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

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


  • 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
To see if David Tom Cooke is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite 2112
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:

Additional Phone Numbers

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



Social Networking


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


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

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

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.

Recent Videos


Jim Conwell, lung cancer survivor


Lung Cancer Screening - It is Here, David Cooke, M.D.


Lung Cancer Screening for High-Risk Individuals


What is VATS? Surgeon David Cooke gives an overview






Virtual Tumor Board Project