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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

David Tom Cooke, M.D., F.A.C.S. View profile as PDF

David Tom Cooke

Clinical Interests

Dr. Cooke specializes in general thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, surgical treatment of malignant and benign esophageal disease, video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) with special interest in VATS pulmonary resection; interventional bronchoscopy, esophageal stenting, tracheal and airway surgery, lung volume reduction surgery, surgical treatment of achalasia, hyperhidrosis surgery, student mentoring, and community involvement. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Cooke's research interests involve clinical studies including oncologic trials, surgical outcomes/health services research, patient-centered outcomes research, translational research, surgical education and medical social media.  Dr. Cooke has authored over 50 scholarly manuscripts and text-book chapters.


Head, Section of General Thoracic Surgery
Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Task-Force Chair Comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Program



Cardiothoracic Surgery


UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building
2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite 2112
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 800-2-UCDAVIS

Additional Phone:

Clinic Phone: 916-734-3861
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)



M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999
B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1994


Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass, 1999-2000


Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass, 2000-2006


Stanford University School of Medicine, Research Fellow, Stanford, Calif, 2002-2004
University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, Mich, 2006-2008

Board Certifications:

American Board of Surgery, 2006
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2009

Professional Memberships:

American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Harvard Medical School Alumni Association
Massachusetts General Hospital Surgical Society
Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Select Honors and Awards:

Castle Connolly Top Doctor in America - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, 2015

Elected to Membership to the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, 2015

University of California Alumni Association Excellence in Achievement Award, 2015

Select Recent Publications:

To view Dr. Cooke's publications, please click here.

Fahrmann JF, Kim K, DeFelice BC, Taylor SL, Gandara DR, Yoneda KY, Cooke DT, Fiehn O, Kelly K, Miyamoto S.  Investigation of Metabolomic Blood Biomarkers for Detection of Adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 2015 Aug 17. pii: cebp.0427.2015. [Epub ahead of print].

David EA, Chen Y, Cooke DT, Perry A, Caner RJ, Cress R.  Surgery In High Volume Hospitals not Commission on Cancer Accreditation Leads To Increased Cancer Specific Survival For Early Stage Lung Cancer?  American Journal of Surgery 2015 Jun 27. [Epub ahead of print].

Gandara DR, Mack PC, Bult C, Li T, Lara PN Jr, Riess JW, Astrow SH, Gandour-Edwards R, Cooke DT, Yoneda KY, Moore EH, Pan CX, Burich RA, David EA, Keck JG, Airhart S, Goodwin N, de Vere White RW, Liu ET.  Bridging Tumor Genomics to Patient Outcomes Through an Integrated Patient-Derived Xenograft Platform. Clinical Lung Cancer. 2015. Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print].

Kanhua Y, Haisong X, Cooke DT, Pu LLQ.  Successful management of oesophageal conduit necrosis by a single-stage reconstruction with the pedicled pectoralis major myocutaneous flap.  Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery. Epub 2015. April.

Dasari CR, Gunther S, Wisner DH, Cooke DT, Gold CK, Wong MS.  Rise in Microsurgical Free-Flap Breast Reconstruction in Academic Medical Practices.  Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2015. Mar 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Ingram MT, Wisner DH, Cooke DT.  Practice patterns of academic general thoracic and adult cardiac surgeons.  Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2014. Oct;148(4):1162-6.

Mazzone P, Vachani A, Chang A, Detterbeck F, Cooke D, Howington J, Dodi A, Arenberg D.  Quality Indicators for the Evaluation of Patients with Lung Cancer. CHEST. 2014. Sep;146(3):659-69.

Reddy RM, Kim AW, Cooke DT, Yang SC, Higgins RSD.  The Looking to the Future Medical Student Program: Recruiting Tomorrow’s Leaders. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2014 Mar;97(3):741-3.

Cooke DT, Gandara DR, Goodwin NC, Calhoun RF, Lara PN, Mack PC, David EA. Outcomes and Efficacy of Thoracic Surgery Biopsy for Tumor Molecular Profiling in Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer.  Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2014 Jul;148(1):36-40.

Hoffman P, Cooke DT, Zeki AA, Black H.  A 40-year-old woman with progressively worsening dyspnea and nonproductive cough. CHEST. 2013 Nov 1;144(5):1720-3.

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