Scientific Leadership

Nelson Schiller, MD

Nelson Schiller, MD

Senior Scientist

Dr. Schiller is an international expert in the application and interpretation of echocardiography and 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 transesophageal echocardiography, Doppler pulmonary pressure determination, myocardial contrast perfusion, and echocardiography phase imaging for ventricular coordination. In the areas of congenital heart disease, he is an expert in the treatment of mitral and aortic valve diseases and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Schiller has more than 30 years of research experience in congenital heart disease, three-dimensional reconstruction, echocardiographic contrast agents, transesophageal echocardiography, coronary blood flow, exercise hemodynamics, myocardial perfusion, smoking-related cardiopulmonary disease, and non-invasive evaluation of cardiac synchrony. He received his MD from the SUNY School of Medicine in Buffalo, NY, before completing his residency at the University of California San Diego Hospital and his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.

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