David Tom Cooke, M.D., F.A.C.S.
- Professor and Chief, Division of General Thoracic Surgery
- Vice Chair for Faculty Development & Wellness
- Task-Force Chair, Comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Program
- Director, General Thoracic Surgery Robotics Program
- Program Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship
Philosophy of Care
Dr. Cooke’s philosophy of care motto is “Equality of Great Quality”. Dr. Cooke's theme Song is “Land of Hope and Dreams”, by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.
Dr. Cooke specializes in complex general thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology with a special interest in Lung Cancer and Esophageal Cancer, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including Robotic Surgery with special interest in Robotic Lung Surgery and Robotic Esophagectomy; interventional bronchoscopy, including EBUS and navigational bronchoscopy; esophageal stenting; tracheal and airway surgery; surgery for mesothelioma, surgical treatment of end-stage achalasia, hyperhidrosis surgery, diaphragm plication and diaphragm pacing; complex esophageal reconstruction for discontinuity.
Additional interests include student mentoring, and community engagement and leadership.
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 100 scholarly products, including peer-reviewed manuscripts and text-book chapters.
M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 1999
B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1994
Internship: Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 1999-2000
Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 2000-2006
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Research Fellow, Stanford CA 2002-2004
Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor MI 2006-2008
American Board of Surgery,
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2018
California DPH Fluoroscopy X-Ray Sup. and Operator,
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Harvard Medical School Alumni Association
Massachusetts General Hospital Surgical Society
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
The International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery
Thoracic Surgery Outcomes Research Network
Honors and Awards
UC Davis Health Diamond Doc Award � Patient Appreciation, 2021
Cancer Health Magazine; The Cancer Health 25: Black Lives Matter recognition, 2021
UC Davis Medical Center Chief of Staff Award, 2021
Accepted as American College of Surgeons Associate Member of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators�, 2020
2019 UC Davis Deans' Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, 2020
UC Davis Department of Surgery Leadership Award Outstanding Faculty Leader Inside and Outside of the Operating Room, 2020
UC Davis Joan Oettinger Memorial Award for outstanding research in cancer, 2020
U.S. News & World Report National Ranking for Pulmonology and Lung Cancer Surgery, 2019, 2020
U.S. News & World Report High Performing Hospitals, Lung Cancer Surgery, 2019, 2020
Sacramento Magazine's 2018 List of Top Doctors, 2018
U.S. News & World Report High Performing Hospitals, Lung Cancer Surgery, 2018, 2019
2017 Deans' Award for Excellence-Inspirational Faculty Educator, 2018
Thoracic Surgery Foundation The Levi Watkins Innovation and Leadership Development Scholarship, 2018
Sacramento Magazine's 2017 List of Top Doctors, 2017
U.S. News & World Report High Performing Hospitals, Lung Cancer Surgery, 2017, 2018
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
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Antonoff MB, Mitzman B, Backhus L, Bradbury ST, Chatterjee S, Cooke DT, Crestanello J, Goldstone AB, Kim KK, Nguyen TC, Romano JC, Vaporciyan AA, Varghese TK. Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Virtual Conference Taskforce: Recommendations for Hosting a Virtual Surgical Meeting. Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Jan;111(1):16-23. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.10.008. PMID:33137298.
Erkmen CP, Ortmeyer KA, Pelletier GJ, Preventza O, Cooke DT; Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on Diversity and Inclusion. An Approach to Diversity and Inclusion in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Dec 17:S0003-4975(20)32121-4. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.10.056. Online ahead of print. PMID:33345789.
Ortmeyer KA, Raman V, Tiko-Okoye CS, Espinosa JA, Cooke DT, Starnes SL, Erkmen CP. Goals, organizational change, advocacy, diversity literacy, and sustainability: A checklist for diversity in cardiothoracic surgery training programs. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Dec 3;S0022-5223(20)33199-8. doi:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2020.11.112. Online ahead of print. PMID:33461808.
Wan MA, Clark JM, Nuño M, Cooke DT, Brown LM. Can the Risk Analysis Index for Frailty Predict Morbidity and Mortality in Patients Undergoing High-Risk Surgery? Ann Surg. 2020 Nov 17. doi:10.1097/SLA.0000000000004626. Online ahead of print. PMID:33214473.
Ortmeyer KA, Raman V, Tiko-Okoye C, Espinosa J, Cooke DT, Erkmen C. Women and Minorities Underrepresented in Academic Cardiothoracic Surgery: It's Time for Next Steps. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Nov 5;S0003-4975(20)31851-8. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.08.057. Online ahead of print. PMID:33461808.
Bryan DS, Ferguson MK, members of the Delphi Lobectomy Cooperative. Consensus for Thoracoscopic Left Upper Lobectomy-Essential Components and Targets for Simulation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Oct 27;S0003-4975(20)31739-2. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.06.152. Online ahead of print. PMID:33127408.
Brown LM, Gosdin M, Cooke DT, Apesoa-Varano EC, Kratz A. Health-Related Quality of Life after Lobectomy for Lung Cancer: Conceptual Framework and Measurement. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Jul 21;S0003-4975(20)31112-7. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.05.080. Online ahead of print. PMID:32707197.
Erkmen CP, Kane L, Cooke DT. Bias Mitigation in Cardiothoracic Recruitment. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Jul 18:S0003-4975(20)31171-1. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.07.005. Online ahead of print. PMID:32693040.
Mustoe MM, Clark JM, Huynh TT, Tong EK, Wolf TP, Brown LM, Cooke DT. Engagement and Effectiveness of a Smoking Cessation Quitline Intervention in a Thoracic Surgery Clinic. JAMA Surg. 2020 Jul 1;155(9):1-7. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1915. Online ahead of print. PMID:32609348
Jim Conwell, lung cancer survivor
Lung Cancer Screening - It is Here, David Cooke, M.D.
Lung Cancer Screening for High-Risk Individuals
NOT A RACE
Virtual Tumor Board Project
How the Opioid Crisis Is Affecting Cardiothoracic Surgery
Breaking the Demographic and Cultural Barriers to Patient Enrollment in Clinical Trials
Disparities in Access to Lung Cancer Screening
Robotic Surgery at UC Davis Health
Appropriate Use of Robotics in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Mitigating Cardiothoracic Surgical Global Health Disparities: A CTSNet �World Hall� Discussion