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Alexander R. Gottschalk


Director, CyberKnife Radiosurgery
Radiation oncologist

Dr. Alexander Gottschalk, an expert in radiation treatment, specializes in caring for patients with lung cancer, prostate cancer and sarcoma. He directs UCSF's program in CyberKnife surgery, in which a flexible robotic arm is used to precisely deliver high doses of radiation. He uses CyberKnife and other forms of stereotactic body radiation therapy to treat cancers of the lung or prostate, as well as cancer that has spread to the bones or lymph nodes.

Gottschalk earned both his medical degree and doctorate in pathology at the University of Chicago. He completed a residency in radiation oncology at UCSF.

Gottschalk has received numerous awards and research grants, including a research service award and a medical scientist fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, a clinical research grant from the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, a scholar award from the Radiological Society of North America and a junior faculty award from the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

  • Education

    University of Chicago School of Medicine, 1996

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Radiation Oncology, 2001

  • Board Certifications

    Radiation Oncology, American Board of Radiology

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    156 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 23, 2023
    Dr. Gottschalk is and has been outstanding before, during and now . I feel to be under excellent care
    Oct 16, 2023
    Dr. Gottschalk was informative and understanding. He patiently listened carefully to my concerns and questions. He described the pros and cons of various options but did not push any particular one. I was pleased that he was so generous with his time.
    Oct 06, 2023
    Dr. Gottschalk has been my oncologist for many years. We have a good relationship and I am comfortable in discussing with him anything related to my health care.
    Sep 28, 2023
    Clearly high level of medical knowledge and insight, which confirmed my hope and expectation In coming to UCSF, and specifically Dr Gottschalk.
    Sep 28, 2023
    Simply put, I believe I'm in the best of hands with a genuine regard for me and treating my condition.
    Sep 02, 2023
    Very good experience
    Jun 29, 2023
    This doctor is doubtless an excellent provider of radiation treatment. However, he evidently considered my case after studying my chart and decided on a plan before seeing me -- he then used his time with me to sell his treatment plan. He would not entertain a discussion regarding modifications to it. When I raised concerns about side effects he summarily dismissed them and was quite vague about liklihoods of each side effect, rather than giving statistics and percentages from the scientific studies about side effects. Hubris confirm.
    May 26, 2023
    No problems
    May 20, 2023
    He has always been there for me
    May 11, 2023
    The Dr seemed put out that I was not a normal case. I felt like I had to persist in order to get his opinion on key points.
    Apr 07, 2023
    Love Dr. Gottschalk & respect his credentials :)
    Mar 12, 2023
    Always excellent care!
    Feb 05, 2023
    My questions were answered and I was clear about the results of my scan and path going forward.
    Dec 01, 2022
    Just outstanding!
    Nov 08, 2022
    This clinic staff were professional and showed appropriate concern for my condition. I felt reassured by these staff members
    Sep 01, 2022
    Dr. G is an example of what ALL doctors should be.
    Aug 22, 2022
    I am confident that followup care will be discussed in person before the treatments
    Jul 14, 2022
    Dr. Gottschalk was very professional. He thoroughly explained the procedures I'm to have, the potential side-effects and he answered all of my questions. Prior to seeing Dr. Gottschalk, his Resident went over my medical history, my medications, and any pain I might be having. She had familiarized herself with my medical records and was both professional, thorough and friendly. I was really pleased with both doctors.

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