Caroline McCoach, PhD, MD

Thoracic oncologist

Dr. Caroline McCoach is a thoracic oncologist who specializes in treating adults with lung or other thoracic cancers. Her goal is to provide a personalized approach to treatment based on each patient's cancer type in combination with their individual goals.

McCoach's research focuses on integrating clinical findings with laboratory studies to improve patient care. Her work includes developing new drug therapies for lung cancers as well as investigating how cancer evolves to become resistant to targeted therapies. This research aims to help create new therapies that may delay or prevent cancer cell resistance to treatment.

McCoach earned a doctorate in biochemistry from Stanford University before earning her medical degree at the University of Colorado. She then completed her residency training in internal medicine at the University of California, Davis, where she was chief resident in her final year. She then completed a research fellowship at UC Davis, where she focused on the development of clinical trials for lung cancer therapies, before returning to the University of Colorado for a clinical fellowship in hematology and oncology, which concentrated on thoracic malignancies with gene mutations.

McCoach is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Society of Hematology. She is an assistant professor at UCSF.


Thoracic Surgery and Oncology
1600 Divisadero St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-1705
Phone: (415) 885-3882
Fax: (415) 353-7151

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Internal Medicine

More about Caroline McCoach


Stanford University, Ph.D., Biochemistry 2005
University of Colorado School of Medicine 2009


UC Davis, Internal Medicine 2013


UC Davis, Medical Oncology 2014
University of Colorado School of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology 2017