Allison W. Kurian, M.D., M.Sc.

Allison W. Kurian, M.D., M.Sc.

Medical oncologist, Breast specialist, Cancer geneticist

Bio:   Allison W. Kurian, M.D., M.Sc. is an Associate Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, trained as a resident in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed her fellowship training in Medical Oncology along with a master’s degree in Epidemiology at Stanford University. As Director of the Stanford Women’s Clinical Cancer Genetics Program, Dr. Kurian's clinical practice centers on women at high risk for developing breast and gynecologic cancers.

Dr. Kurian’s research focuses on the identification of women with elevated breast and gynecologic cancer risk, and on the development and evaluation of novel techniques for early cancer detection and risk reduction. One current area of investigation is the utility of next-generation sequencing technology for clinical decision-making. Dr. Kurian's research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Komen Foundation, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
4.9 out of 5
260 Patient Ratings
55 Patient Comments

Stanford Women's Cancer Center

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 1st Floor
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6004
More Clinic Information » Getting Here »

Breast Cancer Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 1st Floor
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6004
More Clinic Information » Getting Here » Make An Appointment

Cancer Genetics Program in Palo Alto

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2005)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (2005) CA
  • Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital (2002) MA
  • Internship: Massachusetts General Hospital (2000) MA
  • Medical Education: Harvard Medical School (1999) MA
  • Maintenance of Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (2015)
  • M.Sc., Stanford University, Epidemiology (2006)
  • B.A., Honors, Stanford University, Human Biology (1995)

Honors & Awards

  • BIRCWH K12 Scholar Award, National Institutes of Health (2006)
  • Cornelius L. Hopper Research Abstract Award, California Breast Cancer Research Program (2007)
  • Elizabeth Mayers Award for Outstanding Research, BRCA Foundation (2017)
  • Fellowship Award, California Breast Cancer Research Program (2005)
  • Fellowship Award, Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (2005)
  • Jan Weimer Faculty Chair for Breast Oncology, Stanford University Cancer Institute (2008)
  • Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2004)
  • New Clinical Investigator Award, Stanford University Cancer Institute (2011)
  • Oncology Division Teaching Award, Stanford University School of Medicine (2014)
  • Physician Faculty Scholars Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2008)
  • Suzanne Pride Bryan Award for Breast Cancer Research, Stanford University Cancer Institute (2013)
  • Top 12 publications funded by the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, National Cancer Institute (2011)
  • Translational Research Award, California Breast Cancer Research Program (2010)
  • Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2005)

Administrative Appointments

  • Advisory Committee, California HealthCare Foundation (2012 - Present)
  • Associate Director, Stanford Clinical Cancer Genomics Program (2007 - Present)
  • Associate Member, Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection (2014 - Present)
  • Board of Directors Member, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) (2015 - Present)
  • Board of Directors, Santa Clara County, American Cancer Society (2011 - Present)
  • Career Development Subcommittee, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2008 - 2011)
  • Co-Investigator, Prospective Registry of MultiPlex Testing (PROMPT) Study (2014 - Present)
  • Director, Stanford Women's Clinical Cancer Genetics Program (2012 - Present)
  • Director, Cancer Education Seminar, Stanford Division of Oncology (2013 - Present)
  • Editorial Board; Special Editor for Hereditary Breast Cancer Syndromes, Cancer.Net, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2015 - Present)
  • External Advisory Board Member, Cancer Genomics Program, Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Centre (2015 - Present)
  • Lead Medical Oncology Investigator, Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team (CanSORT), University of Michigan School of Medicine (2014 - Present)
  • Oncology Consultant, Breast Cancer Working Group, Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET), National Cancer Institute (2014 - Present)
  • Panel on Clinical Guidelines Development for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (2013 - Present)
  • Panel on Clinical Guidelines Development for Genetic/ Familial Risk: Breast and Ovarian Cancer, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (2009 - Present)
  • Program Committee, Professional Development, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2008 - 2011)
  • Scientific Program Committee, Cancer Prevention and Epidemiology, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2011 - 2014)
  • Scientific Program Committee, Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, American Association for Cancer Research (2011 - 2012)
  • Scientific Program Committee, Quality Care Symposium, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2012 - 2015)
  • Specialty Editor, Breast Cancer Advisory Panel, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2016 - Present)
  • Track Leader, Cancer Prevention and Epidemiology, Scientific Program Committee, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2013 - 2014)
  • Working Group Member, ClinGen Hereditary Cancer Clinical Domain Working Group (2016 - Present)
4.9

Friendliness

4.9

Explanations

4.9

Listens

4.8

Includes you in decisions

4.9

Clear Communication

4.9

Confidence in your doctor

4.8

Recommended to others

4.1

Wait times

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I felt so well taken care of.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Kurian is excellent. I am very fortunate to be her patient!

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Fantastic care! Just wait time excessive.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Once we were seen in -- everyone & everything was great!

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Extremely good experience I have every confidence in Dr. Kurian to provide me with the best care and advise necessary.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Kurian is the best of the best.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Excellent experience. Providers spent a lot of time making sure I understood their analysis and testing alternatives.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

She is excellent. See above - helped me with concerns about ultrasound results from different dept. - even checked the results current US & compared to prior. helped allay my immediate concerns. In over 5 yrs. w/Dr. Kurian she has been excellent.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Kurian is a very wonderful caring doctor. It is always a joy to see her. Her new nurse practitioner was also very lovely.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Kurian is kind, caring and extremely knowledgeable who has earned my infinite trust, confidence and respect continuously over the past 5 years.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Kurian is a master of communication. Get to the point quickly: kind but firm; is emotionally very stable medical oncology facility patient's ups and downs. I benefited greatly from her concise communication style, as well as her effectiveness managing her treatment team and extended Stanford care team.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Both Dr. Kurian and Rachel Koff were excellent.

View All 55 Patient Comments »
4.9 out of 5
260 Patient Ratings
55 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I felt so well taken care of.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Kurian is excellent. I am very fortunate to be her patient!

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Fantastic care! Just wait time excessive.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Once we were seen in -- everyone & everything was great!

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Extremely good experience I have every confidence in Dr. Kurian to provide me with the best care and advise necessary.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Kurian is the best of the best.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Excellent experience. Providers spent a lot of time making sure I understood their analysis and testing alternatives.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

She is excellent. See above - helped me with concerns about ultrasound results from different dept. - even checked the results current US & compared to prior. helped allay my immediate concerns. In over 5 yrs. w/Dr. Kurian she has been excellent.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Kurian is a very wonderful caring doctor. It is always a joy to see her. Her new nurse practitioner was also very lovely.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Kurian is kind, caring and extremely knowledgeable who has earned my infinite trust, confidence and respect continuously over the past 5 years.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Kurian is a master of communication. Get to the point quickly: kind but firm; is emotionally very stable medical oncology facility patient's ups and downs. I benefited greatly from her concise communication style, as well as her effectiveness managing her treatment team and extended Stanford care team.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Both Dr. Kurian and Rachel Koff were excellent.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Kurian is thoughtful, caring, and thorough. She is exceptional as a physician and very empathetic as well.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

dr Kurian is just outstanding. I trust her implicitly. she is so brilliant kind and caring

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

All of my doctors, Dr. Dirbus, Dr. Houst, Dr. Kurian, have been absolutely excellent.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

the explanation about my problem was very clear!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I really felt like I was part of the decision making when it came to my chemo regiment and I couldn't be happier with my care.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Kurian & her interns are amazing.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Kurian is outstanding & I wouldn't hesitate to refer her AND Stanford to anyone facing cancer.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Kurian is fantastic.

SHC Patient, May 2016

I think the world of Dr. Kurian. She is a kind, brilliant & compassionate trusted advisor.

SHC Patient, May 2016

The fellow, Jennifer, and Dr. Kurian were both incredibly knowledgeable and very compassionate. It was an excellent experience and I feel very comfortable in their care.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Kurian is great.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

The physician assistant was exceptional caring & listened, Dr. Kurian is outstanding, understanding & listens to her patient.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Kurian is thorough, informative, friendly and an excellent doctor.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Kingham was extremely knowledgeable and great at making me feel comfortable. She is professional and kind.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Caring provider & genetics counselor who took as much time as I needed to discuss issues. Both were well informed.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr.Kurian was extremely thorough. I felt comfortable & confident during /after my appt.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Great doctor! I trust her completely.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I love Dr. Kurian and all the cancer patient staff. The cancer center definitely has better patient-sensitive in all areas as compared to other Stanford Medicine departments.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Very satisfied with, Cloe Roetter, Rachel Kott & Dr. Kurian. Very understanding to needs and concerns.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Kurian and her staff are always very thorough. They spend their time with me and always make sure to address any and all concerns I have.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Kurian is one of the smartest and kindest doctors I have ever met. I am one of her healthiest patients. I need to be scheduled before a new patient. I only need a few minutes of her time.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

EXCELLENT INTERACTION

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Both Dr Korian and Rachel Koff were very thorough in explaining the issues related to my health, the cancer genetics, and my family history. I never felt rushed, my questions were answered to my satisfaction, and I felt they were understanding and compassionate in their approach to explaining everything to me. It was a pleasure to have this appointment with them, and I would highly recommend them to anyone else needing their professional advice.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Because this medical condition is new to me everyone has taken time to explain my situation and treatment very thoroughly.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Kurian is a wonderful doctor and takes the time to explain your diagnosis to you & also takes time to answer your questions.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Kurian is the most exceptional doctor I have ever encountered.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

I love Dr. Kurian.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

The Best Provider

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Amazing!

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. Allison Kurian and Ms. Nicolette Chun clearly, patiently, and thoroughly explained complicated issues to me.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Kurian and her staff are awesome! I have total confidence (while in her care) that I am receiving the best possible treatment.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

This was a first time by herself checked for me. She was very nice but couldn't talk much.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Did not like the nurse at all, but dr. is excellent.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Very impressed.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Excellent dr. & very caring.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. Kurian & Miranda Kramer, NP are excellent and give outstanding care.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Dr. Kurian is a brilliant, caring doctor - but her availability is limited. She also has a formal East Coast style that might not appeal to everyone. I value Dr. Kurian greatly - but for oncologists there must be a personality match.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Excellent, empathetic & compassionate staff all around.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

Dr. Kurian is wonderful!

SHC Patient, May 2014

Dr. Kurian and the genetic counselor were excellent! VERY GOOD care. Thank YOU!

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Another doctor accompanied Dr. Kurian, but she was not introduced.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Dr. Kurlan was thorough, cited research, explained details, answered myriad questions. Was credible & kind and awesome.