Taking ‘Do No Harm’ to Heart


As an undergraduate, Chinyere began performing research in the UA Sarver Heart Center under the mentorship of accomplished physician-scientists, including Steven Goldman, MD, professor of medicine, Elizabeth Juneman, MD, associate professor of medicine, and Jil Tardiff, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine. Chinyere, now an MD/PhD candidate in the UArizona College of Medicine - Tucson, has been developing a platform to evaluate drug effectiveness and toxicity for different conditions, such as heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

Hands-On Lab Experience for High School Students to Post-Docs


The 16-year-old Yi-Jen Yang spent the summer working in a laboratory headed by internationally noted physician-scientist Marvin J. Slepian, MD, Regents’ Professor and professor of medicine, professor and associate department head of biomedical engineering and a McGuire Scholar in the Eller College of Management and Sarver Heart Center member at the UA.

Sarver Heart Center Presents OLLI Lecture Series


University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center faculty scheduled six lectures for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Central Tucson Campus

Does race influence decision-making for advanced heart failure therapies?


“African-American race negatively influenced the decision-making process for heart transplants, especially during discussions among health care providers,” said lead author Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, an assistant professor of medicine and advanced heart failure/transplant cardiologist at the University of Arizona’s Sarver Heart Center. “Since advanced therapy selection meetings are conversations rather than surveys, race may contribute significantly to treatment recommendations.”

UA Steele Children's Research Center Leads Statewide Study of Congenital Heart Defects


The University of Arizona Division of Pediatric Cardiology Congenital Heart Program will explore the public health problem of congenital heart defects among children, adolescents and adults.

University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Member Updates 2019


Here is a recap of some of the lectures, presentations, publications and research award of University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center members

The Diabetes/Heart Disease Connection: Lunch & Learn Highlights.


The number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled during the past 20 years as the American population has aged and become more overweight. This number may be reduced if more people are screened for prediabetes, a condition that affects 84 million in which 90% don't know they have it.

Echocardiography Labs Reaccredited


The Inter-societal Accreditation Commission (IAC) fully re-accredited the Banner - University Medical Center Echocardiography Laboratory for five types of heart ultrasound, or echocardiograms.

Patient Stem Cells Point to Causes, Treatments of Congenital Heart Disease


Personalized medicine in a dish. A collaborative research team is searching for genetic themes among family members who share a high prevalence of bicuspid aortic valve disease. They are testing medical therapies on cellular models grown in the lab from stem cells derived from each family member. Their goal is to more precisely predict which therapies would manage the conditions effectively.

Minimally Invasive TAVR Procedure FDA Approved for Most Patients


When Chip Rock learned he needed a heart valve replacement, he considered his mother’s experience. She, at age 92, was one of the first TAVR patients in February 2014, when the UA Sarver Heart Center Structural Heart Team offered the procedure only for high-risk patients. “My mother did well for several years after her procedure, so when I learned I needed a valve replacement, I contacted Dr. Lotun to see what he could do for me,” Rock said.