Dr. Arai has formal training in clinical research with a Masters in Epidemiology from Stanford University. She has a clinical practice seeing all diseases in hematopoietic cell transplantation, with a clinical research focus on the prevention and treatment of post-transplant complications.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology (2019)
  • Medical Education: Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine Office of the Registrar (1991) NH
  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital (1999) MD
  • Residency: Strong Memorial Hospital (1995) NY
  • Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center (1998) NY
  • Internship: Strong Memorial Hospital (1993) NY
  • MS, Stanford University, Epidemiology (2006)
  • MD, Dartmouth Medical School

Honors & Awards
  • "A phase I/II study of post-transplant autologous CIK cells for high-risk hematologic malignancies", Cancer Treatment Research Foundation (2005-2009)
  • K23-"Reduce GVHD and Relapse using Ex-Vivo Expanded Allogeneic Cell Therapy", NIH (2003-2008)


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Practice Locations

Amyloid Center Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive , 2nd Floor, Room A260

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 725-6186

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Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (BMT) - 900 Blake Wilbur Drive Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, 2nd Floor

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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She’s wonderful. I feel lucky to have her as my doctor.
She and her team are excellent. We are a team working together for my best outcome.
Dr.Arai saved my life and I don’t think a few comments could ever express fully in words what that means to me. Daily I think of my Kaiser doctor (Dr.Law) and Dr.Arai and all other staff from surgical doctors to housekeepers who kept me safe and as comfortable as possible. I love my life and all those who helped get here.
Dr. Arai is a phenomenal doctor. I love how she balances the medicine with quality care, and She definitely knows her stuff! I’m so thankful she is my doctor because she makes me feel comfortable during a very scary time.
Great doctor and is very patient with my annoying questions.
Thoughtful, conscientious and confident
Amazing team
Terrific doctor.
She is extremely bright, incredibly knowledgeable about AML, found the appropriate treatment for my cancer and beyond her professional experience she is kind and caring.
Dream Team
Dr. Aria is the best! She is so caring and brilliant. I feel very fortunate that she is my doctor.
Professional and knowledgeable.
Dr Arai provides me with all necessary medical information. She answered all my questions. It’s a pleasure to have her as my BMT Doctor.
Awesome Doctor!
She really cares about me as a patient and a person.
Wonderful person, compassionate, professional, very knowledgeable, world class.
Dr. Arai Helped save my life and is an extremely intelligent physician who clearly understood what steps to take to do so. I’m very fortunate to have her as my physician. Thank you Dr. Arai and Stanford university for all you have done for me and my family.
I appreciate her clear explanations.
Great Doctor. Very clear and concise. Easy to work with. Thank you!
Dr. Arai is the BEST Oncologist in the world!! Very caring and has a great personality.
Dr Arai was thorough and answered all of our questions. This could have been a Zoom call tho, saving us from driving 6 hrs each way and two nights in a hotel.
Fabulous care giver. Always a pleasure to discuss health issues with her.
Dr Arai and her entire team are top notch. I will be forever grateful for the care they provided me.
She's great!
Great doctor! Thorough and patient with all my questions. I am 8 years post BMT and I appreciate her explaining what was happening to me pre and post transplant, to get me stable and healthy! Love her, Sandy, Dr. Kwan and BMT staff - all great!
Sally Arai is wonderful, brilliant and caring. I am so happy to be in her care!
Excelente Dr
Dr. Arai was very clear in the next steps of my treatment which is great for me. She was thorough and the appointment was excellent.
Dr Arai and Dr. Singh were informative and caring
Dr. Arai and her team are excellent and inspire confidence that my medical issues will resolve in a positive outcome. It is also very comforting to know that Dr. Arai listens to my concerns and is very attentive to my questions. I feel fortunate that Dr. Arai and her team are providing the highest level of medical guidance and care for my health challenges.
The medical team in the oncology department is outstanding. They saved my life.
She and Sandy are awesome!
Dr. Arai is caring and diligent and I feel I am in the best care for my post transplant odyssey.
She’s awesome!
She is knowledgeable and cares a great deal about her patients. I like her very much.
She is thorough and answered all my questions I am very happy that doctor Arai is my doctor
I like the way she thinks and makes decisions with confidence, which in turn reassures me that we are on a good track.
Nice and very knowledgeable
She is both professional and personable, a rare combination.
Thanks 😊
Dr. Arai and Sandy are an amazing team. So caring and understanding, I appreciate them both so much.
She is interested and very quick to get up to speed. We always have good conversations.
Dr. Arai is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and kind. Her experienced care gives me confidence that I will be given the most up-to-date information and options for improving my health issues.
Appointment itself was great.
An excellent professional.
Dr Arai is an excellent Dr . She’s really care and compassion for her patient.
Outstanding physician and a very kind person.
Dr. Arai and Sandy Burgess are the best.
She is super smart and very down to Earth. I am very fortunate she is my Dr.
Dr. Arai is amazing! I feel extremely blessed to have her as my doctor. She is caring, a good listener, extremely patient and knowledgeable. I trust her with my life , she had taken such great care of me, she saved my life and I am extremely grateful ♥ï¸
Dr. Sally Arai explained everything very well.
Best of the best!
Dr. Sally Arai is a wonderful physician. She's compassionate, patient & expert in her medical advice. She epitomizes all that is good in this world. She's always there to help her patients. Thank you, Dr. Arai.
Dr Arai, compassionate, great integrity & knowledge.
Dr. Arai and staff saved my life, I am extremely grateful to them.
Dr. Sally Arai... grace, humility, brilliance, and compassion, an inextinguishable spark of Divine Fire and HOPE. Her medical care is excellent. Her patient advocacy is unwavering.
Provider did seem always behind, by the time she came to use - each time 30 mins.+ late. She seemed in a hurry during our visit.
The best doctor ever!
Dr. Sally Arai is an excellent clinician and has a great sense of humor.
Dr. Arai is incredible - she is a real asset to Stanford. I would put her in the "excellent" category. I am at 800 days post-transpalnt today. I trust her with my life. I follow her treatment requirements to the letter.
Very flexible and accommodating. Very informative meeting.
Dr. Arai saved my life.
Dr. Arai is an exceptional physician.
Both Dr. Sally Arai and Dr. Tamna Wangjam give me great information. All questions are discussed & answered in terms I can understand. I'm very fortunate I have them providing me my treatment!! Thank you.
Wonderful experience, focused, fast, and friendly.
I feel very comfortable with Dr. Arai.
Staff is tops in their craft, supplying great education & concerns with a friendly upbeat attitude.
Dr. Arai is an exceptional physician.
Dr. Sally Arai explains my treatment plan very well. She is great at finding alternative medicines when necessary. Dr. Arai & Sandy Burgess are outstanding. I am blessed, because they have exhibit a passion in my BMT treatment & care.
Wonderful conversations with excellent education and instruction, answering any and a questions and concerns with confidence.
Dr. Arai explains topics in a logical & understandable manner. She is a great listener, answering questions my wife and I have. She's a great doctor and representative for the Stanford BMT Department. - Dr. Sally Arai.
Dr. Sally R Arai is a superlative physician. Extraordinary patient manner, attentive & very humble. She is expert in her advice. I am so fortunate to have such an extraordinary doctor treat me. I completely trust her & she is a super listener. Dr. Sally R Arai is a "NATIONAL TREASURE!"
Too busy, overloaded, scattered. Losing my confidence.
I feel very comfortable with Dr. Arai. We are two years into a very successful bone marrow transplant.
Dr. Arai is wonderful. Explains medical things in a manner easily understood. Her demeanor exhibits professionalism and confidence. Very reassuring to me. Dr. Arai is a valuable member of the BMT team.
Excellent describes everything in summary & detail.
Cecelia was delightful.
I was extremely impressed by Dr. Arai in every regard. She is a very caring physician, highly knowledgeable, and excellent communicator. She was very patient, gave me all the time I needed.
Dr. Arai seems to care she has been keeping me alive since 2015.
Best dr. ever. Dr. Arai has so much compassion and love for her patients.
Dr. Arai is a good experience.
Highly profession, thorough education and complete answers to question, quality time is alway conducted.
Very good experience.
Dr. Sally Arai is the most wonderful, compassionate & brilliant physician I have ever had treating me. Truly excellent, caring & humble. Thank God for Dr. Sally Arai. I wish every person could be treated by a physician like her. Truly "EXCELLENT" "SPECIAL".
Very satisfy.
Great job at delivering not so great news - compassionate & educational.
Professor Sally Aria take pride in assisting patients comprehend their medical issues taking the frustrating out of their concerns.
Dr. took time to answer what few questions we had.
Dr. Sally Arai is a truly brilliant, compassionate physician. She listened to and treated me with utmost respect & kindness. She is a treasure to the world. I am utterly grateful for the expert medical care she has given me - Any person receiving her care is extremely fortunate. Thank you! BEYOND EXCELLENT!
I don't think I could have found a better caring team. Dr. S. Arai makes a difficult situation, easier to follow and understand. Every decision is made by "us"! Gayla Knight is a beautiful wonderful person. Always there for you and quick with a hug when needed. We just love her.
Doctor Sally Aria is a perfect example and role model for all health care providers to follow. I feel confident and safe as her patient.
Dr. Arai always makes me feel good if something comes up between visit I can't wait to see her.
I love Dr. Arai - Initially she was a little quiet but so happy with my outcomes - She answers every question no matter how silly - professionally! Thank you for giving me my life back!
Dr. Sally Arai & her staff were truly attentive, brilliant & compassionate to me. I am truly grateful to DR. SALLY ARAI, a WONDERFUL brilliant physician & human being!
Dr. Arai is very good to me I believe she saved my life.
Dr. Aria and her team are close to the top of their game.
Professor Sally Aria, the best doctor I have ever met!
Dr. Arai is the best. Dr. Amy Nelson (Kaiser) and Dr. Arai saved my life.
Good experience - Since being - admitted in July I think everything has gone better than expected thanks to Sally Arai MD and Laura Jean Johnston MD.
Dr. Arai is excellent. Very easy to talk with. Very knowledgeable and follows through.
Dr. Arai is an outstanding doctor.
Only good experiences.
Dr. Arai always gives me the time needed to address all of my issues. I am very confident in her care.
Dr. seemed interested in impressing me with hyper-technical explanations.
Dr. Arai is great!! The team from Stanford and San Francisco Dr. Amy Nelson saved my life.
Dr. Arai is kind & intelligent - Sometimes gets too technical.
Not prepared, had not checked my record for previous tests, was vague about future treatment.
The staff is average in building relationships, always educating me with confidence and comfort for my concerns. Our appointment is complete when I have finished the appointment with all my concerns answered with complete satisfaction.
Dr. Arai is amazing!
Dr. Arai provides thoughtful, insightful care. I could not be in better hands in terms of medical care and guidance.
Sally Arai MD is a superior doctor on the best I have ever met. She helps Stanford look great!
Staff has a built-in checklist that works with excellence.
Dr. Arai is exceptional! Extraordinary knowledge, expertise, analytical/decision making, excellent communications caring, compassionate. She is the BEST!!
Excellent educator, thorough follow-up on all criteria of my health.
Dr. Arai is not only the greatest provider I ever met, but also the greatest person I ever met!
Dr. Arai great - I feel I am in good hands.
Dr. Arai is a world class physician!! She excels in every way - expertise, application of knowledge, dedication, communication, patient care.
Dr. Arai is wonderful!
The experience was very comforting.
I was sent to ITA upstairs. This was the second time in a month no orders were written and I had to wait for another doctor to write orders.
This was a great visit. We have a lot of confidence in the doctor and staff.
The most excellent provider in the universe.
Dr. Sally Arai is an experienced, competent, kind and helpful doctor.
I have great confidence in Dr. Arai - she remembers everything concerning my care.
Great doctor!
I told the doctor the she need to speak because I had poor hearing (hearing aids in both ears) the doctor continually lowered her voice to nearly a whisper I probably missed 50% of what she said.
She was friendly and approachable.

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