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Shunji Sano, M.D., Ph.D.

Shunji Sano, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Professor of Surgery Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

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550 16th Street, Floor 5
San Francisco, CA 94143-0117
Academic: 415-476-3535
Clinic/appointment: 415-476-3501
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1971-1977 Okayama University Medical School, Okayama, Japan, MD

1978-1982 Okayama University Medical School, Okayama, Japan, Ph.D.

  • 1997 Okayama University Medical School. Okayama, Japan. Internship, General Surgery
  • 1998 Hiroshima City Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan. Internship, General Surgery
  • 1982-1984 Kenritsu Amagasaki Hospital, Hyogo, Japan. Fellowship, Cardiovascular Surgery
  • 1984-1985 Okayama University Medical School, Okayama, Japan. Senior Fellow, Cardiovascular Surgery
  • 1985-1987 Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, NZ. Senior Fellow, Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • 1987-1988 The Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria. Senior Fellow, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Pediatric Heart Center
  • Heart simulation
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Progenitor cell therapy
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Stem cells for failing single ventricle
  • Japanese

Shunji Sano, M.D., Ph.D. is a pediatric congenital heart surgeon and Professor of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery.

After graduating from Okayama University Medical School, Dr. Sano spent 8 years as a resident at Okayama University Medical School and Hiroshima City Hospital. He later became Professor and Chairman of Okayama University Medical School. 

Dr. Sano is world-renowned in surgical innovation, pioneering the "Sano Procedure" (also known as the RV-PA shunt or Sano Shunt), a surgical procedure to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome and now an established procedure used by pediatric cardiac surgeons throughout the world, as well as the RV/RA exclusion to severe forms of Ebstein's anomaly, staged biventricular repair of pulmonary atresia, and intact ventricular septum. Dr. Sano has performed over 7,000 congenital heart surgeries with very low mortality. 

Dr. Sano collaborated with two renowned heart surgeons, in 1985 as a Senior Fellow with Sir Brian Barrett-Boyes in Green Lane Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand and in 1987 as a member of Dr. Roger Mee's research team in the Royal Children's Hospital at Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Sano research includes the use of progenitor (stem) cell therapy for patients with heart failure in single ventricle patients. 

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  1. Sano S, Sano T, Kouretas PC. Reassessing our journey towards improved long-term outcomes in hypoplastic left heart syndrome: let's re-focus on the aortic arch. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2021 12 01; 60(6):1417-1418. View in PubMed
  2. Kobayashi Y, Kotani Y, Kawabata T, Kuroko Y, Sano S, Kasahara S. Does the size of pulmonary artery impact on recoarctation of the aorta after the Norwood procedure without patch? Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2021 Jun 24. View in PubMed
  3. Kobayashi Y, Kotani Y, Kuroko Y, Kawabata T, Sano S, Kasahara S. Staged Repair of Tetralogy of Fallot: A Strategy for Optimizing Clinical and Functional Outcomes. Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 23. View in PubMed
  4. Kobayashi Y, Kotani Y, Kuroko Y, Kawabata T, Sano S, Kasahara S. Corrigendum to 'Norwood procedure with right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit: a single-centre 20-year experience' [Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2020;58:230-236]. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2021 04 29; 59(4):931. View in PubMed
  5. Sano S, Kouretas PC. Life-Threatening But Forgotten Complication After Norwood Operation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 07; 112(1):154-155. View in PubMed
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