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Jonathan Chou


Genitourinary oncologist
Cancer researcher, amateur bassoonist and pianist

Dr. Jonathan Chou cares for patients with cancers affecting the genital and urinary organs, including prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers. Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, he applies precision medicine techniques – which take into account an individual's genes, lifestyle and other factors – to treatment, with targeted therapies and immunotherapy among the components in his oncology arsenal.

Chou is a physician-scientist, a doctor particularly focused on medical research. His areas of research include developing more precise ways to treat cancer. He studies molecular subtypes of cancer and uses genome-editing technology to engineer cell models in the lab, seeking to understand how specific mutations affect cancer properties. He also uses genetic and drug screening to find new ways of killing cancer cells, and incorporates patient-derived tumor xenografts (models in which cells from a patient’s tumor are implanted in an animal) to investigate drug resistance.

Chou earned his medical degree and a doctorate in biomedical sciences from UCSF. He also completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in oncology at UCSF.

In his free time, Chou loves trying new bakeries and restaurants around San Francisco. He and his wife enjoy going to the beach with their young daughter and their Aussiedoodle.

  • Education

    UCSF, PhD, Biomedical Sciences, 2012

    UCSF School of Medicine, MD, 2014

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 2016

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Oncology, 2020

As a cancer survivor of more than 15 years, I am dedicated to improving patient care and outcomes through cutting-edge research and kindness.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    139 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 29, 2023
    Dr Chou is great listensinforms supports Very caring!!
    Nov 21, 2023
    Keep up the good work
    Oct 24, 2023
    Excellent interaction and verbal exchanges with Dr. Chou. Very thorough in explaining future course of care and basis for his recommendations.
    Sep 26, 2023
    Dr. Chou is professional thorough and did an excellent job of explaining things and answering our questions
    Sep 05, 2023
    I am very satisfied with my care provider.
    Aug 29, 2023
    Excellent relationship personally and medically.
    Aug 17, 2023
    Dr. Chou is always very thorough and counsel is very good.
    Aug 11, 2023
    Dr Chou is a great doctor and I feel blessed to be able to have him as my doctor
    May 23, 2023
    Excellent experience
    May 23, 2023
    Basically Dr Chou allowed a great deal me to fully participate in the decision making process.
    Mar 26, 2023
    Dr Chou has been terrific throughout my cancer ordeal. Highest marks for him as always.
    Mar 23, 2023
    Dr Chou is wonderful concerns for me I feel
    Mar 06, 2023
    We have a good time with our care provider. He listens asks questions and he alwaysHas a smile. Feel very comfortable with him
    Feb 28, 2023
    Excellent provider.
    Feb 09, 2023
    A very good doctor
    Jan 10, 2023
    I greatly appreciate my doctor he his very genuine .
    Jan 10, 2023
    Very hard worker she is very concerned about my condition and really looks out for me
    Nov 28, 2022
    Dr Chou is very concerning and looks for other treatments
    Nov 16, 2022
    I didn't get enough time on this visit (only 20 mins) which is at an important decision making juncture to fully work out the options and pros and cons of some of the treatments.
    Nov 10, 2022
    Dr. Chou is the best doctor I have ever had!
    Oct 27, 2022
    Have worked with Dr Chou for almost 2 years and find him really fine all te way
    Sep 09, 2022
    Very good
    Aug 18, 2022
    Dr. Chou is one of the best Doctors I have ever had and I have had a lot of Doctors.
    Aug 16, 2022
    Aug 16, 2022
    He' doing his job right.
    Aug 08, 2022
    The main issue I found difficult to cope is I would like to see the Dr ( or the main assistance) more often just to know the progress and all issues continue to be as expected.