UA Sarver Heart Center, Banner – University Medicine Tucson Welcome New Cardiologists

October 5, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. – Two cardiologists recently joined the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. J.R. Exequiel T. “Keng” Pineda, MD, PhD, and Andrew R. Williams, MD, are now faculty members of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Division of Cardiology, and are seeing patients at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

“The rapid growth in cardiovascular medicine at the UArizona Health Sciences and Banner – University Medicine continues as we welcome our new faculty members, Drs. Pineda and Williams. We are more able than ever to provide highly personalized care to patients with heart disease, vascular diseases and those at risk for heart disease,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UArizona Sarver Heart Center, professor of medicine and cardiology chief.

J.R. Exequiel T. “Keng” Pineda, MD, PhD

J.R. Exequiel T. “Keng” Pineda, MD, PhDDr. Pineda is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. His clinical interests include preventative cardiology, cardiovascular care of patients with cancer who develop cardiovascular toxicities from their treatment, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Pineda’s research interests include heart muscle cell research in lab models to understand the cardio-toxic effects of some chemotherapeutics. He has authored or co-authored multiple original research publications and presented his research at national and international scientific meetings.

Dr. Pineda earned his medical and doctoral degrees at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed an internal medicine residency and fellowship in vascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, before coming to the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson for fellowship training in cardiovascular disease, research and interventional cardiology.

Andrew R. Williams, MD

Andrew R. Williams, MD

Dr. Williams is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. His clinical interests include echocardiography, specifically trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) and 3D echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, vascular imaging as well as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and sports cardiology. 

He has authored multiple original research publications and presented at the local and national level.

Dr. Williams earned his medical degree at UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. He then completed a fellowship in adult cardiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City.

To make an appointment to see these physicians, please call 520-MYHeart (520-694-3278) or 800-524-5928.

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A version of this article also appears on the UArizona Sarver Heart Center website.

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About the Sarver Heart Center
The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center's 160 members include faculty from cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric cardiology, neurology, vascular surgery, radiology, endocrinology, emergency medicine, nursing, pharmacy and basic sciences. The UArizona Sarver Heart Center emphasizes a highly collaborative research environment, fostering innovative translational or "bench-to-bedside" research; dedicated to innovating lifesaving patient care. If you would like to give permission for Sarver Heart Center to contact you about heart research studies, please complete a Cardiology Research Registry Information Form. The academic mission of the Sarver Heart Center encompasses four fellowship programs in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology, and electrophysiology. For more information: heart.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube).

About the University of Arizona College of Medicine –Tucson
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is shaping the future of medicine through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research and advancements in patient care in Arizona and beyond. Founded in 1967, the college boasts more than 50 years of innovation, ranking among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. Through the university's partnership with Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the college is leading the way in academic medicine. For more information, stvisit medicine.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn).

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences
The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. UArizona Health Sciences includes the Colleges of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix), Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona, the greater Southwest and around the world to provide next-generation education, research and outreach. A major economic engine, Health Sciences employs nearly 5,000 people, has approximately 4,000 students and 900 faculty members, and garners $200 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram).