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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
    38 Ratings
    About our process
    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
    Nov 22, 2021
    Dr Delling is excellent--well informed thoughtful interested in my self-report and a very caring person. I give her the highest marks for clinical expertise and patient care. Brava!
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