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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
    231 Ratings
    About our process
    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.
    Jul 29, 2021
    The visit was for a Prostate biopsy so there was not yet any proposed treatment as we have to wait for the lab results.
    Jul 21, 2021
    Dr. Cooperberg was exceptional in all areas: knowledge compassion listening and time allotted.
    Jul 13, 2021
    A little bit vague as to when follow up treatment would start but I am sure he will let me know after surgery.
    Jun 25, 2021
    explained every detail fully - no rushing very very thorough
    Jun 10, 2021
    Follow-up much more about read material and wait for staff to contact you. A more proactive summary at the time of appointment is helpful but not necessary.
    May 04, 2021
    I was extremely impressed with Dr Cooperberg. He was prepared knowledgeable and personable. He took his time with me explaining all of my options thoroughly listened attentively and provided thoughtful feedback. His demeanor was friendly and engaging and he put me at ease.
    Mar 14, 2021
    this experience although it was tuff was taken care with much thought and consideration.
    Feb 11, 2021
    Jan 22, 2021
    Dr. Cooperberg asked me at the start of the appointment and at the end if I had any questions. He listened to my questions and comments plus explained where my treatment plan is headed. Very personable doctor.
    Jan 21, 2021
    once I got to see provider I was satisfied by experience
    Dec 05, 2020
    I very much appreciated Dr. Cooperberg fitting me into his surgery schedule. It saved me a long long drive
    Oct 20, 2020
    He was very good in putting me at ease because I was nervous. His treatment plan was exactly what happened and there were no surprises. Also I was very happy with the results of the procedure and the tests. It was a good experience.
    Jun 30, 2020
    Dr. Cooperberg is an outstanding individual with expertise and old fashioned bedside manners!
    Jun 25, 2020
    My care provider couldn't be any better!