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John Gordan


Gastrointestinal oncologist

Dr. John Gordan is a gastrointestinal cancer specialist who cares for patients with hepatobiliary cancers, such as cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer), hepatocellular carcinoma (the most common liver cancer) and gallbladder cancer.

Gordan is actively involved in designing and carrying out clinical trials of potential treatments for hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma. His laboratory research focuses on identifying new therapies for patients with these cancers as well as identifying predictive biomarkers to better apply existing therapies.

Gordan completed his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in medical oncology at UCSF. He joined the UCSF faculty in 2015.

Gordan is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, which supports his research, as does the American Cancer Society.

  • Education

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2009

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, 2011

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    89 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 13, 2023
    This was a very pleasant experience for me. Thank you so much.
    Jun 06, 2023
    Excellent care and follow
    May 02, 2023
    In general it is a process already known by both parties.
    Apr 11, 2023
    I am very confident in Dr Gordan he always takes time to explain and answer questions. A wonderful doctor
    Mar 28, 2023
    Amazing provider. Now we know what excellence looks like. Wish every provider was this thoughtful professional thorough and empathetic.
    Feb 21, 2023
    Very knowledgeable. Explained everything well with great communication skills
    Feb 04, 2023
    Dr Gordan is a great listener always well prepared and wonderful making you feel at ease.
    Jan 22, 2023
    Dr Gordan is a highly skilled professional and very compassionate.
    Dec 13, 2022
    Dr. Gordan cares about his patient both as a doctor and as a person
    Nov 14, 2022
    Dr Gordan very friendly and very thoughtful. Great explaining .
    Sep 14, 2022
    Excellent provider for my care team.
    Sep 11, 2022
    Dr. Gordan is an active listener responds to all questions without hesitation in a caring and considerate manner. He has a wonderful demeanor and sense of humor to relieve any tension. He is a super doctor and would recommend him highly.
    Aug 30, 2022
    Dr. Gordan is always so very friendly and extremely informative
    Jul 26, 2022
    Dr couldn't pull up Pet Scan which I wanted him to look at and discuss with me. His computer froze so he had limited access to my info. Very frustrating for me
    May 20, 2022
    Dr Gordan was very thorough with information
    Mar 04, 2022
    Dr.Gordan always listens actively provides easy to understand replies to any questions or concerns.
    Jan 21, 2022
    Dr. Gordan presented a clear overview of the medical problem that I faced Cholangiocarcinoma--a rare bile duct cancer. His presentation was well-organized. He explained his 3-pronged approach to our discussion as "Diagnosis Maintenance and Prognosis." He listened thoughtfully responding to questions posed by myself my wife and our two adult children with honesty and an open mind. As a Kaiser patient I had reached out to UCSF for a second opinion. My discussion with Dr. Gordan which included my family encouraged me through a better understanding of this rare disease and its current treatment and his view that Kaiser was on tract.
    Dec 07, 2021
    Very good experience.
    Nov 30, 2021
    Dr. Gordan is a consummate professional. He is always on time huge depth of knowledge is caring and has a wonderful sense of humor.
    Oct 01, 2021
    Very good doctor knows what he's talking about but you understand it and make you feel like you're part of it on whatever decision is being made
    Sep 28, 2021
    Always a thorough explanation of treatment options always supportive showing great concern