David Palchak MD came to San Luis Obispo County in the California Central Coast after completing a fellowship in oncology medicine at the University of California at San Diego in 1993. He, his wife, and their two children have called the south county home since that time.
During his fellowship at UCSD, Dr. Palchak developed a passion for research in cancer care, believing that "the only way to make cancer treatments better and more effective with fewer side effects is to study new drugs, combinations, and treatments." In 1994, in collaboration with UCSD, the CALGB (Cancer and Leukemia Group B) and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, Dr. Palchak began a cancer research program for which he remains the Principal Investigator. An IRB (Institutional Review Board) was also established at the hospital to maintain the safety and integrity of the research program.
Dr. Palchak has served on many committees at the hospital and has been a member of the IRB since June 1994. Dr. Palchak was instrumental in initiating a tumor board in the south county in 1996. This group of physicians review records of newly diagnosed cancer patients, collaborating to create a comprehensive treatment plan. Dr. Palchak has been hospice medical director since 1998 and has a close working relationship with the entire hospice team.
It is the goal of Dr. Palchak and his staff to present you with state of the art cancer treatments, ensure that you understand your options, and help you pick the treatment that is right for you. Dr. Palchak is a leading provider of hematology and oncology services in San Luis Obispo County.