Minnesota Oncology

Michaela L. Tsai, MD

Board Certified in Medical Oncology & Hematology   

Philosophy of Care

As the daughter of a physician father and nurse mother, I was called to a career in medicine at a young age. Studying both chemistry and religion in college, I came to appreciate the essential balance between the intellectual and the emotional, the scientific and the spiritual. Caring for patients with cancer allows me to put all of these elements into practice daily.

As an oncologist, I continuously strive to seek new knowledge, to reexamine ideas of the past and to implement what I have learned. Above all, the health and well being of my patients is my first concern.   

Areas of Special Interest

Breast Cancer
Clinical Research
Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndromes
Hematologic Malignancies (leukemia, lymphoma, stem cell transplant)


BA Chemistry/Religion, Duke University, Durham, NC
Medical Degree, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Residency, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Fellowship, Medical Oncology, Hematology and Transplant, University of Minnesota

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Minnesota Society of Clinical Oncology
National Cancer Institute

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements 

Martha Bacon Stimson Chair, Medical Oncology Research,
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute 2012
Methodist Hospital Ethics Committee 2006-2012
Medical Director Cancer Genetics, Park Nicollet 2007-2012
Medical Director of Oncology Research, Park Nicollet 2010-2012
Top Doctors for Women, Minnesota Monthly Magazine, 2011 


Dr Tsai has served as principal investigator on numerous oncology clinical trials and sub-investigator on many more. She has co-authored several studies presented at ASH and ASCO meetings. She has also collaborated on a number of academic papers and book chapters.  


My time outside of work is devoted to my husband and two children. We love travel, music and sports – swimming, soccer, hockey, and baseball. In my free time, I love to read, cook, hike, bike, swim and run (and occasionally even win) half-marathons and marathons. 

Practice Location: Minneapolis