Samuel So

Surgical oncologist, Liver surgeon

Bio:   Dr. Samuel So is the Lui Hac Minh Professor and Professor of Surgery. He is also the founder of the multidisciplinary liver cancer program at the Stanford Cancer Center, and the founder and executive director of the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. So is a native of Hong Kong and received his surgical training at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Minnesota where he also completed his fellowship in multi-organ transplantation. His current clinical area of specialty is multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of primary liver cancer and management of chronic hepatitis B infection. He is listed among the Best Doctors in America.

Dr. So is recognized worldwide for his expertise in chronic hepatitis B and primary liver cancer prevention, research, treatment and health policy. He served as a consultant for the FDA and was a member and co-chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s Hepatitis B Expert Panel. He was also a member of the Board of Population Health and Public Health Practices of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and a committee member of the 2010 IOM report on “Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: a national strategy for the prevention and control of hepatitis B and C”, and the 2016 National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report on “Eliminating the Public Health Problem of Hepatitis B and C in the United States. He also serves as a special adviser on viral hepatitis for the World Health Organization Western Pacific regional office. In 2010, he received the CDC and ATSDR Honor Award for mobilizing people and resources in ways that have changed global public health policies related to hepatitis B, and was recognized in 2014 by the White House for global and national leadership in the prevention and control of viral hepatitis.
4.8 out of 5
39 Patient Ratings
7 Patient Comments

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program

Professional Education

  • Board certification, American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (1990)
  • Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Multi-organ Transplantation (1989)
  • Fellowship: University of Minnesota School of Medicine (1989) MN
  • Residency: University of Minnesota (1988) MN
  • Internship: University of Minnesota (1981) MN
  • Medical Education: University of Hong Kong (1978) China
  • M.B., B.S., University of Hong Kong, Medicine and Surgery (1978)
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Microbiology (1973)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in Silicon Valley (Surgery), San Jose Magazine (1998-present)
  • Best Doctors in San Francisco, San Francisco Magazine (1998-present)
  • Distinguished Physician Award, Chinese American Physicians Society (2000)
  • Distinguished Asian Leadership Award, Asian Business League of San Francisco (2001)
  • Commendation for Public Service, City of Milpitas, CA (2001)
  • Commendation for outreach and increasing awareness about hepatitis B and liver cancer prevention, City and County of San Francisco (2002)
  • Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who's Who LLC. (2003-present)
  • Ally Award, Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, San Francisco (2003)
  • Stanford University Asian Faculty Award, Stanford University (2003)
  • Community Hero Award, World Journal Chinese Newspaper (2004)
  • Profile of Excellence Award, ABC 7 Television, San Francisco (2004)
  • Santiago Ramon y Cajal Award for Outstanding Research in Minority Health, National Minority Health Month, Washington, DC (2003)
  • Local Hero of the Year Award, KQED Public Radio and Television, San Francisco (2004)
  • Who’s Who in Science and Technology, Marquis Who’s Who LLC. (2005-present)
  • Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Marquis Who's Who LCC (2006-present)
  • 2005 National Leadership Award, New York University Center for the Study of Asian American Health (2005)
  • Best Doctors in America, Woodard/White Compendium (1998-present)
  • Star Award for Community Service, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, San Jose (2007)
  • 34th Annual Award, Chinese Hospital, San Francisco (2007)
  • Fervent Global Love of Lives Award, Chou-Ta Kuan Cultural and Education Foundation, Taiwan (2008)
  • 10th Annual Salute to Excellence Award, American Liver Foundation (2008)
  • Angel in Medicine, Angels in Medicine (2008)
  • Jade Ribbon HBV Outstanding Contribution Award, Second National Workshop of Chinese HBV Carriers' Community, China (2009)
  • Asian and Pacific Heritage Award for Excellence in Science, California Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus (2009)
  • Outstanding American by Choice Award, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (2010)
  • 12th Outstanding World Chinese Award, World Chinese Business Foundation, Hong Kong (2010)
  • Asian American Achievement Award, Organization of Chinese Americans, San Mateo, California (2010)
  • Excellence in Partnering Award-Domestic, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (2010)
  • Honor Award for Excellence in Partnering in Global Health, CDC and ATSDR (2010)
  • Outstanding Individual of the Year, Asian American Women Alliance, Santa Clara, California (2011)
  • Ronald P Bangasser MD, Immunization Leadership Award, California Immunization Coalition (2014)
  • White House award in recognition of leadership in prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis, The White House, Washington (2014)
  • Christopher NH Jenkins Cancer Control Award, Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (2015)

Administrative Appointments

  • Pediatric Committee, United Network of Organ Sharing (1989 - 1992)
  • Pediatric Committee, American Society of Transplant Physicians (1993 - 1995)
  • Liver and Intra-Abdominal Organs Committee, American Society of Transplant Physicians (1995 - 1999)
  • Co-Chairman and co-founder, Scientific Advisory Board, Studies in Pediatric Liver Transplantation (1995 - 2001)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Studies in Pediatric Liver Transplantation (1995 - Present)
  • Founder and Director, Asian Liver Center, Stanford University (1996 - Present)
  • Informatics and Data Committee, American Society of Transplant Surgeons (1997 - 2000)
  • Scientific Studies Committee, American Society of Transplantation (1997 - 2000)
  • Founder and Director , Multidisciplinary Liver Cancer Program, Stanford University Medical Center (1998 - Present)
  • Consultant, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA, DHHS (1999 - 2013)
  • Member of the Board, American Cancer Society, California Division (2002 - 2006)
  • Chair, Cancer Site Team, American Cancer Society, California Division (2003 - 2005)
  • Member of the National Assembly, American Cancer Society (2003 - 2005)
  • Lui Hac Minh Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (2003 - Present)
  • Member in Population Sciences, Stanford Cancer Institute (2003 - Present)
  • Appointments and Promotion Committee, Stanford University School of Medicine (2004 - 2007)
  • Chair, National Task Force on Hepatitis B: Focus on Asian & Pacific Islander Americans (2004 - 2010)
  • Consultant, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2005 - Present)
  • Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2006 - 2012)
  • Appointments and Promotion Committee, Stanford University School of Medicine (2007 - 2010)
  • Committee on the Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis in the United States, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2008 - 2010)
  • Roundtable on Health Disparity, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2008 - 2012)
  • Conflict of Interest Committee, Stanford University School of Medicine (2008 - Present)
  • Special Adviser on Viral Hepatitis, World Health Organization Western Pacific Region (2011 - Present)
  • Hepatitis Expert Resource Panel, World Health Organization Western Pacific Region (2013 - Present)
  • Civil Society Reference Group on Hepatitis, World Health Organization, Geneva (2014 - Present)
  • Committee on a National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B & C, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (2015 - Present)
  • Fellow, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health (2015 - Present)
  • Member, Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences (2015 - Present)
  • Strategic Technical Advisory Committee for Viral Hepatitis in the Western Pacific, World Health Organization Western Pacific Region (2015 - Present)
  • Affiliate member, Bio-X (2016 - Present)
4.9

Friendliness

4.9

Recommended to others

4.8

Explanations

4.8

Listens

4.9

Includes you in decisions

4.9

Clear Communication

4.9

Confidence in your doctor

4.2

Wait times

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. So has been giving me excellent care for almost 9 years. Dr. saved my life.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Very good experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Dr. So is one of the physicians who makes a difference in a patient's life and is truly a brilliant exceptional asset to Stanford's reputation.

4.8 out of 5
39 Patient Ratings
7 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. So has been giving me excellent care for almost 9 years. Dr. saved my life.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Very good experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Dr. So is one of the physicians who makes a difference in a patient's life and is truly a brilliant exceptional asset to Stanford's reputation.