University of California San Francisco

Thornblade Primary headshot

Assistant Professor of Surgery
UCSF-East Bay Surgery Program
Surgical Oncology


35 Medical Center Way, #001
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States

    Awards & Honors

    Award Conferred By Date
    Alpha Omega Alpha Boston University School of Medicine 2011
    Fulbright Fellowship Hue University College of Medicine and Pharmacy 2007/2008


    Institution Degree Dept or School End Date
    City of Hope National Medical Center Fellowship Surgical Oncology 7/2021
    University of Washington Residency General Surgery 6/2019
    University of Washington MPH 5/2017
    Boston University School of Medicine MD 5/2012


    1. Outpatient and Ambulatory Extended Recovery Robotic Hepatectomy: Multinational Study of 307 Cases.
      Park JO, Lafaro K, Hagendoorn J, Melstrom L, Gerhards MF, Görgec B, Marsman HA, Thornblade LW, Pilz da Cunha G, Yang FF, Labadie KP, Sham JG, Swijnenburg RJ, He J, Fong Y| | View in PubMed
    2. Surgical Cancer Care in Safety-Net Hospitals: a Systematic Review.
      Wong P, Victorino GP, Sadjadi J, Knopf K, Maker AV, Thornblade LW| | View in PubMed
    3. Impact of safety-net hospital burden on achievement of textbook oncologic outcomes following resection in for stage I-IV colorectal cancer.
      Wong P, Victorino GP, Miraflor E, Alseidi A, Maker AV, Thornblade LW| | View in PubMed
    4. Combined Liver and Colon Resection of Synchronous Colorectal Liver Metastases at a Quaternary Center.
      Choong K, Wong P, Thornblade L, Melstrom K, Lai L, Kaiser A, Singh G, Warner SG, Fakih M, Fong Y, Melstrom LG| | View in PubMed
    5. Paradoxical Association of Hyperglycemia and Surgical Complications Among Patients With and Without Diabetes.
      Chen JY, Nassereldine H, Cook SB, Thornblade LW, Dellinger EP, Flum DR| | View in PubMed
    6. Use of Large Retrospective Databases to Guide Tumor Staging Criteria.
      Dominguez DA, Thornblade LW| | View in PubMed
    7. Salvage regional therapy using hepatic artery infusion pump in unresectable chemotherapy resistant colorectal liver metastases.
      O'Leary MP, Wang C, Sandhu J, Malhotra GK, Thornblade LW, Lau C, Melstrom LG, Fong Y, Singh G, Fakih MG| | View in PubMed
    8. Patterns of Whole Exome Sequencing in Resected Cholangiocarcinoma.
      Thornblade LW, Wong P, Li D, Warner SG, Chang S, Raoof M, Kessler J, Amini A, Lin J, Chung V, Singh G, Fong Y, Melstrom LG| | View in PubMed
    9. Colorectal cancer ovarian metastases.
      Thornblade LW, Han E, Fong Y| | View in PubMed
    10. Elective Surgery for Diverticulitis and the Risk of Recurrence and Ostomy.
      Thornblade LW, Simianu VV, Davidson GH, Flum DR| | View in PubMed
    11. Simulation-Based Training in Robotic Surgery: Contemporary and Future Methods.
      Thornblade LW, Fong Y| | View in PubMed
    12. Does surgery provide a survival advantage in non-disseminated poorly differentiated gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms?
      Thornblade LW, Warner SG, Melstrom L, Ituarte PHG, Chang S, Li D, Fong Y, Singh G| | View in PubMed
    13. Metachronous peritoneal metastases following curative resection for colon cancer: Understanding risk factors and patterns of recurrence.
      Le VH, Thornblade L, Ituarte PHG, Lai LL, Melstrom KA| | View in PubMed
    14. Association of Race/Ethnicity With Overall Survival Among Patients With Colorectal Liver Metastasis.
      Thornblade LW, Warner S, Melstrom L, Singh G, Fong Y, Raoof M| | View in PubMed
    15. Management Considerations for the Surgical Treatment of Colorectal Cancer During the Global Covid-19 Pandemic.
      O'Leary MP, Choong KC, Thornblade LW, Fakih MG, Fong Y, Kaiser AM| | View in PubMed
    16. Personal Protective Equipment and COVID-19: A Review for Surgeons.
      Stewart CL, Thornblade LW, Diamond DJ, Fong Y, Melstrom LG| | View in PubMed
    17. The Paradox of Hyperglycemia and Surgical Outcomes in Patients with and without Diabetes.
      Thompson R, Khor S, Thornblade LW, Flum DR, Sobel M| | View in PubMed
    18. The Safety of Expectant Management for Adhesive Small Bowel Obstruction: A Systematic Review.
      Thornblade LW, Verdial FC, Bartek MA, Flum DR, Davidson GH| | View in PubMed
    19. Standardization of perioperative care facilitates safe discharge by postoperative day five after pancreaticoduodenectomy.
      Daniel SK, Thornblade LW, Mann GN, Park JO, Pillarisetty VG| | View in PubMed
    20. Challenges in Predicting Recurrence After Resection of Node-Negative Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.
      Thornblade LW, Mulligan MS, Odem-Davis K, Hwang B, Waworuntu RL, Wolff EM, Kessler L, Wood DE, Farjah F| | View in PubMed
    21. Variability in invasive mediastinal staging for lung cancer: A multicenter regional study.
      Thornblade LW, Wood DE, Mulligan MS, Farivar AS, Hubka M, Costas KE, Krishnadasan B, Farjah F, SCOAP-CERTAIN Collaborative| | View in PubMed
    22. Enhanced Recovery via Peripheral Nerve Block for Open Hepatectomy.
      Thornblade LW, Seo YD, Kwan T, Cardoso JH, Pan E, Dembo G, Yeung RSW, Park JO| | View in PubMed
    23. Predicting Future Elective Colon Resection for Diverticulitis Using Patterns of Health Care Utilization.
      Thornblade LW, Flum DR, Flaxman AD| | View in PubMed
    24. Facility-Level Factors and Outcomes After Skilled Nursing Facility Admission for Trauma and Surgical Patients.
      Thornblade LW, Arbabi S, Flum DR, Qiu Q, Fawcett VJ, Davidson GH| | View in PubMed
    25. Surgeon attitudes and practice patterns in managing small bowel obstruction: a qualitative analysis.
      Thornblade LW, Truitt AR, Davidson GH, Flum DR, Lavallee DC| | View in PubMed
    26. A Nationwide Rise in the Use of Stents for Benign Esophageal Perforation.
      Thornblade LW, Cheng AM, Wood DE, Mulligan MS, Saunders MD, He H, Oelschlager BK, Flum DR, Farjah F| | View in PubMed
    27. Improving transitions of care across the spectrum of healthcare delivery: A multidisciplinary approach to understanding variability in outcomes across hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.
      Davidson GH, Austin E, Thornblade L, Simpson L, Ong TD, Pan H, Flum DR| | View in PubMed
    28. Comparative Effectiveness of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Conventional Approaches for Major or Challenging Hepatectomy.
      Thornblade LW, Shi X, Ruiz A, Flum DR, Park JO| | View in PubMed
    29. Preoperative Immunonutrition and Elective Colorectal Resection Outcomes.
      Thornblade LW, Varghese TK, Shi X, Johnson EK, Bastawrous A, Billingham RP, Thirlby R, Fichera A, Flum DR| | View in PubMed
    30. A novel tool for assessing primary care quality at the point of care in Vietnam.
      Thornblade LW, Henry EG, Minh Tam N, Markuns JF| | View in PubMed