Quynh-Thu Le, MD

Radiation oncologist

Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Bio:   Quynh-Thu Le, MD received both her medical school and radiation oncology training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She then joined the Stanford faculty in 1997. She became the Chair of the Stanford Radiation Oncology Department in September 2011. She also holds the Katharine Dexter McCormick & Stanley Memorial Professorship at Stanford University.

Her research focuses on translating laboratory findings to the clinic and vice versa in head and neck cancer (HNC), specifically in the area of tumor hypoxia and salivary gland stem cells. Her research is reflected in both her publications and grant funding. Hers was one of the first groups that identified circulating biomarkers for tumor hypoxia in HNC, leading to the application of some of these markers in clinical trials, testing hypoxia targeted strategies. On the clinical side, she has led multicenter phase II and III clinical trials, testing the addition of novel drugs as either radiosensitizer or radioprotector with chemoradiotherapy in HNC. She has received grant support from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) Education & Development Award, R01 and R21 grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH). She was inducted into the Fellowship of the American College of Radiology (FACR) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Administratively, she is the Co-Director of the Radiation Biology Program of the Stanford Cancer Institute and is the current Chair of the ASTRO Educational Committee. She is also the Chair of the Head and Neck Cancer Committee of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), which is a NCI funded cooperative group, running large phase II-III studies for radiation in solid cancers. She serves on the editorial board of the several cancer related journals.
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Radiation Oncology

Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program

Head and Neck Cancer Program

Cranial Base Center

Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Advanced Medicine Center Building

  • 875 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Clinic D
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-725-0084
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Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Boswell Building

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • 3rd Floor, Room A301
  • Stanford, CA 94305
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Professional Education

  • Internship: Alameda County Medical Center / Univ of California San Francisco Affiiliated (1994) CA
  • Board Certification: Radiation Oncology, American Board of Radiology (1998)
  • Residency: UCSF Medical Center (1997) CA
  • Medical Education: UCSF School of Medicine (1993) CA
  • MD, UCSF, Medicine (1993)

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) (2014)
  • Recipient, ARRO Educator of the Year Award (2014)
  • Member, Induction into Institute of Medicine (IOM) (2013)
  • Fellow, American College of Radiology (ACR) (2011)
  • Recipient, ASCO Clinical Research Development Award (2002-2005)
  • Recipient, American Association of Woman Radiologist Early Career Professional Development Award (2002)
  • Recipient, ASTRO Junior Faculty Research Fellowship (2000-2002)
  • Recipient, Henry Kaplan Memorial Prize for Teaching Award (1998, 2000)
  • Recipient, Radiologic Society of Northern American Resident Research Award (1997)
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (1993)
  • Top Graduate in Medical School Class, Sadie E. Berkove, MD Fellowship (1993)
  • Recipient, UCSF Regent Scholarship (1989-1991)

Administrative Appointments

  • Co-Director, Radiation Biology Program, Stanford Cancer Institute (2004 - Present)
  • Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Director of Clinial research, Department of radiation oncology, stanford university (2005 - Present)

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SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I live with the words teamwork in my mind. You have a great TEAM!

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Couldn't ask for better than Dr Le!!

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. Quynh Le is my life saver. She gave me back my life.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Dr. Le is the most empathetic physician I have ever encountered.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Cancer is not good and everyone made me feel good about my treatment.

SHC Patient, Dec 2013

Dr. Le is a treasure, best dr. ever.

4.8 out of 5
55 Patient Ratings
6 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I live with the words teamwork in my mind. You have a great TEAM!

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Couldn't ask for better than Dr Le!!

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. Quynh Le is my life saver. She gave me back my life.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Dr. Le is the most empathetic physician I have ever encountered.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Cancer is not good and everyone made me feel good about my treatment.

SHC Patient, Dec 2013

Dr. Le is a treasure, best dr. ever.