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 and clinical researcher, specializing in heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplant patient care.

Nationally recognized for her leadership and experience in clinical trials, Dr. Sweitzer's research program focuses on better understanding how to improve symptoms and organ function in heart failure patients. She has done extensive work on the physiology of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. 

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 has served on numerous NIH committees and currently serves as a member of the NHLBI Clinical Trials Study Section. 

Dr. Sweitzer was named editor of Circulation: Heart Failure, beginning July 1, 2017. One of the most widely respected cardiology journals published, its impact ranking is 11 out 139 journals. She is a liaison to the AHA’s Heart Failure & Transplantation Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology for a term from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019.

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 is on the board of the Association of Professors of Cardiology, a group of US national leaders in cardiovascular medicine, and was inducted into the Association of University Cardiologists in January, 2017.

Previously at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Dr. Sweitzer was director of numerous programs, including clinical research, quality, and medical director of heart failure and transplant cardiology.  She also led the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program. 

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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