Geoff Tison, MD, MPH

HS Assist. Clinical Professor

Cardiology UCSF Health

Geoff Tison, M.D. M.P.H. is a Cardiologist and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Tison earned his Sc.B. in Neuroscience at Brown University and received his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health. He completed internal medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and subsequently completed fellowships in clinical cardiology, advanced echocardiography and preventive cardiology at UCSF. He also served as the first UCSF “Digital Cardiology” fellow, where his efforts were focused on validating and improving various digital, mobile and medical-device-based technologies to achieve the greatest impact in clinical care and medical research.

Research Interests: Dr. Tison brings expertise in clinical research, advanced machine learning algorithms and digital health to bear to further his research goals in cardiovascular disease prevention. An expert in machine learning and artificial intelligence as applied to medicine, he obtained formal training in epidemiology, statistical methods, machine learning and clinical research during his tenure at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and as a National Institutes of Health T32 scholar. He has led multiple research projects in large cohorts such as the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and the Women’s Health Initiative. Dr. Tison is an investigator in the UCSF Health eHeart study and leads several clinical research studies at UCSF. Dr. Tison’s current interests include applying machine learning and deep-learning techniques to large-scale electronic health data from heterogeneous sources in order to achieve the goal of personalized cardiovascular prognosis and disease prevention.

Clinical Interests: Dr. Tison is a non-invasive cardiologist with expertise in preventive cardiology and advanced echocardiography, including applications of transesophageal echocardiography in structural interventions such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Publications
  1. Rosenthal DG, Vittinghoff E, Tison GH, Pletcher MJ, Olgin JE, Grandis DJ, Marcus GM. Assessment of Accelerometer-Based Physical Activity During the 2017-2018 California Wildfire Seasons. 2020. PMID: 32997120


  2. Sengupta PP, Shrestha S, Berthon B, Messas E, Donal E, Tison GH, Min JK, D'hooge J, Voigt JU, Dudley J, Verjans JW, Shameer K, Johnson K, Lovstakken L, Tabassian M, Piccirilli M, Pernot M, Yanamala N, Duchateau N, Kagiyama N, Bernard O, Slomka P, Deo R, Arnaout R. Proposed Requirements for Cardiovascular Imaging-Related Machine Learning Evaluation (PRIME): A Checklist: Reviewed by the American College of Cardiology Healthcare Innovation Council. 2020. PMID: 32912474


  3. Avram R, Olgin JE, Kuhar P, Hughes JW, Marcus GM, Pletcher MJ, Aschbacher K, Tison GH. A digital biomarker of diabetes from smartphone-based vascular signals. 2020. PMID: 32807931


  4. Tison GH, Avram R, Kuhar P, Abreau S, Marcus GM, Pletcher MJ, Olgin JE. Worldwide Effect of COVID-19 on Physical Activity: A Descriptive Study. 2020. PMID: 32598162


  5. Semaan S, Dewland TA, Tison GH, Nah G, Vittinghoff E, Pletcher MJ, Olgin JE, Marcus GM. Physical activity and atrial fibrillation: Data from wearable fitness trackers. 2020. PMID: 32354448


  6. Lim LJ, Tison GH, Delling FN. Artificial Intelligence in Cardiovascular Imaging. 2020. PMID: 32670474


  7. Avram R, Tison GH, Aschbacher K, Kuhar P, Vittinghoff E, Butzner M, Runge R, Wu N, Pletcher MJ, Marcus GM, Olgin J. Real-world heart rate norms in the Health eHeart study. 2019. PMID: 31304404


  8. Papolos A, Fan E, Wagle RR, Foster E, Boyle AJ, Yeghiazarians Y, MacGregor JS, Grossman W, Schiller NB, Ganz P, Tison GH. Echocardiographic determination of pulmonary arterial capacitance. 2019. PMID: 30968263


  9. Hannun AY, Rajpurkar P, Haghpanahi M, Tison GH, Bourn C, Turakhia MP, Ng AY. Publisher Correction: Cardiologist-level arrhythmia detection and classification in ambulatory electrocardiograms using a deep neural network. 2019. PMID: 30679787


  10. Zheng Y, Sereika SM, Burke LE, Olgin JE, Marcus GM, Aschbacher K, Tison GH, Pletcher MJ. Temporal patterns of self-weighing behavior and weight changes assessed by consumer purchased scales in the Health eHeart Study. 2019. PMID: 30649648


  11. Hannun AY, Rajpurkar P, Haghpanahi M, Tison GH, Bourn C, Turakhia MP, Ng AY. Cardiologist-level arrhythmia detection and classification in ambulatory electrocardiograms using a deep neural network. 2019. PMID: 30617320


  12. Zhang J, Gajjala S, Agrawal P, Tison GH, Hallock LA, Beussink-Nelson L, Lassen MH, Fan E, Aras MA, Jordan C, Fleischmann KE, Melisko M, Qasim A, Shah SJ, Bajcsy R, Deo RC. Fully Automated Echocardiogram Interpretation in Clinical Practice. 2018. PMID: 30354459


  13. Tison GH, Chamberlain AM, Pletcher MJ, Dunlay SM, Weston SA, Killian JM, Olgin JE, Roger VL. Identifying heart failure using EMR-based algorithms. 2018. PMID: 30409334


  14. Tison GH, Sanchez JM, Ballinger B, Singh A, Olgin JE, Pletcher MJ, Vittinghoff E, Lee ES, Fan SM, Gladstone RA, Mikell C, Sohoni N, Hsieh J, Marcus GM. Passive Detection of Atrial Fibrillation Using a Commercially Available Smartwatch. Volume 3 of Issue 5. 2018. PMID: 29562087


  15. Kianoush S, Al Rifai M, Cainzos-Achirica M, Al-Mallah MH, Tison GH, Yeboah J, Miedema MD, Allison MA, Wong ND, DeFilippis AP, Longstreth W, Nasir K, Budoff MJ, Matsushita K, Blaha MJ. Thoracic extra-coronary calcification for the prediction of stroke: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. 2017. PMID: 29100062


  16. Maltz JS, Tison GH, Alley HF, Budinger TF, Owens CD, Olgin J. Measurement of brachial artery endothelial function using a standard blood pressure cuff. Volume 36 of Issue 11. 2015. PMID: 26393958


  17. Whitman IR, Pletcher MJ, Vittinghoff E, Imburgia KE, Maguire C, Bettencourt L, Sinha T, Parsnick T, Tison GH, Mulvanny CG, Olgin JE, Marcus GM. Perceptions, Information Sources, and Behavior Regarding Alcohol and Heart Health. Volume 116 of Issue 4. 2015. PMID: 26092272


  18. Tison GH, Guo M, Blaha MJ, McClelland RL, Allison MA, Szklo M, Wong ND, Blumenthal RS, Budoff MJ, Nasir K. Multisite extracoronary calcification indicates increased risk of coronary heart disease and all-cause mortality: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. 2015. PMID: 26043963


  19. Tison GH, Blaha MJ, Budoff MJ, Katz R, Rivera JJ, Bertoni AG, Wong ND, Blumenthal RS, Szklo M, Eng J, Tracy R, Nasir K. The relationship of insulin resistance and extracoronary calcification in the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis. 2011. PMID: 21798541


  20. Tison GH, Ndumele CE, Gerstenblith G, Allison MA, Polak JF, Szklo M. Usefulness of baseline obesity to predict development of a high ankle brachial index (from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis). 2011. PMID: 21377643


  21. Xu J, Yeon JE, Chang H, Tison G, Chen GJ, Wands J, de la Monte S. Ethanol impairs insulin-stimulated neuronal survival in the developing brain: role of PTEN phosphatase. 2003. PMID: 12700235