University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ma Somsouk, MD, MAS

Ma Somsouk, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology), UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

1. Precision population health. Quality of care for patient populations can be enhanced by embracing health information technology paired with tailored interventions. Dr. Somsouk's research program is funded by CDC, in partnership with the SF Department of Public Health, to examine how patient panel management can be employed to improve the continuum of colorectal cancer screening as a model condition. Randomized designs test health interventions and health economic approaches quantify the value of efficacious activities.

2. Intestinal mucosal biology. The gastrointestinal tract is a major site of disease pathogenesis. One major focus is HIV, quantifying the HIV reservoir and host control. Another focus is targeted interventions to modulate the microbiota. Approaches employed: organoid models, isolation of epithelial cells, lymphocytes, microbiota, and interventional trials such as fecal transplant.

Education

Pomona College, Claremont, CA, BA, 1993-1997, Chemistry
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, MD, 1997-2002, Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA, Residency, 2002-2005, Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, CA, Fellowship, 2005-2008, Gastroenterology
University of California, San Francisco, CA, MAS, 2006-2008, Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Professional Experience

  • 2001-2002
    Research Scholar at Beijing University Health Science Center, China
  • 2002-2003
    Internship in Internal Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
  • 2003-2005
    Residency in Internal Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
  • 2005-2008
    Gastroenterology Fellowship, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2008-present
    Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009-present
    Director, Gastrointestinal Tissue Core Facility, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 1997
    Sigma Xi
  • 1997
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1997
    Magna Cum Laude
  • 2000
    China Scholarship Council Research Scholar Fellowship
  • 2000
    Paul Dudley White/Andrew Sellard Fellowship
  • 2003
    Solomon Scholar
  • 2003
    AASLD Resident Scholar Award
  • 2006
    AGA Trainee Scholarship: Methodologies in Healthcare Outcomes in Gastroenterology
  • 2008
    AGA Academic Skills Workshop Scholarship

Selected Publications

  1. Hiatt RA, Sibley A, Fejerman L, Glantz S, Nguyen T, Pasick R, Palmer N, Perkins A, Potter MB, Somsouk M, Vargas RA, van 't Veer LJ, Ashworth A. The San Francisco Cancer Initiative: A Community Effort To Reduce The Population Burden Of Cancer. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 Jan; 37(1):54-61.
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  2. Lin D, Soetikno RM, McQuaid K, Pham C, Doan G, Mou S, Shergill AK, Somsouk M, Rouse RV, Kaltenbach T. Risk factors for postpolypectomy bleeding in patients receiving anticoagulation or antiplatelet medications. Gastrointest Endosc. 2017 Dec 02.
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  3. Kiniry BE, Li S, Ganesh A, Hunt PW, Somsouk M, Skinner PJ, Deeks SG, Shacklett BL. Detection of HIV-1-specific gastrointestinal tissue resident CD8+ T-cells in chronic infection. Mucosal Immunol. 2017 Nov 15.
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  4. Asmuth DM, Hinkle JE, LaMarca A, Fichtenbaum CJ, Somsouk M, Utay NS, Shaw AL, Petschow BW, Detzel CJ, Weaver EM. Evaluation of oral serum-derived bovine immunoglobulins in HIV-infected patients with chronic idiopathic diarrhea. HIV Clin Trials. 2017 Nov-Dec; 18(5-6):205-213.
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  5. Trapecar M, Khan S, Roan N, Chen TH, Telwatte S, Deswal M, Pao M, Somsouk M, Deeks SG, Hunt PW, Yukl S, Sanjabi S. An Optimized and Validated Method for Isolation and Characterization of Lymphocytes from HIV+ Human Gut Biopsies. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2017 Sep 07.
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  6. Cockerham LR, Yukl SA, Harvill K, Somsouk M, Joshi SK, Sinclair E, Liegler T, Hoh R, Lyons S, Hunt PW, Rupert A, Sereti I, Morcock DR, Rhodes A, Emson C, Hellerstein MK, Estes JD, Lewin S, Deeks SG, Hatano H. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Lisinopril to Decrease Lymphoid Fibrosis in Antiretroviral-Treated, HIV-infected Individuals. Pathog Immun. 2017; 2(3):310-334.
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  7. Seang S, Somasunderam A, Nigalye M, Somsouk M, Schacker TW, Sanchez JL, Hunt PW, Utay NS, Lake JE. Circulating LOXL2 Levels Reflect Severity of Intestinal Fibrosis and GALT CD4+ T Lymphocyte Depletion in Treated HIV Infection. Pathog Immun. 2017; 2(2):239-252.
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  8. Vujkovic-Cvijin I, Rutishauser RL, Pao M, Hunt PW, Lynch SV, McCune JM, Somsouk M. Limited engraftment of donor microbiome via one-time fecal microbial transplantation in treated HIV-infected individuals. Gut Microbes. 2017 May 25; 1-11.
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  9. Khoury G, Fromentin R, Solomon A, Hartogensis W, Killian M, Hoh R, Somsouk M, Hunt PW, Girling V, Sinclair E, Bacchetti P, Anderson JL, Hecht FM, Deeks SG, Cameron PU, Chomont N, Lewin SR. Human Immunodeficiency Virus Persistence and T-Cell Activation in Blood, Rectal, and Lymph Node Tissue in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Individuals Receiving Suppressive Antiretroviral Therapy. J Infect Dis. 2017 03 15; 215(6):911-919.
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  10. Maidji E, Somsouk M, Rivera JM, Hunt PW, Stoddart CA. Replication of CMV in the gut of HIV-infected individuals and epithelial barrier dysfunction. PLoS Pathog. 2017 Feb; 13(2):e1006202.
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  11. Neidleman JA, Chen JC, Kohgadai N, Müller JA, Laustsen A, Thavachelvam K, Jang KS, Stürzel CM, Jones JJ, Ochsenbauer C, Chitre A, Somsouk M, Garcia MM, Smith JF, Greenblatt RM, Münch J, Jakobsen MR, Giudice LC, Greene WC, Roan NR. Mucosal stromal fibroblasts markedly enhance HIV infection of CD4+ T cells. PLoS Pathog. 2017 Feb; 13(2):e1006163.
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  12. Kouanda AM, Somsouk M, Sewell JL, Day LW. Urgent colonoscopy in patients with lower GI bleeding: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Gastrointest Endosc. 2017 Jul; 86(1):107-117.e1.
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  13. Issaka RB, Singh MH, Oshima SM, Laleau VJ, Rachocki CD, Chen EH, Day LW, Sarkar U, Somsouk M. Inadequate Utilization of Diagnostic Colonoscopy Following Abnormal FIT Results in an Integrated Safety-Net System. Am J Gastroenterol. 2017 Feb; 112(2):375-382.
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  14. Kiniry BE, Ganesh A, Critchfield JW, Hunt PW, Hecht FM, Somsouk M, Deeks SG, Shacklett BL. Predominance of weakly cytotoxic, T-betLowEomesNeg CD8+ T-cells in human gastrointestinal mucosa: implications for HIV infection. Mucosal Immunol. 2017 Jul; 10(4):1008-1020.
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  15. Paquin-Proulx D, Ching C, Vujkovic-Cvijin I, Fadrosh D, Loh L, Huang Y, Somsouk M, Lynch SV, Hunt PW, Nixon DF, SenGupta D. Bacteroides are associated with GALT iNKT cell function and reduction of microbial translocation in HIV-1 infection. Mucosal Immunol. 2017 Jan; 10(1):69-78.
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  16. Shergill AK, Conners EE, McQuaid KR, Epstein S, Ryan JC, Shah JN, Inadomi J, Somsouk M. Protective association of colonoscopy against proximal and distal colon cancer and patterns in interval cancer. Gastrointest Endosc. 2015 Sep; 82(3):529-37.e1.
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  17. von Stockenstrom S, Odevall L, Lee E, Sinclair E, Bacchetti P, Killian M, Epling L, Shao W, Hoh R, Ho T, Faria NR, Lemey P, Albert J, Hunt P, Loeb L, Pilcher C, Poole L, Hatano H, Somsouk M, Douek D, Boritz E, Deeks SG, Hecht FM, Palmer S. Longitudinal Genetic Characterization Reveals That Cell Proliferation Maintains a Persistent HIV Type 1 DNA Pool During Effective HIV Therapy. J Infect Dis. 2015 Aug 15; 212(4):596-607.
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  18. Somsouk M, Estes JD, Deleage C, Dunham RM, Albright R, Inadomi JM, Martin JN, Deeks SG, McCune JM, Hunt PW. Gut epithelial barrier and systemic inflammation during chronic HIV infection. AIDS. 2015 Jan 02; 29(1):43-51.
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  19. Somsouk M, Dunham RM, Cohen M, Albright R, Abdel-Mohsen M, Liegler T, Lifson J, Piatak M, Gorelick R, Huang Y, Wu Y, Hsue PY, Martin JN, Deeks SG, McCune JM, Hunt PW. The immunologic effects of mesalamine in treated HIV-infected individuals with incomplete CD4+ T cell recovery: a randomized crossover trial. PLoS One. 2014; 9(12):e116306.
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  20. Sanchez JL, Hunt PW, Reilly CS, Hatano H, Beilman GJ, Khoruts A, Jasurda JS, Somsouk M, Thorkelson A, Russ S, Anderson J, Deeks SG, Schacker TW. Lymphoid fibrosis occurs in long-term nonprogressors and persists with antiretroviral therapy but may be reversible with curative interventions. J Infect Dis. 2015 Apr 01; 211(7):1068-75.
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