Dr. Derek Helton, MD

Dr. Derek Helton, MD

Oncology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 44
Dr. Derek Helton, MD is an oncology specialist in Encinitas, CA and has been practicing for 18 years. He graduated from Loma Linda University School Of Medicine in 2000 and specializes in oncology, medical oncology, and more.Read his story

1200 Garden View Rd

Encinitas, CA 92024

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • 22 More

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Helton performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Neuroendocrine Tumors
very high
more than 96% of peers
Colorectal Cancer
very high
more than 96% of peers
Blood Disorders
very high
more than 93% of peers

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Dr. Helton's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Helton "Derek Helton, MD, is a board-certified medical oncologist and medical director of cancer services at our Encinitas and Vista locations. He specializes in the treatment of a broad range of solid tumor malignancies and benign and malignant blood disorders. He has a special interest in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, including colorectal, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct and anal cancers.Dr. Helton’s current research involves in clinical trials in gastrointestinal oncology. He has presented research on a variety of subjects, including sarcomas, myelodysplastic syndromes and leukemia.Dr. Helton is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. During his medical training, he completed a hematology and medical oncology fellowship at UC Los Angeles and Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he received recognition as the Most Outstanding Medical Subspecialty Fellow two years in a row. He completed his internship and served as chief resident during his residency at UC San Diego. He earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University. Dr. Helton is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Medical Association."
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4  Specialties

  • Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Hematology & Oncology
  • Medical Oncology

2  Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Medical Oncology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

88  Conditions Treated

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1  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Loma Linda University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • UC Los Angeles, Cedars Sinai Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Helton's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Helton to family and friends
5 total reviews

Likelihood to Recommend (5)

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Dr. Helton's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
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