Welcome to the Division of Cardiovascular Anesthesia at the University of Arizona.  Our division consists of five highly skilled cardiac anesthesiologists who are part of a multidisciplinary heart team.  Our heart team consists of cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, and cardiac anesthesiologists who all work in concert to provide state of the art patient care for a wide variety of cardiac surgeries.  

Our service consists of cardiac preoperative evaluation, hemodynamic optimization, invasive monitoring, transesophageal echocardiography, cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, management of cardiopulmonary bypass, total circulatory arrest, and postoperative care of patients undergoing cardiac surgery.  As a tertiary referral center, our patient population tends to be more high risk and complicated, compared to the local community hospitals.

Surgical procedures performed at the University of Arizona Banner Medical Center include primary and reoperative high-risk coronary bypass, cardiac valvular procedures, heart and lung transplantation.  Our center offers minimally invasive cardiac surgeries including mini-AVR and robotic MVR.  Our heart team was the first in the country to perform robot-assisted ventricular assist device.  Our division has taken an active role in developing the percutaneous valve program.  This program offers TAVR, mitral clip, and LAA ligation.

Each member of our division is trained in cardiac anesthesiology, and the majority of our division are board certified in advanced perioperative echocardiography.  In addition to providing anesthesia for cardiothoracic procedures, our group also provides diagnostic echocardiography services for all operating rooms. We provide cutting edge 3D echocardiography vital for complex valve repair cases.

Several cardiac anesthesiologists in our team conduct innovative research on clinical monitoring and coagulation medicine.

Our residents look forward to their cardiac anesthesia rotation.  Through complex cases, hands-on training and strong didactics, our residents develop skills centered on innovative patient care.