Dr. Francisco Arabia

Physician Executive, Advanced Heart Program, Banner University Medical Group, Phoenix
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson

Dr. Francisco Arabia, board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery, is a Physician Executive with the Advanced Heart Program of Banner University Medical Group in Phoenix, AZ, and Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. 

Dr. Arabia completed his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He completed his general surgery residency at Tulane University Affiliate Hospitals in New Orleans, LA and his cardiothoracic residency at the University of Arizona. 

Dr. Arabia has extensive physician leadership experience, most recently as Associate Director, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; Associate Director, Comprehensive Transplant Director, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Chair, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ and Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ.

Research Interests: 

His clinical and research interests include the Total Artificial Heart, HeartWare Left Ventricular Assist Device and biomedical engineering. He has authored or co-authored over 100 research publications.

Board Certifications: 
American Board of Surgery, 1992 – Present
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 1994 - Present
Degrees: 
MBA: University of Arizona, 2006
MD: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1983
BS: Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, 1979
Honors and Awards: 
Magna Cum Laude – Tulane University, 1979
Citizenship Award (for extraordinary contributions to the Department of Biomedical Engineering), Tulane University, 1979-1980
Who’s Who Directory of Medicine Specialists, 1994
ASAIO/Lippincott-Raven Book Award for abstract entitled, “Success Rates of Long Term Circulatory Assist Devices Currently Used for Bridge to Heart Transplantation,” 1996
Yoshioka & Akutsu Prize for abstract entitled, “Patient Selection for Successful Outcome with the CardioWest Total Artificial Heart as a Bridge to Heart Transplantation,” 1996
Training Award of Excellence – American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, 1998
Best Doctors in America, 1/2005 – 1/2006
Residencies: 
Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals, General Surgery, New Orleans, LA, 1984-1985 and 1987-1990
University of Arizona, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Tucson, AZ, 1990-1992