Search this site Search Home Page
Search Tips

members Home
Brian S. Cain, MD 

Surgery: Cardiovascular

San Francisco Medical Center
Cardiac Service Line - Cardiothoracic Surgery

2200 O'Farrell
2nd Floor
San Francisco CA 94115

Map & Directions

Appointments, advice, messages: 415-833-3800
After Hours: 415-833-2000
Emergencies: 911
Prescription Refills: 415-833-8151
Fax: 415-833-4390

If an interpreter is needed, please tell us when you make an appointment.

E-mail your doctor
View your preventive services


Department Hours
  Sunday    Monday    Tuesday    Wednesday    Thursday    Friday    Saturday  
Closed8:30 am
5:00 pm
8:30 am
5:00 pm
8:30 am
5:00 pm
8:30 am
5:00 pm
8:30 am
5:00 pm
Closed during lunch, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Please note that my office hours may be different from my department's hours of operations. _______________________________________________________________________________

How to Use My Home Page...

My Biography

I perform all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. Most of my patients require coronary artery bypass to improve blood flow to the heart muscle.  Others require valve repair or replacement, and still others have problems with their aorta.  

I believe it is vital for me to convey to a patient and family who are in a difficult situation the real risk to benefit of various surgical or non-surgical options.  This is especially true in the trying situation of choosing between two unpleasant alternatives, such as going on living with a fatal condition or going for a cure by undergoing high-risk surgery.

Since I joined Kaiser Permanente as a surgical resident in 1993 and then as a staff cardiac surgeon in 2002, technology continues to advance immeasurably.  My colleagues and I embrace new ways of doing heart surgery, such as beating heart bypass, laser revascularization, and surgery for atrial fibrillation. Areas of special interest to me include minimally-invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery, off-pump coronary bypass, and atrial fibrillation surgery.

Kaiser Permanente allows me full access to all state-of-the-art technologies for my patients regardless of cost. My colleagues and I collaborate on all cases where the decision making is not clear-cut. This results in outcomes that are twice as good as those predicted by our national organization.

I grew up in Houston, Texas during the cardiac surgery boom when new operations were headline news, which perhaps influenced my career choice.  My family later moved to the east coast, but I came to enjoy California when I began my surgical training and haven't left since.

Other Languages: Spanish
Undergraduate Education: BS in Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvannia State University
Professional Affiliations: American Board of Surgery; American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Publications: PubMed (type cain bs into the Search bar).
Other KP Facilities: Oakland (2002-2010)
Joined Kaiser Permanente: 1993

Other Resources

My Credentials

Medical school University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Residency UC Davis, Oakland, CA
Fellowship UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Board certification Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Board certification Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Kaiser Permanente Member Resources
Find a Physician    Appointments/Rx refills    Health Encyclopedia    La Guía en Español    Privacy Statement    Terms & Conditions

If you think you have a MEDICAL OR PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY or go to the nearest hospital. DO NOT attempt to access emergency care through this web site. An emergency medical condition is a medical or psychiatric condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in any of the following: serious jeopardy to your health, serious impairment to your bodily functions, or serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part. An emergency medical condition is also "active labor," which means a labor when there is inadequate time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery or if a transfer poses a threat to the health of the member or unborn child.

This site may contain links to other web sites outside of Kaiser Permanente has no control over the content or the availability of these sites, and is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites. Web links are provided as an educational tool, and should not be relied upon for personal diagnosis or treatment. A link or reference to a web site should not be construed as an endorsement of the site or its contents. Any medical content that you feel may be important to your health should always be discussed with your Kaiser Permanente physician.