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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 extensive training in these procedures, including special expertise in robot-assisted surgery. 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.

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    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.

    Aortic stenosis

    Watch UCSF Health's chief of cardiothoracic surgery discuss the condition and the treatments we offer.

    Mitral valve regurgitation

    Learn more about the condition, its subtypes and the treatment options we offer at UCSF Health.

    A day in the life of a UCSF heart surgeon

    Patient stories

    Grateful for minimally invasive heart care

    Gordon faced having his chest opened during surgery for mitral valve prolapse — until he came to UCSF. A less invasive technique helped him recover more quickly.

    U.S. News rankings

    • usnews-neurology

      Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • 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.

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    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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