Department of Surgery faculty members, both physicians and scientists, are world-renown in their subspecialties. Faculty members are passionate in their clinical care and research practices, as well as being mentors for medical students and trainees. The department also invests significant funds to provide protected time and lab space for junior faculty to perform research.

Elizabeth Ashleigh David

Elizabeth Ashleigh David

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles


AATS: Leadership Academy, 2018

Thoracic Surgery Foundation/Women in Thoracic Surgery: Thoracic Surgery Foundation Carolyn Reed Award, 2016

AATS: Leadership Academy, 2012

Georgetown University School of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2010

Georgetown University Hospital: Outstanding Resident Teacher Award, 2010

Association of Women Surgeons: Outstanding Resident Award, 2010

: Women in Thoracic Surgery Scholarship, 2009

Wellesley College: Cum Laude, 2000

Trends in pneumonectomy for treatment of small-cell lung cancer Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2020 Nov; 28(9):583-591. . View in PubMed

Adjuvant Chemotherapy Improves Survival in pN+ cIIIA NSCLC After Neoadjuvant Therapy and Resection Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Oct 26. . View in PubMed

Commentary: To scan or not to scan: No longer the question for mesothelioma patients after pleurectomy J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Oct; 160(4):1076-1077. . View in PubMed

Variability in Smoking Status for Lobectomy Among Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database Participants Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Oct 01. . View in PubMed

Commentary: A breath of fresh air for thoracic surgeons in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) era JTCVS Tech. 2020 Sep; 3:415-416. . View in PubMed

Program Directors update your website because it matters…now more than ever Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Aug 31. . View in PubMed

Sequence of biologic therapies and surgery affects survival in non-small cell lung cancer J Surg Oncol. 2020 Aug; 122(2):320-327. . View in PubMed

COVID-19 guidance for triage of operations for thoracic malignancies: A consensus statement from Thoracic Surgery Outcomes Research Network J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Aug; 160(2):601-605. . View in PubMed

A systematic review of paraneoplastic syndromes associated with thymoma: Treatment modalities, recurrence, and outcomes in resected casesJ Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Jul; 160(1):306-314. e14. . View in PubMed

Commentary: Chasing solutions versus chasing windmills J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Jan 08. . View in PubMed

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database: 2020 Update on Outcomes and Research Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 09; 110(3):768-775. . View in PubMed

COVID-19 Guidance for Triage of Operations for Thoracic Malignancies: A Consensus Statement From Thoracic Surgery Outcomes Research Network Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 08; 110(2):692-696. . View in PubMed

Disparities in Guideline-Concordant Treatment for Pathologic N1 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 05; 109(5):1512-1520. . View in PubMed

The Effect of Socioeconomic Status on Treatment and Mortality in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 01; 109(1):225-232. . View in PubMed

Mistreatment and Burnout in Surgical Residency Training N Engl J Med. 2020 02 06; 382(6):581-582. . View in PubMed

Thoracic surgery research on a "larger" scale J Thorac Dis. 2019 Mar; 11(Suppl 4):S485-S486. . View in PubMed

Disparities in the surgical management of early stage non-small cell lung cancer: how far have we come? J Thorac Dis. 2019 Mar; 11(Suppl 4):S596-S611.. View in PubMed

Survival benefits associated with surgery for advanced non-small cell lung cancer J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 04; 157(4):1620-1628. . View in PubMed

A Modern Reaffirmation of Surgery as the Optimal Treatment for Solitary Fibrous Tumors of the Pleura Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 03; 107(3):941-946. . View in PubMed

Cardiothoracic surgical education research is NOT for dabblers anymore J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 02; 157(2):829. . View in PubMed

Sublobar or Suboptimal: Does Tumor Spread through Air Spaces Signify the End of Sublobar Resections for T1N0 Adenocarcinomas? J Thorac Oncol. 2019 01; 14(1):11-12.. View in PubMed

Take a Cox-2 and call me in the morning…really? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Nov 28.. View in PubMed

Time for the science of pneumonectomyology J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 10; 156(4):1715-1716. . View in PubMed

Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration for staging of non-small cell lung cancer J Vis Surg. 2018; 4:37. . View in PubMed

Extent of Resection and Lymph Node Assessment for Clinical Stage T1aN0M0 Typical Carcinoid Tumors Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Jan; 105(1):207-213. . View in PubMed

Adjuvant Chemotherapy Does Not Improve Survival for Lung Cancer With Chest Wall Invasion Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Dec; 104(6):1798-1804. . View in PubMed

A Model to Predict the Use of Surgical Resection for Advanced-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Nov; 104(5):1665-1672. . View in PubMed

The Role of Thoracic Surgery in the Therapeutic Management of Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer J Thorac Oncol. 2017 11; 12(11):1636-1645. . View in PubMed

Reply Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 10; 104(4):1437-1438. . View in PubMed

Response to "Reframing the Concept of 'No Treatment' in Advanced NSCLC" J Thorac Oncol. 2017 08; 12(8):e126-e127. . View in PubMed

Reviewing scientific manuscripts: A comprehensive guide for peer reviewers J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 06; 153(6):1609-1614. . View in PubMed

Lung resection is safe and feasible among stage IV cancer patients: An American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program analysis Surgery. 2017 05; 161(5):1307-1314. . View in PubMed

Reviewing Scientific Manuscripts: A Comprehensive Guide for Peer Reviewers Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 05; 103(5):1365-1370. . View in PubMed

Increasing Rates of No Treatment in Advanced-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients: A Propensity-Matched Analysis J Thorac Oncol. 2017 03; 12(3):437-445. . View in PubMed

Novel application of a percutaneous left ventricular assist device as a bridge to transplant in a paediatric patient with severe heart failure due to viral myocarditis Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2017 03 01; 24(3):474-476. . View in PubMed

A Defined Esophagectomy Perioperative Clinical Care Process Can Improve Outcomes and Costs Am Surg. 2017 Jan 01; 83(1):103-111. . View in PubMed

Does Lymph Node Count Influence Survival in Surgically Resected Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer? Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan; 103(1):226-235.. View in PubMed

Perforated esophageal intervention focus (PERF) study: a multi-center examination of contemporary treatment Dis Esophagus. 2017 11 01; 30(11):1-8. . View in PubMed

A Model for Military-Civilian Collaboration in Academic Surgery Beyond Trauma Care JAMA Surg. 2017 09 01; 152(9):891-893. . View in PubMed

Surgical Management of Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Is Decreasing But Is Associated With Improved Survival Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Oct; 102(4):1101-9. . View in PubMed

Transition to practice, lessons learned: Academic general thoracic surgery J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Apr; 151(4):920-4. . View in PubMed

Special considerations of military cardiothoracic surgeons J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 09; 152(3):664-6. . View in PubMed


Women in Thoracic Surgery: 30 Years of History Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Jan; 101(1):399-409. . View in PubMed

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery: pneumonectomy for synchronous primary lung malignancies J Vis Surg. 2016; 2:67. . View in PubMed

Surgery in high-volume hospitals not commission on cancer accreditation leads to increased cancer-specific survival for early-stage lung cancer Am J Surg. 2015 Oct; 210(4):643-7. . View in PubMed

Risk of Pneumonitis After Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Patients With Previous Anatomic Lung Resection Clin Lung Cancer. 2015 Sep; 16(5):379-84. . View in PubMed

Bridging tumor genomics to patient outcomes through an integrated patient-derived xenograft platform Clin Lung Cancer. 2015 May; 16(3):165-72. . View in PubMed

Outcomes and efficacy of thoracic surgery biopsy for tumor molecular profiling in patients with advanced lung cancer J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Jul; 148(1):36-40. . View in PubMed

Visceral pleural invasion is not predictive of survival in patients with lung cancer and smaller tumor size Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jun; 95(6):1872-7; discussion 1877. . View in PubMed

Large-bore and small-bore chest tubes: types, function, and placement Thorac Surg Clin. 2013 Feb; 23(1):17-24v. . View in PubMed

Contemporary surgical management of cardiac paragangliomas Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Jun; 93(6):1972-6. . View in PubMed

Physiologic evaluation of lung resection candidates Thorac Surg Clin. 2012 Feb; 22(1):47-54vi. . View in PubMed

Esophageal salvage with removable covered self-expanding metal stents in the setting of intrathoracic esophageal leakage Am J Surg. 2011 Dec; 202(6):796-801; discussion 801. . View in PubMed

Successful application of the vacuum-assisted closure system in delayed primary closure: a case of gastrointestinal perforation Am Surg. 2011 Aug; 77(8):168-9. . View in PubMed

Surgical palliation of previously resected thoracic sarcoma Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Apr; 91(4):e54-6. . View in PubMed

Fungal mycotic vegetation in the ascending aorta Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J. 2011 Apr-Jun; 7(2):41-5. . View in PubMed

Modified French-window thoracotomy for exposure of the anterior thoracic spine Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2011 Apr; 12(4):523-5. . View in PubMed

Review of chest wall tumors: a diagnostic, therapeutic, and reconstructive challenge Semin Plast Surg. 2011 Feb; 25(1):16-24. . View in PubMed

Modifications to Ivor Lewis esophagectomy Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2010 Nov; 11(5):529-31. . View in PubMed

Skin sparing modified Ravitch repair for pectus excavatum Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2010 Sep; 11(3):226-7. . View in PubMed

Reduced left angular gyrus volume in first-episode schizophrenia Am J Psychiatry. 2005 Aug; 162(8):1539-41. . View in PubMed

Elizabeth A David, MD, MAS, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery, is a General Thoracic Surgeon in the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. David’s research interests include lung cancer disparities and stigma and their influence on lung cancer patients and their outcomes.
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