Outstanding Multidisciplinary Clinical Care, Pioneering Research, Educational Excellence

The Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery is comprised of three distinct sections: Cardiac Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, and Heart and Lung TransplantThe program was established fifty years ago by Leon Goldman, M.D., the then chair of the Department of  Surgery and the father of the California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Dr. Goldman recruited the late Benson Roe, M.D. to join the faculty and establish a division for Cardiothoracic Surgery, a new subspecialty at the time. Dr. Roe's pioneering work continued through the leadership of Scot Merrick, M.D., a recent chief of the division, and now through the current interim chief, Jasleen Kukreja, M.D., M.P.H.

The Division has a fully accredited ACGME training program in cardiothoracic surgery that consists of rotations in adult cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. 

Our executive team, management staff and academic and clinical staff are dedicated to serving our community, our faculty, and our academic colleague and we pride ourselves in surgical excellence and patient care.

UCSF Medical Center earned a “high performance” rating – the highest rating possible – for lung cancer surgery, aortic value surgery, heart bypass surgery, and procedures to treat heart failure and COPD in the U.S. News & World Report 2017-2018 Best Hospitals survey. The survey evaluated data from more than 4,500 hospitals.

U.S. News High Performance Ratings for Cardithoracic Procedures at UCSF Medical Center

High Performing Indicator Aorticvalve High Performing Indicator Copd High Performing Indicator Heartbypass
     
 High Performing Indicator Heartfailure  High Performing Indicator Lungcancer