University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Alan P. Venook, MD

Alan P. Venook, MD

Shorenstein Associate Director for Program Development, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Professor, Department of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), UCSF
Madden Family Distinguished Professorship in Medical Oncology and Translational Research, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics

Research Summary

I am a Professor of Medicine with experience and expertise in clinical trial design in gastrointestinal malignancies. I have written, led, and then authored four clinical trials within the US Intergroup and recently presented the results of a fifth. I am Chair of the Gastrointestinal Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology; prior to that, I was the founding Chair of the NCI’s Hepatobiliary Task Force. I have served as mentor or co-mentor for NIH grants for Drs. Katherine Van Loon (KL2, UCSF), Chloe Atreya (K08,UCSF), Erin Van Blarigan (KL2, UCSF) Rebecca Miksad (K23, BI-Deaconess), and Abby Siegel (K23, Columbia). I have been a mentor or co-mentor on ASCO YIA’s for Drs. R. K. Kelley, Atreya, Van Loon, and John Gordan and have mentored / trained thought leaders in GI oncology including Emily Bergsland, Andrew Ko, Bert O’Neil, and Ghassan Abou-Alfa.

Education

Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, BA, 1976, Biological Sciences
University of California San Francisco, MD, 1980, Medicine
University of California San Francisco, Internship, 1981, Internal Medicine
University of California, Davis, Residency, 1985, Internal Medicine
University of California San Francisco, Fellowship, 1987, Hematology/Oncology


Professional Experience

  • 1980
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • 1994-2000
    Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF
  • 1997-2004
    Director, Clinical Research Support Services Core, UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2004-2007
    Associate Chief, Division of Medical Oncology, UCSF
  • 2004- present
    Member, Executive Policy Group of the Human Research Protection Program
  • 2005-present
    Chairman, UCSF Committee on Human Research
  • 2005-present
    Chairman, Cancer Center Data Safety Monitoring Committee
  • 2008- 2010
    Director, Regulatory Knowledge and Support Program of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • 2008-present
    Member, Research Administration Board
  • 2000-present
    Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1999
    Mention-Colon Cancer-Medical Oncologist, Top Cancer Specialsts, Good Housekeeping
  • 1999
    Mention-Medical Oncology and Hematology, Top 425 Doctors in the Bay Area, San Francisco

Selected Publications

  1. Donner DB, Nakakura EK, Venook AP, Lenz HJ, Zhang W, Hwang J, Bergsland EK, Lin MH, Toriguchi K, Antonia RJ, Warren RS. High thymidylate synthase gene expression predicts poor outcome after resection of hepatocellular carcinoma. PLoS One. 2019; 14(7):e0219469.
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  2. Innocenti F, Ou FS, Qu X, Zemla T, Niedzwiecki D, Tam R, Mahajan S, Goldberg RM, Bertagnolli MM, Blanke CD, Sanoff H, Atkins J, Polite B, Venook AP, Lenz HJ, Kabbarah O. Reply to S. Sorscher. J Clin Oncol. 2019 Jul 03; JCO1901366.
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  3. Gbenedio OM, Bonnans C, Grun D, Wang CY, Hatch AJ, Mahoney MR, Barras D, Matli M, Miao Y, Garcia KC, Tejpar S, Delorenzi M, Venook AP, Nixon AB, Warren RS, Roose JP, Depeille P. RasGRP1 is a potential biomarker to stratify anti-EGFR therapy response in colorectal cancer. JCI Insight. 2019 Jun 25; 5.
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  4. Lenz HJ, Ou FS, Venook AP, Hochster HS, Niedzwiecki D, Goldberg RM, Mayer RJ, Bertagnolli MM, Blanke CD, Zemla T, Qu X, Wirapati P, Tejpar S, Innocenti F, Kabbarah O. Impact of Consensus Molecular Subtype on Survival in Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: Results From CALGB/SWOG 80405 (Alliance). J Clin Oncol. 2019 May 01; JCO1802258.
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  5. Benson AB, D'Angelica MI, Abbott DE, Abrams TA, Alberts SR, Anaya DA, Anders R, Are C, Brown D, Chang DT, Cloyd J, Covey AM, Hawkins W, Iyer R, Jacob R, Karachristos A, Kelley RK, Kim R, Palta M, Park JO, Sahai V, Schefter T, Sicklick JK, Singh G, Sohal D, Stein S, Tian GG, Vauthey JN, Venook AP, Hammond LJ, Darlow SD. Guidelines Insights: Hepatobiliary Cancers, Version 2.2019. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2019 Apr 01; 17(4):302-310.
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  6. Innocenti F, Ou FS, Qu X, Zemla TJ, Niedzwiecki D, Tam R, Mahajan S, Goldberg RM, Bertagnolli MM, Blanke CD, Sanoff H, Atkins J, Polite B, Venook AP, Lenz HJ, Kabbarah O. Mutational Analysis of Patients With Colorectal Cancer in CALGB/SWOG 80405 Identifies New Roles of Microsatellite Instability and Tumor Mutational Burden for Patient Outcome. J Clin Oncol. 2019 May 10; 37(14):1217-1227.
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  7. Van Blarigan EL, Chan H, Van Loon K, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Mitchell E, Zhang L, Paciorek A, Joseph G, Laffan A, Atreya CE, Fukuoka Y, Miaskowski C, Meyerhardt JA, Venook AP. Self-monitoring and reminder text messages to increase physical activity in colorectal cancer survivors (Smart Pace): a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer. 2019 Mar 11; 19(1):218.
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  8. Morales-Oyarvide V, Yuan C, Babic A, Zhang S, Niedzwiecki D, Brand-Miller JC, Sampson-Kent L, Ye X, Li Y, Saltz LB, Mayer RJ, Mowat RB, Whittom R, Hantel A, Benson A, Atienza D, Messino M, Kindler H, Venook A, Ogino S, Wu K, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL, Wolpin BM, Meyerhardt JA, Fuchs CS, Ng K. Dietary Insulin Load and Cancer Recurrence and Survival in Patients With Stage III Colon Cancer: Findings From CALGB 89803 (Alliance). J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Feb 01; 111(2):170-179.
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  9. Schrag D, Weiser M, Saltz L, Mamon H, Gollub M, Basch E, Venook A, Shi Q. Challenges and solutions in the design and execution of the PROSPECT Phase II/III neoadjuvant rectal cancer trial (NCCTG N1048/Alliance). Clin Trials. 2019 Apr; 16(2):165-175.
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  10. Innocenti F, Jiang C, Sibley AB, Etheridge AS, Hatch AJ, Denning S, Niedzwiecki D, Shterev ID, Lin J, Furukawa Y, Kubo M, Kindler HL, Auman JT, Venook AP, Hurwitz HI, McLeod HL, Ratain MJ, Gordan R, Nixon AB, Owzar K. Genetic variation determines VEGF-A plasma levels in cancer patients. Sci Rep. 2018 Nov 05; 8(1):16332.
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  11. Atreya CE, Venook AP. Of Microbes and Microsatellites. Cancer Immunol Res. 2018 Nov; 6(11):1290-1291.
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  12. Chamberlain CE, German MS, Yang K, Wang J, VanBrocklin H, Regan M, Shokat KM, Ducker GS, Kim GE, Hann B, Donner DB, Warren RS, Venook AP, Bergsland EK, Lee D, Wang Y, Nakakura EK. A Patient-derived Xenograft Model of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors Identifies Sapanisertib as a Possible New Treatment for Everolimus-resistant Tumors. Mol Cancer Ther. 2018 Dec; 17(12):2702-2709.
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  13. Innocenti F, Owzar K, Jiang C, Etheridge AS, Gordân R, Sibley AB, Mulkey F, Niedzwiecki D, Glubb D, Neel N, Talamonti MS, Bentrem DJ, Seiser E, Yeh JJ, Van Loon K, McLeod H, Ratain MJ, Kindler HL, Venook AP, Nakamura Y, Kubo M, Petersen GM, Bamlet WR, McWilliams RR. The vitamin D receptor gene as a determinant of survival in pancreatic cancer patients: Genomic analysis and experimental validation. PLoS One. 2018; 13(8):e0202272.
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  14. Savoie MB, Paciorek A, Zhang L, Van Blarigan EL, Sommovilla N, Abrams D, Atreya CE, Bergsland EK, Chern H, Kelley RK, Ko A, Laffan A, Sarin A, Varma MG, Venook AP, Van Loon K. Vitamin D Levels in Patients with Colorectal Cancer Before and After Treatment Initiation. J Gastrointest Cancer. 2018 Jul 30.
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  15. Atreya CE, Kubo A, Borno HT, Rosenthal B, Campanella M, Rettger JP, Joseph G, Allen IE, Venook AP, Altschuler A, Dhruva A. Being Present: A single-arm feasibility study of audio-based mindfulness meditation for colorectal cancer patients and caregivers. PLoS One. 2018; 13(7):e0199423.
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  16. Van Blarigan EL, Ou FS, Niedzwiecki D, Zhang S, Fuchs CS, Saltz L, Mayer RJ, Venook A, Ogino S, Song M, Benson A, Hantel A, Atkins JN, Giovannucci EL, Meyerhardt JA. Dietary Fat Intake after Colon Cancer Diagnosis in Relation to Cancer Recurrence and Survival: CALGB 89803 (Alliance). Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Oct; 27(10):1227-1230.
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  17. Guercio BJ, Zhang S, Niedzwiecki D, Li Y, Babic A, Morales-Oyarvide V, Saltz LB, Mayer RJ, Mowat RB, Whittom R, Hantel A, Benson A, Atienza D, Messino M, Kindler H, Venook A, Ogino S, Zoltick ES, Stampfer M, Ng K, Wu K, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL, Meyerhardt JA, Fuchs CS. Associations of artificially sweetened beverage intake with disease recurrence and mortality in stage III colon cancer: Results from CALGB 89803 (Alliance). PLoS One. 2018; 13(7):e0199244.
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  18. Abou-Alfa GK, Meyer T, Cheng AL, El-Khoueiry AB, Rimassa L, Ryoo BY, Cicin I, Merle P, Chen Y, Park JW, Blanc JF, Bolondi L, Klümpen HJ, Chan SL, Zagonel V, Pressiani T, Ryu MH, Venook AP, Hessel C, Borgman-Hagey AE, Schwab G, Kelley RK. Cabozantinib in Patients with Advanced and Progressing Hepatocellular Carcinoma. N Engl J Med. 2018 Jul 05; 379(1):54-63.
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  19. Benson AB, Venook AP, Al-Hawary MM, Cederquist L, Chen YJ, Ciombor KK, Cohen S, Cooper HS, Deming D, Engstrom PF, Grem JL, Grothey A, Hochster HS, Hoffe S, Hunt S, Kamel A, Kirilcuk N, Krishnamurthi S, Messersmith WA, Meyerhardt J, Mulcahy MF, Murphy JD, Nurkin S, Saltz L, Sharma S, Shibata D, Skibber JM, Sofocleous CT, Stoffel EM, Stotsky-Himelfarb E, Willett CG, Wuthrick E, Gregory KM, Freedman-Cass DA. Anal Carcinoma, Version 2.2018, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018 Jul; 16(7):852-871.
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  20. Benson AB, Venook AP, Al-Hawary MM, Cederquist L, Chen YJ, Ciombor KK, Cohen S, Cooper HS, Deming D, Engstrom PF, Grem JL, Grothey A, Hochster HS, Hoffe S, Hunt S, Kamel A, Kirilcuk N, Krishnamurthi S, Messersmith WA, Meyerhardt J, Mulcahy MF, Murphy JD, Nurkin S, Saltz L, Sharma S, Shibata D, Skibber JM, Sofocleous CT, Stoffel EM, Stotsky-Himelfarb E, Willett CG, Wuthrick E, Gregory KM, Gurski L, Freedman-Cass DA. Rectal Cancer, Version 2.2018, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018 Jul; 16(7):874-901.
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