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

Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

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Harvard Medical School 1993


Johns Hopkins Hospital 1999


Johns Hopkins Hospital 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Xuan Y, Wang Z, Liu R, Haraldsson H, Hope MD, Saloner DA, Guccione JM, Ge L, Tseng E. Wall stress on ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms with bicuspid compared with tricuspid aortic valve. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Mar 08.
  2. 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. 2018 Mar; 34(3):475-483.
  3. 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.

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