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Aida Venado


Critical care specialist

About me

Dr. Aida Venado is a pulmonary and critical care doctor whose driving goal is to help patients with end-stage lung disease live longer. Her areas of special interest include interstitial lung disease, lung transplantation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, a treatment in which a machine provides oxygen and removes carbon dioxide from the blood of critically ill patients.

A native Spanish speaker, Venado enjoys being able to enhance care for Spanish-speaking patients by removing language and cultural barriers.

Venado studies how to extend life expectancy for patients undergoing lung transplant. As part of a collaboration with the lung transplant team at UCSF, she is examining how a patient's physical status changes – often moving rapidly from frail to robust – after the surgery. She is also studying restrictive chronic lung allograft dysfunction, a fatal condition that can develop after lung transplant in which the received organ becomes scarred and loses function.

After earning her medical degree at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Venado completed a residency in internal medicine at Emory University. She then completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, followed by a fellowship in advanced lung disease and lung transplant at UCSF.

Venado belongs to the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and American Thoracic Society.

With a passion for learning, Venado believes people can learn from everyone and everything around them. Meeting people from different cultures, backgrounds and races has enriched her personally and professionally, and she believes that a diversity of ideas has the power to make the world a better place.

  • Education

    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2008

  • Residencies

    Emory University, Internal Medicine, 2012

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant, 2016

    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Pulmonary and Critical Care, 2015

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

  • Languages


Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Program

400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

Lung Transplant Program

400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

My reviews


Overall Experience
131 Reviews
Dr.Venado is wonderful I have so much respect for her.She is kind and compassionate and is very professional and knowledgeable. My family and I are always ready happy and grateful when we get her on my visits.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
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Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
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Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
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Knew the important information about your medical history
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The provider showed respect for what you had to say
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The provider spent enough time with me
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