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Yaron B. Gesthalter, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Interventional Pulmonary Medicine
Division of Pulm/CCM/Allergy
UCSF Department of Medicine

Contact Information

1600 Divisadero St., 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
(415) 885-3882 Phone
(415) 353-9525 Fax
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  • 2000-2003 Hebrew University, Israel - B.Sc.
  • 2004-2008 University of Tel-Aviv, Sackler School of Medicine - MD
  • 2008-2011 Yale University, Internal Medicine Residency
  • 2012-2015 Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care
  • 2015-2016 Boston University School of Medicine – Division of Computational Biomedicine, Boston, Research Fellowship in Bioinformatics
  • 2016-2017 Harvard University, Boston, Combined Beth-Israel Deaconess and Massachusetts General Hospital Fellowship in Interventional Pulmonary Medicine
  • Ablative bronchoscopic techniques (cryo- surgery, electrosurgery, argon plasma coagulation (APC), cryospray, photodynamic therapy)
  • Advanced bronchoscopy [Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (EMN)],Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Complex pleural effusions – ultrasound, thoracentesis, chest tubes, tunneled pleural catheters, medical thoracoscopy
  • Diagnostic and staging procedures
  • Fiducial placement for radiation therapy
  • Lung nodules
  • Sarcoidosis and other non-malignant lung pathologies
  • Symptom management
  • Thoracic Malignancies
  • Tracheal and bronchial obstructions
  • Tracheal and bronchial stent placement
  • Application of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic techniques
  • Bioinformatics
  • Lung cancer diagnostics
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Smoking cessation
  • Hebrew

Yaron B. Gesthalter, M.D. received his B.Sc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2003.  He then attended The Sackler School of Medicine in Tel-Aviv University where he received his MD in 2008.    

Dr. Gesthalter completed a residency in Internal Medicine (2011) at Yale. He then worked for one year as an attending physician on the Tuberculosis ward at The Church of Scotland Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. After returning to the United States, Dr. Gesthalter completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Boston University in 2015. 

He stayed at Boston University for an additional research fellowship in the Division of Computational Biomedicine. Using bioinformatic approaches, he studied the genomics of pre-malignancy, lung cancer and chemoprevention. He then completed an Interventional Pulmonary fellowship (2017) at the combined Harvard program (Beth-Israel Deaconess and Massachusetts Hospital).

In 2017 Dr Gesthalter joined the faculty at UCSF as an Interventional Pulmonologist, where he focuses on minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for diseases that affect the lungs and surrounding pleura. In addition, Dr. Gesthalter also attends on the pulmonary consult service at UCSF.

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

My interest is in the early diagnosis and prevention of lung cancer through screening, behavioral interventions and chemoprevention. I have used gene-expression analysis to study the molecular profiles of patients at risk for future development of lung cancer and used these profiles to understand the effects various therapies have on the pre-malignancy biology of the lungs. This holds the potential to decrease lung cancer burden by disease aversion. Additionally, I study how to apply new diagnostic technologies that might expedite patient care in a minimally invasive way.

  1. 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. View in PubMed
  2. 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. View in PubMed
  3. 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. View in PubMed
  4. 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. View in PubMed
  5. 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. View in PubMed
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