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Alain P. Algazi


Medical oncologist
Immunologist, father and rather slow endurance athlete

Dr. Alain Algazi is a specialist in medical treatment – such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy – for patients with head and neck cancers, including head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, thyroid cancers and salivary gland cancers. He leads UCSF's program in medical therapy for head and neck cancers, and chairs the head and neck cancer research committee.

In research, Algazi conducts clinical trials – studies that evaluate new therapies for head and neck cancers with an emphasis on approaches to improving the chances of long term remission in patients with incurable cancer using immunotherapy. He has also served the national study chair for clinical trials that give patients access to new medications and that provide new approaches of administering existing medications to improve their efficacy.

Algazi earned his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed a residency in internal medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in hematology-oncology at UCSF.

Algazi is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society for Immunotherapy for Cancer and American Association for Cancer Research.

To reach Dr. Alain Algazi, please contact the head and neck medical oncology practice at (415) 353-9900.

  • Education

    UCLA School of Medicine, 2004

  • Residencies

    UCLA Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2007

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Hematology-Oncology, 2010

  • Board Certifications

    Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

There is a cure for every cancer. Our job is to find it.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    197 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 30, 2023
    Dr. Algazi has a very affable manner and explains issues in a comforting way. His patience and care really comes through.
    Nov 10, 2023
    UCSF is the greatest and the doctors and nurses are truly the best
    Oct 21, 2023
    I love all my doctors at UCSF
    Oct 04, 2023
    I love Dr. Algazi.
    Sep 29, 2023
    Great Dr. Asks the right questions and listens and address them.
    Sep 23, 2023
    Really appreciate Dr Algazi.
    Sep 22, 2023
    Excellent provider with great personal skills.
    Sep 17, 2023
    They all treat me with respect and they are all very concerned about me and my problems. Very helpful and kind.
    Sep 16, 2023
    Dr Algazi is extremely thorough & took time to provide visual evidence for my care plan.
    Aug 25, 2023
    I must say the level of Professionalism from the Doctors nurses and staff at UCSF is by far the best that I have ever seen at any Hospital the care that I have received has been amazing. I have 1000% confidence in what the teams of Doctors meeting to discuss strategies on my case and moving forward with no delay. It is so comforting to know that my treatment matters. Simply amazing.
    Aug 17, 2023
    Aug 10, 2023
    Dr. Algazi Is professional yet compassionate!
    Jul 25, 2023
    Dr. Algazi has a very personable nature. I felt very at ease.
    Jul 20, 2023
    Dr Algazi is ALWAYS easy to talk with he's more like a friend as well as a Dr that takes my health management personally
    Jul 20, 2023
    I have been treated by Dr Algazi for nearly a decade. He understands my situation and we are monitoring my cancer which seems to be in remission.
    Jul 13, 2023
    Recommend good people that will take care and provide that support to continue you're life with hope faith tour any illness
    Jun 18, 2023
    May 29, 2023
    The care provider is kind smart personally concerned and has a great personality. I am amazed by the high quality and level of professionalism of all of the UCSF staff.
    May 27, 2023
    Dr Algazi it's always very thorough. What's the ability to make things very clear and understandable
    May 25, 2023
    May 25, 2023
    Dr Algazi is a superb physician in every aspect
    May 25, 2023
    Excellent highly intelligent doctor
    May 11, 2023
    Feel so grateful to be seen by Dr. Algazi - he is a truly remarkable doctor and care provider.
    May 02, 2023
    Dr Algazi is fantastic
    Apr 09, 2023
    Excellent communication and super fast follow up information -like the next day by 9am
    Apr 01, 2023
    Dr Alain Algazi is the very best. I could not be happier with his care concern knowledge and involvement in my care.
    Feb 26, 2023
    Always excellent experience
    Feb 25, 2023
    Dr. Algazi is a great communicator and listener and a caring doctor.
    Jan 24, 2023
    Awesome UCSF Head and Neck Team
    Dec 26, 2022
    Always a blessing to meet with Dr Algazi
    Nov 20, 2022
    Dr Algazi is fantastic
    Sep 28, 2022
    Dr Algazi is excellent at communication and giving me hope and confidence in this process
    Sep 22, 2022
    Always so attentive and collaborative in my care
    Sep 05, 2022
    I only wish there were an 'excellent' choice.
    Aug 25, 2022
    My impressions of care team is above and beyond expectations.
    Aug 09, 2022
    I can't emphasize enough how much I appreciate the communication with this organization. You are truly to be commended.
    Jul 14, 2022
    Excellent knowledge answered all questions in detail a good listener willing to provide additional information
    Jun 04, 2022
    Dr. Algazi is second to none. He has a very calming bedside manner. He knows his stuff!! I am lucky to have him.
    Mar 20, 2022
    Covered all bases.
    Mar 19, 2022
    I was impressed by Dr Algazi's understanding of my case and his excellent knowledge of these types of cancer. His discussion of immunotherapy was especially helpful for me.
    Mar 17, 2022
    Dr Algazi is an excellent Doctor.
    Feb 26, 2022
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    Study of Adjuvant Cemiplimab Versus Placebo After Surgery and Radiation Therapy in Patients Wit...

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    Preoperative Immunotherapy in Patients With Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

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