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Tom C. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FACC
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of California San Francisco 
Director of Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

Dr. Nguyen specializes in minimally invasive valve surgery, complex adult cardiac surgery, and mitral repair. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery involving aortic or mitral valve repairs. He lectures nationally and internationally and hosts a course for other surgeons to visit and learn minimally invasive techniques. He is also an expert in TAVR, having performed more than 2400 implants and actively involved with transcatheter mitral trials. He is one of a handful of surgeons credentialed to teach others how to perform TAVR through the groin.

He is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco and Co-Director of the Heart and Vascular Center. His research interests encompass minimally invasive valve surgery, TAVR, and surgical simulation/education with prior grants from the NIH, TSFRE, and AHA.  Nguyen has received numerous research and teaching awards. He was the past President of the TSRA, resident editor of CTSNet, and member of the ACGME/RRC. Additionally, he is the editor of several surgical textbooks. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and volunteered as a surgeon in Africa (Asmara, Eritrea) for 6 weeks. Recently, he was a recipient of the Houston Business Journal’s top 40 under 40 award, the Benjy F. Brooks Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award 2017, Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Teaching Award, and the Houston Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award.  He also received a first-place award from the American College of Cardiology for co-editing a transcatheter handbook.

The clinic has a robust Telemedicine program and you can get a consultation from the comfort of your own home (no traffic, no parking, no crowds) whether you live in San Francisco or in another state/country.

Undergoing cardiac surgery can be daunting, but Dr. Nguyen wants to assure patients of his commitment to clinical excellence and patient care.  His practice philosophy is compassion, patience, and availability. You can learn more about Dr. Nguyen by listening to the Podcast below. If you send him an email, you can be assured you’ll get a personal response. Contact him if you have any questions.

  • Bachelor Degree

    • Rice University

  • Medical Degree

    • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine​

  • General Surgery Residency

    • Stanford University

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship

    • Columbia Presbyterian​

  • TAVR Fellowship

    • Emory University​


400 Parnassus Avenue

5th Floor, Suite A-501

San Francisco, CA 94143

415-353-8195 (office)


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