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Nancy K Sweitzer, MD, PhD

Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Medicine Director of Clinical Research for the Division of Cardiology




  • B.A.: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1984)
  • MD/PhD, Physiology: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1993)
  • Intern/Resident Internal Medicine : Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA (1996)
  • Fellowship, Cardiovascular Medicine: Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA (1998)
  • Fellowship, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant: Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA (1999)
  • Clinical Investigator Preparatory Program: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (2006)

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • National Board of Echocardiography
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology


B.A., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1984
UW Medical Alumni Association Scholarship, 1985
Harvard Medical School Teaching Award – Best Course Lecturer: Integrated Human Physiology, 2001
Fellow, American College of Cardiology, 2001
University of Wisconsin, Department of Medicine Housestaff Bedside Teaching Award, 2003
Diplomate, National Board of Echocardiography, 2003
UW Attendee at AAMC Mid-Career Women’s Professional Development Seminar, 2004
Fellow, American Heart Association, 2011
Avatar Patient Satisfaction Survey Top Performing Physician, 2011
Country leader for the NIH-sponsored TOPCAT trial, “Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist” – 2007-2013
Steering committee of the NIH-sponsored TOPCAT trial, “Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist” 2009 – present  Steering committee of the echo-vascular substudy of the NIH-sponsored TOPCAT trial, “Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist”. 2009-present
Publications Committee: TOPCAT trial 2011 – 2014
Member, NHLBI Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences (CICS) Study Section 2010-2014
Member of American Heart Association Cardiac Biology Review Committee 2012-2014
US Country Leader for the PARAGON Trial of LCZ-696 in HFpEF, sponsored by Novartis 2013 – present
Chair, Data Safety Monitoring Board, Array ARRAY-797-231 A Pilot Study to Investigate the Efficacy and Safety of ARRY-371797 in Patients with Symptomatic Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy Due to a Lamin A/C Gene Mutation 2013-2016
Top Woman in Arizona Business, Arizona Business Magazine, 2014
Arizona ACC, Women in Cardiology 2014 Meeting, Keynote Speaker – Dreaming the Possible Dream: Overcoming Barriers to Become a Leader
US Country Leader for VICTORIA Trial, sponsored by Merck 2015-present
Faculty, Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine, Aretusa, Siracusa, Italy. 2016 – present
Member, NHLBI Clinical Trials Review Committee (CLTR) 2017 – 2021
Editor in Chief, Circulation: Heart Failure 2017-present
Best Lecturer award recipient from the UA CV Medicine Fellows in 2016 and 2017
AHA Research Leadership Academy Faculty, 2016 – present
Fellow, Heart Failure Society of America, 2017
Heart Failure Society of America, Reviewer/Judge for Jay N. Cohn Young Investigator Award, 2017, 2018.
45th Annual Meeting of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology, Cairo, Egypt, February 2018, 3 invited presentations
HFSA Future Leaders in Heart Failure Symposium, Faculty May 2018
Mentoring Award, University of Arizona College of Medicine, 2018
Keynote Speaker, 4th Annual Tucson Local Media Influential Health and Medical Awards
Keynote Speaker, University of Alabama Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center 7th Annual Focus on Heart Failure, September 6, 2018
2018 Maurice Sokolow Memorial Lecture in Cardiology, UCSF, October 3, 2018
Keynote Speaker, Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala, Tucson, AZ, October 5, 2018
Keynote Speaker, University of Washington 5th Annual Heart Failure Symposium, Full Spectrum of Heart Failure: Optimizing Outcomes, October 19, 2018
Miriam Lemberg Professorship in Cardiovascular Disease Lecture, University of Miami March 20, 2019
Thomas W Smith MD Memorial Lecture, Brigham and Women’s Hospital April 28, 2019 – Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
Guest Lecturer, Northwest Holiday Heart Failure Symposium, December 2019
Keynote Lecturer, Medical College of Wisconsin’s Cardiovascular Center Retreat, October 2019
American Heart Association Heart Failure Science Advisory Group, 2019 – present
Co-Director, UAHS Clinical Translational Sciences Graduate Program, 2020 – present
NIH Foundation HFpEF Accelerating Medicine Partnership Steering Committee Member, 2020 – present
ACC Honorary Speaker, Kanu and Docey Chatterjee Keynote address, May 2021
Chair, NIH/NHLBI Clinical Trials Review Committee (CLTR), 2021-2022
2021 Dr. Nancy C. Flowers and Dr. Leo G. Horan Lectureship in Cardiology, University of Kentucky, November 2021

Clinical Interests

Heart failure and cardiomyopathies, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, advanced heart failure, cardiogenic shock, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation.

Research Interests

Dr. Sweitzer’s research interest include human studies of all aspects of heart failure, including cardiovascular clinical trials, , novel therapeutics in heart failure, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, improving quality of cardiovascular care, improving disparities in cardiovascular care, cognitive dysfunction in cardiovascular diseases.


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