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.

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. She is also a professor of medicine at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine, where she directs the Heart Station and Echo Laboratory.

Tolstrup earned her medical degree at the University of Copenhagen, where she completed residencies 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 UNM.

  • Education

    University of Copenhagen, 1993

  • Residencies

    USC Medical Center, 1998

  • Fellowships

    University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 2001

  • Board Certifications

    Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title


Clinics I work with

Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center – Golden Gate Practice

1 Daniel Burnham Ct., Suite 260
San Francisco, CA 94109

Heart Valve Disease Clinic

535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158

My reviews


Overall Experience
89 Reviews
I have the utmost trust in Dr Kirsten Tolstrup providing me with the best care.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
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Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
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Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
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Knew the important information about your medical history
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The provider showed respect for what you had to say
87 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
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