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Patricia A. Thistlethwaite , MD, PhD

Patricia A. Thistlethwaite, MD, PhD

Professor of Surgery
Program Director, UC San Diego Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

Cardiothoracic Surgery


Contact Information

Phone: 858-657-7777
Fax: 858-657-5058

Lab Location:

9300 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037-7892

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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.

Specialty areas (research):
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Myocardial angiogenesis
  • Arteriovenous specification and differentiation
For a list of Dr. Thistlethwaite's grants and publications, see