Focus on Faculty: Peter Ott, MD

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Peter Ott, MD,  is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Endowed Chair of Electrophysiology at the UA Sarver Heart Center. Dr. Ott will be performing with his musical group “Ruffmix” at the annual Faculty Social on Thursday, April 19

How long have you been faculty at the University of Arizona?

I started in the cardiology section in 1999.

Where are you originally from?

I grew up in the southwest region of Germany (Karlsruhe – a moderate sized town at the northern edge of the Black Forest).

What brought you to the University of Arizona?

As a medical student (University of Heidelberg), I was able to spend several clinical elective rotations in England and the U.S. – I very much liked the teaching system in place on these rotations. I thus decided to pursue steps to enlist in an American residency program.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The field of cardiac electrophysiology is unique in that we can actually cure patients from arrhythmias by means of catheter ablation – dramatically changing these patients' lives. Managing cardiac arrhythmias restores patient quality of life.

How did you become interested and involved with music and what instruments can you play?

I grew up in a musical house; my dad played the guitar and other instruments. Early on I was interested in learning this instrument to play along camp fire tunes. Sadly, I was never into formal musical training, though managed to become a decent guitar player.

When I’m not working, I like to…

…spend time, together with my wife Sarah, on our Sonoita Ranch; horseback riding; camping; and ranch chores.

Do you have a favorite quote?

I don’t think I have a quote, but taking each day as it comes, grateful to have a profession that is very fulfilling and exciting.