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Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis names Nancy K Sweitzer, MD, PhD Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Medicine and Director of Clinical Research for the Cardiovascular Division

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.


About Washington University School of Medicine: 

Washington University School of Medicine is committed to advancing human health in a culture that supports diversity, inclusion, critical thinking and creativity. As international leaders in patient care, research and education, our outstanding faculty has contributed major discoveries and innovations in the fields of science and clinical medicine since the school’s founding in 1891.

Located on the Washington University Medical Campus adjacent to the Cortex Innovation Community, we are one of seven schools of Washington University in St. Louis.

Our students learn from master clinicians and researchers while pursuing their studies in a wide array of academic departments and programs. Students select Washington University for the culture of camaraderie and support, a flexible curriculum and outstanding opportunities after graduation. Our programs in medical education (MD)occupational therapyaudiology and communication sciences, and physical therapy are among the highest ranked in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition, over 1,300 residents and clinical fellows train with our faculty in nearly 200 specialty and subspecialty training programs.


About Nancy K Sweitzer, MD, PhD: 


  • 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





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