Sarver Heart Center Spring/Summer 2015

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UA Sarver Heart Center Cardiologists Emphasize Basics

If one point emerged from recent heart-health education programs at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, it’s that lifestyle and health-care basics are often best for your heart. Read more

Note From the Director

Dr. Nancy Sweitzer reflects on her first year as director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center amid fast-paced changes. Read more


Healthy Heart Day 2015

More than 160 people from the greater Tucson community and student volunteers gathered for a highly interactive Healthy Heart Day 2015. Also, Leslie Ritter, RN, PhD, was honored as the Mary Anne Fay Heart Healthy Advocate of the Year.

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CPR Giant 'Threepeat' For UA Sarver Heart Center

Karl B. Kern, MD, was honored for his decades of landmark research that helped improve survival rates in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. Learn about his latest research project in which he hopes to improve emergency care and post-arrest survival. Complete a community survey about the PEARL Study.

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UA Cancer Center Retiree Is (Almost) Back in the Saddle

When Bill Chacon saw Gene Gerner fall off his horse, he knew something was seriously wrong: Gene wasn’t moving. That’s when Bill, who just completed a chest-compression-only CPR refresher course, ran over to see if he could help.

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UA Sarver Heart Center Clinical Research Program is Growing

A message from Catherine MacDonald, BScN, MBA, cardiology clinical research manager. Find out more about the UA Sarver Heart Center's growing cardiology clinical research program. Complete a Cardiology Research Registry Information Form.

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Member Updates

Read about honors and awards for UA Sarver Heart Center faculty and staff, the Samuel and Edith Marcus Visiting Professor in Cardiology and the addition of Elizabeth Juneman, MD, as our newest faculty member to join the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and UA College of Medicine - Tucson. 

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Community Partners

The Steven M. Gootter Foundation honored UA Football Coach Rich Rodriguez during its 10th anniversary gala. In memory of Steven M. Gootter, who died unexpectedly of sudden cardiac arrest at age 42, the Gootter Foundation has raised about $3.8 million for research in preventing and finding a cure for sudden cardiac arrest, the leading cause of death in the United States.

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In Memory of Alfie Norville

Carol C. Gregorio, PhD, speaks of a beloved member of the Sarver Heart Center advisory board, Alfie Norville.

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Dr. Lori Mackstaller Announces Her Retirement

With mixed emotions Sarver Heart Center announced the retirement of Lori Mackstaller, MD, in August 2015.

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