Center for Aortic Disease

The UCSF Center for Aortic Disease cares for patients with conditions involving the aorta, the large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. These conditions include aneurysms (weakness in the artery wall that leads to a bulge), tears and blockages.

Our team includes vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, radiologists, rheumatologists and geneticists. Together, we provide the full range of services, from the most advanced treatment techniques to monitoring and long-term follow-up care.

Our surgeons have expertise in both traditional and minimally invasive procedures, including endovascular techniques, in which the aorta is reached through a small incision near the hip. Our team has pioneered endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms using stent grafts, which are tubes made of metal mesh and fabric that reinforce the artery wall.

UCSF is the only medical center in California that can treat certain complex aneurysms using branched stent grafts, which have branched limbs that deliver blood flow directly to the organs that need it. This experimental technique is available at UCSF through a clinical trial.

Our locations

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    Decorative Caduceus

    Branched Aortic Arch Study


    Decorative Caduceus

    Endovascular Exclusion of Thoracoabdominal and/or Paravisceral Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm


    Decorative Caduceus

    The PROMISE II Trial, Percutaneous Deep Vein Arterialization for the Treatment of Late-Stage Ch...

    freedom from major amputation and death at 6 months, compared to a historical performance goal.


    Decorative Caduceus

    C-myc Biomarker Study for Diabetic Foot Ulcers


    Decorative Caduceus

    Study of AMG0001 to Improve Ulcer Healing and Perfusion in Subjects With Peripheral Ischemic Ul...

    Complete ulcer healing defined as skin re-epithelialization without drainage or dressing requirements confirmed at 2 consecutive study visits 2 weeks apart.


    Decorative Caduceus

    TEWL Biomarker Study for Diabetic Foot Ulcer Recurrence


    Decorative Caduceus

    Monitoring Local Tissue Oxygen Changes Using the Wireless Lumee Oxygen Platform in Correlation ...

    Correlation of measurements between subcutaneous tissue oxygen concentration expressed by the Lumee Oxygen Index (LOI; unitless; measured by the Wireless Lumee Oxygen Platform) and transcutaneous partial pressure of oxygen (TcPO2;...


    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • One of the nation’s best in cardiology & heart surgery

    • Rated high-performing hospital for abdominal aortic aneurysm

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    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

    Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic

    535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    Asian Heart and Vascular Center

    1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94115

    Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center

    500 Parnassus Ave., Floor B1, Suite MU09
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Cardiology Clinic at Mount Zion

    1600 Divisadero St., Suite C-244
    San Francisco, CA 94115

    Cardiac Surgery Program

    See our two Bay Area locations and learn more about the program.

    Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay

    535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center – Golden Gate Practice

    1 Daniel Burnham Ct., Suite 260
    San Francisco, CA 94109

    Center for Prevention of Heart and Vascular Disease

    535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Clinic

    400 Parnassus Ave., Suite 501
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Vascular Laboratory

    Cardiovascular Care & Prevention Center

    400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor, Suite 501
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Cardiology at Greenbrae

    1100 S. Eliseo Dr., Suite 1
    Greenbrae, CA 94904

    MarinHealth Cardiovascular Medicine

    2 Bon Air Rd., Suite 100
    Larkspur, CA 94939

    Key treatments

    Conventional Aneurysm Surgery

    If you have an aneurysm, your doctor may recommend conventional "open surgical repair." In open surgery, the aneurysm is exposed through a long incision.

    Endovascular Surgery

    UCSF Medical Center is a pioneer in endovascular surgery, performing more than 150 endovascular aneurysm repairs annually. Find more treatment information here.

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