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Elaine Tseng, M.D., FACS

Elaine Tseng, M.D., FACS

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, San Francisco VA Healthcare System

Contact Information

Academic Office:
500 Parnassus Ave, MUW 405, Box 0118, 
San Francisco, CA 94143
Tel: (415) 353-8196
Email: [email protected] 
Admin: [email protected] 
San Francisco VA Medical Center
4150 Clement St, (112)
San Francisco, CA 94121
Tel: (415) 221-4810


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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, B.S.
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, M.D.
  • Internship - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Research Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Endovascular Fellowship- Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
  • American Board of Surgery, 2000
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2003
  • Acute and chronic type B aortic dissections
  • Aortic arch aneurysms
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Ascending aortic and arch surgery
  • Endovascular repair of descending thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Hypothermic circulatory arrest (HCA)
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation
  • Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation
  • Minimally invasive valve surgery
  • Off-pump coronary artery bypass
  • Reoperative cardiac surgery
  • Robotic cardiac surgery
  • Biomechanics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Percutaneous and transcatheter aortic valves
  • Valvular heart diseases

Dr. Elaine Tseng is Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Her clinical expertise includes minimally invasive aortic valve replacement with Y-root enlargement, Ross operation, aortic surgery including ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm repairs, valve sparing aortic root replacements, structural heart disease—transcatheter aortic valve replacement and transcatheter edge-to-edge repair, and multi-arterial coronary artery bypass grafting.

Dr. Tseng grew up in North Carolina where she attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. She was a National Merit Scholar. She completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a GPA 5.0. She earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and was one of three recipients per year of the Virginia A. Linnane Scholarship. Dr. Tseng underwent her general surgery training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she received the George D. Zeidema Surgery Award and the Vincent L. Gott Cardiac Surgery Award. She was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and was awarded the Nina Braunwald Research Fellowship Award from The Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. She also received the Hawley H. Seiler MD Award from the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. Dr. Tseng underwent her clinical and advanced training in cardiothoracic surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

After completing her education and training, she joined the cardiac surgery staff at the UCSF and SFVA Medical Centers in 2002. Her academic research interests over the past 20 years have involved biomechanics, fluid dynamics, and computational simulations of aortic root surgery, including aortic stenosis, transcatheter aortic valves, Ross operation, ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm (aTAA) and dissection. She has been NIH R01 funded surgeon-scientist investigating the biomechanics of ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms to determine better predictors of type A dissection than maximum diameter. She is currently funded through a VA Merit award to investigate the impact of aTAA biomechanics on dissection, rupture, and all-cause mortality. She is the UCSF/SFVA site-principal investigator for the multi-institutional international randomized trial of treatment of ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms, TITAN trial, early surgery vs surveillance for 5.0-5.4cm aneurysms. She has published >100 scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Tseng serves on the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Workforce on New Technology, American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Clinical Practice Standards Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of the Heart Valve Society, and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation. She is the Vice-Chair of the Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Council of the American Heart Association and is Senior Editor in the Editorial Board of Annals of Thoracic Surgery. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Heart Association and is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

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  • Biomechanical Understanding of Ascending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms
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    Mar 2019
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  1. Pace WA, Smith K, Gamboa A, Zamirpour S, Ge L, Tseng E. Ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm size at presentation and growth by diameter. Clin Radiol. 2023 Sep 22. View in PubMed
  2. Tseng EE, Boskovski M. Reimplantation vs Remodeling: End of the Debate? Ann Thorac Surg. 2023 Sep 13. View in PubMed
  3. Hui DS, Chen EP, DeAnda A, Girardi LN, Kim KM, Woo YJ, Tseng EE, Preventza O. Perspectives on the 2022 joint guidelines on the diagnosis and management of aortic disease. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2023 Nov; 166(5):1413-1417. View in PubMed
  4. Writing Committee Members, Isselbacher EM, Preventza O, Hamilton Black J, Augoustides JG, Beck AW, Bolen MA, Braverman AC, Bray BE, Brown-Zimmerman MM, Chen EP, Collins TJ, DeAnda A, Fanola CL, Girardi LN, Hicks CW, Hui DS, Schuyler Jones W, Kalahasti V, Kim KM, Milewicz DM, Oderich GS, Ogbechie L, Promes SB, Ross EG, Schermerhorn ML, Singleton Times S, Tseng EE, Wang GJ, Woo YJ, Peer Review Committee Members, Faxon DP, Upchurch GR, Aday AW, Azizzadeh A, Boisen M, Hawkins B, Kramer CM, Luc JGY, MacGillivray TE, Malaisrie SC, Osteen K, Patel HJ, Patel PJ, Popescu WM, Rodriguez E, Sorber R, Tsao PS, Santos Volgman A, AHA/ACC Joint Committee Members, Beckman JA, Otto CM, O'Gara PT, Armbruster A, Birtcher KK, de Las Fuentes L, Deswal A, Dixon DL, Gorenek B, Haynes N, Hernandez AF, Joglar JA, Jones WS, Mark D, Mukherjee D, Palaniappan L, Piano MR, Rab T, Spatz ES, Tamis-Holland JE, Woo YJ. 2022 ACC/AHA guideline for the diagnosis and management of aortic disease: A report of the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Joint Committee on Clinical Practice Guidelines. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2023 Nov; 166(5):e182-e331. View in PubMed
  5. Gulati A, Zamirpour S, Leach J, Khan A, Wang Z, Xuan Y, Hope MD, Saloner DA, Guccione JM, Ge L, Tseng EE. Ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm elongation occurs in parallel with dilatation in a nonsurgical population. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2023 06 01; 63(6). View in PubMed
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