Ash A. Alizadeh, MD/PhD

Medical oncologist, Lymphoma specialist, Cancer geneticist

Moghadam Family Professor

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Additional Languages Spoken:
Farsi , Persian


Ash A Alizadeh is the Moghadam Family Professor of Medicine, Oncology, and Hematology (by courtesy) at Stanford University, and leader of the Cancer Genomics Program at Stanford Cancer Institute. His primary research interests are in the development and application of genome technologies and computing (machine learning & data science) to a range of problems in human disease, with special focus on cancer detection, classification, monitoring, and tumor immunology. As a longstanding member of NIH Cancer Genetics (CG) Study Section, he helps the Center for Scientific Review with genome scale studies focused on cancer pathogenesis.

Dr. Alizadeh leads a group interested in techniques and methods for understanding tumor behavior at molecular, cellular, organism and population levels. In this effort, his group studies cancer genomic profiles obtained either from tumor tissues, or from noninvasive “liquid biopsies”. Using machine learning techniques, his lab studies how cellular compositional variation impacts cancer behavior and therapeutic response (e.g.,,, and, including anti-tumor immunity (

Dr. Alizadeh's group has helped pioneer a range of noninvasive cancer genomic techniques that enable “liquid biopsies”, including CAPP-Seq (, PhasED-Seq (, and EPIC-Seq ( Using such techniques work from his group focuses on the analysis of circulating nucleic acids to address problems for early cancer detection ( and noninvasive cancer monitoring, including prediction of therapeutic response ( &

Dr. Alizadeh holds a BS in Biochemistry from UCLA, an MD from Stanford Medical School, a PhD in Biophysics from Stanford, with additional training at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He has received a number of key awards for his work, including the Scholar Award from the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the V-Foundation, as well as awards from the American Red Cross, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Research Foundation, among others. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), and an elected member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF).

Dr. Alizadeh is a past-President of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Meeting on Lymphoma Biology, a founding member of the International Lymphoma ctDNA Consortium & Working Group, and past-Chair of the Scientific Committee on Genetics & Epigenetics for the American Society of Hematology (ASH), and past-Chair the Scientific Committee on Lymphoma & Myeloma for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Alizadeh is a co-founder of CAPP Medical, CiberMED, and Foresight Diagnostics. Dr. Alizadeh is board certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine, a member of the Stanford Lymphoma Program, and received the Stanford Department of Medicine Research Award in 2005. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Cell, and Scientific Editor for Blood, Cancer Discovery, Blood Cancer Discovery, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) and Precision Oncology (PO).

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (2021)
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (2003) CA
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Hematology and Oncology Fellowship (2009) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Internal Medicine Residency (2006) CA
  • MD, Stanford university School of Medicine, Medicine (2003)
  • PhD, Stanford university School of Medicine, Biophysics/Dept of Biochemistry (2003)
  • B.S., UCLA, Biochemistry (1994)

Honors & Awards
  • American Society for Clinical Oncology Career Development Award, Stanford University (2010-2013)
  • American Society of Hematology Scholar Award, Stanford University (2015-2017)
  • Bent & Janet Cardan Oncology Research Fellow, Stanford University (2010)
  • Cancer Innovation Award, Stanford Hospital & Clinics (2012-2013)
  • Celgene Young Investigator Award, Stanford University (2014-2015)
  • Clinical Investigator Program: Fellow Award, Stanford University Medical Center (2004-2010)
  • Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award, Stanford University (2014-2017)
  • Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award, Stanford University (2011)
  • Franklin G. Ebaugh, Jr. Award for Outstanding Research, Dept of Medicine, Stanford (2004-2005)
  • Garbrielle's Angel Foundation, Stanford University (2012-2015)
  • Intramural Research Award, NIH/NCI (1997 - 1998)
  • Josephine Q. Berry Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research, Stanford University (2010)
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Special Fellow in Clinical Research, Stanford University (2010-2013)
  • Magna cum laude, College & Departmental Honors, UCLA (6/1993)
  • Medical Scientist Training Program Award, NIH (1996-2003)
  • NIH Research Fellow Award, NIH/NCI (6/1995)
  • Research Scholar Award, HHMI-NIH (1996 - 1998)
  • Research Scholar Award for Outstanding Research, HHMI (1998)
  • Sandler Fellow Award, UCSF (2003-2004)
  • V-Foundation Scholar/Martin D Abeloff Award (1st Place), Stanford University (2014-2016)

  • Vice Chair, Committee on Epigenetics and Genomics, American Society of Hematology (2014 - Present)
  • Mentor, Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program, Lymphoma Research Foundation (2013 - Present)
  • Leader, Scientific Program Committee on Lymphoma, Myeloma, Plasma Cell Disorders, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2011 - 2014)

Administrative Appointments
  • Admissions Panel, Medical Scientist Training Program, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Admissions Panel, Stanford Medical School (2012 - Present)
  • Chair, Seminar Committee, Stanford Immunology Program (2011 - Present)
  • Steering Committee Member & Mentor, Stanford Computational & Systems Immunology (2012 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Lymphoma Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Lymphoma Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

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(74 reviews)

Would never consider any other doctor for my condition, always cared treated well. Feel would not exist without his care.
I’m so thankful that Dr Alizadeh is one of my doctors. I’m so thankful that he recommended the pills.
He is terrific! Glad to have him back after his sabbatical, although Brian was great too.
Fantastic doctor!
He’s a very good doctor and I am thankful to have him taking care of me.
Dr. Alizadeh is great. I look forward to seeing him again in the future.
All Stanford doctors are the very best.
I appreciated the way in which Dr. Alizadah explained to me in detail the issues I’m facing, in a manner which I could easily understand. I would highly recommend him and anyone on his team for medical care i his field of study.
Both Dr Alizadeh and Dr Hamilton are the best. So thorough, and knowledgeable, and pleasant. I’m so thankful they are my doctors. I feel I’m getting the best of care.
Dr. Alizadeh it’s one of the best oncologist Stanford has, I will recommend anybody who have my problem to him, I hope God keep him for a long Time in this world.
Always a Great Visit. Very Knowledgeable Staff.
He is kind and compassionate and knowledgeable. He is the BEST!
Treated with such professionalism and come from the young man at the front door to the Sam, Dr. Elizadeh and MYra
Excellent doctor, confident with Stanford. He also had a great fellow MD who preceded my visit with Dr. Alizadeh. Very thorough. (Dr. Mark Hamilton)
The care I have received at Stanford has always been professional in every way, but also very attentive and compassionate. Dr Alizadeh and his team are excellent.
Fantastic doctor. I feel fortunate that he will treat me!
very thorough, compassionate and kind.
Would recommend it anytime they are the best.
As always the Stanford medical staff are the best! Not only are they medically outstanding their care and compassion shine through!
He is superb.
All was cool!
Drs. Sworder and Alizadeh are excellent. They listened to my concerns and came up with a good plan. I have great faith in the clinical knowledge and the application of that knowledge to medical care. They are wonderful, caring doctors.
I am always impressed by the level of care here.
I was given Clear, Concise information regarding my prognosis.
I couldn’t have more appreciative my visit with Both DR. Arash and DR. Sworder who took time explaining test results and allowed time for questions and answers that is so relieving. They both made me feel special with their compassionate and warm treatment. Thank you
Dr Alizadeh and Dr Hamilton are exceptional on all levels -- medically as well as their overall, personal care for me as a patient.
Amazing doctor! Can’t ask for anything more!
He and his staff, including Sam are top notch and wonderful.
Dr. Alizadeh and Dr. Sworder are always professional, informative and fun. My visits with them are always enjoyable.
Dr. Alizadeh is a very caring and compassionate individual that always combines his expert knowledge for the best outcome taking into consideration a patients individual needs. Great doctor and highly respect him !!
Outstanding provider and team.
The fellow who worked with Dr. Alizadeh, Dr. Beigi is very nice. She spent a lot of time in checking out the patient.
Dr. Alizadeh is an excellent clinician. I really appreciate his caring method and clear responses to questions. I feel honored to receive my care from Dr. Alizadeh and his fellows.
Dr. Alizadeh & team are excellent. I have ultimate trust in them to make the right discussions in collaboration with me. The best!
Dr. Alizadeh is outstanding. He knows my case and does his best to help. I am very grateful for Dr. Alizadeh's care.
Very professional and very patient with our questions.
Dr. Alizadeh is outstanding. I feel I am receiving state-of-the-art care with him. His personality is great - welcoming and caring.
Very good does not accurately describe my feelings. It should be outstanding!! Great staff, great experience.
I have a Ph'D in biology/genetics from Stanford- conversations were very informative.
Drs. Sworden & Alizadeh are outstanding. They know my case and go above & beyond to answer my questions and provide excellent care.
I'm very impressed with Dr. Alizadeh.
Very good.
Dr. Alizadeh & fellow Dr. Sworder always listen carefully to my questions and carefully explain the answers. They are willing to use state of the art tests to get the best answers. World class care!
We were extremely impressed with Dr. Martin & Dr. Alizadeh. They came prepared for our initial meeting, explained our options and seemed genuinely concerned about our son's case.
I'm always impressed by the knowledge & concern Dr. Alizadeh and Dr. Kurty have with my overall health as well as my lymphoma.
Excellent oncologist. Willing to explore various approaches to understand & investigate my clinical status. Very pleased!!
Dr. Alizadeh is a great lymphoma specialist with great manner.
Dr. Alizadeh remembered all the details of my case from 8 years ago. He answered my question on annual appointments - to check for side effects of the chemotherapy. Excellent doctor.
Dr. Ash is very professional and thorough. We like him a lot.
Added test for a major problem I was having though not in his field. Was concerned enough to suggest test and called with results.
Have the utmost confidence and respect for this doctors opinions and direction.
Very satisfied.
I came to Stanford for a second opinion. I stayed with Dr. Alizadeh's practice because of the confidence I have in him and his team.
Always an excellent experience takes time to address my specific needs and life beyond treatment.
Tremendous staff.
Dr. Alizadeh & his staff are friendly concerned & helpful. I couldn't ask for a better team.
ALways good.
Excellent! I really appreciate the amount of transparency in my treatment and the Dr's regard for my concerns. I 100% trust him to provide me with the highest level of care.
Always great visits.
She is a gem!
Everyone was professional.
I have great confidence in Dr. Alizadeh.
Very pleasant & informative.
Dr. Alizadeh is a great researcher.
No bad expereince.
I very very much like Dr. Alizadeh. He takes all the time I need never makes me feel he's rushing. He is so considerate as if I were his only patient, and I total confidence in him & his decisions.
Dr. Alizadeh is extremely bright and very compassionate & thoughtful. I am in such excellent health because of his care, a very wonderful individual.
I believe Dr. Alizadeh and team have saved my life.
Very organized.
I was somewhat disappointed not to be able to make my next annual appointment.
This visit I saw more of the physician at the outset: I do not like the visits where I spend most of my time with the nurse practitioner & every thing is filtered thru her to the physician who I see very briefly.
Dr. Arash Ash Alizadeh is an excellent doctor. He saved my life from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Dr. Ash is very professional and competent. We really like him. Thanks Dr. Ash for being so kind!
Excellent physician with lots of compassion and concern about my health.

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