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. he 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.