David Cooke, MD, Associate Professor

David Cooke, MD, Associate Professor

Thoracic Surgery in Sacramento, CA


 (916) 734-7313

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About Dr. Cooke


Dr. David Tom Cooke is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He is the Section Head of General Thoracic Surgery, and the Program Director of the UC Davis Cardiothoracic Surgery Residencies. Dr. Cooke specializes in the surgical treatment of malignant and benign lung and esophageal disease, and minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Dr. Cooke's research includes oncologic trials, surgical outcomes/health services research, patient-centered outcomes research, surgical education, medical social media and public medical communication. He has authored over 50 scholarly manuscripts and text-book chapters and co-authored a book. Dr. Cooke is recognized by Castle and Connolly and Sacramento Magazine as one of America's Top Doctors.
Dr. Cooke currently serves on the Medical Advisory Committee of the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation. He is the co-founder of #LCSMChat, the bi-monthly lung cancer, patient-centered social media Twitter chat and patient engagement network. Since its inception in 2013, the #LCSM community has had over 25,000 participants, 239,000 tweets and 729 million impressions. Dr. Cooke completed his cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, general surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, medical school at Harvard and undergraduate at UC Berkeley.

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Services Offered



Hyperhidrosis
Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
Thoracic surgery
Thoracic oncology
Benign and Malignant Esophageal Disease
Diseses of the Chest Wall

Qualifications and Experience



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Education & Training

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2006 - 2008

Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency, General Surgery, 2000 - 2006

Stanford University
Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2002 - 2004

Massachusetts General Hospital
Internship, General Surgery, 1999 - 2000

Harvard Medical School
Class of 1999

University of California, Berkeley
BA, 1990 - 1994

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Certifications

American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

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Medical Licenses

CA State Medical License
2003 - 2020

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Work Experience


Regents UCDPBG Surgery Cardi
Sacramento, CA
2014 - Present

Thoracic Surgeon
University California Davis Medical Center Thoracic Surgery
Sacramento, CA
Present

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Hospital Affiliations

University of California, Davis Medical Center
Current Affiliation
Sacramento, CA

UC Davis Medical Center
Former Affiliation
Sacramento, CA

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Awards

Society of Black Academic Surgeons Leadership Institute Fellow (2 year development program)
2012

CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification
EpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2011-2012

UC Davis Department of Surgery Pre-Medical Surgical Internship and Mentorship Program Faculty Teaching Award
2008, 2010

2007-2008 American Association of Thoracic Surgery Resident Traveling Fellowship; Division of Interventional Pulmonology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.
2007

Massachusetts General Hospital, Ether Day, 5 year Service Recognition
2004

The Minority Trainee Research Forum, Acres of Diamonds Award, As a Winner in the National Abstract Competition and for Distinction in the Oral Presentations and Poster Session.
2004

American Society of Transplantation Council’s Fellowship
2003

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Minority Postdoctoral Research Supplement
2003

Claude E. Welch MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Research Fellowship
2002

Harvard Medical School Class of 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award for Residents and Fellows
2001

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Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons - ACS
Member

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Publications



PubMed

The Importance of a Diverse Specialty - Introducing the STS Workforce on Diversity and Inclusion.
The Annals of thoracic surgery
Cooke, D. T., Olive, J., Godoy, L., Preventza, O., Mathisen, D. J., Prager, R. L.
8/21/2019

Thoracic surgery research on a "larger" scale.
J Thorac Dis
Kim, A. W.,David, E. A.,Cooke, D. T.
4/30/2019

ICD-10-CM/PCS: potential methodologic strengths and challenges for thoracic surgery researchers and reviewers.
J Thorac Dis
Clark, J. M.,Utter, G. H.,Nuño, M.,Romano, P. S.,Brown, L. M.,Cooke, D. T.
4/30/2019

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Journal Article

A survival comparison of mucin-producing adenocarcinoma of the esophagus to conventional adenocarcinoma after esophagectomy.
The American Surgeon
Zheng DJ, Cooke DT

Size of stage IIIA primary lung cancers and survival: A SEER database analysis.
The American Surgeon
Maximus S, Nguyen DV, Mu Y, Calhoun RF, Cooke DT

A survival comparison of adenosquamous, squamous cell and adenocarcinoma of the lung after lobectomy.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Cooke DT, Nguyen DV, Yang Y, Chen SL, Yu CQ, Calhoun RF

Lecture

Cardiothoracic Surgery II.
97th Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, San Francisco, CA

Choosing Surgery, Dispelling Myths and Picking Mentors.
American College of Surgeons 97th Annual Clinical Congress, San Francisco, CA

Cardiothoracic surgeons as innovators.
47th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons,San Diego, CA.

Abstract

Adenoviral overexpression of human Bcl-2 in rodent lung allografts improves post-transplant lung function by reducing ischemia/reperfusion injury.
Oral presentation. 65th Annual Meeting of the Society of University Surgeons
Cooke DT, Pearl J, Tanaka M, Cole J, Hoyt EG, Robbins R
St. Louis, Missouri

Overexpression of human copper, zinc-superoxide dismutase (SOD1) suppresses ischemia reperfusion injury and attenuates graft coronary artery disease. Poster presentation.
American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
Tanaka M, Mokhtari GK, Terry RD, Balsam LB, Kofidis T, Cooke DT, de Bruin JL, Fedoseyeva EV, Robbins RC
Orlando, Florida

Overexpression of human Bcl-2 attenuates graft coronary artery disease by suppressing ischemia reperfusion injury and immune response during acute rejection. Oral presentation.
American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
Tanaka M, Mokhtari GK, Terry RD, Nakae S, Balsam LB, Kofidis T, Cooke DT, de Bruin JL, Fedoseyeva EV, Robbins RC
Orlando, Florida

Book Chapter

Esophageal Cancer Education FoundationEsophagectomy Post Surgical Guide: Questions and Answers.
Bains M, Cooke DT, Flores R, Gerdes H, Ilson D, Park B, Karpeh M, Harvey-Taylor J

Cardiothoracic Surgery 2nd Edition.
Chikwe J, Cooke DT

Medical Management of the Thoracic Surgery Patient.
Cooke DT, Pickens A

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Press Mentions



ACS Clinical Congress 2019; Celebrating and Tackling Challenges of the Surgical Life
YouTube · October 30, 2019
...challenges such as high levels of burnout and maintaining stressed residents’ sense of well-being. David Tom Cooke, MD, FACS, a thoracic surgeon and longtime Clinical Congress program committee member, reflected on...

New Evidence That the Stigma Against People with Lung Cancer Hasn’t Gone Away
www.survivornet.com · May 31, 2019
...rn for patients and for family members and friends who are involved with care for the disease,” Dr. David Tom Cooke, MD, FACS, head of general thoracic surgery at UC Davis Health, in Sacramento California tells Surv...

'A Gumbo of Unhealthiness': A New Report Reveals How Air Pollution Disproportionately Affects Black Americans
The Root · April 24, 2019
...rable Americans, are currently living in environments with high or extremely poor air quality,” Dr. David Tom Cooke, head of lung surgery at UC Davis Health and ALA spokesperson, told The Root. According to the new...