Biography


Dr. Vitzthum is a radiation oncologist and clinical assistant professor of radiation oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal and thoracic cancers. He also has a clinical and research interest in oligometastatic cancer, which is cancer that has metastasized to a limited number of sites beyond its origin.

He began his career in biomedical engineering and is passionate about integrating new technologies to advance patient care.

Dr. Vitzthum delivers treatment personalized to each patient’s condition, overall health, and goals. He believes clear communication between doctor and patient is vital to help patients make informed care decisions.

His research interests include clinical trial development, survivorship, and predictive modeling to personalize patient treatment. He is especially interested in pursuing research that can address unmet clinical needs.

Dr. Vitzthum has received research support through the Radiological Society of North America, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Conquer Cancer Foundation, and the UCSD Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute. His work has appeared in International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Annals of Oncology, JAMA Oncology, Clinical Cancer Research, and other publications.

He is a member of the American College of Radiation Oncology, American Society for Radiation Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Radiologic Society of North America.

Dr. Vitzthum is also interested in improving access to high-quality cancer care for under-served populations domestically and abroad.

Professional Summary


Professional Education
  • Medical Education: University of Minnesota School of Medicine (2015) MN
  • Board Certification: American Board of Radiology, Radiation Oncology (2021)
  • Residency: UCSD Radiation Oncology Residency Program (2020) CA
  • Internship: Hennepin County Medical Center Transitional Year Residency (2016) MN

Honors & Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, University of Minnesota (2014)
  • Dean's Merit Scholarship, University of Minnesota Medical School (2010-2015)
  • Endowed Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2019)
  • Resident Research Grant, RSNA (2019)
  • Roentgen Research Award, RSNA (2020)

Publications

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.


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 875 Blake Wilbur Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Thoracic 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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Gastrointestinal (GI) 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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Endocrine Tumor Program - 875 Blake Wilbur Drive Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Patient Ratings

(11 Ratings)

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Patient Reviews

(25 reviews)

Very helpful
clear & concise
Explained everything in detail.
Very informative, great summary letter
Very professional
Dr. Vitzthum is amazing! He always listens, interacts in a way that I can understand. He is knowledgeable and caring. I would recommend Dr. Vitzthum!
Dr Vitzthum is great. He is informative and pleasant to talk to. I don't feel intimidated by him which is nice, it makes me want to ask him questions which is important to my health.
I appreciate that I was "prepped for the phone calls and the Dr Was very clear on explanations.
This was the first time I met Dr. Vitzthum and I liked him; the video conference was effective enough to make me feel like we had established a good relationship.
Very clear about problems, answered all questions
very personable and answered all questions and gave very complete information as what to expect from radiation therapy.
Dr. Vitzthum was very helpful. He answered all of my questions and went into great detail in a way that was concise and understandable.
Very personable.
Nice man, easy to understand
I appreciate Dr. Vitzthum answering all my questions(without rushing me to finish). Also he spoke in language that I can understand without speaking down to me.
Very helpful and knowledgeable.
Doctor Lucas is a good doctor. His knowledge and explanation bring me up with respectfully
Outstanding. Stanford and staff were amazingly Outstanding.
Excellent team and supportive resource
Was good
Dr Vitzthum is excellent, kind, caring, supportive, and compassionate
Outstanding!
Excellent doctor....he explains every thing I ask which helps me navigate my condition.
Excellent doctor, willing to answer any questions
Great Doctor. Very competent and gracious.

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