Dr. Ford is a medical oncologist and geneticist at Stanford, devoted to studying the genetic basis of breast and GI cancer development, treatment and prevention. Dr. Ford graduated in 1984 Magna Cum Laude (Biology) from Yale University where he later received his M.D. degree from the School of Medicine in 1989. He was a internal medicine resident (1989-91), Clinical Fellow in Medical Oncology (1991-94), Research Fellow of Biological Sciences (1993-97) at Stanford, and joined the faculty in 1998. He is currently Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and Genetics, and Director of the Stanford Cancer Genetics Clinic and the Cancer Genomics Program at the Stanford University Medical Center.

Dr. Ford’s research goals are to understand the role of genetic changes in cancer genes in the risk and development of common cancers. He studies the role of the p53 and BRCA1 tumor suppressor genes in DNA repair, and uses techniques for high-throughput genomic analyses of cancer to identify molecular signatures for targeted therapies. Dr. Ford’s clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a hereditary pre-disposition to cancer. He runs the Stanford Cancer Genetics Clinic, that sees patients for genetic counseling and testing of hereditary cancer syndromes for prevention and early diagnosis of cancer in high-risk individuals and populations. He has recently been named the Director of Stanford’s new Cancer Genomics Program, performing next-generation tumor profiling to identify novel genetic targets for personalized targeted therapies, and directs the Molecular Tumor Board.

Dr. Ford is an editor of numerous scientific journals, including Cancer Research, DNA Repair, and PLoS Genetics. He has recently been named the founding Editor-in-Chief of JCO Precision Oncology.


Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Medical Education: Yale School Of Medicine (1989) CT
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Hematology and Oncology Fellowship (1994) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Internal Medicine Residency (1991) CA
  • Internship: Stanford University Internal Medicine Residency (1990) CA
  • M.D., Yale Medical School, Medicine (1989)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (2005)
  • Maintenance of Certification, Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2015)

Honors & Awards
  • Council Chair, California Breast Cancer Research Program (2009 - 10)
  • Editor-in-Chief, JCO Precision Oncology Journal (2016 - 2020)
  • FASCO, ASCO (2017)
  • Medical Oncology, Best Doctors in America (2013 -)
  • Member, Western Society for Clinical Investigation (2007)
  • Top Doctor for Cancer, Castle Connolly (2008 -)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate Director of Education and Training, Stanford Cancer Institute (2018 - Present)
  • Director, Oncology Fellowship Training Program (2002 - 2015)
  • Director, Stanford Clinical Cancer Genomics (2013 - Present)
  • Founding Director, Stanford Clinical Cancer Genetics Program (2000 - Present)


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Practice Locations

GI Cancer Prevention Program 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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Dr. Ford appeared impatient and lacked empathy. He did not demonstrate much compassion or understanding of how families of other cultures function. I would not recommend him as a doctor.
My doctor and PA concerns about how I feel. They asked how I'm doing.
Lots of time w/counselor very brief time w/genetic doctor (5 mins. - 10 mins. only). All explanation from counselor not doctor felt like dr. just dropped in to agree w/findings was thinking I was schedule w/doctor instead of counselor who is very knowledgeable & helpful.
Dr. James Ford and Rechelle Reyes were really helpful in helping us understand what kind of treatment my mom needed. We appreciate the recommendation and advice and quick responses in communication.
I felt like the doctors weren't explaining genetics to me in laymen's terms. It was overall very confusing and I felt like no one showed genuine concern for being a 30 yr. old with a very rare cancer.
Dr. Ford & PA Rachelle were excellent.
Dr. Ford & Rachel Koff spent a significant amt. of time with me explaining the testing process and what tests I would be having. Rachel spent a lot of time going over my history etc. Very friendly & professional. I was impressed!
Dr. Ford and Rachel Koff were amazing at explaining the genetic condition I have even though there is not much known about it. I could tell that they had spent a great deal of time preparing for my appointment.
Once again, very impressed, and I am fairly hard to impress.
As a longtime healthcare employee - Dr. Shith and her team could not do better!
Dr. Ford was very professional & explained my condition very well.
Dr. Ford and his PA Rochelle Ryes are wonderful. They have spent time with me and explained things in detail. Made sure I was plugged in to many other resources, palliative care, nutrition, etc.
Both Dr. Ford & Rochelle Reyes are amazing. We learn a lot and feel well taken care of. Every thing is clear and next steps are reviewed thoroughly.
The provider went over a power point type presentation which included an enormous amount of information & I would have loved to have been given a copy of it to read but I left with no pamphlets or reading material bat. genetic testing. I had to go home & Google the few things I remembered from our discussion.
Genetic counselor was extremely professional.
Everything was perfect.
I felt that despite telling me "I reviewed your information prior to your visit" it was clear he maybe glanced at it only. He seemed VERY anxious to leave room & go to next patient.

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