Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2009
Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2003
MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2002

Medical Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 2010

State License

  • About Me

    About Me

    Timothy Donahue, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology. He is also a member of the UCLA Center for Pancreatic Diseases. Dr. Donahue received his M.D. from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern and completed his surgical training at UCLA. He specializes in pancreatic and abdominal laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Donahue also runs an active research laboratory. He is a member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Institute for Molecular Medicine at UCLA. His laboratory focuses on the molecular genetics of pancreatic cancer. He is particularly interested in identifying novel molecular markers to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately prognosis of patients with pancreatic cancer. He is also collaborating with a number of researchers across UCLA to develop improved imaging and treatment strategies for his patients. His research program is supported by grants from many national foundations.


  • Locations

    Surgery - Westwood

    (primary location)
    200 UCLA Medical Plaza
    Suite 214
    Los Angeles, California 90095
  • Education

    Medical Board Certifications

    American Board of Surgery, 2010


    Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2009
    Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2003
    MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2002
  • Clinical Interests
    • Achalasia (Laparoscopic)
    • Bile Duct Excision for benign & malignant disease
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Colon Cancer
    • Colon Polyps
    • Colon Tumor (Benign)
    • Colorectal (colon, rectum and anus)
    • Diverticulitis
    • Duodenal Ulcer Disease
    • Fundoplication
    • Gallbladder
    • Gallstone
    • Gastrectomy
    • Gastric Cancer
    • Gastric Polyps
    • Gastrointestinal Surgery
    • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
    • Hepatobiliary
    • Hernia Repair ( Epigastric Hernia)
    • Hernia Repair (Femoral Hernia)
    • Hernia Repair (Inguinal Hernia)
    • Hernia Repair (Umbilical Hernia)
    • Hiatal Hernia
    • Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Oncology
    • Pancreatic Cancer
    • Pancreatic Tumor (Benign)
    • Paraesophageal Diverticulum
    • Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) Surgery
    • Periampullary Mass
    • Sigmoid Cecal Volvulus
    • Small Bowel Internal Fistula ( Open & Lap)
    • Splenectomy (Open & Lap)
    • Stomach Cancer
    • Stomach Tumor (Benign)
    • Urgent Gastrointestinal Surgery
    • Whipple & Pancreatectomy
  • Research

    Research Interests

    Molecular genetics of pancreatic cancer


    1. Integrative Survival-Based Molecular Profiling of Human Pancreatic Cancer.  Donahue TR, Tran LM, Hill R, Li Y, Kovochich A, Hargan Calvopina J, Patel SG, Wu N, Hindoyan A, Farrell JJ, Li X, Dawson DW, Wu H. Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Jan 18. [Epub ahead of print]
    2. T cell receptor transgenic lymphocytes infiltrating murine tumors are not induced to express foxp3. Quatromoni JG, Morris LF, Donahue TR, Wang Y, McBride W, Chatila T, Economou JS. J Hematol Oncol. 2011 Nov 23;4:48.
    3. Nodal/Activin signaling: a novel target for pancreatic cancer stem cell therapy. Donahue TR, Dawson DW. Cell Stem Cell. 2011 Nov 4;9(5):383-4.
    4. Downstaging chemotherapy and alteration in the classic computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging signs of vascular involvement in patients with pancreaticobiliary malignant tumors: influence on patient selection for surgery. Donahue TR, Isacoff WH, Hines OJ, Tomlinson JS, Farrell JJ, Bhat YM, Garon E, Clerkin B, Reber HA. Arch Surg. 2011 Jul;146(7):836-43.
    5. Operative blood loss and survival in pancreatic cancer. Donahue TR, Reber HA. Pancreas. 2011 Jan;40(1):1-2. No abstract available.
    6. PTEN loss accelerates KrasG12D-induced pancreatic cancer development. Hill R, Calvopina JH, Kim C, Wang Y, Dawson DW, Donahue TR, Dry S, Wu H. Cancer Res. 2010 Sep 15;70(18):7114-24. Epub 2010 Aug 31.
    7. Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas: results of 114 cases. Donahue TR, Hines OJ, Farrell JJ, Tomlinson JS, Eibl G, Reber HA. Pancreas. 2010 Nov;39(8):1271-6.
    8. Pancreatic surgery. Donahue TR, Reber HA. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2010 Sep;26(5):499-505. Review.
    9. Evaluation of neoadjuvant therapy and histopathologic response in primary, high-grade retroperitoneal sarcomas using the sarcoma nomogram. Donahue TR, Kattan MW, Nelson SD, Tap WD, Eilber FR, Eilber FC. Cancer. 2010 Aug 15;116(16):3883-91.
    10. Impact of splenectomy on thrombocytopenia, chemotherapy, and survival in patients with unresectable pancreatic cancer. Donahue TR, Kazanjian KK, Isacoff WH, Reber HA, Hines OJ. J Gastrointest Surg. 2010 Jun;14(6):1012-8. Epub 2010 Mar 23.
    11. Enhanced antitumor activity induced by adoptive T-cell transfer and adjunctive use of the histone deacetylase inhibitor LAQ824. Vo DD, Prins RM, Begley JL, Donahue TR, Morris LF, Bruhn KW, de la Rocha P, Yang MY, Mok S, Garban HJ, Craft N, Economou JS, Marincola FM, Wang E, Ribas A. Cancer Res. 2009 Nov 15;69(22):8693-9. Epub 2009 Oct 27.
    12. Intratumoral immune cell infiltrates, FoxP3, and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase in patients with melanoma undergoing CTLA4 blockade. Ribas A, Comin-Anduix B, Economou JS, Donahue TR, de la Rocha P, Morris LF, Jalil J, Dissette VB, Shintaku IP, Glaspy JA, Gomez-Navarro J, Cochran AJ. Clin Cancer Res. 2009 Jan 1;15(1):390-9.
    13. CXCR2 and RET single nucleotide polymorphisms in pancreatic cancer. Donahue TR, Hines OJ. World J Surg. 2009 Apr;33(4):710-5. Review. Collagenase and surgical disease. Donahue TR, Hiatt JR, Busuttil RW. Hernia. 2006 Dec;10(6):478-85. Review.
  • News & Awards


    • 2012 STOP CANCER Armand Hammer Career Development Award
    • 2009 Ronald K. Tompkins Golden Apple Award for Most Outstanding Medical Student Teaching
    • 2009 Outstanding Medical Student Teaching Award, UCLA
    • 2008 American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation Merit Award Recipient
    • 2006 Outstanding Medical Student Teaching Award, UCLA  
    • 2005 Outstanding Medical Student Teaching Award, UCLA