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Catherine C. Smith


Leukemia researcher and lifelong San Francisco Giants fan

Dr. Catherine Smith is a hematologist-oncologist who cares for patients with acute leukemia and myeloproliferative neoplasms (blood cancers that occur when the body overproduces one of the blood cell types). She specializes in acute myeloid leukemia (also known as acute myelogenous leukemia or AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that spreads rapidly. She has a particular interest in treating AML patients who have mutations in the FLT3 gene, which is involved in leukemia cell growth, division and survival and is a factor that may be useful in making a prognosis.

Smith's research focuses on understanding why some patients do not respond to AML therapies and on developing new strategies to treat these patients.

A San Francisco native, Smith earned her medical degree from Duke University and completed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She then completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at UCSF.

  • Education

    Duke University, 2002

  • Residencies

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Internal Medicine, 2005

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Hematology-Oncology, 2009

  • Board Certifications

    Hematology, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

  • Languages


My patients inspire me to do my best every day.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    144 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 02, 2023
    Dr. Smith is awesome! She's so smart and has great bedside manner I've already recommended her to folks in need of her services.
    Nov 30, 2023
    Dr Smith is the best
    Oct 12, 2023
    Good experience
    Jul 20, 2023
    I was extremely impressed by the care concern and compassion I was given by the staff at UCSF.
    Jul 06, 2023
    I love Dr. Catherine Smith!
    Jun 22, 2023
    Nothing but good things to say about Dr. Smith. It's bad luck to get blood cancer but good luck to have Dr. Smith assigned to your care.
    May 18, 2023
    May 13, 2023
    I have been seeing Dr. Smith sense 2014 she is an outstanding Dr.
    May 13, 2023
    Very knowledgeable with my test results and possible concerns
    Apr 27, 2023
    All was good
    Apr 08, 2023
    She's always terrific
    Mar 13, 2023
    I have been seeing Dr. Smith sense Nov.2014 Great Doctor........
    Mar 11, 2023
    Dr Smith presented well and is a caring compassionate physician
    Mar 04, 2023
    Dr Smith is an outstanding caring physician.Our discussion calmed my anxiety. I am very grateful to have her as my Dr
    Feb 23, 2023
    Dr Catherine Smith is brilliant.
    Feb 10, 2023
    Dr. Smith is a gem
    Jan 05, 2023
    Dr Smith is an excellent Dr. She listens carefully and is very sensitive to ny needs
    Dec 12, 2022
    Dr. Smith is great been treating sense 2014.
    Nov 03, 2022
    She's the best!
    Oct 27, 2022
    Dr. Smith is an amazing brilliant & compassionate human being. There are not enough words for me to express my appreciation. Also words could never express my family s gratitude for all she did and continue to do for me.
    Sep 30, 2022
    Best care provider
    Sep 29, 2022
    Dr smith was a very friendly and informative dr. It was my first visit to the clinic but I felt like i've been a patient for years because they made me feel so at ease and comfortable.
    Sep 28, 2022
    Dr Smith is a great lady.........
    Sep 22, 2022
    I am in good hands
    Aug 25, 2022
    Catherine Smith is the doctor everyone wants. She's friendly she listens she talks to me like I'm a real human being and you can tell that she really cares.
    Aug 13, 2022
    Excellent service
    Jul 14, 2022
    Dr. Smith as a world renowned hematologist is a credit and asset of the UCSF community.
    May 23, 2022
    Good meeting.
    Apr 29, 2022
    The room was so cold Inhad to stand in the hallway
    Apr 24, 2022
    I feel very fortunate to have Dr Smith as my provider. She has made my recent experience much more manageable and provided answers to my questions as needed.
    Apr 07, 2022
    Dr. Smith is just the best. Perfect!!