Rahul Deo, MD, PhD


Dr. Rahul Deo is a cardiologist in the Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at UCSF Medical Center who is particularly interested in patients and their families with inherited cardiovascular disease, particularly cardiomyopathies or diseases of the heart muscle.

Deo, a native of Canada, earned a medical degree at Cornell University Medical College and a doctorate in molecular biophysics at Rockefeller University, both in New York, as part of the Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a cardiology fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He then conducted postdoctoral research in human genetics and computational biology at Harvard Medical School. Deo's research interests focus on large-scale genetic and genomic data to develop personalized diagnosis and therapy in cardiovascular medicine. He is an associate professor in residence in medicine at UCSF.


Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay
535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2873
Fax: (415) 353-2528

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Board Certification

Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

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Weill Cornell Medical University School of Medicine 2003


Brigham & Womens Hospital 2006


Massachusetts General Hospital 2011

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Corbit KC, Camporez JPG, Edmunds LR, Tran JL, Vera NB, Erion DM, Deo RC, Perry RJ, Shulman GI, Jurczak MJ, Weiss EJ. Adipocyte JAK2 Regulates Hepatic Insulin Sensitivity Independently of Body Composition, Liver Lipid Content, and Hepatic Insulin Signaling. Diabetes. 2017 Dec 04.
  2. Warren CR, O'Sullivan JF, Friesen M, Becker CE, Zhang X, Liu P, Wakabayashi Y, Morningstar JE, Shi X, Choi J, Xia F, Peters DT, Florido MH, Tsankov AM, Duberow E, Comisar L, Shay J, Jiang X, Meissner A, Musunuru K, Kathiresan S, Daheron L, Zhu J, Gerszten RE, Deo RC, Vasan RS, O'Donnell CJ, Cowan CA. Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Differentiation Enables Functional Validation of GWAS Variants in Metabolic Disease. Cell Stem Cell. 2017 Apr 06; 20(4):547-557.e7.
  3. Deo RC, Nallamothu BK. Learning About Machine Learning: The Promise and Pitfalls of Big Data and the Electronic Health Record. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2016 Nov; 9(6):618-620.
  4. Deo RC. Alternative Splicing, Internal Promoter, Nonsense-Mediated Decay, or All Three: Explaining the Distribution of Truncation Variants in Titin. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2016 Oct; 9(5):419-425.
  5. Odegaard JI, Lee MW, Sogawa Y, Bertholet AM, Locksley RM, Weinberg DE, Kirichok Y, Deo RC, Chawla A. Perinatal Licensing of Thermogenesis by IL-33 and ST2. Cell. 2016 Aug 11; 166(4):841-854.
  6. Deo RC. Editorial commentary: Induced pluripotent stem cell (IPSC) cardiomyocytes: My kingdom for a useful disease model! Trends Cardiovasc Med. 2016 Nov; 26(8):673-674.
  7. Deo RC. Machine Learning in Medicine. Circulation. 2015 Nov 17; 132(20):1920-30.
  8. Zou J, Tran D, Baalbaki M, Tang LF, Poon A, Pelonero A, Titus EW, Yuan C, Shi C, Patchava S, Halper E, Garg J, Movsesyan I, Yin C, Wu R, Wilsbacher LD, Liu J, Hager RL, Coughlin SR, Jinek M, Pullinger CR, Kane JP, Hart DO, Kwok PY, Deo RC. An internal promoter underlies the difference in disease severity between N- and C-terminal truncation mutations of Titin in zebrafish. Elife. 2015 Oct 16; 4:e09406.
  9. Stitziel NO, Peloso GM, Abifadel M, Cefalu AB, Fouchier S, Motazacker MM, Tada H, Larach DB, Awan Z, Haller JF, Pullinger CR, Varret M, Rabčs JP, Noto D, Tarugi P, Kawashiri MA, Nohara A, Yamagishi M, Risman M, Deo R, Ruel I, Shendure J, Nickerson DA, Wilson JG, Rich SS, Gupta N, Farlow DN, Neale BM, Daly MJ, Kane JP, Freeman MW, Genest J, Rader DJ, Mabuchi H, Kastelein JJ, Hovingh GK, Averna MR, Gabriel S, Boileau C, Kathiresan S. Exome sequencing in suspected monogenic dyslipidemias. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2015 Apr; 8(2):343-50.
  10. Vedantham V, Galang G, Evangelista M, Deo RC, Srivastava D. RNA sequencing of mouse sinoatrial node reveals an upstream regulatory role for Islet-1 in cardiac pacemaker cells. Circ Res. 2015 Feb 27; 116(5):797-803.
  11. Deo RC, Musso G, Tasan M, Tang P, Poon A, Yuan C, Felix JF, Vasan RS, Beroukhim R, De Marco T, Kwok PY, MacRae CA, Roth FP. Prioritizing causal disease genes using unbiased genomic features. Genome Biol. 2014 Dec 03; 15(12):534.
  12. Roberts JD, Longoria J, Poon A, Gollob MH, Dewland TA, Kwok PY, Olgin JE, Deo RC, Marcus GM. Targeted deep sequencing reveals no definitive evidence for somatic mosaicism in atrial fibrillation. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2015 Feb; 8(1):50-7.
  13. Shah SJ, Katz DH, Selvaraj S, Burke MA, Yancy CW, Gheorghiade M, Bonow RO, Huang CC, Deo RC. Phenomapping for novel classification of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Circulation. 2015 Jan 20; 131(3):269-79.
  14. Mak AC, Pullinger CR, Tang LF, Wong JS, Deo RC, Schwarz JM, Gugliucci A, Movsesyan I, Ishida BY, Chu C, Poon A, Kim P, Stock EO, Schaefer EJ, Asztalos BF, Castellano JM, Wyss-Coray T, Duncan JL, Miller BL, Kane JP, Kwok PY, Malloy MJ. Effects of the absence of apolipoprotein e on lipoproteins, neurocognitive function, and retinal function. JAMA Neurol. 2014 Oct; 71(10):1228-36.
  15. Shah SJ, Katz DH, Deo RC. Phenotypic spectrum of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Heart Fail Clin. 2014 Jul; 10(3):407-18.
  16. Heredia JE, Mukundan L, Chen FM, Mueller AA, Deo RC, Locksley RM, Rando TA, Chawla A. Type 2 innate signals stimulate fibro/adipogenic progenitors to facilitate muscle regeneration. Cell. 2013 Apr 11; 153(2):376-88.
  17. Rozenblatt-Rosen O, Deo RC, Padi M, Adelmant G, Calderwood MA, Rolland T, Grace M, Dricot A, Askenazi M, Tavares M, Pevzner SJ, Abderazzaq F, Byrdsong D, Carvunis AR, Chen AA, Cheng J, Correll M, Duarte M, Fan C, Feltkamp MC, Ficarro SB, Franchi R, Garg BK, Gulbahce N, Hao T, Holthaus AM, James R, Korkhin A, Litovchick L, Mar JC, Pak TR, Rabello S, Rubio R, Shen Y, Singh S, Spangle JM, Tasan M, Wanamaker S, Webber JT, Roecklein-Canfield J, Johannsen E, Barabási AL, Beroukhim R, Kieff E, Cusick ME, Hill DE, Münger K, Marto JA, Quackenbush J, Roth FP, DeCaprio JA, Vidal M. Interpreting cancer genomes using systematic host network perturbations by tumour virus proteins. Nature. 2012 Jul 26; 487(7408):491-5.
  18. Ahfeldt T, Schinzel RT, Lee YK, Hendrickson D, Kaplan A, Lum DH, Camahort R, Xia F, Shay J, Rhee EP, Clish CB, Deo RC, Shen T, Lau FH, Cowley A, Mowrer G, Al-Siddiqi H, Nahrendorf M, Musunuru K, Gerszten RE, Rinn JL, Cowan CA. Programming human pluripotent stem cells into white and brown adipocytes. Nat Cell Biol. 2012 Jan 15; 14(2):209-19.
  19. Lau FH, Deo RC, Mowrer G, Caplin J, Ahfeldt T, Kaplan A, Ptaszek L, Walker JD, Rosengard BR, Cowan CA. Pattern specification and immune response transcriptional signatures of pericardial and subcutaneous adipose tissue. PLoS One. 2011; 6(10):e26092.
  20. Diep CQ, Ma D, Deo RC, Holm TM, Naylor RW, Arora N, Wingert RA, Bollig F, Djordjevic G, Lichman B, Zhu H, Ikenaga T, Ono F, Englert C, Cowan CA, Hukriede NA, Handin RI, Davidson AJ. Identification of adult nephron progenitors capable of kidney regeneration in zebrafish. Nature. 2011 Feb 03; 470(7332):95-100.

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