University of California San Francisco

Peter Kouretas MD Phd
Peter Kouretas, MD, PhD

Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Surgical Director, Pediatric Heart Transplantation


550 16th Street, #5603
San Francisco, CA 94158
United States


    Peter C. Kouretas, MD, PhD, is Professor of Surgery in the UCSF Department of Surgery and surgical director of the Pediatric Heart Transplantation.

    Dr. Kouretas earned his MD, PhD at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After a surgical internship at UC Irvine, he completed his general surgery residency at the University of Virginia. Dr. Kouretas then completed his cardiothoracic surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania, also serving as Chief Resident in Pediatric Heart Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Kouretas then went on to a clinical fellowship in pediatric and congenital heart surgery as well as pediatric heart transplantation at Stanford University. 

    Prior to joining the faculty at UCSF, Dr. Kouretas was the chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and co-director of the pediatric heart center at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kouretas’ background also includes serving as the director of the pediatric mechanical circulatory program at Primary Children’s Medical Center at the University of Utah. 

    Dr. Kouretas’ clinical and research interests focus on pediatric heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.  The use of cardiac devices as a bridge to transplantation as well as recovery is a focus of the pediatric heart failure program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. 

    The continuity of care of adults with congenital heart disease is also a focus of the Pediatric Heart Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.  Dr. Kouretas has a special interest in aortic disease in this population, particularly valve sparing aortic root procedures in the Marfan population. 

    Dr. Kouretas is a member of numerous professional societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The Western Thoracic Surgical Association, and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.  Dr. Kouretas has published extensively and is actively involved in multiple clinical and research protocols.


    Institution Degree Dept or School End Date
    University of California Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training 2019

    Board Certifications

    American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
    American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery

    Clinical Expertise

    Arterial Switch

    Atrial Fibrillation

    Atrial Septal Defect

    Atrioventricular Heart Block

    Heart Transplantation

    Heart Valve Disease

    Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

    Marfan Syndrome

    Mitral Valve Repair & Replacement

    Myocardial Revascularization Surgery

    Norwood Procedure

    Patent Ductus Arteriosus

    Pediatric Heart Failure

    Pediatric/Adult Congenital Heart Surgery

    Tetralogy of Fallot

    Transposition of Great Arteries

    Ventricular Aneurysm

    Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)

    Ventricular Septal Defect

    In the News

    July, 17, 2018 | UCSF Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery


    1. Comment on: Detection and management of HLA sensitization in candidates for adult heart transplantation.
      Fiedler AG, Klein L, DeMarco T, Kouretas P, Smith JW| | View in PubMed
    2. Association of Body Mass Index With Clinical Features and Outcomes in Adults With Fontan Palliation.
      Yogeswaran V, Anigwe C, Salahuddin A, Aggarwal A, Moon Grady AJ, Harris IS, Sabanayagam A, Kouretas PC, Mahadevan VS, Agarwal A| | View in PubMed
    3. Journey Toward Improved Long-Term Outcomes After Norwood-Sano Procedure: Focus on the Aortic Arch Reconstruction.
      Sano S, Sano T, Kobayashi Y, Kotani Y, Kouretas PC, Kasahara S| | View in PubMed
    4. Outcomes among adult survivors of total cavopulmonary Fontan palliation for single ventricle.
      Anigwe C, Yogeswaran V, Moon-Grady A, McAllister S, Aggarwal A, Blissett S, Harris IS, Kouretas PC, Mahadevan VS, Sabanayagam A, Agarwal A| | View in PubMed
    5. Reassessing our journey towards improved long-term outcomes in hypoplastic left heart syndrome: let's re-focus on the aortic arch.
      Sano S, Sano T, Kouretas PC| | View in PubMed
    6. Association of Insurance Status With Emergent Versus Nonemergent Hospital Encounters Among Adults With Congenital Heart Disease.
      Agarwal A, Gurvitz M, Myers J, Jain S, Khan AM, Nah G, Harris IS, Kouretas P, Marcus GM| | View in PubMed
    7. Breaking the Rules: Left Common Carotid Artery from the Main Pulmonary Artery in an Infant with a Vascular Ring.
      Juergensen S, Quezada E, Silverman NH, Gossett JG, Kouretas P, Reddy VM, Hogan W| | View in PubMed
    8. Berlin Heart EXCOR and ACTION post-approval surveillance study report.
      Zafar F, Conway J, Bleiweis MS, Al-Aklabi M, Ameduri R, Barnes A, Bearl DW, Buchholz H, Church S, Do NL, Duffy V, Dykes JC, Eghtesady P, Fisher L, Friedland-Little J, Fuller S, Fynn-Thompson F, George K, Gossett JG, Griffiths ER, Griselli M, Hawkins B, Honjo O, Jeewa A, Joong A, Kindel S, Kouretas P, Lorts A, Machado D, Maeda K, Maurich A, May LJ, McConnell P, Mehegan M, Mongé M, Morales DLS, Murray J, Niebler RA, O'Connor M, Peng DM, Phelps C, Philip J, Ploutz M, Profsky M, Reichhold A, Rosenthal DN, Said AS, Schumacher KR, Si MS, Simpson KE, Sparks J, Louis JS, Steiner ME, VanderPluym C, Villa C, ACTION Learning Network Investigators| | View in PubMed
    9. Life-Threatening But Forgotten Complication After Norwood Operation.
      Sano S, Kouretas PC| | View in PubMed
    10. 360-Degree Cone Reconstruction for Ebstein's Anomaly.
      Mitchell ME, Hraska V, Kouretas PC| | View in PubMed
    11. S-Nitrosohemoglobin Levels and Patient Outcome After Transfusion During Pediatric Bypass Surgery.
      Matto F, Kouretas PC, Smith R, Ostrowsky J, Cina AJ, Hess DT, Stamler JS, Reynolds JD| | View in PubMed
    12. Neonatal esophageal trachealization and esophagocarinoplasty in the treatment of flow-limited Floyd II tracheal agenesis.
      Densmore JC, Oldham KT, Dominguez KM, Berdan ER, McCormick ME, Beste DJ, Amos LB, Lang CA, Woods RK, Kouretas PC, Mitchell ME| | View in PubMed
    13. Scimitar Syndrome-Complex Surgical Revision 3 Decades After Repair.
      Abadeer MN, Stuth EA, Kouretas PC, Ginde S, Jacobsen R, Woods RK| | View in PubMed
    14. Rat bite fever: Complex triple valve surgery for endocarditis and sinus of Valsalva fistula.
      Abadeer MN, Kouretas PC, Woods RK| | View in PubMed
    15. Venous Myocardial Infarction in an Infant with Obstructed Totally Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage and Coronary Sinus Ostial Atresia.
      Prasad D, Strainic JP, Pandya K, Kouretas PC, Ashwath RC| | View in PubMed
    16. Characteristics of Hospitalizations for the Glenn Procedure in Those With Isomerism Compared to Those Without.
      Loomba RS, Kouretas PC, Anderson RH| | View in PubMed
    17. Pyloric exclusion for treatment of complicated duodenal atresia.
      Balakumar V, DeRoss AL, Kouretas PC, Boulanger SC, Barksdale EM| | View in PubMed
    18. Fetal diagnosis of superior vena cava aneurysm.
      Flores S, Dangol A, Strainic JP, Hoit BD, Kouretas PC, Ashwath RC| | View in PubMed
    19. Staged cleft sternum repair using dermal allograft and synthetic mesh.
      Ley E, Sharshiner R, Kouretas P, Siddiqi F| | View in PubMed
    20. Long-term Outcome and Risk of Heart Block After Surgical Treatment of Subaortic Stenosis.
      Jou CJ, Etheridge SP, Minich LL, Saarel EV, Lambert LM, Kouretas PC, Holubkov R, Hawkins JA| | View in PubMed
    21. Experience with the Levitronix CentriMag in the pediatric population as a bridge to decision and recovery.
      Kouretas PC, Kaza AK, Burch PT, Witte MK, Clayson SE, Everitt MD, Selzman CH| | View in PubMed
    22. Management of deep wound complications with vacuum-assisted therapy after Berlin Heart EXCOR ventricular assist device placement in the pediatric population.
      Kouretas PC, Burch PT, Kaza AK, Lambert LM, Witte MK, Everitt MD, Siddiqi FA| | View in PubMed
    23. Effect of ABO-incompatible listing on infant heart transplant waitlist outcomes: analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) database.
      Everitt MD, Donaldson AE, Casper TC, Stehlik J, Hawkins JA, Tani LY, Renlund DG, Kouretas PC, Kaza AK, Bullock EA, Cardon M, Kfoury AG| | View in PubMed
    24. Should all newborns who undergo patent ductus arteriosus ligation be examined for vocal fold mobility?
      Smith ME, King JD, Elsherif A, Muntz HR, Park AH, Kouretas PC| | View in PubMed
    25. Coarctation repair in neonates and young infants: is small size or low weight still a risk factor?
      Burch PT, Cowley CG, Holubkov R, Null D, Lambert LM, Kouretas PC, Hawkins JA| | View in PubMed
    26. Cardiovascular surgery in children with Marfan syndrome or Loeys-Dietz syndrome.
      Everitt MD, Pinto N, Hawkins JA, Mitchell MB, Kouretas PC, Yetman AT| | View in PubMed
    27. Stentless porcine valves in the right ventricular outflow tract: improved durability?
      Hawkins JA, Sower CT, Lambert LM, Kouretas PC, Burch PT, Kaza AK, Puchalski MD, Yetman AT| | View in PubMed
    28. Endocarditis after pectus excavatum repair: a case report.
      Jou CJ, Burch PT, Mart CR, Lambert LM, Kouretas PC, Minich LL| | View in PubMed
    29. Long-term results of innominate artery reimplantation for tracheal compression.
      Grimmer JF, Herway S, Hawkins JA, Park AH, Kouretas PC| | View in PubMed
    30. Stochastic hybrid modeling of DNA replication across a complete genome.
      Lygeros J, Koutroumpas K, Dimopoulos S, Legouras I, Kouretas P, Heichinger C, Nurse P, Lygerou Z| | View in PubMed
    31. Postoperative pericardial adhesion prevention using Carbylan-SX in a rabbit model.
      Connors RC, Muir JJ, Liu Y, Reiss GR, Kouretas PC, Whitten MG, Sorenson TK, Prestwich GD, Bull DA| | View in PubMed
    32. Intermediate-term results of repair for aortic, neoaortic, and truncal valve insufficiency in children.
      Hawkins JA, Kouretas PC, Holubkov R, Williams RV, Tani LY, Su JT, Lambert LM, Mart CR, Puchalski MD, Minich LL| | View in PubMed
    33. Ten- and 20-year survivors of pediatric orthotopic heart transplantation.
      Ross M, Kouretas P, Gamberg P, Miller J, Burge M, Reitz B, Robbins R, Chin C, Bernstein D| | View in PubMed
    34. The PediaFlow pediatric ventricular assist device.
      Wearden PD, Morell VO, Keller BB, Webber SA, Borovetz HS, Badylak SF, Boston JR, Kormos RL, Kameneva MV, Simaan M, Snyder TA, Tsukui H, Wagner WR, Antaki JF, Diao C, Vandenberghe S, Gardiner J, Li CM, Noh D, Paden D, Paden B, Wu J, Bearnson GB, Jacobs G, Kirk J, Khanwilkar P, Long JW, Miles S, Hawkins JA, Kouretas PC, Shaddy RE| | View in PubMed
    35. Towards the development of a pediatric ventricular assist device.
      Borovetz HS, Badylak S, Boston JR, Johnson C, Kormos R, Kameneva MV, Simaan M, Snyder TA, Tsukui H, Wagner WR, Woolley J, Antaki J, Diao C, Vandenberghe S, Keller B, Morell V, Wearden P, Webber S, Gardiner J, Li CM, Paden D, Paden B, Snyder S, Wu J, Bearnson G, Hawkins JA, Jacobs G, Kirk J, Khanwilkar P, Kouretas PC, Long J, Shaddy RE| | View in PubMed
    36. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a bridge to surgical treatment of flail tricuspid valve in a neonate.
      Arrington CB, Kouretas PC, Mart CR| | View in PubMed
    37. Complete versus partial atrioventricular canal: equal risks of repair in the modern era.
      Cope JT, Fraser GD, Kouretas PC, Kron IL| | View in PubMed
    38. Role of nitric oxide in heparin-induced attenuation of hypoxic pulmonary vascular remodeling.
      Horstman DJ, Fischer LG, Kouretas PC, Hannan RL, Rich GF| | View in PubMed
    39. Deletion of endothelial nitric oxide synthase exacerbates myocardial stunning in an isolated mouse heart model.
      Hannan RL, John MC, Kouretas PC, Hack BD, Matherne GP, Laubach VE| | View in PubMed
    40. Nonanticoagulant heparin prevents coronary endothelial dysfunction after brief ischemia-reperfusion injury in the dog.
      Kouretas PC, Kim YD, Cahill PA, Myers AK, To LN, Wang YN, Sitzmann JV, Hannan RL| | View in PubMed
    41. Non-anticoagulant heparin increases endothelial nitric oxide synthase activity: role of inhibitory guanine nucleotide proteins.
      Kouretas PC, Hannan RL, Kapur NK, Hendrickson R, Redmond EM, Myers AK, Kim YD, Cahill PA, Sitzmann JV| | View in PubMed
    42. Heparin preserves nitric oxide activity in coronary endothelium during ischemia-reperfusion injury.
      Kouretas PC, Kim YD, Cahill PA, Myers AK, To LN, Wang YN, Wallace RB, Kron IL, Hannan RL| | View in PubMed
    43. 17-Beta estradiol regulation of myocardial glutathione and its role in protection against myocardial stunning in dogs.
      Kim YD, Farhat MY, Myers AK, Kouretas P, DeGroot KW, Pacquing A, Ramwell PW, Suyderhoud JP, Lees DE| | View in PubMed
    44. Early discharge of patients with new-onset atrial fibrillation after cardiovascular surgery.
      Solomon AJ, Kouretas PC, Hopkins RA, Katz NM, Wallace RB, Hannan RL| | View in PubMed
    45. Heparin and nonanticoagulant heparin preserve regional myocardial contractility after ischemia-reperfusion injury: role of nitric oxide.
      Kouretas PC, Myers AK, Kim YD, Cahill PA, Myers JL, Wang YN, Sitzmann JV, Wallace RB, Hannan RL| | View in PubMed
    46. Maturation alters the pulmonary arterial response to hypoxia and inhaled nitric oxide in the presence of endothelial dysfunction.
      Myers JL, Wizorek JJ, Myers AK, O'Donoghue M, Pettit MT, Kouretas PC, Dalton HJ, Wang Y, Hopkins RA| | View in PubMed
    47. 17 beta-Estradiol prevents dysfunction of canine coronary endothelium and myocardium and reperfusion arrhythmias after brief ischemia/reperfusion.
      Kim YD, Chen B, Beauregard J, Kouretas P, Thomas G, Farhat MY, Myers AK, Lees DE| | View in PubMed
    48. Pulmonary arterial endothelial dysfunction potentiates hypercapnic vasoconstriction and alters the response to inhaled nitric oxide.
      Myers JL, Wizorek JJ, Myers AK, Yankah E, Pettit MT, Kouretas PC, Dalton HJ, Wang Y, Hopkins RA| | View in PubMed