Quynh-Thu Le, MD, FACR, FASTRO

Quynh-Thu Le, MD, FACR, FASTRO

Radiation oncologist

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), the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (FASTRO) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). She’s also received a distinguished alumni award from Caltech.

Administratively, she is the Co-Director of the Radiation Biology Program of the Stanford Cancer Institute and the Chair of the Head and Neck Cancer Committee of the NRG Oncology Group, which is part of the NCI supported National Clinical Trial Network (NCTN), 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

Radiation Oncology at Blake Wilbur Building

Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program

Head and Neck Cancer Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 3rd Floor
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Advanced Medicine Center Building

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  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-725-0084
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Professional Education

  • Internship: Alameda County Medical Center UCSF East Bay Surgical Residency (1994) CA
  • Medical Education: University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (1993) CA
  • Board Certification: Radiation Oncology, American Board of Radiology (1998)
  • Residency: UCSF Medical Center (1997) CA
  • MD, UCSF, Medicine (1993)

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (2015)
  • Fellow, American College of Radiology (ACR) (2011)
  • Fellow, American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) (2014)
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (1993)
  • Member, Induction into Institute of Medicine (IOM) (2013)
  • Recipient, American Association of Woman Radiologist Early Career Professional Development Award (2002)
  • Recipient, ARRO Educator of the Year Award (2014)
  • Recipient, ASCO Clinical Research Development Award (2002-2005)
  • 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)
  • Recipient, UCSF Regent Scholarship (1989-1991)
  • Top Graduate in Medical School Class, Sadie E. Berkove, MD Fellowship (1993)

Administrative Appointments

  • Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Radiation Biology Program, Stanford Cancer Institute (2004 - Present)

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SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Le has provide me exceptional care since 2008. I value her expertise and "clinic presence." She is also an "ambassador" for other cancer treatment at Stanford.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Le is always kind and takes her time with you. Would highly recommend.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Le is WONDERFUL.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Le is the very best. Walks on water! Jeffrey Edwards was terrific.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Dr. Le is great. She and the rest of her team and Stanford's Oncology Dept. saved my life. I'm forever grateful!

SHC Patient, May 2017

Excellent by any standard.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Dr. Le is an excellent doctor. I feel very fortunate to be able to under her care. She is very attentive, caring, and supportive. She really cares about her patient!

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

My "team" of doctors at Head & Neck Oncology are the "BEST".

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

It's always good to see Dr. Lee.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Le is the BEST in every way. Highly skilled and intelligent, but also very caring and personable. I have the utmost respect for her.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Le Quynh optimizes the role of a cancer care provider & always exemplifies how to make a patient feel about medical care being the best & comprehensive always she is the "BEST" care provider in my 10 years of Stanford Care.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Le is great.

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4.9 out of 5
146 Patient Ratings
41 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Le has provide me exceptional care since 2008. I value her expertise and "clinic presence." She is also an "ambassador" for other cancer treatment at Stanford.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Le is always kind and takes her time with you. Would highly recommend.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Le is WONDERFUL.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Le is the very best. Walks on water! Jeffrey Edwards was terrific.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Dr. Le is great. She and the rest of her team and Stanford's Oncology Dept. saved my life. I'm forever grateful!

SHC Patient, May 2017

Excellent by any standard.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Dr. Le is an excellent doctor. I feel very fortunate to be able to under her care. She is very attentive, caring, and supportive. She really cares about her patient!

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

My "team" of doctors at Head & Neck Oncology are the "BEST".

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

It's always good to see Dr. Lee.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Le is the BEST in every way. Highly skilled and intelligent, but also very caring and personable. I have the utmost respect for her.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Le Quynh optimizes the role of a cancer care provider & always exemplifies how to make a patient feel about medical care being the best & comprehensive always she is the "BEST" care provider in my 10 years of Stanford Care.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Le is great.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Very thorough.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

I have not had a bad experience - ONLY GOOD ONES.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Have great confidence in Dr. Le and staff - trust I will get good care.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Le is the best doctor I am so glad she's my doctor!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I couldn't ask for better care.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Wow! I couldn't believe how great the doctor was. He answer ALL our questions and more awesome.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I am very pleased with the performance of the team dr.'s that is provided for me, they are concerned about my well being, and very explanatory about what type of treatment are needed.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Le is a caring and patient provider. She is accommodating and provides time to listen to me and is extremely attentive.

SHC Patient, May 2016

My husband and I LOVE Dr. Le!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I absolutely love Dr. Le. Great doctor, great person. The best. Kind, caring, brilliant, awesome. I consider myself privileged to be in her care.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Fantastic!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Le provides exceptional care, treatment, and "bedside manner." I'm fortunate to have her expertise post-surgery for the past 5 1/2 years.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Q. Le is exceptionally empathetic and always demonstrates care & concern for me as a patient & as a human being.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Le is not only exceptionally skilled but also makes the patient feel as though he/she is the only patient she will be seeing that day.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Always made sure I understood their explanations and procedures.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Quynh-Thu Le is the best doctor I have ever had; she is always on time & courteous. She helped to facilitate my radiation treatments & made a terrible time in my life much more bearable. I knew she would always listen to me & never keep waiting when I had to wear the mask.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Le is a wonderful(!) Doctor very happy to have her as my oncologist.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

The very best care.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Excellent above.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Could not ask for better!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Le is the best!

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

I spent only about 5 minutes with Dr. Le in my first post-cancer treatment with her. I certainly would have appreciated more time.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. Quynh-Thu is as personable and excellent doctor.

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.