Elizabeth David, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery-Cardiothoracic

Medical School:
  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine (2005)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Wellesley College (MA) (2000)
  • Georgetown University Hospital Program (2005)
  • Georgetown University Hospital Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (2010)
  • University of Texas at Houston/M D Anderson Cancer Center Program, Thoracic and Cardiac (2012)
Department: Surgery-Cardiothoracic

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor of Surgery


  • Servais EL, Blasberg JD, Brown LM, Towe CW, Seder CW, Onaitis MW, Block MI, David EA. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database: 2022 Update on Outcomes and Research. Ann Thorac Surg. 2023 Jan;115(1):43-49. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2022.10.025. Epub 2022 Oct 29. PMID: 36404445.
  • Toubat O, Ding L, Ding K, Wightman SC, Atay SM, Harano T, Kim AW, David EA. Benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy for resected pathologic N1 non-small cell lung cancer is unrecognized: A subgroup analysis of the JBR10 trial. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 Oct 20:S1043-0679(22)00257-X. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2022.10.005. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36272526.
  • Mungo AH, David EA. Commentary: Another win for immunotherapy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 Sep 9:S0022-5223(22)00940-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2022.09.004. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36184319.
  • Peng T, Farias AJ, Shemanski KA, Kim AW, Wightman SC, Atay SM, Canter RJ, David EA. Surgical decision-making in advanced-stage non-small cell lung cancer is influenced by more than just guidelines. JTCVS Open. 2022 Apr 28;11:286-299. doi: 10.1016/j.xjon.2022.04.035. PMID: 36172417; PMCID: PMC9510805.
  • Wang JC, Ding L, David EA, Atay SM, Wightman SC, McFadden PM, Harano T, Kim AW. Adhering to guideline concordant care improves survival among the different subtypes of T3 N2 non-small cell lung cancer. JTCVS Open. 2022 Feb 15;10:384-392. doi: 10.1016/j.xjon.2022.02.001. PMID: 36004267; PMCID: PMC9390621.
  • Peng T, Wightman SC, Ding L, Lieu DK, Atay SM, David EA, Kim AW. Lobectomy offers improved survival outcomes relative to segmentectomy for >2 but =4 cm non-small cell lung cancer tumors. JTCVS Open. 2022 Apr 14;10:356-367. doi: 10.1016/j.xjon.2022.03.002. PMID: 36004221; PMCID: PMC9390142.
  • Farias AJ, Chan E, Navarro S, David EA, Eguchi M, Cockburn M. Lung Cancer Mortality Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Patient Experiences with Care: a SEER-CAHPS Study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2022 Jun 29. doi: 10.1007/s40615-022-01358-8. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35767217.
  • Peng T, Hamann HA, David EA. Stigma May Exacerbate Disproportionately Low Guideline-Concordant Treatment Rates for Patients With Advanced-Stage Lung Cancer in the United States. JTO Clin Res Rep. 2022 Feb 25;3(4):100302. doi: 10.1016/j.jtocrr.2022.100302. PMID: 35400082; PMCID: PMC8983342.
  • Wightman SC, David EA. The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good. Ann Thorac Surg. 2022 Sep;114(3):940. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2022.03.022. Epub 2022 Mar 25. PMID: 35346630.
  • Wightman SC, Lee JY, Ding L, Atay SM, Shemanski KA, McFadden PM, David EA, Kim AW. Adjuvant chemotherapy for visceral pleural invasion in 3-4-cm non-small-cell lung cancer improves survival. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2022 Jun 15;62(1):ezab498. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezab498. PMID: 35325098.
  • Jang JK, Atay SM, Ding L, David EA, Wightman SC, Kim AW, Ye JC. Patterns of Use of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Compared With Surgery for Definitive Treatment of Primary Early-stage Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. Am J Clin Oncol. 2022 Apr 1;45(4):146-154. doi: 10.1097/COC.0000000000000902. PMID: 35320815; PMCID: PMC8971891.
  • Yin V, Pagteilan J, Atay SM, David EA, Kim AW, Wightman SC. Esophagectomy for Permanent Mesh Migration After Transthoracic Hiatal Hernia Repair. Ann Thorac Surg. 2022 Aug;114(2):e89-e91. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.10.064. Epub 2021 Dec 14. PMID: 34914935.
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Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery, Member
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member
  • American College of Surgeons, Member
  • Women in Thoracic Surgery, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Thoracic Surgery - Anschutz Medical Campus
1665 Aurora Court
Anschutz Cancer Pavilion, 3rd Floor
Aurora, CO 80045

CU Medicine Thoracic Surgery - Highlands Ranch Specialty Care Center
1500 Park Central Drive
Suite 101
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

National Jewish Health
1400 Jackson St
Denver, CO 80206

UCHealth Surgical Care - Highlands Ranch Hospital
1500 Park Central Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital
  • National Jewish Health
  • Saint Joseph Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Thoracic and Cardiac, Board Certification
  • Surgery, Board Certification
Clinical Interests
I am passionate about the care of lung cancer patients and the ways that patient outcomes are influenced by stigma, health systems and other human factors. My clinical interests include surgery for lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies including mesothelioma, thymoma, thymic cancer and esophageal cancer.

Care Philosophy
I treat my patients the way I would want to be treated or would want my family members to be cared for. It is very important to me that patients understand their medical conditions and the options for treatment and the implications of those treatments on their lives.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine (2005)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Wellesley College (MA) (2000)
  • Georgetown University Hospital Program (2005)
Residency Programs:
  • Georgetown University Hospital Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (2010)
  • University of Texas at Houston/M D Anderson Cancer Center Program, Thoracic and Cardiac (2012)
Department: Surgery-Cardiothoracic
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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