Sarver Heart Center Welcomes New Members



Michael Grandner, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson joined the UA Sarver Heart Center. He is certified in behavioral sleep medicine and is director of the Sleep and Health Research Program. His research focuses on how sleep and sleep-related behaviors are related to cardiovascular disease, neurobehavioral functioning, mental health and general well-being. One of his current research projects focuses on how sleep patterns relate to cardiometabolic disease risk, as well as neurocognitive function. Dr. Grandner received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester in 2001, and completed his master’s at San Diego State University, and his PhD from a joint doctoral program at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. He completed fellowships in the behavioral sleep medicine department and earned a master’s in Translational Research from the University of Pennsylvania.
Martha Gulati, MD, MS, is the first division chief of cardiology for the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, a professor of medicine and the physician executive director for the Banner University Medicine Cardiovascular Institute in Phoenix. Dr. Gulati’s study of women and cardiac diseases has won her numerous awards and distinctions, including the CREDO (Coalition to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cardiovascular Outcomes) Award from the American College of Cardiology. In 2012, she received the National Red Dress Award for her efforts in raising awareness of heart disease in women and advancing research in this field. She was the principal investigator of the St. James Women Take Heart Project, a study examining cardiac risk factors in women. She also was a co-investigator on the Women Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) and previously served as a co-investigator on the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). She has published articles in peer-reviewed publications, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Dr. Gulati was an associate professor of medicine and clinical public health at Ohio State University. She is the author of “Saving Women’s Hearts” and is the editor-in-chief of the American College of Cardiology’s “CardioSmart,” a patient education initiative. She completed medical school at the University of Toronto, Canada, and her internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association and is board certified in cardiovascular disease.
Franz Rischard, DO, M.Sc. is an assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at the University of Arizona. He is board certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine and pulmonary disease. As the director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Dr. Rischard’s research focuses on the right ventricle and its interaction with the pulmonary circulation. He also researches vascular physiology, bioengineering, and exercise physiology. He collaborates with other Sarver Heart Center faculty members in imaging and catheterization for clinical and research purposes. Dr. Rischard received his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and his master’s in zoology from the University of Idaho. After earning his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., Dr. Rischard completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Arizona Health Sciences.