Jul 2, 2013
Carol Gregorio, PhD, will serve as interim director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, following the retirement of Gordon A. Ewy, MD, a founding faculty member of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, who has served as director of the UA Sarver Heart Center from 1991 to June 30, 2013.
“Dr. Gregorio is a great leader to bring the UA Sarver Heart Center through this time of transition as we work to conclude the national search for Dr. Ewy’s successor,” said Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine - Tucson.
Dr. Gregorio is a professor and head of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Director of the Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program at the UA College of Medicine. A co-director of the UA Sarver Heart Center since 2010, she also is the center’s Luxford/ Schoolcraft Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Research. She chairs the search committee for the new director of the Sarver Heart Center. The committee includes clinical, research, hospital and community leaders from Tucson and Phoenix.
“Those of us who have had the honor of working with Gordon Ewy know that he is a rock star among cardiologists. Chairing the committee to recruit his successor is a daunting task, and the diverse committee is keeping in the forefront the best interests of the center, the Division of Cardiology and the UA College of Medicine,” said Dr. Gregorio.
Dr. Ewy, who now assumes the title of professor emeritus, is noted internationally for his pioneering work in resuscitation research. The Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group found that compression-only CPR is more effective in the case of sudden primary cardiac arrest than “mouth-to-mouth” breathing, which had been part of “Standards and Guidelines” for 40 years with no change in survival rates. Indeed, compression-only CPR doubles a person’s chance of survival. To see a demonstration of this method, please visit http://heart.arizona.edu/learn-cpr
The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center in Tucson, Ariz., emphasizes a highly interdisciplinary research environment fostering innovative translational or “bench-to-bedside” research. Working toward a future free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the center’s more than 170 scientist and physician members collaborate with the goal of applying new findings from the basic sciences to the clinical arena as quickly as possible.