Born and raised on the West Coast, Dr. Amy Shaw received her undergraduate
degree in Geology from Humboldt State University in 1981. After working
for a natural gas consulting firm and becoming disillusioned with her
chosen profession, she decided to pursue her dream of being a doctor.
She returned to college and received her medical degree at the University
of California at Davis in 1989, and then completed her Residency in Family
Practice at Community Hospital of Sonoma County (now Sutter Medical Center
of Santa Rosa) in 1992.
Dr. Shaw chose the specialty of Family Practice because of its holistic
approach to medical care through its focus on understanding the patient
in the context of her family and her community, as well as its emphasis
on disease prevention and health promotion.
In her variety of roles as a physician, medical leader, and patient advocate,
Dr. Shaw developed a special interest and expertise in the supportive
care of patients who are being treated for cancer and patients who continue
to experience long-term complications after the completion of cancer therapies.
Her perspective as a Family Physician has allowed her to understand that
cancer, more than almost any other disease, presents unique challenges
to the patient, her family, and the community as a whole. She decided
to leave the field of primary care medicine in 2011 and became the Medical
Director of the Cancer Survivorship Program with the Redwood Regional
Medical Group, now St. Joseph Regional Cancer Care.
Dr. Shaw is a nationally recognized expert in cancer survivorship and speaker
on subjects such as the important role of primary care in cancer survival,
treatment of menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors and the ongoing
need for treating the lasting effects of cancer therapies after cancer
treatments have ended.