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Shoko Emily Abe


Breast cancer surgeon

Dr. Shoko Emily Abe is a surgeon who cares for patients with breast cancer and other breast diseases. She takes a multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment. Specializing in breast-conserving surgery, she uses plastic surgery techniques to reshape the breast and scar-hiding techniques, and she performs nipple- and skin-sparing mastectomies.

Abe's research interests include improvement in surgical techniques and new treatments for breast cancer.

Abe earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She completed a residency in general surgery at Drexel University and a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at Levine Cancer Institute.

Abe has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations that focus on cancer care, including the Bay Area Tumor Institute and Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, she is also a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and Society of Surgical Oncology.

  • Education

    Albany Medical College, 2006

  • Fellowships

    Levine Cancer Institute, Breast Surgical Oncology, 2014

Breast cancer treatment is a quickly evolving field, and I am honored to be able to provide the most cutting-edge treatments to my patients.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    327 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 07, 2023
    Dr. Abe listened to my concerns and explained new treatment and preventive options. I felt like a team member in the path forward.
    Nov 07, 2023
    I'm a physician and I refer patients to Dr Abe all the time. She's outstanding.
    Oct 28, 2023
    Dr Abe is wonderful
    Oct 27, 2023
    Cannot say enough good things about the quality of care.I feel very important and cared for.
    Oct 10, 2023
    I cannot say enough good things about Dr Abe. She is kind attentive explains everything in a way that I understand empathetic and overall she is genuine and truly cares for her patients
    Oct 10, 2023
    Dr. Abe is friendly and easy to ask questions about my different symptoms I have experienced. She explain each question and showed me how to massage myself to help release fluid out of my lymphatic system.
    Sep 15, 2023
    Dr. Abe is the best and her staff is great.
    Sep 03, 2023
    An amazing caring and informative visit.No areas left out-prediring and after care fully explainedeasily understood..Already love Dr.Abe
    Aug 28, 2023
    Dr. Abe spent so much time talking through all my concerns. She was also a great listener.
    Aug 26, 2023
    Dr Abe is a model doctor.
    Aug 24, 2023
    I have been a patient of Dr. Abe for along time she is fantastic.
    Aug 19, 2023
    Dr Abe is always so "available" friendly compassionate and knowledgeable.
    Jul 29, 2023
    Dr Abe blew me away with her thoroughness good humor kindness and flexibility regarding what was important to me.
    Jul 22, 2023
    I had a routine appointment but it was truly heartening to see Dr. Abe after a year of battling cancer. The level of compassion and care I received was truly remarkable and I cannot express my gratitude enough.
    Jul 22, 2023
    Dr. Abe is the best. I rely on her entirely.
    Jul 20, 2023
    One-time professional very knowledgeable and caring.
    Jul 17, 2023
    Dr Abe is the best!
    Jul 13, 2023
    I felt she really cared took time to carefully explain options and listened.
    Jul 08, 2023
    Dr Abe discussed my condition with me in frank detail. She gave me options and appropriate f/u based on my personal needs and the distance I traveled to see her. I highly recommend Dr Abe.
    Jul 01, 2023
    Dr. Abe is very thorough and emphatic.
    Jun 28, 2023
    Very impressed with Dr. Abe. She was very thorough and extremely helpful.
    Jun 24, 2023
    Dr. Abe is very thorough and clear about her explanations and what comes next.
    Jun 22, 2023
    Dr Abe is AMAZING TALENTED PROFESSIONAL KIND! Would HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I am grateful to have had her as my breast cancer surgeon!!!
    Jun 19, 2023
    And she set me at ease.
    Jun 17, 2023
    Excellent. Reassuring straightforward and informative. I feel completely confident in Dr. Abe's expertise skill and care.
    Jun 17, 2023
    Dr Abe is one of a kind. She took 50lbs off my chest. I had been feeling lost and terrified. She changed my mindset and now I feel strong and ready to tackle cancer. Thank you
    Jun 15, 2023
    I Love my doctor I followed her from Epic care she's excellent and so helpful and making sure my needs are met.
    Jun 12, 2023
    The cream rises to the top: when I needed a surgeon for breast cancer Emily Abe's name was topped the list of everyone I asked. She is extraordinary.
    Jun 10, 2023
    Cancer is horrible. Emily Abe makes it bearable.
    Jun 10, 2023
    Dr. Abe has the perfect balance of being smart and a friendly/compassionate manner.
    Jun 08, 2023
    Dr Abe's confidence put my mind at ease.
    May 20, 2023
    Dr. Shoko Emily Abe provided excellent care. Her communication style is direct clear and compassionate. We will continue to monitor the pain at my port site.
    May 14, 2023
    Dr Abe is always very approachable and friendly. So unusual these days in the medical world of rushing patients through their appointment.
    Apr 24, 2023
    Dr. Shoko Emily Abe shows compassion. She listens intently to questions and comments. Her responses are sensitive to the nuances of the questions and comments. Her presence exudes confidence and caring. She has the personality asset of a sense of humor. Her communication style is thoughtful and direct-spoken. She exhibits a professional tenderness that is beneficial in the patient's circumstance experiencing pain and challenges. In the time period between my breast cancer diagnosis and surgery day many different medical professionals spontaneously commented to me that Dr. Abe is an excellent breast surgeon who achieves good results. Hearing these random comments from other medical professionals was reassuring. In Dr. Abe's care I feel recognized as an individual human being; I feel my life is valued. I feel she understands my passion to live and to live with vitality and to be productive. I feel she understands my love of life and that she is there to support it. I'm grateful to Dr.Abe for her medical care and for her dedication to the surgery profession.
    Apr 22, 2023
    Dr. Abe made me feel confident and relaxed regarding my treatment moving forward. She was informative and provided easy next steps and what can look like in terms of options. I am so glad I decided to move my care to her.
    Apr 20, 2023
    Abe has always been great.
    Apr 16, 2023
    If I could give one hundred stars to Dr. Abe I would!!!! She is kind thorough she listens is clear in her instructions and advice. She is reassuring and even funny. She is hands down the best doctor I have ever had.
    Apr 06, 2023
    Dr Abe's care went beyond very good to excellent and explained all my questions and more. She made me feel comfortable about my choices and didn't overwhelm me. I left her office knowing what to expect and feeling relieved going forward.
    Apr 03, 2023
    Dr Abe us kind personal comp?tant a real joy to have as a doctor.
    Mar 30, 2023
    Dr. Abe was absolutely wonderful.
    Mar 26, 2023
    Dr. Abe came highly recommended. I see why. Her expertise and ability to connect in a personal way with both me and my spouse were a winning combination that greatly encouraged us both.
    Mar 25, 2023
    Dr. Abe was incredible. She spent 90 minutes with me and really listened. She was compassionate and clear in her knowledge. I really appreciate her and am so glad that I switched to her from my old Brest surgeon.
    Mar 18, 2023
    Excellent explained everything in great detail
    Mar 18, 2023
    An exceptionally patient doctor. Very kind and warm not the typical "I am the Doctor and you are the Patient" attitude.
    Mar 11, 2023
    I was very impressed by the knowledge of Dr. Abe but more so her care concern and time she stayed with me to answer questions. She is easy to relate to and also respected for her expertise. I left confident with my future care.
    Feb 18, 2023
    Dr Abe is not only a very skilled breast cancer doctor but her warm and light personality really helps to ease the reality of living with cancer. She has always been very very responsive to all of my concerns! Amazing!
    Feb 18, 2023
    Wonderful doctor: responsive caring detail oriented and professional
    Feb 12, 2023
    Dr. Abe was great in explaining everything to me. She was thorough.
    Feb 12, 2023
    The actual clinic visits to see/discuss with Doctors or Nurse practitioners are always good but anything that has to be taken care of outside of the direct interaction during the office visit has inevitably been fraught with many mistakes delays and frustrations inclusive of the most recent error in appointment date/time. I would not recommend the clinic unless the training and staffing of the admin side is greatly improved.
    Feb 11, 2023
    Dr. Abe was excellent. She was also candid about whether an MRI machine would be available by the time I needed a visit
    Feb 10, 2023
    The doctor was extremely helpful pleasant reassuring.
    Feb 03, 2023
    Dr. Abe listened to my questions and answered them. She was patient and did not rush through the appointment. She was calm and respectful and warm. She was reassuring. I immensely appreciated Dr. Abe's counsel and kindness.
    Feb 01, 2023
    Dr Abe was excellent.
    Jan 29, 2023
    Best surgeon I've ever had. Dr. Abe listens and lets me ask questions. She explains everything and I feel like she genuinely cares about me and my health. I trust her so much.
    Jan 26, 2023
    I cannot say enough good things about my surgeon as well as the team that assisted her in my care! Very kind caring and wonderful group of professionals!!
    Jan 23, 2023
    Dr. Abe is encouraging kind thoughtful and provides specific explanations and answers to my questions. I would highly recommend her expertise to others.
    Jan 21, 2023
    Dr. Abe is warm kind extremely knowledgeable good listener. I brought anxiety and trauma with me to the appointment from diagnosis and past experiences. She understood without judgment. She is thorough and I have complete trust in her.
    Jan 14, 2023
    This is one of the first times that I felt seen and heard by a medical doctor. Dr. Abe is a gem. She's personable expressed interest in getting to know me and me partner taking about her interests expressed deep concern and compassion for my Lyme diagnosis. I never once felt dismissed by her. My husband had a wonderful experience with her too and still talks about that office visit with her.
    Jan 09, 2023
    I was extremely satisfied with my experience
    Jan 05, 2023
    Dec 28, 2022
    Dec 21, 2022
    Dr Abe is awesome. Extremely attentive educational professional compassionate reasonable. I trust her in every way
    Dec 08, 2022
    Dec 07, 2022
    Dr. Abe was very pleasant and knowledgeable she put me at ease right away. For sure the best doctor I have come in contact with.
    Dec 03, 2022
    Dr. Abe is the best breast cancer surgeon takes care and really cares about her patients
    Nov 24, 2022
    Dr Abe is great smart friendly and thorough.
    Nov 10, 2022
    Excellent doctor and facility.
    Nov 10, 2022
    It was a great experience
    Oct 13, 2022
    That you for taking the time to explain everything very clearly.
    Oct 06, 2022
    Dr. Abe is the best doctor I've seen. She feels like a friend when I visit which is important with these types of health concerns.
    Oct 04, 2022
    Dr. Abe is fabulous!! She listens answers questions goes the extra step to make sure is everything and more. Friendly and very easy to talk with!
    Sep 27, 2022
    Spent plenty of time with me-and explained the issue clearly with treatment possibilities
    Sep 26, 2022
    Dr. Abe explains things in detail and makes sure all questions are answered. She made me feel more informed and more at ease. Her knowledge and positivity is exceptional.
    Sep 24, 2022
    Dr. Abe is and excellent physician. She is smart well prepared and kind. I feel that I'm in great hands with her.
    Sep 20, 2022
    Excellent care information and concern for my well beingDr Abe is amazing
    Sep 17, 2022
    UCSF should be able to provide patient with a second opinion for treatment within its practice.
    Sep 17, 2022
    Very good" doesn't begin to describe Dr. Abe. She is warm personable and absolutely knows her field. I appreciate that she sketches out the possible paths forward and doesn't sugarcoat bad news. I am deeply grateful that my friend recommended her at the beginning of this journey.
    Sep 10, 2022
    Dr. Abe is a great listener and really wants you to understand your illness.
    Aug 25, 2022
    I rely on Dr. Abe.
    Aug 13, 2022
    Dr. Abe is amazing. I'm so grateful she's my surgeon.
    Jul 26, 2022
    Dr Abe is outstanding extremely thorough patient and empathetic. Her pleasant manner put me at ease.
    Jul 11, 2022
    I followed Dr ABE from her Pleasenton location. She is wonderful.!
    Jul 11, 2022
    Dr. Abe is always kind patient and professional and she is a pleasure to work with!
    Jun 10, 2022
    Dr. Abe is extremely conscientious willing to listen to her patients with kindness and courtesy and inspires confidence in her patients. I believe she is a genuinely kind and caring person as well as an outstanding physician!
    Jun 03, 2022
    The provider Dr. Abe is excellent. The problem is the administrative end ie: having to wait for action by others under her to implement instructions not being able to contact anyone directly missing call backs and thus phone tag etc as previously described.
    May 31, 2022
    Dr. Abe had reviewed quite a bit of information from my medical file before I saw her. This is highly unusual in my experience and shows her dedication to each patient as a unique case. She also took time to go through family history because in my case it's important.
    May 29, 2022
    I am so grateful to have an amazing doctor and team.
    May 21, 2022
    Dr Abe is one of most professional and patient focused physicians I have ever had.
    May 02, 2022
    Very attentive and caring
    Apr 16, 2022
    Could not have been better. Dr. Abe is my hero.
    Apr 14, 2022
    She is thorough, kind, knowledgeable, understanding and compassionate
    Apr 12, 2022
    I am very impressed by and grateful to Dr Abe for her clarity and patience.
    Apr 02, 2022
    Dr. Abe was wonderful. Highly recommend.
    Mar 28, 2022
    Dr. Abe is an excellent doctor and surgeon. I feel like I'm in the best hands with her.
    Mar 17, 2022
    Dr Abe is an outstanding surgeon.
    Mar 13, 2022
    I love Dr. Abe. She is wonderful and got me through a very tough time.
    Feb 26, 2022
    Feb 25, 2022
    Overall I am very fortunate to have the high caliber and standard of health care and service from this provider as well as feeling confident in continuing with the UCSF Health Care team.
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