Dr. David Cooke

Thoracic Surgery
Sacramento, CA
21 years experience male



Sacramento, CA


2221 Stockton Blvd, Suite #2112, Sacramento, CA

Insurances accepted

BCBS Blue Card PPO



Dr. David Tom Cooke is an Assistant Professor in the Section of General Thoracic Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, and is the Section Head of General Thoracic Surgery, and Associate Program Director of the UC Davis Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency. In 2008 he completed a clinical fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Prior to matriculating at the University of Michigan, Dr. Cooke completed his general surgery residency in 2006 at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. In 2004, Dr. Cooke completed a research fellowship in experimental lung transplantation in the Department of Cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford University. Dr. Cooke received his Bachelor's Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, Emphasis in Immunology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994, and his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School in 1999. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a member of the board of directors of the American Lung Association in California. Dr. Cooke specializes in non-cardiac general thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, surgical treatment of malignant and benign esophageal disease, and video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), including VATS pulmonary resection. Dr. Cooke's research interests involve clinical studies including oncologic trials, surgical outcomes research, translational research, surgical education and medical social media. He enjoys following down trodden sports teams, such as the Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors and the Oakland Raiders. Twitter: @UCD_ChestHealth Blog: http://blog.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/chesthealth

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Thoracic Surgery

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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends on details: In the medically fit individually, the standard of care upfront therapy for stage i -iib nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia either chemotherapy +/- rad ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
It Can: Especially have removal of an entire lung, or pneumonectomy. The heart and great vessels can shift to the side of the lung that was removed. This is ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Cooke
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If Carcinoid then Rx: Carcinoid tumors of the lung are a form of non small cell lung cancer, and are at risk of spreading. If the lesion in the lung is worrisome, then if ... Read More
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Jun 4, 2014
Dr. Cooke is an exceptional person! Caring and informative. We are all very fortunate to have him in this community!
Aug 27, 2013
Great Chest surgeon; highly recommended
I recommend thi physician
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I know more imaging is needed maybe biopsy but after they found the shadow they want a breathing test which she's had and is never good. Why waste the time? Ty for your ...Read More
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This saved my life. Thank you. I cannot thank you enough Dr. Cooke. If you are ever in North Van. look me up...smile. I make a mean cup of coffee...
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Hi dear thanks for the advise but can you please let me know some tips to quit smoking as i am 24 male and used to smoke minimum of 10-15

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Harvard Medical School, MA
Graduated 1999MD




UC Davis Medical Group
University Of CA Davis Med Ctr
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
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