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Dr. Thistlethwaite's bio
This content was provided by Dr. Thistlethwaite "Patricia A. Thistlethwaite, MD, PhD, is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon. She is also Program Director of the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and a Professor of Surgery. Dr. Thistlethwaite's clinical interests include lung cancer, mediastinal, and chest wall surgery, as well as minimally invasive thoracic surgery and heart and lung transplantation. Dr. Thistlethwaite is involved in multiple areas of clinical research and has been the lead surgeon on major national clinical trials to treat lung cancer.In addition to cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Thistlethwaite runs an active NIH-funded molecular biology laboratory on the UCSD campus, which focuses on innovative approaches to pulmonary hypertension and coronary artery disease. Her national recognition has led to elected membership in the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, and numerous other societies and committees. She is an editor of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and Pulmonary Circulation, secretary of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, leadership councilor of the Thoracic Surgeons Directors Association, and the author of more than 120 peer-reviewed papers and many chapters in distinguished cardiothoracic surgery textbooks.Dr. Thistlethwaite earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School, where she graduated magna cum laude. She completed her surgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and her cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. "
Hematology & Oncology
Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
Aortic Valve Disease
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
Decortication and Pleurectomy
Head and Neck Surgery
Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
Port Placements or Replacements
Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
0 Board Actions
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Harvard Medical School
Medical School | Graduated 1989
Massachusetts General Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
University of Pittsburgh / Main Campus
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
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