David A. Bull, MD

Professor, Surgery
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

David A. Bull, MD

Professor, Surgery
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. David Bull joined the University of Arizona - Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery on March 6, 2017 in the roles of professor and division chief.

In 1985, Dr. Bull received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed residencies in general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He went on to complete fellowships in vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Arizona and University of Utah, respectively. He joined the University of Utah School of Medicine faculty in 1994.

Dr. Bull was a member of the Thoracic Oncology Program, a joint effort between Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. The program was developed to offer consultation, diagnosis, and treatment for all chest cancers. During his time at the University of Utah Health Science Center, he served as a professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the program director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program; and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center.

In his clinical practice, Dr. Bull specializes in heart, lung, and esophageal surgery, heart and lung transplantation, and the implantation of mechanical circulatory support devices, or "artificial" hearts. His clinical research interests include lung and esophageal cancer and gene therapy for heart disease and heart failure.

Research Interests: 

Development of targeted therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, primarily acute myocardial ischemia, or chronic heart failure
Lung and esophageal cancer
Gene therapy for heart disease

Degrees
  • MD: University of California - San Francisco, 1985
  • BA: University of California - Berkeley, 1981
Honors and Awards
  • Good Housekeeping's Top Heart Specialists, 2004-Present
  • America's Top Doctors, 2004-Present
  • America's Top Physicians, Consumers' Research Council of America, 2003-Present
  • J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Paper, Society of Thoracic Surgery, 2002
  • Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans, 1991
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Achievement Award for College Scientists, 1981
  • Frank Gerbode Research Scholar, 1980
Residency
  • University of Arizona, General Surgery, 1987-1990
  • University of California - San Francisco, General Surgery, 1986-1987
Internship
  • University of California - San Francisco, General Surgery, 1985-1986
Fellowship
  • University of Utah, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1992-1994
  • University of Arizona, Vascular Surgery, 1990-1992
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 1995-2025
  • American Board of Surgery (Sub: Gen Vasc Surgery), 1994-2024
  • American Board of Surgery (Sub: Surg Critical Care), 1992-2022
  • American Board of Surgery (General Surgery), 1991-2021
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1986