University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Margaret A. Tempero, MD

Margaret A. Tempero, MD

Director, UCSF Pancreas Center; Leader, Pancreas Cancer Program; Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, UCSF
Rombauer Family Distinguished Professorship in Pancreas Cancer Clinical and Translational Science

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics

Research Summary

I am Director, UCSF Pancreas Center and Leader of the UCSF Pancreas Cancer Program. My research career has focused on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, especially in the area of investigational therapeutics. I was a pioneer in the use of antibody-based therapies and helped develop the fixed dose rate concept for gemcitabine. My group has developed effective gemcitabine combinations and provided a foundation for using CA19-9 as a surrogate for survival in clinical trials, and currently is assessing molecular subtypes and molecular enrichment for selecting new drugs for clinical evaluation. I directed the first GI SPORE devoted to pancreatic cancer when I was on the faculty of the University of Nebraska and subsequently led the NCI-funded U54 Molecular Target Assessment Team at UCSF. I also organized the first Pancreas Cancer Think Tank in 1999 and co-led the NCI sponsored Progress Review Group on Pancreatic Cancer in 2000. I have served as the Chair of the NCCN Guidelines Panel on Pancreatic Cancer since 2000. I also serve as co-chair on the Pancreas Task Force Tissue Acquisition Working Group for the NCI intergroup and co-organized the State of the Science meeting on pancreatic cancer at the NCI.

I have extensive experience in scientific review and administration, training and oversight. I co-directed the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research in Vail for three years and spent nine years of service teaching this course and similar courses in Europe and Australia. I was founding Chair of the NCI Clinical Oncology Study Section (CONC) and served as a member and Chair (two-year term) of the NCI Board of Scientific Counselors Subcommittee A. I am on the External Advisory Boards of the Pancreas SPORE at the University of Alabama in Birmingham/University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.

I am, or have been, on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Lustgarten Foundation, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the V Foundation, The Alberta Canada Cancer Board and the EORTC. I have held many appointments at AACR and ASCO and served as a member of the ASCO Board of Directors and as ASCO President in 2004. I served as a member of the Oncology Drug Advisory Committee for the FDA from 2007-2011. I served as Deputy Director and Interim Director for the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center until 1999, and Chief of the Division of Medical Oncology at UCSF (2000-2007) and Deputy Director and Director of Research Programs at the HDFCCC from 2000 to 2012.

Education

Creighton University, Omaha, NE, B.S., 1969, Medical Technology
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, M.S., 1974, Clinical Pathology
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, M.D., 1977, Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, Residency, 1980, Internal Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, Fellowship, 1983, Oncology


Professional Experience

  • 1983-1987
    Asst. Prof. of Med., Dept. of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Omaha, NE
  • 1987-1994
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Dept of Internal Medicine, UNMC, Omaha, NE
  • 1983-1985
    Assistant Professor (Courtesy), Eppley Institute for Cancer Research, Omaha, NE
  • 1994-1999
    Professor of Medicine, Dept of Internal Medicine, UNMC, Omaha, NE
  • 1983-1999
    Chief of Oncology/Hematology, V.A. Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • 1997-1999
    Interim Director, UNMC/Eppley Cancer Center, Omaha, NE
  • 1995-1999
    Deputy Director, UNMC/Eppley Cancer Center, Omaha, NE
  • 1998-2003
    Member, Board of Directors, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • 1999-present
    Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)
  • 2000- 2007
    Chief of Medical Oncology, UCSF School of Medicine
  • 2000- 2012
    Deputy Director, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2000-present
    Professor of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine
  • 2003-2004
    President, Board of Directors, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • 2004-present
    Member, Scientific Advisory Board, V Foundation
  • 2012-present
    Member, Mayo Clinic Annual SPORE Scientific Retreat
  • 2012-present
    Director, UCSF Pancreas Center
  • 2012-present
    Rombauer Family Distinguished Professorship in Pancreas Cancer Clinical and Translational Science
  • 2013-present
    Member, External Advisory Board, University of Alabama at Birmingham/University of Minnesota Pancreatic SPORE

Selected Publications

  1. Ko AH, Murphy PB, Peyton JD, Shipley DL, Al-Hazzouri A, Rodriguez FA, Womack MS, Xiong HQ, Waterhouse DM, Tempero MA, Guo S, Lane CM, Earwood C, DeBusk LM, Bendell JC. A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Phase II Trial of Gemcitabine and Nab-Paclitaxel Plus Apatorsen or Placebo in Patients with Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer: The RAINIER Trial. Oncologist. 2017 Sep 21.
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  2. Tempero M. Your Genes: Getting the Best Fit. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Sep; 15(9):1083.
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  3. Tempero M. When It's Really Good, We Know It! J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Aug; 15(8):973.
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  4. Tempero MA, Malafa MP, Al-Hawary M, Asbun H, Bain A, Behrman SW, Benson AB, Binder E, Cardin DB, Cha C, Chiorean EG, Chung V, Czito B, Dillhoff M, Dotan E, Ferrone CR, Hardacre J, Hawkins WG, Herman J, Ko AH, Komanduri S, Koong A, LoConte N, Lowy AM, Moravek C, Nakakura EK, O'Reilly EM, Obando J, Reddy S, Scaife C, Thayer S, Weekes CD, Wolff RA, Wolpin BM, Burns J, Darlow S. Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma, Version 2.2017, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Aug; 15(8):1028-1061.
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  5. Tempero M. Reducing the Cost of Cancer Care: When Less Is More. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Jul; 15(7):853.
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  6. Tempero M. Getting Practical About Recertification. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Jun; 15(6):753.
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  7. Tempero M. Hospice: Angels at Work. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 May; 15(5):549.
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  8. Tempero M. Active Systemic Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 May; 15(5S):723-725.
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  9. Tempero M. Saying Yes. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Mar; 15(3):277.
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  10. Tempero M. Mad About MACRA. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Feb; 15(2):137.
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  11. Tempero M. New Year's Resolutions. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Jan; 15(1):1.
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  12. Capello M, Bantis LE, Scelo G, Zhao Y, Li P, Dhillon DS, Patel NJ, Kundnani DL, Wang H, Abbruzzese JL, Maitra A, Tempero MA, Brand R, Brennan L, Feng E, Taguchi I, Janout V, Firpo MA, Mulvihill SJ, Katz MH, Hanash SM. Sequential Validation of Blood-Based Protein Biomarker Candidates for Early-Stage Pancreatic Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2017 Apr; 109(4).
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  13. van Draanen J, Davidson P, Bour-Jordan H, Bowman-Carpio L, Boyle D, Dubinett S, Gardner B, Gardner J, McFall C, Mercola D, Nakazono T, Soares S, Stoppler H, Tempero M, Vandenberg S, Wan YJ, Dry S. Assessing Researcher Needs for a Virtual Biobank. Biopreserv Biobank. 2017 Jun; 15(3):203-210.
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  14. Tempero M. An Oncologist's Letter to Santa. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2016 Dec; 14(12):1491.
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  15. Humphris JL, Patch AM, Nones K, Bailey PJ, Johns AL, McKay S, Chang DK, Miller DK, Pajic M, Kassahn KS, Quinn MC, Bruxner TJ, Christ AN, Harliwong I, Idrisoglu S, Manning S, Nourse C, Nourbakhsh E, Stone A, Wilson PJ, Anderson M, Fink JL, Holmes O, Kazakoff S, Leonard C, Newell F, Waddell N, Wood S, Mead RS, Xu Q, Wu J, Pinese M, Cowley MJ, Jones MD, Nagrial AM, Chin VT, Chantrill LA, Mawson A, Chou A, Scarlett CJ, Pinho AV, Rooman I, Giry-Laterriere M, Samra JS, Kench JG, Merrett ND, Toon CW, Epari K, Nguyen NQ, Barbour A, Zeps N, Jamieson NB, McKay CJ, Carter CR, Dickson EJ, Graham JS, Duthie F, Oien K, Hair J, Morton JP, Sansom OJ, Grützmann R, Hruban RH, Maitra A, Iacobuzio-Donahue CA, Schulick RD, Wolfgang CL, Morgan RA, Lawlor RT, Rusev B, Corbo V, Salvia R, Cataldo I, Tortora G, Tempero MA, Hofmann O, Eshleman JR, Pilarsky C, Scarpa A, Musgrove EA, Gill AJ, Pearson JV, Grimmond SM, Waddell N, Biankin AV. Hypermutation In Pancreatic Cancer. Gastroenterology. 2017 Jan; 152(1):68-74.e2.
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  16. Kunz PL, Balise RR, Fehrenbacher L, Pan M, Venook AP, Fisher GA, Tempero MA, Ko AH, Korn WM, Hwang J, Bergsland EK. Oxaliplatin-Fluoropyrimidine Chemotherapy Plus Bevacizumab in Advanced Neuroendocrine Tumors: An Analysis of 2 Phase II Trials. Pancreas. 2016 Nov; 45(10):1394-1400.
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  17. Tempero M. My Knee Hurts! J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2016 Nov; 14(11):1335.
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  18. Tempero M. Crossing the Line. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2016 Oct; 14(10):1191.
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  19. Tempero M. Hillary and Donald, Our Patients Are Watching. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2016 Sep; 14(9):1047.
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  20. Tempero M. I'll Have Another Shot, Please! J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2016 Aug; 14(8):929.
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