University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Welcomes New Doctors, Notes National Appointments

07/29/14

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center welcomed two new cardiologists and recognized the national appointments of members.

Dr. Ankit DesaiAnkit Desai, MD, has joined the UA College of Medicine - Tucson and the Sarver Heart Center as an assistant professor of clinical medicine. Board certified in internal medicine and cardiology, Dr. Desai is a physician-scientist whose research on cardiovascular disparities in minorities with heart failure and pulmonary hypertension is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association. Dr. Desai’s lab uses cardiac imaging, genomic and molecular biology approaches to develop personalized treatment of pulmonary hypertension and associated heart failure.  

Previously, Dr. Desai was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. He completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Medicine, internal medicine residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and his cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Dr. Desai serves on several national committees, including the American Heart Association’s Early Career Committee for the Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology and the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences. For the journal Pulmonary Circulation, he serves on the Scientific Writing and Consulting Committee and serves on the American College of Cardiology’s Early Career Professionals Section committee.

He has been a member of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, American Heart Association, American Physician Scientists Association, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Heart Rhythm Society, American Federation for Medical Research, American College of Physicians and American Medical Association.

Vijay Doraiswamy, MD, has joined the UA College of Medicine - Tucson and the Sarver Heart Center as an assistant professor of medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and adult echocardiography.

Dr. Doraiswamy completed medical school at Madras Medical College in Chennai, India and served as senior house officer in emergency medicine at the Sundaram Medical Foundation in India. He started his residency in internal medicine at Western Pennsylvania Hospital at Temple University in Pittsburgh, worked as a research assistant in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, then he completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona. He received the Norma J. Peal, PhD, Excellence in Graduate Medical Education Resident Award for his contribution to education and serving the underserved during his residency. He worked as an internal medicine hospitalist at Salem Hospital in Oregon before returning to the UA to complete his cardiovascular medicine fellowship.

Dr. Doraiswamy is a member of American College of Physicians, American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, Medical Council of India and OPUS 12 Foundation.

Sarver Heart Center Members Gain National Recognition
Parker Antin, PhD, is the new president-elect of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the largest coalition of biomedical researchers in the United States, representing 27 scientific societies and more than 120,000 researchers from around the world. A member of the Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, he is a professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. He also is associate dean for research in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Carol C. Gregorio, PhD, director of the Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and co-director of the UA Sarver Heart Center has been appointed as chair of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Cardiac Differentiation and Development Study Section. Professor Gregorio heads the UA College of Medicine’s Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and is the Sarver Heart Center’s Luxford/Schoolcraft Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Research.

About the UA Sarver Heart Center

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center in Tucson, Ariz., emphasizes a highly interdisciplinary research environment fostering innovative translational or “bench-to-bedside” research. Working toward a future free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the center’s more than 135 scientist and physician members collaborate with the goal of applying new findings from the basic sciences to the clinical arena as quickly as possible.