About

Our Cardiovascular Center offers a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of heart disease with highly trained and renowned physicians and state-of-the-art technology. We bring together a team of experts from all areas of cardiology to focus their attention on the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure.

We know the term “heart failure” can be frightening. Our staff works together with each patient individually to create a treatment that best suits your needs—from medication, lifestyle modification, circulatory support devices, or, if necessary, transplants. Our mission is to ensure better health and quality of life for our patients.

Heart Transplant Program

Cardiologists

Stavros G. Drakos, MD, PhD

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Dr. Drakos is the Co-Chief of Heart Failure and Transplant Section and Medical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) Program/U of Utah Healthcare. He is a Nora Eccles Treadwell Scholar and Director of Cardiovascular Research for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.Medical Training (MD, PhD, Residency, Fellowships) - See Info in t... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
801-585-3693
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
801-585-5122
Veterans Administration Medical Center 801-584-1235

James C. Fang, MD

Patient Rating:

4.9

4.9 out of 5

James Chen-tson Fang, M.D., is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line at University of Utah Health Care. Dr. Fang, who specializes in treatment of patients with heart failure, most recently held the Spitz Master Clinician Chair at Case Western Reserve Univers... Read More

Edward Michael Gilbert, MD

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Edward Michael Gilbert, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Gilbert received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and in Critical Care at Wayne State University. He completed his Cardiovascular Disease training at the University of U... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Billings Clinic 800-332-7156
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 208-367-4278
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
801-587-2199
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
801-585-3693
Veterans Administration Medical Center 801-584-1235

Kimberly M. Molina, MD

Kimberly Molina, MD is a member of the division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Molina is a general cardiologist who sees children with all forms of heart disease, and specializes in seeing patients with heart failure and cardiomyopathy, as well as those individuals wh... Read More

Specialties:

Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Pediatric Cardiology

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Jose Nativi-Nicolau, MD

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Dr. Nativi-Nicolau is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah and is the Cardiovascular Director of the Amyloidosis Program at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute. He received his medical degree from University of Panama. Dr. Nativi-Nicolau completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Drexel University Colleg... Read More

Specialties:

Amyloidosis, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Billings Clinic 800-332-7156
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 208-367-4278
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
801-585-3693
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
801-587-2199
Veterans Administration Medical Center 801-584-1235

John J. Ryan, MD, FACC, FAHA

Patient Rating:

4.9

4.9 out of 5

John J. Ryan MD, FACC, FAHA, has an appointment in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. He has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2013. Dr. Ryan is the co-director of the Dyspnea Clinic, a combined, multidisciplinary clinic between the University of Utah Divisio... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology, Dyspnea, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Heart Failure, Pulmonary Hypertension, Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Locations:

Blanding Family Practice 801-585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH is a Christi T Smith Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Stehlik has received his medical degree from Charles University in Prague and Masters in Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and in Cardiovascular Diseases at Alleg... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Billings Clinic 800-332-7156
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 208-367-4278
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
801-587-2199
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
801-585-3693
Veterans Administration Medical Center 801-584-1235

Omar Wever-Pinzon, MD

Dr. Wever-Pinzon is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. He received his medical degree from the University of Panama. Dr. Wever-Pinzon completed his Internal Medicine Residency, followed by a fellowship in Advanced Cardiac Imaging at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center-University Hospital of Columbia University College of... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Imaging, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Nuclear Cardiology

Locations:

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 208-367-4278
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-587-2199
Veterans Administration Medical Center 801-584-1235

Aaron W. Eckhauser, MD, MSCI

I joined the University of Utah, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2012. I am board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. My clinical interests are focused on caring for all patients, from neonates to adults, with congenital heart defects. I have a special interest in pediatric heart... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Transplant, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Stephen McKellar, MD, MSc

Dr. McKellar is a native of Salt Lake City and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah and his Doctor of Medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgical and Cardiothoracic Surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in a combined, integrated training program. ... Read More

Kimberly M. Molina, MD

Kimberly Molina, MD is a member of the division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Molina is a general cardiologist who sees children with all forms of heart disease, and specializes in seeing patients with heart failure and cardiomyopathy, as well as those individuals wh... Read More

Specialties:

Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Pediatric Cardiology

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Craig H. Selzman, MD

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Dr. Craig Selzman is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah who specializes in the care of patients requiring heart surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his General and Cardiothoracic Surgery training... Read More

Joseph E. Tonna, MD

Dr. Joseph Tonna, MD, FAAEM, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery (Emergency Medicine) at the University of Utah and is the Associate Director of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Services at the University. He works as an Attending Physician in the Surgical and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units and in the Emergency Department. His cli... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Respiratory Critical Care

Locations:

University Hospital
Emergency Medicine
801-581-4314

Jess B. Anderson, APRN

Jess Anderson, FNP-APRN is an ANCC board certified family nurse practitioner working primarily with heart failure and transplant patients at the University of Utah Health Cardiovascular Clinic. Jess is originally from Salt Lake and went to BYU for his Undergraduate degree. After graduating from BYU he worked in hospice administration and patient ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Lynette Evans, APRN, BSN

Lynette Evans, APRN, FNP-BC is an ANCC board certified family nurse practitioner working primarily with heart failure and transplant patients at the University of Utah Medical Center. In addition to managing complications related to heart failure, she is involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of other cardiac pathologies. Lynette is ... Read More

Specialties:

Amyloidosis, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
801-585-5122
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
801-585-3693

Jacob Fetzer, PA-C

Jake Fetzer PA-C, MPAS is a board certified Physician Assistant working primarily with heart failure and transplant patients at the University of Utah Medical Center. In addition to managing complications related to heart failure, he is involved in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of other cardiac pathologies. He has enjoyed living in Utah the... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
801-585-5122
University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
801-585-3693

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Physician Assistant

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Specialties:

Cardiology, Family Nurse Practitioner, General Cardiology, Heart Failure, Interventional Cardiology, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

Redstone Health Center 801-585-7676
Uintah Basin Medical Center 801-585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676
University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-581-8421

Nathan C. Sontum, PA-C, MHS

PA-C for department of CT surgery 2010-Present... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Sandra D. Spackman, APRN, AGPCNP-BC

Sandee began her career as a cardiology technician as a teenager, and has been fascinated by the cardiology field since.  Working in various areas, she learned to perform many of the tests offered in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine.  She graduated from nursing school in 1998, and began nursing on the telemetry unit, caring for patients wi... Read More

Specialties:

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adolescent Preventive Cardiology, Cardiology, General Cardiology, Gerontology, Health Promotion and Education, Heart Failure, Hypertension, Preventive Cardiology

Locations:

Basin Clinic 801-585-7676
Blanding Family Practice 801-585-7676
Redwood Health Center 801-213-9990
San Juan Clinic
San Juan Clinic
801-585-7676
South Jordan Health Center 801-213-5249
University Hospital
William B. Ririe Hospital & Rural Health Clinic 801-585-7676

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Scott A. Tatum, PA-C

Scott came to the University almost 9 years ago from private practice. As a trainer and consultant for Endoscopic Vein harvesting, he has effectively introduced and incorporated new technology and procedures into the University healthcare system. As the senior physician assistant in the division of cardiothoracic surgery, Scott has 17 years experie... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital 801-581-2121

Jill Stratford Waldron, MS, APRN

Jill Stratford Waldron, graduated from the University of Utah, with her Masters of Science in Nursing, and a Masters Certificate in gerontology. She is a board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) and gerontologist, with over 15 years of experience in cardiology and 5+ years in teaching undergraduate nursing students. She previously... Read More

Specialties:

Amyloidosis, Cardiology, Geriatrics, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
801-585-5122
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
801-585-3693

Locations

University Campus
University of Utah Hospital
50 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
801-581-2121
Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
801-662-1000
Idaho
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
6140 West Curtisian Ave Ste 200
Boise, ID 83704
208-367-4278
Montana
Billings Clinic
Appt. Scheduling: 1-406-238-2000
315 North 25th St 2nd floor
Billings, MT 59101
1-800-332-7156

Patient Experience

Clinical Trials

  • CV-201
    Keywords: Stem Cell, Heart Failure, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
    Status: Recruiting
  • LIVE_HCM/LQTS
    Keywords: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, HCM, HOCM
    Status: Recruiting
  • AC6 Trial
    Keywords: Gene Therapy, Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy
    Status: Active, not recruiting
  • PARAGON
    Keywords: Heart Failure, HFpEF, Structural Heart Disease
    Status: Active, not recruiting
  • TEVA CEP-41750
    Keywords: Stem cells, Heart Failure, Regenerative Medicine, Cardiology, Gene therapy
    Status: Recruiting
  • MOMENTUM 3
    Keywords: Heart Failure, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mechanical Circulatory Support, VAD
    Status: Active, not recruiting
  • MOMENTUM 3 CAP
    Keywords: Heart Failure, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mechanical Circulatory Support, VAD
    Status: Recruiting
  • MI-NSTEMI
    Keywords: Stem Cell, MI, Heart Attack
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • LIFE Study_HF
    Keywords: Entresto, heart failure
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • Aastrom HF 2B
    Keywords: Stem Cells
    Status: Completed
  • Preserved-HF
    Keywords: HfPef , Diabetes, Heart Failure, Pre-Diabetes
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • RESTAGE - HF
    Keywords: Heart Failure, LVAD, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Heart Recovery
    Status: Active, not recruiting
  • Jarvik 2000 BTT Trial
    Keywords: LVAD, Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation, Destination Therapy , Bridge to Transplant, Bridge to Recovery
    Status: Recruiting
  • HeartWare VAS for DT Trial
    Keywords: LVAD, Heart Failure, Destination Therapy, Artificial Heart
    Status: Active, not recruiting
  • HeartWare VAD for DT Therapy - ENDURANCE Supplemental Trial
    Keywords: Heart Failure, LVAD, Heart Transplant
    Status: Active, not recruiting
  • Soprano
    Keywords: Post LVAD Implantation, Pulmonary Hypertension
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • VICTORIA
    Keywords: Heart Failure, Reduced Ejection Fraction
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • Medtronic TAVR in Low Risk Patients
    Keywords: TAVR, SAVR
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • REVIVE-IT
    Keywords: heart failure, registry, LVAD
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • GENETIC-AF
    Keywords: Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Flutter
    Status: Recruiting
  • Quadripolar Pacing PAS
    Keywords: Heart Failure, Cardiac Device
    Status: Recruiting
  • Utah Cardiac Recovery (UCAR) - SHOCK Registry
    Keywords: Cardiogenic Shock
    Status: Recruiting
  • PARACHUTE IV
    Keywords: Heart Failure, Myocardial Infarction
    Status: Recruiting
  • LVAD and Stem Cells
    Keywords: Heart Failure, LVAD, Stem Cells, Bridge to Transplant, Destination Therapy, Myocardial Recovery
    Status: Recruiting
  • SHOCK-Imaging
    Keywords: Heart Attack
    Status: Recruiting
  • Jarvik 2000 DT Trial
    Keywords: Heart Failure, LVAD, Artificial Heart, Heart Surgery
    Status: Recruiting
  • HeartMate PHP
    Keywords: percutaneous coronary intervention, medical device, ventricular assist device, heart failure, cardiology, interventional cardiology
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • RAMP-IT-UP
    Keywords: LVAD, Hemodynamics, Echocardiography, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist for the Treatment of Heart Failure in Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices
    Keywords: LVAD, heart failure, recovery, Anakinra, Interleukin-1
    Status: Recruiting