Tao He, MD, PhD

Tao He, MD, PhD

Interventional Pulmonology| Pulmonology
Average rating: 4.9
(68 ratings)  
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
Santa Monica Pulmonary Sleep Clinic
1260 15th Street
Suite 600
Santa Monica, California 90404


Dr. Tao He is an interventional pulmonologist specialized in performing the following minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures:

  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Autofluorescence and Narrow-Band Imaging
  • Thermal techniques including Laser, Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC) and Electrocautery
  • Cryotherapy
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial Brachytherapy
  • Airway Dilation
  • Airway Stents
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy
  • T-Tube
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty
  • Endobronchial Valve Placement for bronchopleural fistulas and for lung volume reduction in selected patients with severe COPD
  • Ultrasound Guided Thoracentesis
  • Tunneled Pleural Catheters
  • Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleural biopsy/Pleurodesis

Dr. He also sees patients with general pulmonary issues such as shortness of breath (either at rest or on exertion), wheezing, cough, chest tightness, etc. 


English, Chinese - Mandarin


Medical Board Certifications

Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2017
Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2016
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2014


Interventional Pulmonology, UCLA School of Medicine, 2018
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, 2017


Internal Medicine, MedStar Harbor Health, 2014


Internal Medicine, MedStar Harbor Health, 2012


PhD, State University of New York at Albany, 2011
MS, Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences, 2006
MD, Zhongshan (Sun Yat-sen) University, 2003

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



Selective peer review articles: 

  1. He T, Mehta A. Linear endobronchial ultrasound: what’s new? Semin Respir Crit Care Med 2018 Dec;39(6):649-660.
  2. He T, Oh S. Diagnostic approach to pleural effusions. AME Med J 2018;3:116-124.
  3. He T, Nitabach MN, Lnenicka GA. Parvalbumin expression affects synaptic development and physiology at the Drosophila larval NMJ. J Neurogenetics 2018;32(3):209-20.
  4. He T, Quintero L, Koenig S. An 82-year-old man with refractory hypoxia and shock post cardiac arrest. Chest. 2018 Jan;153(1):e1-3.
  5. He T, Oks M, Esposito MJ, Steinberg H, Makaryus M. “Tree-in-Bloom”: severe acute lung injury induced by vaping cannabis oil. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017 Mar;14(3):468-70.
  6. Oks M, He T, Palkar A, Esposito MJ, Koenig SJ. Benign multicystic mesothelioma causing bilateral pneumothoraces. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Jul;12(7): 1106-9.