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Spencer Shao, MD

Medical Oncology /      Hematology - Spencer Shao, MD

Spencer Shao, MD


Medical Oncology / Hematology

Primary Location

Rose Quarter Cancer Center
265 N Broadway
Portland, OR 97227
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Additional Languages

  • Chinese

Medical School

Doctor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC


Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC


Hematology/Oncology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Board Certification

  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine


  • Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers
  • Genitourinary (GU) cancers 
  • Hematologic malignancies
  • Brain cancers
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Lung cancer
  • General adult oncology


  • American Head and Neck Society (AHNS)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • American Society of Hematology (ASH)
  • Member, GI Committee, US Oncology Research
  • Study Investigator, US Oncology Research


Dr. Shao is a medical oncologist with subspecialty expertise in gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and head and neck cancers. He credits two exceptional women as his inspiration for becoming a doctor, his aunt, a pediatrician and his grandmother who attended medical school in China during the 1930’s—a time when most Chinese women didn’t even go to school. Dr. Shao brings hope and a positive outlook to his patients. It is important to him to make a difference in their lives. Whether it is curing a cancer with personalized treatment or helping improve their quality of life, his patients know they are not alone. A team is there to help.

Outside of work, Dr. Shao plays violin with the Beaverton Symphony and is formally trained in Cantonese cooking. He enjoys traveling and learning all he can about world history and different cultures.

What Patients Say

"Despite the fact that I was at Compass in the first place for something that wasn't positive, I have only had incredibly positive experience with Dr. Shao and every member of the supporting staff at Compass. There were a lot of times where I was high-strung, emotional, and disorganized, and I was never treated with anything but compassion and professionalism. Everything from physical to financial concerns has always been addressed promptly and efficiently. From the nurses upstairs being incredibly kind during difficult chemo sessions, to staff helping me understand what would be needed for follow-up care so that I could chose my insurance wisely, to staff continuing to answer questions I've had about side effects--I couldn't ask for anything to have been handled differently or better. Bottom line is that it was a scary time when I was at my worst as a person and I was never made to feel that I was being difficult or dramatic. (When I know I was...)The entire team here is great and you'll be in good hands." --- Google Reviews

*The information included in this testimonial is based on one patient’s unique experience and is not intended to represent all patient outcomes or expectations.