Sarah Tabbutt, MD, PhD

Critical care specialist
Pediatric cardiologist

Dr. Sarah Tabbutt is a pediatric cardiologist and director of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. She cares for infants and children recovering from high-risk heart surgery.

In her research, Tabbutt studies neurodevelopmental outcomes in newborns after heart surgery, with a particular focus on those with a birth defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. She is a primary investigator in the first multicenter surgical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health's Pediatric Heart Network to compare outcomes between two types of shunts (devices placed to redirect blood flow) for first-stage treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Before medical school, Tabbutt earned a doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her medical degree and completed a pediatric residency at the University of California, San Diego. She completed fellowships in pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care medicine at Boston Children's Hospital.

Tabbutt is on the board of directors of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society. Before joining UCSF, she directed cardiac intensive care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
1975 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1955
Fax: (415) 353-9144

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
1975 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1352

Conditions & Treatments

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UC San Diego School of Medicine 1990


UC San Diego, Pediatrics 1993


Boston Children's Hospital, Pediatric Cardiology 1996
Boston Children's Hospital, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 1998

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Marino BS, Tabbutt S, MacLaren G, Hazinski MF, Adatia I, Atkins DL, Checchia PA, DeCaen A, Fink EL, Hoffman GM, Jefferies JL, Kleinman M, Krawczeski CD, Licht DJ, Macrae D, Ravishankar C, Samson RA, Thiagarajan RR, Toms R, Tweddell J, Laussen PC. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Infants and Children With Cardiac Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2018 Apr 23.
  2. Hickey PA, Connor JA, Cherian KM, Jenkins K, Doherty K, Zhang H, Gaies M, Pasquali S, Tabbutt S, St Louis JD, Sarris GE, Kurosawa H, Jonas RA, Sandoval N, Tchervenkov CI, Jacobs JP, Stellin G, Kirklin JK, Garg R, Vener DF. International quality improvement initiatives. Cardiol Young. 2017 Dec; 27(S6):S61-S68.
  3. Gaies M, Werho DK, Zhang W, Donohue JE, Tabbutt S, Ghanayem NS, Scheurer MA, Costello JM, Gaynor JW, Pasquali SK, Dimick JB, Banerjee M, Schwartz SM. Duration of Postoperative Mechanical Ventilation as a Quality Metric for Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Programs. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Feb; 105(2):615-621.
  4. Adamson G, Karamlou T, Moore P, Natal-Hernandez L, Tabbutt S, Peyvandi S. Coarctation Index Predicts Recurrent Aortic Arch Obstruction Following Surgical Repair of Coarctation of the Aorta in Infants. Pediatr Cardiol. 2017 Aug; 38(6):1241-1246.
  5. Tabbutt S, Ghanayem N, Almodovar MC, Charpie J, Roth SJ, Fortenberry J, Bronicki R. Training fellows and residents in paediatric cardiac critical care. Cardiol Young. 2016 Dec; 26(8):1531-1536.
  6. Tabbutt S, Ghanayem N. Unanticipated Readmissions During the Interstage Period in Patients With Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: Can the Numbers be Safely Reduced? Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016; 28(4):815-816.
  7. Tabbutt S. Risk Model for Extracorporeal Life Support in Infants and Children With Cardiac Failure. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2016 Sep; 17(9):890-2.
  8. Tabbutt S, Marino BS. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Congenital and Acquired Heart Disease. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2016 Aug; 17(8 Suppl 1):S194-200.
  9. Tabbutt S, Tweddell JS, Ghanayem N. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Other Shunt-Dependent Single Ventricles. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2016 Aug; 17(8 Suppl 1):S318-22.
  10. Martin BJ, Karamlou TB, Tabbutt S. Shunt Lesions Part II: Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connections and Truncus Arteriosus. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2016 Aug; 17(8 Suppl 1):S310-4.
  11. Alten JA, Rhodes LA, Tabbutt S, Cooper DS, Graham EM, Ghanayem N, Marino BS, Figueroa MI, Chanani NK, Jacobs JP, Donohue JE, Yu S, Gaies M. Perioperative feeding management of neonates with CHD: analysis of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4) registry. Cardiol Young. 2015 Dec; 25(8):1593-601.
  12. Gaies M, Tabbutt S, Schwartz SM, Bird GL, Alten JA, Shekerdemian LS, Klugman D, Thiagarajan RR, Gaynor JW, Jacobs JP, Nicolson SC, Donohue JE, Yu S, Pasquali SK, Cooper DS. Clinical Epidemiology of Extubation Failure in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU: A Report From the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2015 Nov; 16(9):837-45.
  13. Tabbutt S. Can multicenter registries determine the optimal timing of extubation after congenital heart surgery? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Feb; 151(2):458-9.
  14. da Cruz EM, Tabbutt S, Eisenhaur MC, Jacobs JP, Graham EM, Smith LC, Simsic J, Laussen PC. Confessions of PCICU Leaders: Tales From the Past, Lessons for the Future. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2015 Oct; 6(4):556-64.
  15. Gaies M, Donohue JE, Willis GM, Kennedy AT, Butcher J, Scheurer MA, Alten JA, William Gaynor J, Schuette JJ, Cooper DS, Jacobs JP, Pasquali SK, Tabbutt S. Data integrity of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4) clinical registry. Cardiol Young. 2016 Aug; 26(6):1090-6.
  16. Gaies M, Cooper DS, Tabbutt S, Schwartz SM, Ghanayem N, Chanani NK, Costello JM, Thiagarajan RR, Laussen PC, Shekerdemian LS, Donohue JE, Willis GM, Gaynor JW, Jacobs JP, Ohye RG, Charpie JR, Pasquali SK, Scheurer MA. Collaborative quality improvement in the cardiac intensive care unit: development of the Paediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4). Cardiol Young. 2015 Jun; 25(5):951-7.
  17. Giglia TM, Massicotte MP, Tweddell JS, Barst RJ, Bauman M, Erickson CC, Feltes TF, Foster E, Hinoki K, Ichord RN, Kreutzer J, McCrindle BW, Newburger JW, Tabbutt S, Todd JL, Webb CL. Prevention and treatment of thrombosis in pediatric and congenital heart disease: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2013 Dec 17; 128(24):2622-703.
  18. Tabbutt S. How to improve neurodevelopmental and quality of life outcomes following early surgery for congenital heart disease? Dev Med Child Neurol. 2013 Dec; 55(12):1072-3.
  19. Tabbutt S, Laussen P. Off-label drug use in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2013 Jul; 4(3):243-4.
  20. Sethi V, Tabbutt S, Dimitropoulos A, Harris KC, Chau V, Poskitt K, Campbell A, Azakie A, Xu D, Barkovich AJ, Miller SP, McQuillen PS. Single-ventricle anatomy predicts delayed microstructural brain development. Pediatr Res. 2013 May; 73(5):661-7.

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