Dr. J. Ben Arevalo is a palliative care specialist who treats patients with cancer. He helps patients maximize their quality of life by managing symptoms related to cancer, as well as side effects of treatment, including pain, fatigue, nausea, low appetite, insomnia, anxiety and shortness of breath. He also supports patients and their families with medical decision making and advance care planning.
Arevalo has a special interest in caring for patients with hematologic (blood) cancers, including leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma, as well as patients with complex and treatment-resistant pain. He values the deep connections and enduring partnerships that he forms with patients and their families.
Arevalo earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago, where he also served as chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative care at UCSF.
Arevalo also earned a master of business administration degree at Harvard Business School. Before joining UCSF, he worked as an emergency medicine physician and as a flight physician on a medical helicopter.