Dr. Shumei Kato, MD

Dr. Shumei Kato, MD

Oncology  ·  
Dr. Shumei Kato, MD is an oncology specialist in San Diego, CA. He specializes in oncology and medical oncology.Read his story

200 W Arbor Dr

San Diego, CA 92103

Contact Information

(619) 543-6222

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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

Secondary Malignancies
more than 75% of peers
Gynecologic Cancer
more than 73% of peers
more than 69% of peers

Dr. Kato'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.

Dr. Kato's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kato "Shumei Kato, MD, is a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in treating rare cancers and gastrointestinal tumors. He uses numerous forms of therapy such as chemotherapy, biological therapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy to offer the best possible treatment options for his patients. Dr. Kato has a special interest in targeted molecular therapy and his approach to care emphasizes personalized medicine and experimental therapeutics. As an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Dr. Kato instructs medical students, residents and fellows. His research interests include clinical trials and the design of new, more effective drugs for individualized therapy. Dr. Kato has coauthored peer-reviewed articles, which have been published in Nature Cell Biology and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, among others. Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Kato was an assistant professor in the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Kato completed a fellowship in investigational cancer therapeutics at MD Anderson Cancer Center, a fellowship in hematology-oncology, and a fellowship in pathology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, Japan and at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, in New York. Dr. Kato earned his medical degree from Nippon Medical School. He is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research."
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2  Specialties

  • Oncology
  • Medical Oncology

2  Board Certifications

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

53  Conditions Treated

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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.


Education data for Dr. Kato is unavailable at this time.

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kato has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kato's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kato to family and friends
4 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (4)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Kato'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

Patient Comments (4)

He is a disgrace to his cancer feild, does not deserve to have cancer patients. He does not know anything about cancer, he is more like the students who repeat whats in a book than having any knowledge outside the book.
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Never relay on him. Lacks knowledge and experience. Doesn’t communicate well, you have to answer him questions over and over so you can get a clear answer. Doesn’t explain treatment thoroughly nor does he explain the complactions accurately either. You are basically just a medical trail to him to...more
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If I could give a zero I would. I wouldn’t even call it poor bedside manner; absolutely no care or trouble shooting or anything even remotely close to “health care”, cared nothing to try to improve my husband’s condition. Does not belong in cancer care.Did not display a wealth of knowledge or...more
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Never rely on him. I had symptoms of spinal cord compression ("emergency" to be treated immediately and the law bans to leave patients untreated in emergency) but he forced me to contact my family in order to ask them to take me out of the hospital. At that time I was already unable to walk due to...more
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