Our Team

We bring together experts to find new ways of helping people living with and after cancer.

A team of talented and committed professionals working to design new models of care and interventions to improve outcomes for patients and caregivers


Lidia Schapira, MD

Medical Oncology

“I love to read, write, hike and explore new places.”

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Alison Clayton

Program Manager

“I spend most of my free time cheering on my daughter’s soccer team but I save some for traveling in Asia, my favorite part of the world.”

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Pamela Williams, MSc

Research Professional

"I enjoy spending time with family and taking advantage of all the great climbing areas in California and beyond."

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Jennifer Kim, MD

Primary Care and Population Health

“I grew up on the East Coast and love to be outside in the sunny Bay Area weather, play with my toddler, and cook.”

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Oxana Palesh, PhD, MPH

Psychology

“I spend my free time enjoying either a class of yoga or if I feel more adventurous, I can be found rock climbing at Castle Rock/Mount Diablo park.”

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Prithvi Mruthyunjaya, MD

Ophthalmology

“I enjoy time with my 2 daughters, hikes in Pacifica, and a great meal with friends.”

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Stephanie Smith, MD, MPH

Pediatric Oncology

“I enjoy spending time outside, running, swimming, juggling (clubs, balls, sometimes fruit), and doing craft projects.”

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Ranak Trivedi, PhD

Psychology

“I love to invest in my well-being through weight training, hot yoga, hiking, reading, baking, and spending time with my family.”

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Pamela Simon, NP

Pediatric Oncology

“I love the outdoors, hiking and biking with my husband and dog, Frankie and traveling to watch our 2 sons play soccer for their college teams.”

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Allison Kurian, MD, MSc

Medical Oncology

“When not at work, I spend most of my time playing with my son and our dog, a Havanese named Bear.”

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Emily Ach, PhD

Child Psychology

“Born and raised right here in Palo Alto, I am a former competitive figure skater and continue to skate weekly. I also love spending time with friends and family, hiking, cooking, and traveling.”

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Kelly Bugos, MS, ANP

Medical Oncology

“In my spare time, I like moving through nature, especially on wheels."

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Douglas Blayney, MD, FACP

Medical Oncology

“I have three daughters, one of whom is a physician.”

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Rebecca Aslakson, MD, PhD

Palliative Care

“I cherish time with my husband and two sons; last year we traveled 5 months, traversed over 28,000 miles across 36 states, and visited 32 National parks while living in our little 17.5 foot trailer.”

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Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS

Gynecologic Oncology

“I’ve always had a passion for theatre and that has recently led me to become a director of documentary films.”

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Theresa Wittenberg, PA

Medical Oncology

“I love spending time with my family, friends, and dog Sadie. I’m also trying to master baking, archery, playing the cello, and tap dancing!”

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Gillian Kumagai, MLIS

Health Library

“I’m happiest when I’m by the water. I love road trips, listening to music, being with friends, and anything with dogs!”

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Alia Crum, PhD

Psychology

“I enjoy skiing, golfing and running with my husband Ryan and laying around on play-mats with my new baby Siggy.”

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Catherine Benedict, PhD

Psychology

“Having grown up on the east coast, I love being able to enjoy the outdoors year round, especially for a hike, bike ride, or a sunny day on the beach."

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Richard J. Shaw, MD

Psychiatry

“In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, swimming, hot yoga and my daily practice in meditation."

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Pam Kunz, MD

Medical Oncology

“In my spare time, you will find me near a baseball diamond watching one of my three sons or at a Little League Board meeting."

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Sean Zion, PhD Student

Psychology

“I enjoy kayaking and exploring Northern California with my Australian Shepherd, Tucker."

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Mary DeVega

Program Coordinator

“I enjoy spending my time with my family, biking, and traveling to new places. In my travels, you might find me on the beach of Oahu or the streets of Tokyo."

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Lauren Heathcote

Postdoctoral Fellow

“Originally from England, I enjoy making the most of the California sunshine and exploring the great outdoors, as well as hunting for culinary delights in the restaurants of San Francisco."

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Featured Team Member

Pam Simon

Pam Simon, Nurse Practitioner, talks about the unique needs of adolescents and young adults who survive cancer.