Division of Cardiovascular Diseases:

Cardio-Oncology

The Scripps Cardio-Oncology Program, part of the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, exclusively focuses on treating cardiac complications of cancer treatment. All of our cardiologists are board certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologists or part of the Women’s Heart Center, with advanced heart failure training. Our goal is to assist patients in completing cancer therapy successfully. To do so, our team offers pre-treatment evaluation for those at risk for cardiac complications. For patients undergoing cancer treatments who may be at risk for developing heart issues, we offer in-treatment surveillance using state-of-the-art imaging modalities including echocardiography and cardiac MRIs. Lastly, as patients complete their treatment we monitor for cardiac complications that can manifest months and sometimes years later. Our cancer survivorship programs are committed to ensuring appropriate cardiac surveillance for those at risk.

We work in close collaboration with our hematology and oncology partners to help get patients through their cancer treatment. We also offer a dedicated cardio-oncology clinic with the ability to do urgent add-on visits or consultations.

Areas of particular interest and expertise are noted below:

J. Thomas Heywood, MD

  • Director of Heart Failure & Mechanical Circulatory Support, Director of Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Advanced Heart failure medical therapies
  • Hemodynamics
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Renal dysfunction in heart failure
  • Implanted heart failure monitors
  • Mechanical circulatory support devices
  • Cardiac Amyloidosis
  • Cardio-Oncology
  • Na Mee Kim, MD
  • General Cardiology
  • Women’s Heart Center
  • Cardio-Oncology
  • Advanced Lipid and Hypertension Management

Rajeev Mohan, MD

  • Director of Cardiac Amyloid & Cardio-oncology
  • Advanced Heart Failure Therapies
  • Heart Transplant Care
  • LVAD Therapy
  • Mechanical circulatory support devices and cardiogenic shock
  • Inter-atrial shunt devices
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Cardiac Amyloidosis
  • Cardio-Oncology

Ajay Srivastava, MD

  • Director of Temporary Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Heart failure systems of care/population health
  • Heart rhythm devices in heart failure
  • Cardiogenic shock/circulatory support devices
  • Cardiac Amyloidosis
  • Cardio-Oncology
  • Cardiac sarcoidosis

Featured Services

  • Urgent/Same Day Consultation

  • Advanced Imaging Services

We have both an ACGME cardiology fellowship as well as a dedicated ACGME advanced heart failure fellowship. Fellows have the opportunity to be involved with the cardio-oncology clinic and are actively involved in all research being done in this area.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Graduate Medical Education page.

Our cardiologists are involved in research in the field of cardiac amyloidosis.
Current research projects include:

  • Using cardiac rhythm monitors to detect cardiac toxicity in patients undergoing chemotherapy – Certain chemotherapeutic drugs can cause abnormal heart rhythms. Often these aren’t detected until there is an issue with heart function which can put people at risk. This study hopes to detect these arrhythmias earlier in the course of treatment.
SEE ALL SCMG RESEARCH