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Helen Shih


Nurse practitioner
Lung cancer educator who loves dance and nature

  • (415) 885-3882
  • (415) 885-3882

Helen Shih is a nurse practitioner who specializes in thoracic and sarcoma oncology. She cares for patients with non–small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, sarcomas, thyroid cancers and mesothelioma.

In her research, Shih is involved in clinical trials investigating new treatment strategies for lung cancer.

Before joining UCSF, Shih worked in a private hematology-oncology practice and in an anticoagulation clinic at the Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. She also worked as a primary care nurse practitioner for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and as a registered nurse in Weill Cornell Medicine's pulmonary step-down unit.

Shih graduated as an adult nurse practitioner from the Columbia University School of Nursing. Previously, she had received a bachelor's degree in molecular cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a master of public health degree in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Shih is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

  • Education

    Columbia University School of Nursing, Adult Nurse Practitioner

    UCLA, Master of Public Health

What matters most is the connection I make with patients and the inspiration they offer me.
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.