It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer, Professor of Medicine, has joined Washington University School of Medicine as the Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Medicine and Director of Clinical Research for the Division of Cardiology. Dr. Sweitzer joins us from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she had been the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of the Sarver Heart Center and Co-Director of the Clinical Translational Sciences Graduate Program for the University of Arizona Health Sciences.
Dr. Sweitzer received her MD/PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She completed her graduate medical training, including internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography and heart failure and transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the University of Wisconsin prior to being recruited to the University of Arizona.
Dr. Sweitzer is board-certified in general cardiology and in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. She is a physician scientist who has devoted her career to the physiology and multi-organ interactions in heart failure, particularly heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. She has been a national and international leader in clinical trials in heart failure and cardiology. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA). She is past president of the Association of Professors of Cardiology. She has authored over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She is editor-in-chief of the top-ranked cardiology journal Circulation: Heart Failure.
Dr. Sweitzer has led and collaborated on studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as studies supported by industry and academic sponsors. She has served on numerous NIH, AHA and HFSA committees and currently serves as a member of the AHA Heart Failure IMPLEMENT-HF Advisory Group, Co-Chair of the Rehab-HFpEF Trial Steering Committee and Chair of the NIH/NHLBI Clinical Trials Review Committee.
We are very enthusiastic about Dr. Sweitzer’s recruitment and her outstanding ability to grow our clinical research programs and enhance the Division, the Department of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine through her clinical expertise, successful research, and leadership. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Nancy Sweitzer into her new leadership role.