Renumathy Dhanasekaran


Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology)

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Additional Languages Spoken:
Hindi , Kannada , Tamil , Telugu


Renumathy Dhanasekaran MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the School of Medicine, Stanford University. Her primary research goal is to explore the molecular biology of liver cancer in order to identify novel biomarkers and molecular-targeted therapies. She conducts basic and translational research to understand the molecular mechanisms of liver cancer metastasis and dormancy using mouse models of liver cancer. Also, she plays an active role in the cancer genome atlas (TCGA) consortium effort to translate the knowledge gained from the study of genomics of liver cancer. She maintains a bio-repository of tissue and blood samples from patients with liver cancer and has also developed several patient derived xenograft (PDX) models for preclinical testing. Dr. Dhanasekaran is a recipient of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Junior Faculty Career Development award and the NIH/NCI K08 career development award.

Dr. Dhanasekaran completed her medical school training in India, and pursued her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Florida, Gainesville followed by Gastroenterology fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester and Transplant Hepatology fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Dhanasekaran is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastoenterology. Her clinical practice is mainly focused on liver cancer and she runs a clinic specifically for patients with liver masses.

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Education & Certifications
  • Fellowship: Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology Fellowship (2015) MN
  • Residency: University of Florida Internal Medicine Residency (2012) FL
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology (2015)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2012)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Gastroenterology Fellowship (2016) CA
  • MD, Madras Medical College, Internal Medicine (2008)
  • Medical Education: Bangalore Medical College (2005) India

Honors & Awards
  • 2015 William H. Summerskill award for outstanding achievement in research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester (June 2015)
  • 2016 AGA Women's Leadership Program- Selected to Attend, AGA (Feb 2016)
  • 2018 Academic Skills Workshop- Selected to Attend, AGA/AASLD (March 2018)
  • AGA-AASLD MasterClass 2018- Selected to attend, AGA/AASLD (Nov 2018)
  • B Braun Medical Trust Foundation Scholarship, B Braun (2007)
  • Nominated for Edward C. Rosenow II award for Outstanding Trainee Teaching Award, Mayo Clinic, Rochester (June 2015)
  • Travel Bursary to present abstract, EASL HCC SUMMIT Geneva, Switzerland, (Feb 2014)
  • Travel Bursary to present at the Basic science session, ILCA Liver Meeting, Austria (April 2015)

  • Member, National Liver Cancer Review Board (2019 - Present)
  • Member, AASLD Communications Subcommittee (2018 - Present)
  • Member, AASLD Hepatobiliary neoplasia Special Interest Group (SIG) (2017 - Present)
  • Member, AGA Research Advocacy Subcommittee (2016 - Present)
  • Member, AGA Practice management and Economics Committee (2016 - 2017)
  • Member, AGA Young GI and Trainee Committee (2015 - 2017)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate Member, Canary Center at Stanford (2021 - Present)
  • Media Spokesperson, American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) (2016 - Present)
  • Member, Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI), Cancer Therapeutics Research Program (2021 - Present)
  • Member and Manuscript Co-ordinator, Analysis Working Group, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), Liver Cancer (2014 - 2017)
  • Working group Member, AGA Young Delegates Program (2016 - 2018)
  • Working Group member, CCG Tumor Molecular Pathology (TMP) Analysis Working Group (2017 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Liver (Hepatology) Clinic in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

420 Broadway Street, Pavilion D, 2nd Floor

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 498-7999

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Digestive Health Center in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

420 Broadway Street, Pavilion D, 2nd Floor

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 736-5555

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Advanced Endoscopy in Palo Alto Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, Ground Floor

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 736-5555

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(36 reviews)

Absolutely first rate
Pleasant to meet and very helpful.
She was amazing. I felt very comfortable with her during the visit. She was very responsive and informative and didn't rush me. I would highly recommend her.
Dr D was fantastic. She took time to explain my prognosis and options in my and myfamily’s questions in plain engli
Dr D is very professional and concerned about health problems. She is skilled and knowledgeable. She explained concerns and treatment plan.
Thank you, Dr, D!
She is an "Outstanding" professional, that shows deep understanding and concern; for my mental and physical health.
Very thoughtful, caring, and understanding.
One of the best in her field
I have appreciated working with her. It has been several years now.
Very knowledgeable
Great staff
She very Professional .
She was very professional and nice!!!
Wonderful doctor! Grateful to hav her care!
she is an excellent Doctor
Check-in was a breeze and very pleasant. Dr. D was amazing!!!
I felt she was very personable and explained everything to my understanding.
Dr. Dhanasekaron is with a doubt, the finest physician I have ever been to . She is compassionate, caring, extremely knowledgeable, and communicates in an easy professional yet friendly relaxed manner. I actually look forward to my visits with her because I am assured I will receive the care I deserve to manage and participate in my healthcare. I love Dr. D!
Very easy to understand
Positive visit. Good information. Very encouraging.
Helpful discussions, good plans,
Thank you Dr. Dhanasekaran! You were thorough, concise and explained things in a way that made it easy to understand. I felt that you reached out to me personally even though it was through a video teleconference. Additionally, I appreciate that you recommend a follow up in June to monitor the cist growth and liver health. Thank you very much.
Dr. Renu did an excellent job of reviewing my previous test results and pulling it together for me.
Dr. D. is an amazing physician. She truly delivers everything I expect and more. She is so sincere, compassionate, knowledgeable & patient. Stanford is fortunate to have such an exemplary dr.... and so am I!
Wonderful doctor, very helpful & informative and especially attentive in explaining my condition and addressing my concerns. Will return.
Awesome staff & drs.
Would & have recommended Stanford to all in need.
Wow outstanding visit w/doctor. She is excellent!!
Extremely happy with style and professionalism of care.
I have complete confidence in Dr. Renu that she will give me the very best care in my battle with HCC!
Very good bedside manner.
Doctor looked her phone couple times during appt. It's really not professional.
She rushed through the visit and made me feel like I was interrupting her day. We drove 3 hours to this appointment and left frustrated and unsure as to status.

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