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 Cancer Genetics Clinic, her 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. Her 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
227 Patient Ratings
25 Patient Comments

Breast Cancer Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 1st Floor
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6004
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Stanford Women's Cancer Center

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 1st Floor
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6004
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Cancer Genetics Program

Professional Education

  • Maintenance of Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (2015)
  • M.Sc., Stanford University, Epidemiology (2006)
  • 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
  • B.A., Honors, Stanford University, Human Biology (1995)

Honors & Awards

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

Administrative Appointments

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

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Friendliness

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Explanations

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Listens

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Includes you in decisions

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Clear Communication

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Confidence in your doctor

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Wait times

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!

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4.9 out of 5
227 Patient Ratings
25 Patient Comments

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.