Elaine Tseng, MD

Heart and lung surgeon

Dr. Elaine Tseng is a cardiothoracic surgeon with expertise in valvular heart disease and coronary artery revascularization. Her special interests include aortic valve surgery, ascending aortic and arch surgery, mitral valve repair, reoperative cardiac surgery, off-pump coronary artery bypass and Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation. She has published scientific papers and book chapters on topics including aortic valve disease, neurologic injury after cardiac surgery and hypothermic circulatory arrest (HCA).

Tseng earned a bachelor's of science degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a medical degree at Harvard Medical School and completed general surgery training and advanced training in cardiothoracic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she received the George D. Zeidema Surgery Award and the Vincent L. Gott Cardiac Surgery Award. Tseng, a professor of surgery at UCSF, is a member of the Association of Women in Thoracic Surgery and Association of Women Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Cardiothoracic Surgery
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1606
Fax: (415) 353-1312

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

More about Elaine Tseng


Harvard Medical School 1993


Johns Hopkins Hospital 1999


Johns Hopkins Hospital 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Zhu C, Haraldsson H, Kallianos K, Ge L, Tseng E, Henry T, Saloner D, Hope MD. Gated thoracic magnetic resonance angiography at 3T: noncontrast versus blood pool contrast. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017 Sep 13.
  2. Xuan Y, Krishnan K, Ye J, Dvir D, Guccione JM, Ge L, Tseng EE. Stent and Leaflet Stresses in 29-mm Second-Generation Balloon-Expandable Transcatheter Aortic Valve. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Sep; 104(3):773-781.
  3. Kallianos K, Henry TS, Yeghiazarians Y, Zimmet J, Shunk KA, Tseng EE, Mahadevan V, Hope MD. Ferumoxytol MRA for transcatheter aortic valve replacement planning with renal insufficiency. Int J Cardiol. 2017 Mar 15; 231:255-257.
  4. Xuan Y, Krishnan K, Ye J, Dvir D, Guccione JM, Ge L, Tseng EE. Stent and leaflet stresses in a 26-mm first-generation balloon-expandable transcatheter aortic valve. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 May; 153(5):1065-1073.
  5. Mookhoek A, Krishnan K, Chitsaz S, Kuang H, Ge L, Schoof PH, Bogers AJJC, Takkenberg JJM, Tseng EE. Biomechanics of Failed Pulmonary Autografts Compared to Native Aortic Roots. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 May; 103(5):1482-1488.
  6. Simonato M, Azadani AN, Webb J, Leipsic J, Kornowski R, Vahanian A, Wood D, Piazza N, Kodali S, Ye J, Whisenant B, Gaia D, Aziz M, Pasala T, Mehilli J, Wijeysundera HC, Tchetche D, Moat N, Teles R, Petronio AS, Hildick-Smith D, Landes U, Windecker S, Arbel Y, Mendiz O, Makkar R, Tseng E, Dvir D. In vitro evaluation of implantation depth in valve-in-valve using different transcatheter heart valves. EuroIntervention. 2016 Sep 18; 12(7):909-17.
  7. Mookhoek A, Krishnan K, Chitsaz S, Kuang H, Ge L, Schoof PH, Bogers AJ, Takkenberg JJ, Tseng EE. Biomechanics of Failed Pulmonary Autografts Compared With Normal Pulmonary Roots. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Dec; 102(6):1996-2002.
  8. Ge L, Haraldsson H, Hope MD, Saloner D, Guccione JM, Ratcliffe MB, Tseng EE. Suture Forces for Closure of Transapical Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: A Mathematical Model. J Heart Valve Dis. 2016 Jul; 25(4):424-429.
  9. Ikonomidis JS, Ad N, Aldea GS, Argenziano M, Galloway AC, Hagberg RC, Kormos RL, Lawton JS, Mihaljevic T, Reece TB, Tseng EE. Vascular Operations Performed by Cardiothoracic Surgeons: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Survey. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Aug; 102(2):589-92.
  10. Tseng EE. When valve-in-valve implantation is not sufficient: Bioprosthetic Russian dolls. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Aug; 152(2):624-5.
  11. Vahidkhah K, Cordasco D, Abbasi M, Ge L, Tseng E, Bagchi P, Azadani AN. Flow-Induced Damage to Blood Cells in Aortic Valve Stenosis. Ann Biomed Eng. 2016 Sep; 44(9):2724-36.
  12. Cheng H, Nair SK, Murray BW, Almaden C, Bailey S, Baxi S, Behenna D, Cho-Schultz S, Dalvie D, Dinh DM, Edwards MP, Feng JL, Ferre RA, Gajiwala KS, Hemkens MD, Jackson-Fisher A, Jalaie M, Johnson TO, Kania RS, Kephart S, Lafontaine J, Lunney B, Liu KK, Liu Z, Matthews J, Nagata A, Niessen S, Ornelas MA, Orr ST, Pairish M, Planken S, Ren S, Richter D, Ryan K, Sach N, Shen H, Smeal T, Solowiej J, Sutton S, Tran K, Tseng E, Vernier W, Walls M, Wang S, Weinrich SL, Xin S, Xu H, Yin MJ, Zientek M, Zhou R, Kath JC. Discovery of 1-{(3R,4R)-3-[({5-Chloro-2-[(1-methyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)amino]-7H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidin-4-yl}oxy)methyl]-4-methoxypyrrolidin-1-yl}prop-2-en-1-one (PF-06459988), a Potent, WT Sparing, Irreversible Inhibitor of T790M-Containing EGFR Mutants. J Med Chem. 2016 Mar 10; 59(5):2005-24.
  13. Wisneski AD, Mookhoek A, Chitsaz S, Hope MD, Guccione JM, Ge L, Tseng EE. Bicuspid Aortic Valve-Associated Ascending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm: Patient-Specific Finite Element Analysis. J Heart Valve Dis. 2015 Nov; 24(6):714-721.
  14. Kheradvar A, Groves EM, Tseng E. Proof of concept of FOLDAVALVE, a novel 14 Fr totally repositionable and retrievable transcatheter aortic valve. EuroIntervention. 2015 Sep; 11(5):591-6.
  15. Krishnan K, Ge L, Haraldsson H, Hope MD, Saloner DA, Guccione JM, Tseng EE. Ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm wall stress analysis using patient-specific finite element modeling of in vivo magnetic resonance imaging. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2015 Oct; 21(4):471-80.
  16. Shunk KA, Zimmet J, Cason B, Speiser B, Tseng EE. Development of a Veterans Affairs hybrid operating room for transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. JAMA Surg. 2015 Mar 01; 150(3):216-22.
  17. Sigovan M, Dyverfeldt P, Wrenn J, Tseng EE, Saloner D, Hope MD. Extended 3D approach for quantification of abnormal ascending aortic flow. Magn Reson Imaging. 2015 Jun; 33(5):695-700.
  18. Wisneski AD, Mookhoek A, Chitsaz S, Hope MD, Guccione JM, Ge L, Tseng EE. Patient-specific finite element analysis of ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm. J Heart Valve Dis. 2014 Nov; 23(6):765-72.
  19. Burris NS, Sigovan M, Knauer HA, Tseng EE, Saloner D, Hope MD. Systolic flow displacement correlates with future ascending aortic growth in patients with bicuspid aortic valves undergoing magnetic resonance surveillance. Invest Radiol. 2014 Oct; 49(10):635-9.
  20. Zimmet J, Kaiser E, Tseng E, Shunk K. Successful percutaneous management of partial avulsion of the native aortic valve complex complicating transcatheter aortic valve replacement. J Invasive Cardiol. 2014 Oct; 26(10):E137-40.

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