University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Rahul Aggarwal, MD

Rahul Aggarwal, MD

Associate Director for Clinical Research, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Prostate Cancer

Research Summary

I am a Medical Oncologist within the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of California San Francisco. My clinical practice focuses on patients with advanced solid tumor malignancies with a particular emphasis on genitourinary malignancies including prostate, kidney, bladder, and testicular cancer. I serve as the Co-Leader for the GU Medical Oncology program at UCSF.

My research focus is on developing novel therapies and imaging modalities for patients with advanced solid tumor malignancies, with a focus on patients with advanced prostate cancer.

Education

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, BA, 1999-2002, Psychology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, MD, 2002-2006, Medicine


Professional Experience

  • 2006 – 2009
    Internal Medicine Internship and Residency Training Program, UCSF
  • 2009 – 2010
    Clinical Oncology Fellowship, Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA
  • 2010 – 2013
    Clinical Fellow, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF
  • 2013 - present
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Genitourinary Medical Oncology UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2019 - present
    Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Genitourinary Medical Oncology UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2020 - present
    Associate Director for Clinical Research, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Honors & Awards

  • 2001
    James Alton James Scholarship, Northwestern University
  • 2002
    James A. Patten Scholarship, Northwestern University
  • 2002
    Phi Beta Kappa Centennial Award, Northwestern University
  • 2002
    Summa Cum Laude, Northwestern University
  • 2004
    Department of Medicine Chairman’s Award, Northwestern University School of Medicine
  • 2005
    Member Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
  • 2011
    Pfizer Fellowships in Oncology Award in collaboration with UCSF Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine
  • 2012
    Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology/Conquer Cancer Foundation
  • 2012
    Inaugural Recipient, Ronald A. Rosenberg Fellowship in Genitourinary Medical Oncology, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2013
    Alliance Cooperative Group Scholar Award
  • 2014
    The Sence Foundation Award
  • 2015
    Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award
  • 2016
    Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Physician Research Training Award
  • 2016
    UCSF Helen Diller Family Early Phase Clinical Research Support Grant
  • 2016
    National Cancer Institute Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership
    Award

Selected Publications

  1. Aggarwal RR, Schweizer MT, Nanus DM, Pantuck AJ, Heath EI, Campeau E, Attwell S, Norek K, Snyder M, Bauman L, Lakhotia S, Feng FY, Small EJ, Abida W, Alumkal JJ. A Phase 1b/2a Study of the Pan-BET Bromodomain Inhibitor ZEN-3694 in Combination with Enzalutamide in Patients with Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2020 Jul 21.
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  2. Kwon DH, Zhang L, Quigley DA, Foye A, Chen WS, Wong CK, Feng FY, Bailey A, Huang J, Stuart JM, Friedl V, Weinstein AS, Beer TM, Alumkal JJ, Rettig M, Gleave M, Lara PN, Thomas GV, Li P, Lui A, Small EJ, Aggarwal RR. Down-regulation of ADRB2 expression is associated with small cell neuroendocrine prostate cancer and adverse clinical outcomes in castration-resistant prostate cancer. Urol Oncol. 2020 Jul 02.
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  3. Alumkal JJ, Sun D, Lu E, Beer TM, Thomas GV, Latour E, Aggarwal R, Cetnar J, Ryan CJ, Tabatabaei S, Bailey S, Turina CB, Quigley DA, Guan X, Foye A, Youngren JF, Urrutia J, Huang J, Weinstein AS, Friedl V, Rettig M, Reiter RE, Spratt DE, Gleave M, Evans CP, Stuart JM, Chen Y, Feng FY, Small EJ, Witte ON, Xia Z. Transcriptional profiling identifies an androgen receptor activity-low, stemness program associated with enzalutamide resistance. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Jun 02; 117(22):12315-12323.
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  4. Huang Y, Zhao N, Wang YH, Truillet C, Wei J, Blecha JE, VanBrocklin HF, Seo Y, Sayeed M, Feldman BJ, Aggarwal R, Behr SC, Shao H, Wilson DM, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Gestwicki JE, Evans MJ. A Novel Radioligand Reveals Tissue Specific Pharmacological Modulation of Glucocorticoid Receptor Expression with Positron Emission Tomography. ACS Chem Biol. 2020 Jun 19; 15(6):1381-1391.
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  5. Aggarwal R, Romero GR, Friedl V, Weinstein A, Foye A, Huang J, Feng F, Stuart JM, Small EJ. Clinical and genomic characterization of Low PSA Secretors: a unique subset of metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2020 Apr 14.
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  6. Seo Y, Khalighi MM, Wangerin KA, Deller TW, Wang YH, Jivan S, Kohi MP, Aggarwal R, Flavell RR, Behr SC, Evans MJ. Quantitative and Qualitative Improvement of Low-Count [68Ga]Citrate and [90Y]Microspheres PET Image Reconstructions Using Block Sequential Regularized Expectation Maximization Algorithm. Mol Imaging Biol. 2020 02; 22(1):208-216.
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  7. Gilligan T, Lin DW, Aggarwal R, Chism D, Cost N, Derweesh IH, Emamekhoo H, Feldman DR, Geynisman DM, Hancock SL, LaGrange C, Levine EG, Longo T, Lowrance W, McGregor B, Monk P, Picus J, Pierorazio P, Rais-Bahrami S, Saylor P, Sircar K, Smith DC, Tzou K, Vaena D, Vaughn D, Yamoah K, Yamzon J, Johnson-Chilla A, Keller J, Pluchino LA. Testicular Cancer, Version 2.2020, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2019 12; 17(12):1529-1554.
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  8. Chen WS, Feng EL, Aggarwal R, Foye A, Beer TM, Alumkal JJ, Gleave M, Chi KN, Reiter RE, Rettig MB, Evans CP, Small EJ, Sharifi N, Zhao SG. Germline polymorphisms associated with impaired survival outcomes and somatic tumor alterations in advanced prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2020 Jun; 23(2):316-323.
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  9. Narayan V, Harrison M, Cheng H, Kenfield S, Aggarwal R, Kwon D, McKay R, Hauger R, Hart N, Conzen S, Borno H, Jim H, Dicker A, Dorff T, Moslehi J, Mucci L, Parsons JK, Saad F, Soule H, Morgans A, Ryan CJ. Improving research for prostate cancer survivorship: A statement from the Survivorship Research in Prostate Cancer (SuRECaP) working group. Urol Oncol. 2020 Mar; 38(3):83-93.
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  10. Chen HY, Aggarwal R, Bok RA, Ohliger MA, Zhu Z, Lee P, Gordon JW, van Criekinge M, Carvajal L, Slater JB, Larson PEZ, Small EJ, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Hyperpolarized 13C-pyruvate MRI detects real-time metabolic flux in prostate cancer metastases to bone and liver: a clinical feasibility study. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2020 Jun; 23(2):269-276.
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  11. Chen WS, Aggarwal R, Zhang L, Zhao SG, Thomas GV, Beer TM, Quigley DA, Foye A, Playdle D, Huang J, Lloyd P, Lu E, Sun D, Guan X, Rettig M, Gleave M, Evans CP, Youngren J, True L, Lara P, Kothari V, Xia Z, Chi KN, Reiter RE, Maher CA, Feng FY, Small EJ, Alumkal JJ. Genomic Drivers of Poor Prognosis and Enzalutamide Resistance in Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2019 11; 76(5):562-571.
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  12. Aggarwal RR, Quigley DA, Huang J, Zhang L, Beer TM, Rettig MB, Reiter RE, Gleave ME, Thomas GV, Foye A, Playdle D, Lloyd P, Chi KN, Evans CP, Lara PN, Feng FY, Alumkal JJ, Small EJ. Whole-Genome and Transcriptional Analysis of Treatment-Emergent Small-Cell Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer Demonstrates Intraclass Heterogeneity. Mol Cancer Res. 2019 06; 17(6):1235-1240.
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  13. Mehnert JM, Varga A, Brose MS, Aggarwal RR, Lin CC, Prawira A, de Braud F, Tamura K, Doi T, Piha-Paul SA, Gilbert J, Saraf S, Thanigaimani P, Cheng JD, Keam B. Safety and antitumor activity of the anti-PD-1 antibody pembrolizumab in patients with advanced, PD-L1-positive papillary or follicular thyroid cancer. BMC Cancer. 2019 Mar 04; 19(1):196.
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  14. Nickols NG, Nazarian R, Zhao SG, Tan V, Uzunangelov V, Xia Z, Baertsch R, Neeman E, Gao AC, Thomas GV, Howard L, De Hoedt AM, Stuart J, Goldstein T, Chi K, Gleave ME, Graff JN, Beer TM, Drake JM, Evans CP, Aggarwal R, Foye A, Feng FY, Small EJ, Aronson WJ, Freedland SJ, Witte ON, Huang J, Alumkal JJ, Reiter RE, Rettig MB. MEK-ERK signaling is a therapeutic target in metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2019 12; 22(4):531-538.
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  15. Zhu Z, Zhu X, Ohliger MA, Tang S, Cao P, Carvajal L, Autry AW, Li Y, Kurhanewicz J, Chang S, Aggarwal R, Munster P, Xu D, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB, Gordon JW. Coil combination methods for multi-channel hyperpolarized 13C imaging data from human studies. J Magn Reson. 2019 04; 301:73-79.
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  16. Aggarwal R, Huang J, Alumkal J, Feng FY, Zhang L, Stuart JM, Small EJ. Reply to A. Dalla Volta et al. J Clin Oncol. 2019 02 01; 37(4):351-352.
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  17. Behr SC, Aggarwal R, VanBrocklin HF, Flavell RR, Gao K, Small EJ, Blecha J, Jivan S, Hope TA, Simko JP, Kurhanewicz J, Noworolski SM, Korn NJ, De Los Santos R, Cooperberg MR, Carroll PR, Nguyen HG, Greene KL, Langton-Webster B, Berkman CE, Seo Y. Phase I Study of CTT1057, an 18F-Labeled Imaging Agent with Phosphoramidate Core Targeting Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen in Prostate Cancer. J Nucl Med. 2019 07; 60(7):910-916.
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  18. Gordon JW, Chen HY, Autry A, Park I, Van Criekinge M, Mammoli D, Milshteyn E, Bok R, Xu D, Li Y, Aggarwal R, Chang S, Slater JB, Ferrone M, Nelson S, Kurhanewicz J, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB. Translation of Carbon-13 EPI for hyperpolarized MR molecular imaging of prostate and brain cancer patients. Magn Reson Med. 2019 04; 81(4):2702-2709.
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  19. Quigley DA, Dang HX, Zhao SG, Lloyd P, Aggarwal R, Alumkal JJ, Foye A, Kothari V, Perry MD, Bailey AM, Playdle D, Barnard TJ, Zhang L, Zhang J, Youngren JF, Cieslik MP, Parolia A, Beer TM, Thomas G, Chi KN, Gleave M, Lack NA, Zoubeidi A, Reiter RE, Rettig MB, Witte O, Ryan CJ, Fong L, Kim W, Friedlander T, Chou J, Li H, Das R, Li H, Moussavi-Baygi R, Goodarzi H, Gilbert LA, Lara PN, Evans CP, Goldstein TC, Stuart JM, Tomlins SA, Spratt DE, Cheetham RK, Cheng DT, Farh K, Gehring JS, Hakenberg J, Liao A, Febbo PG, Shon J, Sickler B, Batzoglou S, Knudsen KE, He HH, Huang J, Wyatt AW, Dehm SM, Ashworth A, Chinnaiyan AM, Maher CA, Small EJ, Feng FY. Genomic Hallmarks and Structural Variation in Metastatic Prostate Cancer. Cell. 2018 10 18; 175(3):889.
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  20. Lee M, Hong H, Kim W, Zhang L, Friedlander TW, Fong L, Lin AM, Small EJ, Wei XX, Rodvelt TJ, Miralda B, Stocksdale B, Ryan CJ, Aggarwal R. Itraconazole as a Noncastrating Treatment for Biochemically Recurrent Prostate Cancer: A Phase 2 Study. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2019 Feb; 17(1):e92-e96.
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