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David M. Jablons M.D.


Born and raised in New York City, Dr. David M. Jablons graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts in American Literature in 1979 and later graduated from Albany Medical College of Union University New York with his Medical Degree in 1984. His accomplishments are numerous and begin in his fourth year of Medical College when he won a preceptorship at the National Cancer Institute for clinical science training, which ignited his interest in translational science. His medical career continued with his surgical residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. After his residency he completed his surgical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, which focused on tumor immunology and immunotherapy.

Dr. Jablons advanced cardiothoracic training stems from his training as a fellow under Dr. Wayne Isom at what is now the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center and under Dr. Robert Ginsburg at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center. He was also trained in lung transplantation at Brigham & Women’s Hospital by Dr. David Sugarbaker. Several times throughout his educational career and after Dr. Jablons has worked for the United States Navy. He was a Surgical Intern of the Naval Hospital from 1984 to 1985 and an Attending of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Naval Medical Center from 1993 to 1994. He also worked at the Fleet Hospital from 1986 to 1991 as a Staff Surgeon earning the rank of Lieutenant Commander of the Medical Corps.

Dr. Jablons is currently a Professor in Thoracic Oncology and the Chief of General Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. While a Professor and Chief of the Section of General Surgery, he is also the Program Leader of Thoracic Oncology at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Director of the Thoracic Oncology Lab both associated with the University of California San Francisco. During his time at UCSF he has focused his research on molecular biology and genomics. Working alongside several other doctors, he has been committed to finding new therapies for lung cancer and mesothelioma. His work has also led him to recognize the importance of tissue banking, which preserves tissues from patients who are undergoing surgery.

As of recent, Dr. Jablons and his fellow doctors have created one of the largest thoracic tissue banks in the world with almost one-thousand specimens of tumor and matched normal tissue. The significance of this tissue bank is great as it allows for important research to be done on the cancer biology of tumors. Dr. Jablons is also a proponent of positron emission tomography with F18-flouro deoxygluclose, which would be used during the staging and preoperative evaluations of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

  • University of Califonia San Francisco Medical Center. Physician Profile.

Last modified: December 24, 2010.