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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
    634 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 18, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is the best! Amazing in every way!!
    Nov 17, 2023
    Nov 14, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is awesome! From the very beginning she was warm clearly knowledgeable and reliable in her field and very responsive.
    Nov 13, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is an excellent. Understand patient needs and is able to explain in plain terms the different options of care. Does not take the "easy" route -which is adding additional medication but looks at all options and the best needs for me.I am grateful for her care
    Nov 10, 2023
    I am very happy with my provider. Very caring and explains everything it's nice to be able to ask questions and have everything explained to you.I always recommend her
    Nov 10, 2023
    I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Marshall and am delighted that she offered to continue to be my oncologist.
    Nov 08, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is the best doctor I've ever had.
    Oct 29, 2023
    Dr Marshall is great. Personable knowledgeable helps you to participate in care decisions- excellent oncologist
    Oct 29, 2023
    Dr Marshall is stellar. She's thoughtful listens and an expert in knowledge and best practice of metastatic breast cancer.
    Oct 28, 2023
    My Care Provider is very attentive
    Oct 26, 2023
    Dr Marshall is professional and knowledgeable as well as personable and caring.
    Oct 13, 2023
    I love Dr Marshall. She is the best. I always feel well cared for both medically and emotionally. I'm so lucky to have her as my doctor.
    Oct 11, 2023
    Dr. Natalie Marshall is knowledgable confident understanding and replies to inquiries on myChart promptly.. I don't have a perfect word to describe her but she Is just awesome! When she first saw me I was very weak sick deteriorating... She of course had seen and studied all the pet ct scans biopsy my medical history and treatments before she saw me for the first time. She explained to me and family member what's wrong with me her analysis/diagnosis plan of treatment and other things to expect.. That was ~months ago. I am feeling better at this time. My friends and family notice the big improvement. One friend who was recently diagnosed with another form of cancer asked me to ask Dr. Marshall for oncologis names and she promptly gave to me.
    Oct 10, 2023
    Very thorough history and took time to answer questions.
    Oct 10, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is outstanding! I cannot imagine a better doctor to trust with my care.
    Oct 06, 2023
    Dr Marshall is top notch. I am lucky to have her as my oncologist. Plus her staff loves her so u know that is essential
    Oct 06, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is the best treatment provider I've had in my cancer journey. She's compassionate informed and full of great strategies to get through cancer without losing your mind. Just amazing.
    Sep 30, 2023
    I absolutely love Dr. Marshall. She was very thorough during my physical exam (checking for tumors or new growths). She proved information on a new study involving one of my current medications and we discussed a revised plan to increase my overall survival rate. She answered all of my questions and Is so easy to talk to. She always makes me feel cared about and that she truly has my best interest at heart. I trust her completely.
    Sep 28, 2023
    She is terrific!
    Sep 21, 2023
    Very good service recommended
    Sep 14, 2023
    Dr Marshall- Is a good listener and makes you feel at ease. She is reassuring in her assessment.
    Sep 08, 2023
    Thanks to Dr. Marshall's exceptional medical care I have a brighter outlook and lead a healthier life. I truly appreciate her unwavering commitment to healthcare.
    Aug 29, 2023
    Dr. Natalie Marshall is so attentive so compassionate so intelligent and compassionate. She is a top-notch oncologist and human being.
    Aug 23, 2023
    I really appreciated Dr. Marshall's empathy and compassion and the time that she took to explain potential treatment options if needed down the road.
    Aug 23, 2023
    Dr.Marshall is particularly caring. It's much appreciated
    Aug 17, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is one of the best physicians I have ever treated me and I am grateful to her for her expertise knowledge communication and care. She cares for her patients. I trust her.
    Aug 16, 2023
    Knowledgeable understanding our concerns straightforward providid alot of additional information
    Aug 15, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is extremely friendly professional and informative. I felt completely at ease discussing any of my questions or concerns.
    Aug 11, 2023
    Dr Marshall is the best! She has always listened and guided me throughly as I navigate complex medical treatments.
    Aug 11, 2023
    When I ask a question about pain that I be feeling, Dr. Marshall has always explained where the pain comes from. She always lets me know what is normal and what's not normal or when I need to come in if something doesn't feel right in my breast. Dr. Marshall is very friendly and easy to talk with when I am having some health concerns.
    Aug 04, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is an excellent provider. She listens well responds to my concerns offers solutions Informs me of my options. I am so very grateful for her knowledge professionalism and sense of humor.
    Aug 02, 2023
    Everyone at UCSF has been amazing
    Jul 31, 2023
    I can't say enough about the care patience empathy and understanding that I experienced during my visit with Dr. Marshall. It was beyond excellence.
    Jul 29, 2023
    Outstanding doctor and caring
    Jul 29, 2023
    Dr Marshall is very cordialprofessional knowledgeable in her field. Yes I would recommend her.
    Jul 27, 2023
    Dr. Natalie Marshall is the best physician I have ever had . She is not only attentive to one's needs but she listens carefully and thinks outside of the box. She is generous with her time answering all questions one may have. She is patient intelligent and extremely knowledgeable not simply about cancer but about the other physical and psychological needs her patients may have. Excellent in all respects
    Jul 22, 2023
    Wonderful Dr!!!
    Jul 21, 2023
    Dr. Marshall was one of the best doctors I've ever had in terms of knowledge and friendliness as well as professionalism.
    Jul 20, 2023
    I love Dr. Marshall. She has been very attentive to my concerns over the years and always thoroughly explains what is happening with my care and advises on future treatments and care. She is both an outstanding physician and a caring provider.
    Jul 18, 2023
    I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Dr. Marshall. I always feel cared for and listened to. I am so lucky to be under the care of one of the smartest and hard working oncologists. She is so easy to talk to. Thank you thank you!
    Jul 14, 2023
    Dr. Natalie Marshall is the best. Bar none.
    Jul 13, 2023
    Dr Marshall is an incredible physician combines clinical intelligence and skill with true care for individual patient
    Jul 07, 2023
    I have total trust in Dr. Marshall's expertise and care
    Jul 05, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is the best professional yet personal. I highly recommend her to anyone.
    Jul 05, 2023
    The dr was very knowledgeable in her field she answered all my questions thoroughly
    Jul 03, 2023
    Excellent and caring physician
    Jul 02, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is simply the very best!
    Jun 27, 2023
    Amazing caring attitude Dr. Marshall is one of the doctors in the world that you can't compare to anyone else! She is intelligent kindcaring intuitive and you feel safe in her care!!
    Jun 24, 2023
    I really like Dr Marshall
    Jun 23, 2023
    Dr. Marshall has always be excellent interested in me and as a cancer surviver allayed my fears.
    Jun 21, 2023
    Good experience
    Jun 02, 2023
    I would like to be informed about more options for my treatment like clinical trials etc.
    May 31, 2023
    I'm so fortunate to have Dr Marshall planning my care!
    May 24, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is a very caring professional doctor who makes one feel that they are the most important person in the hospital. You get complete and careful attention and helpful tips on your care. She is genuinely concerned.
    May 23, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is the best imaginable physician and I've already recommended others contact her for their care.
    May 14, 2023
    OMG! I felt so thoroughly taken care of educated and hopeful. She literally put my mind at rest and could not be more grateful for her experience time and care!
    May 13, 2023
    There have been no mentions of the downsides of treatment options. UCSF needs to be doing a better job of combating misinformation online through discussing the latest relevant research and information with their patients. I feel like I'm purposely being left in the dark to minimize my stress. This is not allowing me to feel that my MD is my partner and therefore I'm looking elsewhere for information. I hate to do this.
    May 11, 2023
    I recommend Dr. Natalie Marshall to women diagnosed with BC. She is top of her field in terms of knowledge up to date treatments and her listening skills. I'm so grateful she is the cornerstone of my care team.
    May 06, 2023
    Dr. Marshall has been amazing forthcoming attentive approachable and instilled confidence in my family and me from the very beginning! She is an amazing Oncologist
    May 05, 2023
    Exvellent doctor
    Apr 28, 2023
    I absolutely love Dr Marshall!! She is so caring and really evaluates my progress in an excellent manner during each visit. She is so knowledgeable and I really appreciate her recommendations
    Apr 28, 2023
    The new facility is clean and filled with beautiful and meaningful art.
    Apr 27, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is caring considerate and very professional.
    Apr 13, 2023
    Very good physician. Totally confident in her
    Apr 11, 2023
    Dr Marshall listened to my questions and concerns and answered very straightforward and. Are sure I understood. Very pleasant and made me feel like I'm in great hands!
    Apr 09, 2023
    Everything reinforced feeling of confidence in doctor
    Apr 06, 2023
    I had some difficult things to discuss with the Dr and I appreciate that she listened and responded to my concerns.
    Apr 05, 2023
    Dr Marshall excels in all categories. She is wonderful.
    Apr 04, 2023
    Dr Marshall has helped me through the most challenging time of my life with heart centered human centered care and I would (and do!) recommend her to anyone facing cancer
    Apr 04, 2023
    Absolutely would recommend Dr. Marshall to others.
    Mar 29, 2023
    Dr. Marshall has always been a great care provider for me.
    Mar 24, 2023
    Exceptional physician very caring and personable
    Mar 20, 2023
    Dr. Marshall was very informative and explained my concerns very well and professionally. She was inspirational which gave me a tremendous boost.
    Mar 19, 2023
    Dr. Marshall is amazing. Everyone should be that lucky to have such a thoughtful and present MD
    Mar 16, 2023
    I have made comments commending dr Marshall's integrity and the care she gave me. She is the best I was fortunate to have her as a dr! As said before she is quite phenomenal!
    Mar 16, 2023
    I love Dr Natalie Marshall she is always very thorough and pleasant to talk to she explains everything to me in a way I understand
    Mar 12, 2023
    Dr. Marshall took the time to discover and tell me that my insurance wouldn't cover my mammogram and let me know that if I rescheduled for a later date insurance would then cover the mammogram. I am very grateful for her forethought and care.
    Mar 08, 2023
    Dr. Natalie Marshall is the best.
    Mar 07, 2023
    Dr. Natalie Marshall truly exuded confidence warmth enthusiasm and cutting edge knowledge about my treatment plans. I felt immensely appreciative to be in her care.
    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!
    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.