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Carlin S. Long


Early adopter of the inflammatory hypothesis of heart disease

Dr. Carlin Long is a cardiologist who specializes in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.

In the clinic, Long is particularly interested in engaging patients in self-care through technology. He emphasizes apps and wearable devices that collect physiological data and help individuals integrate therapies and preventive measures into their daily routines.

In more than 25 years of research, Long has studied how cells in the heart communicate with one another during normal and abnormal growth. His research focuses particularly on cardiac fibroblasts, cells that play a role in initiating the scarring process within heart muscle after injury. He is also interested in how genome sequencing data can improve medicine.

Long earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed both a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at UCSF.

  • Education

    UT Southwestern Medical School, 1982

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 1986

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Cardiology, 1988

  • Board Certifications

    Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title


I try to bring an innovative, comprehensive approach to reducing heart disease risk for my patients, with an emphasis on self-management tools.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    140 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 26, 2023
    Good experience and impressive knowledge as well as ideas.
    Nov 24, 2023
    Wonderful caring intelligent thorough. Super doctor!
    Nov 21, 2023
    Dr. Carlin Long is a sharp and understanding doc who can more than tolerate the way a lifetime engineer asks questions and helps me greatly.
    Nov 16, 2023
    Excellent physician/patient care
    Nov 12, 2023
    This provider always insures the best possible care
    Oct 18, 2023
    Dr.Long is competent and kind. It is a pleasure to have him be my doctor
    Sep 15, 2023
    Dr long is amazing! He goes above and beyond a standard visit!
    Sep 14, 2023
    I think Dr Long is a wonderful doctor. He has it all: expertise kindness bedside manner and ability to explain and listen.
    Aug 24, 2023
    We have a plan in place and are trying to meet those goals-from the Doctor's perspective we are doing well.
    Aug 17, 2023
    Aug 15, 2023
    Dr. Long has been most helpful from my first visit with him.
    Aug 11, 2023
    Exceptionally wonderful doctor
    Aug 06, 2023
    Dr. Long was well prepared for our first visit. He went into great detail in a way that was easily understood. I left feeling much more confident that I was doing the right things and on the right track for continued good health.
    Jul 23, 2023
    Good advise
    Jun 13, 2023
    Dr Long is very patient and explains things without being asked at level I can easily understand.
    May 08, 2023
    Excellent as usual
    Apr 13, 2023
    Dr Long is just a great Dr and person. I feel so fortunate to be under his care. UCSF should understand how valuable an asset Dr Long is.
    Apr 02, 2023
    Dr. Long is thorough and explains things very well
    Mar 24, 2023
    Great discussion. Left me reassured about my care
    Mar 15, 2023
    Dr. Long explains complicated stuff at a perfect level for me - a semi educated patient. Friendly patient and confidence inspiring.
    Mar 11, 2023
    Outstanding team effort by the Dr's
    Feb 25, 2023
    Dr. Long is one of the most thoughtful and genuinely caring physicians we have encountered.
    Feb 20, 2023
    Only issue is that I have received no follow up as to some care I need. (Cardio Rehab)
    Feb 11, 2023
    Dr Long was well prepared ahead of appointment. Had taken time with my extensive medical record.
    Feb 02, 2023
    Dr. Long is an outstanding physician. Lucky to have him as my cardiologist.
    Jan 15, 2023
    Excellent medical attention
    Jan 11, 2023
    Dr. Extremely patient @ understanding my position! Very attentive & I felt confident that he really had my interest at heart!
    Dec 30, 2022
    Dr Long is one of the most professional knowledgeable and caring doctor at UCSF. We are very lucky to have him as our cardiologist.
    Dec 17, 2022
    Dr. Long's communication was thorough clear very informative honest collaborative and of the best patient visit experiences I've ever had.
    Dec 16, 2022
    Dr. Long is amazing. He listens and explains any concern very clearly. Is unbelievably easy to communicate with and provides thoughtful solutions.
    Nov 11, 2022
    I feel quite privileged to have Dr Carlin Long as my cardiologist!
    Nov 10, 2022
    Dr. Long's explanations of my medical conditions and potential treatments were excellent. He demonstrated genuine interest in me and my health.
    Nov 06, 2022
    The care provider was exceptional
    Oct 05, 2022
    This doctor is a true blessing to my life just based on the quality of care..the organization If the care team..the communication between him and his team...and the overall care of the patient. And the fact you can reach him by mychart and he will respond as soon as he has answers.
    Oct 05, 2022
    Overall very positive professional experience .
    Oct 02, 2022
    Dr. Carlin Long is the reason I come to UCSF. He is an excellent caring doctor-- the kind everyone should have.
    Sep 09, 2022
    Dr. Long is the BEST!!! He's professional helpful friendly. He takes time to listen. He explains my medical condition and makes recommendations that are easy to understand.
    Aug 31, 2022
    Dr. Long is the best!
    Aug 28, 2022
    Good Guy