Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD

Personal Information
Director, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Professor, Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
(520) 626-2000

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, is a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and clinical researcher, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Nationally recognized for her strong leadership and experience in clinical research, Dr. Sweitzer has a clinical research program focused on the interaction of the dysfunctional heart muscle in heart failure with the vasculature and kidneys to better understand how to improve symptoms and organ function in heart failure patients. She has done extensive work on the physiology of heart failure with preserved systolic function, a disease that disproportionately affects elderly women.

She has led and collaborated on numerous studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health as well as studies supported by industry and academic sponsors. She also has served on numerous NIH committees and currently serves as a member of its Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Science Study Section and the American Heart Association’s Cardiac Biology and Regulation Committee.

Previously at the University of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Medicine Division in Madison, Dr. Sweitzer was an associate professor of medicine and director of numerous programs, including clinical research, quality, heart failure and cardiac transplant programs. She also directed the Cardiovascular Medicine and Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Fellowship programs.

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

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

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

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

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

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