Cardiac Surgery Program
The UCSF Cardiac Surgery Program offers a variety of advanced surgical methods to treat heart conditions. Our mission is to provide patients with minimally invasive options, so they have the best possible outcomes as well as shorter recovery times compared with traditional open-heart surgery.
In recent years, many minimally invasive techniques have emerged for treating cardiac valve disease. Our team includes surgeons with special training in these procedures. We offer the full range of minimally invasive approaches for heart valve repair and replacement, such as mitral valve repair and transcatheter aortic valve replacement. We also perform coronary artery bypass grafting and heart transplantation. Our surgeons have access to state-of-the-art technologies, making complex surgeries 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 receive our care.
U.S. News & World Report ranks UCSF as one of the top hospitals in the nation for cardiac surgery. The 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
Schedule a Telehealth Appointment
Many appointments with our clinic can easily be handled by video. To see your provider online instead of in person, just request a video visit and make sure you have a MyChart account. It’s easy to set up and we’re here to help!
U.S. News rankings
Best hospital in Northern California
One of the nation’s best in cardiology & heart surgery
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.
Case Management and Social Work
Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.
We welcome feedback about your experience at UCSF Health. Find out how to contact us with comments, questions or concerns.
Spiritual Care Services
Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.
Plan your visit
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
If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.
UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited
English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.
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