Scot Merrick, MD

Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Scot H. Merrick is a heart surgeon who specializes in procedures such as surgical coronary revascularization, valve repair and valve replacement as well as surgery for congenital heart disease, arrhythmia, left ventrical assist devices, thoracic aortic disease and aneurysm repair. Merrick earned a medical degree with honors at the University of Washington and completed residencies in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at UCSF.

He is chief of adult Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Helen and Charles Schwab Distinguished Professor in Surgery.


Advanced Heart Failure Evaluation and Therapies Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-4145
Fax: (415) 353-4166

Hours: Thursday,
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cardiothoracic Surgery
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1606
Fax: (415) 353-1312

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

Cardiovascular Genetics Program
400 Parnassus Avenue, Plaza Level, Room 94
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2873
Fax: (415) 476-5355

Hours: Monday
noon – 4 p.m

Heart Transplant Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-4145
Fax: (415) 353-4166

Hours: Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (times vary depending on the number of doctors in clinic)

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Academic Title


More about Scot Merrick


University of Washington 1980


UCSF, General Surgery 1985


UCSF, Cardiothoracic Surgery 1987

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Heidecker B, Moore P, Bergsland EK, Merrick SH, Rao RK. Transcatheter pulmonic valve replacement in carcinoid heart disease. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Sep; 16(9):1046.
  2. Stratmann G, Russell IA, Merrick SH. Use of recombinant factor VIIa as a rescue treatment for intractable bleeding following repeat aortic arch repair. Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Dec; 76(6):2094-7.
  3. Schneider DB, Clary-Macy C, Challa S, Sasse KC, Merrick SH, Hawkins R, Caputo G, Jablons D. Positron emission tomography with f18-fluorodeoxyglucose in the staging and preoperative evaluation of malignant pleural mesothelioma. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2000 Jul; 120(1):128-33.
  4. Kerwin WF, Botvinick EH, O'Connell JW, Merrick SH, DeMarco T, Chatterjee K, Scheibly K, Saxon LA. Ventricular contraction abnormalities in dilated cardiomyopathy: effect of biventricular pacing to correct interventricular dyssynchrony. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2000 Apr; 35(5):1221-7.
  5. Khan JH, Foster EA, Intinarelli GM, Merrick SH. Maze procedure and homograft replacement of a rheumatic mitral valve. J Heart Valve Dis. 1999 Nov; 8(6):630-1.
  6. Lambert AS, Miller JP, Merrick SH, Schiller NB, Foster E, Muhiudeen-Russell I, Cahalan MK. Improved evaluation of the location and mechanism of mitral valve regurgitation with a systematic transesophageal echocardiography examination. Anesth Analg. 1999 Jun; 88(6):1205-12.
  7. Khan JH, McElhinney DB, Hall TS, Merrick SH. Cardiac valve surgery in octogenarians: improving quality of life and functional status. Arch Surg. 1998 Aug; 133(8):887-93.
  8. Khan JH, McElhinney DB, Rahman SB, George TI, Clark OH, Merrick SH. Pulmonary metastases of endocrine origin: the role of surgery. Chest. 1998 Aug; 114(2):526-34.
  9. Saxon LA, Kerwin WF, Cahalan MK, Kalman JM, Olgin JE, Foster E, Schiller NB, Shinbane JS, Lesh MD, Merrick SH. Acute effects of intraoperative multisite ventricular pacing on left ventricular function and activation/contraction sequence in patients with depressed ventricular function. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 1998 Jan; 9(1):13-21.
  10. Seeberger MD, Cahalan MK, Rouine-Rapp K, Foster E, Ionescu P, Balea M, Merrick S, Schiller NB. Acute hypovolemia may cause segmental wall motion abnormalities in the absence of myocardial ischemia. Anesth Analg. 1997 Dec; 85(6):1252-7.
  11. Seeberger MD, Cahalan MK, Chu E, Foster E, Ionescu P, Balea M, Adler S, Merrick S, Schiller NB. Rapid atrial pacing for detecting provokable demand ischemia in anesthetized patients. Anesth Analg. 1997 Jun; 84(6):1180-5.
  12. Sakuma H, Bourne MW, O'Sullivan M, Merrick SH, Ullyot DJ, Chatterjee K, Shimakawa A, Foo TK, Higgins CB. Evaluation of thoracic aortic dissection using breath-holding cine MRI. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1996 Jan-Feb; 20(1):45-50.
  13. Heidenreich PA, Chou TM, Smedira NG, Sweeney JP, Schiller NB, Schwartz DE, Merrick SH, Ports TA. Catheter fragmentation of massive pulmonary embolus: guidance with transesophageal echocardiography. Am Heart J. 1995 Dec; 130(6):1306-8.
  14. Rajasinghe HA, Lorenz HP, Longaker MT, Scheinman MM, Merrick SH. Arrhythmogenic ventricular aneurysms unrelated to coronary artery disease. Ann Thorac Surg. 1995 May; 59(5):1079-84.
  15. Hennein HA, Ebba H, Rodriguez JL, Merrick SH, Keith FM, Bronstein MH, Leung JM, Mangano DT, Greenfield LJ, Rankin JS. Relationship of the proinflammatory cytokines to myocardial ischemia and dysfunction after uncomplicated coronary revascularization. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1994 Oct; 108(4):626-35.
  16. Fitzpatrick AP, Lesh MD, Epstein LM, Lee RJ, Siu A, Merrick S, Griffin JC, Scheinman MM. Electrophysiological laboratory, electrophysiologist-implanted, nonthoracotomy-implantable cardioverter/defibrillators. Circulation. 1994 Jun; 89(6):2503-8.
  17. Smedira NG, Ports TA, Merrick SH, Rankin JS. Balloon aortic valvuloplasty as a bridge to aortic valve replacement in critically ill patients. Ann Thorac Surg. 1993 Apr; 55(4):914-6.
  18. Chou TM, Jue J, Merrick SH, Schiller NB, Foster E. Effusive constrictive epicarditis and atrial septal defect. Am Heart J. 1993 Apr; 125(4):1193-5.
  19. London MJ, Franks M, Verrier ED, Merrick SH, Levin J, Mangano DT. The safety and efficacy of ten percent pentastarch as a cardiopulmonary bypass priming solution. A randomized clinical trial. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1992 Aug; 104(2):284-96.
  20. Mangano DT, Siliciano D, Hollenberg M, Leung JM, Browner WS, Goehner P, Merrick S, Verrier E. Postoperative myocardial ischemia. Therapeutic trials using intensive analgesia following surgery. The Study of Perioperative Ischemia (SPI) Research Group. Anesthesiology. 1992 Mar; 76(3):342-53.

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