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Kent Adler


Family man and SF Giants fan

Dr. Kent Adler is an oncologist experienced in treating a variety of cancers, with particular expertise in lung and breast cancer. He believes three pillars form the strongest foundation to fight cancer: knowledge, communication and heart.

Adler’s research focuses on developing new therapies for lung cancer.

Adler earned his medical degree from UCSF. He completed a residency in internal medicine at New York – Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and a fellowship in medical oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. A longtime advocate of multidisciplinary clinics for managing cancer, he co-founded one of the first multidisciplinary clinics for lung cancer on the West Coast while a faculty member at Stanford.

Throughout his career, Adler has served in leadership positions, including as a board member of the Mills Peninsula Medical Group and Association of Northern California Oncologists.

In his free time, Adler enjoys traveling, skiing and hiking with his wife, also a doctor, and their two adult children. A native of the Bay Area, he also loves the San Francisco Giants and almost anything related to baseball.

  • Education

    UCSF, School of Medicine, 1984

  • Residencies

    New York – Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1985

  • Fellowships

    Stanford University, Medical Oncology, 1991

Three pillars form a foundation to fight cancer: knowledge, communication and heart.

Clinics I work with

Cancer Center Redwood City

2900 Whipple Ave., Suite 130
Redwood City, CA 94062

Cancer Center San Mateo

218 DeAnza Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402

Thoracic Surgery and Oncology Clinic

See both of our San Francisco locations.

My reviews


Overall Experience
502 Ratings
About our process
Jul 08, 2023
Dr Adler is a truly excellent doctor.
Jul 07, 2023
I love Dr. Adler he's the best and I tell him so
Jul 06, 2023
Dr. Adler reiterated about my upcoming procedure and I will be contacted by his staff for further instructions.
Jul 03, 2023
Dr. Adler was very thorough in assessing my problem and he outlined a plan of action including tests and a referral to a surgeon. My appointment with Dr. Adler was late in the afternoon but he didn't rush me and was very patient in answering all my questions.
Jun 17, 2023
Dr. Adler is very professional caring patient and friendly. He explains things in a way that is easy to understand. I always feel at ease in every visit.
May 27, 2023
Dr. Adler is the best. He cares about all his patience. Need more doctors like him.
May 25, 2023
May 17, 2023
Very good and informative visit with Dr. Adler
Apr 30, 2023
Dr. Adler is a wonderful doctor.
Apr 22, 2023
A very comprehensive doctor
Apr 14, 2023
Excellent and the Provider is courteous caring and knowledgeable
Apr 07, 2023
All good people that work there
Apr 04, 2023
My health provided showed interest in my questions answering them very clearly and a great explanation of the treatments acording to my condition.
Mar 30, 2023
Dr. Adler and his staff take the time to get to know their patients well and show empathy and concern. They are extremely knowledgable and helpful.
Mar 24, 2023
Dr. Adler is the best
Mar 22, 2023
Dr Adler is a wonderful doctor and person.
Mar 17, 2023
Mar 11, 2023
Dr. Adler answered my question about creatinine level on my recent lab test result to my satisfaction .
Feb 23, 2023
Dr. Adler is great
Feb 19, 2023
My caregiver is so dear and thoughtful a wonderfulperson
Feb 17, 2023
Dr. Adler was outstanding.
Feb 17, 2023
Dr Adler explains next steps did exam and we discussed what to expect next
Feb 14, 2023
Dr.Adler is great.
Feb 07, 2023
Dr. Adler really cares about my health. He explains every thing in great details.
Feb 01, 2023
Dr Adler is dedicated to his patients. He gives thoroughly exams and shows he really cares . He gives me confidence that I can manage my illness.
Jan 30, 2023
Just a really nice person
Jan 13, 2023
We love Dr. Adler. He is THE BEST!!!
Jan 10, 2023
Dr. Adler is knowledge attentive concerned and very helpful
Jan 01, 2023
Dr Adler is just the best. Because of him I am well
Dec 17, 2022
Dr Adler is so warm and understanding
Dec 15, 2022
This was my first visit with Dr Adler and he was perfect in every way. Thank you Dr. Adler.
Dec 12, 2022
It was a very pleasant visit.
Nov 25, 2022
My care provider is wonderful. I am receiving great care.
Nov 24, 2022
Dr. Adler asked if I had reactions from my Immuno Therapy. He was pleased that I gained weight. He answered my question about getting my second booster (COVID) & told me the importance of getting flu shot as well.
Nov 24, 2022
Dr. Adler is professional very caring very pleasant and communicates well (easy to comprehend) about my condition and treatment. I am very glad I have him as my Oncologist.
Nov 18, 2022
Very kind and efficent
Nov 14, 2022
He's a great doctor in every way and always so attentive. He really relates to you in such a low key easy going manner. I just adore him!
Nov 03, 2022
You should have an outstanding rating for Dr. Adler as he is truly an outstanding doctor!
Nov 02, 2022
I loved Dr. Adler's energy involvement and overall manner of treatment I feel he really cares about me as a person not just my cancer.
Oct 12, 2022
Dr. Adler is so kind and patient and explains things in a way a layman can understand. He is such a great doctor and I am lucky to be in his care!
Oct 12, 2022
Dr.Adler Is an extraordinary doctor and also a very entertaining guy. He's just the type of personality I need I'm my currrnt situation.
Sep 29, 2022
Known the provider for at least two decades we have a deep understanding relationship
Sep 29, 2022
Dr. Adler has a calming demeanor that puts me at ease. He explains everything thoroughly including any treatment options for the future. He seems genuinely interested in me as a person not just a patient.
Sep 28, 2022
My doctor is the best.
Sep 28, 2022
Dr Adler was very kind spoke clearly extremely thorough and made sure I was comfortable and understood everything.
Sep 22, 2022
Dr. Adler is the best!
Sep 21, 2022
All very polite and professional.
Sep 01, 2022
Great doctor and truly nice guy. I feel fortunate to have found him.
Aug 24, 2022
Dr Adler and his staff are excellent in all phases.
Aug 23, 2022
Dr. Jeff Adler is the best great relationship.
Aug 13, 2022
As Dr. Adler is an oncologist I was a bit nervous about what I was going to experience. He was personable kind and thorough which put me at ease.
Aug 04, 2022
I love Dr. Adler.
Jul 21, 2022
This provider is always courteous informative and professional.
Jul 21, 2022
Follow up appointment
Jul 18, 2022
First visit.
Jul 12, 2022
Dr. Adler is always good at listening and nice to chat with.
Jun 10, 2022
Very comprehensive and timely AVS posted on my electronic record
Jun 06, 2022
Dr. Adler is a wonderful knowledgeable and empathetic doctor. I wish I could keep him as my oncologist but my cancer would be better served by a breast cancer oncologist.
May 08, 2022
Good experience
Apr 15, 2022
On a scale of 1 to 10 this physician is 25!!!!
Mar 20, 2022
I feel very confident the doctor has provided me the best healthcare!
Mar 18, 2022
I am in very good hands and I thank you
Mar 06, 2022
Dr Adler was always friendly kind and listened carefully to my questions and concerns.
Mar 01, 2022
Very good
Feb 23, 2022
Again this is an initial visit so some questions may not apply.
Feb 23, 2022
Always good
Feb 17, 2022
I am extremely happy with Dr. Adler
Feb 10, 2022
I had a very nice experience with the doctor !!
Jan 27, 2022
Dr. Adler has always attentive to my myriad questions and issues as always gives me expert advice.
Jan 25, 2022
Thoughtful and comprehensive
Jan 16, 2022
Excellent experience
Jan 13, 2022
Dr. Adler was extremely personable knowledgeable and thorough. He gets a 10 out of 10 rating!!!!
Jan 03, 2022
All great! Nothing but good things to say.
Dec 18, 2021
He's an excellent doctor and care giver.
Dec 09, 2021
I didn't feel provider had adequately reviewed the lumpectomy pathology report in prep for the appt. There were 2 points that he missed which I called out one of them and did not receive a satisfactory explanation. The second point I discovered after re-reading the report and have followed up since with a text ... Still awaiting response. It has become increasingly obvious that we MUST be advocates for our own health but those who are not in the know are at a huge disadvantage. I expect from the experts (doctors) to pay close attention and critically review each patient's diagnosis and treatment.
Dec 09, 2021
Dr. Adler is an excellent doctor spent a lot of time with us and gave us very good and thoughtful information. He really listened carefully and didn't rush us. As a result we were able to make informed decisions for our mother's health care and felt we really had an ally. It was an excellent experience and we are grateful for his guidance.
Nov 04, 2021
Dr Adler is just the best and it is because of him I am well today ....I can never thank him and all his staff enough. I am so very grateful to Dr Adler for all the care and concern he has shown me and my family.
Oct 28, 2021
Just think we need more physicians like Dr. Adler. There is warmth then clinical expertise.
Oct 21, 2021
He's a fantastic doctor in every way. I feel 100% comfortable and confident with him. He's amazing.
Sep 24, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Dr Adler spent an unbelievable amount of time with me since this was my first visit post cancer dx. He was friendly calmed my fears answered all my questions and ordered more tests that made sense to me. He laid out the journey thus far and that calmed me quite a bit. He was amazing for a first visit
Sep 16, 2021
The is care provider is beyond amazing. His care is great. He's an excellent listener reframes things perfectly and makes sure that your visit is positive upbeat successful enjoyable etc. He even provides a gorgeous background while doing tele-calls. He's a thoughtful man.
Sep 13, 2021
Dr. Adler is excellent. He is kind and caring.
Sep 13, 2021
I am a plus size woman. The gowns come in one size which is not my size. Frustrating embarrassing unnecessary!! Size selection please.
Sep 01, 2021
Doctor was very deliberate and detailed in his discussion with me and listened diligently to my questions and concerns. Very reassuring and knowledgeable. Also spoke at a good slower pace as a courtesy to my wife so that she could understand what was going on with my cancer diagnosis.