Jessica Tashjian, MD

Clinical Professor

I am a fellowship-trained cardiothoracic anesthesiologist working primarily at the Parnassus campus but also providing care in the Mount Zion and Mission Bay operating rooms. Approximately half of my practice involves caring for patients undergoing cardiac and thoracic surgical procedures including heart or lung transplantation and advanced life support (LVADs and ECMO). I also provide anesthesia support for complex percutaneous cardiac interventions including TAVRs and other percutaneous structural heart interventions. The other half of my clinical practice is as a general anesthesiologist caring for the complex patients typically seen at our quaternary care facility. As a diplomate of Perioperative Tranesophageal Echocardiography, I am certified to provide this advanced form of monitoring to patients undergoing cardiac and non-cardiac surgical procedures and in intraoperative emergencies.

My academic interests are centered around education. At the medical student level, I participate in small group teaching for cardiothoracic physiology and pharmacology. My involvement in resident education includes directing the junior and senior cardiothoracic anesthesiology rotations, developing curricula for the resident didactic series, and serving on the Wellness Curriculum Steering Committee. I also serve as the Assistant Program Direct for the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship.

Tashjian JA, Fraint H, DiNardo J, Rouine-Rapp K. Inferior Vena Cava Thrombus in a Postpartum Patient With Fontan Physiology: A Case Report. A A Case Rep. 2017 Sep 01; 9(5):136-139.
Huffmyer JL, Moncrief M, Tashjian JA, Kleiman AM, Scalzo DC, Cox DJ, Nemergut EC. Driving Performance of Residents after Six Consecutive Overnight Work Shifts. Anesthesiology. 2016 06; 124(6):1396-403.
Tashjian JA, Durieux ME. Editorial comment: serotonin syndrome after cardiopulmonary bypass: a case demonstrating the interaction between methylene blue and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and serotonin syndrome caused by administration of methylene blue to a patient receiving selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. A A Case Rep. 2014 May 01; 2(9):115.
Huffmyer J, Tashjian J, Raphael J, Jaeger JM. Management of the patient for transcatheter aortic valve implantation in the perioperative period. Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2012 Mar; 16(1):25-40.
Honors and Awards: 
Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Awards, UCSF, 2016
Chief Resident, Anesthesiology, University of Virginia, 2012-2013