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Ghannam Al-Dossari, M.D., M.S.

Heart and lung surgeon

Dr. Ghannam A. Al-Dossari is a heart and lung transplant surgeon with extensive experience in minimally invasive valve surgery, mechanical circulatory support and heart and lung transplantation. Al-Dossari, who joined UCSF Medical Center in March 2012, is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Born in Saudi Arabia, Al-Dossari earned a medical degree at King Saudi University medical school in 1988. After an internship, he emigrated to the U.S. and became a naturalized citizen. In 1994, he completed a four-year cardiovascular research fellowship at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, and earned a master’s degree in surgery. He completed a general surgery residency at the University of Minnesota in 1999 and cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 2001. During that time, he completed extensive training in heart failure and minimally invasive valve surgery at the University of Minnesota and Cleveland Clinic. Prior to 2002, he was an attending cardiothoracic surgeon at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and was instrumental in developing heart and lung and ventricular assist devices programs in Saudi Arabia. He is an associate professor of clinical surgery at UCSF.


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.

More about Ghannam Al-Dossari


King Saud University School of Medicine 1988


University of Minnesota Medical Center, Cardiovascular Surgery 1999
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery 2001


Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cardiac Surgery 2006

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Gillinov AM, Blackstone EH, Nowicki ER, Slisatkorn W, Al-Dossari G, Johnston DR, George KM, Houghtaling PL, Griffin B, Sabik JF, Svensson LG. Valve repair versus valve replacement for degenerative mitral valve disease. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Apr; 135(4):885-93, 893.e1-2.
  2. al-Dossari GA, Shumway SJ. Comparative study of solutions for pulmonary preservation using an isolated rabbit lung model. J Surg Res. 1998 Mar; 75(2):187-91.
  3. al-Dossari GA, Jessurun J, Bolman RM, Kshettry VR, King MB, Murray JJ, Hertz MI. Pathogenesis of obliterative bronchiolitis. Possible roles of platelet-derived growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor. Transplantation. 1995 Jan 15; 59(1):143-5.
  4. al-Dossari GA, Kshettry VR, Jessurun J, Bolman RM. Experimental large-animal model of obliterative bronchiolitis after lung transplantation. Ann Thorac Surg. 1994 Jul; 58(1):34-9; discussion 39-40.

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.