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Peter Kouretas, M.D., Ph.D.

Peter Kouretas, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Contact Information

Academic Office
Mission Hall 550 16th Street, Floor 5,
Room MH-5603 San Francisco, CA 94143
(415) 476-2674
peter.kouretas@ucsf.edu
Consult and Surgical Scheduling (415) 476-3501
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1987, B.S. Georgetown University

1992, MD, Georgetown University

1997, PhD, Georgetown University 

  • 2000 General Surgery, University of Virginia
  • 2002 Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2003  Pediatric Cardiothoracic Transplantation, Stanford University
  • 2004  Pediatric Cardiac and Congenital Heart Surgery, Stanford University 
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery

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.

MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM A TOTAL OF 42
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  1. Sano S, Sano T, Kouretas PC. Reassessing our journey towards improved long-term outcomes in hypoplastic left heart syndrome: let's re-focus on the aortic arch. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2021 Sep 16. View in PubMed
  2. 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 . Berlin Heart EXCOR and ACTION post-approval surveillance study report. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2021 04; 40(4):251-259. View in PubMed
  3. Sano S, Kouretas PC. Life-Threatening But Forgotten Complication After Norwood Operation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 07; 112(1):154-155. View in PubMed
  4. Mitchell ME, Hraska V, Kouretas PC. 360-Degree Cone Reconstruction for Ebstein's Anomaly. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 09; 106(3):e155-e158. View in PubMed
  5. Matto F, Kouretas PC, Smith R, Ostrowsky J, Cina AJ, Hess DT, Stamler JS, Reynolds JD. S-Nitrosohemoglobin Levels and Patient Outcome After Transfusion During Pediatric Bypass Surgery. Clin Transl Sci. 2018 03; 11(2):237-243. View in PubMed
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