Dr. Skinner received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford and MD from Keck USC Medical School. She completed a residency in Urology at LAC+USC Medical Center, and a fellowship in Urologic Oncology under Dr. Donald Skinner at the Norris Cancer Center at USC. She was on the faculty at USC from 1990 through 2012. She was recruited to Stanford University to become Chair of the Department of Urology in May 2012.
Dr. Skinner has received a number of awards including a Stop Cancer career development award, numerous teaching awards and listing in “Best Doctors” for over a decade. Her primary focus has been in the surgical treatment of locally advanced bladder cancer and is a nationally recognized expert in bladder reconstruction and continent urinary diversion. She has active ongoing clinical trials in the treatment of bladder cancer and other urologic malignancies.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Medical Education: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Registrar (1983) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Urology, Urology (1992)
  • Residency: USC/LAC Medical Center (1988) CA
  • Fellowship: USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (1990) CA
  • Internship: USC/LAC Medical Center (1984) CA
  • Board Certification, American Board of Urology, Urology (1992)
  • Fellowship, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Urologic Oncology (1990)
  • Residency, LAC+USC Medical Center, Urology (1988)
  • Internship, LAC+USC Medical Center, General Surgery (1984)
  • Medical Education, Keck USC School of Medicine, Medicine (1983)
  • AB, Stanford Universtiy, Human Biology (1976)

Honors & Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, USC School of Medicine (1982)
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, USC Department of Urology (1991, 1994, 1997, 2005)
  • Janet M. Glasgow Award for Academic Excellence, USC School of Medicine (1983)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Keck USC School of Medicine (1997, 98, 2000, 02, 03, 06, 11)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University (1976)

Administrative Appointments
  • Chair, Department of Urology (2012 - Present)


Practice Locations

Urology Clinic Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

1000 Welch Road, Garden Level

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-3391

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Urologic Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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This was a routine procedure. It was done easily & quickly.
Dr. E. Curlee & Lillian Shiba, PA have been treating me for cancer since early 2016 until my previous when no cancer was detected with the utmost respect & honesty that should be & has always been the gold standard with the entire team. The same holds true for Abha Khandelwal, MD.
Dr. Skinner provides the service needed to treat my health condition. Tends to be limited with time. However, my bladder cancer treatment is going the way we want, success.
Both Dr. Skinner & staff.
Dr. Skinner is a big reason why I come to Stanford Health Care, she is excellent in her expertise and her care of patients.
I am so fortunate & have Dr. Skinner as my doctor.
Dr. Skinner/always explains everything very well.
Excellent all.
Dr. Skinner is always punctual spends time listening and explaining tests & care. Dr. Skinner also ensures that protocols and procedures are taken care of... follow up app.
Wonderful doctor!
Wonderful care provider.!!
My doctor Skinner is the best of the best. She has managed my care wonderfully so kind & caring!
Dr. Skinner is the BEST! She is very caring, very down-to-earth in her questions & explanations. She is also very communicative with the family of her patients. We always felt we were in the BEST of hands!
Dr. Skinner is one of her kind.
Dr. Skinner has been my care provider for only a short time, but I have a positive approach to my treatment plan etc. She inspires confidence.
Dr. Skinner is the best! Bar none!
Dr. Skinner is outstanding!
Dr. Skinner is fantastic!!
Dr. Skinner & her team members are consummate professionals.
Very busy person but tries to listen & responds - hard to reach but hen you get her she's there for you!
You could not get a better doctor than Dr. Skinner. She is knowledgeable, patient, caring, etc. Wish she could be my PRIMARY! I have been seeing her for 5 years.
She seems quite busy but I have great confidence in her treatment.
Dr. Skinner always gives excellent & empathetic medical care.
Dr. Skinner is the best!
I am very satisfied having Dr. Skinner provide treatmt, consultation, etc.
Perhaps a bit more detail re: follow on/maintenance care would be useful - That said - Excellent professional care.
Dr. Skinner is wonderful.
Dr. Skinner is excellent.
My appointment time with Dr. Skinner is spent well. My questions are answered, and leave well-satisfied.
Dr. Skinner is the kindest most competent and comforting human I know. She could walk into the halls of hell and every soul would feel as though it had gone to Heaven after all.
Dr. Skinner reviewed my reports and tests in advance. The meeting time was very productive and I left feeling more comfortable about my care plan.
Dr. Skinner was excellent.
Dr. Skinner is excellent, communicates very well, doesn't talk down to me.
Dr. Skinner is amazing. I fully trust her & I am so thankful.. that she's my physician.
Dr. Eila Skinner is an excellent physician and a wonderful person. I come from Southern California to get her professional opinion concerning my condition & treatment.
Dr. Skinner was very nice and explained everything in detail.
Dr. Skinner was terrific at sharing treatment options with me. She was generous with the time she spent with me to discuss treatment options.
Wanted more information based on tests before recommending options. My kind of doctor.
Dr. Skinner & her staff are exceptional at keeping me informed & striving for the best care solutions to help me. World-class care.
I feel very confident in Dr. Skinner.
Explained my condition so that I understood, was "A" one.
Dr. Skinner is great!
Dr. Skinner provided an excellent, understanding/knowledge of my problem. I found the entire experience very beneficial in that I was reassured as the ongoing management of my cancer.
I am very grateful for the work they did to correct a diagnosis, very _____ or incorrect. 4. _____ see appointments.
Stanford is the best care and concern for me.
On a scale of 1-10 Dr. Skinner is a (25). I have the utmost confidence in her. I also feel very lucky to have her as my doctor.
By doctors and nurses everybody do helps which I needed.
Great, open, easy to talk with.
Dr. Skinner is the best - don't ever let her retire.
I can't give Dr. Skinner enough praise, she is the best in what she does! A real professional!
Dr. Skinner, Dr Shkolyar, & Qun Ma all spent an enormous amount of time with us. They way they treated us gave us great confidence in the whole team.
I owe Dr. Skinner my life. She's absolutely the VERY best!! I've recommended her to anyone who can use her expertise!
Dr. Skinner is outstanding!!
It was one of the most positive experiences I've had with a doctor in my life.
She is ALWAYS in a hurry. She is very hard to reach by phone.
Dr gave me a positive outlook on my future treatment. It was appreciated.
Doctor was thorough, supportive and encouraging. Incredible bedside manner! Trust her completely!
Dr. Skinner was awesome. Dr. Sun was very nice also.
Dr. Skinner very informative and experienced doctor. waiting for my main treatment.
Outstanding doctor - all aspects.
Dr. Skinner is exceptional and explaining and discussing the treatment options. She always convey the greatest care for her patients (she treated my husband before also). We have the highest regard and trust in her.
Dr Skinner seems like an excellent physician.
Dr. Skinner was thoughtful, kind and thorough in discussing my diagnosing of cancer.
Dr. Skinner came to same in the hospital on her day off to make sure I was alright. Kelly Bugas (BMT) also came in to see me - sure means a lot when you're not up to par.
Dr. Eila Skinner is EXCELLENT!
Very appreciative of the details and care that Dr. Eila Skinner showed (urology oncology).
LOVE Dr. Skinner!
Best doctor I've ever seen! Exceptional in every aspect what every dr. should strive to be.
I am very satisfied with the care I am receiving.
Dr. Skinner is the BEST!!!
Wonderful doctor - Seems to really care about patient.
the communication was good.....questions anwered!
Top to bottom 1st class operation!
Dr. Skinner is the best!!
Dr. Skinner & her staff are phenomenal, outstanding, the very, very best of the best. Kind, courteous & caring. Love Angela!
I felt I was shown total respt. and she made sure she answered questions posed by husband and me. She instilled confidence and compassion.
Dr. Skinner and her staff are phenomenal.
Dr. Skinner is 1st & foremost an excellent person, as to her medical knowledge it is incomparable! Her personal & professional caring & integrity is evident & most appreciative.
In addition to the fact that Dr. Skinner is clearly one of the most gifted surgeons in the country/world, she somehow made me feel as though everything in the universe was going to be just fine every time she entered the room. Her demeanor is always kind, hopeful, and uplifting.
Best experience possible.
Very excellent communication with dr. & staff. Dr. Skinner.
ALWAYS an outstanding experience!! I feel blessed to be under Dr. Skinners care.
Absolutely first rate!
Dr. Skinner is great!
Dr. Skinner spent more time with me during this visit than my regular urologist has spent in the past 3 yrs.
Superb treatment. Can I take Dr. Skinner home with me?
Dr. Skinner is an exceptionally good doctor; the rare combination of being caring AND competent.
Dr. Skinner was very kind and helpful in helping me understand my problems.
Highly professional, friendly, knowledgeable, great personality doctor!
Completely satisfied with all aspects of the time I have spent at Stanford Med Center.
Dr. Skinner is as good as there is for my condition and would highly recommended her.
Dr. Skinner is the best - both a great surgeon and a real human being.
Dr. Skinner displays great bedside manner!
Dr. Skinner is the best!
already recommended to numerous people
The service that I have gotten from Dr. Skinner's team is beyond Very Good. My only regret is not going to Stanford and Dr. Skinner sooner.
Dr. Eila SKINNER is one of those people that makes you feel glad to be in the room that she has entered even before she says a single word. Then, it only gets better from there.
Dr. Skinner is very kind & caring to her patients. I love her demeanor. I always have to have me every 3 months hug!
I have most confidence of this dr. than all dr. in past.
Dr. Skinner - tops!!
Dr. Skinner is an amazing doctor. I am so lucky to have her as my doctor. She is simply "the best."
We know that Dr. Skinner is the top of her field and were thrilled to be able to see her with only a weeks wait. We have absolute confident in her abilities and were amazed at her abilities were amazed at her caring presence and willingness to answer any and all questions thoroughly.
very satisfied with my initial consultation
The visit was unlike anything I've experienced! Everything dealt with professionally and thoroughly!! I left feeling supported - important - and positive about my outcome! Dr. Skinner and PA - outstanding!!
Very impressed with concern and caring up & down the line.
Very good.
I had bladder CANCER - I couldn't have made it (treatments & operation without the wonderful care of your staff.)
Everyone was nice to me.
Dr. Skinner will be performing surgery next year and is helping us through my husband's chemo which he's having locally. Two of her nurses and assistants have checked in with us more than once.
Dr. Skinner and staff are exceptional. I have total confidence in them.
This care provider always speaks in language I can understand but I am fluent in medical jargon.
Dr. Skinner is excellent at communicating and making a patient feel comfortable.
Best of the best. Dr. Skinner & her staff.
Doctor Skinner was attentive explained medical diagnosis. Very happy to have appointment in clinic. Doctor was compassionate and informative.
Very good.
Dr. Skinner is the best urology oncologist!
Very good.
Dr. Skinner and those whom she trains or who serve me through her are nothing short of marvelous. I was fortunate indeed to have had her supervision of an otherwise grim situation.
Eila Skinner MD is awesome!
Love Dr. Skinner! She was compassionate and smart.
The doctor was great I under stood what she was talking about.
The almost best best!
I constantly refer others to Dr. Skinner. She is the very best!!
Great outcome.
Promised response did not happen - 1 week!!
Dr. E Skinner is excellent!
Excellent after visit communication to myself and referring physician.
Very smart & articulate.
Biggest issue was that nobody told me I had cancer until she handed me the booklet. I probably should have figured it out, but everyone acted like I already knew....
Dr. Dalman & Dr. Skinner were both MAGNIFICENT.
The best!
Best care in the world!
Excellent experience.
Everyone was and is so helpful.
Amazed at how well the treatment worked!
Dr. Skinner always spends as much time as I need w/me.
Dr. Skinner is the best!
This was my 1st visit and we were called before the appt. time and saw 3 different care providers including Dr. Skinner. I was impressed.
Extremely good.
Excellent experience.
All good pleasant experiences!
I have and will recommend Dr. Skinner. I feel very blessed to have her for my doctor!
My husband and I found Dr. Eila Skinner to be very pleasant and understanding. We bonded with her immediately. I feel very blessed to have Dr. Skinner performing my bladder removal surgery.
Very empathetic and took time to answer every one of many questions.
Dr. Skinner was great. That's why we went to Stanford Health Care.
Eila Skinner MD head of urology at Stanford is what every doctor should be - friendly courteous, caring and unaffected. She is the highly skilled, but easily relates to her patients.
Dr. Skinner is truly awesome! Knows her field and explains things very well.
Dr. Skinner is an excellent surgeon and was very patient and helpful in answering all of my questions that I presented to her. Stacy, RN was also very professional and helpful with all of questions re: my stoma, urostomy bags, etc.
Dr. Skinner is great.
Again, outstanding service; attentiveness, concern, answers to questions - great.
I was very satisfied with Dr. E. Skinner.
Dr. Skinner is outstanding!!
They forgot my father in the waiting room. Appt. was at 2:00 & they forgot till 3:00 till I said something.
Dr. Skinner was very good. Very polite and down to earth.
Dr. Skinner and her staff are fantastic!!
Very pleased.
This time she was in a hurry and I worried that she hadn't had enough time to read my scan because it had only been a short while before I went to my appt. after having had the scan. But, I guess I was okay!
Dr. Skinner is simply an amazing doctor. She is caring, knowledgeable & very informative. I know I am getting the very best care.
I felt very confident that I was getting the best care possible.
utmost confidence. I rate Dr. Skinner as the very very very best doctor and am honored and thrilled that she is my doctor and know that I am in most competent hands.
Best of care.
Dr. Skinner as an expert in her field has the ability to inspire confidence and yet maintains a pleasant manner including the patient in the conversation. She has an outstanding "bedside manner."
Dr. Skinner is THE best!!!
I have referred several patients to Dr. Skinner - She is without equal!
I have recommended Dr. Skinner to several of my friends. I have a friend who is changing her insurance at the end of the year so she can see Dr. Skinner. I wouldn't trade Dr. Skinner for a million dollars.
Dr. Skinner was very knowledgeable and informative in describing my condition.
great care
As good as it can be.
Dr. Skinner is a wonderful provider and lucky to have such a doctor.
Dr. Skinner is excellent.
the best, the absolute best.
Dr. Skinner and the resident, Andrew, were OUTSTANDING with explaining all to me.
Dr. Skinner provided my husband and I with the information we needed for my health issues as well as our expectations with comfortable explanations and diagrams that were easily understood. I would highly recommend her care for anyone else in my situation.
I had the utmost faith in Dr Skinner and feel deeply grateful that I could work with her!
Great Doctor
Dr. Skinner is great!
Wow! Dr. Skinner is wonderful.
I saw two doctors & a PA & all were excellent.
Nothing but kindness and professionalism from the entire staff.
Excellent doctor. Excellent nurses & excellent staff.
Dr Skinner and her staff are the best!
knowledge unsurpassable and kind and caring and truly listens to the patient given current situation actually felt a bit calmer after speaking to Dr. Skinner!
Responds back to me on test results promptly.
Dr. Skinner is fabulous!
Dr. Skinner is the BEST!
I feel myself very lucky to a team of this caliber.
I cannot say enough about Dr. Eila Skinner - she is THE BEST!
We are fortunate to have DR Skinner as treating physician. Have utmost confidence in her. Resident intern also excellent - made us feel comfortable and hopeful.
all staff was excellent.
I thank Doctor Skinner for being very clear beside being very gentle and caring.
Dr. Eila Skinner is the BEST!!
My provider was very informative, knowledgeable - spent a lot of time with me.
Dr. Skinner is the only doctor I really trust at Stanford.
Dr. Skinner is skilled, kind and interested in her patients.
Dr. S. Kinner is the best!
Dr. Skinner is an excellent communicator as well as a surgeon.
I love Dr. Eila Skinner - I've been her pt. since 1992 @ USC. I drove 7 hrs. just to have her do my cysts exam - SHE'S GREAT!
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Skinner. She is warm, caring, compassionate and highly competent.
Care provider is super. Put my mind at ease. Felt very at ease when I left office.
The care, concern, explanation, etc., has always been excellent.
Dr. Skinner is always concerned and listens if I have any questions. I am grateful for her skill, she is an excellent Dr.
Dr. Eila Skinner is OUTSTANDING. I trust her & appreciate her care, concern, professionalism & knowledgeable.
Excellent doctor & staff.
Dr. Skinner & the resident were both extremely knowledgeable and competent. Highly recommend them!
I have received the best possible care any patient could receive.
I worked both with Dr. Skinner as well as her resident. Both were excellent -- and attentive to my questions/needs.
Very impressed with everyone.
The best Dr. Skinner.
Dr. Skinner is a great doctor!
I think Dr. Skinner is a very intelligent, exceptional doctor. She is always pleasant and takes the time to explain everything.
DR. Skinner is awesome. She is so smart and kind and caring! I just love her & Stacey Cox her nurse. They are the BEST,
So fortunate to have Dr. Skinner as my physician/surgeon she is great!
Very professional, friendly I was impressed with her knowledge.
Best care provider I've had.
Dr. Skinner was able to resolve my medical problem when previous doctors at PAMF were unable to do. She is the best!
100% super.
I was very fortunate to have Dr. Skinner as my surgeon - she is fantastic!
The entire Stanford experience has been great.
All exceptional.
Everybody is EXCELLENT! Eila Skinner is why I use Stanford!
Dr. Skinner outstanding skill & compassion.
Dr. Skinner was amazing. I trust her 100%.

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