Meet the Chief
Cardiovascular disease remains the nation’s leading cause of death, and UCSF is a pioneer in developing better ways to diagnose, and prevent heart disease. Our mission is to provide the best possible care to all patients with cardiovascular disease, make important discoveries that benefit patients and offer the best training for cardiology and subspecialty fellows.
Dr. Marc Simon: Improving the Flow
Because HFpEF may only become evident during exercise, Dr. Simon and his colleagues often conduct diagnostic catheterizations – inserting a catheter into a patient’s heart to measure blood pressure and flow – while having patients pedal a semi-recumbent bicycle. “We get a lot more information this way, compared with just having them lie still on a table,” he said. “Most people are symptomatic while they are moving, not lying still. This way, we get to observe dynamic change, which can really redirect therapy tremendously."