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Jonathan Chou


Genitourinary oncologist
Cancer researcher, amateur bassoonist and pianist

Dr. Jonathan Chou cares for patients with cancers affecting the genital and urinary organs, including prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers. Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, he applies precision medicine techniques – which take into account an individual's genes, lifestyle and other factors – to treatment, with targeted therapies and immunotherapy among the components in his oncology arsenal.

Chou is a physician-scientist, a doctor particularly focused on medical research. His areas of research include developing more precise ways to treat cancer. He studies molecular subtypes of cancer and uses genome-editing technology to engineer cell models in the lab, seeking to understand how specific mutations affect cancer properties. He also uses genetic and drug screening to find new ways of killing cancer cells, and incorporates patient-derived tumor xenografts (models in which cells from a patient’s tumor are implanted in an animal) to investigate drug resistance.

Chou earned his medical degree and a doctorate in biomedical sciences from UCSF. He also completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in oncology at UCSF.

In his free time, Chou loves trying new bakeries and restaurants around San Francisco. He and his wife enjoy going to the beach with their young daughter and their Aussiedoodle.

  • Education

    UCSF, PhD, Biomedical Sciences, 2012

    UCSF School of Medicine, MD, 2014

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 2016

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Oncology, 2020

As a cancer survivor of more than 15 years, I am dedicated to improving patient care and outcomes through cutting-edge research and kindness.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    133 Ratings
    About our process
    Feb 28, 2023
    Excellent provider.
    Feb 09, 2023
    A very good doctor
    Jan 10, 2023
    I greatly appreciate my doctor he his very genuine .
    Jan 10, 2023
    Very hard worker she is very concerned about my condition and really looks out for me
    Nov 28, 2022
    Dr Chou is very concerning and looks for other treatments
    Nov 16, 2022
    I didn't get enough time on this visit (only 20 mins) which is at an important decision making juncture to fully work out the options and pros and cons of some of the treatments.
    Nov 10, 2022
    Dr. Chou is the best doctor I have ever had!
    Oct 27, 2022
    Have worked with Dr Chou for almost 2 years and find him really fine all te way
    Sep 09, 2022
    Very good
    Aug 18, 2022
    Dr. Chou is one of the best Doctors I have ever had and I have had a lot of Doctors.
    Aug 16, 2022
    Aug 16, 2022
    He' doing his job right.
    Aug 08, 2022
    The main issue I found difficult to cope is I would like to see the Dr ( or the main assistance) more often just to know the progress and all issues continue to be as expected.
    Feb 01, 2022
    A very thoughtful and easily understood Doctor. Makes the whole experience much more calming with each visit.
    Nov 16, 2021
    Dr Chou is very thorough
    Sep 18, 2021
    Doctor Chou is a great Doctor who cares about his patients health. He listened answered questions asked and provide appropriate solution and recommendations. If I am not ready to proceed with treatment he will listen and understand and explain the risks and benefits of the treatment for when I am ready. He showed alot of respect and I cant thank him enough for being a great Doctor
    Aug 05, 2021
    The provider was fantastic and follow-up for very complicated care has been amazing.
    Jun 15, 2021
    Dr Chou is excellent and I am very grateful to have him as my primary cancer Dr
    Jun 08, 2021
    this was an new patient intake interview. It was very thorough and reassuring about the kind of care I might expect at UCSF
    May 05, 2021

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