Dr. Susan Knox specializes in the treatment of breast cancer and melanoma, and sees a variety of general radiation oncology patients. She has practiced as a radiation oncologist for more than 25 years.

A primary area of research in Dr. Knox’s laboratory is the study of novel therapies (targeted therapies, radiosensitizers, radioprotectors, and biological response modifiers) for the treatment of solid tumors, with a particular focus on prostate cancer, breast cancer and melanoma, using small animal tumor models. Her research is interdisciplinary and spans the study of mechanisms of action at the molecular level to translational studies and early clinical trials. Her drug discovery/development work, and research on innovative therapeutic approaches has resulted in 3 new ongoing clinical trials. A major focus of both her laboratory and clinical research is the use of radiation as a component of in situ tumor vaccine strategies. She has had a long -standing interest in clinical research and has served as a PI on numerous clinical trials and as a member of the Clinical Oncology Study Section. As the Faculty Director of the PRMS for the Stanford Cancer Institute, she oversees the Scientific Review Committee and chairs the Data and Safety Monitoring Committee.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (1990) CA
  • Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (1989) CA
  • Internship: UC Davis Medical Center (1986) CA
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (1985) CA
  • Post Doc Fellow, Stanford Univ. Hospital, Medical Oncology (1989)
  • Medical Intern, UC Davis, California (1986)
  • Post-Doc Fellow/Res. Assist., Stanford Univ. Hospital, Medical Oncology (1989)
  • MD, Stanford University (1985)
  • Post-Doc Res. Immunologist, UC Davis, California, Energy-Related Health Research
  • PhD, UC Davis, California (1980)
  • AB, UC Berkeley, California, (1974)

Honors & Awards
  • Board of Governors, Stanford Medical Alumni Association (2000-2008)
  • Charles F. Kettering Selection Committee, General Motors Cancer Research Foundation (2000-2002)
  • Clinical Oncology Career Development Award, American Cancer Society (1991-94)
  • Elected Councilor Medicine, Radiation Research Society (2003)
  • Lazard Faculty Scholar, Lazard Faculty (1992-93)
  • Leadership in Education, Stanford University School of Medicine (2008)
  • President, Alumni Association, Stanford University School of Medicine (2005-2007)

Administrative Appointments
  • Advisory Board and Training Committee, NIH T32 SCIT CA09695 (2005 - Present)
  • Assistant Dean for Medical Student Advising, Stanford University School of Medicine (2002 - Present)
  • Associate Editor, Radiation Research (2000 - 2003)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Clinical Oncology (2003 - 2006)
  • BioX Program Member, Stanford University (2008 - Present)
  • Board of Governers, Stanford Medical Alumni Association (2000 - 2007)
  • Chair, Data and Safety Monitoring Committee, Stanford Clinical Trials Office, Cancer Center (2003 - Present)
  • Committee Member, Committee on Professionalism, Performance and Promotion (2007 - Present)
  • Committee Member, SPARK Committee (2009 - Present)
  • Committee Member, SAMFUND Selection Committee (2010 - Present)
  • Committee Member, Stanford University on Health and Safety (2013 - 2016)
  • Committee on the State of Science in Nuclear Medicine, Subcommittee on Targeted Radiotherapy, The National Academies (2006 - Present)
  • Department Representative, School of Medicine Faculty Senate (2011 - 2016)
  • Director, Core: Protocol Review and Monitoring System, Stanford Cancer Center (2004 - Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Cancer Biotherapy and Radiopharmaceuticals (1996 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, Clinical Cancer Center (2003 - Present)
  • Executive Committee Member: Cancer Clinical Trials Office, Stanford Cancer Center (2011 - Present)
  • Executive Committee Member: Clinical Research Onsight Group, Stanford Cancer Center (2011 - Present)
  • Lymphoma Disease Management Group Member, Stanford Cancer Center (2008 - Present)
  • Medical Education Leadership Group, Stanford Cancer Center (2005 - Present)
  • Member, Clinical Oncology Study Section (2001 - 2004)
  • President, Alumni Association, Stanford School of Medicine (2005 - 2007)
  • Program Evaluation Committee Member, Department of Radiation Oncology (2014 - Present)
  • The Molecular Therapeutics Program, Stanford Cancer Center (2008 - Present)
  • Working Group Member, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2014 - Present)


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Skin Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, 3rd Floor

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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I am alive today because Dr. Susan Knox went above and beyond in 2000 and saw me as a walking artery to left arm was one wire width open. She listened & found the problem.
I felt confident and comfortable about the staff.
Dr. Knox stopped by twice while I was in Stanford Hospital after open heart surgery even though I was under another doctor's care, she took the time see me was very comforting to see her. What she told me helped me through complications and gave me strength. Gave me the will to fight off problems and gave me the will to live. Her comments helped me to recovery.

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