Dr. Heestand is a board-certified medical oncologist with a focus on gastrointestinal cancers, primarily hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, and gallbladder cancer. He serves as the medical oncology champion of the Stanford Hepatobiliary Tumor Board, as well as the principal investigator of multiple clinical trials. He collaborates with campus laboratories to help develop new biomarker and treatment technologies. He is the associate director of the Stanford Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program.

Dr. Heestand and his team take great pride in helping patients and their families face gastrointestinal cancer.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Heestand enjoys playing the piano, teaching his kids about music, cooking for friends and family, and surfing the internet for interesting things to read.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Medical Education: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine (2004) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (2010)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Hematology and Oncology Fellowship (2010) CA
  • Residency: University of California Davis (2007) CA
  • Undergraduate, Harvard College (1998)

Administrative Appointments
  • Hematology Oncology Fellowship Associate Director, Stanford University (2022 - Present)
  • Oncology Fellowship Director, Stanford University (2017 - 2022)


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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(100 reviews)

Dr. Heestand is an exceptional Dr. that has given me professional, knowledgeable, and thoughtful information. I am grateful for all that he has shared, and always look forward to all appointments. Thank you Dr. for your time.
Very easy to talk with & explains in detail. Good bed side manner & knowledgeable about my condition.
He is the consummate professional, knowlegeable, direct, listens well, and kind and willing to explain new items to you.
Very pleasant, caring, and informative. He also listened and never rushed me.
He is direct and clear in his communication.
None. Good dr and easy to work with. Relaxed and competent air.
Dr Gregory Heestand was a good conversant, speak good & clear, very good doctor with so much care for the patient.
Very professional, we like him a lot.
Dr heestand explains well and is corftable to speak with
I think Dr. Heestand & his PA, Andrew, were very professional, friendly, & compassionate. They were both very thorough & prepared for our meeting.
Was a great appt took his time, explaining and answering all my questions
Great Doc
Very attentive and professional doctor listening to my needs and addresses my concerns thoroughly
Great doc,
We had a great visit.
He and is staff are very communicative and caring. Happy to be under his care.
answered all our questions, listened to what we had to say, was responsive and respectful of our needs
Seemed very knowledgeable as I would expect.
He listen well is not in a tush
Thank you for all you’ve done and are still doing, You are an amazing physician and I’m grateful for you as my doctor.
Dr. Heestand has been my GI oncologist since 2017 and I am very comfortable with him and appreciative of everything he did to get me through my liver transplant.
Great caring doctor with calm and attending attitude. listening to my concerns carefully and discussing options.
Very professional Doctor!!! Doctor Heestand explained the after surgery procedure that has been planned, and I agree with his plan!!!
all good
I appreciate the care I received from Dr. Heestand and his team.
Excellent. Easy to talk to
I liked Dr. Heestand’s methodical and thoughtful approach and his presentation of a management plan.
He is wonderful. He takes the time to explain things, give his thoughts and listen to my questions and concerns.
I really appreciated his manner. He was clear and communicative.
We thought Dr. Heestand handled our very difficult situation with great understanding and empathy.
Answered all our questions.
He seems very understanding and caring
I could not hear the response from Dr. Heestand to s very important question to me.
Thank you.
He is matter of fact and always very positive. He helps me feel more calm and not as stressed. I really appreciate him.
Long wait for dr.
He was very informative and confirmed the current treatment I am receiving.
I feel well cared for. He explains things well, which is essential to me and allows for questions. All in all, I'm happy to have been referred to him.
Very informative doctor to mycase
I felt informed about my health issues after the visit. Dr. Heestand and his assistant doctor both were very knowledgeable and experienced about my health issues. I felt supported and encouraged going through my treatment. I am lucky to see Dr. Heestand and his assistant oncologist.
Kind and compassionate doctor. Highly recommend.
Made me feel very calm during the conversation. Was very patient with my questions.
Dr. Heestand is a very likeable and knowledgeable doctor. He offers very good advice and has very good plans for future treatment. I feel quite lucky that he is among my doctors.
He’s good Dr. I trust him .
I’ve already recommended Stanford to others
EZ to talk to.
Dr Heestand is excellent and so is his staff. Dr Heestand is warm, caring, professional, highly skilled and well prepared for appointments. He also has a great sense of humor which really helps when conversation topics are challenging. I feel very fortunate to have Dr Heestand on my team. I feel more confident with his involvement in treatment decisions.
You are special!
Very easy to communicate with and seems very knowledgeable.
comfortable to speak with
My Deep gratitude to Dr Heestand And his entire team — Dr Northness & Claire — for their outstanding care and constant support, their friendliness, patience with my questions and readiness to communicate throughout the months of my treatment. I am immensely grateful.
He is an excellent doctor. He is professional, skilled, kind and quite thorough. He also has a great sense of humor. He is one of my favorite doctors.
He is a marvelous doctor. His entire team is excellent.
Excellent doctor. Highly recommended.
Nothing but good things to say I’m at ease clear and listened and answered questions just feel really good
Good visit.
We enjoyed the conversation. The team answered our questions and I think prepared us for the next step. All in all A+
Very knowledgeable and explained everything I needed to know
Very accommodating, caring and supportive throughout the course of the cancer treatment. Highly recommend.
Very corftable and explains well
Very much appreciated his and Andy Northness's reviews, comments and advise on my diagnosis, tests, treatments and ongoing research. Thank you!
Good Job. Pleasant.
So happy that Dr. Heestand is my doctor!! He is a Good man!! I actually enjoy our personal conversations. Puts me at ease.
I have great confidence in Dr. Heestand, and am grateful for his willingness to work with me regarding my treatment as his patient. He listens to my concerns and questions, and always addresses them in lay terminology.
It was never explained why he did not show up for the video conference.
We were pleased with the way he informed us of my situation and the advise we got. We have an indication of a plan going forward.
He's a caring Doctor.
Dr Heestand is very good to explain,advise made me feel good and happy Thank very much to Dr Heestand and staff!!!
Dr heestand and his staff are excellant, I like them all.
I trust and am thankful that Dr. Heestand is my doctor
Excellent. The best. Listens patiently, explains well, is concerned and, of course, very knowledgeable.
There was a long wait to make contact. Battery almosst went dead. The conference was good.
Nice doctor explained everything I needed to know I'm very satisfied
I liked him approach and like him and his assistant well. Thank you
Dr. Heestand is a very sweet, caring doctor. His patients well being is his priority and he listens, takes note and recommends a treatment plan.
Dr. Heestand is an outstanding Oncologist, he takes time to explain issues, he listens well, he cares about his patients.
Very informative and answered all questions
Absolutely wonderful physician and staff!
He is awesome, knowledgeable and genuinely kind and care about his patients.
He’s a caring doctor that listens well.
I'm quite satisfied.
Dr. Heestand is an excellent doctor. He treats me very professional and cares about my disease very much.
Everything is great
Good experience.
Dr. Heestand is calming, kind, compassionate and a good listener. He is realistic re: My dx. but was still reassuring. He spend a good deal of time with me, answered my questions and was very informative. I left his office feeling confident that my life was in good hands.
I'm so fortunate to have Dr. Heestand & Andy his PA as part of my healthcare team.
Dr. Heestand was excellent, he took time and showed interest in my care.
Excellent attention.
Staff & care provider are courteous & very well coming.
Both the physician asst. and the doctor were caring, knowledgeable, and exemplary in their discussion very service oriented.
Excellent answer to all my questions & good recommendations.
Dr. Heestand & his PA Andrew Northness are the best - both are very competent and care genuinely about me & my wife.
Yes - they were on time and informative.
My health team is wonderful! I feel very comfortable with and well-cared for by the whole team.
Thank you very much. Very well.
Good, I felt informed, maybe I'll have options.
I believe Dr. Heestand & his team they have guided me well in this nightmare I need them. They are the best. God bless them.
I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June Dr. Heestand & his team are the best. God bless them. They are great.

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