Nancy K Sweitzer, MD, PhD

Director, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
Professor, Medicine, College of Medicine - Tucson
Co-director, UArizona Health Sciences Graduate Program in Clinical Translational Sciences

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, is director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and professor of medicine in the UArizona 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 also is co-director of the UArizona Health Sciences Graduate Program in Clinical Translational Sciences. Her 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 and Integrative Cardiovascular Science Study Section and the American Heart Association's Cardiac Biology and Regulation Committee. Dr. Sweitzer was named editor-in-chief of Circulation: Heart Failure, as of July 1, 2017. One of the most widely respected cardiology journals published, its impact ranking is 11 out 139 journals. She is a liaison to the AHA's Heart Failure & Transplantation Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology for a term from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019.

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.

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

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


  • 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
Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital,Boston,1994-1996
Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston,1993-1994
Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston,1998-1999
Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston,1996-1998
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