Dr. John Shen, MD

Dr. John Shen, MD

Hematology  ·  
Dr. John Shen, MD is a hematology specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 5 years. He graduated from Washington Univ Sch of Med in 2007 and specializes in hematology, oncology, and more.Read his story

3855 Health Sciences Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Molina Healthcare

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Top Care Areas

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Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
more than 32% of peers
Gastrointestinal Diseases
more than 29% of peers
Anal Disorders
more than 24% of peers

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Dr. Shen's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Shen "John Shen, MD, is a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in treating gastrointestinal cancers. This includes cancers of the esophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, colon and appendix. He uses numerous forms of therapy including traditional chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy to offer the best possible treatment options for his patients. Dr. Shen is part of the gastrointestinal cancer unit at UC San Diego Health's Moore’s Cancer Center, where he works alongside a multidisciplinary team to provide patients with highly specialized care. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Shen’s background is in chemical biology and cancer genomics. His research focuses on applying both experimental and computational systems biology techniques, in particular genetic interaction networks, to investigate cancer biology. With this work, Dr. Shen aims to translate new knowledge of cancer cells into improved outcomes in clinical oncology. In particular, he has identified new networks of synthetic lethal interactions and is demonstrating that these networks can be used to identify the specific drug that is most likely to be effective for an individual tumor. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Health, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer; and has been published in journals such as Cancer Research and Molecular Cell. In addition to teaching medical students, residents and fellows in gastrointestinal oncology at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Shen also lectures on cancer genomics at national and international medical conferences. His work on synthetic lethal networks was also highlighted at the American Association for Cancer Research 2016 Annual Meeting, where he was selected as one of three NextGen Stars. Dr. Shen completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and went on to complete a research fellowship sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He is board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology.He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Association of Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Society of Hematology."


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3  Specialties

  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Oncology

3  Board Certifications

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

74  Conditions Treated


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6  Procedures

  • Anemia and Iron Deficiency Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Immunization
  • Liver Function Test

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.


  • Washington Univ Sch of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2007
  • UC San Diego
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • UC San Diego
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2010
  • UC San Diego
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2013

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Shen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Shen's Reviews

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1 review

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Dr. Shen's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes
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