Meet Our Structural Heart Team

The transcather aortic valve replacement program (TAVR) started at the UA Sarver Heart Center in 2012 under the leadership of Kapil Lotun, MD, an interventional cardiologist who has clinical expertise in structural heart disease and congenital heart defects. The TAVR procedure is a minimally invasive catheter-based treatment option for patients who are considered "high or medium" risk to survive open-heart surgery to replace aortic valves affected by severe aortic stenosis. In this condition, the valve does not open properly and blood cannot leave the heart chambers to get out to the rest of the body.

The team includes specially trained cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurse practitioners, nurses and medical assistants, plus other health professionals.

Interventional Cardiologists
Kapil Lotun, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSVM, RVT
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of TAVR
Director Structural Heart Disease Program
Director Vascular Medicine Program
Director of Interventional Cardiology
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Program Director, Interventional Fellowship Program

Ranjith Shetty, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Director of Structural Heart Disease
 
 

 


Adult Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Toshinobu Kazui, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
 
 
 

 

Support staff
Kristie W. Fry, ACNP-BC
Structural Heart NP
Division of Cardiology
 
 
 
 

Monique Crawford, RN, MSN
Clinical Coordinator
Devan V. Lodge RN MS.c, CCRN
Invasive Cardiology Nurse Navigator
 
 
 
 
Devan V. Lodge, RN, MSc, CCRN
Invasive Cardiology Nurse Navigator
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kimberly Emmons, CMA
Structural Heart
 
 
 
 
 
 
For more information or to refer a patient, contact: Kimberly Emmons, CMA
Phone: (520) 694-4686 • Fax: (520) 694-1007 • BUMCTStructuralHeart@bannerhealth.com
 

For more health information, please visit our Heart Health page.

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