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Spencer Shao, MD

Medical Oncology/Hematology - Spencer Shao, MD

Spencer Shao, MD

Specialties

Medical Oncology/Hematology

Primary Location

Rose Quarter Cancer Center
265 N Broadway
Portland, OR 97227
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Phone Number

503.280.1223

Additional Languages

  • Chinese

Medical School

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

Residency

Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Fellowship

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

Board Certification

  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine

Specialties

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

Affiliations

  • 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

Biography

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

Forthright and caring, with a warm sense of humor; I couldn't ask for better care than Dr. Spencer Shao and Compass Oncology. – Google

Forthright and caring, with a warm sense of humor; I couldn't ask for better care than Dr. Spencer Shao and Compass Oncology. – Google

I greatly appreciate Dr. Shao’s proactive approach to determining what was going on with my body. He is very persistent and didn’t give up until he arrived at an accurate assessment of some suspicious areas visible in a CT scan. Dr. Shao communicates and shares information in a clear and direct manner. He is personable and answered all of my numerous questions. Dr. Shao has also implemented a continuing care plan for me. I can only give my highest recommendation for Dr. Shao as a caring and talented healthcare provider. – Healthgrades

I greatly appreciate Dr. Shao’s proactive approach to determining what was going on with my body. He is very persistent and didn’t give up until he arrived at an accurate assessment of some suspicious areas visible in a CT scan. Dr. Shao communicates and shares information in a clear and direct manner. He is personable and answered all of my numerous questions. Dr. Shao has also implemented a continuing care plan for me. I can only give my highest recommendation for Dr. Shao as a caring and talented healthcare provider. – Healthgrades

Yes. Dr. Shao is through and explains his analysis to you in a pleasant manner. – Healthgrades

Yes. Dr. Shao is through and explains his analysis to you in a pleasant manner. – Healthgrades

Very professional and informative. – Healthgrades

Very professional and informative. – Healthgrades

Dr. Shao walked me through two bouts of Lymphoma. I was frustrated by his communication methods but have come to believe that he was guiding me to own my fight with Lymphoma. I have been symptom free since July 2020. I hope I have been cured but regardless, I am prepared should I have a relapse largely due to the respect shown to me by Dr. Shao in allowing me to find my inner strength. I’m am a stronger person due to Doctor Shao’s expertise as a medical professional. – Healthgrades

Dr. Shao walked me through two bouts of Lymphoma. I was frustrated by his communication methods but have come to believe that he was guiding me to own my fight with Lymphoma. I have been symptom free since July 2020. I hope I have been cured but regardless, I am prepared should I have a relapse largely due to the respect shown to me by Dr. Shao in allowing me to find my inner strength. I’m am a stronger person due to Doctor Shao’s expertise as a medical professional. – Healthgrades

I have been so appreciative of Dr. Shao over the years. He's wonderful! – Healthgrades

I have been so appreciative of Dr. Shao over the years. He's wonderful! – Healthgrades

*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.

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