Katherine K. Matthay


Pediatric hematologist-oncologist
Neuroblastoma researcher and polar bear plunge swimmer

Dr. Katherine Matthay is one of the world's leading specialists in care for childhood cancer and in research on treatments. She directs a national study of the Children's Oncology Group (a research collaboration supported by the National Cancer Institute) to test new therapies for neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops in nerve cells and most often affects young children. She and her colleagues demonstrated that an innovative treatment – which combined chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation and other therapies – could significantly improve outcomes for patients with neuroblastoma.

After earning an undergraduate degree in chemistry at Bryn Mawr College, Matthay earned her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at UCSF.

  • Education

    Perelman School of Medicine, 1973

  • Residencies

    University of Colorado Denver, Pediatrics, 1975

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Hematology and Oncology, 1979

  • Board Certifications

    Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

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My special privilege has been helping children and adolescents battle their cancer and witnessing their bravery and humor during the struggle.

Clinics I work with (2)

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Oncology Clinic

Oncology Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek


Solid Tumor Program

Solid Tumor Program

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Where I see patients (2)

    Fetal surgery firsts

    The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF in the early 1980s.