Nelson Schiller, FACC, MD


Dr. Nelson B. Schiller is a cardiologist who specializes in the use of echocardiography in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. He is the founder of the UCSF Echocardiography Laboratory and the UCSF Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic. He has played an integral role in the development of many diagnostic and treatment techniques including transesophogeal echocardiography, Doppler pulmonary pressure determination, myocardial contrast perfusion and echocardiography phase imaging for ventricular coordination. In the areas of congenital heart disease, he is an expert in the treatment of mitral and aortic valve diseases and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

In collaboration with his colleagues, Schiller is involved in research in adult congenital heart disease, three-dimensional reconstruction, echocardiographic contrast agents, transesophageal echocardiography, coronary blood flow, exercise hemodynamics, myocardial perfusion, smoking-related cardiopulmonary disease and noninvasive evaluation of cardiac synchrony.


Cardiovascular Genetics Program
400 Parnassus Avenue, Plaza Level, Room 94
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2873
Fax: (415) 476-5355

Hours: Monday
noon – 4 p.m

Congenital Heart Disease Clinic
535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2873
Fax: (415) 353-2528

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Echocardiography Lab at Mount Zion
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 885-7321
Fax: (415) 885-7849

Hours: Monday
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

8a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday and Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

8 a.m. – 4:40 p.m.

Echocardiography Lab at Parnassus
505 Parnassus Ave., Suite M344
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1262
Fax: (415) 353-1784

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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SUNY School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY 1966


UC San Diego Hospital, Internal Medicine 1971


UCSF Medical Center, Cardiovascular Diseases 1973

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Psotka MA, Schiller NB, Whooley MA, Mishra RK. Association of change in 5-year N-terminal fragment of the prohormone brain-type natriuretic peptide with left ventricular structure and function in stable coronary disease. J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown). 2018 Feb; 19(2):67-72.
  2. Yuan N, Geha RM, Schiller NB. A Change of Pace: Sudden Hypotension. Am J Med. 2017 Jul; 130(7):799-801.
  3. Zhao SX, Soltanzad N, Swaminathan A, Ogden WD, Schiller NB. Frequency and Associated Clinical Features of Functional Tricuspid Regurgitation in Patients With Chronic Atrial Fibrillation. Am J Cardiol. 2017 May 01; 119(9):1371-1377.
  4. Wang EY, Dixson J, Schiller NB, Whooley MA. Causes and Predictors of Death in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease (from the Heart and Soul Study). Am J Cardiol. 2017 Jan 01; 119(1):27-34.
  5. Olson KA, Beatty AL, Heidecker B, Regan MC, Brody EN, Foreman T, Kato S, Mehler RE, Singer BS, Hveem K, Dalen H, Sterling DG, Lawn RM, Schiller NB, Williams SA, Whooley MA, Ganz P. Association of growth differentiation factor 11/8, putative anti-ageing factor, with cardiovascular outcomes and overall mortality in humans: analysis of the Heart and Soul and HUNT3 cohorts. Eur Heart J. 2015 Dec 21; 36(48):3426-34.
  6. Beatty AL, Ku IA, Bibbins-Domingo K, Christenson RH, DeFilippi CR, Ganz P, Ix JH, Lloyd-Jones D, Omland T, Sabatine MS, Schiller NB, Shlipak MG, Skali H, Takeuchi M, Vittinghoff E, Whooley MA. Traditional Risk Factors Versus Biomarkers for Prediction of Secondary Events in Patients With Stable Coronary Heart Disease: From the Heart and Soul Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Jul 06; 4(7).
  7. Lee RJ, Hinson A, Bauernschmitt R, Matschke K, Fang Q, Mann DL, Dowling R, Schiller N, Sabbah HN. The feasibility and safety of Algisyl-LVR™ as a method of left ventricular augmentation in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy: initial first in man clinical results. Int J Cardiol. 2015 Nov 15; 199:18-24.
  8. Fleischmann KE, Schiller NB. Papillary Fibroelastoma: Move Over Myxoma. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015 Jun 09; 65(22):2430-2.
  9. Schiller NB, Singh S. RV Dyssynchrony by Speckle Tracking Strain in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Will This Outcome Variable Take Root? JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Jun; 8(6):653-5.
  10. Mishra RK, Tietjens J, Regan M, Whooley MA, Schiller NB. The Prognostic Utility of Echo-Estimated Left Ventricular End-Diastolic Pressure-Volume Relationship in Stable Coronary Artery Disease: The Heart and Soul Study. Echocardiography. 2015 Nov; 32(11):1639-46.
  11. Boyd AC, Schiller NB, Thomas L. Principles of transthoracic echocardiographic evaluation. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2015 Jul; 12(7):426-40.
  12. Saha SA, Beatty AL, Mishra RK, Whooley MA, Schiller NB. Usefulness of an Echocardiographic Composite Cardiac Calcium Score to Predict Death in Patients With Stable Coronary Artery Disease (from the Heart and Soul Study). Am J Cardiol. 2015 Jul 01; 116(1):50-8.
  13. Dubin RF, Beatty AL, Teerlink JR, Schiller NB, Alokozai D, Johansen KL. Associations of tissue Doppler imaging with NT-proBNP and hs-TnT: a pilot study in end-stage renal disease. Echocardiography. 2014 Nov; 31(10):1205-12.
  14. Wong JM, Welles CC, Azarbal F, Whooley MA, Schiller NB, Turakhia MP. Relation of left atrial dysfunction to ischemic stroke in patients with coronary heart disease (from the heart and soul study). Am J Cardiol. 2014 May 15; 113(10):1679-84.
  15. Agarwal I, Ide N, Ix JH, Kestenbaum B, Lanske B, Schiller NB, Whooley MA, Mukamal KJ. Fibroblast growth factor-23 and cardiac structure and function. J Am Heart Assoc. 2014 Feb 13; 3(1):e000584.
  16. Azarbal F, Welles CC, Wong JM, Whooley MA, Schiller NB, Turakhia MP. Association of CHADS2, CHA2DS2-VASc, and R2CHADS2 scores with left atrial dysfunction in patients with coronary heart disease (from the Heart and Soul study). Am J Cardiol. 2014 Apr 01; 113(7):1166-72.
  17. Ren X, Banki NM, Shaw RE, McNulty EJ, Williams SC, Pencina M, Schiller NB. Doppler-detected valve movement in aortic stenosis: a predictor of adverse outcome. Clin Cardiol. 2014 Mar; 37(3):167-71.
  18. Dubin RF, Beatty AL, Teerlink JR, Schiller NB, Bolger AF, Alokozai D, Peralta CA, Johansen KL. Determinants of hemodialysis-induced segmental wall motion abnormalities. Hemodial Int. 2014 Apr; 18(2):396-405.
  19. Turner JH, Neylan TC, Schiller NB, Li Y, Cohen BE. Objective evidence of myocardial ischemia in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Dec 01; 74(11):861-6.
  20. Abbas AE, Franey LM, Marwick T, Maeder MT, Kaye DM, Vlahos AP, Serra W, Al-Azizi K, Schiller NB, Lester SJ. Noninvasive assessment of pulmonary vascular resistance by Doppler echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2013 Oct; 26(10):1170-7.

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