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W. Clay Gustafson


Pediatric hematologist-oncologist
Physician-scientist, passionate cancer slayer and superdad

Dr. W. Clay Gustafson is a specialist in pediatric cancer. He is a physician-scientist with a research interest in developing novel treatments for pediatric solid tumors, particularly neuroblastoma (a cancer that starts in immature nerve cells and affects mostly infants and young children). In the clinic setting, he focuses largely on phase I and II clinical trials (studies using patients to evaluate promising therapies) for neuroblastoma. He has received several grants focused on investigating unique treatment approaches to cancer.

Gustafson earned an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and English literature at Rice University. He earned his medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry and genetics from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at UCSF.

  • Education

    UT Medical Branch at Galveston, PhD, Biochemistry and Genetics, 2005

    UT Medical Branch at Galveston, 2005

  • Residencies

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, Pediatrics, 2008

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, 2011

  • Board Certifications

    Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

    Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics

I believe individualized therapy based on the best current studies can lead to creative solutions to impossible problems, like curing cancer for good.

Where I see patients (2)

    Fetal surgery firsts

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