Teng Chun Lee, MD

Heart and lung surgeon

Dr. Teng C. Lee is a cardiothoracic surgeon and one of a handful of specialists fully trained in both minimally invasive and traditional surgical techniques for treating complex thoracic aortic disease, in which weakness, tears or other problems with the heart's main artery can be life-threatening. At UCSF, he performs heart procedures that include heart transplantation, arrhythmia surgery, coronary artery bypass, endovascular surgery and minimally invasive valve surgeries.

In research, Lee has investigated the treatment of aortic arch aneurysms — or bulges in the wall where the aorta bends — using endovascular techniques, which are minimally invasive. Recently, he collaborated with biomedical engineers to study how different stent graft devices in the aortic arch may impact blood flow. Over the last few years, he also collaborated on research examining how to improve the treatment and outcomes of acute type A aortic dissection, a serious condition in which the inner layer of the aorta tears.

Originally from Singapore, Lee earned his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He completed a residency in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University, where he was the Dudley P. Allen Scholar. He also completed a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Duke University. He completed a fellowship in endovascular and interventional radiology at Lund University in Malmö, Sweden, as well as a fellowship in advanced aortic surgery, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at Duke University.

Prior to joining UCSF, Teng was co-director of the University of Florida Health Aorta Center. Previously, he had founded the Center for Aortic Disease at the University of Maryland Medical Center and started its highly successful program in transcatheter aortic valve replacement. He is an associate professor of surgery in the UCSF Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He belongs to the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and Sabiston Surgical Society.


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.

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)

Heart Valve Disease Clinic
535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2873
Fax: (415) 353-2528

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Board Certification

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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Washington University School of Medicine 1999


Case Western Reserve University, Surgery 2006
Duke University School of Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010


Lund University, Endovascular and Interventional Radiology 2007
Duke University School of Medicine, Advanced Aortic Surgery, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support 2010

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lee TC, Kon Z, Cheema FH, Grau-Sepulveda MV, Englum B, Kim S, Chaudhuri PS, Thourani VH, Ailawadi G, Hughes GC, Williams ML, Brennan JM, Svensson L, Gammie JS. Contemporary management and outcomes of acute type A aortic dissection: An analysis of the STS adult cardiac surgery database. J Card Surg. 2018 Jan; 33(1):7-18.

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