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Charles Katzenberg, MD, is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and a board-certified cardiologist who founded the Heart Series to teach people how to prevent heart disease and improve their health. He tries to practice what he preaches. He’s a pesca-vegan eater and an enthusiastic cyclist who has been known to appear at community lectures in cycling gear.

Dr. Katzenberg practices at Banner - University Medical Center’s North Hills Physician Offices. He completed medical school at the University of Illinois - Chicago. He then was an intern and resident in internal medicine as well as a chest disease fellow at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. His fellowship in cardiovascular medicine was completed at University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1982. He went into private practice as co-founder of Pima Heart Associates and was co-director of Pima Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation. He served as medical director of the Tucson Heart Hospital from 1997-2004.

Dr. Katzenberg also served as 2013-14 president of the Pima County Medical Society and has been a board member since 2008. He is also a board member of the Arizona Employer Healthcare Alliance, a member of Physicians for a National Healthcare Program and the American Society for Preventative Cardiology.  Among other outside activities, he helped develop Arizona’s first Medicare-approved community cardiac rehabilitation program not in a hospital, cofounded the Fitness & Health Institute of Tucson (FIT) as well as the Heart Series, Arizona’s first intensive cardiac rehabilitation program. In 2010, he formed the Foundation for Cardiovascular Health, focused on coronary heart disease prevention. He volunteers for St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, Clinica Amistad and Mended Hearts.

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