Elysia Marie Alvarez, M.D., M.P.H. for UC Davis Health

Elysia Marie Alvarez, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

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Pediatric Oncology




Locations and Contact

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
2279 45th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

Get Directions

Phone: 916-734-5959

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-UCD-4-KIDS (800-823-4543)

Philosophy of Care

I believe that all children, adolescents, and young adults have the right to the best care and treatment possible. Through my clinical practice and research, I'm passionate about increasing access to the best care and improving outcomes in this patient population.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Alvarez is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist offering care to children, adolescents and young adults with cancer. She has a special clinic interest and expertise in adolescent and young adult patients with solid tumors. She is also the co-leads a Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Comprehensive Sarcoma Clinic at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Alvarez's research focuses on investigating factors that impact health outcomes in adolescent and young adult patients with cancer both in the United States and globally.


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
UC Davis Children's Hospital

Undergraduate School

B.A., Clark University, Worcester MA 2005

Medical School

M.D., UC Irvine, Irvine CA 2011

Other School

M.P.H., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston MA 2010


Pediatrics, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA 2011-2012


Pediatrics, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA 2012-2014


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA 2014-2017

Conquer Cancer Foundation Career Development Award, 2021

Hyundai Hope on Wheels Young Investigator Award, 2020

NIH-sponsored Diversity Special Interest Group Travel Award, American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Annual Meeting, 2015

Conquer Cancer Foundation Global Oncology Young Investigator Award, 2019

Helena Anna Henzl-Gabor Young Women in Science Fund for Postdoctoral Scholars, Travel Fellowship, 2015

Muffly L, Li Q, Alvarez E, Kahn J, Winestone L, Cress R, Penn DC, Keegan THM. Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in Young Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A United States Population-Level Analysis. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2019 Jun;8(3):254-261. doi:10.1089/jayao.2018.0140. Epub 2019 Jan 18. PMID:30657424.

Parsons HM, Muffly L, Alvarez EM, Keegan THM. Does Treatment Setting Matter? Evaluating Resource Utilization for Adolescents Treated in Pediatric vs Adult Cancer Institutions. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Mar 1;111(3):224-225. doi:10.1093/jnci/djy123. PMID:30053066.

Alvarez EM, Malogolowkin M, Li Q, Brunson A, Pollock BH, Muffly L, Wun T, Keegan THM. Decreased Early Mortality in Young Adult Patients With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treated at Specialized Cancer Centers in California. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Apr;15(4):e316-e327. doi:10.1200/JOP.18.00264. Epub 2019 Mar 8. PMID:30849003.

Muffly L, Alvarez E, Lichtensztajn D, Abrahão R, Gomez SL, Keegan T. Patterns of care and outcomes in adolescent and young adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a population-based study. Blood Adv. 2018 Apr 24;2(8):895-903. doi:10.1182/bloodadvances.2017014944. PMID:29669756.

Johnston EE, Alvarez E, Saynina O, Sanders LM, Bhatia S, Chamberlain LJ. Inpatient utilization and disparities: The last year of life of adolescent and young adult oncology patients in California. Cancer. 2018 Apr 15;124(8):1819-1827. doi:10.1002/cncr.31233. Epub 2018 Feb 2. PMID:29393967.

Alvarez E, Muffly L, Li Q, Brunson A, Wun T, Chamberlain L, Keegan T. Care at specialized cancer centers among young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in California. Leuk Lymphoma. 2018 Oct;59(10):2482-2484. doi:10.1080/10428194.2018.1427856. Epub 2018 Feb 9. PMID:29424251.

Alvarez EM, Keegan TH, Johnston EE, Haile R, Sanders L, Wise PH, Saynina O, Chamberlain LJ. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act dependent coverage expansion: Disparities in impact among young adult oncology patients. Cancer. 2018 Jan 1;124(1):110-117. doi:10.1002/cncr.30978. Epub 2017 Sep 22. PMID:28940423.

Johnston EE, Alvarez E, Saynina O, Sanders L, Bhatia S, Chamberlain LJ. End-of-Life Intensity for Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer: A Californian Population-Based Study That Shows Disparities. J Oncol Pract. 2017 Sep;13(9):e770-e781. doi:10.1200/JOP.2016.020586. Epub 2017 Aug 22. PMID:28829692.

Alvarez E, Seppa M, Rivas S, Fuentes L, Valverde P, Antillón-Klussmann F, Castellanos M, Sweet-Cordero EA, Messacar K, Kurap J, Bustamante M, Howard SC, Efron B, Luna-Fineman S. Improvement in treatment abandonment in pediatric patients with cancer in Guatemala. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 Oct;64(10). doi:10.1002/pbc.26560. Epub 2017 Apr 19. PMID:28423236.

Alvarez E, Keegan T, Johnston EE, Haile R, Sanders L, Saynina O, Chamberlain LJ. Adolescent and young adult oncology patients: Disparities in access to specialized cancer centers. Cancer. 2017 Jul 1;123(13):2516-2523. doi:10.1002/cncr.30562. Epub 2017 Feb 27. PMID:28241089.