• Using precision medicine to bridge bench to bedside.

The Sarver Heart Center

Message from the Interim Director

Since its founding in 1986, the Sarver Heart Center has united scientists and clinicians to educate, explore, and advance the knowledge of cardiovascular medicine. Our collective endeavors have allowed the University of Arizona to be at the forefront of cardiovascular medicine, scientific discovery, and education. As early leaders in the field, our clinicians and researchers have contributed to many important scientific breakthroughs in cardiovascular medicine. We continue to provide world-class education to the next generation of doctors, and our researchers shape the field of cardiology with scientific contributions that inform our ever-evolving "bench-to-bedside" approach. I am proud to serve as the interim Director, and I welcome you.

A History of Innovation:

The founding of chest-compression-only (CCO) CPR by Sarver Heart Center researchers in 2003, as well as the vast research and evidence supporting its efficacy, has reshaped and advanced both cardiac medicine and public health. Clinicians, first responders, and layperson rescuers have seen vastly improved survival outcomes for patients receiving CCO CPR compared to traditional CPR using rescue breaths. The value of this highly accessible, lifesaving intervention cannot be overstated and will continue to fortify public health for generations to come.

Innovating. Life-Saving. Patient Care.

Heart News

University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson internal medicine residents selected to receive Hall Award


The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Division of Cardiology faculty and fellows selected two resident physicians to receive the Charles W. Hall Jr. and Virginia C. Hall Memorial Endowment Award for Outstanding House Officer in the Cardiac Care Unit.

College of Medicine – Tucson graduates awarded Zenas B. Noon Award


The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center awarded three University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson medical school graduates the 2023 Zenas B. Noon Award for Excellence in Cardiology, an award established by the family of Dr. Noon, a surgeon born in Nogales, AZ who served that community for more than three decades.

Sarver Heart Center cardiology fellow selected for The Mark J. Friedman, MD, Outstanding Fellow Award


Iniya Rajendran, MD, cardiology fellow at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center was selected to receive the Mark J. Friedman, MD, Outstanding Fellow Award.