University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elliot Stieglitz, MD

Elliot Stieglitz, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Hematopoietic Malignancies | Pediatric Malignancies

Research Summary

Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) is a blood cancer that affects young children and is often difficult to diagnose and treat. Currently available therapies cure only half of patients, with some children experiencing an aggressive disease course while a rare group get better with very little treatment. We have now shown that presence of secondary mutations via deep sequencing or droplet digital PCR predicts a poor outcome. We are currently working on developing a methylation based assay to predict both good and poor responders at diagnosis.

We are also running a clinical trial through the Children's Oncology Group for patients with relapsed and refractory JMML. This trial will test the safety and efficacy of the oral MEK inhibitor, trametinib. This trial is based on extensive pre-clinical testing and a strong genomic rationale. This trial marks an important step towards more effectively treating patients with Ras driven leukemia using targeted agents.

Education

Yeshiva University, New York, B.A., 06/03, Biology
Stony Brook School of Medicine, New York, M.D., 06/08, Medicine
NYPH - Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, Residency, 06/11, Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco, Fellowship, 07/14, Pediatric Heme/Onc


Professional Experience

  • 2003-2004
    Certified Public High School Chemistry Teacher, New York, NY
  • 2008-2011
    Pediatric Resident, New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell, New York, NY
  • 2011-2014
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow, University of California San Francisco, CA
  • 2014-2015
    Clinical Instructor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2015-2017
    Adjunct Professor, PediatricHematology/Oncology, UCSF, SanFrancisco, CA
  • 2017-present
    Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, UCSF, SanFrancisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 2008
    Barry S. Coller International Research Award, Stony Brook University
  • 2008
    Global Public Health Intern, Naval Medical Research Center, Peru
  • 2012-2013
    Trainee on NIH T32 Grant, “Research Training in Childhood Cancer”
  • 2013
    AACR “Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology” workshop, Aspen, CO
  • 2014-2016
    St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fellowship Award
  • 2014
    ASH Annual Meeting Abstract Achievement Award, San Francisco, CA
  • 2014
    JMML Symposium Abstract Award San Francisco, CA
  • 2015-2017
    NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program Award for Pediatric Research
  • 2015-2017
    Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Young Investigator Award
  • 2015
    Northwestern Mutual Foundation Research Award
  • 2015
    SIOP Young Investigator Award, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2016
    ASH/EHA Translational Training in Hematology Program, Milan/Copenhagen/San Diego
  • 2016
    American Cancer Society , Individual Research Award
  • 2016-2018
    Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer, Research Award
  • 2017-2021
    NIH K08 Award, National Heart Lung Blood Institute

Selected Publications

  1. Yoshimi A, Balasis ME, Vedder A, Feldman K, Ma Y, Zhang H, Lee SC, Letson C, Niyongere S, Lu SX, Ball M, Taylor J, Zhang Q, Zhao Y, Youssef S, Chung YR, Zhang XJ, Durham BH, Yang W, List AF, Loh ML, Klimek V, Berger MF, Stieglitz E, Padron E, Abdel-Wahab O. Robust patient-derived xenografts of MDS/MPN overlap syndromes capture the unique characteristics of CMML and JMML. Blood. 2017 Jul 27; 130(4):397-407.
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  2. Whale AS, Devonshire AS, Karlin-Neumann G, Regan J, Javier L, Cowen S, Fernandez-Gonzalez A, Jones GM, Redshaw N, Beck J, Berger AW, Combaret V, Dahl Kjersgaard N, Davis L, Fina F, Forshew T, Fredslund Andersen R, Galbiati S, González Hernández Á, Haynes CA, Janku F, Lacave R, Lee J, Mistry V, Pender A, Pradines A, Proudhon C, Saal LH, Stieglitz E, Ulrich B, Foy CA, Parkes H, Tzonev S, Huggett JF. International Interlaboratory Digital PCR Study Demonstrating High Reproducibility for the Measurement of a Rare Sequence Variant. Anal Chem. 2017 Feb 07; 89(3):1724-1733.
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  3. Ceremsak JJ, Yu A, Esquivel E, Lissewski C, Zenker M, Loh ML, Stieglitz E. Germline RRAS2 mutations are not associated with Noonan syndrome. J Med Genet. 2016 Apr 07.
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  4. Stieglitz E, Loh ML. Pediatric MDS: GATA screen the germline. Blood. 2016 Mar 17; 127(11):1377-8.
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  5. Stieglitz E, Taylor-Weiner AN, Chang TY, Gelston LC, Wang YD, Mazor T, Esquivel E, Yu A, Seepo S, Olsen S, Rosenberg M, Archambeault SL, Abusin G, Beckman K, Brown PA, Briones M, Carcamo B, Cooper T, Dahl GV, Emanuel PD, Fluchel MN, Goyal RK, Hayashi RJ, Hitzler J, Hugge C, Liu YL, Messinger YH, Mahoney DH, Monteleone P, Nemecek ER, Roehrs PA, Schore RJ, Stine KC, Takemoto CM, Toretsky JA, Costello JF, Olshen AB, Stewart C, Li Y, Ma J, Gerbing RB, Alonzo TA, Getz G, Gruber T, Golub T, Stegmaier K, Loh ML. The genomic landscape of juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. Nat Genet. 2015 Nov; 47(11):1326-1333.
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  6. Stieglitz E, Ward AF, Gerbing RB, Alonzo TA, Arceci RJ, Liu YL, Emanuel PD, Widemann BC, Cheng JW, Jayaprakash N, Balis FM, Castleberry RP, Bunin NJ, Loh ML, Cooper TM. Phase II/III trial of a pre-transplant farnesyl transferase inhibitor in juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia: a report from the Children's Oncology Group. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Apr; 62(4):629-36.
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  7. Stieglitz E, Troup CB, Gelston LC, Haliburton J, Chow ED, Yu KB, Akutagawa J, Taylor-Weiner AN, Liu YL, Wang YD, Beckman K, Emanuel PD, Braun BS, Abate A, Gerbing RB, Alonzo TA, Loh ML. Subclonal mutations in SETBP1 confer a poor prognosis in juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. Blood. 2015 Jan 15; 125(3):516-24.
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  8. Stieglitz E, Liu YL, Emanuel PD, Castleberry RP, Cooper TM, Shannon KM, Loh ML. Mutations in GATA2 are rare in juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. Blood. 2014 Feb 27; 123(9):1426-7.
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  9. Stieglitz E, Hsiang MS, Simko JP, Hirose S, Goldsby RE. Pulmonary coccidiomycosis masquerading as refractory metastatic Ewing sarcoma. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2014 Jan; 36(1):e57-60.
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  10. Stieglitz E, Loh ML. Genetic predispositions to childhood leukemia. Ther Adv Hematol. 2013 Aug; 4(4):270-90.
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