Marvin J. Slepian, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
Professor of Medical Imaging, Department of Medical Imaging, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
Member, UA Sarver Heart Center and UA BIO5 Institute
Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, UA College of Engineering
Professor and Associate Department Head, Clinical & Industrial Affairs, Biomedical Engineering, UA College of Engineering
McGuire Scholar, UA Eller College of Management
Director, Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation, University of Arizona

Instrumental in formation of SynCardia Systems, Inc., maker of the CardioWest Temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t) Polymer Chemistry, Assisted Devices. In July 2009, Dr Slepian was appointed chairman of the Science Advisory Board for MicroMed Cardiovascular, manufacturer of the HeartAssist 5™ ventricular assist device. The CardioWest (trademarked) TAH-t completely replaces the blood-pumping function of the diseased heart. For patients with end-stage congestive heart failure at imminent risk of death, this device has proven to be a life-saver, allowing them to be "bridged" and supported until a human heart transplant can be performed. He is recognized for his research and development of novel therapeutics. These include the use of polymeric biomaterials as tissue supports, barriers or means of local drug delivery in tubular organs or organ components, biodegradable stents, drug-eluting stents and the TAH.

Degrees: 
MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1981
Fellowships: 
Johns Hopkins University, Cardiology
Honors and Awards: 
Chairman, Science Advisory Board for MicroMed Cardiovascular, 2009
Residencies: 
New York University Bellevue Hospital, Internal Medicine, 1985