Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine, has been named vice chair of clinical research for the Department of Medicine and director of clinical research for the Cardiovascular Division at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Sweitzer previously served as the chief of cardiovascular medicine, director of the Sarver Heart Center and co-director of the clinical translational sciences graduate program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Sweitzer is a physician-scientist who has devoted her career to understanding physiology and multi-organ interactions in heart failure, particularly heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. She has been a leader in clinical trials in heart failure and cardiology, and is board-certified in general cardiology, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.
Sweitzer is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America. She is past president of the Association of Professors of Cardiology, has authored over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is editor-in-chief of the cardiology journal Circulation: Heart Failure.
She 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 and other committees and advisory groups, including her role as chair of the Clinical Trials Review Committee of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH, which she began in 2021.
Sweitzer earned her medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She completed her graduate medical training, including internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography, heart failure and transplant, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She served on the faculty at Harvard and the University of Wisconsin before she was recruited to the University of Arizona.