Daniel James Delitto, MD, PhD, FACS

Surgeon, Surgical oncologist, Gastrointestinal surgeon, General surgeon

Assistant Professor of Surgery (General Surgery)

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Dr. Delitto is a board certified complex general surgical oncologist with a focus on conditions of the liver, pancreas, and stomach. He is an assistant professor in Stanford Medicine’s Department of Surgery.

His education includes a decade of postgraduate training in complex general surgical oncology, as well as a PhD in immunology with an emphasis on cancer biology. He completed a clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and continued his research at the postdoctoral level in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Jaffee. His research focus is on advancing the field of cancer immunology and harnessing his findings to improve immunotherapies.

He was the principal investigator of two studies examining the immune response to pancreatic cancer, including one funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Delitto has presented the findings of his research at conferences such as the American Association for Cancer Research, Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer, American Association of Immunologists, American College of Surgeons, Academic Surgical Congress and Pancreas Club. In addition to cancer immunology, he has also presented work focused on cancer cachexia, surgical outcomes, translational experimental models and a variety of other oncologic topics.

He has published original work in Nature Communications, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, and other high impact journals. He is also a reviewer for Annals of Surgery, Scientific Reports, Surgery, Tumor Biology, Journal of Surgical Research, PLOS ONE, and the Journal of Translational Medicine.

Dr. Delitto has earned numerous honors related to clinical excellence, teaching and research. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research and American Association of Immunologists.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Complex General Surgical Oncology (2022)
  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University Surgery Program (2021) MD
  • Residency: University of Florida Dept of General Surgery (2019) FL
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (2019)
  • PhD Training: University of Florida Office of the Registrar (2016) FL
  • Medical Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Registrar (2011) PA

Honors & Awards
  • John and Marva Warnock Faculty Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine


Practice Locations

Gastrointestinal (GI) 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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Sarcoma Program at Blake Wilbur Building Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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(48 reviews)

Dr Delitto is an amazing doctor who genuinely cares about his patients. He is thoughtful in his work and has a team of people who have provided me with excellent care. I can’t imagine going through my diagnosis without him as my surgeon.
Dr delitto is the best doctor at what he does thank you for all you have done for me and my family thanks you as well
Nice personality and listens to your concerns and questions. Does not rush you.
He is excellent and very approachable!!!
He is a excellent Doctor, in my case!
He made me feel comfortable about the surger,and explained what he needs to do
Dr Delitto did not rush our visit. I felt completely at ease. I was very impressed ðŸ‘
He is very easy to talk to and shows a good deal of patient empathy.
excellent caring doctor.
Highly recommended
very knowledgeable and kind Dr made me feel very comfortable from the day I met him on first visit I’m extremely grateful he did such a well surgery and my post op was not bad at all thank you
Dr. Daniel Delitto is an especially caring and extremely skilled physician and surgeon.
Very professional, understood my concerns, I feel he’s going to give every effort in helping me fight this battle.
He is a very confident doctor who helps me understand my condition and gives me confidence about a condition that could actually be quite frightening.
He’s great! Good sense of humor, very thorough and extremely prepared and organized.
Excellent doctor.
Terrific on patient communication and surgical insight.
I felt extremely comfortable with Dr Delitto! He was warm and friendly. He made me feel like he really cares about me and what I’m going through and options for my tumor. He gave me hope and what a wonderful feeling that is! I am so glad to have him as my Doctor!
Very good
I really like Dr delitto. He explained everything simply and answered all the questions I had
Very warm personality. I’m very comfortable with him.
Very informative explained well
Excellent surgeon. Compassionate physician. Positive outlook.
Dr.Delitto is an exceptional doctor. He is very knowledgeable and caring.
He completely answered all my questions, was very reassuring and gave me peace about proceeding with this surgery. He did not make me feel rushed. Very grateful for his clarity that this is the right procedure for me.
Dr Delitto is very friendly, doesn’t rush you, answers all questions and makes you feel confident in his recommendations
His a very excellent doctor.
Dr. Delitto is a great doctor. He is kind, compassionate and really listens. He always answers all of my questions. I am very happy to have him as my doctor as I deal with a difficult medical condition.
It was my first time meeting him. He seemed knowledgable and personable and feel confident we can find a plan to help some of my issues
excellent patient centered care
Very good visit with Dr Delitto. Answered all my questions.
That he is an amazing doctor and person… really professional! I really trust him since my first appointment with him.
He answered all my questions and helped me understand the procedure I will be having. I really liked him. Very personable.
Enjoyed meeting him.
Daniel Delitto is an incredibly skilled and caring doctor.
He has explained everything to us completely. Been very upfront on his thoughts. Giving us information when asked. Explained thoroughly what he wants done going forward and why. I am very happy with the attention to my case that he has given us. Thank you!
Dr Delitto was great. Very kind, listened very patiently to all of my questions and answered them as best he could.
Excellent in every way possible!
Best hospital ever.
He seems to care
He was very understanding and compassionate, answered all questions well, very knowledgeable.
Very good doctor and answer all my questions.
I really like Dr. Delitto. I feel that he is very thorough and very personable. He explained everything to my wife and I in language that was easy to process and understand. I would certainly recommend Dr. Delitto to family or friends.
Dr. Delitto is a very caring and encouraging physician and an extremely skillful surgeon. He is very easy to talk to, and is very considerate of family members. I would recommend him to anyone in need of surgical intervention.
Loved having the doctor explain about test results he had and procedure that needed to be done.

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