Carlin Long


Early adopter of the inflammatory hypothesis of heart disease

About me

Dr. Carlin Long is a cardiologist who specializes in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.

In the clinic, Long is particularly interested in engaging patients in self-care through technology. He emphasizes apps and wearable devices that collect physiological data and help individuals integrate therapies and preventive measures into their daily routines.

In more than 25 years of research, Long has studied how cells in the heart communicate with one another during normal and abnormal growth. His research focuses particularly on cardiac fibroblasts, cells that play a role in initiating the scarring process within heart muscle after injury. He is also interested in how genome sequencing data can improve medicine.

Long earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed both a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at UCSF.

Over the years, Long has held a number of academic appointments at both UCSF and the University of Colorado Denver, where he is an adjunct professor of medicine.

  • Education

    UT Southwestern Medical School, 1982

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 1986

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Cardiology, 1988

  • Board Certifications

    Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title


I try to bring an innovative, comprehensive approach to reducing heart disease risk for my patients, with an emphasis on self-management tools.

Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay

535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158

Center for Prevention of Heart and Vascular Disease

535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158