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Jasleen Kukreja


Thoracic and transplant surgeon
Program and surgical director of the Lung Transplantation Program
Loves cooking with her husband

Dr. Jasleen Kukreja is a cardiothoracic surgeon and director of the Lung Transplant Program at UCSF Medical Center. She is also director of the adult respiratory mechanical circulatory support program. She performs lung transplant surgery and lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema, and treats patients with tumors of the chest, including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors and mesothelioma.

Kukreja is the associate director of UCSF's lung transplant research division of cardiothoracic surgery.

Kukreja earned a medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She completed residencies in general surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and in cardiothoracic surgery at UCSF. She completed fellowships in general surgery and thoracic surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and also completed extensive training in designing clinical trials, studies that evaluate potential treatments' safety and efficacy. She has a master's degree in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Kukreja has received many professional honors, including the Pharmacia/Upjohn Trauma Research Competition Award, John A. Mannick Research Award and an excellence in teaching award from Harvard Medical School.

  • Education

    UCLA School of Medicine, 1994

  • Residencies

    UCLA Hospital, Surgery, 1996

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Surgery, 2004

    UCSF Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2006

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

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  • Languages




I feel a maternal urge to protect my patients – and joy to see them breathe again after a lung transplant.

Where I see patients (2)

    Selected research

    Decorative Caduceus

    OCS™ Lung TOP Registry For Donor Lungs for Transplantation

    Primary Effectiveness Endpoint


    My work

    Breathing In all the possibilities after a double-lung transplant
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    Doctor stories - Jasleen Kukreja

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