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Yaron Gesthalter, MD
Assistant Professor

513 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94143


I am a Pulmonologist and Critical Care Medicine physician with sub-specialty training in Interventional Pulmonary Medicine. Using minimally invasive techniques such as endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and navigational bronchoscopy I diagnose and stage patients with concerning lesions. For those with symptoms related to airway obstructions (from either malignant tumor invasion or non-malignant strictures) I use various ablative techniques to relieve airway obstruction. I also treat patients with pleural disease while emphasizing outpatient care. Additionally, I attend on the UCSF pulmonary consult service.

My research relates to the early detection and prevention of lung cancer. I am interested in the application of computational medicine to tailor chemopreventive and therapeutic strategies to individual profiles as well as adopting new diagnostic and screening tools.

In order to schedule an appointment with Dr Gesthalter at the UCSF Interventional Pulmonary clinic please call (415)353-7285. Please bring all available images (cat scans, PET scans) on CDs at the time of consultation to facilitate care.

Clinical Expertise
• Thoracic malignancies
• Lung nodules
• Symptom management
• Diagnostic and staging procedures
• Complex pleural effusions – ultrasound, thoracentesis, chest tubes, tunneled pleural catheters, medical thoracoscopy
• Ablative bronchoscopic techniques (cryo- surgery, electrosurgery, argon plasma coagulation (APC), cryospray, photodynamic therapy)
• Advanced bronchoscopy (electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (EMN), endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), rigid bronchoscopy)
• Fiducial placement for radiation therapy
• Sarcoidosis and other non-malignant lung pathologies
• Tracheal and bronchial obstructions
• Tracheal and bronchial stent placement

Research Interests
• Lung cancer diagnostics
• Bioinformatics
• Application of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic techniques
• Lung cancer screening
• Smoking cessation

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
BIDMC/MGH Harvard School of Medicine Fellowship in Interventional Pulmonary Medicine 2017
Boston University School of Medicine - Division of Computational Biomedicine Research Fellowship 2016
Boston University School of Medicine - Dept of Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care 2015
Yale School of Medicine - Dept of Internal Medicine Residency 2011
Tel-Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine MD 2008
Hebrew University of Jerusalem B.Sc 2003

Awards and Honors

2016   Thoracic Oncology Assembly Abstract Scholarship, American Thoracic Society, 2016

Related Web Sites

Recent Articles (6)

Gesthalter YB, Koppelman E, Bolton R, Slatore CG, Yoon SH, Cain HC, Tanner NT, Au DH, Clark JA, Wiener RS. Evaluations of Implementation at Early-Adopting Lung Cancer Screening Programs: Lessons Learned. Chest. 2017 Jul; 152(1):70-80.

Lam S, Mandrekar SJ, Gesthalter Y, Allen Ziegler KL, Seisler DK, Midthun DE, Mao JT, Aubry MC, McWilliams A, Sin DD, Shaipanich T, Liu G, Johnson E, Bild A, Lenburg ME, Ionescu DN, Mayo J, Yi JE, Tazelaar H, Harmsen WS, Smith J, Spira AE, Beane J, Limburg PJ, Szabo E. A Randomized Phase IIb Trial of myo-Inositol in Smokers with Bronchial Dysplasia. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2016 Dec; 9(12):906-914.

Gesthalter YB, Wiener RS, Kathuria H. A Call to Formalize Training in Tobacco Dependence Treatment for Pulmonologists. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016 Apr; 13(4):460-1.

Gesthalter YB, Vick J, Steiling K, Spira A. Translating the transcriptome into tools for the early detection and prevention of lung cancer. Thorax. 2015 May; 70(5):476-81.

Kathuria H, Gesthalter Y, Spira A, Brody JS, Steiling K. Updates and controversies in the rapidly evolving field of lung cancer screening, early detection, and chemoprevention. Cancers (Basel). 2014 May 16; 6(2):1157-79.

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