Dr. Patricia Thistlethwaite, MD

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Dr. Patricia Thistlethwaite, MD
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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UC San Diego Health - La Jolla9434 Medical Center Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
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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. 

Dr. Thistlethwaite's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in General Surgery
  •  Board certified in Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Septal Defect
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas
  • Vascular Disease

Education

  • Medical School
    Harvard Medical School

    Graduated in 1989

  • Internship Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Completed in 1990

  • Residency Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Completed in 1994

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Pittsburgh / Main Campus

    Completed in 1997

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Professional Affiliations

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Specialties

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

Procedures Performed

  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Shunting Procedures With or Without Aortic Repair or Coronary Anomaly Repair
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy