Welcome to the POST SCD Research Study
Through collaboration with the San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, we aim to better understand the causes of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) so we can prevent future cases
POST SCD Research Featured in the News
Our group's findings were recently featured on UCSF's MedConnection website.
Traditional Definitions of Sudden Cardiac Death have Limited Accuracy
In our comprehensive, autopsy-defined county-wide surveillance of sudden cardiac death, we found that forty percent of deaths attributed to stated cardiac arrest were not sudden or unexpected, and nearly half of presumed SCDs were not arrhythmic.

About Us

We are a clinical research laboratory with a multidisciplinary team and collaborations with local and federal agencies to comprehensively characterize the burden, underlying causes, and risk factors of sudden cardiac death in our prototypic, diverse U.S. community.

Our NIH-funded San Francisco POstmortem Systematic InvesTigation of Sudden Cardiac Death (POST SCD) Study, a first of its kind partnership between cardiac electrophysiology specialists and the County Medical Examiner to perform comprehensive autopsies and antemortem medical history review for every incident out-of-hospital sudden death within the County of San Francisco. We use this information to adjudicate underlying causes for all SCDs. These rigorous investigations of nearly every incident SCD in an entire metropolitan area represent the most comprehensive study of its kind on the epidemiology and underlying causes of SCD.