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Patricia Thistlethwaite, MD, PhD practices Cardiothoracic (Heart and Lung) Surgery, Transplantation, and Cancer in La Jolla

Patricia Thistlethwaite, MD, PhD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Program Director, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Professor of Surgery

Cardiothoracic (Heart and Lung) Surgery (Primary Specialty)
Heart Transplantation
Lung Cancer
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Practice Locations
UC San Diego Health - La Jolla
Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
9434 Medical Center Drive
La Jolla, CA  92037
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About Patricia Thistlethwaite, MD, PhD
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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.

UC San Diego Health Links
For more information on cardiothoracic surgery at UC San Diego Health System, see Cardiovascular Services.

For more information on cancer treatment at UC San Diego Health System, see Moores Cancer Center.
Medical Degree
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
Board Certifications
Cardiothoracic Surgery
General Surgery
Clinical Expertise Areas
Adult Cardiac Surgery
Heart and Lung Transplantation
Lung Cancer Surgery
Mediastinal Tumors
Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Pulmonary Surgery
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Surgery