A generation ago, adult cardiologists had little need to study congenital heart disease. Few children born with these heart conditions lived to adult age. Great advances have been made during the past few decades in caring for children with major structural heart issues (congenital heart diseases), allowing survival to adulthood and a productive life. Today, more adults are living with congenital heart disease than children with these conditions. This endowed chair provides an opportunity to make important strides toward fulfilling a dream of building a comprehensive adult congenital cardiology program for southern Arizona.
Robert Lawrence underwent placement of a new valve into his already-replaced valve through a tiny groin incision. “This is the first time a TAVR inside a replaced valve was done in Southern Arizona,” says Kapil Lotun, MD, an associate professor of medicine and director of the Structural Heart Disease Program and Vascular Medicine in Cardiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
Tiny power generators developed by the University of Arizona and the University of Illinois could eliminate the need for batteries in medical devices.
Dr. Ritter investigates ways to decrease inflammatory damage to the brain after stroke, especially in people with conditions that may worsen inflammation, such as diabetes.
Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, MRCS (Eng), associate professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been named the Tony A. Marnell, Sr. Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the UA Sarver Heart Center. One goal of his lab is to recondition human hearts and lungs unsuitable for transplantation by chemically stripping unusable cadaveric lungs of their cells, leaving a functional lung “bioscaffold.” This structure then can be “re-seeded” with autologous (a patient’s own) stem cells to rebuild the organ.
This coming March, we will welcome Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and physiologist, as director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Department of Medicine.
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and physiologist, will become director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the UA College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, effective March 1, 2014.
The study seeks a better understanding of newly diagnosed arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) – a significant cause of death in people under age 35 – and progression of clinical characteristics.
Dr. Khalpey’s research focuses on organogenesis (the formation and development of organs), organ preservation and tissue regeneration.
“Dr. Gregorio is a great leader to bring the UA Sarver Heart Center through this time of transition as we work to conclude the national search for Dr. Ewy’s successor,” said Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine - Tucson.