Douglas W. Blayney, MD is a Professor of Medicine (Oncology) at Stanford, former Medical Director of Stanford Cancer Center, and specializes in the treatment of breast cancer. He has a special interest in the quality and value of cancer care. Dr. Blayney is a past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), a founder of the ASCO Quality Symposium, a co-author of the ASCO value framework descriptions, and instigated the ASCO clinical "big data" effort, which is now CancerLinQ. He received the inaugural Ellen Stovall Award for Leadership in Patient Centered Care from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship in 2016. He was previously a Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Michigan, and prior to that practiced and led Wilshire Oncology Medical Group, Inc. a physician owned multidisciplinary oncology practice in southern California. He has expertise on clinical trial development, use of oncology drugs in clinical practice, reimbursement and marketing strategies and information technology use.

Dr. Blayney's research interests include breast cancer, febrile neutropenia mitigation, and the use big data to improve cancer care quality and value. He has over 90 scientific publications. Dr. Blayney has served on the Food and Drug Administration's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee, and is Founding Editor-in-Chief and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of ASCO's Journal of Oncology Practice. He has a degree in electrical engineering from Stanford, is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and received post graduate training at UCSD and at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

He is married, and has three grown daughters, one of whom is also a physician.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Medical Education: University of California San Diego School of Medicine (1977) CA
  • Residency: UCSD Internal Medicine Residency (1980) CA
  • Fellowship: National Cancer Institute - Center Cancer Research (1983) MD
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (1983)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1980)
  • Fellowship, Medicine Branch, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland (1983)
  • Fellowship, Environmental Epidemiology Branch, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland (1983)
  • Resident, University of California Hospitals, San Diego (1980)
  • M.D., University of California, San Diego (1977)
  • B.S.E.E., Stanford University (1972)

Honors & Awards
  • Best Doctors in America, . (2007 - current)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (1991)
  • Fellow, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2007)
  • Joseph V. Simone Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety in the Care of Patients with Cancer, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2018)
  • President, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2009-10)
  • The Ellen Stovall Award for Leadership in Patient-Centered Care, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (2016)

Administrative Appointments
  • Medical Director, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center (2003 - 2010)
  • Medical Director, Stanford Cancer Center (2010 - 2015)
  • Medical Director for Quality, Stanford Cancer Institute (2015 - 2022)
  • President, Wilshire Oncology Medical Group, Inc. (1996 - 2003)


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Practice Locations

Stanford Women's Cancer Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, 1st Floor

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6004

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Breast Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, 1st Floor

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6004

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I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
During both my monogram and appointment with Dr. Blayney I received excellent care.
I feel so lucky to have such a caring and competent oncologist supporting me. I feel that I get state of the science care and insight and I appreciate the compassion.
Parking attendant to admitting staff to nurse to Dr. Blayney was a very good experience, as always! Thank you!!
Professor Blayney is an excellent professor who listens very carefully to the patient needs. He is a very warm and caring person.
He is a very loving and caring person.
Friendly, on time, up to date with scientific data
I am most grateful to have Dr. Blayney in my care team to battle my breast cancer!
Dr Blayney is a great doctor. He takes his time to explain any concerns
Professor Blayney is an excellent and very experienced medical professor and has a very warm and pleasant character.
Kind, compassionate and knowledgeable
Extremely likely
Compassions and smart. Gets it. Builds trust
I appreciate Dr Blayney's calmness and his simple to understand suggestions/instructions and personal care he gives me.
They were patient and took the time to listen to my concerns
Absolutely a pleasure always to see dr blayney
He cares about his patient in a way that I like very much
An excellent professor with the heart in the right place.
He is the best..!!!
ÄŽr. Blayney is a winner!
Dr Blayney is excellent
Dr. Blayney has been my Oncologist for almost nine years. I have always felt comfortable and confident that he had my best interest a priority.
Dr. Blayney is amazing. Helpful, informative, and down to earth.
Always a pleasure to have talk with dr
Dr. Blayney is wonderful. He is a professional & kind & positive doctor.
I deeply appreciate Dr Blayney discussing with me the results of scans, visits, results, etc.
He is so cool. Love talking to him. He’s so patient and understanding. I thank Jehovah every day for making it possible for Dr. Blayney to be my doctor.
I feel that he really listens to me and tries to help me.
Dr. Blayney is consistently engaged, over-the-top knowledgeable, compassionate, and kind. One of the best doctors that I have ever worked with, particularly with all of the anxiety dealing with cancer. As icing on the cake, he also has a wry sense of humor and a warm smile.
Great Doctor See previous question.
Dr. Blayney answered all my questions. He was very thorough in examination & explaining all the pros & cons what to be aware of. I will highly recommend him to all my associates & acquaintances.
Dr. Blayney always makes me feel very positive after my visit to the clinic. Thank you for that positive outlook.
My doctor listened to my complaints. Adjusted my medicine. Now pain free.
Dr. Blayney was excellent at sharing his thoughts on my condition and treatment options. He was happy to allow my spouse to join us via speaker-phone (due to COVID).
Highly recommend Dr. Blayney.
Dr. Blayney is super, in terms of not only his care & knowledge but also keeping ahead of new treatment, progress for to care & sharing latest finding with all information to determine best follow up & treatment.
Dr. Blayney is saving my life.
My doctor is very kind and has provided me with the best treatment possible. His assistants are very kind and have shown me utmost concern as well.
Very impressed with Dr. Blayney.
Dr. Blayney's active engagement, curiosity and sense of humor put the icing on the cake of excellent care.
I totally trust Dr. Blayney. He does not make fun of my silly comments.
I think the doctor can take some time to review the medical charts before coming in and it is obvious by some of his questioning that he hadn't looked at it yet.
Dr. Blayney is the only reason I chose Stanford but I didn't know how ruthless & non-professional Stanford staff can be - Awfully ridiculous!
Pleasant, courteous, reassuring.
Dr. Blayney is the best doctor under the sun!
Dr. Blayney is wonderful!
Dr. Blayney explains things really & talks through medication options w/me.
Dr. Blayney is an excellent provider, he is knowledge, courteous, concerned, & very easy to talk to.
Amazing physician.
Dr. Blayney explains things well and always takes time to answer questions.
Perfect job!
My usual doctor was not available however the gentleman was very nice and did his best with the information he had available.
Dr. Blayney is very smart and kind. He answered all my questions thoroughly; he is very compassionate and highly educated in his field of expertise.
Left alone with dr. & would advise an assistant in room when being touched & disrobed.
Have recommended Dr. Blayney - He is VERY caring.
Good experience.
Dr. Blayney always talks through decision-making with me.
He didn't spend much time with me to explain in depth, when and how I was suppose to start treatment. Made me feel he really didn't about my concerns or myself. Sorry!
I appreciate Dr. Blayney's evident compassion & he conveys he is "in my corner."
Dr. Blayney is too busy & doesn't seem to have enough time for his patients.
Very grateful for the excellent care I have received from everyone at Stanford.
Dr. Blayney is the best - He has shown concern, attentiveness friendly, quick and decisive action. I feel confident in his care.
Blayney, Douglas Wilkins MD is excellent doctor.
Spent 90% of time looking at computer; NO attention or interest in patient concerns; NO response to care/help about patient problem & remedy (shrugged shoulders).
Excellent doctor.
Dr. Blayney and his assistant RN provided great service to me. They gave me a lot of information about I have been concerned.
Excellent to recommend!
Doctor eating during appt., assistant helped within limit but doctor stuck attn to computer.
Dr. Blayney is well worth the wait.
Dr. Blayney is an incredibly compassionate doctor who is also very calming.
The doctor was my sole care provider. His care was excellent.
Dr. Blayney is an exceptional oncologist. I have complete confidence in him.
Doctors & staff are nice, esp. doctors they are very good, friendly & approachable.
Jan Petri & Dr. Blayney are a great team & always listen to our concerns. We never feel rushed.
An excellent oncologist!
I like the team approach to care and dr. was prepared with recommendations without my having to give background again.
I love my doctor.
Doctor & physician both understood quality of care was the most important to me than...
It was all good!
Dr. Blayney very carefully went over my concerns with me.
Very understanding, with my problems.
Dr. Blayney is all I could wish for in a physician.
Dr. Blayney was very generous w/his time and explained things well (very professional approach).
I thought Dr. Blayney was great. I wanted him to treat me but while deciding on this, he took days to return my calls.
After my visit, I called 2 times to get new results. This was frustrating, 9 days after visit I finally got slide results.
Just saw Dr. Blayney one time but I was impressed I do not qualify for a trial.
He left the exam room twice for at least 15-20 minutes each time after saying he'll be right back. I was only changing my clothes. Also, he seemed disinterested in me & my health. He did not know my medical history. Some of my info wasn't scanned into the computer.
Caring, thoughtful, friendly.

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