Meet our Team of Specialists
CPMC Cardiac Specialists
California Pacific's Heart and Vascular Center has a top-rated team of Cardiologists who are all board certified and accredited. They have gained substantial expertise in their specialties through their studies at renowned national and international institutions. Each cardiologist on our team ranks among the best in San Francisco, best in California, and best in the United States.
Cardiology deals with disorders of the heart. The field includes diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease, heart failure, congenital heart defects, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology. Cardiologists are sometimes referred to as Cardiac specialists or heart specialists in the vernacular.
Cardiothoracic surgery deals with the surgical treatment of diseases that affect organs inside the thorax (the chest), generally treatment of conditions of the heart (heart disease) and lungs (lung disease).
Cardiovascular surgery (or Cardiac Surgery) is a surgery on the heart and/or great vessels. The types of surgeons performing this surgery can go by many names in the vernacular: cardiac surgeon, cardiovascular surgeon, heart surgeon. (Just as San Francisco might go by SF, SF Bay Area, or Marin County - but they all are the same or similar places on a map.)
Cardiovascular surgery is frequently done to treat complications of ischemic heart disease (e.g., coronary artery bypass grafting), correct congenital heart disease, or treat valvular heart disease induced by various things including endocarditis. Cardiovascular surgery also includes heart transplant surgery.
Electrophysiologists are cardiologists who have additional education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms. Close collaboration between Electrophysiologists and other doctors who treat patients with heart disease is important.
More than half a million heart surgeries are done each year in the United States for many heart problems. Heart, or cardiovascular surgery, is conducted on both children and adults. Historically, heart surgery has been very difficult because of the beating heart as well as the difficulty of maintaining life processes during surgery.
There have been two major innovations in medicine that have allowed heart surgeons to conduct surgery on the heart - 1) the heart-lung machine, which works for the heart during surgery and 2) body cooling techniques which slow metabolism and give surgeons more time to operate without causing brain damage.
Heart Transplant Surgery
A heart transplant, or a cardiac transplantation, is a surgical transplant procedure performed on patients who have experienced heart failure or severe coronary artery disease. Heart transplants are performed in our San Francisco hospital facility by our staff of trained Cardiac Surgeons.
Interim Medical Director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program.
Leslie Campbell, M.D., FACC
Director of the Medical / Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU)
Dr. Campbell, who is board-certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, has been working with CPMC for 11 years. She received her medical degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine and did her Internal Medicine Residency at Emory University. She then completed a cardiology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Following that she invested an additional year with Stanford specializing in Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation.
James Hershon, M.D.
Surgical Director, Heart Transplants
Responsible for post-surgical organ heart transplant patients while in the MSICU, Dr. Hershon is board-certified in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Internal Medicine. Dr. Hershon received his medical degree at the University of Vermont. He has worked in partnership with the California Pacific Cardiology and Cardiovascular team since 1979. He is fluent in Sign Language.
G. James Avery, II, M.D.
Dr. Avery is Surgical Director of Heart Transplantation. He has been at California Pacific Medical Center since 1979. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he is board certified in Thoracic Surgery. He has 20 years of heart transplant and assist device experience. His special interest is in bridge to transplant.
Glenn Egrie, M.D.
Dr. Egrie is a surgeon for the mechanical assist device and heart transplantation program at CPMC, where he also serves as a cardiothoracic surgeon performing cardiac, general thoracic, and endovascular surgery. Dr. Egrie studied engineering at Lehigh University and obtained his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received additional training in pediatric cardiac surgery at Boston Children's Hospital and UCSF and lung transplantation at Washington University. During his training Dr. Egrie also worked in research and development in the medical device industry.
Interventional Cardiology is a branch of Cardiology that deals specifically with the catheter based treatment of structural heart diseases. Many procedures can be performed on the heart by catheterization. Among the advantages in employing the interventional cardiology are the avoidance of the scars and pain, and long post-operative recovery.
Pediatric cardiology services at CPMC are provided by doctors from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation who work collaboratively to deliver the very best care to meet each child's individual needs .
This service is staffed in part by Packard Children's physicians.
Pulmonary Hypertension is a condition of abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. Pulmonary Hypertension or "PH" makes the right side of the heart work harder than normal. Doctors who treat pulmonary hypertension are called PH specialists, and have undergone extensive study and special training to treat Pulmonary Hypertension. Pulmonary Hypertension is an uncommon but serious disease. Consulting a top Pulmonary Hypertension specialist is an important option for your heart health.
Thoracic surgery as a field of medical care the surgical treatment of diseases affecting organs inside the thorax (the chest). In addition, it involves general treatment of conditions of the lungs, chest wall, and diaphragm.
Vascular Interventional Radiology
Vascular Interventional Radiologists have endovascular expertise in minimally invasive, targeted treatments conducted via imaging guidance techniques to peer inside the body while the Vascular Interventionalist guides narrow tubes (called catheters) and other micro instruments through the blood vessels and other pathways of the body to the site of a problem. The goal is to treat many medical disorders without surgery.
Interventional Radiology is a subspecialty of Radiology. Some of VIR procedures are done for purely diagnostic purposes (e.g., angiogram), while others are done for treatment purposes (e.g., angioplasty).
Vascular surgeons are specialists in surgery in which ailments of vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction rather than more invasive methods. Vascular surgery specializes in treatment of the blood vessels of the body, except the vessels of the heart. Trauma, disease or other issues may effect damage on blood vessels; these problems can be treated by vascular surgeons.
About CPMC Cardiologists
All heart patients are unique, and our team of top Bay Area Cardiologists will create a treatment plan customized to your specific needs. Many patients wonder what are the best questions to ask your Cardiologist. Identifying the best questions to ask your Cardiologist varies with each patient. Our goal is to create an open, cooperative environment between you and your Cardiologist so that each and every question gets asked and answered.