Nancy Luo, M.D.

Nancy Luo, M.D.



Heart Failure

Advanced Heart Failure

Transplant Cardiology


Internal Medicine


  • Assistant Professor


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UC Davis Medical Center

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I am a heart failure and heart transplant cardiologist. I care for people with heart muscle disease, who have an LVAD (heart pump), or who have undergone heart transplant surgery.

Because heart failure can be a continuous and lifelong challenge, my approach to care is to be the person that I would want my loved ones to see: first and foremost, compassionate and respectful of your desires, but also dedicated to building a long-term relationship.

Of course, we all hope to see as few doctors as possible. But when we do meet, my goal is that you are comfortable — not just in the physical sense, but also with the decisions you make.

I work closely with a clinical care team composed of heart surgeons, physicians, nurse clinicians, care coordinators, social workers, and therapists to manage your illness and provide comprehensive and leading-edge care. 


Clinical Interests

Dr. Luo is a cardiologist with a clinical and research interest in heart failure, including advanced therapies such as cardiac transplantation and mechanical assist devices or "heart pumps." Additionally, she has a special clinical interest and expertise in patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Luo's research focuses around health care quality. Specifically, she is interested in identifying and evaluating outcomes in heart failure important to patients, and evaluating methods for improving the translation of evidence?based heart failure care into clinical practice.


Cardiovascular Medicine


M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Texas, 2009

B.A., Rice University, Texas, 2005

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Chicago, Illinois, 2009-2010


Internal Medicine, University of Chicago, Illinois, 2010-2012


Cardiovascular Disease, Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, 2013-2017

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, 2017-2018

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine,

American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiology,

Professional Memberships

American College of Cardiology

American Heart Association

Heart Failure Society of America

Honors and Awards

AHA Young Investigator Database Seed Grant, 2016

AHA Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence, AHA, 2017

Select Recent Publications

Luo N, Ballew NG, O’Brien EC, Greiner MA, Peterson PN, Hammill BG, Hardy NC, Laskey WK, Heidenreich PA, Chang CL, Hernandez AF, Curtis LH, Mentz RJ, Fonarow GC. Early Impact of Guideline Publication on Angiotensin-Receptor Neprilysin Inhibitor Use among Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure. Am Heart J 2018 June;200:134–140

Greene SJ, O’Brien EC, Mentz, Luo N, Hardy NC, Laskey WK, Heidenreich PA, Chang CL, Turner SJ, Yancy CW, Hernandez AF, Curtis LH, Peterson PN, Fonarow GC, Hammill BG. Home-Time After Discharge Among Patients Hospitalized With Heart Failure. J Am Coll Cardiol 2018;71(23):2643-2652

Luo N, Teng TK, Tay WT, Anand IS, Kraus WE, Liew HB, Ling LH, O'Connor CM, Pina IL, Richards AM, Shimizu W, Whellan DJ, Yap J, Lam CS, Mentz RJ. Multi-National and Multi-Ethnic Variations in Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure. Am Heart J 2017 Sep;191:75-81

Luo N, Merrill P, Parikh KS, Whellan DJ, Pina IL, Fuizat M, Kraus WE, Kitzman DW, Keteyian SJ, O’Connor CM, Mentz RJ. Exercise Training in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation. J Am Coll Cardiol 2017;69(3):1683-91

Luo N, Fonarow GC, Lippmann SJ, Mi X, Heidenreich PA, Yancy CW, Greiner MA, Hammill BG, Hardy NC, Turner SJ, Laskey WK, Curtis LH, Hernandez AF, Mentz RJ, O’Brien EC. Early Adoption of Sacubitril/Valsartan for Patients with Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction: Insights from Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure. J Am Coll Cardiol HF 2017;5(4):305-9

Luo N, Craig D, Ilkayeva O, Muehlbauer M, Kraus WE, Newgard CB, Shah SH, Rajagopal R. Plasma Acylcarnitines are Associated with Pulmonary Hypertension. Pulm Circ 2017;7(1):211-8

Luo N, Rogers JG, Dodson GC, Patel CB, Galanos AN, Milano CA, O’Connor CM, Mentz RJ. Usefulness of Palliative Care to Complement the Management of Patients on Left Ventricular Assist Devices. Am J Card. 2016 Sep 1;118(5):733-8

Luo N and Mentz RJ. A Gordian Knot: Disentangling Comorbidities in Heart Failure. Eur J Heart Failure. 2016 Jul;18(7):759-61

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