Nelson Schiller, MD, FACC

Nelson Schiller, MD, FACC

Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine (Cardiology), UCSF

Phone: (415) 353-1744 (voice)
Box 0214, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0214

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Research Summary

CLINICAL INTERESTS: Dr. Nelson B. Schiller is a cardiologist who specializes in the use of echocardiography in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. He is the founder of the UCSF Echocardiography Laboratory and the UCSF Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic. He has played an integral role in the development of many diagnostic and treatment techniques including two dimensional echocardiography, transesophogeal echocardiography, Doppler pulmonary pressure determination, myocardial contrast perfusion and echocardiography phase imaging for ventricular coordination. In the areas of structural heart disease, he is an expert in the treatment of mitral and aortic valve diseases, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and congenital heart diseases.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: In collaboration with his colleagues, Schiller is involved in research in quantitation of cardiac function and structure, the biology and function of the left atrium, exercise physiology and hemodynamics in heart disease, body composition in heart disease, adult congenital heart disease, three-dimensional reconstruction, echocardiographic contrast agents for quantitation and myocardial perfusion, transesophageal echocardiography, physiology of renal disease, and outcomes in coronary disease as predicted by quantitative phenotyping,


Union College, Schenectady, New York, BS, 1962
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo NY, MD, 1966
Medical Intern, Ochsner Medical Foundation, New Orleans, LA, 1966-1967
Medical Resident, University of California at San Diego, CA, 1967-1971
USPHS Clinical Cardiology Trainee, University of California at San Francisco, CA, 1971-1973

Professional Experience

  • 1973-1975
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, UCSF
  • 1973
    Founder and Director, Cardiac Noninvasive Laboratories, Dept. of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Moffitt Hospital, UCSF
  • 1978-1997
    Co-Director and Director, Cardiac Noninvasive Laboratories, Dept. of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Moffitt Hospital, UCSF
  • 1975-1978
    Assistant Professor of Medicine-in-Residence, UCSF
  • 1978
    Assistant Professor of Radiology-in-Residence, UCSF
  • 1977-1981
    Scientific Staff, Cardiovascular Research Institute
  • 1980-1986
    Associate Professor of Medicine in Residence, UCSF
  • 1985-1997
    Founder and Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, UCSF, Ambulatory Care Center
  • 1986-present
    Professor of Medicine in Residence, UCSF
  • 1986-present
    Professor of Radiology in Residence, UCSF
  • 1992-present
    Professor of Anethesia in Residence, UCSF
  • 1997-1998
    Preceptor to Physcian Assistant/Nurse Practitioner students, Stanfod Unviersity School of Medicine Primary Care Association Program and the Division of Family and Community Medicine
  • 1977-present
    UCSF Faculty Association Board of Directors
  • 1997-2002
    Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • 2002-present
    Director of Echocardiography Research, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Honors & Awards

  • 1966
    Thesis Honors, State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine
  • 1981
    Honorary Member, Venezuelan Society of Cardiology, Elected May 29, 1981
  • 1982
    Gustav Nylin Lecturer, Swedish Society of Medical Sciences, Stockholm
  • 1/21/1983
    Commendation by UC President Saxon and by UCSF Chancellor Krevans for Development of Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography in "A Report to the Regents"
  • 4/5/1991
    Karolinska Institute, Stockholm - Thesis opponent
  • 1994-1998
    The Best Doctors in America (Pacific Region)
  • 1997, 1998, 1999
    The Best Doctors in San Francisco, San Francisco Focus Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner
  • 1997-98
    UCSF Clinical Cardiology Fellows Award for Outstanding Teacher

Selected Publications

  1. Beatty AL, Ku IA, Bibbins-Domingo K, Christenson RH, DeFilippi CR, Ganz P, Ix JH, Lloyd-Jones D, Omland T, Sabatine MS, Schiller NB, Shlipak MG, Skali H, Takeuchi M, Vittinghoff E, Whooley MA. Traditional Risk Factors Versus Biomarkers for Prediction of Secondary Events in Patients With Stable Coronary Heart Disease: From the Heart and Soul Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015; 4(7).
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  2. Lee RJ, Hinson A, Bauernschmitt R, Matschke K, Fang Q, Mann DL, Dowling R, Schiller N, Sabbah HN. The feasibility and safety of Algisyl-LVR™ as a method of left ventricular augmentation in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy: Initial first in man clinical results. Int J Cardiol. 2015 Nov 15; 199:18-24.
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  3. Fleischmann KE, Schiller NB. Papillary Fibroelastoma: Move Over Myxoma. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015 Jun 9; 65(22):2430-2.
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  4. Schiller NB, Singh S. RV Dyssynchrony by Speckle Tracking Strain in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Will This Outcome Variable Take Root? JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Jun; 8(6):653-5.
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  5. Mishra RK, Tietjens J, Regan M, Whooley MA, Schiller NB. The Prognostic Utility of Echo-Estimated Left Ventricular End-Diastolic Pressure-Volume Relationship in Stable Coronary Artery Disease: The Heart and Soul Study. Echocardiography. 2015 May 8.
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  6. Boyd AC, Schiller NB, Thomas L. Principles of transthoracic echocardiographic evaluation. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2015 Jul; 12(7):426-40.
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  7. Saha SA, Beatty AL, Mishra RK, Whooley MA, Schiller NB. Usefulness of an Echocardiographic Composite Cardiac Calcium Score to Predict Death in Patients With Stable Coronary Artery Disease (from the Heart and Soul Study). Am J Cardiol. 2015 Jul 1; 116(1):50-8.
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  8. Dubin RF, Beatty AL, Teerlink JR, Schiller NB, Alokozai D, Johansen KL. Associations of tissue Doppler imaging with NT-proBNP and hs-TnT: a pilot study in end-stage renal disease. Echocardiography. 2014 Nov; 31(10):1205-12.
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  9. Wong JM, Welles CC, Azarbal F, Whooley MA, Schiller NB, Turakhia MP. Relation of left atrial dysfunction to ischemic stroke in patients with coronary heart disease (from the heart and soul study). Am J Cardiol. 2014 May 15; 113(10):1679-84.
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  10. Agarwal I, Ide N, Ix JH, Kestenbaum B, Lanske B, Schiller NB, Whooley MA, Mukamal KJ. Fibroblast growth factor-23 and cardiac structure and function. J Am Heart Assoc. 2014; 3(1):e000584.
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  11. Azarbal F, Welles CC, Wong JM, Whooley MA, Schiller NB, Turakhia MP. Association of CHADS2, CHA2DS2-VASc, and R2CHADS2 scores with left atrial dysfunction in patients with coronary heart disease (from the Heart and Soul study). Am J Cardiol. 2014 Apr 1; 113(7):1166-72.
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  12. Ren X, Banki NM, Shaw RE, McNulty EJ, Williams SC, Pencina M, Schiller NB. Doppler-detected valve movement in aortic stenosis: a predictor of adverse outcome. Clin Cardiol. 2014 Mar; 37(3):167-71.
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  13. Dubin RF, Beatty AL, Teerlink JR, Schiller NB, Bolger AF, Alokozai D, Peralta CA, Johansen KL. Determinants of hemodialysis-induced segmental wall motion abnormalities. Hemodial Int. 2014 Apr; 18(2):396-405.
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  14. Turner JH, Neylan TC, Schiller NB, Li Y, Cohen BE. Objective evidence of myocardial ischemia in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Dec 1; 74(11):861-6.
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  15. Abbas AE, Franey LM, Marwick T, Maeder MT, Kaye DM, Vlahos AP, Serra W, Al-Azizi K, Schiller NB, Lester SJ. Noninvasive assessment of pulmonary vascular resistance by Doppler echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2013 Oct; 26(10):1170-7.
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  16. Dubin RF, Teerlink JR, Schiller NB, Alokozai D, Peralta CA, Johansen KL. Association of segmental wall motion abnormalities occurring during hemodialysis with post-dialysis fatigue. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2013 Oct; 28(10):2580-5.
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  17. Beatty AL, Ku IA, Christenson RH, DeFilippi CR, Schiller NB, Whooley MA. High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T levels and secondary events in outpatients with coronary heart disease from the Heart and Soul Study. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 May 13; 173(9):763-9.
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  18. Schiller NB, Ristow B. Doppler under pressure: it's time to cease the folly of chasing the peak right ventricular systolic pressure. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2013 May; 26(5):479-82.
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  19. Miller PL, Litt L, Schiller N, Maa J. Follow-up to 'Cholecystectomy in the presence of a large patent foramen ovale: laparoscopic or open?'. J Clin Anesth. 2013 May; 25(3):243-4.
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  20. Singh KJ, Cohen BE, Na B, Regan M, Schiller NB, Whooley MA. Alcohol consumption and 5-year change in left atrial volume among patients with coronary heart disease: results from the Heart and Soul study. J Card Fail. 2013 Mar; 19(3):183-9.
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