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Theodore Abraham


Co-director, UCSF HCM Center of Excellence
Director, UCSF Adult Cardiac Echocardiography Laboratory

Dr. Theodore Abraham is a cardiologist who cares for adults with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a condition that causes heart muscle to thicken so that the heart has to work harder than it should. HCM often goes undiagnosed and is usually inherited, so Abraham has a particular interest in evaluating people with suspected HCM as well as family members of patients with the condition.

Abraham employs various types of heart imaging to discern whether athletes whose hearts appear abnormal on diagnostic images have an underlying heart problem or are actually normal. He also uses strain echocardiography – a method of measuring deformed heart muscle – for early diagnosis, monitoring disease progression and predicting a variety of cardiac diseases, particularly those of the heart muscle and those affecting athletes.

Abraham directs the UCSF Adult Cardiac Echocardiography Lab at the Parnassus campus and co-directs UCSF's HCM program, a designated center of excellence. His research on HCM focuses on risk prediction and early diagnosis.

Abraham earned his medical degree from the University of Mumbai. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, where he also completed a research fellowship in echocardiography. He completed additional fellowships in clinical cardiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and advanced echocardiography at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Before joining UCSF, Abraham was a professor of medicine, radiology and radiological science at Johns Hopkins Medicine, where he also served as associate dean for research.

Abraham has received numerous research grants and awards for his work. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American Society of Echocardiography. He is a member of the American Heart Association, where he serves on its councils on clinical cardiology and basic cardiovascular sciences.

Abraham is on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography; Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging; and Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, a journal of the American Heart Association. He also serves as an expert on HCM for the British Medical Journal.

  • Education

    University of Mumbai, 1991

  • Residencies

    Wake Forest School of Medicine, Internal Medicine, 1995

  • Fellowships

    Wake Forest School of Medicine, Echocardiography , 1996

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Clinical Cardiology, 1999

    Mayo Clinic, Advanced Echocardiography, 2001

  • Board Certifications

    Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (4)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    49 Ratings
    About our process
    Sep 23, 2023
    Very well
    Sep 01, 2023
    It has been so refreshing to have an Informed provider who strives to know everything about the patient and his history.
    Jul 15, 2023
    Expert clinicians
    Jul 03, 2023
    Dr. Ted Abraham is the best. I am lucky to have him.
    Jun 17, 2023
    Dr. Abraham is just great. Sooo smart
    May 20, 2023
    Apr 30, 2023
    Dr. Abraham listens to my concerns and acts accordingly. I appreciate this.
    Jan 24, 2023
    Nov 24, 2022
    I have never felt better cared for or listened to by a physician.
    Nov 21, 2022
    Dr. Theodore Abraham is surely the finest HCM specialist in the world. I am so grateful to be under his care.
    Oct 26, 2022
    Dr Abraham has a real gift for finding ways to explain complex conditions clearly
    Oct 24, 2022
    I consider myself very fortunate to be under the care of Dr. Theodore Abraham. There is no one better.
    May 25, 2022
    Best health care one could hope for!
    Mar 21, 2022
    All great experience.

    Selected research

    Decorative Caduceus

    Exercise Intolerance in Non-obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

    Change in peak oxygen consumption (V O2 max: mL/kg/min) by CPET