University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Eric J. Small, MD

Eric J. Small, MD

Professor of Medicine; Urology; and Chief, Department of Medicine/Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF
Deputy Director and Chief Scientific Officer; Program Leader, Prostate Cancer Program, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Doris and Donald Fisher Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Cancer Research; Stanford W. Ascherman and Norman R. Ascherman Endowed Chair, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Prostate Cancer

Research Summary

My interests lie in clinical and translational research in advanced prostate cancer, including trial design, and development of novel agents. I piloted the early trials targeting the androgen receptor in advanced prostate cancer, developing ketoconazole and contributing to an understanding of its mechanisms of activity and resistance. I subsequently was centrally involved with the development of two novel androgen signaling inhibitors, abiraterone acetate and apalutamide, from first in human studies to FDA approval.

I have also been involved in the early application of immunotherapy to prostate cancer, developing sipuleucel T from first in human studies through FDA

approval, and undertaking the first in human testing of ipilimumab, the first immune check point inhibitor to be clinically developed.

Understanding the mechanisms of resistance in advanced prostate cancer has been a research focus. I was principal investigator of a $10 million multi-center Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C)/Prostate Cancer Foundation Dream Team Award undertaking deep genomic characterization of prostate cancer metastases, in order to elucidate patterns of resistance in abiraterone and/or enzalutamide

treated patients. Important observations from this, and subsequent work have included unexpectedly high prevalence rates of treatment associated small cell/neuroendocrine prostate cancer (t-SCNC), as well key structural variants which contribute to progression of castration-resistant disease, observed in the largest Whole Genome Sequencing series to date of metastatic advanced prostate cancer specimens.

I hold a number of leadership roles, serving as Leader of the UCSF Prostate Cancer Program, and as Deputy Director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. I have served as Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the UCSF Department of Medicine for 10 years, and most recently have assumed the position of Chief Scientific Officer in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Nationally, I serve on the ASCO Board of Directors, and chair a number of External Advisory Boards for other Cancer Centers.

Throughout all of these activities, is a deep and abiding commitment to mentorship and support of the next generation of cancer clinicians and investigators.

Education

Stanford University, Stanford, CA, BS, 1980, Biology
Case Western Reserve University of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, MD, 1985, Medicine
Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA, Internship and Residency, 1988, Internal Medicine
University of California San Francisco, CA, Fellowship, 1991, Hematology/Oncology


Professional Experience

  • 1982-1983
    Pathology Fellowship, Department of Pathology, Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH
  • 1985-1988
    Internal Medicine Internship and Residency Training Program, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 1988-1989
    Clinical Fellow, Cancer Research Institute, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 1989-1991
    Research Fellow, Cancer Research Institute, (Dr. Marc Shuman) UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 1991-1997
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 1991-present
    Head, Urologic Medical Oncology, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 1996-present
    Co-Director, Urologic Oncology Program, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 1997-2001
    Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Urology, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 1999-present
    Chair, Genitourinary Committee, Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB)
  • 2001-present
    Professor in Residence of Medicine and Urology, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2007-2009
    Interim Chief, Division of Hematology and Oncology, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2007-present
    Director, Investigational Trials Resource, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2009-present
    Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009-present
    Deputy Director and Director of Clinical Sciences, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Honors & Awards

  • 1978
    Biomedical Research Grant, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbour, ME
  • 1980
    NIH Research Support Grant, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • 1984
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • 1997
    Prostate Cancer Foundation Therapy Consortium
  • 2006-present
    Stanford W. and Norman R. Ascherman Endowed Chair

Selected Publications

  1. Reimers MA, Yip SM, Zhang L, Cieslik M, Dhawan M, Montgomery B, Wyatt AW, Chi KN, Small EJ, Chinnaiyan AM, Alva AS, Feng FY, Chou J. Clinical Outcomes in Cyclin-dependent Kinase 12 Mutant Advanced Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2019 Oct 20.
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  2. Kwon DH, Borno HT, Cheng HH, Zhou AY, Small EJ. Ethnic disparities among men with prostate cancer undergoing germline testing. Urol Oncol. 2019 Oct 17.
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  3. Small EJ, Saad F, Chowdhury S, Oudard S, Hadaschik BA, Graff JN, Olmos D, Mainwaring PN, Lee JY, Uemura H, De Porre P, Smith AA, Zhang K, Lopez-Gitlitz A, Smith MR. Apalutamide and overall survival in non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Ann Oncol. 2019 Sep 27.
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  4. Fendler WP, Weber M, Iravani A, Hofman MS, Calais J, Czernin J, Ilhan H, Saad F, Small EJ, Smith MR, Perez PM, Hope TA, Rauscher I, Londhe A, Lopez-Gitlitz A, Cheng S, Maurer T, Herrmann K, Eiber M, Hadaschik B. Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen Ligand Positron-Emission Tomography in Men with Nonmetastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Sep 11.
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  5. George DJ, Hessel C, Halabi S, Michaelson MD, Hahn O, Walsh M, Picus J, Small EJ, Dakhil S, Feldman DR, Mangeshkar M, Scheffold C, Morris MJ, Choueiri TK. Cabozantinib Versus Sunitinib for Untreated Patients with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma of Intermediate or Poor Risk: Subgroup Analysis of the Alliance A031203 CABOSUN trial. Oncologist. 2019 Aug 09.
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  6. Beltran H, Hruszkewycz A, Scher HI, Hildesheim J, Isaacs J, Yu EY, Kelly K, Lin D, Dicker A, Arnold J, Hecht T, Wicha M, Sears R, Rowley D, White R, Gulley JL, Lee J, Diaz Meco M, Small EJ, Shen M, Knudsen K, Goodrich DW, Lotan T, Zoubeidi A, Sawyers CL, Rudin CM, Loda M, Thompson T, Rubin MA, Tawab-Amiri A, Dahut W, Nelson PS. The Role of Lineage Plasticity in Prostate Cancer Therapy Resistance. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Jul 30.
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  7. Desai A, Small EJ. Treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma patients with cabozantinib, an oral multityrosine kinase inhibitor of MET, AXL and VEGF receptors. Future Oncol. 2019 Jul; 15(20):2337-2348.
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  8. Fendler WP, Calais J, Eiber M, Flavell RR, Mishoe A, Feng FY, Nguyen HG, Reiter RE, Rettig MB, Okamoto S, Emmett L, Zacho HD, Ilhan H, Wetter A, Rischpler C, Schoder H, Burger IA, Gartmann J, Smith R, Small EJ, Slavik R, Carroll PR, Herrmann K, Czernin J, Hope TA. Assessment of 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET Accuracy in Localizing Recurrent Prostate Cancer: A Prospective Single-Arm Clinical Trial. JAMA Oncol. 2019 Jun 01; 5(6):856-863.
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  9. Ryan CJ, Dutta S, Kelly WK, Russell C, Small EJ, Morris MJ, Taplin ME, Halabi S. Androgen decline and survival during docetaxel therapy in metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2019 May 03.
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  10. Cheng HH, Sokolova AO, Schaeffer EM, Small EJ, Higano CS. Germline and Somatic Mutations in Prostate Cancer for the Clinician. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2019 May 01; 17(5):515-521.
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  11. Raghavan K, Wen KW, Small EJ, Ha P, Flavell RR. Incidentally Detected Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma on 18F-Fluciclovine PET/CT. Clin Nucl Med. 2019 May; 44(5):e367-e369.
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  12. Mohler JL, Antonarakis ES, Armstrong AJ, D'Amico AV, Davis BJ, Dorff T, Eastham JA, Enke CA, Farrington TA, Higano CS, Horwitz EM, Hurwitz M, Ippolito JE, Kane CJ, Kuettel MR, Lang JM, McKenney J, Netto G, Penson DF, Plimack ER, Pow-Sang JM, Pugh TJ, Richey S, Roach M, Rosenfeld S, Schaeffer E, Shabsigh A, Small EJ, Spratt DE, Srinivas S, Tward J, Shead DA, Freedman-Cass DA. Prostate Cancer, Version 2.2019, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2019 May 01; 17(5):479-505.
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  13. Chen WS, Alshalalfa M, Zhao SG, Liu Y, Mahal BA, Quigley DA, Wei T, Davicioni E, Rebbeck TR, Kantoff PW, Maher CA, Knudsen KE, Small EJ, Nguyen PL, Feng FY. Novel RB1-Loss Transcriptomic Signature Is Associated with Poor Clinical Outcomes across Cancer Types. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Jul 15; 25(14):4290-4299.
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  14. Chen WS, Aggarwal R, Zhang L, Zhao SG, Thomas GV, Beer TM, Quigley DA, Foye A, Playdle D, Huang J, Lloyd P, Lu E, Sun D, Guan X, Rettig M, Gleave M, Evans CP, Youngren J, True L, Lara P, Kothari V, Xia Z, Chi KN, Reiter RE, Maher CA, Feng FY, Small EJ, Alumkal JJ. Genomic Drivers of Poor Prognosis and Enzalutamide Resistance in Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2019 Nov; 76(5):562-571.
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  15. Aggarwal RR, Quigley DA, Huang J, Zhang L, Beer TM, Rettig MB, Reiter RE, Gleave ME, Thomas GV, Foye A, Playdle D, Lloyd P, Chi KN, Evans CP, Lara PN, Feng FY, Alumkal JJ, Small EJ. Whole-Genome and Transcriptional Analysis of Treatment-Emergent Small-Cell Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer Demonstrates Intraclass Heterogeneity. Mol Cancer Res. 2019 Jun; 17(6):1235-1240.
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  16. Nickols NG, Nazarian R, Zhao SG, Tan V, Uzunangelov V, Xia Z, Baertsch R, Neeman E, Gao AC, Thomas GV, Howard L, De Hoedt AM, Stuart J, Goldstein T, Chi K, Gleave ME, Graff JN, Beer TM, Drake JM, Evans CP, Aggarwal R, Foye A, Feng FY, Small EJ, Aronson WJ, Freedland SJ, Witte ON, Huang J, Alumkal JJ, Reiter RE, Rettig MB. MEK-ERK signaling is a therapeutic target in metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2019 Feb 25.
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  17. Perez PM, Hope TA, Behr SC, van Zante A, Small EJ, Flavell RR. Intertumoral Heterogeneity of 18F-FDG and 68Ga-PSMA Uptake in Prostate Cancer Pulmonary Metastases. Clin Nucl Med. 2019 Jan; 44(1):e28-e32.
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  18. Halabi S, Dutta S, Tangen CM, Rosenthal M, Petrylak DP, Thompson IM, Chi KN, Araujo JC, Logothetis C, Quinn DI, Fizazi K, Morris MJ, Eisenberger MA, George DJ, De Bono JS, Higano CS, Tannock IF, Small EJ, Kelly WK. Overall Survival of Black and White Men With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Treated With Docetaxel. J Clin Oncol. 2019 Feb 10; 37(5):403-410.
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  19. Zhao SG, Chen WS, Das R, Chang SL, Tomlins SA, Chou J, Quigley DA, Dang HX, Barnard TJ, Mahal BA, Gibb EA, Liu Y, Davicioni E, Duska LR, Posadas EM, Jolly S, Spratt DE, Nguyen PL, Maher CA, Small EJ, Feng FY. Clinical and Genomic Implications of Luminal and Basal Subtypes Across Carcinomas. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Apr 15; 25(8):2450-2457.
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  20. Aggarwal R, Huang J, Alumkal J, Feng FY, Zhang L, Stuart JM, Small EJ. Reply to A. Dalla Volta et al. J Clin Oncol. 2019 Feb 01; 37(4):351-352.
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