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Francesca Nesta Delling


Valvular disease researcher, Italian, mother, traveler

Dr. Francesca Nesta Delling is a cardiologist with advanced training in echocardiography (heart ultrasound) and cardiac MRI, in which magnetic energy is used to take diagnostic pictures of the heart. She cares for patients with valvular heart disease, with a focus on mitral valve prolapse (when the valve between the heart's left chambers fails to close completely), cardiomyopathies (diseases of the heart muscle) and sudden cardiac death related to valvular disease. She also provides ultrasound guidance for catheter-based procedures (in which the heart is accessed by threading a catheter – a flexible, hollow tube – through a blood vessel), such as MitraClip, a minimally invasive treatment for leaky mitral valves.

Delling's research has focused on why some patients with valve disease progress to more severe stages and develop complications. Her investigations are based on genetic analysis and cardiac imaging techniques, such as echocardiography and cardiac MRI, and she collaborates with researchers across the U.S. and Europe, with funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Delling earned her medical degree from the University of Brescia in Italy. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center, a fellowship in echocardiography at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She also has a master of public health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

  • Education

    University of Brescia, MD, 1998

  • Residencies

    Boston Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2007

  • Fellowships

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Echocardiography, 2004

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cardiovascular Medicine, 2010

  • Board Certifications

    Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

My practice is based on unconditional attention to the patient’s needs, questions and stories. I don’t let go until I get to the root of the problem.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    46 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 16, 2023
    Dr Delling is an exceptional physician. She is very bright caring and thorough.
    Oct 15, 2023
    Dr. Delling is great - thoughtful a good listener compassionate and obviously most knowledgeable. I would gladly have her as my regular cardiologist although she mentioned that she would refer me to someone else given my particular condition.
    Aug 25, 2023
    Shared important cardiac information which resulted in a EKG stress test
    Aug 17, 2023
    I was told that my symptoms were not cardiovascular related as they were not able to recreate the symptoms I had during my visit with my PCP. I was also told that the pulse oximeter my PCP was was likely faulty. I reiterated multiple times my concern for these symptoms to worsen if I were to get pregnant as I am actively trying to get pregnant. There was a complete disregard for what I had to say even when I said my other providers are worried about the symptoms worsening with pregnancy. Both Dr. Delling and the fellow said there shouldn't be an issue with me getting pregnant with my issues but that was not what I asked. The methods that were recommended to me by the fellow are methods that do not help me in anyway. I was told that if symptoms worsen to contact them again. Excuse me?
    Jun 08, 2023
    Provider very knowledgeable and gave me a plan to move forward with treatment of chronic high BP.
    Jun 01, 2023
    I was very happy my cardiologist was available for even a short visit give me her analysis and the opportunity to consult with a surgeon.
    May 06, 2023
    I am extremely satisfied with Dr Delling She is very knowledgeable about my condition she is responsive when I have needs she comes to the visit well prepared. It's quite easy to communicate with her office which is surprising given the size of UCSF
    Apr 24, 2023
    He followup summary was excellent.
    Mar 16, 2023
    Dr Delling is great. We collaborate well together on my care.
    Aug 08, 2022
    Good explanation of my problem
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