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Elaine Tseng, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery

Contact Information

 (415) 353-1606 - Clinical Phone    
 (415) 353-8890  - Academic Phone
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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 an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the UCSF Medical Center. She has a special interest in the endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic diseases, including descending thoracic aortic aneurysms, acute and chronic type B aortic dissection. She also has a special interest in aortic valve surgery, ascending aortic and arch surgery, mitral valve repair, reoperative cardiac surgery, off-pump coronary artery bypass, and Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation.

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 Medical Center in 2002. She has published scientific papers and book chapters on a wide range of topics, including aortic valve disease, neurologic injury after cardiac surgery, and esophageal cancer. She developed an interest in percutaneous aortic and mitral valves and underwent specialized endovascular training in 2006 for thoracic aortic disease. Dr. Tseng is a member of the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, Association of Women in Thoracic Surgery, and Association of Women Surgeons. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

  1. Tseng EE, Lee CA, Cameron DE, Stuart RS, Greene PS, Sussman MS, Watkins L, Gardner TJ, Baumgartner WA. Aortic valve replacement in the elderly: Risk factors and long-term results. Ann Surg, Jun/1997;225(6):793-802; discussion 802-4.
  2. Mann MJ, Tseng E, Ratcliffe M, Strattman G, De Silva A, Demarco T, Achorn N, Moskalik W, Hoopes C. Use of bivalirudin, a direct thrombin inhibitor, and its reversal with modified ultrafiltration during heart transplantation in a patient with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. J Heart Lung Transplant, Feb/2005;24(2):222-5.
  3.   Hoppe H, Pavcnik D, Chuter TA, Tseng E, Kim MD, Bernat I, Uchida B, Keller FS, Rosch J. Percutaneous Technique for creation of tricuspid regurgitation in an ovine model. J Vasc Interv Radiol , 2007;18:133-136.
  4. Gundiah N, Kam K, Matthews PB, Guccione J, Guy TS, Chuter TA, Saloner D, Dwyer HA, Tseng EE. Regional Variations in Material Properties within the Porcine Aortic Root J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2008;0:0.
  5. Guy TS, Ratcliffe MB, Brzezinski M, Stechert MM, Tseng E. Robotic Approach to Minimally Invasive Mtiral Valve Repair and Coronary Bypass Ann Thorac Surg, 2008;0:0.