Kirsten Tolstrup, MD


Kirsten Tolstrup is a noninvasive cardiologist with special interests in echocardiography and valvular and structural heart disease. Her clinical expertise includes use of transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal and three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography and supine bicycle stress testing with echocardiography for the evaluation of cardiovascular disease in general and valvular heart disease in particular. Tolstrup works closely with the interventional team on transcatheter-based procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and MitraClip. A professor at UCSF, her research focuses on implementation of new noninvasive procedures and development of multidisciplinary team approaches to cardiovascular care. She is also a professor of medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where she directs the Heart Station and Echo Laboratory.

Tolstrup earned her medical degree at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, where she completed residencies in orthopedic surgery and trauma medicine. She also completed a residency in internal medicine at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at UNM.


Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center — Golden Gate Practice
1 Daniel Burnham Ct., Suite 260
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 502-5099
Fax: (415) 502-5097

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Board Certification

Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

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More about Kirsten Tolstrup


University of Copenhagen 1993


USC Medical Center 1998


University of New Mexico School of Medicine 2001

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lassen MCH, Biering-Sørensen SR, Olsen FJ, Skaarup KG, Tolstrup K, Qasim AN, Møgelvang R, Jensen JS, Biering-Sørensen T. Ratio of transmitral early filling velocity to early diastolic strain rate predicts long-term risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the general population. Eur Heart J. 2018 Apr 05.
  2. Saric M, Armour AC, Arnaout MS, Chaudhry FA, Grimm RA, Kronzon I, Landeck BF, Maganti K, Michelena HI, Tolstrup K. Guidelines for the Use of Echocardiography in the Evaluation of a Cardiac Source of Embolism. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2016 Jan; 29(1):1-42.
  3. Roldan CA, Schevchuck O, Tolstrup K, Roldan PC, Macias L, Qualls CR, Greene ER, Hayek R, Charlton GA, Sibbitt WL. Lambl's Excrescences: Association with Cerebrovascular Disease and Pathogenesis. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2015; 40(1-2):18-27.

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