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Sophia Airhart, MD Sophia Airhart, MD, is an assistant professor in the UA College of Medicine-Tucson, Division of Cardiology. She is a heart failure specialist with the Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Team at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and also on faculty in the Pulmonary Hypertension Program.
She serves as principle investigator on several HFpEF and HFrEF clinical trials and was awarded an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship for her transitional research. She has authored multiple original research publications as well as several book chapters on cardiomyopathy.

She is active in many national societies including the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the International Society of Mechanical Circulatory Support.

Dr. Airhart completed her internal medicine residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. She completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., and an advanced fellowship in pulmonary hypertension and heart failure/transplant cardiology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Penn. Her clinical interests include hemodynamics in pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure, as well as the use of mechanical assist devices in management of shock and advanced heart failure.


Steven Chase Stroud, MD, graduated from the University of New Mexico and is currently a resident physician at the University of Arizona. He will be starting Cardiology fellowship in July 2018. His current interests include non-invasive assessment of HFpEF and advanced heart failure treatment modalities.




Ike Chinyere, BS, is a MD/PhD candidate at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. His career aspirations include cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology research. For the past four years, he has been actively engaged in basic and translational research as a research specialist in the Sarver Heart Center. He plans to continue exploring ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy-mediated arrhythmia and therapy evaluation for improving patient outcomes.




Nicholas Hawkes, BSHS, is a graduate from undergrad from the University of Arizona. He is working on beginning his career in medicine, and is currently a Research Specialist for clinical trials at the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona.




Jennifer Huang-Tsang, DO, graduated from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. She finished her internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona at South Campus. She is currently a cardiovascular medicine fellow at the University of Arizona. She enjoys hiking, tennis and good coffee.


Nicole Smith, MD, attended medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to pursuing an internal medicine residency, she worked as a translational researcher using swine models as a member of the renowned Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group at the University of Arizona. Currently, she is a PGY-1 in the Internal Medicine residency program at the University of Arizona. Nicole plans to pursue Cardiology fellowship and is enthusiastic about a lifelong career in academic medicine and continued contributions to cardiovascular research.




Christopher Sobowale, MD, is currently a resident at the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Program. He graduated from medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as part of the Charles Drew/UCLA Program. His research interests are cardiovascular disease and health disparities in under-served communities.





Elise Vo, MD, is currently an Internal Medicine resident at the Tucson Banner University Medical Center. She is originally from Vietnam, arrived in Tucson and fell in love with the University of Arizona. She is a through and through Wild Cat. Her hobbies include reading book, hiking, playing board games, and traveling. She aspires to become a cardiologist. Within the field of cardiology, she is interested in a few broad topics in heart failure, adult with congenital heart disease, and cardiac resuscitation.