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Melissa H. Coleman


Thoracic and cancer surgeon
Surgical critical care specialist

Dr. Melissa H. Coleman is a thoracic surgeon whose focus is on caring for patients with cancer.

After earning her bachelor's degree in biology at Harvard College, Coleman earned her medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed two residencies in surgery, the first at Duke University Medical Center and the second at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she served as chief resident.

Coleman completed fellowships in surgical critical care and clinical nutrition at Brigham and Women's Hospital. During her training there, she was a research fellow at the hospital's thoracic surgery oncology laboratory, where she worked on identifying estrogen-related genes associated with the outcomes of patients with pleural mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the tissues covering the lungs. She completed a fellowship in thoracic surgery at UCSF.

In 2021, Coleman was a John A. Watson Faculty Scholar, an honor that confers a grant from the UCSF Dean's Diversity Fund, and she also earned the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award. She also earned the UCSF Exceptional Physician Award, and has been honored for her work teaching thoracic surgery residents.

  • Education

    Weill Cornell Medical College, MD, 2007

  • Residencies

    Duke University, Surgery, 2009

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Surgery, 2014

  • Fellowships

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Surgical Critical Care, 2015

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Clinical Nutrition, 2016

    UCSF, Thoracic Surgery, 2019

  • Board Certifications

    Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

    Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    36 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 30, 2023
    If the explanation to apply the medications.. It's good
    Oct 05, 2023
    Exceptional care provider!!
    Sep 19, 2023
    I have yet to receive anything from a surgeon in my area.That will help me in my coming surgery that I need badly.I really wish that they would take this matter serious
    Sep 14, 2023
    Horrible experience! Lost my afternoon for these people who can't communicate
    May 16, 2023
    Dr Coleman was the most competent compassionate understanding thorough physician I have ever had or ever worked with.
    Mar 16, 2023
    Exceptional Thoracic Oncology Team and the best surgeon imaginable.
    Jan 05, 2023
    Dr. Melissa Coleman is extraordinary and she is professional thorough compassionate kind helpful explains things in easy to understand terms and is the most amazing Surgeon on top of it all. I cannot sing enough of her praises...!!!
    Dec 23, 2022
    Dr. Coleman is fantastic. I instantly felt like she had my best interest in mind. More importantly she was thorough explained everything to me by showing me my CT results and was kind. While clearly knowledgeable and an expert in her field she spoke to me in a very understandable pragmatic way. Such a great balance of competent and kind.
    Oct 27, 2022
    Dr. Coleman was extraordinary and so very considerate. She calmed my nerves instantly and immensely.
    Oct 13, 2022
    Following a comprehensive review of my history and symptoms I believe that Dr. Coleman concluded that neither she nor her team were the appropriate providers for my needs. However instead of simply noting that in my chart and discharging me she spent an extended period of time to continue examining me and my imaging studies to assist in arriving at alternative next steps to discuss with the provider managing my discrasia. I'm very glad that there are still physicians focused on finding solutions for patients.
    Aug 11, 2022
    Aug 06, 2022
    Aug 02, 2022
    Is was a good experience when Dr. Coleman talked to me very good it just it took 21/2 months from knowing I had cancer to when she explained it wasnt life threatening in the mean time I was really stressing