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Georg Wieselthaler, M.D.

Heart and lung surgeon

Dr. Georg Wieselthaler, a heart and lung surgeon, is director of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center. He is one of the world's leading experts in mechanical circulatory support for end-stage heart failure patients and has performed and supervised more than 350 heart transplants. He also has extensive expertise in implanting ventricular assist devices (VAD) that help failing hearts pump blood.

Wieselthaler, a native of Austria, earned a medical degree at the University of Vienna where he completed a residency and surgical training. He also completed advanced training in transplantation at the Vienna Heart Transplant and Vienna Lung Transplant programs. Wieselthaler has been involved in the development of ventricular assist pumps and a total artificial heart. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has trained surgeons worldwide in implantation techniques and the use of VADs. He is member of national and international medical societies and is president-elect of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps. He is a member of the board of the European Society for Artificial Organs and former president of the Austrian Society for Implantology and Tissue Integrated Prosthesis. In April 2011, he was named director of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Wieselthaler is professor of surgery at UCSF.

  • Hear an interview with Wieselthaler and his patient Chris Wade, who underwent a heart transplant in April 2012. Wieselthaler and Wade discuss the devices that can sustain a failing heart until a donor heart becomes available, and how a heart transplant saved Wade's life.

Clinics

Advanced Heart Failure Evaluation and Therapies Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor, Suite A-6110
San Francisco, CA 94143-0118
Phone: (415) 353-4145
Fax: (415) 353-4166

Hours: Thursday
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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.

Heart Transplant Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-4145
Fax: (415) 353-4166

Hours: Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (times vary depending on the number of doctors in clinic)

Conditions & Treatments

More about Georg Wieselthaler

Education

University of Vienna School of Medicine 1987

Residencies

University of Vienna General Hospital 1995

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Wieselthaler GM, Slaughter M. Welcome to ISRBP 2014. Artif Organs. 2014 Sep; 38(9):725-6.
  2. Alexander Eskandary F, Kohl M, Dunkler D, Aliabadi A, Grömmer M, Schiferer A, Gökler J, Wieselthaler G, Laufer G, Zuckermann A. Lack of donor and recipient age interaction in cardiac transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014 Jun; 33(6):629-35.
  3. Strueber M, Larbalestier R, Jansz P, Zimpfer D, Fiane AE, Tsui S, Simon A, Schmitto JD, Khaghani A, Wieselthaler GM, Najarian K, Schueler S. Results of the post-market Registry to Evaluate the HeartWare Left Ventricular Assist System (ReVOLVE). J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014 May; 33(5):486-91.
  4. Schima H, Zrunek P, Stoiber M, Larose J, Shambaugh C, Tamez D, Deckert Z, Plasenzotti R, Bergmeister H, Wieselthaler G. Extended in vivo evaluation of a miniaturized axial flow pump with a novel inflow cannula for a minimal invasive implantation procedure. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014 Apr; 33(4):422-8.
  5. Sandner SE, Riebandt J, Haberl T, Mahr S, Rajek A, Schima H, Wieselthaler GM, Laufer G, Zimpfer D. Low-molecular-weight heparin for anti-coagulation after left ventricular assist device implantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014 Jan; 33(1):88-93.
  6. Plass CA, Wieselthaler GM, Podesser BK, Prusa AM. Low-level-laser irradiation induces photorelaxation in coronary arteries and overcomes vasospasm of internal thoracic arteries. Lasers Surg Med. 2012 Nov; 44(9):705-11.
  7. Granegger M, Moscato F, Casas F, Wieselthaler G, Schima H. Development of a pump flow estimator for rotary blood pumps to enhance monitoring of ventricular function. Artif Organs. 2012 Aug; 36(8):691-9.
  8. Westaby S, Anastasiadis K, Wieselthaler GM. Cardiogenic shock in ACS. Part 2: Role of mechanical circulatory support. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2012 Apr; 9(4):195-208.
  9. Moscato F, Granegger M, Naiyanetr P, Wieselthaler G, Schima H. Evaluation of left ventricular relaxation in rotary blood pump recipients using the pump flow waveform: a simulation study. Artif Organs. 2012 May; 36(5):470-8.
  10. Geidl L, Deckert Z, Zrunek P, Gottardi R, Sterz F, Wieselthaler G, Schima H. Intuitive use and usability of ventricular assist device peripheral components in simulated emergency conditions. Artif Organs. 2011 Aug; 35(8):773-80.
  11. Strueber M, O'Driscoll G, Jansz P, Khaghani A, Levy WC, Wieselthaler GM. Multicenter evaluation of an intrapericardial left ventricular assist system. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Mar 22; 57(12):1375-82.
  12. Beitzke D, Wieselthaler G, Schima H, Loewe C. Pulmonary embolism in a patient with a biventricular assist device--imaging with multislice computed tomography. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2011 Mar; 39(3):415.
  13. Wieselthaler GM, O Driscoll G, Jansz P, Khaghani A, Strueber M. Initial clinical experience with a novel left ventricular assist device with a magnetically levitated rotor in a multi-institutional trial. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2010 Nov; 29(11):1218-25.
  14. Naiyanetr P, Moscato F, Vollkron M, Zimpfer D, Wieselthaler G, Schima H. Continuous assessment of cardiac function during rotary blood pump support: a contractility index derived from pump flow. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2010 Jan; 29(1):37-44.
  15. Geidl L, Zrunek P, Deckert Z, Zimpfer D, Sandner S, Wieselthaler G, Schima H. Usability and safety of ventricular assist devices: human factors and design aspects. Artif Organs. 2009 Sep; 33(9):691-5.
  16. Sandner SE, Zimpfer D, Zrunek P, Rajek A, Schima H, Dunkler D, Zuckermann AO, Wieselthaler GM. Age and outcome after continuous-flow left ventricular assist device implantation as bridge to transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2009 Apr; 28(4):367-72.
  17. Sandner SE, Zimpfer D, Zrunek P, Rajek A, Schima H, Dunkler D, Grimm M, Wolner E, Wieselthaler GM. Renal function and outcome after continuous flow left ventricular assist device implantation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Apr; 87(4):1072-8.
  18. Morshuis M, El-Banayosy A, Arusoglu L, Koerfer R, Hetzer R, Wieselthaler G, Pavie A, Nojiri C. European experience of DuraHeart magnetically levitated centrifugal left ventricular assist system. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2009 Jun; 35(6):1020-7; discussion 1027-8.
  19. Steinlechner B, Dworschak M, Birkenberg B, Duris M, Zeidler P, Fischer H, Milosevic L, Wieselthaler G, Wolner E, Quehenberger P, Jilma B. Platelet dysfunction in outpatients with left ventricular assist devices. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Jan; 87(1):131-7.
  20. Voitl P, Vollkron M, Bergmeister H, Wieselthaler G, Schima H. Coronary hemodynamics and myocardial oxygen consumption during support with rotary blood pumps. Artif Organs. 2009 Jan; 33(1):77-80.

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