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PH Care Centers

University of California, at San Francisco Medical Center

Pulmonary Hypertension Program
505 Parnassus Avenue
Level B-1, APL 094
San Francisco, CA 94143-0124

PHA Centers of Comprehensive Care

History

The Adult Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF ) has roots dating back over 30 years with Dr. Bruce Brundage, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory who participated in the NIH Registry for Primary Pulmonary Hypertension and brought that interest to UCSF.

As a UCSF house officer, cardiology fellow, and heart failure research fellow, Dr. Teresa De Marco (PH Program Director) developed a keen interest in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and implemented many of the protocols which she continued as a faculty member in the Division of Cardiology, Director of Advanced Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension, and Medical Director of Heart Transplantation. With the advent of the approval of epoprostenol, the referral base from the community grew and Dr. De Marco assumed a a major role for the management of this patient population, gleaned catheterization laboratory support for activities including acute vasodilator and exercise testing.

A dedicated PH clinic was later created and supported by Dr. De Marco then joined by additional cardiologists, pulmonologists, and nurse practitioners. The patient care coordinator / administrative assistant assumed responsibility for insurance authorization for the various PAH drugs and for the establishment and maintenance of a data base to monitor labs and therapies.

PH Program Physicians

  • Teresa De Marco, MD, FACC
  • Munir Janmohamed, MD
  • Van Selby, MD
  • Liviu Klein, MD
  • Ramona Doyle, MD (volunteer)

Center Coordinator

  • Nimi Tarango, RN, MSN, GNP-C

Duration of Program’s Existence

  • Since 1985

Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed

  • 250-299

Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy

  • 50-59

Support Services Available

  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Central Line Placement/Repair
  • Coagulation Service
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Dietary/Nutrition Services
  • Lung Transplant
  • On-call Cardiology Service (24/7 Availability)
  • Palliative Care
  • Pulmonary or Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE) referral
  • Social Work
  • Rheumatology

Teresa De Marco, MD, FACC

Teresa De Marco, MD, FACC

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology

Education

  • 1978 – AB – University of California, Berkeley
    Physiology/Anatomy and Italian Language and Literature (Summa Cum Laude)
  • 1982 – MD – University of California, College of Medicine, Irvine, CA

Postgraduate Training

  • 1982-1983 – Internship, Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1983-1985 – Residency, Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1985-1987 – Fellowship, Cardiology & Heart Failure Research, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1989 – Fellowship, Cardiac Transplantation, University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Current Faculty Appointments

  • 2006-present – Professor of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments

  • 1990-present – Medical Director, Heart Transplantation, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1997-present – Director, Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension Program, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 2010-present – Director, Heart Failure, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013-present – Program Director, ACGME Certified Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology Fellowship

Awards & Honors

  • 1974 – Graduated Cum Laude, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 1974 – Dean’s List, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1974 – Departmental Citations, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 1974 – Torch and Shield Award, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 1974 – Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley CA
  • 1974 – Prytanean Honor Society, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 1974 – Alpha Mu Gamma, President, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 1978 – Graduated first in class of eighty-one, University of California, Irvine College of Medicine
  • 1978 – Alpha Omega Alpha, President of the Zeta Chapter, University of California, Irvine College of Medicine
  • 1978 – Janet M. Glasgow Award of Achievement presented by the American Medical Women Association
  • 1978 – Dean’s Award, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • 1978 – Mosby Book Award, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • 1978 – Lange Book Award, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • 1978 – Basic Sciences Award, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • 1978 – Student Representative, American Cancer Society
  • 1978 – U.C.I. Clinical Oncology Planning Task Force
  • 1978 – Coordinator, St. George Cancer Society
  • 1978 – Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity
  • 2001 – Named one of Celebrated Faculty Women at UCSF
  • 2001-present – Named one of the Best Doctors in America
  • 2003 – Named one of the Best Cardiologists in the Bay Area, San Francisco Magazine
  • 2004 – Exceptional Physician Award, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2005 – Named one of the Best Cardiologists in the Bay Area, San Francisco Magazine
  • 2008 – Honoree, UCSF 500th Thoracic Transplant Celebration
  • 2009 – R.H. and Jane G. Logan Endowed Chair in Cardiology
  • 2010 – Teresa De Marco, MD, Conference Room, UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute, Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA
  • 2011-present – Named Top Doctor, US News and World Report
  • 2011 – Named Top Doctor, Marin Magazine
  • 2011 – UCSF Quality Week Celebration Award for Heart Failure Program- Outpatient Focused Initiative
  • 2012 – Honoree and Speaker at AHA and Fry’s Electronics, PGA Tour 2012, St Martin, CA “Salute to Women Executives”
  • 2013 – Nominated for Master Clinician

Publications

  • Click here for recent pulmonary hypertension publications by Dr. De Marco.

Nimaljeet (Nimi) Tarango, RN, MSN, GNP, BC

Nimaljeet (Nimi) Tarango, RN, MSN, GNP, BC

Professional Credentials

  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified, ANCC
  • Registered Nurse

Education

  • 1997 – BSN – San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002 – MSN – University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002 – Minor in Education

Current Professional Experience

  • 1997-2006 – Clinical Nurse, UCSF Telemetry/Step Down Unit, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002-present – Assistant Clinical Professor, Advanced Practice Nursing Program, UCSF School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA
  • 2006-present – Nurse Practitioner/Program Coordinator, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
    Cardiology Specialty Clinic: Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Failure, and Heart Transplant

Awards & Honors

  • 1996 – Dean’s List, San Francisco State University
  • 1997 – Dean’s List, San Francisco State University
  • 1997 – Phillip Derf Service Award, San Francisco State University School of Nursing
  • 1997 – “Spirit of Nursing Leadership Award,” United States Air Force
  • 2001 – Scholarship Recipient, Lynn Adamson, Women Health Care Executives
  • 2001 – Scholarship Recipient, UCSF School of Nursing Alumni Association
  • 2002 – Member, Sigma Theta Tau, Honor Society
  • 2002 – Preceptor of the Year Award, UCSF Medical Center
  • 2002 – Invited Guest, Summer Academic Enrichment Program, UCSF School of Nursing
  • 2002 – Team Captain, American Heart Walk, UCSF Medical Center
  • 2003 – Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing Award, UCSF Medical Center
  • 2005 – “Pride” Award, UCSF Medical Center
  • 2007 – Contributing Editor, Nurseweek Magazine
  • 2015 – Daisy Award, University of California, San Francisco

New and established patients interested in making an appointment with the University of California, at San Francisco Medical Center Pulmonary Hypertension Program can contact the appointment line by calling:

  • Telephone: (415) 353-9088

 

Last Verified: June 1, 2015