Joel M. Palefsky, MD

Joel M. Palefsky, MD

Professor of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases, UCSF

Phone: (415) 353-7100 (appts)
(415) 476-1574 (office)
Box 0654, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0654

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » Cancer, Immunity, and Microenvironment» Cancer Control

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McGill University, Montreal, Canada, M.D.,C.M., 1980, Medicine
Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada, F.R.C.P(C), 1984, Internal Medicine
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, D.A.B.I.M. (Infec Dis), 1989, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Disease

Professional Experience

  • 1980 – 1983
    Residency in Internal Medicine, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada
  • 1983 – 1984
    Post-doctoral Fellow, Dept of Microbiology & Immunology, McGill Univ., Montreal, Canada
  • 1984 – 1984
    Chief Medical Resident, Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • 1985 – 1989
    Post-doctoral Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, Stanford University
  • 1989 – 1995
    Assistant Professor, Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Stomatology
  • 1990 – Present
    Director, UCSF Anal Neoplasia Clinic
  • 1995 – 1999
    Associate Professor, Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Stomatology
  • 1999 – Present
    Professor, Departments of Medicine, Laboratory Medicine and Stomatology
  • 1998 – 2006
    Program Director, UCSF General Clinical Research Center
  • 2006 – 2009
    Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research

Honors & Awards

  • 1976
    University Scholarship McGill University
  • 1985
    Medical Research Council of Canada Fellowship Medical Research Council of Canada
  • 1988
    American Social Health Association Fellowship American Social Health Association
  • 2003
    Elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • 2005
    Award for excellence in small group instruction, UCSF
  • 2006, 2012
    Award of Merit American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
  • 2008
    Award for excellence in small group instruction, UCSF
  • 2011
    Fieldhouse-Myers Oration Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
  • 2012
    Top Doctor (US News and World Report) (Infectious Diseases)
  • 2013
    America's Top Doctor, Castle and Connelly
  • 2013
    Super Doctor, San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine
  • 2014
    Elected Member American Association of Physicians

Selected Publications

  1. Lahiri CD, Dugan KB, Xie X, Reimers L, Burk RD, Anastos K, Massad LS, Eltoum IE, Xue X, D'Souza G, Flowers L, Palefsky JM, Rahangdale L, Strickler HD, Ofotokun I. Oral Lopinavir Use and Human Papillomavirus Infection in HIV-Positive Women. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Oct 1; 70(2):e63-6.
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  2. Bennetts LE, Wagner M, Giuliano AR, Palefsky JM, Steben M, Weiss TW. Associations of Anogenital Low-Risk Human Papillomavirus Infection With Cancer and Acquisition of HIV. Sex Transm Dis. 2015 Oct; 42(10):541-4.
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  3. Ortiz AP, Marrero E, Muñoz C, Pérez CM, Tortolero-Luna G, Romaguera J, Rodríguez N, González-Falero A, Palefsky J, Suárez E. Methods in HPV Surveillance: Experiences from a Population-Based Study of HPV Infection among Women in the San Juan Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2015 Sep; 34(3):117-27.
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  4. Colón-López V, Ortiz AP, Del Toro-Mejías L, Clatts M, Durán-Guzmán G, Pérez N, DaCosta M, Palefsky J. Prevalence and Correlates of Penile HPV Infection in a Clinic-Based Sample of Hispanic Males. P R Health Sci J. 2015 Sep; 34(3):128-34.
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  5. Palefsky JM. Screening to prevent anal cancer: Current thinking and future directions. Cancer Cytopathol. 2015 Sep; 123(9):509-10.
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  6. Moscicki AB, Darragh TM, Berry-Lawhorn JM, Roberts JM, Khan MJ, Boardman LA, Chiao E, Einstein MH, Goldstone SE, Jay N, Likes WM, Stier EA, Welton ML, Wiley DJ, Palefsky JM. Screening for Anal Cancer in Women. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2015 Jul; 19(3 Suppl 1):S26-41.
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  7. Palefsky J, Berry M. Prevention of anal cancer - can we do better? Dis Colon Rectum. 2015 May; 58(5):e76.
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  8. Gonzalez P, Hildesheim A, Herrero R, Katki H, Wacholder S, Porras C, Safaeian M, Jimenez S, Darragh TM, Cortes B, Befano B, Schiffman M, Carvajal L, Palefsky J, Schiller J, Ocampo R, Schussler J, Lowy D, Guillen D, Stoler MH, Quint W, Morales J, Avila C, Rodriguez AC, Kreimer AR. Rationale and design of a long term follow-up study of women who did and did not receive HPV 16/18 vaccination in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Vaccine. 2015 Apr 27; 33(18):2141-51.
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  9. Brickman C, Palefsky JM. Human Papillomavirus in the HIV-Infected Host: Epidemiology and Pathogenesis in the Antiretroviral Era. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2015 Mar; 12(1):6-15.
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  10. Ortiz AP, Reyes JC, Palefsky J, Negrón J, Da Costa M, Vázquez M, Rivera AI, Matos TD, Rios-Olivares E, Tortolero G. Oral human papillomavirus infection among drug users in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2014 Dec; 33(4):190-6.
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  11. Massad LS, Xie X, Burk R, Keller MJ, Minkoff H, D'Souza G, Watts DH, Palefsky J, Young M, Levine AM, Cohen M, Strickler HD. Long-term cumulative detection of human papillomavirus among HIV seropositive women. AIDS. 2014 Nov 13; 28(17):2601-8.
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  12. Torres-Ibarra L, Conde-Glez CJ, Salmerón J, Palefsky J, Hernández-Nevares P, Sánchez-Alemán MA, Magis-Rodríguez C, Lazcano-Ponce E. Risk factors for anal HPV-16/18 infection in Mexican HIV-infected men who have sex with men. Prev Med. 2014 Dec; 69:157-64.
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  13. D'Souza G, Burk RD, Palefsky JM, Massad LS, Strickler HD. Cervical human papillomavirus testing to triage borderline abnormal pap tests in HIV-coinfected women. AIDS. 2014 Jul 17; 28(11):1696-8.
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  14. Ghartey J, Kovacs A, Burk RD, Stewart Massad L, Minkoff H, Xie X, D'souza G, Xue X, Heather Watts D, Levine AM, Einstein MH, Colie C, Anastos K, Eltoum IE, Herold BC, Palefsky JM, Strickler HD. Genital tract HIV RNA levels and their associations with human papillomavirus infection and risk of cervical precancer. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 Jul 1; 66(3):316-23.
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  15. Hernandez AL, Efird JT, Holly EA, Berry JM, Jay N, Palefsky JM. Incidence of and risk factors for type-specific anal human papillomavirus infection among HIV-positive MSM. AIDS. 2014 Jun 1; 28(9):1341-9.
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  16. Zhang C, Park JS, Grce M, Hibbitts S, Palefsky JM, Konno R, Smith-McCune KK, Giovannelli L, Chu TY, Picconi MA, Piña-Sánchez P, Settheetham-Ishida W, Coutlée F, De Marco F, Woo YL, Ho WC, Wong MC, Chirenje MZ, Magure T, Moscicki AB, Sabol I, Fiander AN, Chen Z, Chan MC, Cheung TH, Burk RD, Chan PK. Geographical distribution and risk association of human papillomavirus genotype 52-variant lineages. J Infect Dis. 2014 Nov 15; 210(10):1600-4.
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  17. Ortiz AP, Pérez-Irizarry J, Soto-Salgado M, Suárez E, Pérez N, Cruz M, Palefsky J, Tortolero-Luna G, Miranda S, Colón-López V. Human papillomavirus-related cancers among people living with AIDS in Puerto Rico. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014; 11:E80.
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  18. Patel J, Salit IE, Berry MJ, de Pokomandy A, Nathan M, Fishman F, Palefsky J, Tinmouth J. Environmental scan of anal cancer screening practices: worldwide survey results. Cancer Med. 2014 Aug; 3(4):1052-61.
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  19. Kojic EM, Kang M, Cespedes MS, Umbleja T, Godfrey C, Allen RT, Firnhaber C, Grinsztejn B, Palefsky JM, Webster-Cyriaque JY, Saah A, Aberg JA, Cu-Uvin S. Immunogenicity and Safety of the Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in HIV-1-Infected Women. Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Jul 1; 59(1):127-35.
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  20. Berry-Lawhorn JM, Chrobak D, Jay N, Palefsky JM. Who is ready to screen for anal squamous intraepithelial lesions and why should they perform high-resolution anoscopy? Sex Transm Dis. 2014 Apr; 41(4):254-6.
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