Flagstaff Medical Center and Heart & Vascular Center add accomplished heart surgeon to staff

Oct. 4, 2013

Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon David Caparrelli, M.D., F.A.C.S, will join Flagstaff Medical Center and The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA) on Oct. 16. Dr. Caparrelli, who is board certified in cardiothoracic, vascular and general surgery, was selected following a national search that included dozens of applicants.

As a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, Dr. Caparrelli specializes in minimally invasive and traditional open heart surgery, including coronary artery bypass, valve repair and replacement, removal of intracardiac tumors and repair of heart defects.  He also maintains a special interest and expertise in the treatment of patients with aneurysms and peripheral vascular disease utilizing both traditional open and innovative endovascular techniques.

“We are honored to add such a talented and experienced heart surgeon to our medical team,” said Irwin Bloom, B.S., M.B.A., Flagstaff Medical Center interim president /CEO. “In addition to his stellar credentials, one of the deciding factors in Dr. Caparrelli being chosen as our new surgeon was his demonstrated commitment to patient-centered care and fostering a collaborative care team. His long-term vision for his new role is to help advance our cardiovascular program so patients from Northern Arizona never consider receiving their care anywhere else.”

Before joining FMC and HVCNA, Dr. Caparrelli was a cardiovascular and endovascular surgeon at the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix. He received an undergraduate chemistry degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he spent an additional year as a post-doctoral research fellow in thoracic oncology. He completed his general, vascular and cardiothoracic surgical residencies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. During his tenure at Johns Hopkins he served as the chief resident of the cardiac and thoracic surgery divisions.

 Dr. Caparrelli has published numerous articles related to cardiovascular medicine and is an accomplished speaker on cardiac topics. He currently is a counselor-at-large and the co-chairman of the fellowship committee for the Edward B. Diethrich Vascular Surgical Society. He is a member of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists, the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, the Edward B. Diethrich Vascular Surgical Society and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA) is a cardiovascular physician practice offering services including general cardiology; rhythm abnormalities; the treatment of chronic heart and vascular conditions; and advanced surgical procedures including traditional and minimally invasive open heart surgery.

HVCNA cardiovascular specialists include cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, an electrophysiologist, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, and specialty trained physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses. HVCNA is a partnership between Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center with offices located in Flagstaff, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Sedona, Williams and Winslow. For more information, visit To make an appointment, call 928-773-2150.