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David M. Jablons


Thoracic and cancer surgeon
Chief, Thoracic Surgery

Dr. David M. Jablons, a renowned lung cancer expert, is chief of general thoracic surgery at UCSF Medical Center and leader of the Thoracic Oncology Program at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Jablons also is director of the UCSF Thoracic Oncology Laboratory, where he is investigating molecular biology and genomics.

Jablons earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University. He completed a surgical residency at Tufts Medical Center.

Jablons has written numerous research papers and frequently lectures on lung cancer at national and international meetings. He is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Association for Cancer Research, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Education

    Albany Medical College, 1984

  • Residencies

    Tufts-New England Medical Center, General Surgery, 1991

  • Fellowships

    New York Hospital-Cornell University, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1993

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Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    98 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 14, 2023
    Dr. Jablons exemplifies the art & practice of medicine at the highest level combined with empathy and warmth. I came away from the visit with admiration and gratitude.
    Sep 25, 2023
    Dr. Jablons is not only an excellent surgeon but a personable nice guy. I highly recommend him!
    Sep 23, 2023
    Excellent doc
    Aug 28, 2023
    Dr.Jablons and his team are heaven-sent. He gave me renewed hope that I'll survive the condition I'm in. He is very knowledgeable and very kind explaining to me and my family his plans for my care in a way that makes sense to us.
    Aug 28, 2023
    Aug 07, 2023
    This doctor is the very best in my opinion. I feel fortunate to have his opinion based on his impressive medical experience.
    Jul 05, 2023
    Dr. Jablons was very informative and kind.
    Jun 12, 2023
    Everyone was professional and kind. The nurses reassured me many times regarding my doctor and his high level of expertise in his field. This was exceptional
    Apr 26, 2023
    Great experience. Doctor was great to talk to.
    Apr 08, 2023
    Happy camper
    Dec 22, 2022
    Dr Jablons is an amazing dr. He listens to questions explains clearly and it's obvious he's brilliant. I SO appreciate his help and suggestions for my care. What a gem you have at UCSF! Thank you
    Sep 21, 2022
    He was patient and kind I appreciated that.
    Sep 19, 2022
    Dr Jablons is terrific!
    Aug 07, 2022
    I was very relieved to come to this clinic as I was assured everything would go according to plan.
    Aug 01, 2022
    Jul 29, 2022
    Communication was great
    Jul 23, 2022
    Dr. Jablons is an exceptional Dr. He feels like a miracle for me. So thorough brilliant honest and forthcoming w/ ideas for potential future options. And I LOVE his sense of humor. I feel so lucky to have his guidance.
    Mar 01, 2022
    Given the nature of the reason for the visit the experience was very good.
    Feb 27, 2022
    Dr. Jablons in general was wonderful. Intelligent caring informative. I would recommend him to family members without concern. Being a very jocular man it was sometimes hard to tell when he was kidding me and when he was serious about things lines recovery timelines. I also would've liked to have a bit more clarification of the exact details of the surgery proposed. But those issues were minor compared to his overall excellence.