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Lung Cancer (HP)Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide and the Thoracic Oncology Program is poised to conquer it. UCSF provides state-of-the-art care to patients with lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, sarcoma and cancer that has metastasized to the chest. The program is led by David M. Jablons, M.D., Chief of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery and Program Leader of the Thoracic Oncology Program. Patients receive treatment from a dedicated multidisciplinary team of specialists. At UCSF, one of the world's leading biomedical research centers, patients also have access to clinical trials for promising new drugs.

We are proud to be a regional, national, and international referral center for lung cancer. Our surgeons are known for their willingness to be aggressive in the appropriate case. We are also a high volume center for thoracic surgery, the largest on the West Coast. Our post-operative mortality rates are among the lowest anywhere.

We have extensive experience in performing minimally invasive thoracic surgery. That means shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain, and a more rapid return to normal activities. For patients who need chemotherapy after surgery, it means they can begin their treatment faster and are better able to tolerate higher doses.

Our medical oncology group is led by Matthew A. Gubens, M.D., M.S., two the region's foremost and highly regarded thoracic oncologists. Other specialists treating patients, from radiation oncology, pulmonology, pathology, and imaging, are similarly dedicated and highly skilled. All have special expertise in treating patients with lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies.


Updates & Events

What We're Talking About. Browse our updates, events, and other highlights.

Published: Thu, Oct 07, 2021

CHESA Grand Rounds featuring World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

Published: Sat, Oct 02, 2021

The anesthesiologist’s role in access, equity, diversity & inclusion by Dr. Odi Ehie et al

Published: Fri, Aug 27, 2021

CHESA Grand Rounds with GSSA

Published: Wed, Aug 04, 2021

CHESA Grand Rounds, featuring Lifebox

Published: Tue, Jul 13, 2021

Lessons Learned in Partnerships to Advance Global Surgery

Published: Thu, Jul 01, 2021

CHESA and collaborators incubate a prospective UC-wide Center of Expertise

Published: Thu, Jun 03, 2021

IGHS – CHESA Grand Rounds: Partnerships to advance global surgery

Published: Thu, May 13, 2021

CHESA recruiting new program coordinator

Published: Mon, Mar 08, 2021

Dr. Odi Ehie & Dr. Coleen Sabatini named Vice Chairs

Featured Projects

Our faculty and trainee collaborators are continuously providing inspiration to the team. Here are a few recent examples of their work:

Supporting COVID-19 Response

CHESA members are supporting global COVID-19 response through multiple initiatives including collaboration with Lifebox to create educational materials for safe PPE use and reuse.

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UCSF Health Equity Pledge

CHESA is an active part of UCSF's initiatives to advance equity in medicine and healthcare.

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Global Anesthesia Workforce Survey

The 2021 Global Anesthesia Workforce Survey is now underway, in collaboration with the WFSA and IFNA as part of the Global Anesthesia Workforce Study Group.

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OpenCriticalCare Project

With support from USAID and STAR and with multiple collaborators, CHESA is creating a new online portal and tools to support oxygen ecosystem strengthening.

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UCSF Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, led by  is one of the leading surgical departments in the world with a rich history of scientific, educational, and clinical advancements.

Although our care is primarily dedicated to the people of the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the state of California, our reputation draws patients nationally and internationally. We are one of the largest clinical services at UCSF, performing a high volume of procedures, many among the most complex and technically challenging, and for rare conditions seldom seen in community practices. This allows our surgeons to continually improve their skills, resulting in better outcomes for patients.

To better care for patients, we have six major San Francisco Bay Area hospitals: UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus, UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG), San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC), and Highland Hospital, in Oakland through our UCSF East Bay Program. Both ZSFG and Highland are Level 1 Trauma Centers.

Department Structure

The Department of Surgery is comprised of seven divisions with over 70 clinical, research and education programs. Our faculty are preeminent, nationally and internationally, with many serving as officers of major surgical societies, specialty boards and NIH study sections.  Faculty development is a high priority for the Department.  Faculty are recruited based on clinical strengths, research potential, teaching interest and aptitude. Basic and clinical research is fundamental to our mission. NIH funding of departmental research has increased  for most of the past decade garnering the second highest level of NIH funding among all departments of surgery nationwide. Funding from extramural sources (federal, industry, foundations, and gifts) has grown steadily.

Education & Training

Our mission is to develop the next generation of leaders in academic surgery. The UCSF General Surgery residency program is one of the top programs in the country, highly competitive, and comprised of a diverse group of resident trainees, reflecting our strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our program also offers a broad menu of ACGME and non-ACGME clinical fellowships.

The curriculum, developed by our highly acclaimed Department of Surgery faculty, perennial winners of Teaching in Excellence Awards at UCSF, encompasses didactic in-class learning fused with early longitudinal immersion in clinical teams, an inquiry-focused learning environment that encourages medical students to ask questions that push the frontiers of science and understanding of human health and disease.


Our Department has a major commitment to creative activity in bench research, health services research, clinical trials, clinical training, education, and global health, and was ranked in the top three institutions for NIH research funding among comparable academic surgery programs nationwide.

I invite you to explore our websites and experience the depth and scope of our surgical specialties, research labs, and educational programs all reflecting our abiding commitment to excellence.

Julie Sosa

Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS
Leon Goldman, MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery and
Chair, Department of Surgery
Professor, Department of Medicine
University of California at San Francisco-UCSF

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