University of California San Francisco

Dr. Melissa H. Coleman
Melissa H. Coleman, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency Program
Director of UCSF School of Medicine Clinical Immersive Experiences (CIEx)

Academic Office:
500 Parnassus Ave, MUW 405, Box 0118
San Francisco, CA 94143-0118
Tel: (415) 353-8890
Email: [email protected] 
Admin: [email protected] 

Thoracic Surgery & Oncology Program 
1600 Divisadero St., 4th Floor, Box 1705
San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel: 415-885-3882


    Melissa H. Coleman, M.D. obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Harvard College and then attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Coleman began her General Surgery Residency at Duke University Medical Center where she completed her intern and second year. From 2009 – 2011 she was a research fellow in the Thoracic Surgery Oncology Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital under the direction of Dr. Raphael Bueno, Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery. Her research focused on the identification of estrogen-regulated genes associated with malignant pleural mesothelioma outcomes. Dr. Coleman then completed her General Surgery Residency followed by a Surgical Critical Care and Clinical Nutrition Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

    Awards & Honors

    Award Conferred By Date
    Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF 2021
    John A. Watson Faculty Scholar, Dean’s Diversity Fund Award UCSF School of Medicine 2021
    UCSF Thoracic Residency Program Teaching Award UCSF 2020
    UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award UCSF 2019


    Institution Degree Dept or School End Date
    UCSF Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship 2019
    Brigham and Women's Hosptial Clinical Nutrition Fellowship 2016
    Brigham and Women's Hosptial Surgical Critical Care Fellowship 2015
    Brigham and Women's Hospital General Surgery Residency 2014
    Weill Cornell Medical School MD 2007
    Harvard University AB Biology 2002

    Board Certifications

    American Board of Thoracic Surgery 

    American Board of Surgery, Surgery

    American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

    Foreign Languages Spoken


    Program Affiliations

    UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center

    UCSF Thoracic Surgery & Oncology Program 


    1. I-SPY COVID adaptive platform trial for COVID-19 acute respiratory failure: rationale, design and operations.
      Files DC, Matthay MA, Calfee CS, Aggarwal NR, Asare AL, Beitler JR, Berger PA, Burnham EL, Cimino G, Coleman MH, Crippa A, Discacciati A, Gandotra S, Gibbs KW, Henderson PT, Ittner CAG, Jauregui A, Khan KT, Koff JL, Lang J, LaRose M, Levitt J, Lu R, McKeehan JD, Meyer NJ, Russell DW, Thomas KW, Eklund M, Esserman LJ, Liu KD, ISPY COVID Adaptive Platform Trial Network, undefined| | View in PubMed
    2. Clinical trial design during and beyond the pandemic: the I-SPY COVID trial.
      I-SPY COVID Consortium| | View in PubMed
    3. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Ventilator Management and Rescue Therapies.
      Coleman MH, Aldrich JM| | View in PubMed