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

Eric K. Nakakura, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics | Cancer Genetics

Education

University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, BS, 1990, Bioengineering-Premedic
Stanford Medical School, Stanford, CA, MD, 1995, Medicine
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, PhD, 2001, Cellular/Molecular Medicine


Professional Experience

  • 1995-1996
    Intern, General Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
  • 1996-2003
    Resident, General Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
  • 2003-2004
    Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
  • 2003-2004
    Assistant Chief of Service/Instructor, General Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • 2004-2011
    Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2011-present
    Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 1988
    Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, San Diego
  • 1990
    Magna Cum Laude, University of California, San Diego
  • 1991
    Stanford Medical Student Scholars Program Research Fellow
  • 1992
    International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Poster Award Recipient
  • 1992
    American Heart Association Medical Student Research Fellow
  • 2000
    George D. Zuidema Award for Laboratory Research, Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • 2003
    John L. Cameron Technical Excellence Award, Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • 2007
    Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
  • 2009
    Excellence in Teaching Award, The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators
    Memberships

Selected Publications

  1. Greene C, Nakakura EK, Ko AH. Gastrocutaneous Fistula in a Patient with Locally Recurrent MSI-High Colorectal Cancer: Local Complications Arising from Therapeutic Response to Immune Checkpoint Blockade. Anticancer Res. 2017 Jul; 37(7):3679-3684.
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  2. Mulvey CK, Van Loon K, Bergsland EK, Masharani U, Nakakura EK. Complicated Case Presentation: Management of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors in Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1. Pancreas. 2017 Mar; 46(3):416-426.
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  3. Kim SS, Nakakura EK, Wang ZJ, Kim GE, Corvera CU, Harris HW, Kirkwood KS, Hirose R, Tempero MA, Ko AH. Preoperative FOLFIRINOX for borderline resectable pancreatic cancer: Is radiation necessary in the modern era of chemotherapy? J Surg Oncol. 2016 Oct; 114(5):587-596.
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  4. Nakakura EK. Finding the Common Thread in Rare Diseases. JAMA Surg. 2016 Apr 1; 151(4):355.
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  5. Hope TA, Verdin EF, Bergsland EK, Ohliger MA, Corvera CU, Nakakura EK. Correcting for respiratory motion in liver PET/MRI: preliminary evaluation of the utility of bellows and navigated hepatobiliary phase imaging. EJNMMI Phys. 2015 Dec; 2(1):21.
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  6. Yee AM, Kelly BG, Gonzalez-Velez JM, Nakakura EK. Solid pseudopapillary neoplasm of the pancreas head in a pregnant woman: safe pancreaticoduodenectomy postpartum. J Surg Case Rep. 2015; 2015(8).
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  7. Hope TA, Pampaloni MH, Nakakura E, VanBrocklin H, Slater J, Jivan S, Aparici CM, Yee J, Bergsland E. Simultaneous (68)Ga-DOTA-TOC PET/MRI with gadoxetate disodium in patients with neuroendocrine tumor. Abdom Imaging. 2015 Aug; 40(6):1432-40.
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  8. Walker EJ, Simko JP, Nakakura EK, Ko AH. A patient with cholangiocarcinoma demonstrating pathologic complete response to chemotherapy: exploring the role of neoadjuvant therapy in biliary tract cancer. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2014 Dec; 5(6):E88-95.
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  9. Van Loon K, Zhang L, Keiser J, Carrasco C, Glass K, Ramirez MT, Bobiak S, Nakakura EK, Venook AP, Shah MH, Bergsland EK. Bone metastases and skeletal-related events from neuroendocrine tumors. Endocr Connect. 2015 Mar; 4(1):9-17.
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  10. Bergsland EK, Nakakura EK. Neuroendocrine tumors of unknown primary: is the primary site really not known? JAMA Surg. 2014 Sep; 149(9):889-90.
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  11. Tempero MA, Malafa MP, Behrman SW, Benson AB, Casper ES, Chiorean EG, Chung V, Cohen SJ, Czito B, Engebretson A, Feng M, Hawkins WG, Herman J, Hoffman JP, Ko A, Komanduri S, Koong A, Lowy AM, Ma WW, Merchant NB, Mulvihill SJ, Muscarella P, Nakakura EK, Obando J, Pitman MB, Reddy S, Sasson AR, Thayer SP, Weekes CD, Wolff RA, Wolpin BM, Burns JL, Freedman-Cass DA. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma, version 2.2014: featured updates to the NCCN guidelines. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2014 Aug; 12(8):1083-93.
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  12. Nakakura EK. Time to put another surgical dogma to sleep? JAMA Surg. 2014 May; 149(5):466.
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  13. Nakakura EK. Home, sweet home, after surgery. JAMA Surg. 2014 Mar; 149(3):251.
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  14. Ducker GS, Atreya CE, Simko JP, Hom YK, Matli MR, Benes CH, Hann B, Nakakura EK, Bergsland EK, Donner DB, Settleman J, Shokat KM, Warren RS. Incomplete inhibition of phosphorylation of 4E-BP1 as a mechanism of primary resistance to ATP-competitive mTOR inhibitors. Oncogene. 2014 Mar 20; 33(12):1590-600.
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  15. Wang SC, Fidelman N, Nakakura EK. Management of well-differentiated gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors metastatic to the liver. Semin Oncol. 2013 Feb; 40(1):69-74.
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  16. Nakakura EK. Reply to P.H. Sugarbaker. J Clin Oncol. 2013 Jan 20; 31(3):397-8.
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  17. Webb EM, Wang ZJ, Westphalen AC, Nakakura EK, Coakley FV, Yeh BM. Can CT features differentiate between inferior vena cava leiomyosarcomas and primary retroperitoneal masses? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Jan; 200(1):205-9.
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  18. Parekh JR, Wang SC, Bergsland EK, Venook AP, Warren RS, Kim GE, Nakakura EK. Lymph node sampling rates and predictors of nodal metastasis in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor resections: the UCSF experience with 149 patients. Pancreas. 2012 Aug; 41(6):840-4.
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  19. Tempero MA, Arnoletti JP, Behrman SW, Ben-Josef E, Benson AB, Casper ES, Cohen SJ, Czito B, Ellenhorn JD, Hawkins WG, Herman J, Hoffman JP, Ko A, Komanduri S, Koong A, Ma WW, Malafa MP, Merchant NB, Mulvihill SJ, Muscarella P, Nakakura EK, Obando J, Pitman MB, Sasson AR, Tally A, Thayer SP, Whiting S, Wolff RA, Wolpin BM, Freedman-Cass DA, Shead DA. Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma, version 2.2012: featured updates to the NCCN Guidelines. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2012 Jun 1; 10(6):703-13.
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  20. Nakakura EK. Pseudomyxoma peritonei: more questions than answers. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Jul 10; 30(20):2429-30.
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