Biography


Benjamin I. Chung, MD is a Urologic Oncologist specializing in the treatment of prostate and kidney cancer. As Director of Robotic Surgery, he has one of the largest surgical experiences in robotic prostatectomy and robotic kidney surgeries in the entire state of California and his excellent outcomes have resulted in his election to Castle Connolly Top Doctors and Best Doctors in San Francisco.

Dr. Chung's research focuses upon improving outcomes of surgical management of urologic cancers and in better understanding the causative factors in the formation of these malignancies to allow for future preventative action. Currently, Dr. Chung has an active laboratory focused on the epidemiology of urologic cancer, specifically kidney cancer, to broaden the understanding of what causes kidney cancer. At present, our understanding of the causes and risk factors for kidney cancer remains frustratingly incomplete. There are known risk factors, but scores of unknown correlations that range from toxicologic (chemicals) to pharmacologic (medications) to lifestyle factors that are ripe for discovery.

Professional Summary


Professional Education
  • Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation Fellowships (2006) OH
  • M.S., Stanford University, Epidemiology (2014)
  • Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital (2001) MA
  • Residency: Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (2005) MA
  • Internship: Massachusetts General Hospital (2000) MA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Urology, Urology (2008)
  • Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery (2006)
  • Medical Education: Jefferson Medical College (1999) PA
  • Residency, Lahey Clinic, Urology (2005)
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Surgery (2001)
  • Internship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Surgery (2000)
  • M.D., Jefferson Medical College, Medicine (1999)
  • B.A., Amherst College, Classics (1995)

Honors & Awards
  • Best Doctors, Castle Connolly (2013-present)
  • Best Doctors, San Francisco Magazine (2015-present)
  • Recognition, Who's Who in America (2007-present)

Administrative Appointments
  • Director, Robotic Surgery (2009 - Present)
  • Executive Committee Member, Stanford School of Medicine Faculty Senate (2015 - Present)

Publications

Practice Locations


Urologic Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Urologic Cancer Program in San Jose San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA

2589 Samaritan Drive

San Jose , CA 95124

(650) 498-6000

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Laparoscopy and Endourology Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

1000 Welch Road, Suite 100

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 725-5546

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Cancer Center in South Bay San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA

2589 Samaritan Drive

San Jose , CA 95124

(833) 444-7622

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(69 Ratings)

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(315 reviews)

He is the best!!
Dr Chung was everything I wanted in a Dr. Explained my options, his recommendations, seriousness of my condition etc
Thank you for being a part of my care during these difficult times. My family and I appreciate you for being understanding and answering all of our questions. Also, for remaining calm when giving such news and information that we had to take in. Knowing a doctor is confident and calm, makes us feel confident about being in your care and calm about the situation.
Thoughtful, answered all questions,, had concerns regarding my course of action. Excellent visit. Thank you
Got all the answers that I have clearly and the plans for treatment.
Great doctor!
Dr. Chung was GREAT. I feel like he took all the time necessary to understand my case and make the appropriate decisions. I feel like I am in great hands with Dr. Chung and the entire Stanford team.
He is superb as a doctor and very approachable personally.
Dr. Chung did a wonderful job of listening, understanding and responding to my questions.
It was very professional and pleasant to speak with I'm glad hes going to do my surgery
Very personable and complete is providing information to make decisions. Easy to talk to and took his time to make sure I understood everything discussed and had no additional questions. Very professional
Dr. Chung is the best. He is caring and personable. He supports me with what I need for my treatment going forward. I am grateful for my relationship with Stanford.
Great doctor!
It was wonderful to have an appointment with an extremely competent, professional and caring doctor who answered all my questions very clearly and had a plan in place for my continued care. He made a scary subject much more palatable and made me feel like I mattered.
We very much appreciated his knowledge, demeanor, professionalism. Excellent. Thank you!
Dr Chung is very thorough with explaining test results and my condition
Please see my comments on the previous page. I have been most impressed by Dr. Chung.
A excellent professional with a good people skills and approachable.
Very impressed with Dr. Chung and his demeanor and explanation of what my cancer issue will require treatment-wise.
Thank you, for your excellent care and concern for me and my Family. you made us feel very confident that we are doing the right procedure for my condition.
Waiting on him
Looking forward to meeting with him in person to follow up with the treatment plan. Excellent 1st visit. Thanks!
Extremely thorough, professional, and competent. Very congenial.
Dr. Chung provided the information I needed and delivered it with confidence. I appreciated his straightforward delivery.
very nicewaithg for a reply from him
Thank you Dr. Chung.
Felt very comfortable with Dr Chung. He explained everything very well.
Dr. Chung is the best.
Enjoyed speaking with him.
knew my medical situation; provided clear recommendations; answered all questions; recommended my situation to the Stanford tumor group.
Fairly personable. Very thorough is explaining medical procedure.
Dr. Chung was on time, polite, and professional. I felt very comfortable talking to Dr. Chung.
Friendly and at ease with our conversation
He was personable and thorough!
Professional and easy to work with
Such a nice man. He is very thorough and makes me feel comfortable that I know and understand what he has told me.
Very informative and he answered all of my questions well!!
He was great explaining and answering my questions.
short and sweet
He listens well and answers to my questions satisfactory.
Very good at distilling all the information and quickly coming to a diagnosis; answered questions and conveyed information clearly and concisely; professional and inspires confidence
Very pleasant and competent doctor. I enjoyed talking to him.
Great doctor! So happy he is following my case! Very warm, very clear in his communications. Very patient.
He was easy to talk to and very informative
He was able to answer my questions. I felt much better after he addressed my concerns.
Excellent, he explained everything for me understand what happens next
Dr. Chung was very informative. This appointment was a consultation regarding surgical oncology. It was scheduled for 15 minutes. While we accomplished what we needed in that timeframe, it was cutting it a little close. Perhaps a slightly longer appointment time might be helpful.
He is not only excellent in his knowledge on prostate cancer but also care about patient's well being.
I like him very much. He gave clear comments on my status and answered my questions very well.
He was very professional while at the same time very personable. I certainly would recommend him. Talked openly and answered all my questions.
Extremely intelligent doctor with care passion. Clearly see the care pathway and communicate it in detail
Dr Chung, has always made our conversation very clear and easy for me to understand.
My entire experience with Dr. Chung and his staff over the past two years has been excellent!
great guy, see you in about six months.
Direct and friendly. Helpful.
A wonderful doctor.
Very impressed with dr Chung
He's an excellent doctor.
Wonderful provider who listens and does all he can to help you
Knowledgeable, concise and very pleasant...
Very professional, courteous, and informative
He discussed all. the details of the procedure and outcome
Great doctor
He has great communication skills. I would highly recommend him to others with oncology problems.
Great doctor, makes us feel comfortable about my condition.
im confident Dr Chung applies the best available technologies to diagnose and treat my urological/oncological medical conditions
Great bed side manner!
Dr. Chung gave me a positive feeling and let me know I can trust his expertise with my upcoming robotic prostate removal surgery.
Dr. Chung is great!
Probably one of the best doctors I’ve spoken to
Professional, caring and has a sense of humor that made us comfortable.
Dr Chung always takes the time to explain test results and next steps. When I have a list of questions, Dr. Chung always takes the time to provide clear answers.
He had a good analysis of my situation, I thought.
Very professional and personable and an expert in his area.
Dr. Chung is very efficient and personal. I appreciate everything he has done for me.
I like him
From our first meeting, five years ago, I knew I was with the right doctor for my urological problem. With each interaction, either in person or video, I never felt rushed, and always left feeling reassured and knowing I was in the best hands!
I really like him,understand all the explanations he told me
Dr. Chung is warm and engaging while being focused on the medical issues. I'm very happy to have him as one of my doctors.
I never forget when I had my surgery he came to see me before my surgery and that evening and first thing in the morning. I have never seen a doctor show that care.. He is down to earth and he listens to you. Thank you Dr Chung
Just a Big thank you for giving me the highest standard of excellence in health and wellness.
Dr. Chung is very thoughtful and thorough.
I have no issues with my health care providers. Stanford doctors and staff are amazing and wonderful. I understand we are all struggling with the remote meeting technology as it evolves.
THIS IS MY FIRST TIME HEARING ABOUT THIS DOCTOR AND HE DID WONDERFUL WORK WE HAD BEEN SO BLESSED TO HAVE TAKING CARE MY MOM WE ARE SO HAPPY FOR HIS WONDERFUL JOB, GOD BLESS HIM ALWAYS.
I have complete confidence in Dr. Chung!
He is all right
Great Doctor.
I was very impressed with Dr. Chung's competent attitude. He made me feel confident about my upcoming surgery, and explained everything very clearly.
Very Happy with care
He is a great Docter
I liked him very much. He made me feel better about my situation.
This was a very positive experience with a dedicated doctor who answered all of my questions and provided excellent feedback.
Very professional, easy to talk to and I understood everything he said. I would love to continue seeing Dr. Chung if I need to return to Stanford Health Care. Thank you
EXCELLENT DOCTOR. HE HAS PEOPLE SKILLS. UNDERSTANDS THE PATIENT'S POINT OF VIEW. EXPLAINS THINGS WELL AND WHY. HIS TEAM RESPONDS QUICKLY TO SET UP APPOINTMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL TESTS. THIS DOCTOR IS WHY I CHOOSE STANFORD FOR MY HEATH CARE.
He was thoughtful, straight forward, and very honest in his recommendations. He also provided helpful suggestions regarding pain relief when the next stent change would occur.
Always professional and kind
Dr. Chung was articulate, easy to understand and obviously very knowledgeable in his field.
He was great doctor his advice and his diagnostic for my health condition was very good , thank you so much.
Dr Chung - Thank you so much for your patience and in depth discussions of your conclusions and recommendations for my health care. I really appreciate you taking the time to meet with me.
Pleasant, professional, knowledgeable.
He is a very helpful for me. I am a happy that he is my doctor.
very good doctor!
He was very personable and explained everything. Was very satisfied with our visit
I felt very comfortable during my visit with Dr. Chung. I felt confident with his knowledge about my health situation. So happy he was there for me.
I like DR Benjamin Chung
Excellent.
Very understanding, listen to what you said/asked.,
Very helpful and nice doctor explained everything well great bedside manner
It was a very good visit, as I gave it a excellent rating. We understood each other very well.
Great doctor and his team. Thanks for the care.
Very knowledgeable and consoling.
Extremely knowledgeable, professional, and congenial. An exemplary physician.
mild-mannered and easy to talk to
What an excellent Doctor! An expert in his field while being very compassionate and attentive to his patient’s needs. As a result, I have chosen Dr Chung and his Stanford team for my surgery. I must also compliment his RN Crystal for her excellent communication and her compassion as well.
Dr. Chung is one of the best physicians I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He not only is highly knowledgeable and skilled, he makes the patient feel at ease. I highly recommend him to anyone who has prostate cancer or suspects he might have it.
We were extremely impressed with Dr. Chung. Very personable and put us at ease immediately. Listened to us, provided simple easy to understand information. All in all, very impressive Dr.
Dr Chung is number 1 !!!
We are so happy that he is monitoring my health situation. He's very transparent and clear in his communications.
He is a very nice man and answered all my questions.
Extremely professional everyday in everyway
Good Doctor
I very happy with Dr Chung
Nice guy. Excellent doctor.
Dr. Chung was helpful with the procedure and explaining how it would be preformed and the next steps to take. I like his straight forwardness and getting to the issue.
Mr. Chung, you are an excellent doctor, very personal and I have enjoyed this video visit and discussions. I would recommend anyone who wants to see a doctor of your caring and caliber.
Dr Chung explained my issue so I can fully understand. He also answered every question I had.
Dr. Chung and I have an excellent repour. He is an exceptional surgeon that is also very personable.
Very good dr
He is super Man..
Dr. Chung was both confident and reassuring
He is courtesy and professional. Very easy to talk and answer all my questions.
Dr. Chung is wonderful. He is very patient and listens to your concerns.
He listened well and answered all my questions, without me feeling rushed.
He was very informative and very nice
Very personable and professional.
Dr. B Chung is excellent. He is friendly, very experience, professional and easy to speak with. His expertise give me a lot confidence and ease my concerns.
Povided excellent care.
Very lucky to have him as my doc
Explained everything very well, personable and easy to understand.
Dr. Chung was very clear in what he had to share. As importantly, he listened carefully and was responsive to my questions and those of my wife. He helped us both feel at ease. We both greatly enjoyed our time with him and felt a genuine human connection. Not only that, but he had a good sense of humor, which as my Mother always counseled "is the best medicine."
Great personal interaction. Made me very comfortable.
Yes a very good doctor , love the way he explains the procedures he kept me Calm ,so I enjoy talking with him he is.A+ doctor
Great Doctor and thank you very much Dr. Chung.
Thanks Dr. Chung.
Very knowledgeable, communicated all the points very well, and exhibited a sense of compassion.
Very professional and was easy to understand.
Very professional, communicative, informative, calm. Easy to understand. Excellent doctor!
Dr.Chung was very easy to talk to and answered all my questions.
I was happy to confer with Dr Chung.
It's a pleasure to be followed by Dr. Chung.
Dr. Chung was very friendly and helpful...I look forward to working with him.
All the stuff were very professional during my visit.
Very good provider.
Thank you.
Help me with everything I needed.
Dr. Chung was very patiently listening all our questions and concerns, and providing the answers. Due to tight schedule, Dr. Chung used his after work time to see us and spent approximately 1 hour with us.
Dr. Chung is awesome. He is a wonderful physician. Always guiding and helping me in any respect.
Dr. Chung made an anxiety prone visit reassuring & more comfortable.
The doctor spent all the necessary time answering my questions and concerns. Excellent overall and enjoyed my visit.
Dr. B. Chung (a true professional).
Dr. Chung is awesome!
My confidence with Dr. Chung is extremely reassuring as well as my respect.
The physician was friendly, knowledgeable and expeditious.
Dr. Chung is an excellent care provider. He is very knowledgeable in his field His intelligence compliments his passion for the care of his patients. He is simply amazing!
Dr. Chung is just wonderful.
Enjoyed talking to the doctor, very friendly & positive.
Dr. Chang is excellent. he performed my surgery 3 years ago. He is skilled, compassionate, and personable. I have recommended him to others.
Very good experience.
Very nice, courteous, knowledgeable, helpful.
Dr. Chung was excellent. He come prepared (which I did not expect) and gave me good counsel.
Very good!
My visit with Dr. Chung was very informative and exceeded my expectations, which were very high given my previous meetings and care from him.
I specially want to thank Dr. Benjamin Chung and his team. All my questions got answered and make me feel very comfortable and satisfied with trust.
Dr. Chung is very kind and helpful.
Caring & understanding.
Honesty we never been treated, so well.
Dr. Benjamin Chung is very professional, courteous, communicative and caring as is nurse Sarah Parker.
Professional, kind, informative and pleasant! Down to earth, concerned.
Always very kind.
Great doctor.
Dr. Chung is great (no writing this after my procedure).
Was told to wait and he would return. He did not return but later his nurse returned. She said that she thought we had left already.
Stanford makes me feel safe and I have all confidence in this establishment.
Always excellent care!
Dr. Chung is awesome!
Very pleased and grateful for dr's. expertise.
Dr. Chung is great!
Dr. Chung is an outstanding doctor. His sense of humor and expertise is awesome.
The care I received exceeded my expectations in all rights.
Good experience.
Very accommodating and friendly.
Always have everything explained, appreciated Dr. Benjamin Chung for all the care he has given.
Left his exam room on friendly terms.
Excellent first impression.
I was with Dr. Chung for a second opinion. I was very impressed with him.
Very good.
Dr. Chung and his team are outstanding!
Great doctor; wonderful disposition.
Dr. Chung was very professional & informative.
Very pleased.
we fill very Blessed to have Dr. B. Chung as our Doctor
Nothing but good things to say about Dr. Chung!
Liked Dr. Chung very thorough & answered questions.
Experience was good only concern was staff being confused on my blood pressure meds. Having the list provided they should have known dosages.
I never felt being rushed always kindly respected.
Awesome.
Dr. Chung is great! I have used him as an example to compare medical system between the states and China! In China you have to have "backdoor connections" to see a good doctor like him. Not here!
Great doctor!
Dr. Chung patiently listened to our problem & answered all our concerns and questions. He also tried his best to schedule the earliest possible surgery time to meet our request.
Thank you thank you.
Outstanding care!!
Very god.
Dr. Chung is wonderful. He is very caring and thorough.
Very pleased!
Dr. Chung spent about 10 minutes with us, though we'd driven 5 hours to see him. He then told us he didn't have time to do this surgery himself but his colleague - Dr. Gill, who was not present & when we were not able to meet - might.
Good.
Great experience - Very informative - Helped with decisions.
I have been seeing Dr. Chung for almost four years and he is number one with me. He understands my problem and with his patience and help he has seen me through it. I love Dr. Chung.
Dr. Chung is excellent! He has my highest confidence, so does his staff.
I am a big fan of Dr. Benjamin Chung. He is confident and also practical and down-to-earth with his patience. I have high confidence in his medical ability.
The most efficient medical appointment I have experienced.
It was a great experience from a true professional that seemed to care about me. I did not feel rushed.
Very good.
Good.
Good!
I have raved to several people about your staff and facility.
The staff personality is so great.
I received very clear explanations of the test results and of the course of future treatment in a wonderfully unhurried atmosphere.
All staff have good experiences.
Dr. Chung is a fantastic physician. Consummate professional, highly skilled so the... with no mental or physical discomfort. Best guided tour of... tract imaginable.
Good.
I see Dr. Benjamin Chung about every 6-9 months for follow up visits regarding prior surgeries. All my visits are very informative & dealt with professionally.
Very good.
Dr. Chung is awesome, he's a wonderful person & doctor.
I really liked Sarah Parker, RN. Big smile, very positive presence.
Very good doctor.
Great doctor.
Dr. Chung was able to relieve my anxiety about my diagnosis & treatment.
Dr. Chung was very accommodating.
I fully respect for Dr. Chung's expertise and his ability to explain thing in a simple and straight-forward way for anyone who will have robotic... Dr. Chung is the best. My cyst was very big and close to many veins in my kidney, but Dr. Chung was willing to try saving my kidney instead of taking the whole kidney out. It was very tough and he did it.
The doctor and his nurse assistant took their time to explain everything and to answer all our questions.
I was very relieved to learn that Dr. Chung is very experienced in the performance of this operation.
Feel like we are in very competent hands - my dad is receiving excellent care. Dr. is testing thoroughly before doing any surgery!
Extremely please with Dr. Ben Chung. He spent time explaining my issues and answered all of my questions. I never felt rushed.
Dr. Chung exhibited strong people skills & strong knowledge of my condition. Recommendations were well-thought out & clear.
Excellent follow up/phone call.
Dr. Chung is great. This particular appt. was extremely stressful because of the incident described previously.
Dr. Chung helped me to feel calmer and I have complete confidence in him.
Dr. Chung will answer any question and is very clear when he explains everything to you. Dr. Chung is not only a great dr., but he is a good person with a sense of humor. Everyone likes Dr. Chung!
He gave us his professional opinion, but didn't like him because he didn't give us quality time.
Dr. Chung is the best. He's highly knowledgeable, skilled, and personable. I'm very pleased with the care he has provided me.
I did recommend Dr. Chung to a friend of mine with prostate removal related problems. Dr. Chung saved my life and I am very grateful to him.
Dr. Chung saved my life 1 1/2 yrs. ago.
I have the highest confidence in Dr. Chung & his staff, they always treat me with respect and are very professional.
Dr. Ben Chung and the resident with him were exemplary. Friendly and thorough. He is a tremendous asset.
Dr. Chung eased concerns, was compassionate regard my living donor situation and showed sense of urgency.
Dr. Chung is great surgeon; but even a greater human being.
Overall all we were very impressed with Stanford personnel & facilities. Thank you. We appreciated the care provided by Dr. Chung.
Dr. Chung is Fantastic.
Always good care
Dr. Chung is a superlative physician.
Dr. Chung gave me confidence.
When making critical health care decisions, Dr. Chung is a great listener about my concerns and wishes. Dr. Chung is very knowledgeable and communicative about test/treatment options and their risk/benefits.
Dr. Chung was so gracias and very good about asking the right questions he made us feel at ease. And knew what he was talking about.
Dr. Chung & his staff let me have all the time I need to talk over my problem they are great.
Everything is very good thank you I am grateful.
MD will discuss meds instructions at pre-op visit and after care -
The doctor explained the test conducted but did not give an overview of my health condition relating to his expertise.
Good.
Made us all feel welcome and blessed
Dr Chung always seems attuned to his patients' needs and willing to share his vast knowledge. One feels confident in his expertise.
Care provider was very informative.
Best doctor ever.
Stanford stands out for care and friendliness highly recommend to all.
Dr. Chung is very personable and clearly knowledgeable in his field, yet he discussed w/me in straightforward terms without the slightest condescension.
Dr. Chung was very nice & set down to answer questions.
Dr. Chung is exceptional.
All good!!
All staff have full experiences in their jobs and they treat me with complete respectful.
All very good.
Excellent.
I'm very confident in the care of Dr. Chung. Looking forward to follow up care.
Dr Chung said he would like a board of experts to look at my file otherwise he would not do anything except perhaps order an MRI. I was surprised to get a call from his office 2 days after my visit scheduling me for a partial nephrectomy!
Dr. Chung is the best MD I have ever met. He is a brilliant surgeon and a wonderful human being. I cannot adequately express how indebted I am to this physician.
Dr. Chung is an outstanding doctor and a fine person. #1. Doctor a friend.
Dr. Chung is a very good doctor - Great sense of humor, down to earth person.
Dr. Ben Chung is awesome!!!
Dr. Chung is very helpful and caring.
I have good experience.
Experience, excellent physician.
Good.
Dr. Chung is excellent.
Very kind.
Dr. B. Chung always call me with results of my office visit last 7 yrs. Awesome dr.
He was great!!
A very pleasant and caring doctor who cared about me.
Dr. Chung was great!
Very confident in my care giver. Very understanding.
I have the most utmost confidence in Dr. Benjamin Chung.
I have the greatest respect and confidence in Dr. Chung. So I can focus on being better.
Dr. Chung is the best!!!
Very good.
Dr. Benjamin Chung was very thorough and also compassionate of my diagnosis. Excellent listener & communicator.
Dr. Chung & his staff are terrific in every way - every one of them.
This provider is very good doctor because he is listening very well I am very happy with this provider.
Excellent -
Good.
Dr. Ben Chung is a wonderful asset for your hospital. Please take good care of him -
VERY good care.
Dr. Chung is amazing doctor very easy to talk to.
Very competent and approachable.
All staffs are skillful in their deeds and they are understanding what the patient needs.
Dr. left for 5 minutes during appointment.
x3 follow up phone calls by Dr. Chung himself. REALLY impressed me & apprised me of test outcomes plus recommended follow up & treatment.
Excellent experience.

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