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David Tom Cooke, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

University of California, Davis Medical Center

Dr. Cooke is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He is the Section Head of General Thoracic Surgery, the Task-Force Chair for the UC Davis Comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Program and the Program Director of the UC Davis Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency. 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, and is funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He has authored over 50 scholarly manuscripts and text-book chapters and co-authored a book.

Since 2010, Dr. Cooke has served on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association in California, currently serves as the Board’s Secretary and Chair of its Advocacy Committee, and is a recipient of a 2016 American Lung Association Volunteer Excellence Award. He also serves on the Lung Association Lung Cancer Expert Medical Advisory Panel. Dr. Cooke 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 15,200 participants, 143,000 tweets and 395 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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