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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.

Most recent publications from a total of 24
  1. Woodard GA, Gubens MA, Jahan TM, Jones KD, Kukreja J, Theodore PR, Cardozo S, Jew G, Clary-Macy C, Jablons DM, Mann MJ. Prognostic molecular assay might improve identification of patients at risk for recurrence in early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer. Clin Lung Cancer. 2014 Nov; 15(6):426-32. View in PubMed
  2. Doyon JB, Sutton DA, Theodore P, Dhillon G, Jones KD, Thompson EH, Fu J, Wickes BL, Koehler JE, Schwartz BS. Rasamsonia argillacea pulmonary and aortic graft infection in an immune-competent patient. J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Feb; 51(2):719-22. View in PubMed
  3. Han SJ, Lau D, Lu DC, Theodore P, Chou D. Anterior thoracolumbar corpectomies: approach morbidity with and without an access surgeon. Neurosurgery. 2011 May; 68(5):1220-5; discussion 1225-6. View in PubMed
  4. Tonna J, Palefsky JM, Rabban J, Campos GM, Theodore P, Ladabaum U. Esophageal verrucous carcinoma arising from hyperkeratotic plaques associated with human papilloma virus type 51. Dis Esophagus. 2010 Jul; 23(5):E17-20. View in PubMed
  5. Wang YC, Iezza G, Zuraek MB, Jablons DM, Theodore PR, Bergsland EK, Donner DB, Warren RS, Nakakura EK. Lack of NKX2.2 expression in bronchopulmonary typical carcinoid tumors: implications for patients with neuroendocrine tumor metastases and unknown primary site. J Surg Res. 2010 Sep; 163(1):47-51. View in PubMed
  6. Campos GM, Jablons D, Brown LM, Ramirez RM, Rabl C, Theodore P. A safe and reproducible anastomotic technique for minimally invasive Ivor Lewis oesophagectomy: the circular-stapled anastomosis with the trans-oral anvil. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2010 Jun; 37(6):1421-6. View in PubMed
  7. Mukhtar RA, Theodore PR. Benign thoracic disease in the elderly. Thorac Surg Clin. 2009 Aug; 19(3):313-9. View in PubMed
  8. Theodore PR. Emergent management of malignancy-related acute airway obstruction. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2009 May; 27(2):231-41. View in PubMed
  9. Hirsch J, Niemann CU, Hansen KC, Choi S, Su X, Frank JA, Fang X, Hirose R, Theodore P, Sapru A, Burlingame AL, Matthay MA. Alterations in the proteome of pulmonary alveolar type II cells in the rat after hepatic ischemia-reperfusion. Crit Care Med. 2008 Jun; 36(6):1846-54. View in PubMed
  10. Lu DC, Theodore P, Korn WM, Chou D. Esophageal erosion 9 years after anterior cervical plate implantation. Surg Neurol. 2008 Mar; 69(3):310-2; discussion 312-3. View in PubMed
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