Women as One has selected Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the College of Medicine – Tucson, as one of five inaugural recipients of its Escalator Award, created to support professional development for female cardiologists.
Dr. Breathett, who holds a Master's degree in Clinical Science, teaches in the College’s Division of Cardiology. She is a member of Sarver Heart Center and is a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist. Her research focuses on racial, ethnic and gender disparities in cardiovascular disease.
“I am grateful for the honor of receiving this inaugural award, and thankful for the support of my mentors and institution. I will use this award to advance my research agenda in reducing bias in the allocation of advanced heart therapies, strengthen international research collaborations and support the careers of my mentees in cardiovascular medicine,” said Dr. Breathett.
Women as One was founded in 2018 to broaden and promote the global talent pool in medicine by providing unique professional opportunities to female cardiologists.
“For one of the five awards given this year to come to Dr. Breathett and the University of Arizona Health Sciences is recognition of the environment we have built here, in which women can thrive and talented scientists such as Dr. Breathett can make rapid and important strides to change the lives of patients with cardiovascular disease,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of Sarver Heart Center and chief of cardiology at the College of Medicine – Tucson.