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Ganesh Krishna


Interventional pulmonologist
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About me

Dr. Ganesh Krishna is an interventional pulmonologist, a specialist in minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat lung conditions. He has expertise in all interventional pulmonary procedures and special interests in advanced bronchoscopy (using cutting-edge endoscopy to examine far into the lung airways), thoracic ultrasound and critical care.

Krishna’s research focuses on devices used in interventional pulmonary procedures. His current projects include studying endoscopy to reduce lung volume in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (a procedure to improve breathing function by inserting air-releasing valves into damaged portions of the lung), robot-assisted bronchoscopy, endoluminal therapeutics (minimally invasive surgical procedures performed within the small, hollow tubes of the lungs) and transbronchial cryobiopsy (an advanced method of obtaining lung tissue samples) for interstitial lung diseases and small lung nodules.

Krishna earned his medical degree from Tirunelveli Medical College in India. He completed his residency at the George Washington University Hospital, where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Stanford University.

For eight years, Krishna served as a faculty member at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he received several awards for teaching. He then went to Germany to complete additional training in interventional pulmonology. In 2014, he joined the UCSF faculty to launch the program in interventional pulmonology.

Krishna directs the UCSF Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program and has a special interest in training medical fellows in advanced bronchoscopy.

  • Education

    Tirunelveli Medical College, MBBS, 1990

  • Residencies

    GW University Hospital, 1996

  • Fellowships

    Stanford Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, 2000

  • Academic Title


My practice of medicine is 50 percent science, 50 percent compassion and 100 percent dedication.

Providers on my team

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