Lidia Schapira, MD, FASCO

Lidia Schapira, MD

Cancer.Net Editor in Chief
Stanford Health Care/Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, CA

Dr. Lidia Schapira is Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of Cancer Survivorship at the Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Institute. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and trained at the Beth Israel Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Schapira specializes in the care of women with breast cancer and of all cancer survivors.

Dr. Schapira's clinical research is dedicated to improving quality of life and reducing the burden of suffering for patients and cancer survivors. She is a co-investigator in a longitudinal study of young women with breast cancer based at the Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Institute in Boston. Dr. Schapira studies ways of improving communication between patients and clinicians, with the ultimate goal of improving the experience of patients living with cancer and their family caregivers. She has pioneered workshops and developed innovative educational programs to improve the communication skills of cancer clinicians and build effective and compassionate teams. Dr. Schapira has studied the root causes of health disparities in the U.S., and developed trainings for community health workers to raise awareness of cancer clinical trials. Through mentoring, teaching and writing, Dr. Schapira has contributed to training oncologists in low and medium resource countries and promoting the integration of palliative care into the care of patients with cancer.

Dr. Schapira is a former member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School and a Consultant editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and is a Fellow of ASCO (FASCO).


Last Updated: September 2016