Dr. Luko Laptalo, MD

Dr. Luko Laptalo, MD

Oncology  |  
Male  |  
48 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Luko Laptalo, MD is an oncology doctor who practices in Carmichael, CA. He is 48 years old and has been practicing for 16 years.Read his story

Mercy Medical Group

6511 Coyle Ave # 200

Carmichael, CA 95608
Get Directions

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
  • MultiPlan
  • Networks By Design
  • Pacific Foundation for Medical Care
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Western Health Advantage

Learn about Dr. Laptalo

Be confident in your decisions by checking out your provider's top areas of care, education, patient reviews and more. Learn about finding the right doctor for you

Top Care Areas


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

Blood Disorders
more than 89% of peers
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
more than 82% of peers
more than 81% of peers

Dr. Laptalo's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

We're trying something new with Top Care Areas.Was it helpful for you?YesNo

Dr. Laptalo's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Laptalo "I am a Board Certified Hematologist and Oncologist with the Mercy Medical Group and have been practicing here in Sacramento for the last 14 years. Prior to joining Mercy Medical Group, I was in private practice. I completed medical school at Chicago Medical School and obtained my degree in Internal Medicine from the University of Arizona. While there, I conducted clinical research on patients with ovarian cancer and studied the effectiveness of chemotherapy agents on ovarian cancer. As a Fellow at the University of California Davis, I was awarded the American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit award for research in lung cancer. I decided on the field of Hematology and Oncology because I like to help people and find helping cancer patients, in their greatest time of need, is a fulfilling career. I work with a talented team of radiation oncologists and surgical specialists who meet weekly for a multi-disciplinary review of oncology patients to ensure all options are being considered. I reside in Sacramento with my wife and three daughters. In addition to spending time with my family, I enjoy the art of winemaking. Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Invited faculty of the annual Sacramento Cancer Conference."


Read More

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Laptalo "My goal is to utilize all the resources available to me to treat the cancer and to put it into remission. I realize that there is a fine balance between treatment of the cancer and a patient's quality of life, so I listen to my patients needs and value their input. My greatest joy is having a patient who is there to watch their children grow or celebrates another birthday or anniversary."


  • Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • All Lymphoma
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anemia
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Genitourinary Cancers
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Leukocytosis
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphocytosis
  • Lymphoma, Large Cell, Anaplastic
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Macroglobulinemia (incl. Waldenstrom's )
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma
  • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neutropenia
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Oral Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancytopenia
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
  • Polycythemia Rubra Vera
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Purpura
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Skin Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Uterine Diseases
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Vulvar Cancer


Read More


  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer Treatment
  • Cancer Counseling
  • Cancer Pain Management
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Chemotherapy
  • Genetic Counseling Services
  • Genetic Screening for Breast Cancer
  • Genetic Testing
  • Hematologic Disorder Treatment
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Intrathecal Chemotherapy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • PET Scan
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Thoracentesis

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.


  • Rosalind Franklin University Of Medicine Science/The Chicago Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1995
  • University of Arizona
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • University of Arizona
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • University California Davis Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2002

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Laptalo has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Croatian

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

Dr. Laptalo does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Laptalo and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your profile.

Dr. Laptalo's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Laptalo to family and friends
based on 5 total reviews (3 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (5)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Laptalo's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

in Jackson |
I've been a patient of Dr. Laptalo's for almost nine years. He is a very caring physician and always takes the time to answer my questions and share his knowledge of my blood disease with me. I never feel rushed during my appointments and always leave the office trusting that I am in good hands...more
Flag this
Was this helpful?
in Pioneer, CA |
I highly recommend Dr. Laptalo! He is sensitive and caring yet he is that true scientist following all the latest news in oncology. He listens and cares. Even having survived my cancer so far for many years, he understands my fears and understands my questions. He is a gem! You are getting the best...more
Flag this
Was this helpful?
in Sacramento, CA |
Since Dr. Luptalo is an oncologist going to see him is not a happy occasion. He is a very nice man who certainly knows what he is doing. I almost died from chemo side effects but Dr. Laptalo was there every morning in the hospital, offering encourement and support. I do not like Mercy's cancer...more
Flag this
Was this helpful?

Visit Dr. Laptalo

Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Laptalo accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
    Interplan Health Group
  • MultiPlan
  • Networks By Design
  • Pacific Foundation for Medical Care
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • Western Health Advantage

*Please verify this information when scheduling an appointment.

Hospitals where Dr. Laptalo has admitting privileges

Mercy General Hospital
4001 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819
View Hospital Profile
Mercy San Juan Medical Center
6501 Coyle Ave
Carmichael, CA 95608
View Hospital Profile
Methodist Hospital of Sacramento
7500 Hospital Dr
Sacramento, CA 95823
View Hospital Profile

More Oncology Specialists like Dr. Laptalo at Mercy Medical Group

Oncology Specialist
Hematology & Oncology Specialist