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Pierre R. Theodore, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
Van Auken Endowed Chair in Thoracic Oncology

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(415) 885-3882 Appointments
(415) 353-9525 Clinic Fax
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  • Princeton University A.B. Philosophy, Molecular Biology, 1990
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine, M.D., 1995
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine, M.D., 1995
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, General Surgery, 1995-2001; Chief Resident, 2001-02
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Chief Resident, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2003-04
  • Transplant Biology, Harvard Medical School, 1997-99
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery, La Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, Paris, France, 2002
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2001-04
  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Oncology Program
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Medical Center Heart and Lung Transplantation Program
  • Early inflammatory invents in lung transplantation
  • Lung transplantation for multifocal BAC
  • Novel therapeutics in lung cancer
  • Pulmonary Integrins

Dr. Pierre Theodore received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He went on to complete his residency in general surgery and a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also completed fellowships in transplant biology fellowship at Harvard Medical School and in cardiothoracic surgery at La Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, Paris, France. In 2004, Dr. Theodore joined the UCSF faculty as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. In November 2007, he was named as the first recipient of the Van Auken Endowed Chair in Thoracic Oncology.

Dr. Theodore has extensive experience in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, a surgical technique that shortens hospitals stays, reduces pain and allows lung cancer patients to better tolerate adjuvant (post-surgical) chemotherapy treatment, if required. Dr. Theodore is an experienced lung transplant surgeon, the first in California to perform a non-heart-beating lung donor (NHBD) harvest, a breakthrough that holds great promise for alleviating organ shortages. Dr. Theodore is currently investigating lung transplants as a therapy for lung cancer patients with multifocal bronchioalveolar carcinoma (BAC).

Dr. Theodore is a member of the Stanley J. Sarnoff Endowment, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Society for Heart Lung Transplant, The Transplantation Society, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He also served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve Medical Corps.

  1. Warrens AN, Simon AR, Theodore PR, Sachs DH, Sykes M. Function of porcine adhesion molecules in a human marrow microenvironment. Transplantation. 66: 252-9, Jul/27/1998.
  2. Warrens AN, Simon AR, Theodore PR, Sachs DH, Sykes M. Cross-species compatibility of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (CD54) with its ligands. Transplantation. 69: 394-9, Feb/15/2000.
  3. Theodore PR, Simon AR, Warrens AN, Sackstein R, Sykes M. Porcine mononuclear cells adhere to human fibronectin independently of very late antigen-5: implications for donor-specific tolerance induction in xenotransplantation. Xenotransplantation. 9: 277-89, Jul/2002.
  4. Vu L, Theodore PR. Localization of a corticotropin-secreting tumor by thoracoscopic pulmonary venous sampling. N Engl J Med. 353: 851-2, Aug/25/2005.
  5. Sweet M, Marco P, Leard L, Golden J, Hays SF, Hoopes C, Theodore PR. Gastroesophageal Reflux in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Referred for Lung Transplantation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. In press Ed