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Outstanding Multidisciplinary Clinical Care, Pioneering Research, Educational Excellence

The Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery is comprised of three programs: Cardiac Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, and Heart and Lung Transplant. It also leads the multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program based at UCSF Mt. Zion. The 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 former chief of the division who is now retired, and now through Jasleen Kukreja, M.D., M.P.H., the current interim chief.

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 and treatment of heart failure, and was also ranked as one of the best hospitals for Cardiology and Heart Surgery in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Survey. 

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