Dr. Patricia Thistlethwaite, MD

Dr. Patricia Thistlethwaite, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 59
Dr. Patricia Thistlethwaite, MD is a general surgery specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 21 years. She graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1989 and specializes in general surgery, thoracic surgery, and more.Read her story

9434 Medical Center Dr

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • MultiPlan

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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
more than 38% of peers
Lung Surgery
more than 25% of peers
more than 23% of peers

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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. "
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4  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Hematology & Oncology
  • Oncology
  • Thoracic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

47  Conditions Treated

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18  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • 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

Dr. Thistlethwaite has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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