• 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

Hesham Sadek, MD, PhD is the new Sarver Heart Center director


The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has appointed Hesham Sadek, MD, PhD, as the new director of the Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology, effective May 1.

Sarver Heart Center Spring 2024 OLLI Lecture Series


The Sarver Heart Center lecture series at the University of Arizona Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will continue with a four-part lecture series in March and April. The lectures will take place on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. between March 22nd and April 12th.

Monique Crawford, MSN, MS: 'I found my group of people'


A former cardiac nurse and clinical coordinator for the Sarver Heart Center's Structural Heart Disease Program pivots toward medicine and is on her way to a residency training program in internal medicine.