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About Tiffany N. Tanaka, MD

Tiffany N. Tanaka, MD, is a board-certified hematologist and medical oncologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of people with cancers of the blood and lymph system, with an emphasis on myeloid malignancies including myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute leukemia.

Dr. Tanaka is a transplant physician for the joint UC San Diego Health / Sharp HealthCare Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Program, which provides comprehensive blood and marrow transplant services, including autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Dr. Tanaka also offers chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy to patients with hematologic malignancies.CAR T-cell therapy harnesses the patient's own immune cells to recognize and kill cancer cells.

As an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego, Dr. Tanaka instructs medical students, residents and fellows. Her research interests include the development of early-phase trials that offer new cancer treatments for patients. Her research work includes the study of genetic and immune biomarkers in myelodysplastic syndromes (bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells), with the aim of translating these into clinical therapies to improve patient care. Dr. Tanaka is a member of the American Society of Hematology, where she has presented her research work.

Dr. Tanaka completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where she also completed a residency in internal medicine. She earned her medical degree from John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai'i. She is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology.

UC San Diego Health Links
For more information, see Blood Cancers and 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.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted

Medical Degree

  • University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, HI

Residency

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

Fellowship

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

Gender

  • Female

Date Joined Staff

  • 2016-06-01

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

Conditions and Treatments

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Blood Cancer
  • Blood Disorders
  • Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-Cell Therapy
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Myeloid Malignancies
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)
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