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Ghannam A. Al-Dossari, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Academic Office
Box 0118, 500 Parnassus Avenue
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA. 94143 - 0118
Academic Tel: 415-353-8890
Academic Fax: 415-353-4716
  • King Saud University, College of Science B.S., 1983.
  • King Saud University, College of Medicine M.D., 1988.
  • University of Minnesota School of Medicine, M.S., Surgery, 1993.
  • University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery (full accredited Thoracic Residency Program), from July 1. 1999 to June 30. 2001.
  • University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics, Dept. of General Surgery ((full accredited General Surgery Residency), from Jun 20, 1994 to June 19.1999.
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Dept. of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Advanced Clinical Fellowship in Minimally invasive Cardiac Surgery from July 2005 to 2006.
  • Cardiovascular Research Fellowship: University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics, Division of C.V.S., from April 1991 to April 1994.
  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Chronic Rejection
  • Heart Failure
  • Obliterative Bronchiolitis
  • Stem Cell Therapies

Ghannam A. Al-Dossari, M.D., M.S. is a heart and lung transplant surgeon and Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCSF. Dr. Al-Dossari has extensive experience in minimally invasive valve surgery, mechanical circulatory support and heart and lung transplantation. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Born in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Al-Dossari graduated from King Saudi University medical school in 1988. After his internship, he emigrated to the U.S. eventually becoming a U.S. citizen.  In 1994, Dr. Al-Dossari completed a 4-year cardiovascular research fellowship at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, and received a masters degree in surgery based on his extensive research in lung transplantation chronic rejection model.

Dr. Al-Dossari completed his general surgery residency from the University of Minnesota in 1999 and his cardiothoracic surgery training at The University of Texas (UTSWMC) in Dallas in 2001. During that time, Dr. Al-Dossari also received extensive training in heart failure and minimally invasive valve surgery at the University of Minnesota and Cleveland Clinic.

Prior to 2002, Dr. Al-Dossari was an attending cardiothoracic surgeon at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and was instrumental in the development of heart and lung and ventricular assist devices programs in Saudi Arabia.

In 2006, Dr. Al-Dossari  held several leadership positions at Saad Specialist Hospital including Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer and the Director of Medical Development and Quality Assurance. In March 2012, Dr. Al-Dossari joined the UCSF Department of Surgery in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Al-Dossari has devoted many years of research to the field of heart and lung transplantation. Two publications, in particular, bear emphasis:

  1. Ventricular assist device therapy for acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock, published in The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Volume 21, issue 1 (January, 2002), p. 106 related to his cardiothoracic research
  2. Pathogenesis of Obliterative Bronchiolitis. Possible roles of platelet-derived growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor published in Transplantation 1995 Jan 15; 59(1): 143-5 related to his pulmonary research.
  1. Gillinov AM, Blackstone EH, Nowicki ER, Slisatkorn W, Al-Dossari G, Johnston DR, George KM, Houghtaling PL, Griffin B, Sabik JF, Svensson LG. Valve repair versus valve replacement for degenerative mitral valve disease. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Apr; 135(4):885-93, 893.e1-2. View in PubMed
  2. al-Dossari GA, Shumway SJ. Comparative study of solutions for pulmonary preservation using an isolated rabbit lung model. J Surg Res. 1998 Mar; 75(2):187-91. View in PubMed
  3. al-Dossari GA, Jessurun J, Bolman RM, Kshettry VR, King MB, Murray JJ, Hertz MI. Pathogenesis of obliterative bronchiolitis. Possible roles of platelet-derived growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor. Transplantation. 1995 Jan 15; 59(1):143-5. View in PubMed
  4. al-Dossari GA, Kshettry VR, Jessurun J, Bolman RM. Experimental large-animal model of obliterative bronchiolitis after lung transplantation. Ann Thorac Surg. 1994 Jul; 58(1):34-9; discussion 39-40. View in PubMed
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