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David Tom Cooke, M.D., FACS

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National Spokesperson

Associate Professor, University of California, Davis Medical Center, UC Davis Health

Dr. David Tom Cooke is an associate professor at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, UC Davis Health. He is the section head of General Thoracic Surgery, the Task-Force chair and founder of the UC Davis Comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Program, and 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 has received research funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 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.

From 2010-2017, Dr. Cooke served on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association in California, including as the Board's secretary and Advocacy Committee chair, and is a recipient of a 2016 American Lung Association Volunteer Excellence Award. He also serves on the Lung Association's Lung Cancer Expert Medical Advisory Panel.

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 degree at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Cooke is an expert in lung cancer and thoracic surgery, and his additional expertise includes the harms of tobacco use, lung cancer screening and healthcare.

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