Thursday, May 01, 2014
The MEDCAC ruling will likely lead to non-coverage of lung cancer screening with low dose CT scans for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
On December 30th, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced they recommend annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55-80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The section of General Thoracic Surgery at UC Davis is offering Robotic Thoracic Surgery to further enhance our top regional minimally invasive thoracic surgery program.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
UC Davis CLSP is a multidisciplinary program for comprehensive lung cancer screening.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Brought to you by the UC Davis Section of General Thoracic Surgery: PulmaCalc PPO is a predicted post-operative pulmonary function calculator
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The 7th edition TNM staging system for NSCLC is an exciting accomplishment, and will help the clinician to better understand the outcomes of lung cancer and offers an exciting advance to our specialty.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The UC Davis Lung Cancer Chat Room is an interactive meeting of learning and support for patients, families, friends and caregivers affected by lung cancer.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
"What is Thoracic Surgery?" is a good question.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Welcome to UCD ChestHealth, the official blog of UC Davis Thoracic Surgery.
David Tom Cooke, MD, FCCP, FACS
Blog Info
A blog provided by the UC Davis Department of Thoracic Surgery that allows patients, physicians, and anyone else who is interested or curious to learn about the important and not so publicized disease processes that affect thousands of individuals each day, such as Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Emphysema/COPD and Hyperhidrosis.
Author Bio
Dr. David Tom Cooke is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He is the Section Head of General Thoracic Surgery, and the Associate Program Director of the UC Davis Cardiothoracic Surgery Residencies. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, general surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, and medical school at Harvard.

Dr. Cooke specializes in non-cardiac general thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, and surgical treatment of malignant and benign esophageal disease, and minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including VATS pulmonary resection. Dr. Cooke's research interests involve clinical studies including oncologic trials, surgical outcomes/health services research, translational research, surgical education and medical social media. He currently serves on the governing board of directors of the American Lung Association of California, and the Medial Advisory Committee of the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation. He is the co-founder of #lcsm, the bi-monthly lung cancer social media Twitter chat.
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