UA Sarver Heart Center Clinical Research Program Is Growing



A message from Catherine MacDonald, BScN, MBA, cardiology clinical research manager

Friends and supporters of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, I am truly excited to be part of the UA Sarver Heart Center research team. I am new to Tucson, formerly an east-coast Canadian, but well acquainted with cardiac disease.

My father had his first heart attack at the young age of 42, which dramatically changed my family life on several levels – diet, physical fitness and stress management – to name a few. I am sure it was this life-changing event that spurred my interest in cardiology, working many years in pediatric cardiology in addition to cardiac research.

To be working with Dr. Nancy Sweitzer’s team of basic and clinical scientists, designing and building the infrastructure to support the rapidly growing research program at Sarver Heart Center, is an honor. Dr. Sweitzer’s vision to build Sarver Heart Center’s cardiac clinical and translational research program into one of the best in the nation is attainable. We have a solid foundation in place and past achievements of internationally known clinicians at Sarver Heart Center, such as Drs. Frank Marcus and Gordon Ewy, plus generous community support. Once achieved, Sarver Heart Center will have the ability to offer Arizonans the opportunity to participate in the most leading-edge clinical research. Not a small dream, but certainly an achievable one as we are well on our way.

Research studies currently enrolling patients are focused in the areas of congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease and vascular disease (buildup of cholesterol in blood vessels) – diseases that typically affect everyone’s family in one way or another.

You or members of your family may be eligible for one or several of these trials. More details can be found on the Sarver Heart Center website - A cardiology research registry information form is on page 11 of this newsletter. An online version is on the webpage noted above. Or, feel free to contact me directly at or 520-626-4899.

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