Jane Yanagawa, MD
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Jane Yanagawa, MD

  • Thoracic Surgery
Santa Monica Surgery | 1223 16th Street, Suite 3400, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Dr. Yanagawa is an Associate Professor of Thoracic Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a member of the UCLA Thoracic Oncology Program Tumor Board as well as the UCLA Sarcoma Tumor Board, and has developed a thriving clinical practice in thoracic surgical oncology. She is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines panel for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer/Mesothelioma/Thymomas and Thymic Malignancies. She performs translational lung cancer research as a principal investigator with a laboratory on campus. Her clinical and research backgrounds give her a unique perspective and important skill set for conducting translational research, while her surgical practice gives her access to lung tumors for study.




Medical Board Certifications

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2014
Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 2012


Thoracic Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2013
Research, UCLA School of Medicine, 2009


Surgery, UCSD Medical Center, 2011
Surgery, UCSD Medical Center, 2007


Surgery, UCSD Medical Center, 2005


MD, Baylor College of Medicine (MD Only), 2004


Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center


Diagnosis and Management of Achalasia | Alireza Sedarat, MD & Jane Yanagawa, MD | UCLA
Dr. Yanagawa speaks on the topic of Osteosarcoma Lung Metastases with OsteoBites



  • Lung Cancer
  • Sarcoma Lung Metastases
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Sympathectomy for Ventricular Arrhythmia 


  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • UnitedHealthcare

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  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2024
  • Super Doctors® Southern California, 2024
  • University of California, Los Angeles Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Award, 2009      
  • Women in Thoracic Surgery Scholarship, 2013
  • UCLA Divisions of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Golden Scalpel Teacher of the Year Award, 2015
  • UCLA Division of General Surgery Golden Scalpel Award 2015-2016
  • UCLA Health Teaching Humanism in Medicine Award, 2016
  • Super Doctors – Southern California Rising Stars, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgeons/Women in Thoracic Surgery Leadership Academy Award, 2018
  • Santa Monica Hospital Exceptional Physician Award, 2019
  • UCLA Divisions of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Golden Scalpel Teacher of the Year Award, 2019
  • Los Angeles Magazine Top Doctors 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Southern California Super Doctors 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • UCLA Division of General Surgery Golden Scalpel Award, 2021-2022