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

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.

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

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