Heather Wakelee, MD

Heather Wakelee, MD

Medical oncologist, Thoracic specialist

Bio:   Dr. Heather Wakelee specializes in the treatment of lung cancer, thymoma and mesothelioma. She has been in practice for over a decade at Stanford University. She is the physician lead for the thoracic malignancies clinical research group and has developed research programs related to lung cancer and thymoma across multiple areas including clinical trials, translation work and population sciences. She is the Principal Investigator on numerous clinical trials. Dr. Wakelee is the faculty director of the Stanford Cancer Clinical Trials office and is the lead investigator for ECOG-ACRIN clinical trials group at Stanford. She is also active in many national and international organizations related to lung cancer and thymoma including leadership roles in the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and the International Thymic Malignancies Interest Group (ITMIG).
4.9 out of 5
287 Patient Ratings
48 Patient Comments

Cancer Immunotherapy Program

Thoracic Cancer Program in Palo Alto

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center (2003) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Medical Center (1999) CA
  • Board Certification: Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2003)
  • Internship: Stanford University Medical Center (1997) CA
  • Medical Education: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1996) MD
  • M. D., Johns Hopkins University, Medicine (1996)
  • A.B., Princeton University, Molecular Biology (1992)

Honors & Awards

  • Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology (05/2003)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Johns Hopkins University (06/1996)
  • Teaching Award, Stanford University Division of Oncology (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • Young Investigator Award, ECOG-ACRIN (2015)

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.

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Friendliness

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Recommended to others

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Explanations

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Listens

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Includes you in decisions

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Clear Communication

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Confidence in your doctor

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Wait times

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Wakelee is outstanding in every way. She is skilled and brilliant professional who also addressed the human side of medicine. She is compassionate, caring, thoughtful, and wise.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Wakelee's understanding and concern for me as a whole person is seen in numerous ways. She sits to speak with me and makes eye contact. She frequently asks if I have any questions. She thoughtfully responds to my concerns, big and small. She is a remarkable physician who demonstrates that she cares about my health concerns and how I am coping with my serious health challenge.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Good experience, learned a lot.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Great engagement & manner - I felt better after meeting my doctor.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I always recommend Stanford to my friends & family who have serious health issues. I am always treated with respect and truthfulness about my complicated condition. My concerns and questions are answered fully and completely.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Would not exchange under any proposal. Feel family related in all areas.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Time to converse sooo much better than MD Anderson Cntr. in Houston, Texas!

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Wakelee is always very reassuring, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I very much appreciate consulting with her.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Wakelee and the Cancer Center staff are the best.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Wakelee saved my life.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Exceptional ratings.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Feel fortunate to be treated by such intelligent caring persons.

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4.9 out of 5
287 Patient Ratings
48 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Wakelee is outstanding in every way. She is skilled and brilliant professional who also addressed the human side of medicine. She is compassionate, caring, thoughtful, and wise.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Wakelee's understanding and concern for me as a whole person is seen in numerous ways. She sits to speak with me and makes eye contact. She frequently asks if I have any questions. She thoughtfully responds to my concerns, big and small. She is a remarkable physician who demonstrates that she cares about my health concerns and how I am coping with my serious health challenge.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Good experience, learned a lot.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Great engagement & manner - I felt better after meeting my doctor.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I always recommend Stanford to my friends & family who have serious health issues. I am always treated with respect and truthfulness about my complicated condition. My concerns and questions are answered fully and completely.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Would not exchange under any proposal. Feel family related in all areas.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Time to converse sooo much better than MD Anderson Cntr. in Houston, Texas!

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Wakelee is always very reassuring, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I very much appreciate consulting with her.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Wakelee and the Cancer Center staff are the best.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Wakelee saved my life.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Exceptional ratings.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Feel fortunate to be treated by such intelligent caring persons.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I love Dr. Wakelee - So smart, complete with explanations & considerate of who I am as a person and my quality of life! I'm blessed to have her caring for me!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Wakelee & her staff are excellent.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Doctor did not leave room until I was complete with the consultation. I felt a lot better after the appt. - Emotionally.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I am lucky to be in Dr. Waklee's care.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

All interactions were comforting and professionally given.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I didn't feel that the care provider didn't spend enough time to look at my medical records transferred from other hospital!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr.Wakelee was outstanding!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Wakelee was excellent in every aspect. She has given me great confidence that I am receiving the best care possible.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

We believe Dr. Wakelee is one of the best doctors in the Thoracic Oncology - highly knowledgeable & caring. Mr. Greg Rodriguez, nurse practitioner is also highly knowledgeable and assists Dr. Wakelee well.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Wakelee never appears rushed and she waits for my questions and for my responses. She gives me the time I need during our consultation time. She has also assembled a fantastic team- everyone is thoughtful, caring, and thorough.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

OK.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

My experiences with the Stanford Oncology medical team have always exceeded my expectations. I have never felt shortchanged with the amount of time each of them spends with me; I am treated in a kind and courteous manner; and I always feel very well taken care of.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Wakelee is one of the best physicians I have ever encountered. Her caring and compassion are unsurpassed. Just seeing her is a comfort.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

I must believe in Dr. Wakelee and staff if I keep coming back.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Excellent doctor(s)!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Very good.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

The overall experience was very informative. Caring & positive. Dr. Wakelee & her staff are excellent.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Bravo to Dr. Wakelee & team!

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Heather Wakelee one of the best doctors I met.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Satisfied with the medical attention.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Very satisfied with excellent attention.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Definitely I would recommend it -

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

The dr takes her time to explain what going on w/your cancer & where you stand.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Good.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Knowing Dr. Wakelee is spearheading my case provides a great comfort & confidence.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

I owe my life to Dr. Wakelee and staff. Truly not sure I'd have made it w/out them.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Excellent care provider.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Exceptional level of care and treatment by Dr. Wakelee & her staff.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Dr. Wakelee & team are the best in the west!

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Every step of our visit was positive and upbeat.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

I had multiple care providers including Dr. Wakelee. Each one introduced themselves told me their role in my care. Especially interested in holistic care giver & his advice.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

I have been blessed by good fortune meeting Dr. Heather Wakelee (I rarely give kudos).

SHC Patient, May 2014

The doctor and the NP are always wonderful. I am so grateful for their help.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Very good experience.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

She treated me w/respect.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Dr. Wakelee is one of the finest physicians I have ever dealt with.