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About Derek Helton, MD, FACP

Derek Helton, MD, is a board-certified medical oncologist and medical director of cancer services at our Encinitas and Vista locations. He specializes in the treatment of a broad range of solid tumor malignancies and benign and malignant blood disorders. He has a special interest in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, including colorectal, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct and anal cancers.

Dr. Helton's current research involves in clinical trials in gastrointestinal oncology. He has presented research on a variety of subjects, including sarcomas, myelodysplastic syndromes and leukemia.

During his medical training, he completed a hematology and medical oncology fellowship at UC Los Angeles and Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he received recognition as the Most Outstanding Medical Subspecialty Fellow two years in a row. He completed his internship and served as chief resident during his residency at UC San Diego. He earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University.

Dr. Helton is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Medical Association.

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For more information on cancer treatment at UC San Diego Health, see Moores Cancer Center.

Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Medical Degree

  • Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA

Fellowship

  • UC Los Angeles, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Residency

  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Internship

  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Gender

  • Male

Date Joined Staff

  • 2011-04-29

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology

Conditions and Treatments

  • Gastrointestinal Malignancies
  • Medical Oncology
  • Benign and Malignant Hematology/Oncology
  • Head and Neck Cancer
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Cancer

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