heart Center, is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology.

Dr. Desai is a physician-scientist whose research on cardiovascular disparities in minorities with heart failure and pulmonary hypertension is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association. Dr. Desai’s lab uses cardiac imaging, genomic and molecular biology approaches to develop personalized treatment of pulmonary hypertension and associated heart failure.  

Previously, Dr. Desai was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. He completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Medicine, internal medicine residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and his cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Dr. Desai serves on several national committees, including the American Heart Association’s Early Career Committee for the Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology and the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, the Scientific Writing and Consulting Committee for the journal Pulmonary Circulation, and the American College of Cardiology’s Early Career Professionals Section.

He has been a member of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, American Heart Association, American Physician Scientists Association, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Heart Rhythm Society, American Federation for Medical Research, American College of Physicians and American Medical Association.

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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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Mark J. Friedman, MD

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Professor of Medicine
Thomas and Sabina Sullivan, Sr. Endowed Chair for the Prevention and Treatment of Heart Failure
Graduate, UA Cardiovascular Disease Program 1978
(520) 626-2477
mfriedman@shc.arizona.edu

Mark J. Friedman, MD, is clinical professor of medicine and The Thomas and Sabina Sullivan, Sr. Endowed Chair for the Prevention and Treatment of Heart Failure. He obtained his medical doctorate from New York Medical College where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. After two years of active duty with the United States Air Force, Dr. Friedman completed his cardiology fellowship at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He also completed a research fellowship in clinical pharmacology and cardiac ultrasound before joining the cardiology faculty at The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. Dr. Friedman then pursued a career in clinical practice of cardiology including clinical cardiology, invasive and non-invasive cardiology, interventional cardiology, and pacemakers and defibrillators, before rejoining the faculty in his current position.

Dr. Friedman is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology . He is a fellow of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Friedman has been listed in Best Doctors in America (Cardiology). His main interest is in clinical cardiology and medical education.

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