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Dr. Paul Teirstein, MD


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La Jolla, CA 92037
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  • Cardiovascular Disease


Paul Teirstein, MD, is the chief of cardiology and director of interventional cardiology for Scripps Clinic and director of the Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute for Scripps Health. He received training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Stanford University, the Mid-America Heart Institute, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Teirstein joined Scripps in 1987 and is the founder and director of the interventional cardiology program at Scripps Clinic. Through this program he is leading the way in training a new generation of interventional cardiologists.

With a primary focus on complex coronary interventions and new technology development, Dr. Teirstein has played an active role in the initial development and clinical investigation of coronary stent procedures, rotablator atherectomy, transluminal extraction atherectomy, coronary angioscopy and the utilization of cardiopulmonary support. Dr. Teirstein pioneered the first effective treatment for restenosis (low dose radiation therapy) and was one of the early investigators of medicated stents. Recent areas of investigation include new technology for minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (PARTNER trial) and transcatheter treatment of hypertension (Simplicity trial).

The author of numerous publications, Dr. Teirstein has lectured throughout the world on state-of-the-art interventional cardiology techniques. He is an internationally recognized leader in cardiology and has received countless awards for both research and clinical excellence. Dr. Teirstein currently performs in excess of 800 stent procedures per year and maintains an active clinical research unit at Scripps Clinic, where he strives to offer patients the most advanced cardiovascular care available worldwide.

He is also a member of multiple professional societies including the American Heart Association, the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, 1987
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 1983

Medical Education

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine, MD, 1980


  • Brigham & Women's Hospital, Internship, Internal Medicine, 1981


  • Brigham & Women's Hospital, Residency, Internal Medicine, 1983


  • St Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Fellowship, Angioplasty, 1987
  • Stanford University Hospital, Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease, 1986
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