David Cooke, M.D., F.A.C.S.

David Tom Cooke, M.D., F.A.C.S.




  • Head, Section of General Thoracic Surgery
  • Associate Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
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UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite 2112
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinic Phone: 916-734-3861
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)



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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.


Cardiothoracic Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Cardiovascular Services
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
UC Davis Medical Group


M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999

B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1994


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

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 Recent Publications

Ingram MT, Wisner DH, Cooke DT.  Practice patterns of academic general thoracic and adult cardiac surgeons.  Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2014. April 19 [Epub ahead of print]

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. April 3 [Epub ahead of print]

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.

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.

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.

Harvey-Taylor J, Zhang Y, Kuderer V, Cooke DT.  Diagnosis of systemic amyloidosis and amyloidosis mediated cardiomyopathy by VATS pleural biopsy for chronic pleural effusion. Journal of  Thoracic Disease. 2013 Jun;5(3):E112-4.

Launer H, Nguyen DV, Cooke DT.  National perioperative outcomes of pulmonary lobectomy for cancer in the obese patient: A propensity score matched analysis. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2013 May;145(5):1312-8.

Cooke DT, David EA. Large-bore and small-bore chest tubes: Types, function, and placement. Thoracic Surgery Clinics. 2013 Feb;23(1):17-24.

Zheng DJ, Cooke DT.  A survival comparison of mucin-producing adenocarcinoma of the esophagus to conventional adenocarcinoma after esophagectomy. The American Surgeon 2013; Jan;79(1):49-53. 

Cooke DT. Belsey Mark IV Repair. Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2013;18(3):215-229.

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