Clinical Services

Stanford Hospital & Clinics hosts one of the premier centers for the study and treatment of Marfan syndrome in the United States.

At Stanford, treatment of this genetic disease involves a coordinated multidisciplinary effort. We host the most extensive program for Marfan-related thoracic aneurysm in California and it's one of the largest in the United States.

Marfan syndrome is an inherited disorder of connective tissue that strikes at least one in 5,000 individuals. The genetic defect that causes the Marfan syndrome involves the connective tissues within several organs such as the heart, aorta, eyes, and musculoskeletal system.

Marfan syndrome affects both men and women, children and adults, and all races and ethnic groups. Without appropriate diagnosis and treatment, many Marfan patients die prematurely of cardiovascular complications.

Aortic Disorders

The diagnosis of Marfan syndrome is challenging for clinicians because no single symptom, sign, or clinical test provides a definitive diagnosis.

The Stanford University Center for Marfan Syndrome and Aortic Disorders provides a comprehensive consultative service to referring physicians for diagnosis, as well as specialists in:

Clinical Management Consultation

The Stanford University Center for Marfan Syndrome and Aortic Disorders is dedicated to continuing its leadership role in defining the genetic basis of these diseases, improving patient care, and serving as a community resource.

For example, Dr. Craig Miller, one of our cardiac surgeons, is nationally recognized for his work with difficult cases of thoracic aneurysm. Our multidisciplinary approach helps us maintain an innovative edge in treating this difficult condition. 

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