Structural Heart & Heart Valve Disease

The Banner University Medical Center- Tucson Structural Heart Team is a multi-disciplinary team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical assistants to provide comprehensive care to our patients. 

Structural heart problems involve the heart valves, the walls and chambers of the heart. These structural heart problems may be present at birth (congenital), develop naturally throughout adulthood, or may be due to a disease process, such as heart attacks or heart failure. 

These conditions were traditionally treated with open surgical treatments, but now it is possible to treat many of these problems with minimally invasive approaches. We can treat a variety of adult and congenital problems as listed below.

Adult Procedures

  • TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) 
  • TMVR (transcatheter mitral valve repair)/MitraClip
  • Aortic and mitral balloon valvuloplasty 
  • Watchman left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion device
  • Paravalvular leak closure
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure 
  • Alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 
  • Peripheral endovascular interventions
  • Catheter-based therapies for thrombus, endocarditis, and pulmonary embolism

Additional Pediatric and Congenital Procedures

  • Patent ductus arteriosis closure 
  • Aortic coarctation repair
  • Pulmonary artery and pulmonary vein stenting 
  • TPVR (transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement
  • TTVR (transcatheter tricuspic valve replacement)
  • Complex adult congenital therapies 
  • Collateral vessel embolization

Why Sarver Heart Center and Banner - University Medical Center?

The structural heart and valve program at Sarver Heart / BUMC is one of the oldest in the state with the first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) performed here in 2012. Patients benefit from a comprehensive team approach, including an experienced heart surgeon and interventional cardiologist who see each patient together to determine an individualized treatment options. These may range from completely catheter-based procedures to hybrid procedures with mini-incisions as well as traditional open heart surgery. We are also the only center in Tucson and neighboring areas to provide the full complement of advanced heart failure options including durable mechanical circulatory support and transplant options which some patients need. Our team includes a board-certified adult congenital interventional cardiologist, one of two in Arizona and the only one in the Tucson area.

Contact Structural Heart and Heart Valve Disease 


Adult Cardiology Team
Phone number: 520-694-6190 • Fax: 520-694-1007

Pediatric and Congenital Heart 
Phone: 520-694-KIDS (5497) • Fax: 520-874-7070

LocationsBanner - University Medicine North and procedures at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson