Cardiothoracic Surgery Program

Our Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery program is a world leader in the field with more than three decades of experience. We perform complex surgeries including repair of congenital defects, Norwood procedures, arterial switch and Ross procedures. Our surgeons perform many operations using minimally invasive techniques that reduce hospital stays, speed recovery time and decrease scarring.

Our care and innovative approaches build on the latest research in the field. Many of our treatments were developed by internationally recognized leaders at UCSF. Our surgeons are also outstanding teachers, training the doctors of tomorrow and conducting international outreach activities to enhance pediatric cardiothoracic care.

Volumes and Outcomes

Cardiac surgery volumes show the number of cardiac procedures performed per year by our pediatric cardiac surgeons.

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Cardiac surgery volumes graph

Pediatric cardiac surgery survival rates reflect the percentage of patients who survived to 30 days after surgery and discharge from the hospital.

Pediatric cardiac surgery survival rates

Pediatric cardiac surgery mortality rates reflect the percentage of patients who died within 30 days of surgery or prior to discharge from the hospital. This is a different way of looking at the same data displayed above in the survival table.

Cardiac surgery mortality rates

The STS-EACTS Mortality Category, or "STAT" Category, is a method of estimating the risk of mortality for each procedure. Procedures are assigned a STAT Category that ranges from 1 to 5. STAT Category 1 cases have the lowest risk of mortality and STAT Category 5 cases have the highest risk of mortality. The STAT scores allow us to compare our outcomes to hospitals all over the county based on the complexity of the surgeries each hospital is performing.

Stat category table

* National Benchmark Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery. The STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database contains data on over 290,000 cases from 111 different hospitals.

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Contact Us

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
513 Parnassus Ave., Suite S549
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476–3501
Fax: (415) 476–9678

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus
  • For more information about Muni visit,

    * Wheelchair accessible bus routes

Related Information

Ways to Give

Condition Information

Clinic Team

Neil Cambronero
Dr. Neil Cambronero,
pediatric and adult heart surgeon
Gordon Cohen
Dr. Gordon Cohen,
pediatric heart surgeon
Tara Karamlou
Dr. Tara Karamlou,
pediatric heart surgeon

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