Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, is an assistant professor in the UA College of Medicine - Tucson, Division of Cardiology, a member of the UA Sarver Heart Center and a heart failure specialist with the Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Team at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson.

She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. In 2018, she also was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Breathett's clinical interests include heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory devices, and women's health.

Research Interests: 

Her research interests include reducing racial/ethnic and gender disparities in advanced heart failure and preventing those populations from developing advanced heart failure.  Dr. Breathett has developed several outcomes and population studies as well as community interventions focused on reducing racial/ethnic and gender disparities in cardiovascular disease.  She serves on multiple national committees within the American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society of America.

Researcher Spotlight

Board Certifications: 
American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, 2016
American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, 2014
American Board of Internal Medicine, 2011
Degrees: 
MS (Clinical Science): University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, Colo., 2017
MD: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2008
BS: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 2004
Fellowships: 
American Heart Association Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Outcomes Research Fellow for Strategically Focused Research Network, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, Colo., 2016-17
NIH T32 Cardiovascular/Obesity Outcomes Fellow, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, Colo., 2015-16
Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Fellowship, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, 2014-15
Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, 2011-14
Honors and Awards: 
National Minority Quality Forum, 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health, 2019
Heart Failure Society of America’s Emerging Leaders in Heart Failure Symposium Award, 2017
Heart Failure Society of America, Jay N. Cohn New Investigator Award Finalist: Clinical/Integrative Physiology, 2016
Charles A. Bush Award in Cardiovascular Research, Annual Fellow Research Award, Ohio State University, 2015
Award for Excellence in Research - Fellow Category, Oral Presentation of Research, Ohio State University Department of Internal Medicine Clinician Scientist Trainee Research Day, 2015
Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Review Course for Cardiology Boards & Recertification Scholar, Teaching/Leadership Scholarship, 2014
American Heart Association Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence, 2012
Ralph M Gibson Senior Award for Academic Excellence, University of Michigan Medical Center, 2008
Distinction in Service Award, University of Michigan Medical Center, 2008
Summer Biomedical Research Fellowship Certificate of Research Excellence, University of Michigan Medical School, 2005
Weber Scholar, Northwestern University, 2003-04
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholar, 2002
National Society of Black Engineers Torchbearer, 2002
NASA Scholar, 2001-02
Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, 2001
National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2001
Ford Engineering Dean's Scholars Program, Northwestern University, 2000
Residencies: 
Internal Medicine Residency, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2008-11