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Matthew Cooperberg


Urologic cancer surgeon
Husband, father, runner, skier, music lover, hiker, traveler

Dr. Matthew Cooperberg is a specialist in cancers of the genital and urinary organs. In addition to diagnosing and managing these cancers, his expertise includes using minimally invasive techniques to treat both benign and malignant conditions. Dedicated to harnessing advanced technologies, he performs robotic, laparoscopic, endoscopic and percutaneous surgeries. At the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, he serves as co-director of the Prostate Program. He is also chief of urology at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Cooperberg studies the challenges of prostate cancer care from many interrelated angles, ranging from molecular analyses of tumor cells to studies looking at the entire health care system. In 2013, he co-authored a proposal for a national urology registry (a database for information on people affected by a disease, with the goal of improving care); this served as the basis for the American Urological Association Quality (AQUA) Registry, a project for which he now continues to serve as Senior Physician Adviser. In 2016, the National Cancer Institute awarded him a grant as principal investigator on a study to refine prostate cancer prognosis by developing and validating novel microRNA-based biomarker signatures (combinations of molecular-level disease indicators).

Cooperberg graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in English. He earned his medical degree and a master of public health degree at the Yale School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in urology, followed by a fellowship in urologic oncology, at UCSF.

Cooperberg is a member of the American Urological Association (AUA), Western Section of the AUA and American College of Surgeons. He has written or contributed to over 400 research articles; written nine book chapters; and lectured nationally and internationally on urologic disease, with a particular focus on prostate cancer. In 2015, the AUA honored him with the Gold Cystoscope Award, given annually for distinguished contributions to the field of urology. He holds faculty appointments in UCSF's Department of Urology and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Cooperberg lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jacqueline Dolev, a dermatologist and fellow Yale Medical School alum. They spend their free time keeping up with their children, Jake and Sarah.

  • Education

    Yale University School of Medicine, MD, 2000

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Urology, 2008

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Urologic Oncology, 2009

  • Board Certifications

    Urology, American Board of Urology

  • Academic Title


My goal is to ensure that UCSF offers the best prostate cancer treatment today and drives the research that will lead to still better care tomorrow.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    206 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 29, 2023
    Dr. Cooperberg is an excellent doctor.
    Jun 08, 2023
    Dr Cooperberg is top notch and I really appreciate him
    Apr 28, 2023
    Care provider was great. Much better detail and care than anyone else (outside of UCSF). Really appreciated the expertise and knowledge.
    Apr 13, 2023
    Dr Cooperberg is an excellent physician and person. He showed his caring humanistic part in conjunction with his professional skillset.
    Mar 31, 2023
    Dr Cooperberg was outstanding in every way. He accurately understood our level of familiarity and addressed us respectfully
    Mar 25, 2023
    He the best doctor I have seen in years.
    Mar 22, 2023
    Dr. Cooperberg was excellent on all counts.
    Mar 03, 2023
    Dr Cooperberg ..On top of his game.seems. Very good to get In with him
    Feb 16, 2023
    He was very busy and was running behind in his schedule but did stop to answer my questions.
    Feb 10, 2023
    Appreciate the time and care shown and given. Thank You
    Dec 11, 2022
    My appointment with Dr Cooperberg was great! He was thorough about his approach and had patience listening to and addressing my questions.
    Nov 10, 2022
    Everyone was professional and courteous.
    Oct 23, 2022
    I'm not a great note taker but think I made notes on important facts.
    Oct 01, 2022
    Dr. Cooperberg is great - super personable articulate and informed
    Sep 29, 2022
    The care provider arrived late and appeared distracted. He contradicted himself at least once and repeatedly left the procedure room which gave me the impression that my care was less important.
    Sep 15, 2022
    Excellent experience
    Sep 02, 2022
    Very competent and personable
    Aug 25, 2022
    Excellent throughout
    Jul 28, 2022
    Clear explanations.
    Jul 14, 2022
    Thank you for your reassuring competence and expertise and excellence in every way.
    Jul 14, 2022
    Excellent provider. Very informed very attentive. Realistic with positive outlook. Encouraging
    May 25, 2022
    I only say good because the provider does not have enough information to inform me of what the next steps may be
    May 05, 2022
    Dr Cooperberg is top notch
    Mar 31, 2022
    I had prostate biopsies by Dr. Cooperberg and I felt safe cared for listen to and informed of what was going on. I highly recommend Dr. Cooperberg
    Feb 04, 2022
    Thorough and fast comprehensive written summary
    Jan 14, 2022
    Time with MD for questions & including the procedure was short like about 8-10 mins.
    Jan 13, 2022
    Dr. Matthew Cooperberg is good at explaining all options and has good advice for my heath.
    Jan 09, 2022
    Dr. Cooperberg was great no worries at all the best doctor I have ever had .
    Dec 28, 2021
    Dr. Cooperberg was very attentive to what my concerns and medical problems are and we set laid out a plan for future tests and treatment.
    Dec 18, 2021
    The doctor was very informative regarding the procedure explanatory during procedure and what to expect after the procedure.
    Nov 08, 2021
    Good first meeting with my provider
    Oct 21, 2021
    I feel very lucky to be under the care of UCSF and Dr. Cooperberg.
    Oct 20, 2021
    Dr. Cooperberg is "world class". There is a reason he is so well respected by others in his specialty.
    Sep 30, 2021
    Doctor was running very late and seemed clearly rushed. After care notes that I read on line helped me understand his evaluation.
    Sep 25, 2021
    Dr. Cooperberg was well informed of my general and specific health even though this was an initial visit. He listened carefully to my questions and concerns and developed a plan for the next steps. He is a personable fellow and I felt at ease discussing my condition with him.

    Selected research

    Decorative Caduceus

    Evaluation of Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomograp...

    Negative predictive value (NPV): The NPV is defined as the number of negative image results with identified clinically insignificant prostate cancer on biopsy divided by the number of negative image results.