Quynh-Thu Le, MD

Radiation oncologist


Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS)

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Languages Spoken:
Vietnamese

Biography


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.

Professional Summary


Professional Education
  • Residency: UCSF Radiation Oncology Residency (1997) CA
  • Internship: Alameda County Highland Hospital Internal Medicine Residency (1994) CA
  • Medical Education: University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (1993) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Radiology, Radiation Oncology (1998)
  • 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)

Publications

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Practice Locations


Radiation Oncology at Blake Wilbur Building Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Advanced Medicine Center Building Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Clinic D

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 725-0084

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Patient Ratings

(52 Ratings)

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Patient Reviews

(79 reviews)

Love Dr. Le. She gives much attention.
Dr. Le and Eric are a great team. Thorough and efficient.
Dr. Le & Shalonda (RN) were magnificent, caring and made sure I was cared for above and beyond.
Dr. Le and her team are second to none! She is so professional caring and most imp competent. I trust her completely!!!! She's fantastic.
Dr. Le is fantastic.
Dr. Le - The best - always concerned about my issues - Follows up on everything - Again the best.
Never a bad experience.
Dr. Quynh Le is an exceptional doctor - she is very thorough & caring. My husband is an MD also and he says she quintessential doctor. I am blessed to have her as my MD.
EXCELLENT STAFF!!!!
Dr. Lee is the BEST!
Dr. Quynh-Thu Lee is superb from all points of view. So is her team.
Dr. Le is extraordinary - her skill, caring, positive attitude, expertise.
Doctor Le is the "gold standard" of care providers: Extremely capable, thoroughly knowledgeable about her patients, makes me feel as though he/she's the only patient Dr. Le has!
Dr. Le always goes above and beyond. Excellent care!
All good.
Dr. Le is the BEST. She has been treating me for 3.5 years and has always been amazing.
All the staff (PA, nurse, NP etc.) are very good & nice & approachable especially my doctor (Dr. Quynh Le) she is very nice answered all my question excellent. Friendly & approachable.
Dr. Le is the most outstanding physician I have ever met/worked with. She is amazingly brilliant, deeply experienced and is empathically gifted. She is a true gem.
Dr & nurses answer my question.
Intern & Dr. Le excellent!
Dr. Le is a exceptionally thorough, kind and supportive physician! I could not have completed radiation without her excellent help.
Dr. Le is the BEST!!!
Dr. Le is among Stanford's best of the best!
Dr. Le has been seeing my husband since 2004. She is compassionate & knowledgeable. She is the BEST.
In my opinion, Dr. Le is exceptional!
Dr. Le has been my doctor for 12 years. I continue to be impressed by her knowledge & skill as well as her caring attitude. She's great.
Dr. Le identified an inflamed nodule of concern, recommended effective treatment, and coordinated with Dr. Damrose for follow up care.
Excellent -
Dr. Le is fantastic - The very best of Stanford's best.
Nice, opening, respond to my questions & explain.
Doctor Quynh-Thu Xuan Le is the best!
She would go to the extent of informing me next doctors' appointments.
Dr. Quynh Le is absolutely amazing. I am so fortunate that she took my case and saved my life. I will be forever grateful!
Dr. Le is the best. Her knowledge and patient concern is outstanding. This goes for her nurse assistant. There is not enough superlatives to describe Dr. Le.
Dr. Le and her team are first rate. I feel fortunate to have her as my doctor.
No complaints.
there are not enough superlatives for Dr. Le. (But y'all already knew that.) She seems to instinctively know one's concerns before they do. After visit notes are great.
Dr. Le is superb -in every way - care, expertise, kindness, skill.
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.
Dr. Le is always kind and takes her time with you. Would highly recommend.
Dr. Le is WONDERFUL.
Dr. Le is the very best. Walks on water! Jeffrey Edwards was terrific.
Dr. Le is great. She and the rest of her team and Stanford's Oncology Dept. saved my life. I'm forever grateful!
Excellent by any standard.
My "team" of doctors at Head & Neck Oncology are the "BEST".
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!
It's always good to see Dr. Lee.
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.
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.
Dr. Le is great.
Very thorough.
I have not had a bad experience - ONLY GOOD ONES.
Have great confidence in Dr. Le and staff - trust I will get good care.
Dr. Le is the best doctor I am so glad she's my doctor!
I couldn't ask for better care.
Wow! I couldn't believe how great the doctor was. He answer ALL our questions and more awesome.
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.
Dr. Le is a caring and patient provider. She is accommodating and provides time to listen to me and is extremely attentive.
My husband and I LOVE Dr. Le!
I absolutely love Dr. Le. Great doctor, great person. The best. Kind, caring, brilliant, awesome. I consider myself privileged to be in her care.
Fantastic!
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.
Dr. Q. Le is exceptionally empathetic and always demonstrates care & concern for me as a patient & as a human being.
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.
Always made sure I understood their explanations and procedures.
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.
Dr. Le is a wonderful(!) Doctor very happy to have her as my oncologist.
The very best care.
Excellent above.
Could not ask for better!
Dr. Le is the best!
I spent only about 5 minutes with Dr. Le in my first post-cancer treatment with her. I certainly would have appreciated more time.
Dr. Quynh-Thu is as personable and excellent doctor.
I live with the words teamwork in my mind. You have a great TEAM!
Couldn't ask for better than Dr Le!!
Dr. Quynh Le is my life saver. She gave me back my life.
Dr. Le is the most empathetic physician I have ever encountered.
Cancer is not good and everyone made me feel good about my treatment.
Dr. Le is a treasure, best dr. ever.

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