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Elaine Tseng, M.D.

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, an assistant 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.


Asian Heart and Vascular Center
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor, Suite C-244
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Harvard Medical School 1993


Johns Hopkins Hospital 1999


Johns Hopkins Hospital 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. 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 22; 11(5):591-6.
  2. 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 Jul 14.
  3. 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 1; 150(3):216-22.
  4. 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 Feb 23.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Wisneski AD, Matthews PB, Azadani AN, Mookhoek A, Chitsaz S, Guccione JM, Ge L, Tseng EE. Human pulmonary autograft wall stress at systemic pressures prior to remodeling after the Ross procedure. J Heart Valve Dis. 2014 May; 23(3):377-84.
  9. Haraldsson H, Hope M, Acevedo-Bolton G, Tseng E, Zhong X, Epstein FH, Ge L, Saloner D. Feasibility of asymmetric stretch assessment in the ascending aortic wall with DENSE cardiovascular magnetic resonance. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2014; 16(1):6.
  10. Ge L, Tseng EE. Invited commentary. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Dec; 96(6):2154.
  11. Azadani AN, Chitsaz S, Mannion A, Mookhoek A, Wisneski A, Guccione JM, Hope MD, Ge L, Tseng EE. Biomechanical properties of human ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jul; 96(1):50-8.
  12. Wenk JF, Ge L, Zhang Z, Mojsejenko D, Potter DD, Tseng EE, Guccione JM, Ratcliffe MB. Biventricular finite element modeling of the Acorn CorCap Cardiac Support Device on a failing heart. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jun; 95(6):2022-7.
  13. Dyverfeldt P, Hope MD, Tseng EE, Saloner D. Magnetic resonance measurement of turbulent kinetic energy for the estimation of irreversible pressure loss in aortic stenosis. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Jan; 6(1):64-71.
  14. Chitsaz S, Wenk JF, Ge L, Wisneski A, Mookhoek A, Ratcliffe MB, Guccione JM, Tseng EE. Material properties of CorCap passive cardiac support device. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jan; 95(1):148-54.
  15. Hope MD, Wrenn J, Sigovan M, Foster E, Tseng EE, Saloner D. Imaging biomarkers of aortic disease: increased growth rates with eccentric systolic flow. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Jul 24; 60(4):356-7.
  16. Chitsaz S, Azadani AN, Matthews PB, Chuter TA, Tseng EE, Ge L. Hemodynamic determinants of aortic dissection propagation by 2D computational modeling: implications for endovascular stent-grafting. J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2012 Oct; 53(5):631-40.
  17. Jaussaud N, Chitsaz S, Meadows A, Wintermark M, Cambronero N, Azadani AN, Saloner DA, Chuter TA, Tseng EE. Acute type A aortic dissection intimal tears by 64-slice computed tomography: a role for endovascular stent-grafting? J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2013 Jun; 54(3):373-81.
  18. Azadani AN, Chitsaz S, Matthews PB, Jaussaud N, Leung J, Ge L, Tseng EE. Regional mechanical properties of human pulmonary root used for the Ross operation. J Heart Valve Dis. 2012 Jul; 21(4):527-34.
  19. Chitsaz S, Gundiah N, Blackshear C, Tegegn N, Yan KS, Azadani AN, Hope M, Tseng EE. Correlation of calcification on excised aortic valves by micro-computed tomography with severity of aortic stenosis. J Heart Valve Dis. 2012 May; 21(3):320-7.
  20. Sankaran S, Esmaily Moghadam M, Kahn AM, Tseng EE, Guccione JM, Marsden AL. Patient-specific multiscale modeling of blood flow for coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Ann Biomed Eng. 2012 Oct; 40(10):2228-42.

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