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  • Gregory M. Heestand, MD

    Gregory M. Heestand, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Oncology

    BioDr. Heestand is a board-certified medical oncologist with a focus on gastrointestinal cancers, primarily hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, and gallbladder cancer. He currently serves as the medical oncology champion of the Stanford Hepatobiliary Tumor Board, as well as the principal investigator of multiple clinical trials. He also collaborates with campus laboratories to help develop new biomarker and treatment technologies. Dr. Heestand is a member of the ECOG-ACRIN gastrointestinal committee and serves as a representative to the NCI Hepatobiliary Task Force. He is also the director of the Stanford Medical Oncology Fellowship Program.

    Dr. Heestand and his team take great pride in helping patients and their families face gastrointestinal cancer.

    Outside of the clinic, Dr. Heestand enjoys playing the piano, teaching his kids about music, cooking for friends and family, and surfing the internet for interesting things to read.

  • Thomas Holden, MD

    Thomas Holden, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Oncology

    BioDr. Holden is a board-certified, fellowship-trained medical oncologist. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine.

    He specializes in care for people with gastrointestinal cancer including those of the colon, rectum, esophagus, liver, pancreas, and stomach. Dr. Holden works closely with patients to prepare personalized, comprehensive, and compassionate care plans that optimize healing and quality of life.

    Dr. Holden has conducted research into a wide range of subjects. He co-developed and established a multi-center trial investigating a new treatment regimen for gastric cancer. He has studied use of a fitness tracker to assess activity levels and toxicities in patients with colorectal cancer. He also has written invited commentary on the rapidly advancing field of genetic testing as well as a review on recent updates on the treatment of early-stage rectal cancer.

    He has published his research findings in articles in peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cortex, and elsewhere. He has made poster presentations to his peers at meetings including the ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers symposium and House Staff Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference, a meeting held annually at Thomas Jefferson University.

    Dr. Holden has volunteered his time and expertise to help improve access to health care for homeless and underserved populations.

    In his free time, he practices yoga, runs, reads, plays the acoustic guitar, and travels.

  • Sandra Horning

    Sandra Horning

    Professor of Medicine, Emerita

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsClinical Interests: Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Research Interests: clinical trials in Hodgkin's disease and malignant lymphoma including high dose therapy and autografting, complications of cytotoxic therapy, novel therapeutics, and clinicopathologic correlations.

  • Robert Hsieh

    Robert Hsieh

    Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Oncology

    BioRobert W. Hsieh, M.D. Ph.D. is a medical oncologist who specializes in the treatment of prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney (renal) cancer and testicular cancer as a member of Stanford's multi-disciplinary Urologic Cancer Program. Dr. Hsieh obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Chicago (Pritzker School of Medicine) and subsequently came to Stanford to complete his Internal Medicine residency and Hematology and Oncology fellowship training (with a clinical focus on genitourinary cancers).

    Dr. Hsieh has also had extensive experience in basic lab research (cancer stem cells, target identification and validation, pre-clinical drug discovery) having done post-doctoral work in the Clarke Lab in the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. He is currently involved in early phase clinical trials in immuno-oncology in industry.