David Hoopes, MD

Associate Professor and 4S Ranch Medical Director

Contact Information

Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences
UCSD Radiation Oncology – 4S Ranch
16918 Dove Canyon Road, Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92127

Dr. Hoopes grew up in a small Oregon logging town where he learned that the highest priority in life must be human relationships. He graduated in molecular biology from Brigham Young University before taking a research fellowship in neuro-genetics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Following the NIH, Dr. Hoopes entered Medical School at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, funded by the United States Air Force. Dr. Hoopes completed radiation oncology residency at Indiana University (IU) where he was part of the earliest SBRT/SABR program in the US, was the first IU resident to formally rotate through proton beam therapy, and served as Chief Resident.

Following residency, Dr. Hoopes returned to military service where he was stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, and at Travis AFB in Northern California. Dr. Hoopes was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in only 7 years, served as the Chief of the Air Force's largest Radiation Department, and was selected as the Consultant to the Surgeon General for Radiation Oncology, where he oversaw Air Force Radiation Oncology worldwide.

Dr. Hoopes ended his USAF career in the summer of 2014 and was recruited by UCSD to serve as the clinical chief at the 4S Ranch cCare location. Dr. Hoopes is excited to be in 4S Ranch with a great team and robust technology.

Dr. Hoopes' research interests include patient involvement in decision making, hypofractionated and stereotactic techniques (i.e. larger doses in less time), and radiation safety/quality assurance. Dr. Hoopes’ quality assurance work has included time as a reviewer for the American College of Radiology, a position on an ASTRO national committee, and an appointment (one of only 3 physicians) to the Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System (RO-ILS) where we share, analyze and learn from radiation incidents nationwide.

Outside of cancer care, David and his wife Megan share in the immeasurable joys and struggles of raising four children. They love to be outside together, camping, hiking, cycling, and at the beach. David also served two years as a missionary in Spain's Canary Islands, speaks fluent Spanish, and is always looks forward to Spanish-speaking patients and families.