Geoff Tison, MD, MPH


Dr. Geoff Tison is a non-invasive cardiologist specializing in preventive cardiology and advanced echocardiography, including transesophageal echocardiography.

In addition to treating patients, Tison has expertise in clinical research, advanced machine learning algorithms and digital health, which he uses to advance research on cardiovascular disease prevention. He has led multiple large clinical research projects, and currently leads several studies at UCSF.

Tison earned his M.D. and Master of Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health, respectively. He also completed his internal medicine residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then came to UCSF for fellowships in clinical cardiology, advanced echocardiography and preventive cardiology. He is an assistant professor in the UCSF Division of Cardiology.


Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay
535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2873
Fax: (415) 353-2528

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

Board Certification

Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Geoff Tison


Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2009


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Internal Medicine 2012


UCSF Medical Center, Cardiology, Advanced Echocardiography and Preventive Cardiology 2016

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Tison GH, Sanchez JM, Ballinger B, Singh A, Olgin JE, Pletcher MJ, Vittinghoff E, Lee ES, Fan SM, Gladstone RA, Mikell C, Sohoni N, Hsieh J, Marcus GM. Passive Detection of Atrial Fibrillation Using a Commercially Available Smartwatch. JAMA Cardiol. 2018 Mar 21.
  2. Kianoush S, Al Rifai M, Cainzos-Achirica M, Al-Mallah MH, Tison GH, Yeboah J, Miedema MD, Allison MA, Wong ND, DeFilippis AP, Longstreth W, Nasir K, Budoff MJ, Matsushita K, Blaha MJ. Thoracic extra-coronary calcification for the prediction of stroke: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis. 2017 Dec; 267:61-67.
  3. Maltz JS, Tison GH, Alley HF, Budinger TF, Owens CD, Olgin J. Measurement of brachial artery endothelial function using a standard blood pressure cuff. Physiol Meas. 2015 Nov; 36(11):2247-68.

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