University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Manish K. Aghi, MD, PhD

Manish K. Aghi, MD, PhD

Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Neurologic Oncology

Research Summary

I am a neurosurgeon-scientist, and I have been running a neurosurgical practice caring for brain tumor patients and a basic science lab in the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center (BTRC) since my initial faculty appointment at UCSF in 2008. Throughout that time, my lab has been well funded by the NIH and numerous private foundations, with the central focus of the lab being mechanisms of angiogenesis, invasion, and therapeutic resistance in brain tumors like glioblastoma, metastases, and pituitary tumors. My clinical practice has developed in parallel with my laboratory, with my glioblastoma and pituitary tumor surgical cases often providing valuable tissue for lab research as part of my clinical and translational research programs. The expertise from my scientific and clinical research has been supplemented by numerous successful collaborations with academic and industry investigators in the past eight years. As a neurosurgeon-scientist, I have mentored numerous medical and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and neurosurgery residents on scientific and clinical projects, as well as assisting them developing their careers integrating dual roles combining neurosurgical practices with scientific investigation. My position as a neurosurgeon and scientist specializing in the care of patients with aggressive brain tumors and the role of the tumor microenvironment in driving this aggressive biology and therapeutic resistance uniquely positions me to serve as PI for a variety of grants.

Education

Stanford University (Stanford, CA), BS, 1993, Biological Sciences
Stanford University (Stanford, CA), MS, 1993, Biological Sciences
Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA), MD, 2000, Medicine
Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA), PhD, 2000, Neuroscience


Professional Experience

  • 2000-2001
    Intern, General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 2001-2007
    Resident, Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 2007
    Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 2008-2012
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Neurosurgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • 2012-present
    Associate Professor in Residence, Neurosurgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 2004
    Preuss Award, best basic science brain tumor research, American Association of Neurologic Surgeons (AANS) meeting, "Generation of Brain Tumor Neovasculature from Transplanted Bone Marrow."
  • 2005
    Ronald L. Bittner Award, best brain tumor research, American Association of Neurologic Surgeons (AANS) meeting
  • 2005
    William Scoville Resident Research Award, New England Neurosurgery meeting, "Generation of Glioma Neovasculature from Transplanted Bone Marrow."
  • 2005
    Congress of Neurologic Surgeons (CNS) Resident Research Award, "Enhanced Replication of Oncolytic HSV in Glioma Cells that Evade Temozolomide Chemotherapy Through DNA Repair."
  • 2005
    American Academy of Neurologic Surgeons Resident Research Award, "Stromal Derived Factor-1 Interacts with Environmental Cues to Induce Bone Marrow-Derived Cells to Differentiate into Tumor Endothelium and Pericytes."
  • 2006
    Mahaley Award, best clinical study in neuro-oncology, presented at American Association of Neurologic Surgeons (AANS) meeting
  • 2006
    Integra Foundation Award, best benign brain and peripheral nerve tumor research, presented at Congress of Neurologic Surgeons (CNS) meeting
  • 2007
    Synthes Skull Base Award, Congress of Neurologic Surgeons (CNS) meeting
  • 2009
    American Brian Tumor Association (ABTA) Young Investigator Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) meeting

Selected Publications

  1. Hayes J, Yu Y, Jalbert LE, Mazor T, Jones LE, Wood MD, Walsh KM, Bengtsson H, Hong C, Oberndorfer S, Roetzer T, Smirnov IV, Clarke JL, Aghi MK, Chang SM, Nelson SJ, Woehrer A, Phillips JJ, Solomon DA, Costello JF. Genomic analysis of the origins and evolution of multicentric diffuse lower-grade gliomas. Neuro Oncol. 2018 Apr 09; 20(5):632-641.
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  2. Chen WC, Magill ST, Wu A, Vasudevan HN, Morin O, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, Perry A, McDermott MW, Sneed PK, Braunstein SE, Raleigh DR. Histopathological features predictive of local control of atypical meningioma after surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy. J Neurosurg. 2018 Apr 06; 1-8.
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  3. Magill ST, Morshed RA, Lucas CG, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, Berger MS, de Divitiis O, Solari D, Cappabianca P, Cavallo LM, McDermott MW. Tuberculum sellae meningiomas: grading scale to assess surgical outcomes using the transcranial versus transsphenoidal approach. Neurosurg Focus. 2018 Apr; 44(4):E9.
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  4. Magill ST, Young JS, Chae R, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, McDermott MW. Relationship between tumor location, size, and WHO grade in meningioma. Neurosurg Focus. 2018 Apr; 44(4):E4.
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  5. Chen WC, Hara J, Magill ST, Wu A, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, Perry A, McDermott MW, Sneed PK, Raleigh DR, Braunstein SE. Salvage therapy outcomes for atypical meningioma. J Neurooncol. 2018 Feb 26.
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  6. Flanigan PM, Jahangiri A, Weinstein D, Dayani F, Chandra A, Kanungo I, Choi S, Sankaran S, Molinaro AM, McDermott MW, Berger MS, Aghi MK. Postoperative Delirium in Glioblastoma Patients: Risk Factors and Prognostic Implications. Neurosurgery. 2018 Feb 16.
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  7. Rick J, Chandra A, Aghi MK. Tumor treating fields: a new approach to glioblastoma therapy. J Neurooncol. 2018 Jan 18.
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  8. Flanigan PM, Jahangiri A, Golubovsky JL, Karnuta JM, May FJ, Berger MS, Aghi MK. A cross-sectional study of neurosurgical department chairs in the United States. J Neurosurg. 2018 Jan 05; 1-7.
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  9. Flanigan PM, Jahangiri A, Kuang R, Truong A, Choi S, Chou A, Molinaro AM, McDermott MW, Berger MS, Aghi MK. Developing an Algorithm for Optimizing Care of Elderly Patients With Glioblastoma. Neurosurgery. 2018 Jan 01; 82(1):64-75.
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  10. Müller S, Kohanbash G, Liu SJ, Alvarado B, Carrera D, Bhaduri A, Watchmaker PB, Yagnik G, Di Lullo E, Malatesta M, Amankulor NM, Kriegstein AR, Lim DA, Aghi M, Okada H, Diaz A. Single-cell profiling of human gliomas reveals macrophage ontogeny as a basis for regional differences in macrophage activation in the tumor microenvironment. Genome Biol. 2017 Dec 20; 18(1):234.
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  11. Flanigan PM, Jahangiri A, Kuang R, Truong A, Choi S, Chou A, Rick JW, Chang SM, Molinaro AM, McDermott MW, Berger MS, Aghi MK. Improved Survival with Decreased Wait Time to Surgery in Glioblastoma Patients Presenting with Seizure. Neurosurgery. 2017 Nov 01; 81(5):824-833.
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  12. Flis DW, Burke JF, Benet A, Theodosopoulos P, Aghi M, El-Sayed IH. The Endoscopic Buccal Fat Pad Flap for Closure of Skull Base Defects: A Report of 5 Cases. World Neurosurg. 2018 Feb; 110:e42-e45.
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  13. Jahangiri A, Nguyen A, Chandra A, Sidorov MK, Yagnik G, Rick J, Han SW, Chen W, Flanigan PM, Schneidman-Duhovny D, Mascharak S, De Lay M, Imber B, Park CC, Matsumoto K, Lu K, Bergers G, Sali A, Weiss WA, Aghi MK. Cross-activating c-Met/ß1 integrin complex drives metastasis and invasive resistance in cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Oct 10; 114(41):E8685-E8694.
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  14. Kwiatkowski SC, Guerrero PA, Hirota S, Chen Z, Morales JE, Aghi M, McCarty JH. Neuropilin-1 modulates TGFß signaling to drive glioblastoma growth and recurrence after anti-angiogenic therapy. PLoS One. 2017; 12(9):e0185065.
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  15. Rutkowski MJ, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. Surgical intervention for pituitary apoplexy: an analysis of functional outcomes. J Neurosurg. 2017 Sep 15; 1-8.
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  16. Chan AK, Han SJ, Choy W, Beleford D, Aghi MK, Berger MS, Shieh JT, Bollen AW, Perry A, Phillips JJ, Butowski N, Solomon DA. Familial melanoma-astrocytoma syndrome: synchronous diffuse astrocytoma and pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma in a patient with germline CDKN2A/B deletion and a significant family history. Clin Neuropathol. 2017 Sep/Oct; 36(5):213-221.
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  17. Jahangiri A, Chin AT, Wagner JR, Kunwar S, Ames C, Chou D, Barani I, Parsa AT, McDermott MW, Benet A, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. In Reply: Factors Predicting Recurrence After Resection of Clival Chordoma Using Variable Surgical Approaches and Radiation Modalities. Neurosurgery. 2017 Aug 01; 81(2):E32.
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  18. Vasudevan HN, Raleigh DR, Johnson J, Garsa AA, Theodosopoulos PV, Aghi MK, Ames C, McDermott MW, Barani IJ, Braunstein SE. Management of Chordoma and Chondrosarcoma with Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy. Front Surg. 2017; 4:35.
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  19. Rutkowski MJ, Alward RM, Chen R, Wagner J, Jahangiri A, Southwell DG, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Lee H, Aghi MK. Atypical pituitary adenoma: a clinicopathologic case series. J Neurosurg. 2018 Apr; 128(4):1058-1065.
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  20. Rick JW, Jahangiri A, Flanigan PM, Aghi MK. Patients cured of acromegaly do not experience improvement of their skull deformities. Pituitary. 2017 Apr; 20(2):292-294.
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