Biography


I am a brain tumor neurosurgeon, treating patients with primary and metastatic brain tumors. I treat patients with malignant and benign tumors, including glioma, brain metastases, meningioma, and vestibular schwannomas. I direct the Stanford Brain Tumor Center and the Stanford Brain Metastasis Consortium, collaborative unions of physicians and scientists looking to improve our understanding and treatment of brain tumors. My laboratory seeks greater understanding of the mechanisms driving tumorigenesis and disease progression in malignant brain tumors. We study how rare cancer cell populations survive and migrate in the brain, inadvertently supported by native brain cells. We develop novel cell free nucleic acid biomarkers to track brain cancer treatment response, relapse, and neurotoxicity. Our bedside-to-bench-to-bedside research model builds on a foundation of generously donated patient samples, where we test mechanisms of brain cancer growth, develop novel pre-clinical models that reliably recapitulate the human disease, and facilitate clinical trials of new treatments for patients with brain cancer.

www.GephartLab.com
www.GBMseq.org
https://stan.md/BrainMets
@HaydenGephartMD

Professional Summary


Education & Certifications
  • Neurosurgery Residency, Stanford University (2014)
  • MD, University of California at San Diego (2007)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurosurgery (2018)
  • Masters of Advanced Sciences, University of California at San Diego, Clinical Research (2007)
  • BS, University of California at San Diego, Neuroscience and Physiology (2001)

Administrative Appointments
  • Co-Director, Stanford Brain Tumor Center, Stanford University (2018 - Present)
  • Director, Stanford Brain Metastases Consortium (2018 - Present)

Publications

Practice Locations


Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 497-7777

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Brain Tumor Center at the Advanced Medicine Center, Clinic D Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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CyberKnife Program at the Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 725-0084

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Skull Base Surgery at the Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 497-7777

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Stanford Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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Pituitary Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

Neurosurgery Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

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Dr. Hayden Gephart was wonderful to talk to we really enjoyed our visit
Excellent doctor and very efficiently on her diagnostics and treatment. Very happy to have her as my doctor.
I very much appreciated her thoroughness, bedside manner, and commitment to figuring out the true nature of the medical condition.
Dr, Hayden was compassionate, professional, informative and very kind. She and her check in nurse were wonderful at making me feel as comfortable as possible during my visit. So very grateful.
Great team.
I love the care that Dr. Hayden-Gephart provides. She is a fantastic surgeon! She listens to concerns, questions, needs, etc. 10 out of 10; five stars out of five stars. I am so grateful to her and the staff at Stanford.
She is a wonderful doctor & I feel privileged to have her caring for me
Very professional, straightforward and outlined our care plan as we go forward
Good doctor
Excellent Surgeon easy approach and tells us what is good for the patient.
Dr. Hayden was very reassuring, felt very thankful after my visit.
Dr. Gephart is extremely approachable. Her kind and intelligent demeanor put me right at ease. Could not have been better.
Dr Hayden Gephart is most knowledgeable and helpful. She has a wonderful “bedside manner†and makes me feel confident that she has all of my vast medical issues in mind in her decision making. I feel very fortunate that she’s my doctor.
Dr. Hayden was wonderful with my husband and I. She was extremely reassuring, she didn’t hesitate to answer any of our questions, she didn’t avoid any of our questions or fumble around answers that might be unpleasant for us to hear.. We felt very comfortable with her. We have total trust in her and feel she will help us to make the right decision for treatment.
She was engaged with us throughout the video visit and provided reliable and sound recommendations. She seems like a genuinely kind doctor. We are both glad she was recommended by my husband's radiation oncologist.
Enjoy working with her.
She is very professional and pleasant. She answers all questions and repeats when necessary.
Dr Melanie Hayden Gephart. is great!
She is a wonderful and caring physician. Very friendly and is very good at explaining everything.
I was very pleased overall with my visit with Dr. Hayden
The visit went well, she explained everything that needed to be discussed and gave ample time for questions.
She saved my life
very friendly willing to listen to anything. The best
An outstanding dr, caring, competent. Has a staff of good drs & nurses who reflect her and Stanford's high standards
Thank you for your advice and care.
She is an awesome neurosurgeon. I am very grateful to be her patient.
Team were all very professional and caring. Answered all questions
Excellent, patient, caring. Great explanations of options and next steps.
Dr. Gephart is terrific. She’s always a pleasure to talk to and very thorough. I never feel rushed and I appreciate her time.
I would like to thanks Dr Hayden, teams, and the staffs bared with me to find solutions and the best treatments for my situation . Once again, i would like to thanks and appreciate Dr Hayden, teams, and the staffs for all their effort to care and guide me through during my difficult time
SHE IS A GREAT DOCTOR.!!! TOO SAD I COULD HAVE A VISUAL COMMUNICATION.
Dr Hayden is an incredible provider. She is caring competent and I believe excellent in her field. She has my trust.
Excelente care, explaining of things, made a plan.
Dr. Hayden is extremely professional and friendly. I appreciate very much for this appointment and her opinions.
Dr. Hayden was wonderful, attentive as well as her staff. She explained everything in detail and was very reassuring.
She is wonderful and caring. She is an excellent doctor.
Excellent physician and very thorough and competent, with a very caring and kind manner. No one wants to be diagnosed with cancer, but if you are, Dr. Hayden is the specialist neuro-oncologist I want in my corner!
Outstanding service
She’s extremely knowledgeable, kind, and helpful.
Dr.Hayden is awesome
Great doctor, very nice and compassionate and concerned. I would highly recommend her.
Dr Hayden and her team took the time to listen, explain and answer my questions.
Dr Hayden WAS/is very kind, present, and honest with me. Its such a hard diagnosis to receive, GBM, but i felt she cares. She was an excellent surgeon for me. Im grateful i was referred to her.
She’s fantastic snd always makes me feel good after I visit with her. A calming effect
I consider myslef priviledged to have a Dr of Dr Hayden's calibre to perform the surgery and follow up with her knowledge and understanding of the procedure and answer all questions that I had that were of a concern to me about the way forward. Dr Hayden was very reassuring and understanding of my concerns and fears fo what lay ahead for me.
Melanie Hayden Gephart is a talented and amazing Doctor!!
My visit was very informative. Dr Hayden and her staff are friendly welcoming and so so knowledgeable
Very informative and very nice 😊
Dr Hayden is a very concerned physician with her patient like me. She’s sincere on what she does professionally. Thank you.
Thank you Dr. Hayden .you were very understanding and very patience and you took the time to lesson to me .thank you.
Her understanding and willingness to go into detail about proposed treatment, and reasons for it, always make me feel reassured about future success when dealing with a life-threatening disease.
Outstanding Dr and staff
She does wonderful surgery
Very good information given
My family and I would once again like to thanks Dr Hayden and her team for saving my life.
I always receive excellent service at Stanford
Great Doctor. Looking forward to seeing her.
She is caring, informative, and comforting.
I am very happy with Dr Hayden. She is caring, very clear in answering my questions. She is very bright and for me made a wise decision to get me into the hospital through the emergency room and schedule surgery quickly! I’m grateful for her care.
Doctor was very informative as well as staff.
She is amazing brave doctor
Thank you to her and Rheena for their time and assistance.
An extremely helpful, professional, approach to patient issues.
An excellent doctor
Dr Hayden is the best doctor ever! Dr Hayden is so kind and compassionate and takes the time to explain to the patient the medical condition and the medical plan for future care. She is quite an asset to Stanford and all the patients who seek her help. God bless Dr Hayden with excellent health so she may continue to care for many, many patients who seek medical help.
She’s very professional, nice, thorough and smart. I’m happy she’s working with me. I trust her.
Very clear conversation
I am so grateful for her <3
BEST OF ALL
Excellent Doctor, professional and caring
She is great!
Most excellent. I've had no problems with any aspect of my surgery.
Doctor Melanie Hayden Gephart has been an important team member in my husbands health. She explains terms clearly and with candidly about my husband's diagnosis and treatment or surgical possibilities. She is thorough in reviewing the MRI's and explaining what she sees on the images. Her staff is also thorough in checking for any changes in health or medications. We appreciate her input and expertise along with her staff.
She and her team are most excellent. The anesthesiologist took me up to the "Star Trek" like operating room and had me breathe in some "oxygen" in a mask and the next thing I was waking up in the recovery room not sure that the operation had yet occurred until I tried to move and felt the sutures on my head. I have experienced no nausea or pain from the operation. The most pain I experienced was like individual hairs being pulled out occasionally when the metal Staples being removed. The removal of tape holding my various intravenous needles in place was much worse but not unexpected because my arms are hairy. Nothing but praise for Dr Gephart and her operating team and the hospital staff and RNs that dealt with me during my stay.
Doctor Hayden is a great Doctor very knowledgeable and understands each patients condition and concern
GREAT PERSON TO WORK WITH.
Superior communicator! Explains complex medical information in a way I can understand
Dr. Melanie Hayden Gephart is amazing and is extremely personable. She is patient and explains every step in the process in detail and is always checking back to see if I understand what she is explaining. I feel like she takes the time to really listen and understand what I am describing as far as my symptoms or experiences and does not dismiss anything I share. I feel completely safe in her care and would without hesitation recommend Dr. Hayden to anyone that may need her specialty services. I am very fortunate to be a patient of hers and hope to be in her care throughout my cancer journey. Thank you!
She was great throughout the process of surgery
Great service
Doctor Hayden is a good doctor. She care her patient and always answer any question that patient wants to know relate with her treatment. I give her five starts if someone ask me about Doctor Hayden.
Perfect
Dr. Melanie Hayden Gephart possesses all the qualities expected, and appreciated, from a world class Neurologist and surgeon, including the bedside manner to put patients as ease.
Dr Gephart and her team have been awesome to work with. Very responsive each time I went through my portal for appointments or questions. Really has been a pleasure.
Excellent Neurosurgeon I really appreciate her advice and guidance Thanks a lot
We greatly appreciate the time she spends with us. We NEVER feel rushed, and she always ensures all our questions and concerns are addressed.
Very good.
Dr. Hayden is one of my favorite physicians, because she is so attentive!!
I would like to thanks Dr Hayden and her team really put their effort into my treatments.
She showed me my MRI and what she was concerned about and explained it very well. I fully understood what she was talking about.
I am very grateful for Doctor Melanie Hayden expertise. She has been very personable since the first time we were recommended to her and have felt that my care was in the best hands possible at your facility. My deepest and most sincere appreciation to Dr. Hayden and her team!!!
I can't thank you enough. Thank you! Thank You!! Thank YOU!!!
Phenomenal professionalism and very kind & honest care given by a nurse and a doctor.
Dr. Hayden was awesome. Eased my concerns right away.
I never felt rushed. She really listens and hears what our concerns are. I am grateful I'm in her care - it makes me feel good.
Dr. M. Hayden - excellent physician!
Always a great experience seeing Dr. Hayden she's a wonderful doctor!!
Dr. Hayden is simply the best!
One of the best doctor out there!
Best doctor (Dr. Hayden), best support care!
I've had 7 brain surgeries. Dr. Hayden is the best I've encountered.
Dr. Hayden is amazing!
Needed more follow-up answers.
Excellent when going into details that I can understand.
Outstanding, knowledge, attitude, time and overall perspective.
Very impressed with dr.
Felt impersonal toward me.
Dr.Hayden was great and even helped with other pain problems I have.
Everything was fine.
All good!
Excellent, excellent and excellent. First doctor to treat me like a human. Resident also very thorough & kind.
Dr. Hayden is wonderful - ALWAYS!!
Dr. Hayden Gephart as well as the first doctor I met with were both very reassuring and took the time to explain everything.
Dr. Hayden was an amazing doctor. Only wish they were all like her!
Dr. Hayden took the time to show me my MRI on the computer and was so helpful & informative. I had so many questions about my diagnosis & she answered them all.
I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Hayden. She is an exceptional doctor.
Dr. Hayden is wonderful.
Great doctor and great people all around.
Dr. Hayden is one of the most compassionate doctors I have seen. She LISTENS and provides answers.
Well I have never had a bad nor good experience.
Definitely - amazing physician and woman.
I simply cannot thank Dr. Melanie Hayden enough for the care I received. Learning about my right frontal lobe tumor diagnosis was hard enough. Knowing how competent and friendly Dr. Melanie Hayden was, eased by fear.
Outstanding!
Very good.
She was amazing. Very nice and helpful.
Amazing woman! She is cheerful and up beat but also straight forward... Tells it as it is. The operation she performed n me was so successful I walked out of the hospital in two days (spent 2 nights)!
I tell all my friends, families, co workers, administration, office people. Love you all.
Everyone I seem was caring, and professional.
Dr. Hayden went over and beyond care that we expected.
Dr. Hayden is outstanding in every respect.
Dr. Hayden is very warm and understanding. She's also straight forward & clear in talking abut my conditions. I feel I can trust her. I really like her. Her nurse Michelle is also great. Return calls promptly, very responsive & helpful.
A very positive experience.
Always satisfied when I left the office.

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