University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Pamela Munster, MD

Pamela Munster, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), UCSF; Director, Early Phase Clinical Trials Unit, Co-leader of the Center for BRCA Research, and Leader, Experimental Therapeutics Program, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics | Cancer Genetics

Research Summary

My clinical research interests are first-in-human early phase clinical trials of novel compounds and alternative strategies for the treatment and prevention of cancer. I have been involved in clinical and translational research in early phase clinical trials since 1998. As the program leader for Development Therapeutics and the PI of a peer-reviewed basic science lab, my main focus is on translating preclinical findings into early-stage clinical trials with extensive PK and integration of PD correlative studies and molecular imaging for patients with advanced stage cancer.

My basic research interest is centered on the role of epigenetic modification in therapy resistance in breast cancer and epigenetic priming. In addition to studying basic mechanisms of hormone therapy resistance, we have shown that epigenetic modification plays a crucial role in the hormonal regulation and carcinogenesis of breast cancer.

Education

Kantonsschule Sargans, Switzerland, Baccalaureate, 1983, Sciences, Liberal Arts
University of Bern Switzerland, Doctorate, 1990, Medicine
University of Bern Switzerland, MD Thesis, 1992, Medicine


Professional Experience

  • 1990-1992
    University of Bern, Department of Physiology, Teaching Assignment in Physiology
  • 1992-1993
    Indiana University at Indianapolis, Krannert Institute of Cardiology
  • 1993-1996
    Residency in Internal Medicine Indiana University Medical Center at Indianapolis
  • 1996-1999
    Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center New York
  • 1999-2000
    Research Associate, Department of Medicine, Breast Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
  • 2000-2001
    Clinical Assistant Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Medicine, Breast Cancer Service
  • 2001-2006
    Assistant Professor: Division of Breast Oncology & Experimental Therapeutics, Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute; Division of Medical Oncology & Hematology, Dept of Internal Medicine, University of South Florida
  • 2006-2008
    Associate Professor: Division of Breast Oncology & Experimental Therapeutics, Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute; Division of Medical Oncology & Hematology, Dept of Internal Medicine, University of South Florida
  • 2007-present
    Faculty Affiliate, Colorade State University, Ft. Collins, CO
  • 2008-2010
    Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF
  • 2008-present
    Director, Early Phase Clinical Trials Program and Associate Director, Investigational Therapeutics, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2010-present
    Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1998
    John Mendelsohn House staff Teaching Award
  • 1999
    AACR-AFLAC Young Investigators Scholar Award 1999
  • 2000, 2001
    Byrne Fund Award
  • 2003-2005
    Don Shula Career Development Award, 2003-2005
  • 2007-2008
    Greatest Number of Investigator-Initiated Trials Written & Implemented, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
  • 2008
    Research Highlights, Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Selected Publications

  1. Rubenstein JL, Geng H, Vu K, Mannis G, Formaker P, Hwang J, Munster PN, Damato B. Maintenance Lenalidomide in Primary CNS Lymphoma. Ann Oncol. 2019 May 02.
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  2. Algazi AP, Rotow J, Posch C, Ortiz-Urda S, Pelayo A, Munster PN, Daud A. A dual pathway inhibition strategy using BKM120 combined with vemurafenib is poorly tolerated in BRAF V600E/K mutant advanced melanoma. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2019 Feb 24.
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  3. 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 Feb 01; 301:73-79.
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  4. Munster P, Krop IE, LoRusso P, Ma C, Siegel BA, Shields AF, Molnár I, Wickham TJ, Reynolds J, Campbell K, Hendriks BS, Adiwijaya BS, Geretti E, Moyo V, Miller KD. Safety and pharmacokinetics of MM-302, a HER2-targeted antibody-liposomal doxorubicin conjugate, in patients with advanced HER2-positive breast cancer: a phase 1 dose-escalation study. Br J Cancer. 2018 Oct; 119(9):1086-1093.
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  5. Rubenstein JL, Geng H, Fraser EJ, Formaker P, Chen L, Sharma J, Killea P, Choi K, Ventura J, Kurhanewicz J, Lowell C, Hwang J, Treseler P, Sneed PK, Li J, Wang X, Chen N, Gangoiti J, Munster PN, Damato B. Phase 1 investigation of lenalidomide/rituximab plus outcomes of lenalidomide maintenance in relapsed CNS lymphoma. Blood Adv. 2018 Jul 10; 2(13):1595-1607.
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  6. Von Hoff DD, Rasco DW, Heath EI, Munster PN, Schellens JHM, Isambert N, Tourneau CL, O'Neil B, Mathijssen RHJ, Lopez-Martin JA, Edenfield WJ, Martin M, LoRusso PM, Bray GL, DiMartino J, Nguyen A, Liu K, Laille E, Bendell JC. Phase I Study of CC-486 Alone and in Combination with Carboplatin or nab-Paclitaxel in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Solid Tumors. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Sep 01; 24(17):4072-4080.
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  7. Lambertini M, Moore HCF, Leonard RCF, Loibl S, Munster P, Bruzzone M, Boni L, Unger JM, Anderson RA, Mehta K, Minton S, Poggio F, Albain KS, Adamson DJA, Gerber B, Cripps A, Bertelli G, Seiler S, Ceppi M, Partridge AH, Del Mastro L. Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Agonists During Chemotherapy for Preservation of Ovarian Function and Fertility in Premenopausal Patients With Early Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Individual Patient-Level Data. J Clin Oncol. 2018 Jul 01; 36(19):1981-1990.
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  8. Chen HY, Larson PEZ, Gordon JW, Bok RA, Ferrone M, van Criekinge M, Carvajal L, Cao P, Pauly JM, Kerr AB, Park I, Slater JB, Nelson SJ, Munster PN, Aggarwal R, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Technique development of 3D dynamic CS-EPSI for hyperpolarized 13 C pyruvate MR molecular imaging of human prostate cancer. Magn Reson Med. 2018 Nov; 80(5):2062-2072.
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  9. Park J, Thomas S, Zhong AY, Wolfe AR, Krings G, Terranova-Barberio M, Pawlowska N, Benet LZ, Munster PN. Local delivery of hormonal therapy with silastic tubing for prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Sci Rep. 2018 01 08; 8(1):92.
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  10. Terranova-Barberio M, Thomas S, Ali N, Pawlowska N, Park J, Krings G, Rosenblum MD, Budillon A, Munster PN. HDAC inhibition potentiates immunotherapy in triple negative breast cancer. Oncotarget. 2017 Dec 26; 8(69):114156-114172.
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  11. Terranova-Barberio M, Thomas S, Munster PN. Host histone acetylation unlocks HDAC inhibitor potential. Oncotarget. 2017 Dec 05; 8(63):106161-106162.
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  12. Bartelink IH, Prideaux B, Krings G, Wilmes L, Lee PRE, Bo P, Hann B, Coppé JP, Heditsian D, Swigart-Brown L, Jones EF, Magnitsky S, Keizer RJ, de Vries N, Rosing H, Pawlowska N, Thomas S, Dhawan M, Aggarwal R, Munster PN, Esserman LJ, Ruan W, Wu AHB, Yee D, Dartois V, Savic RM, Wolf DM, van 't Veer L. Heterogeneous drug penetrance of veliparib and carboplatin measured in triple negative breast tumors. Breast Cancer Res. 2017 Sep 11; 19(1):107.
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  13. Thomas S, Chen S, Sbitany H, Kwon E, Piper M, Park J, Terranova Barberio M, Pawlowska N, Munster PN. Autologous Fat Grafting as a Novel Antiestrogen Vehicle for the Treatment of Breast Cancer. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Sep; 140(3):537-544.
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  14. Dhawan MS, Bartelink IH, Aggarwal RR, Leng J, Zhang JZ, Pawlowska N, Terranova-Barberio M, Grabowsky JA, Gewitz A, Chien AJ, Moasser M, Kelley RK, Maktabi T, Thomas S, Munster PN. Differential Toxicity in Patients with and without DNA Repair Mutations: Phase I Study of Carboplatin and Talazoparib in Advanced Solid Tumors. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Nov 01; 23(21):6400-6410.
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  15. Garrett SB, Koenig CJ, Trupin L, Hlubocky FJ, Daugherty CK, Reinert A, Munster P, Dohan D. What advanced cancer patients with limited treatment options know about clinical research: a qualitative study. Support Care Cancer. 2017 10; 25(10):3235-3242.
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  16. Martin T, Baz R, Benson DM, Lendvai N, Wolf J, Munster P, Lesokhin AM, Wack C, Charpentier E, Campana F, Vij R. A phase 1b study of isatuximab plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. Blood. 2017 06 22; 129(25):3294-3303.
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  17. Tumeh PC, Hellmann MD, Hamid O, Tsai KK, Loo KL, Gubens MA, Rosenblum M, Harview CL, Taube JM, Handley N, Khurana N, Nosrati A, Krummel MF, Tucker A, Sosa EV, Sanchez PJ, Banayan N, Osorio JC, Nguyen-Kim DL, Chang J, Shintaku IP, Boasberg PD, Taylor EJ, Munster PN, Algazi AP, Chmielowski B, Dummer R, Grogan TR, Elashoff D, Hwang J, Goldinger SM, Garon EB, Pierce RH, Daud A. Liver Metastasis and Treatment Outcome with Anti-PD-1 Monoclonal Antibody in Patients with Melanoma and NSCLC. Cancer Immunol Res. 2017 05; 5(5):417-424.
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  18. Guglin M, Munster P, Fink A, Krischer J. Lisinopril or Coreg CR in reducing cardiotoxicity in women with breast cancer receiving trastuzumab: A rationale and design of a randomized clinical trial. Am Heart J. 2017 Jun; 188:87-92.
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  19. Lee H, Shields AF, Siegel BA, Miller KD, Krop I, Ma CX, LoRusso PM, Munster PN, Campbell K, Gaddy DF, Leonard SC, Geretti E, Blocker SJ, Kirpotin DB, Moyo V, Wickham TJ, Hendriks BS. 64Cu-MM-302 Positron Emission Tomography Quantifies Variability of Enhanced Permeability and Retention of Nanoparticles in Relation to Treatment Response in Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Aug 01; 23(15):4190-4202.
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  20. Block TS, Murphy TI, Munster PN, Nguyen DP, Lynch FJ. Glucocorticoid receptor expression in 20 solid tumor types using immunohistochemistry assay. Cancer Manag Res. 2017; 9:65-72.
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