Nancy Sweitzer

CTS Co-Director - Tucson

Director, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
Professor, Medicine, College of Medicine – Tucson
Chief, Division of Cardiology

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, is director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. She is a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and clinical researcher, specializing in heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplant patient care. Nationally recognized for her leadership and experience in clinical trials, Dr. Sweitzer's research program focuses on interaction of the dysfunctional heart muscle in heart failure with other body systems to better understand how to improve symptoms and organ function in heart failure patients.  She has done extensive work on the physiology of heart failure with preserved systolic function, a disease that disproportionately affects elderly women. She has led and collaborated on numerous studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health as well as studies supported by industry and academic sponsors. 

She has served on numerous NIH committees and currently serves as a member of the Clinical Trials Scientific Review Committee for NHLBI. She is a member of the FDA Advisory Panel for Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices.  Dr. Sweitzer is editor-in-chief of Circulation: Heart Failure. One of the most widely respected cardiology journals published, it has an impact factor of 6.526.  She is current president of the Association of Professors of Cardiology.

Previously at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Dr. Sweitzer was Director of numerous programs, including clinical research, quality, and medical director of heart failure and transplant cardiology.  She also led the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program.   

Academic Appointments:

  • 1999-2001, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • 2001-2011, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin
  • 2011-2014, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin

Professional Societies:

  • American Medical Association, 1989-present
  • American College of Cardiology, 1997-present
  • American Heart Association, 1997-present
  • Heart Failure Society of America, 1999-present
  • American Society of Echocardiography, 1999-present
  • International Society Heart and Lung Transplant, 2002-present
  • American Society of Hypertension, 2003-present
  • American Society of Transplantation, 2004-present
  • Society of Geriatric Cardiology, 2004-present


Board Certifications: 

  • Diplomate, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, 2012-present
  • Testamur, National Board of Echocardiography, 2003-present
  • Diplomate, ABIM, Cardiovascular Diseases, 1999-present
  • Diplomate, ABIM, Internal Medicine, 1996-2006


  • MD: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,1993
  • PhD: Physiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,1993
  • BA: Biological Basis of Behavior, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,1984

Post-Graduate Training: 

  • Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston,1998-1999
  • Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston,1996-1998
  • Internships: 
  • Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston,1993-1994
  • Residencies: 
  • Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital,Boston,1994-1996
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Research Interests: 
Cardiology and Cardiovascular Science