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Natalie Marshall


Medical oncologist
Medical Director, UCSF – John Muir Health Cancer Center in Berkeley
Jazz vocalist, Olympic weightlifter and experimental cook

Dr. Natalie A. Marshall is a medical oncologist who cares for patients with breast and lung cancer using chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy. She also works with her patients on modifying their habits with the goal of making their bodies less hospitable to cancer growth. This includes instruction and encouragement on diet, sleep, stress reduction and exercise, including strength training. It is important to her to let patients know how lifestyle modifications can lower the risk of cancer recurrence. She serves as medical director of the UCSF – John Muir Health Cancer Center in Berkeley.

Throughout her career, Marshall has been helping patients participate in clinical trials to evaluate cancer treatments, starting at Yale New Haven Hospital as a fellow and faculty member in the breast care unit and stem cell transplantation program, and later working in New Mexico and California in community oncology (which seeks to provide quality cancer care close to where patients live) and private practice. At New Mexico Cancer Center for more than a decade, she ran the state's only program that conducted autologous stem cell transplantation (replacing diseased or damaged cells with healthy blood stem cells from the patient).

Marshall earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of New Mexico Hospital, followed by a fellowship in medical oncology at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Marshall has received numerous honors, including a "people's choice" doctor award in New Mexico in 2010; a Top Docs award from Albuquerque The Magazine in 2009; inclusion in Castle Connolly's Top Doctors in San Francisco in 2015; and induction into Leading Physicians of the World (a print and online resource) in 2017.

Outside of work, Marshall is a jazz musician and lyricist who performs in the Bay Area whenever she can. She is also a masters division Olympic weightlifter, avid hiker and gardener, mother and wife. These activities bring balance and compassion to her role as a doctor.

  • Education

    University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 1992

  • Fellowships

    Yale New Haven Health, Medical Oncology, 2000

I communicate honestly and compassionately with everyone, and aim to help my patients understand their treatment options so that they can make decisions that are right for them.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    630 Ratings
    About our process
    Mar 03, 2023
    Dr Marshall is an excellent breast cancer oncologist.
    Mar 01, 2023
    Dr Marshall is an outstanding oncologist and I'm grateful to have her care.
    Feb 28, 2023
    Great Doctor. Easy to understand. Very knowledgable. I would highly recommend this Dr.
    Feb 24, 2023
    Couldn't schedule follow-up meeting as scheduling folks weren't there. They are supposed to call me.
    Feb 23, 2023
    My oncologist Dr. Marshall is caring listens well and I feel well taken care of
    Feb 22, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is an outstanding doctor. She is very knowledgeable caring and compassionate.
    Feb 18, 2023
    Shes good but you must prob questions to get all information
    Feb 16, 2023
    I appreciate Dr Marshall and her continued care I receive regarding my cancer treatment.
    Feb 08, 2023
    She was attentive informative warm caring and human
    Feb 03, 2023
    As I have said before Dr. Marshall and her staff are fabulous. No one wants to need an oncologist but if required she's great!
    Jan 31, 2023
    Could not have asked for better care than Dr Marshall provided. Excellent
    Jan 26, 2023
    Jan 24, 2023
    Need to improve comfort for mammogram patients. Offer the robes in all sizes not just one size. It was too small and gown they gave me would have fit the Hulk. Very embarrassing to sit in a room with other patients in a gown that was so long that tying it didn't help. We deserve to be made comfortable.
    Jan 24, 2023
    Both my Doctors are wonderful could not thank them enough appreciate their seasoned experience and professional behavior -- and overall kindness towards me.
    Jan 23, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is the great in all these areas!
    Jan 17, 2023
    The good Dr was very informative and professional. She did not treat me like a tumor that had to fit in a protocol box. I was a whole person with a reactive body.
    Jan 13, 2023
    Natalie Marshall provides extraordinary care.
    Jan 13, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is the best!!!!
    Jan 08, 2023
    Dr. Marshall was extremely attentive and informative and caring listening to all my questions and answering everything.
    Jan 04, 2023
    Excellent care
    Dec 30, 2022
    Excellent visit
    Dec 29, 2022
    Excellent my family and I are very pleased !
    Dec 28, 2022
    Top notch excellent doctor. Inspired and empowered me with information.
    Dec 24, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is very kind professional and provides the excellent care.
    Dec 18, 2022
    Felt very comfortable and received good advice and encouragement from Dr. Marshall
    Dec 02, 2022
    Working with Dr. Natalie Marshall is a true pleasure. Not only is she caring concerned and kind but she is very knowledgeable and willing to thoroughly discuss the possible variations in treatments. She also is a good teacher with her PAs/NPs.
    Nov 30, 2022
    I trust Dr Marshall and enjoy my visits w her!
    Nov 20, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is wonderful. She is bright intelligent listens very well is efficient and caring.
    Nov 12, 2022
    Dr Marshall is absolutely the best doctor I could hope to have.
    Nov 11, 2022
    Dr Marshall is the best! So smart and at the top of industry.
    Oct 29, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is very good has great communication skills very sweet n a great listener and is very thoughtful. Very people-oriented.
    Oct 27, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is very informative and she makes me feel at ease. She is very knowledgeable and takes her time explaining everything.
    Oct 13, 2022
    Dr Marshall is wonderful.
    Oct 12, 2022
    Dr Marshall make me feel confident and cared for. She is the best
    Oct 07, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is THE BEST!!
    Oct 05, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is very kind and provides the excellent patient care.
    Sep 28, 2022
    Dr Marshall is the best oncologist in the Bay Area!!
    Sep 25, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is always kind attentive and helpful.
    Sep 18, 2022
    Dr Marshall is excellent. She answers all my questions and has compassion for her patients.
    Sep 17, 2022
    On a scale of 1-5 I give her a 10. Dr. Marshall is the best!
    Sep 16, 2022
    Great doctor!
    Sep 12, 2022
    Dr. Marshall asked me if I ever felt the lumps. When I explained the left was ALWAYS firmer than the other she said "and you didn't think anything was wrong?" Many breast cancer patients unnecessarily blame themselves with or without other people's judgments. I would like doctors to consider the impacts their words have on the patients.
    Sep 09, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is very personable and easy to communicate with.
    Sep 07, 2022
    The care I received from everyone at UCSF is exceptional and I feel so fortunate for that.
    Sep 06, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is an awesome physician. She's an excellent listener and she offers great information to educate me about my health and prognosis. She offers excellent resources. I'm so happy that she is my doctor; I feel safe with her medical care. I am grateful to her.
    Sep 01, 2022
    Aug 30, 2022
    Dr Marshall is competent communicative and one of the best oncologists! She listens and strives to provide the best care possible addressing issues related to cancer/treatment/side affects
    Aug 27, 2022
    I really like Dr Marshall's attitude. And she nice.
    Aug 19, 2022
    Great Care!
    Aug 07, 2022
    Aug 06, 2022
    Excellent provider.
    Aug 03, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is always very thorough. She's the best!
    Jul 26, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is incredibly bright and do generous with her time. She is honestly the best doctor I ever had. Great work for snagging her!
    Jul 21, 2022
    Dr. Natalie Marshall is the best doctor I've ever had in my life. I am so grateful to have her as my doctor. I always feel listened to and she has always responded to all concerns or needs immediately and gets results. I highly recommend her. I wish all my doctors were clones of her. She's the best!
    Jul 16, 2022
    Dr Marshall is he Bat be n every way!
    Jul 16, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is friendly extremely knowledgeable and has been very helpful and informative every time I've seen her. What a terrific doctor!
    Jul 15, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is a terrific doctor-knowledgeable about all of my concerns is an excellent listener outstanding provider of medical care and compassionate about patient issues. I am grateful to be in her care.
    Jul 13, 2022
    Dr Marshall is terrific
    Jul 09, 2022
    I've had cancer several times and Dr Marshall is by far the best oncologist I've ever seen.
    Jul 06, 2022
    Awesome experience
    Jun 12, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is the best doctor I have ever had
    Jun 05, 2022
    Doctor Marshall is a caring and compassionate doctor. She is professional and courteous as well as friendly.
    May 13, 2022
    I feel very blessed to have found Natalie. She is a great fit for me. She really listens and calls me on my own stories which are not always accurate and stem from my paranoia around my Ovarian Cancer in the rear view mirror while explaining her perspective. I had a Massive issue with side effects on one of my meds. She was flexible and really heard my complaints and concerns. I could not ask for better care and concern for me as a human.
    Apr 17, 2022
    Nothing bad to say about her. She is the Best.
    Apr 12, 2022
    I am so blessed to have a doctor like Dr. Marshall. She is amazing she is kind compassionate and great Dr.
    Apr 07, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is very compassionate about her work.
    Apr 05, 2022
    All information was very clear
    Apr 01, 2022
    They informed me of all that I needed.
    Mar 21, 2022
    The appointment felt very rushed.
    Mar 21, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is very involved with her patients and makes them feel like they are the most important person in the practice. She answers questions gives advice and listens. Pleasure to work with.
    Mar 16, 2022
    When asked about her knowledge of the advancement of an alternative cancer experiment Dr Marshall's tone and attitude became rude. I felt very surprised and embarrased. So I reframed our interaction for her and moved on with our conversation. I think Dr. Marshall needs reminding of the importance of maintaining respectful tone and attitude during sensitive question-answer moments.
    Mar 16, 2022
    Mar 11, 2022
    Dr. Marshall has been laid out information to me at the pace I have needed throughout a long and difficult treatment process. This particular visit was more of a check up so it wasn't as detailed as she normally is but I feel like I left with the right amount of information and she thoroughly answered any questions I had at the time. She also was really sensitive to the emotional nature of the visit and I left feeling a lot better mentally than when I went in.
    Mar 10, 2022
    Appointment was a consultation recommended by my Oncologist.
    Mar 08, 2022
    Exceptional care and treatment
    Mar 06, 2022
    Instructions were given verbally and written as a message in MyChart which I thought was great. Sometimes you just need confirmation when you get home.
    Mar 04, 2022
    Dr Marshall always so caring and professional with current treatment protocol and practical solutions to problems regarding side effects of medication chemo etc. She is a gem and I am most fortunate to have her professional care!
    Feb 26, 2022
    Dr Marshall is a caring attentive smart communicative oncologist.
    Feb 25, 2022
    I make appointments with Dr. Marshall for 2nd opinion. I am a Kaiser patient but very appreciative of Dr. Marshall's wisdom and advice. She has made a huge impact on my quality of life with her suggestions regarding timeliness of necessary tests.
    Feb 25, 2022
    I love Dr. Marshall and I am a survivor of breast cancer as a result of her expertise and total brilliance. She has always been this way and I am grateful to her not just for the oncology experience but the total care and concern for the other experiences that occur as a result of the treatments. I recommend her to everyone facing a cancer issue.
    Feb 16, 2022
    It would be nice if the doc and her NPs read my chart before seeing me. E.g. I have been asked at every visit if I am seeing double after having told the doc that I am blind in one eye so that is not possible. This has been going on for more than a year. I have been told to take supplements I have been telling them I take for the entire time I've been in this practice. Why bother asking any questions and maybe or maybe not writing them down in the chart if the chart isn't going to be read before asking them for a 4th time?
    Feb 12, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is an excellent Doctor . I would recommend her to family and friends.
    Feb 11, 2022
    Dr Marshall is an excellent doctor!
    Feb 01, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is the best. I have thrived under her care. I went from stage 4 metastatic inoperable lung cancer in 2013 to total remission in 2016. She tested me for the Opdivo immunotherapy months before it was available. It was a miracle for me! She's definately on top of her busuness!
    Jan 31, 2022
    I love Dr. Marshall as my doctor she is kind explains everything well and caring.
    Jan 19, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is amazing very responsive very informed and very helpful.
    Jan 14, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is one superb doctor.
    Jan 14, 2022
    As u mentioned Dr. Marshall is beyond excellent in every way!
    Jan 13, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is an outstanding oncologist! When she left her previous practice to come to UCSF I waited until she was situated and then immediately followed her to the new UCSF practice.
    Jan 07, 2022
    Dr. Natalie Marshall is professional personable and exceptional is every way. An excellent brilliant oncologist.
    Jan 06, 2022
    Dr. Marshall is the best! I always come away from my appointments with good information to support my health.
    Jan 05, 2022
    I trust Dr Marshall
    Dec 30, 2021
    Dr. Marshall is such a lovely person to begin with and so brilliant on top of everything willing to discuss every little detail impacted by your health condition. She is holistic in her approach and I am so grateful and blessed to have found her on my Cancer journey. I have met many doctors she rises above them all in her care and guidance.
    Dec 22, 2021
    No question about what to do next.
    Dec 16, 2021
    IT was a good experiencia. She was very Kinder and explain clearly what to expect. She too her time with me.
    Dec 15, 2021
    Dr. Marshall inspired confidence by her attention and guidance.
    Nov 30, 2021
    I continue to refer her to other women. I leave feeling more hopeful that I will be able to be the able bodied geezer that I envision.
    Nov 21, 2021
    Dr. Marshall is extraordinary and I am very happy that she is my oncologist!
    Nov 06, 2021
    Dr Marshall makes sure I understand any aspects of my health related to my cancer treatment and preventive care. She even helps translates what other specialists are trying to tell me if I'm confused. And she proactively helps me set up appointments. I trust her implicitly and respect her immensely and like being around her a lot too.
    Nov 02, 2021
    Clear explanations open caring
    Oct 27, 2021
    Dr. Marshall is an excellent Physician. She takes her time to listen and explain in easy to understand terminology. She is very friendly kind and professional. I would gladly recommend her to family and friends.
    Oct 26, 2021
    I really appreciated Dr. Marshall's input regarding diet lifestyle etc. That would help my condition along with the medical treatment recommendations. Her recommendations were backed by evidence/research which Is Important to me.
    Oct 23, 2021
    Clearly understandable
    Oct 20, 2021
    Always such a good experience when I see her
    Oct 20, 2021
    GOOD EXPERIENCE: The reason for my visit with Dr. Marshall was for a second opinion. I found her to be outstanding very knowledgeable In her field. She had read my medical history. She did a thorough exam. Dr. Marshall explained everything clearly. She presented a treatment plan for me which I was very comfortable with. I am grateful to her for helping navigate my cancer treatment plan going forward.
    Oct 20, 2021
    I drive over 150 miles to see Dr. Marshall. She is by far my favorite oncologist. I can't say enough good things about her I'm so glad I found her!
    Sep 27, 2021
    She provided the best follow-up care
    Sep 20, 2021
    Dr Marshall always provides excellent care and is very reassuring
    Sep 18, 2021
    No one was available to provide follow up documentation from visit and schedule test. They were busy but said they would call me and I still haven't heard from anyone.
    Sep 15, 2021
    Dr. Marshall is thorough and makes a significant effort to see that the visit is a positive experience.
    Sep 14, 2021
    I don't normally take the time to respond to surveys but I would like to congratulate UCSF for having absolutely the best doctor I've ever known: Dr. Marshall takes time to answer questions; she thinks both inside and outside of the box; and she goes the extra mile to take care of her patients all with a smile! Thank you so much for having her on staff!
    Sep 13, 2021
    The after visit summary was very informative but didn't come until a week after the visit which was concerning as there was a lot of information I was looking forward to seeing in writing.
    Sep 13, 2021
    Dr. Marshall always listens and is caring and thoughtful.
    Sep 11, 2021
    Doctor Marshall is a great listener and answered all my questions in a way that I understood. She is super knowledgeable and efficient. I am very thankful to have her as my oncologist.
    Sep 10, 2021
    Dr Marshall is outstanding and I appreciate the concern she takes to address my questions and requests. I can't tell you how much I value and appreciate her!
    Aug 18, 2021
    Dr. Marshall is AWESOME! She continues to provide exceptional knowledge and suggestions for ongoing treatment. Her advice has literally saved my life by making me aware of the "timing" and need for specific testing that my own HMO did not feel was "time yet" to provide.
    Aug 09, 2021
    The Doctor was excellent at explaining my condition and answering my questions.
    Aug 03, 2021
    I am extremely impressed with Dr. Marshall. She is knowledgeable kind patient explains things clearly listens and asks questions. She is so highly competent at dealing with my unusual post-care problems that I followed her from the clinic where she previously worked.
    Jul 26, 2021
    As I stated earlier Dr. Marshall's advice has saved my life by suggesting testing not already quite due to be scheduled with my health care system. She continues to keep me aware of timing on necessary testing for me sometimes earlier than the "average bear". She understands well that our unique conditions make it dangerous to take a "one size fits all" attitude. While I understand the business sense behind this am grateful because I would have fallen through that particular crack and at this point may have been unable to have recovered.
    Jun 25, 2021
    I have great experiences. Dr. Marshall and her team treat me kindly and very well. Thank you!
    Jun 23, 2021
    Dr Marshall is really smart compassionate and thorough.
    Jun 23, 2021
    Top notch of all the above
    Jun 21, 2021
    Dr. Marshall is an excellent communicator and I feel has my case under control. i feek ie am getting excellent care
    Jun 18, 2021
    Dr Marshall is the best. I followed her here from Epic Care.
    Jun 16, 2021
    Dr. Marshall is the BEST.
    May 29, 2021
    She inspired total confidence. I left the appointment feeling like I was in the best possible hands.
    May 26, 2021
    very calming
    May 23, 2021
    Dr. Marshall is an excellent Oncologist.
    May 20, 2021
    I had trouble viewing the after visit summary on My Chart Called the office to get a copy sent to me.
    May 20, 2021
    Dr Marshall is an exceptional provider; skilled competent and caring. She explains things carefully and is very patient and supportive.
    May 08, 2021
    Dr Marshall is very thorough. She makes necessary referrals. She listens carefully. She tailors a health regimen for the patient according to their needs. Indeed she individualizes treatment.
    May 04, 2021
    I am so impressed with Dr. Marshall. Our appointment was very thorough. She had a conversational style which made me very comfortable.
    Apr 23, 2021
    Dr. Marshall is wonderful.
    Please check with your health insurance plan regarding coverage for this type of care. Not all providers at UCSF are covered by every insurance plan.