Georg Wieselthaler, MD

Heart and lung surgeon

Dr. Georg Wieselthaler, a heart and lung surgeon, is director of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center. He is one of the world's leading experts in mechanical circulatory support for end-stage heart failure patients and has performed and supervised more than 350 heart transplants. He also has extensive expertise in implanting ventricular assist devices (VAD) that help failing hearts pump blood.

Wieselthaler, a native of Austria, earned a medical degree at the University of Vienna where he completed a residency and surgical training. He also completed advanced training in transplantation at the Vienna Heart Transplant and Vienna Lung Transplant programs. Wieselthaler has been involved in the development of ventricular assist pumps and a total artificial heart. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has trained surgeons worldwide in implantation techniques and the use of VADs. He is member of national and international medical societies and is president-elect of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps. He is a member of the board of the European Society for Artificial Organs and former president of the Austrian Society for Implantology and Tissue Integrated Prosthesis. In April 2011, he was named director of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

  • Hear an interview with Wieselthaler and his patient Chris Wade, who underwent a heart transplant in April 2012. Wieselthaler and Wade discuss the devices that can sustain a failing heart until a donor heart becomes available, and how a heart transplant saved Wade's life.

Read a Q&A with Wieselthaler.

Clinics

Advanced Heart Failure Evaluation and Therapies Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-4145
Fax: (415) 353-4166

Hours: Thursday,
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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.

Heart Transplant Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-4145
Fax: (415) 353-4166

Hours: Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (times vary depending on the number of doctors in clinic)

Mechanical Circulatory Support
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-4145
Fax: (415) 353-4166

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Academic Title

Professor

More about Georg Wieselthaler

Education

University of Vienna School of Medicine 1987

Residencies

University of Vienna General Hospital 1995

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ramirez JL, Kratz JR, Wieselthaler GM. Giant right coronary artery aneurysm presenting as cardiac tamponade. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2018 May 25.
  2. Andreas M, Moayedifar R, Wieselthaler G, Wolzt M, Riebandt J, Haberl T, Angleitner P, Schlöglhofer T, Wiedemann D, Schima H, Laufer G, Zimpfer D. Response by Andreas et al to Letter Regarding Article, "Increased Thromboembolic Events With Dabigatran Compared With Vitamin K Antagonism in Left Ventricular Assist Device Patients: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial". Circ Heart Fail. 2017 Oct; 10(10).
  3. Kusne S, Mooney M, Danziger-Isakov L, Kaan A, Lund LH, Lyster H, Wieselthaler G, Aslam S, Cagliostro B, Chen J, Combs P, Cochrane A, Conway J, Cowger J, Frigerio M, Gellatly R, Grossi P, Gustafsson F, Hannan M, Lorts A, Martin S, Pinney S, Silveira FP, Schubert S, Schueler S, Strueber M, Uriel N, Wrightson N, Zabner R, Huprikar S. An ISHLT consensus document for prevention and management strategies for mechanical circulatory support infection. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2017 Oct; 36(10):1137-1153.

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