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Celebrating Excellence: Pima Heart and Vascular Physicians Honored as Tucson Top Doctors

April 1, 2024

Pima Heart and Vascular is proud to announce that 24 of our esteemed physicians have been named Tucson Top Doctors for 2024 by Tucson Lifestyle magazine.


As the largest independent cardiovascular physician practice in Arizona and one of the nation’s largest, Pima Heart & Vascular serves patients and healthcare partners with cardiovascular education and clinical research opportunities. Ensuring accessibility to care and education for Southern Arizona residents is at the core of our mission.

We are thrilled to share that over 50% of our physicians have been nominated as Tucson Top Doctors, by Tucson Lifestyle magazine, highlighting our dedication to excellence in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Additionally, our clinical research program is at the forefront of innovation and advancing patient outcomes. Many of our top doctors are principal investigators leading this program, setting the standard for clinical innovation.

Lifestyle magazines across the country partner with Castle Connolly to produce a list of top local doctors for their readers. Tucson Lifestyle is proud to be one of Castle Connolly’s partners in order to provide this compilation of our best of the best in the Old Pueblo. The Tucson Top Doctors list is compiled annually through a peer-nominated process, highlighting the most outstanding physicians across various specialties.

Castle Connolly also recently published a list of 2024 Accolade awardees, and we are excited to announce that Pima Heart & Vascular, a collective effort of our entire practice encompassing 28 locations, was named the #1 Private Practice for Top Doctors in Heart & Vascular in Arizona.

We invite you to join us in congratulating our physicians on this remarkable achievement.


  • Paul E. Bejarano, MD
  • Samir Dahdal, MD
  • Rajen D. Desai, MD
  • Kirk Gavlick, DO
  • Neil M. Gheewala, MD
  • Mukesh Gopalakrishnan, MD
  • Arthur Menezes, MD
  • Janakkumar Kansagra, MD
  • Gregory Koshkarian, MD
  • Lou Lancero, MD
  • Peter H. Spooner, MD
  • William J. Thomas, MD
  • Salvatore J. Tirrito, MD
  • Ajay Tuli, MD
  • Gordon Watson, MD


  • Darren F. Peress, MD
  • Kartik Reddy, MD
  • Benigno F. Decena, MD
  • Jitender Munjal, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Raj Bose, MD

Vascular Surgery

  • Scott E. Berman, MD
  • Luis R. Leon, MD
  • Bernardo Mendoza, MD
  • John P. Pacanowski, MD

We are grateful to Tucson Lifestyle magazine for acknowledging the hard work and expertise of our physicians. Congratulations once again to our Tucson Top Doctors!

For more information about our providers and the services offered at Pima Heart and Vascular, please visit our website or call 520.838.3540.