University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Hope S. Rugo, MD

Hope S. Rugo, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology); and Director, Breast Oncology and Clinical Trials Education, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Breast Oncology

Research Summary

Dr. Hope Rugo is a medical oncologist and hematologist specializing in breast cancer research and treatment. A Clinical Professor of Medicine, Dr. Rugo joined the Breast Care Center in 1999 after a decade of experience at UCSF in malignant hematology and bone marrow transplantation for a variety of diseases, including breast cancer. She entered the field of breast cancer in order to incorporate novel therapies based on an understanding of the biology of cancer with excellent quality of care into the treatment of women with breast cancer.

Dr. Rugo is the Director of the Breast Oncology Clinical Trials Program, and is the principal investigator of multiple clinical trials focusing on combining novel targeted therapeutics with standard treatment to improve the treatment of both early and late stage breast cancer. In addition, Dr. Rugo is working on studies to evaluate cognitive function in women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer, as well as novel ways to reduce toxicity from therapy. Dr. Rugo has established collaborations with a number of other large academic medical centers for the purpose of expanding the novel therapies that are available for our patients, including herbal agents that appear to have an antitumor effect in the laboratory. She is an active member of the national cooperative group, CALGB, and a is a founding member of the Breast Cancer Research Consortium, as well as serving as an investigator in the UCSF Breast SPORE (the Bay Area Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Breast Cancer). Dr. Rugo teaches medical students and physicians, and regularly lectures locally, nationally and internationally on subjects relating to the treatment of breast cancer. At UCSF, Dr. Rugo runs the Breast Forum, an open bimonthly evening educational session for breast cancer patients, families and friends from throughout the bay area.

Dr. Rugo graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1983. She completed a residency in internal medicine and primary care followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of California San Francisco. She was a post-doctoral fellow in immunology participating in laboratory research at Stanford University from 1988-1990. In 1990, Dr. Rugo joined the faculty at UCSF in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Rugo has been recognized for her excellence in both patient care and in teaching of both medical students and training physicians. She has received several awards including the Bank of America Gianini Foundation Award and a UCSF Clinical Cancer Center Investigator Research Program intra-mural award. In 2006, she was honored for her work in Breast Cancer Research by the Friends of the Breast Care Center.

Outside of work, Dr. Rugo spends time with her two children, Philip and Alyssa-Faith, and her husband Martin. Her outside interests include bicycling, hiking, travel with her family and playing the flute.

Education

Tufts University, BS, 1979, Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania, MD, 1984, Medicine
University of California San Francisco, 1987, Resident, Internal Medicine
University of California San Francisco, 1990, Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
Stanford University, 1988-90, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Microbiology/Immunology
DNAX Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1989-90, Visiting Scientist, Immunology


Professional Experience

  • 1990-1992
    Clinical Instructor in Medicine (Div. of Hematology/Oncology), University of California, San Francisco
  • 1992-1997
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Div. of Hematology/Oncology), University of California, San Francisco
  • 1997-1999
    Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Div. of Hematology/Oncology), University of California, San Francisco
  • 1999-2003
    Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Div. of Hematology/Oncology), University of California, San Francisco
  • 2003-present
    Clinical Professor of Medicine (Div. of Hematology/Oncology), University of California, San Francisco
  • 2003-present
    Director, Breast Oncology Clinical Trials Program

Honors & Awards

  • College
    Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi; Victor Prather Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research; Durkee Scholarship for promise and achievement in the field of chemistry; Max Tishler Prize Scholarship for outstanding achievement in the sciences
  • Medical School
    Henry Luce Scholar in the Philippines; Certificate of Commendation, Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health; National Health Service Corps Scholarship; Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
  • 1990
    Awarded Bank of America Gianini Foundation Research Fellowship

Selected Publications

  1. Rugo HS. Achieving Improved Survival Outcomes in Advanced Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2019 07 25; 381(4):371-372.
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  2. Mayer EL, DeMichele A, Rugo HS, Miller K, Waks AG, Come SE, Mulvey T, Jeselsohn R, Overmoyer B, Guo H, Barry WT, Bartlett CH, Koehler M, Winer EP, Burstein HJ. A Phase II Feasibility Study of Palbociclib in Combination with Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy for Hormone Receptor Positive Invasive Breast Carcinoma. Ann Oncol. 2019 Jun 28.
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  3. Wesolowski R, Sharma N, Reebel L, Rodal MB, Peck A, West BL, Marimuthu A, Severson P, Karlin DA, Dowlati A, Le MH, Coussens LM, Rugo HS. Phase Ib study of the combination of pexidartinib (PLX3397), a CSF-1R inhibitor, and paclitaxel in patients with advanced solid tumors. Ther Adv Med Oncol. 2019; 11:1758835919854238.
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  4. Diéras V, Harbeck N, Joy AA, Gelmon K, Ettl J, Verma S, Lu DR, Gauthier E, Schnell P, Mori A, Rugo HS, Finn RS. Palbociclib with Letrozole in Postmenopausal Women with ER+/HER2- Advanced Breast Cancer: Hematologic Safety Analysis of the Randomized PALOMA-2 Trial. Oncologist. 2019 Jun 19.
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  5. Piawah S, Hyland C, Umetsu SE, Esserman LJ, Rugo HS, Chien AJ. A case report of vanishing bile duct syndrome after exposure to pexidartinib (PLX3397) and paclitaxel. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2019; 5:17.
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  6. Melisko ME, Assefa M, Hwang J, DeLuca A, Park JW, Rugo HS. Phase II study of irinotecan and temozolomide in breast cancer patients with progressing central nervous system disease. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2019 Jun 06.
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  7. Dreher N, Hadeler EK, Hartman SJ, Wong EC, Acerbi I, Rugo HS, Majure MC, Chien AJ, Esserman LJ, Melisko ME. Fitbit Usage in Patients With Breast Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy. Clin Breast Cancer. 2019 May 25.
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  8. André F, Ciruelos E, Rubovszky G, Campone M, Loibl S, Rugo HS, Iwata H, Conte P, Mayer IA, Kaufman B, Yamashita T, Lu YS, Inoue K, Takahashi M, Pápai Z, Longin AS, Mills D, Wilke C, Hirawat S, Juric D. Alpelisib for PIK3CA-Mutated, Hormone Receptor-Positive Advanced Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2019 05 16; 380(20):1929-1940.
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  9. Tripathy D, Tolaney SM, Seidman AD, Anders CK, Ibrahim N, Rugo HS, Twelves C, Dieras V, Müller V, Tagliaferri M, Hannah AL, Cortés J. ATTAIN: Phase III study of etirinotecan pegol versus treatment of physician's choice in patients with metastatic breast cancer and brain metastases. Future Oncol. 2019 May 10.
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  10. Bellon JR, Guo H, Barry WT, Dang CT, Yardley DA, Moy B, Marcom PK, Albain KS, Rugo HS, Ellis M, Wolff AC, Carey LA, Overmoyer BA, Partridge AH, Hudis CA, Krop I, Burstein HJ, Winer EP, Tolaney SM. Local-regional recurrence in women with small node-negative, HER2-positive breast cancer: results from a prospective multi-institutional study (the APT trial). Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2019 Jul; 176(2):303-310.
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  11. Schwartzberg L, Karthaus M, Rossi G, Rizzi G, Borroni ME, Rugo HS, Jordan K, Hansen V. Fixed combination of oral NEPA (netupitant-palonosetron) for the prevention of acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients receiving multiple cycles of chemotherapy: Efficacy data from 2 randomized, double-blind phase III studies. Cancer Med. 2019 May; 8(5):2064-2073.
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  12. Mukhtar RA, Holland M, Sieber DA, Wen KW, Rugo HS, Kadin ME, Bean GR. Synchronous Breast Implant-associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and Invasive Carcinoma: Genomic Profiling and Management Implications. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Apr; 7(4):e2188.
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  13. Tolaney SM, Guo H, Pernas S, Barry WT, Dillon DA, Ritterhouse L, Schneider BP, Shen F, Fuhrman K, Baltay M, Dang CT, Yardley DA, Moy B, Marcom PK, Albain KS, Rugo HS, Ellis MJ, Shapira I, Wolff AC, Carey LA, Overmoyer B, Partridge AH, Hudis CA, Krop IE, Burstein HJ, Winer EP. Seven-Year Follow-Up Analysis of Adjuvant Paclitaxel and Trastuzumab Trial for Node-Negative, Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2-Positive Breast Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2019 Apr 02; JCO1900066.
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  14. Diéras V, Rugo HS, Schnell P, Gelmon K, Cristofanilli M, Loi S, Colleoni M, Lu DR, Mori A, Gauthier E, Huang Bartlett C, Slamon DJ, Turner NC, Finn RS. Long-term Pooled Safety Analysis of Palbociclib in Combination With Endocrine Therapy for HR+/HER2- Advanced Breast Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Apr 01; 111(4):419-430.
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  15. Adams S, Schmid P, Rugo HS, Winer EP, Loirat D, Awada A, Cescon DW, Iwata H, Campone M, Nanda R, Hui R, Curigliano G, Toppmeyer D, O'Shaughnessy J, Loi S, Paluch-Shimon S, Tan AR, Card D, Zhao J, Karantza V, Cortés J. Pembrolizumab monotherapy for previously treated metastatic triple-negative breast cancer: cohort A of the phase II KEYNOTE-086 study. Ann Oncol. 2019 Mar 01; 30(3):397-404.
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  16. Adams S, Loi S, Toppmeyer D, Cescon DW, De Laurentiis M, Nanda R, Winer EP, Mukai H, Tamura K, Armstrong A, Liu MC, Iwata H, Ryvo L, Wimberger P, Rugo HS, Tan AR, Jia L, Ding Y, Karantza V, Schmid P. Pembrolizumab monotherapy for previously untreated, PD-L1-positive, metastatic triple-negative breast cancer: cohort B of the phase II KEYNOTE-086 study. Ann Oncol. 2019 Mar 01; 30(3):405-411.
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  17. Bardia A, Mayer IA, Vahdat LT, Tolaney SM, Isakoff SJ, Diamond JR, O'Shaughnessy J, Moroose RL, Santin AD, Abramson VG, Shah NC, Rugo HS, Goldenberg DM, Sweidan AM, Iannone R, Washkowitz S, Sharkey RM, Wegener WA, Kalinsky K. Sacituzumab Govitecan-hziy in Refractory Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2019 02 21; 380(8):741-751.
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  18. Goetz MP, Gradishar WJ, Anderson BO, Abraham J, Aft R, Allison KH, Blair SL, Burstein HJ, Dang C, Elias AD, Farrar WB, Giordano SH, Goldstein LJ, Isakoff SJ, Lyons J, Marcom PK, Mayer IA, Moran MS, Mortimer J, O'Regan RM, Patel SA, Pierce LJ, Reed EC, Rugo HS, Sitapati A, Smith KL, Smith ML, Soliman H, Telli ML, Ward JH, Young JS, Shead DA, Kumar R. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Breast Cancer, Version 3.2018. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2019 Feb; 17(2):118-126.
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  19. Rugo HS, Di Palma JA, Tripathy D, Bryce R, Moran S, Olek E, Bosserman L. The characterization, management, and future considerations for ErbB-family TKI-associated diarrhea. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2019 Jan 22.
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  20. Rugo HS, Finn RS, Diéras V, Ettl J, Lipatov O, Joy AA, Harbeck N, Castrellon A, Iyer S, Lu DR, Mori A, Gauthier ER, Bartlett CH, Gelmon KA, Slamon DJ. Palbociclib plus letrozole as first-line therapy in estrogen receptor-positive/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative advanced breast cancer with extended follow-up. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2019 Apr; 174(3):719-729.
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