Meet Surgical Oncologist Laleh Melstrom, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.

Laleh Melstrom, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
  • Surgeon

Laleh Melstrom, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Liver Cancer and Metastases
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer and Bile Duct cancer
  • Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Melanoma and Sarcoma
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Robotic Surgery
“(Medicine is) far and away the most rewarding profession you can have.” 
A talented surgeon and award-winning instructor and researcher, Laleh G. Melstrom, M.D. joined City of Hope in March of 2015, attracted by the opportunity to help develop breakthrough cures and treatments.
“Really cutting-edge trials are offered here,” she says. “Research is not an afterthought.” 
Educated at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Melstrom received her medical degree at Cornell Medical College in New York City, continuing her training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She held professorships at both Cornell and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, before arriving in California.
Laleh is certified in robotic surgery and specializes in the treatment of pancreatic cancer and melanoma. She has published dozens of scholarly articles and is a sought-after speaker at national conferences.
  • 2015 - present, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2012-2015, Assistant Professor in Surgery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ
  • 2010-2012, Clinical Instructor in Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, NY
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Melanoma/Skin cancer


  • 2007, M.S., Clinical Investigation, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • 2003, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
  • 1999, BA (Biology), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


  • 2010-2012, Fellow, Surgical Oncology - Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • 2005-2007, Research Fellow, Surgery-Pancreas Lab - Robert H Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern Memorial Hospital


  • 2007-2010, Resident, General Surgery - Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL


  • 2003-2005, Intern, General Surgery - Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • 2014 - present, Society of Surgical Oncology Training Committee
  • 2004 - present, American College of Surgeons Candidate Member
  • 2009 - Northwestern Resident as Teacher Award, Northwestern Department of Surgery
  • 2008 - Northwestern University Kanavel Scholar Award, Northwestern Department of Surgery
  • 2008 - First Prize - Chicago Surgical Society Annual Award For Surgical Research, Chicago Surgical Society
  • 2007 - Edelstone-Bendix Basic Science Research Prize. Northwestern Department of Surgery
  • 1998 - Kilpatrick Prize in Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University