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Peter Kouretas, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Contact Information

Academic Office
Mission Hall 550 16th Street, Floor 5,
Room MH-5603 San Francisco, CA 94143
(415) 476-2674
peter.kouretas@ucsf.edu
Consult and Surgical Scheduling (415) 476-3501
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  • 1987, B.S. Georgetown University
  • 1992, MD, Georgetown University
  • 1997, PhD, Georgetown University
  • 2000 General Surgery, University of Virginia
  • 2002 Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2003  Pediatric Cardiothoracic Transplantation, Stanford University
  • 2004  Pediatric Cardiac and Congenital Heart Surgery, Stanford University 
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Peter C. Kouretas, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor of Surgery in the UCSF Department of Surgery and surgical director of the Pediatric Heart Transplantation/Mechanical Circulatory Support Program and Adult Congenital Heart Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. 

Dr. Kouretas earned his MD, PhD at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After a surgical internship at UC Irvine, he completed his general surgery residency at the University of Virginia. Dr. Kouretas then completed his cardiothoracic surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania, also serving as Chief Resident in Pediatric Heart Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Kouretas then went on to a clinical fellowship in pediatric and congenital heart surgery as well as pediatric heart transplantation at Stanford University. 

Prior to joining the faculty at UCSF, Dr. Kouretas was the chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and co-director of the pediatric heart center at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Dr. Kouretas' background also includes serving as the director of the pediatric mechanical circulatory program at Primary Children's Medical Center at the University of Utah. 

Dr. Kouretas' clinical and research interests focus on pediatric heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.  The use of cardiac devices as a bridge to transplantation as well as recovery is a focus of the pediatric heart failure program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. 

The continuity of care of adults with congenital heart disease is also a focus of the Pediatric Heart Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals.  Dr. Kouretas has a special interest in aortic disease in this population, particularly valve sparing aortic root procedures in the Marfan population. 

Dr. Kouretas is a member of numerous professional societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The Western Thoracic Surgical Association, and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.  Dr. Kouretas has published extensively and is actively involved in multiple clinical and research protocols.

Most recent publications from a total of 34
  1. Prasad D, Strainic JP, Pandya K, Kouretas PC, Ashwath RC. Venous Myocardial Infarction in an Infant with Obstructed Totally Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage and Coronary Sinus Ostial Atresia. Tex Heart Inst J. 2016 Oct; 43(5):430-432. View in PubMed
  2. Loomba RS, Kouretas PC, Anderson RH. Characteristics of Hospitalizations for the Glenn Procedure in Those With Isomerism Compared to Those Without. Pediatr Cardiol. 2016 Dec; 37(8):1409-1415. View in PubMed
  3. Balakumar V, DeRoss AL, Kouretas PC, Boulanger SC, Barksdale EM. Pyloric exclusion for treatment of complicated duodenal atresia. Neonatology. 2014; 105(4):263-6. View in PubMed
  4. Flores S, Dangol A, Strainic JP, Hoit BD, Kouretas PC, Ashwath RC. Fetal diagnosis of superior vena cava aneurysm. Echocardiography. 2012 Nov; 29(10):E267-9. View in PubMed
  5. Ley E, Sharshiner R, Kouretas P, Siddiqi F. Staged cleft sternum repair using dermal allograft and synthetic mesh. Ann Plast Surg. 2011 Aug; 67(2):156-8. View in PubMed
  6. Jou CJ, Etheridge SP, Minich LL, Saarel EV, Lambert LM, Kouretas PC, Holubkov R, Hawkins JA. Long-term Outcome and Risk of Heart Block After Surgical Treatment of Subaortic Stenosis. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2010 Apr; 1(1):15-9. View in PubMed
  7. Kouretas PC, Kaza AK, Burch PT, Witte MK, Clayson SE, Everitt MD, Selzman CH. Experience with the Levitronix CentriMag in the pediatric population as a bridge to decision and recovery. Artif Organs. 2009 Nov; 33(11):1002-4. View in PubMed
  8. Kouretas PC, Burch PT, Kaza AK, Lambert LM, Witte MK, Everitt MD, Siddiqi FA. Management of deep wound complications with vacuum-assisted therapy after Berlin Heart EXCOR ventricular assist device placement in the pediatric population. Artif Organs. 2009 Nov; 33(11):922-5. View in PubMed
  9. Everitt MD, Donaldson AE, Casper TC, Stehlik J, Hawkins JA, Tani LY, Renlund DG, Kouretas PC, Kaza AK, Bullock EA, Cardon M, Kfoury AG. Effect of ABO-incompatible listing on infant heart transplant waitlist outcomes: analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) database. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2009 Dec; 28(12):1254-60. View in PubMed
  10. Smith ME, King JD, Elsherif A, Muntz HR, Park AH, Kouretas PC. Should all newborns who undergo patent ductus arteriosus ligation be examined for vocal fold mobility? Laryngoscope. 2009 Aug; 119(8):1606-9. View in PubMed
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