Tobias Deuse, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Tobias Deuse is a heart surgeon and director of minimally invasive cardiac surgery at UCSF. He is known for his pioneering work in the development of minimally-invasive techniques for mitral valve repair.


Deuse earned an M.D. from University of Wuerzburg in Germany. He then received advanced training in heart and lung surgery at the University Hospital Munich-Grosshadern and University Heart Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. After obtaining his board certification in Germany as a heart surgeon, Deuse completed a fellowship in lung and heart-lung transplantation at Stanford.

After returning to Germany in 2009, Deuse was appointed director of heart and lung transplantation at the University Heart Center in Hamburg. He achieved international acclaim for his development of innovative approaches to heart failure surgery, most notably minimally-invasive techniques for the implantation of ventricular assist systems. He also demonstrated that high success rates could be achieved in mitral valve repair utilizing robotic-assisted (fully) endoscopic surgery. This minimally invasive procedure, also known as "keyhole surgery," has many benefits for the patient, including substantially reduced post-surgical pain, shorter hospital stays, and a faster recovery and return to daily activities.


Deuse has received numerous honors, including election to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. He is an associate professor of surgery at UCSF.

Read a Q&A with Deuse.


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.

Lung 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. (exact times vary depending on number of physicians in clinic)

Mechanical Circulatory Support
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-4145
Fax: (415) 353-4166

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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Julius Maxmilians Universitaet Wurzburg 2000


University Heart Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Cardiovascular Surgery 2007


Stanford Hospital, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplantation 2009

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Smits JM, Nossent G, Evrard P, Lang G, Knoop C, Kwakkel-van Erp JM, Langer F, Schramm R, van de Graaf E, Vos R, Verleden G, Rondelet B, Hoefer D, Hoek R, Hoetzenecker K, Deuse T, Strelniece A, Green D, de Vries E, Samuel U, Laufer G, Buhl R, Witt C, Gottlieb J. Lung allocation score: the Eurotransplant model versus the revised US model - a cross-sectional study. Transpl Int. 2018 Apr 17.
  2. Warnecke G, Van Raemdonck D, Smith MA, Massard G, Kukreja J, Rea F, Loor G, De Robertis F, Nagendran J, Dhital KK, Moradiellos Dez FJ, Knosalla C, Bermudez CA, Tsui S, McCurry K, Wang IW, Deuse T, Lesche G, Thomas P, Tudorache I, Khn C, Avsar M, Wiegmann B, Sommer W, Neyrinck A, Schiavon M, Calebrese F, Santelmo N, Olland A, Falcoz PE, Simon AR, Varela A, Madsen JC, Hertz M, Haverich A, Ardehali A. Normothermic ex-vivo preservation with the portable Organ Care System Lung device for bilateral lung transplantation (INSPIRE): a randomised, open-label, non-inferiority, phase 3 study. Lancet Respir Med. 2018 05; 6(5):357-367.
  3. Marcus SG, Mahadevan VS, Deuse T. Hybrid Open Minimally-Invasive Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Mar 29.

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