Laurence J. Heifetz, MD, FACP

Medical Director of Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center

For Dr. Heifetz, helping cancer patients has become his life’s work, providing what he calls “a wonderful sense of satisfaction.”  After 30 years in oncology, Dr. Heifetz is still admired for his personal and honest approach.

He was a founding partner of Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and is a clinical professor at UC Davis.

He has developed solid relationships with leaders from regional cancer centers of excellence including the Stanford Cancer Center, UC Davis Cancer Center, and UC San Francisco Cancer Center, among others.  These relationships have proved invaluable for providing state-of-the-art cancer care in our local communities.

A musician in his free time, Dr. Heifetz plays the piano with a blues band. He is also on the Board of Directors and volunteers for Operation U.S.A, an organization that provides medical relief to third-world countries. His wife, Daphne Palmer, MD, is a radiation oncologist. They have two grown children.