Gifts support Cardiovascular training fellowships at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix


Pictured left to right are Dr. Ahmad
Al Turk, Structural Heart Disease
Fellow and Dr. Marvin H. Eng,
Structural Heart Disease Program

The Banner Health Foundation recently received gifts from Abbott Laboratories, Edwards Lifesciences and Medtronic to support Cardiovascular training fellowships in Electrophysiology and Structural Heart. These fellowships prepare physicians to provide high-value care to diverse patients in ambulatory care, hospital medicine, or an internal medicine subspecialty.

As part of our academic medical enterprise known as Banner – University Medicine, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is focused on coordinated clinical care, expanded research activities, and nurturing future generations of highly trained medical professionals to meet our community’s health care needs. The Cardiovascular training program is rapidly expanding, helping to establish the Banner – University Medicine Heart Institute as a destination center for cardiovascular care.

While residents have earned their medical degrees but are not yet fully independent, credentialed physicians, fellows are fully credentialed physicians who are able to practice medicine independently. Typically ranging from one to three years, fellowship training allows graduates of a residency to focus on a subspecialty area of clinical practice, education, or research.

Supporting Graduate Medical Education with charitable gifts is of growing interest to donors, as this investment trains tomorrow’s physicians right here in our community. Nationally, more than half of physicians choose to practice medicine in the state where they completed their training, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Electrophysiology Fellowship focuses on patient care, research, high-level electrophysiology practice and management of atrial fibrillation and cardiac rhythm devices. The program is led by world-renowned cardiologists including Dr. Wilber Su, Dr. Peter Weiss, and Dr. Roderick Tung. While Dr. Su is a respected innovator in atrial fibrillation and cryoballoon ablation, Dr. Weiss and Dr. Tung are two of the most accomplished physicians in the management and ablation of ventricular arrhythmias. The accreditation of the Fellowship program and inaugural class began in summer 2022. The program prioritizes a commitment to excellence and the support of each Fellow’s personal and professional goals.

The Structural Heart Fellowship focuses on management of a wide variety of procedures, including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), where a replacement valve is inserted into the aortic valve through a catheter. Led by Dr. Marvin H. Eng, alongside clinical support staff, this program gives fellows the experience and expertise to evaluate, diagnose, and manage valvular heart and structural disease. The fellowships began in 2002 as a partnership between Banner Health and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and is based at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix.

Offering fellowships in specialty areas of cardiovascular disease is critically important to the development of a world-class Heart Institute at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.  

Cardiovascular disease takes a tremendous toll on American families and communities. It is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming a life every 40 seconds—a rank it has held for more than a century. The Banner – University Medicine Heart Institute provides leading-edge care for heart patients, advances knowledge through innovative research initiatives, and trains future generations of cardiac specialists.

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