Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
Caring, Healing, Teaching, Evidenced-based Excellence

The cardiothoracic surgery program at UCSF was established 50 years ago when then Department of Surgery Chair, Leon Goldman, M.D., father of U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein, invited Benson Roe, M.D. to join the faculty and establish a division for a new subspecialty, Cardiothoracic Surgery.   Dr. Roe's pioneering work continues today through the leadership of Cardiothoracic Surgery Chief, Scot Merrick, M.D.

The Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCSF is comprised of a Cardiac Surgery Section, a General Thoracic Surgery section and a Heart and Lung Transplant Program, which has historically had high one-year survival outcomes among  academic surgery programs nationally.

The Division has a fully accredited ACGME training program in cardiothoracic surgery that consists of rotations in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery, and thoracic surgery, many of whom have gone on to become  distinguished leaders in their field.

Upcoming Programs


UCSF will be hosting the 22nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps (ISRBP) in San Francisco on September 25-27th. Georg M. Wieselthaler, M.D., the Congress President, is among the leadership presiding over the symposium. Dr. Wieselthaler is Director and Surgical Chief of the Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at UCSF and Professor of Surgery in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery. The 22nd annual meeting of ISRBP will follow the tradition of the scientific hybrid platform for engineers and clinicians. In addition to an exciting scientific program with outstanding invited lectures, there will be a satellite symposia for VAD coordinators and perfusionists to facilitate vital communication and common learning among clinicians in our field.

Read Full Program Announcement and Welcome Message from Dr. Georg M. Wieselthaler