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

Phone: (415) 353-9888 (appts)
Box 1705, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-1705

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » Developmental 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.


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. Kurzrock R, Colevas AD, Olszanski A, Akerley W, Arteaga CL, Carson WE, Clark JW, DiPersio JF, Ettinger DS, Morgan RJ, Schwartzberg LS, Venook AP, Gocke CD, Tait J, Stewart FM. NCCN Oncology Research Program's Investigator Steering Committee and NCCN Best Practices Committee Molecular Profiling Surveys. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2015 Nov; 13(11):1337-46.
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  2. Venook AP. The value and effectiveness of angiogenesis inhibitors for colorectal cancer. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2015 Sep; 13(9):561-3.
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  3. O'Neil BH, Venook AP. Trying to Understand Differing Results of FIRE-3 and 80405: Does the First Treatment Matter More Than Others? J Clin Oncol. 2015 Nov 10; 33(32):3686-8.
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  4. Guercio BJ, Sato K, Niedzwiecki D, Ye X, Saltz LB, Mayer RJ, Mowat RB, Whittom R, Hantel A, Benson A, Atienza D, Messino M, Kindler H, Venook A, Hu FB, Ogino S, Wu K, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL, Meyerhardt JA, Fuchs CS. Coffee Intake, Recurrence, and Mortality in Stage III Colon Cancer: Results From CALGB 89803 (Alliance). J Clin Oncol. 2015 Nov 1; 33(31):3598-607.
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  5. Oh DY, Venook AP, Fong L. On the Verge: Immunotherapy for Colorectal Carcinoma. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2015 Aug; 13(8):970-8.
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  6. Benson AB, Venook AP, Bekaii-Saab T, Chan E, Chen YJ, Cooper HS, Engstrom PF, Enzinger PC, Fenton MJ, Fuchs CS, Grem JL, Grothey A, Hochster HS, Hunt S, Kamel A, Kirilcuk N, Leong LA, Lin E, Messersmith WA, Mulcahy MF, Murphy JD, Nurkin S, Rohren E, Ryan DP, Saltz L, Sharma S, Shibata D, Skibber JM, Sofocleous CT, Stoffel EM, Stotsky-Himelfarb E, Willett CG, Gregory KM, Freedman-Cass D. Rectal Cancer, Version 2.2015. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2015 Jun; 13(6):719-28.
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  7. Meyerhardt JA, Tepper JE, Venook AP. Special Series: Advances in GI Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Jun 1; 33(16):1717-20.
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  8. Kelley RK, Magbanua MJ, Butler TM, Collisson EA, Hwang J, Sidiropoulos N, Evason K, McWhirter RM, Hameed B, Wayne EM, Yao FY, Venook AP, Park JW. Circulating tumor cells in hepatocellular carcinoma: a pilot study of detection, enumeration, and next-generation sequencing in cases and controls. BMC Cancer. 2015; 15(1):206.
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  9. Siegel AB, El-Khoueiry AB, Finn RS, Guthrie KA, Goyal A, Venook AP, Blanke CD, Verna EC, Dove L, Emond J, Kato T, Samstein B, Busuttil R, Remotti H, Coffey A, Brown RS. Phase I trial of sorafenib following liver transplantation in patients with high-risk hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Cancer. 2015 Mar; 4(2):115-25.
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  10. Venook AP. Bevacizumab vs EGFR antibodies in metastatic colorectal cancer. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2015 Feb; 13(2):90-2.
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  11. Masters GA, Krilov L, Bailey HH, Brose MS, Burstein H, Diller LR, Dizon DS, Fine HA, Kalemkerian GP, Moasser M, Neuss MN, O'Day SJ, Odenike O, Ryan CJ, Schilsky RL, Schwartz GK, Venook AP, Wong SL, Patel JD. Clinical cancer advances 2015: annual report on progress against cancer from the american society of clinical oncology. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Mar 1; 33(7):786-809.
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  12. Daud AI, Ashworth MT, Strosberg J, Goldman JW, Mendelson D, Springett G, Venook AP, Loechner S, Rosen LS, Shanahan F, Parry D, Shumway S, Grabowsky JA, Freshwater T, Sorge C, Kang SP, Isaacs R, Munster PN. Phase I Dose-Escalation Trial of Checkpoint Kinase 1 Inhibitor MK-8776 As Monotherapy and in Combination With Gemcitabine in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Mar 20; 33(9):1060-6.
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  13. Cushman SM, Jiang C, Hatch AJ, Shterev I, Sibley AB, Niedzwiecki D, Venook AP, Owzar K, Hurwitz HI, Nixon AB. Gene Expression Markers of Efficacy and Resistance to Cetuximab Treatment in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: Results from CALGB 80203 (Alliance). Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Mar 1; 21(5):1078-86.
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  14. Cinar P, Calkins SM, Venook AP, Kelley RK. A Case Series of Patients with HER2-Overexpressed Primary Metastatic Gastroesophageal Adenocarcinoma. Anticancer Res. 2014 Dec; 34(12):7357-60.
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  15. Lamont EB, Schilsky RL, He Y, Muss H, Cohen HJ, Hurria A, Meilleur A, Kindler HL, Venook A, Lilenbaum R, Niell H, Goldberg RM, Joffe S. Generalizability of trial results to elderly medicare patients with advanced solid tumors (alliance 70802). J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Jan; 107(1).
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  16. Ng K, Meyerhardt JA, Chan AT, Sato K, Chan JA, Niedzwiecki D, Saltz LB, Mayer RJ, Benson AB, Schaefer PL, Whittom R, Hantel A, Goldberg RM, Venook AP, Ogino S, Giovannucci EL, Fuchs CS. Aspirin and COX-2 Inhibitor Use in Patients With Stage III Colon Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Jan; 107(1).
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  17. Van Loon K, Zhang L, Keiser J, Carrasco C, Glass K, Ramirez MT, Bobiak S, Nakakura EK, Venook AP, Shah MH, Bergsland EK. Bone metastases and skeletal-related events from neuroendocrine tumors. Endocr Connect. 2015 Mar; 4(1):9-17.
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  18. Venook AP, Tabernero J. Progression-free survival: helpful biomarker or clinically meaningless end point? J Clin Oncol. 2015 Jan 1; 33(1):4-6.
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  19. Venook AP, Arcila ME, Benson AB, Berry DA, Camidge DR, Carlson RW, Choueiri TK, Guild V, Kalemkerian GP, Kurzrock R, Lovly CM, McKee AE, Morgan RJ, Olszanski AJ, Redman MW, Stearns V, McClure J, Birkeland ML. NCCN Working Group Report: Designing Clinical Trials in the Era of Multiple Biomarkers and Targeted Therapies. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2014 Nov; 12(11):1629-49.
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  20. Song EK, Tai W, Messersmith WA, Bagby S, Purkey A, Quackenbush KS, Pitts TM, Wang G, Blatchford P, Yahn R, Kaplan J, Tan AC, Atreya CE, Eckhardt G, Kelley RK, Venook A, Kwak EL, Ryan D, Arcaroli JJ. Potent antitumor activity of cabozantinib, a c-MET and VEGFR2 inhibitor, in a colorectal cancer patient-derived tumor explant model. Int J Cancer. 2015 Apr 15; 136(8):1967-75.
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