Board Certification and Academic Information
||Pediatrics - Professor (Clinical)
||American Board of Pediatrics (Sub: Ped Cardiology)
International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (Physician/EP)
National Board of Medical Examiners
Academic Office Locations
|Academic Office Phone Number
||Academic Office Address
295 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Elizabeth “Tess” Vickers Saarel, M.D. is the Director for Electrophysiology in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics. In this capacity she oversees the management of children and adolescents and adult patients with congenital heart disease at Primary Children’s Medical Center, the University of Utah and other Intermountain Healthcare facilities. Dr. Saarel is active in the education of medical students, residents and fellows training at these medical facilities and at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Dr. Saarel’s research interests include the diagnosis and treatment, the prevention of sudden cardiac death, and quality improvement in the care of children, adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease with cardiac arrhythmias. She has co-authored 15 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 30 scientific abstracts, review articles and book chapters including a chapter in Clinical Cardiac Pacing and Defibrillation. She has been the primary investigator for both current and post grant funding.
Dr. Saarel completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University, where she graduated Cum Laude. She received her M.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society and received American Heart Association and Korenman Merit scholarships. Dr. Saarel also received an O’Malley Prize in the History of Medicine at UCLA. After completing postgraduate training in Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital of Case Western University she practiced general pediatrics for five years and served as an Instructor in Pediatrics at New York Medical College. She then returned for in-depth training in cardiology and electrophysiology at the University of Michigan Medical Center and University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor. As a Fellow in Cardiology she received several awards including the Amgen Fellow Award for Clinical Research.
Dr. Saarel was faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Medicine (Pediatric Cardiology), The Cleveland Clinic (Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology) and Case Western University School of Medicine (Electrophysiology) before joining the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2005. In Utah, Dr. Saarel has remained active in the clinical care of patients, including cardiac ablation and cardiac device implantation in children, adolescents and adult patients with congenital heart disease, in addition to her research and educational endeavors. She was promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2009.
Dr. Saarel is active in multiple regional, national and international medical societies. She is currently is a member of the Pediatric and Adult Congenital Electrophysiology Society, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of American College of Cardiology Working Group in Quality Improvement, a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, a member of the American Heart Association, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She serves on several committees at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center.