Bio


Kathleen Smith, RN, MS works as an advance practice provider in breast medical oncology. She has been employed by Stanford since 1986 when she began her career as a bedside nurse, working on a cancer clinical trials unit. She completed a MS in oncology nursing at UCSF in 1990 focusing on better understanding of cancer biology which led to a new role for her at Stanford between 1990-1996 as Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist. As she evolved as a clinician, she realized she wanted to return to direct patient care and thus pursued a post master's Nurse Practitioner certification. Since 1996, she has been working as a medical oncology nurse practitioner. Initially, she worked in all subspecialties of medical oncology, however over the last 20 + years she has focused primarily in breast cancer care. Her interests currently are in breast medical oncology care, breast cancer research, and furthering the role of advance practice providers through teaching and mentorship. She loves her work at Stanford and feels fortunate to partner with amazing women and men both as patients and colleagues.

When not at Stanford, Kathleen spends time with her family - husband and two sons who both are attending college. She loves spending time in the Pacific Northwest hiking and in the outdoors. Baking, cooking, and musical theater are a few of her favorite hobbies!

Clinical Focus


  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Breast Medical Oncology
  • Breast Cancer Research

Professional Education


  • Board Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center, Nurse Practitioner (1996)
  • NP, San Francisco State University, Nurse Practitioner (1996)
  • MS, University of California, San Francisco, Nursing, Oncology (1990)
  • Professional Education: Cal State University-Hayward (1986) CA