Message from the Interim Director


In May 2022, we wished farewell to Director Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, as she embarks on the next step in her professional career. It’s been a pleasure to work alongside her as Co-Director for the last few years. Since she stepped into the Sarver Heart Center as director in 2014, Dr. Sweitzer has worked hard to move toward a future free of heart disease and stroke, the leading cause of death in the United States.

The Sarver Heart Center unifies scientists, clinicians and students in collaborations to push the Sarver Heart Center and the University of Arizona to the forefront of cardiovascular medicine, scientific discovery and education. Dozens of clinical trials are active, central to the Heart Center’s mission to providing the highest-quality, cutting-edge patient care.

A search is underway to find a new Director of the Sarver Heart Center and Chief of Cardiology. I am a member of the search committee to ensure the Center’s commitment to research and patient care remain a focus. Until a new leader is hired, I am serving as the Interim Director of the Sarver Heart Center to facilitate a seamless transition between hires.

We look forward to a bright future here at the Sarver Heart Center and sharing our successes with you in these monthly e-newsletters, our annual printed newsletter, and on our social media channels.
Carol C. Gregorio, PhD
Interim Director
Sarver Heart Center