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Shunji Sano, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor in Residence
Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Contact Information

550 16th Street, Floor 5
San Francisco, CA 94143-0117
Academic: 415-476-3535
Clinic/appointment: 415-476-3501
shunji.sano@ucsf.edu
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  • 1971-1977 Okayama University Medical School, Okayama, Japan, MD
  • 1978-1982 Okayama University Medical School, Okayama, Japan, Ph.D.
  • 1997 Okayama University Medical School. Okayama, Japan. Internship, General Surgery
  • 1998 Hiroshima City Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan. Internship, General Surgery
  • 1982-1984 Kenritsu Amagasaki Hospital, Hyogo, Japan. Fellowship, Cardiovascular Surgery
  • 1984-1985 Okayama University Medical School, Okayama, Japan. Senior Fellow, Cardiovascular Surgery
  • 1985-1987 Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, NZ. Senior Fellow, Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • 1987-1988 The Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria. Senior Fellow, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Pediatric Heart Center
  • Progenitor cell therapy
  • Heart simulation
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Stem cells for failing single ventricle
  • Japanese

Shunji Sano, M.D., Ph.D. is an internationally renowned Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgeon. Dr. Sano pioneered the "Sano Procedure", a surgical procedure to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

After graduating from Okayama University Medical School, Dr. Sano spent 8 years as a resident at Okayama University Medical School and Hiroshima City Hospital.

Dr. Sano had the privilege to collaborate with two renowned heart surgeons. In 1985, he worked with Sir Brian Barrett-Boyes in Green Lane Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Sano wanted more experience in cardiovascular surgery. In 1987, he joined Dr. Roger Mee's team in the Royal Children's Hospital at Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Sano has performed over 7,000 congenital heart surgeries with exceptional results and is active in innovative research development, including the use of stem cells for failing single ventricle patients.

Most recent publications from a total of 57
  1. Ishigami S, Ohtsuki S, Eitoku T, Ousaka D, Kondo M, Kurita Y, Hirai K, Fukushima Y, Baba K, Goto T, Horio N, Kobayashi J, Kuroko Y, Kotani Y, Arai S, Iwasaki T, Sato S, Kasahara S, Sano S, Oh H. Intracoronary Cardiac Progenitor Cells in Single Ventricle Physiology: The PERSEUS Randomized Phase 2 Trial. Circ Res. 2017 Jan 04. View in PubMed
  2. Ousaka D, Fujii Y, Oozawa S, Nishibori M, Kuroko Y, Masuda Z, Sano S. Decreased Serum Levels of High Mobility Group Box 1 (HMGB-1) after Graft Replacement or Stenting of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. Ann Vasc Surg. 2016 Nov 28. View in PubMed
  3. Miyamoto Y, Masuda Z, Kotani Y, Tarui S, Kuroko Y, Fujii Y, Ozawa S, Sano S. [Delayed Diagnosis of Aortic Dissection Following Thrombolytic Therapy in a Patient with Acute Ischemic Stroke;Report of a Case]. Kyobu Geka. 2016 Nov; 69(12):1037-1040. View in PubMed
  4. Takeuchi H, Okuyama M, Uchida HA, Kakio Y, Umebayashi R, Okuyama Y, Fujii Y, Ozawa S, Yoshida M, Oshima Y, Sano S, Wada J. Chronic Kidney Disease Is Positively and Diabetes Mellitus Is Negatively Associated with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. PLoS One. 2016; 11(10):e0164015. View in PubMed
  5. Oh H, Ito H, Sano S. Challenges to success in heart failure: Cardiac cell therapies in patients with heart diseases. J Cardiol. 2016 Nov; 68(5):361-367. View in PubMed
  6. Kijima Y, Akagi T, Takaya Y, Taniguchi M, Nakagawa K, Kusano K, Sano S, Ito H. Deficient Surrounding Rims in Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Atrial Septal Defect Closure. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2016 Aug; 29(8):768-76. View in PubMed
  7. Kotani Y, Kasahara S, Fujii Y, Eitoku T, Baba K, Otsuki S, Kuroko Y, Arai S, Sano S. A staged decompression of right ventricle allows growth of right ventricle and subsequent biventricular repair in patients with pulmonary atresia and intact ventricular septum. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Aug; 50(2):298-303. View in PubMed
  8. Takaya Y, Akagi T, Kijima Y, Nakagawa K, Kono S, Deguchi K, Sano S, Ito H. Influence of transcatheter closure of atrial communication on migraine headache in patients with ischemic stroke. Cardiovasc Interv Ther. 2016 Oct; 31(4):263-8. View in PubMed
  9. Kijima Y, Akagi T, Takaya Y, Akagi S, Nakagawa K, Kusano K, Sano S, Ito H. Treat and Repair Strategy in Patients With Atrial Septal Defect and Significant Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Circ J. 2016; 80(1):227-34. View in PubMed
  10. Itoh H, Ichiba S, Ujike Y, Douguchi T, Obata H, Inamori S, Iwasaki T, Kasahara S, Sano S, Ãœndar A. Effect of the Pulsatile Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation on Hemodynamic Energy and Systemic Microcirculation in a Piglet Model of Acute Cardiac Failure. Artif Organs. 2016 Jan; 40(1):19-26. View in PubMed
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