FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   

Contact: Ashley James
Phone: (520)838.3540 x72057
Email: ashley.james@pimaheartandvascular.com

[TUCSON, AZ, JANUARY 8, 2020] Pima Heart and Vascular has joined with Tucson Heart Group, a move that brings the 40-year-old practice to 61 providers and 360 support staff across Southern Arizona. The partnership will allow for increased collaboration among medical, clinical and administrative staff, as well as streamline systems and processes.

“With two highly reputable, locally-owned, cardiovascular groups, it just makes sense to work together. This partnership will help us to provide a better, more cohesive patient experience while maintaining all of our business and operations within Southern Arizona,” said Pima Heart and Vascular President Ajay Tuli, MD.

Tucson Heart Group, which was formed in 1994, is comprised of Dr. James Evans, Dr. Lionel Faitelson, Dr. Basel Skeif, Dr. Samir Dahdal and Dr. Constantin Catalin Boiangiu. These physicians will continue to see patients in their current locations and will maintain their current staff.

“When it comes to cardiovascular health and interventions, we can care for all, right here in Tucson and at our Southern Arizona clinics.  That is good for patients and for the community.” said Tucson Heart Group physician, Basel Skeif, MD.

Pima Heart and Vascular is no stranger to partnership and collaboration. In the last several years, the entity added vascular surgeons Dr. John Pacanowski and Dr. Luis Leon to the group to form a more comprehensive practice.  It has continued to add additional vascular surgeons, including Dr. Robert Fincher, Dr. Scott Berman, Dr. Bernardo Mendoza, Dr. Joseph Sabat and Dr. Joshua Balderman. An additional interventional cardiologist, Dr. Kirk Gavlick has started seeing patients in January 2020, while cardiologists Dr. Gregory Koshkarian and Dr. Gordon Watson have announced they will be joining in July 2020.

Update:  Dr. Koshkarian will see patients starting March 2020 and Dr. Watson will see patients in April 2020.

“It’s quite common for cardiac and vascular issues to occur together. By working together, we’ve been able to get patients treated faster and with better outcomes because we are all on the same page and communicating closely with one another,” said Raj Desai, MD.

For more information, please call Ashley James at 520.838.3540 x72057 or email ashley.james@pimaheartandvascular.com


Pima Heart and Vascular is the largest locally-owned and operated cardiovascular practice in Arizona. Its board-certified physicians specialize in internal medicine, general, interventional, and structural cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. With convenient locations throughout all of Tucson as well as locations in Benson, Douglas, Nogales, Willcox, Sierra Vista, Casa Grande, Oro Valley, and Marana, these doctors provide services in clinics throughout Southern Arizona, as well as at their vascular lab, vein center, ambulatory surgery center and at most area hospitals. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 520-838-3540  or visit www.pimaheartandvascular.com.