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Dr. Kirsten Tolstrup is a noninvasive cardiologist with special interests in echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) and valvular and structural heart disease. To evaluate cardiovascular disease in general and valvular heart disease in particular, she uses specialized echocardiographic techniques – such as transthoracic, transesophageal and three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography, as well as echocardiography performed with supine bicycle stress testing. She serves as the associate chief of cardiology for ambulatory services.

Tolstrup also works closely with the interventional team on catheter-based procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement and MitraClip, a less-invasive option for patients with a leaky mitral valve.

Tolstrup's research focuses on implementing new noninvasive cardiology procedures and developing multidisciplinary team approaches to cardiovascular care.

Tolstrup earned her medical degree at the University of Copenhagen, where she completed training in orthopedic surgery and trauma medicine. She also completed a residency in internal medicine at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center and a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the University of New Mexico.

  • Education

    University of Copenhagen, MD, 1993

  • Residencies

    LAC + USC Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1998

  • Fellowships

    University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, 2001

  • Board Certifications

    Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title


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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    106 Ratings
    About our process
    Oct 20, 2023
    Oct 10, 2023
    Dr.Tolstrup is excellent best Doctor I have had in Cardiology
    Sep 30, 2023
    Dr. Tolstrup is a most remarkable woman and physician. Trustworthy competent friendly dedicated cordial knowledgeable. Everything I want in a medical provider and human being.
    Sep 30, 2023
    Dr Tolstrup is worth commuting from our home to have as my cardiologist. I respect her admire her and trust her
    Sep 16, 2023
    Dr Tolstrup is willing to take on my unusual case and to work toward a solution. Outstanding!!!
    Aug 26, 2023
    Excellent communication concern compassion.
    Apr 22, 2023
    My care could not be better!
    Apr 18, 2023
    Dr.Tolstrup is an excellent Doctor and I consider myself very lucky that she Is my Doctor and I feel very safe in her hands which means a lot so THANKS to UCSF and Dr Tolstrup
    Mar 18, 2023
    Doctor was a 10 a rockstar
    Feb 18, 2023
    Visit was very good and I never felt rushed.
    Feb 18, 2023
    Dr Tolstrup is an incredible cardiologist and I feel very fortunate to have her a part of my care team. She is detail oriented patient thorough and always kind. I feel indebted to her for all of the time and effort. She has put into my care since becoming my cardiologist a few years ago.
    Nov 05, 2022
    Excellent doctor.
    Nov 05, 2022
    Dr. Tolstrup and her whole team are excellent in every way - absolutely on top of details of my situation. In addition to the medical excellence she and her team provide they are very nice people friendly and patient answering questions and insuring instructions are fully understood.
    Oct 01, 2022
    Excellent communication
    Sep 24, 2022
    Doctor was understanding of my concerns regarding possible future surgery and advised that there are options and we can discuss together when needed.
    Aug 25, 2022
    I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Tolstrup as my cardiologist. She is an excellent Dr who sincerely cares about her patients with an extremely impressive level of knowledge.
    Jul 25, 2022
    Love the staff; they are amazing :)
    Jul 18, 2022
    Dr Tolstrup is an excellent listener she answered all our questions and provided us opportunity to ask detailsquestions. We feel most comfortable and we have trust in her care. So grateful to be under her care.
    Mar 01, 2022
    Dr Tolstrup is a great Doctor I feel very safe with the tremendous care she gives and am very grateful she is my Doctor but
    Feb 14, 2022
    While I was not expecting some of the information I received I feel like I finally have a team that will get things done for me in an expedient method that is top notch