Philip Ursell, MD


Dr. Philip C. Ursell is a pathologist and director of the Autopsy Service at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He is an expert in cardiovascular anatomy and pathology with an emphasis on developmental heart disease. His diagnostic responsibilities include endomyocardial biopsies, cardiac explants and other cardiovascular specimens received in surgical pathology.

In his research, he addresses developmental aspects of cardiac disease and the structural basis for arrhythmias. Ursell is a member of the American Heart Association, Society for Cardiovascular Pathology and U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology, He is a professor of clinical pathology at the UCSF School of Medicine.

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Columbia University School of Medicine, New York 1976


Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Pathology 1980


Columbia University, New York, Cardiac Pathology 1983

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Zinter MS, Barrows BD, Ursell PC, Kowalek K, Kalantar K, Cambronero N, DeRisi JL, Oishi P, Dvorak CC. Extracorporeal life support survival in a pediatric hematopoietic cellular transplant recipient with presumed GvHD-related fulminant myocarditis. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2017 Sep; 52(9):1330-1333.
  2. Kim AS, Moffatt E, Ursell PC, Devinsky O, Olgin J, Tseng ZH. Sudden neurologic death masquerading as out-of-hospital sudden cardiac death. Neurology. 2016 Oct 18; 87(16):1669-1673.
  3. Tseng ZH, Hayward RM, Clark NM, Mulvanny CG, Colburn BJ, Ursell PC, Olgin JE, Hart AP, Moffatt E. Sudden Death in Patients With Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Aug; 175(8):1342-50.
  4. Hightower JS, Taylor AG, Ursell PC, LaBerge JM. The Chiari Network: a rare cause of intracardiac guide wire entrapment. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2015 Apr; 26(4):604-6.
  5. Slavotinek AM, Garcia ST, Chandratillake G, Bardakjian T, Ullah E, Wu D, Umeda K, Lao R, Tang PL, Wan E, Madireddy L, Lyalina S, Mendelsohn BA, Dugan S, Tirch J, Tischler R, Harris J, Clark MJ, Chervitz S, Patwardhan A, West JM, Ursell P, de Alba Campomanes A, Schneider A, Kwok PY, Baranzini S, Chen RO. Exome sequencing in 32 patients with anophthalmia/microphthalmia and developmental eye defects. Clin Genet. 2015 Nov; 88(5):468-73.
  6. Ermakov S, Ursell PC, Johnson CJ, Meadows A, Zhao S, Marcus GM, Scheinman M. Plakoglobin immunolocalization as a diagnostic test for arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2014 Dec; 37(12):1708-16.
  7. Pua HH, Krishnamurthi S, Farrell J, Margeta M, Ursell PC, Powers M, Slavotinek AM, Jeng LJ. Novel interstitial 2.6 Mb deletion on 9q21 associated with multiple congenital anomalies. Am J Med Genet A. 2014 Jan; 164A(1):237-42.
  8. Hayward RM, Ursell PC, Foster E, Tseng ZH. Sudden death due to nonarrhythmic cause in a patient with L-TGA. Ann Noninvasive Electrocardiol. 2014 May; 19(3):293-7.
  9. Ursell PC. Noncompaction in the fetus and neonate: an autopsy study. Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2013 Aug; 163C(3):169-77.
  10. Ng D, Bouhlal Y, Ursell PC, Shieh JT. Monoamniotic monochorionic twins discordant for noncompaction cardiomyopathy. Am J Med Genet A. 2013 Jun; 161A(6):1339-44.
  11. Steinhaus DA, Vittinghoff E, Moffatt E, Hart AP, Ursell P, Tseng ZH. Characteristics of sudden arrhythmic death in a diverse, urban community. Am Heart J. 2012 Jan; 163(1):125-31.
  12. Saeed M, Hetts SW, Ursell PC, Do L, Kolli KP, Wilson MW. Evaluation of the acute effects of distal coronary microembolization using multidetector computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Magn Reson Med. 2012 Jun; 67(6):1747-57.
  13. Caleshu C, Sakhuja R, Nussbaum RL, Schiller NB, Ursell PC, Eng C, De Marco T, McGlothlin D, Burchard EG, Rame JE. Furthering the link between the sarcomere and primary cardiomyopathies: restrictive cardiomyopathy associated with multiple mutations in genes previously associated with hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathy. Am J Med Genet A. 2011 Sep; 155A(9):2229-35.
  14. Carlsson M, Jablonowski R, Martin AJ, Ursell PC, Saeed M. Coronary microembolization causes long-term detrimental effects on regional left ventricular function. Scand Cardiovasc J. 2011 Aug; 45(4):205-14.
  15. Zellner C, Yeghiazarians Y, Ports TA, Ursell P, Boyle AJ. Sterile radial artery granuloma after transradial cardiac catheterization. Cardiovasc Revasc Med. 2011 May-Jun; 12(3):187-9.
  16. Losada E, Moon-Grady AJ, Strohsnitter WC, Wu D, Ursell PC. Anomalous mitral arcade in twin-twin transfusion syndrome. Circulation. 2010 Oct 12; 122(15):1456-63.
  17. Sung RK, Ursell PC, Rame JE, Bailey H, Caleshu C, Nussbaum RL, Scheinman MM. QTc prolongation and family history of sudden death in a patient with desmin cardiomyopathy. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2011 Dec; 34(12):e105-8.
  18. Carlsson M, Saloner D, Martin AJ, Ursell PC, Saeed M. Heterogeneous microinfarcts caused by coronary microemboli: evaluation with multidetector CT and MR imaging in a swine model. Radiology. 2010 Mar; 254(3):718-28.
  19. Chen S, Ursell PC, Adatia I, Hislop AA, Giannikopoulos P, Hornberger LK. Prenatal diagnosis of primary pulmonary hypoplasia in fraternal twins. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Jan; 35(1):113-6.
  20. Armstrong EJ, Bhave P, Wong D, Ursell PC, Kaplan L, Yeghiazarians Y, Ai WZ. Left ventricular rupture due to HIV-associated T-cell lymphoma. Tex Heart Inst J. 2010; 37(4):457-60.

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