Eben Rosenthal is a surgeon-scientist and academic leader. He is currently serving as the John and Ann Doerr Medical Director of the Stanford Cancer Center, a position he has held since July 2015. He works collaboratively with the Stanford Cancer Institute and Stanford Health Care leaders to set the strategy for the clinical delivery of cancer care across Stanford Medicine and growing cancer networks.

Before coming to Stanford, he learned his surgical skills in otolaryngology from the University of Michigan and traveled west for further training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Oregon Health and Science University. He joined the faculty at University of Alabama at Birmingham where he started as an Assistant Professor of Surgery within the Division of Otolaryngology. In 2012, Dr. Rosenthal became Division Director of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the holder of the John S. Odess Endowed Chair at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He moved to Stanford in 2015 to become the Ann and John Doerr Medical Director of the Stanford Cancer Center.

Dr. Rosenthal is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He specializes in the treatment and reconstruction of head and neck cancer patients. He has a strong interest in development of new strategies to surgically repair complex head and neck defects to improve functional and cosmetic outcomes.

He has published over 160 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, authored many book chapters and published a book on optical imaging in cancer. He is on the editorial board of Head & Neck and The Laryngoscope and is also a charter member of the NIH Developmental Therapeutics Study Section. Dr. Rosenthal has performed preclinical and clinical research on the role of targeted therapies for use to treat cancer alone and in combination with conventional therapy. He has served as principal investigator on several early phase investigator-initiated and industry sponsored clinical trials in molecular oncology. He has received grant funding from the American Cancer Society, NIH/NCI and NIH/NIDCR to study the role of targeted therapy and novel imaging strategies in cancer.

Dr. Rosenthal has conducted bench to bedside development of optical contrast agents to identify cancer in the operating room. He led a multidisciplinary team of scientists through successful IND application to allow testing of fluorescently labeled antibodies in the clinic and operating room. These early phase clinical trials have demonstrated that this technique can visualize microscopic cancer in the operating room and may significantly improve clinical outcomes.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Fellowship: Oregon Health and Sciences University (2001) OR
  • Residency: University of Michigan (2000)
  • Internship: University of Michigan (1995) MI
  • Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (2001)
  • Medical Education: University of Michigan (1994) MI
  • BA, Haverford College (1988)
  • MD, University of Michigan Medical School (1994)

Administrative Appointments
  • Ann and John Doerr Medical Director, Stanford Cancer Center (2015 - Present)
  • Associate Director of Clinical Care, Stanford Cancer Institute (2015 - Present)


Practice Locations

Head and Neck Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Dr. Rosenthal, Paul Z., Deepa Shah and Jocelyn are a fantastic team and I feel blessed to have them!
Due to COVID-19 my wife couldn't be with me, but the doctor allowed me to put her on speaker phone - very helpful.
Felt very good like I mattered as an individual, not just another patient.
This is a fabulous medical team. The best I've ever worked with. if they want to be even better, it'd be great if they answered my questions. "I don't know" is an acceptable answer. And it'd be great if I don't have to play "guess the right doctor" to get my questions answered.
The experience was very good, everyone was very helpful & courteous.
This doctor & staff have no equals!! They are the best.
He is the best, a rock star. We feel so fortunate.
Best experience in a hospital setting I have ever experienced.
Dr. Rosenthal is awesome. He is both friendly & efficient. I always feel like I am getting excellent care from him. His surgical skills helped save my life!
Very good treatment very pleased.
All staff & doctors are outstanding.
Couldn't ask for better care.
There a wonderful team they do there job right.
Dr. Rosenthal always treats me with respect and is truly interested in providing me with any information and the best care he can provide. PA Deepa Shah goes out-of-way to take care of my needs and always makes sure that I have everything I need. She's great!
The doctors and PA's are amazing! They care about what happens to me, listen to me, make me feel a part of the process.
Good all the time the care providers were there when I needed them.
V. good.
Dr. Rosenthal is an amazing physician. He was kind and under standing and put me at ease in all areas of my treatment! Love him!

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