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Cardiac Surgery Program

The UCSF Cardiac Surgery Program offers a variety of advanced surgical treatments for heart conditions. Our mission is to provide patients with minimally invasive options, so they have the best possible outcomes and shorter recovery times, compared to traditional open-heart surgery.

Our areas of expertise include:

Using state-of-the-art technologies, our surgeons are able to make complex cardiac surgical procedures safer and more effective.

Being accessible to our patients is important to us. We offer telehealth visits to make it easier for patients who live outside the Bay Area to access our care.

U.S. News & World Report ranks UCSF as one of the top hospitals in the nation for cardiac surgery. Our cardiothoracic surgery team is also particularly proud that we consistently earn one of the highest patient satisfaction scores among specialty clinics at UCSF Health. Our patients are truly at the heart of everything we do.

Doctor referral required

Our locations (2)

    Faster recovery, fewer risks with robot-assisted surgery

    At UCSF, we perform complex, delicate procedures with a minimally invasive approach. Our surgeons use the Da Vinci Xi system, the most sophisticated technology available.

    U.S. News rankings

    • usnews-neurology

      Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • One of the nation's best in cardiology and heart & vascular surgery

    Decorative Caduceus

    Levothyroxine Supplementation for Heart Transplant Recipients

    Measured using the vasoactive-inotropic score (VIS) scale. VIS calculation: dopamine dose (μg/kg/min) + dobutamine dose (μg/kg/min) + 100 × epinephrine dose (μg/kg/min) + 10 × milrinone dose (μg/kg/min) + 10 000 × vasopressin dos...


    Accreditations & memberships

    • Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database

      Our team participates in this national database, established in 1989 with a mission to improve care quality and patient safety. It's considered the gold standard for clinical data registries, which are used to improve patient outcomes.

    • International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery

      Our surgeons are members of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, an organization of surgical centers focused on patient outcomes, surgical techniques and development of less invasive forms of surgery.

    • Heart Valve Society

      The Heart Valve Society maintains collaborative international research networks with the goal of improving research on heart valve disease. Our surgeons participate to stay up to date on the latest innovative care for these conditions.

    Support services

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    Case Management & Social Work

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    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week class teaches mindfulness practices that can reduce stress and improve your overall health, such as meditation and body awareness.

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    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers.

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    International Services

    If you live outside the United States and are coming to UCSF for medical treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Interpreting Services

    UCSF offers interpreters in various languages, including American Sign Language (ASL), as well as services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and visually impaired patients.

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