Sarah S. Donaldson, MD

Radiation oncologist

Bio:   Sarah S. Donaldson is the Catharine and Howard Avery Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also Associate Director of the residency program at Stanford’s Department of Radiation Oncology and Chief of the Radiation Oncology service at the Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, California. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine/Institute of Medicine and a fellow of AAAS, ASTRO, ACR, and ASCO.

Dr. Donaldson has broad expertise in Radiation Oncology with particular interest in Pediatrics, Breast, CNS, Sarcoma Lymphoma, and rare tumors.

She is widely regarded as an authority in pediatric radiation oncology having served as a founding member as the Children’s Oncology Group and the Childhood Cancer Survivor’s Study. She has served as principal investigator on Pediatric Hodgkins Lymphoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, and Ewings Sarcoma clinical trials.
4.9 out of 5
92 Patient Ratings
20 Patient Comments

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology at Blake Wilbur Building

Hematology Program

  • 875 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Clinic C
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Lymphoma Program

Sarcoma Program

Skin Cancer Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 3rd Floor
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Professional Education

  • Fellowship: MD Anderson Cancer Center (1971) TX
  • Internship: University of Washington School of Medicine (1969) WA
  • Board Certification: Therapeutic Radiology, American Board of Radiology (1974)
  • Fellowship: Institut Gustave-Roussy (1973) France
  • Residency: Stanford University Medical Center (1972) CA
  • Medical Education: Harvard Medical School (1968) MA
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School (1968)

Honors & Awards

  • Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (2016)
  • Distinguished Career Achievement Award, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine (2015)
  • Ho Hung Chiu Medical Education Foundation Lecturer, Ho Hung Chiu Medical Education Foundation (2015)
  • Honorary Member, European Society of Radiology (2014)
  • Honorary Member, French Society of Radiology (SFR) (2014)
  • Honorary Member, American Association of Physicists in Medicine (2014)
  • Medal of the French Society of Radiotherapy, French Society of Radiotherapy (2014)
  • Medical Staff Distinguished Service Award, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford (2014)
  • Radiology Leadership Institute, Leadership Luminary Award, The American College of Radiology (2014)
  • Albion Walter Hewlett Award, Department of Medicine Stanford University (2013)
  • Fellow, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2012)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012)
  • Richard T. Hoppe Leadership Award, Department Radiation Oncology (2012)
  • The Dean’s Medal, Stanford University School of Medicine (2012)
  • John H. Wineman Lecture, University of Michigan (2010)
  • Inaugural Lecture, Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society (2009)
  • ASCO Pediatric Oncology Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2007)
  • ASCO Statesman Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2007)
  • Gold Medal, American College of Radiology (2007)
  • Pediatric Oncology Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2007)
  • Fellow, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (2006)
  • Morton M. Kligerman Lecturer and Award, University of Pennsylvania (2006)
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Award, American Medical Women's Association (2005)
  • Ira J. Spiro Visiting Professor and Memorial Lecturer, Massachusetts General Hospital (2005)
  • Honorary Member, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (2004)
  • Mark Nesbit lecturer, University of Minnesota (2002)
  • W.W. Sutow lecturer and Gold Medal, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (2002)
  • Juan A. del Regato Foundation Lecturer and Gold Medal, del Regato Foundation (2001)
  • Gold medal, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (2000)
  • Janeway lecturer and Gold medal recipient, American Radium Society (1999)
  • Member, Institute of Medicine (1999)
  • Marie Curie Award, American Association for Women Radiologists (1998)
  • Radiation Oncology Orator, Radiological Society of North America (1995)

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Chair, Stanford University School of Medicine - Radiation Oncology (1997 - 2011)
  • Chief, Radiation Oncology Service, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (1991 - Present)
  • Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Radiation Oncology (2009 - Present)
4.9

Friendliness

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Recommended to others

4.8

Explanations

4.8

Listens

4.8

Includes you in decisions

4.9

Clear Communication

4.9

Confidence in your doctor

4.5

Wait times

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Donaldson shows an amazing level of care and concern for her patients. She is smart and compassionate. She calls directly with test results. She goes out of her way for patients.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Better than very good.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Was treated like a person. It was like my health really mattered to her. That is hard to find these days.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Sarah Donaldson is so confident, kind, understanding, caring and friendly = she is the reason I switched to Stanford.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Donaldson and Michelle are incredible! The radiology techs are also extremely caring and competent in every encounter I have had.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Donaldson is always upbeat and positive. She is very warm and caring and, of course, she is an excellent radiation.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Chief resident and an intern were also involved. They were very good as well.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Donaldson has been an excellent doctor. I only wish she was my regular family Dr. She is outstanding in every respect!

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Things were very good. I understood language used.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

I was not given certain information that would have made my treatment more comfortable.

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4.9 out of 5
92 Patient Ratings
20 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Donaldson shows an amazing level of care and concern for her patients. She is smart and compassionate. She calls directly with test results. She goes out of her way for patients.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Better than very good.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Was treated like a person. It was like my health really mattered to her. That is hard to find these days.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Sarah Donaldson is so confident, kind, understanding, caring and friendly = she is the reason I switched to Stanford.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Donaldson and Michelle are incredible! The radiology techs are also extremely caring and competent in every encounter I have had.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Donaldson is always upbeat and positive. She is very warm and caring and, of course, she is an excellent radiation.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Chief resident and an intern were also involved. They were very good as well.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Donaldson has been an excellent doctor. I only wish she was my regular family Dr. She is outstanding in every respect!

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Things were very good. I understood language used.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

I was not given certain information that would have made my treatment more comfortable.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

With all my medical problems, Dr. Donaldson is one of the BEST to take concern about my entire health & explain things clearly. She is always very caring & upbeat.

SHC Patient, May 2015

I believe I am healthy again, because of Dr Donaldson. Dr Donaldson continues to be one of my favorite doctors! She is very caring, listens, provides excellent care and I trust her!

SHC Patient, May 2015

Very good.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Dr. Donaldson is a caring & personable doctor. She is very thorough in her exams.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Dr. Donaldson spent a lot of time with me. She was concerned, caring & thorough.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

I'm so grateful for Dr. Horst's referral to Dr. Donaldson. Dr. Donaldson is clearly the expert in the field and exactly whom I trust for my care.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

I received the BEST care!

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Dr. Donaldson always makes me feel that I have been heard and that she cares about me and my health. I trust her which gives me confidence in my ability in recovering from cancer.