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Errol Bush, M.D.

Heart and lung surgeon

Dr. Errol L. Bush is an expert in the surgical treatment of thoracic pathologies, which include minimally invasive (video-assisted and robotic) and complex open approaches to their treatment. In addition to general thoracic surgery, he specializes in heart and lung transplant and adult respiratory mechanical support. Bush's current research interests are in clinical outcomes based assessment of acute and chronic respiratory failure.

Bush graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 2003 where he was a Melinda F. and William H. Gates University Scholar and remained until 2010 after completing his internship and residency in general surgery. During this time, he also completed a two-year fellowship in surgical research investigating clinical and pre-clinical outcomes in lung transplantation. From there, he moved to the UCSF for more specialized training as a resident in cardiothoracic surgery, and was active locally and nationally numerous surgical education and quality improvement initiatives. At the completion of his training, Bush was appointed as a UCSF faculty member July 2013.

From 2001-2002 Bush served as the Stanley J. Sarnoff Fellow at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is currently a member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery.


Cardiothoracic Surgery
400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1606
Fax: (415) 353-1312

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thoracic Surgery and Oncology
1600 Divisadero St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-1705
Phone: (415) 885-3882
Fax: (415) 353-7151

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More about Errol Bush


Duke University School of Medicine 2003


Duke University Medical Center 2010
UCSF Medical Center 2013

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Bush EL, Barbas AS, Holzknecht ZE, Byrne GW, McGregor CG, Parker W, Davis RD, Lin SS. Coagulopathy in a-galactosyl transferase knockout pulmonary xenotransplants. Xenotransplantation. 2011 Jan-Feb; 18(1):6-13.
  2. Hughes GC, Daneshmand MA, Swaminathan M, Nienaber JJ, Bush EL, Husain AH, Wolfe WG, McCann RL. "Real world" thoracic endografting: results with the Gore TAG device 2 years after U.S. FDA approval. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 Nov; 86(5):1530-7; discussion 1537-8.
  3. Li B, Hartwig MG, Appel JZ, Bush EL, Balsara KR, Holzknecht ZE, Collins BH, Howell DN, Parker W, Lin SS, Davis RD. Chronic aspiration of gastric fluid induces the development of obliterative bronchiolitis in rat lung transplants. Am J Transplant. 2008 Aug; 8(8):1614-21.
  4. Hughes GC, Nienaber JJ, Bush EL, Daneshmand MA, McCann RL. Use of custom Dacron branch grafts for "hybrid" aortic debranching during endovascular repair of thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Jul; 136(1):21-8, 28.e1-6.
  5. Atkins BZ, Trachtenberg MS, Prince-Petersen R, Vess G, Bush EL, Balsara KR, Lin SS, Davis RD. Assessing oropharyngeal dysphagia after lung transplantation: altered swallowing mechanisms and increased morbidity. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2007 Nov; 26(11):1144-8.
  6. Bollinger RR, Barbas AS, Bush EL, Lin SS, Parker W. Biofilms in the normal human large bowel: fact rather than fiction. Gut. 2007 Oct; 56(10):1481-2.
  7. Randal Bollinger R, Barbas AS, Bush EL, Lin SS, Parker W. Biofilms in the large bowel suggest an apparent function of the human vermiform appendix. J Theor Biol. 2007 Dec 21; 249(4):826-31.
  8. Bush EL, Lin SS. Lung transplantation: advances in immunosuppression. Thorac Surg Clin. 2006 Nov; 16(4):421-33.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.