University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sue S. Yom, MD, PhD

Sue S. Yom, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics

Research Summary

My primary clinical and research interests include head and neck, thoracic, and cutaneous malignancies, where I have developed and led multiple clinical trials, both within UCSF and across sites nationwide and overseas. I am interested in the development and evaluation of new therapeutic techniques, which to me include novel molecular targeted agents and immunotherapies as well as state-of-the-art technical advances in radiation therapy. I have special interests in virally driven malignancies associated with humanpapillomavirus (HPV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and Merkel cell polyomavirus. My research has entailed collaborating with laboratory-based investigators to identify patient, tumor, and technical characteristics that influence prognosis and response to specific therapies, including tissue-, blood-, and imaging-based biomarkers. Other university responsibilities include co-leading the site committees for clinical trial development in cutaneous and head and neck cancers at the UCSF HDFCCC and serving on the Cancer Committee which maintains our accreditation through the American College of Surgeons. Nationally, I have served as the chair of the scientific program and nominating committees for the American Radium Society (ARS), chair of the Appropriateness Committee guidelines for radiation oncology at the American College of Radiology (ACR), and head and neck senior editor at the International Journal for Radiation Oncology Biology Physics (IJROBP). I have been on the scientific program committees of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), and the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS). I am a member of the NRG Oncology Head and Neck Steering Committee, NCI’s Head and Neck Recurrent/Metastatic Disease Task Force, and the NCCN Head and Neck Cancers guidelines committee. I am a national boards examiner for the American Board of Radiology.

Education

2002, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, M.D., Ph.D., Medicine/English
2003, U. T. – M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Internship, Medicine/Surgery
2007, U. T. – M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Residency, Radiation Oncology


Professional Experience

  • 2007-2013
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2007-present
    Consultant in Radiology, San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • 2008-2013
    Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, by courtesy
  • 2013-present
    Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2013-present
    Associate Professor in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, by courtesy

Honors & Awards

  • 1992
    Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • 1995
    Benjamin Franklin Medical Scholar Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2004
    Thomas Barkley Award, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2005
    Fellowship, Korean American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology
  • 2006
    Jesse H. Jones Fellowship in Cancer Education, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2006
    Outstanding Resident Presentation Award, Texas Radiological Society
  • 2006
    A. Lavoy Moore Endowment Fund, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2006
    Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award, American Association of Women Radiologists
  • 2008
    Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship, AMA Women Physicians Congress
  • 2009
    Best Doctors in America, 2009-2014
  • 2011
    Educator of the Year Award, Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology

Selected Publications

  1. Wu X, Yom SS, Ha PK, Heaton CM, Glastonbury CM. Submandibular Gland Transfer: A Potential Imaging Pitfall. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2018 Mar 29.
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  2. Yom SS, Zietman AL. Radiation Therapy in a Time of Disaster. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Mar 15; 100(4):832-833.
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  3. Yom SS, Harari PM. When Disaster Strikes: Mitigating the Adverse Impact on Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Mar 15; 100(4):838-840.
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  4. Xu MJ, Lazar AA, Garsa AA, Arron ST, Ryan WR, El-Sayed IH, George JR, Algazi AP, Heaton CM, Ha PK, Yom SS. Major prognostic factors for recurrence and survival independent of the American Joint Committee on Cancer eighth edition staging system in patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma treated with multimodality therapy. Head Neck. 2018 Mar 10.
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  5. Yu Y, El-Sayed IH, McDermott MW, Theodosopoulos PV, van Zante A, Kased N, Glastonbury CM, Garsa AA, Yom SS. Dural recurrence among esthesioneuroblastoma patients presenting with intracranial extension. Laryngoscope. 2018 Feb 10.
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  6. Mayo CS, Moran JM, Bosch W, Xiao Y, McNutt T, Popple R, Michalski J, Feng M, Marks LB, Fuller CD, Yorke E, Palta J, Gabriel PE, Molineu A, Matuszak MM, Covington E, Masi K, Richardson SL, Ritter T, Morgas T, Flampouri S, Santanam L, Moore JA, Purdie TG, Miller RC, Hurkmans C, Adams J, Jackie Wu QR, Fox CJ, Siochi RA, Brown NL, Verbakel W, Archambault Y, Chmura SJ, Dekker AL, Eagle DG, Fitzgerald TJ, Hong T, Kapoor R, Lansing B, Jolly S, Napolitano ME, Percy J, Rose MS, Siddiqui S, Schadt C, Simon WE, Straube WL, St James ST, Ulin K, Yom SS, Yock TI. American Association of Physicists in Medicine Task Group 263: Standardizing Nomenclatures in Radiation Oncology. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Mar 15; 100(4):1057-1066.
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  7. Tello TL, Coggshall K, Yom SS, Yu SS. Merkel cell carcinoma: An update and review: Current and future therapy. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Mar; 78(3):445-454.
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  8. Zhou MJ, van Zante A, Lazar AA, Groppo ER, Garsa AA, Ryan WR, El-Sayed IH, Eisele DW, Yom SS. Squamous cell carcinoma of unknown primary of the head and neck: Favorable prognostic factors comparable to those in oropharyngeal cancer. Head Neck. 2017 Dec 06.
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  9. Le QT, Yom SS, Ng RHW, Bratman SV, Welch JJ, Chan KCA, Kim KY. In Reply to Zoto Mustafayev and Ozyar. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 12 01; 99(5):1307.
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  10. Grégoire V, Evans M, Le QT, Bourhis J, Budach V, Chen A, Eisbruch A, Feng M, Giralt J, Gupta T, Hamoir M, Helito JK, Hu C, Hunter K, Johansen J, Kaanders J, Laskar SG, Lee A, Maingon P, Mäkitie A, Micciche' F, Nicolai P, O'Sullivan B, Poitevin A, Porceddu S, Skladowski K, Tribius S, Waldron J, Wee J, Yao M, Yom SS, Zimmermann F, Grau C. Delineation of the primary tumour Clinical Target Volumes (CTV-P) in laryngeal, hypopharyngeal, oropharyngeal and oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma: AIRO, CACA, DAHANCA, EORTC, GEORCC, GORTEC, HKNPCSG, HNCIG, IAG-KHT, LPRHHT, NCIC CTG, NCRI, NRG Oncology, PHNS, SBRT, SOMERA, SRO, SSHNO, TROG consensus guidelines. Radiother Oncol. 2018 Jan; 126(1):3-24.
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  11. Valdes G, Simone CB, Chen J, Lin A, Yom SS, Pattison AJ, Carpenter CM, Solberg TD. Clinical decision support of radiotherapy treatment planning: A data-driven machine learning strategy for patient-specific dosimetric decision making. Radiother Oncol. 2017 Dec; 125(3):392-397.
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  12. Lee AW, Ng WT, Pan JJ, Poh SS, Ahn YC, AlHussain H, Corry J, Grau C, Grégoire V, Harrington KJ, Hu CS, Kwong DL, Langendijk JA, Le QT, Lee NY, Lin JC, Lu TX, Mendenhall WM, O'Sullivan B, Ozyar E, Peters LJ, Rosenthal DI, Soong YL, Tao Y, Yom SS, Wee JT. International guideline for the delineation of the clinical target volumes (CTV) for nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Radiother Oncol. 2018 Jan; 126(1):25-36.
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  13. Yuan JT, Tello TL, Hultman C, Barker CA, Arron ST, Yom SS. Medical marijuana for the treatment of vismodegib-related muscle spasm. JAAD Case Rep. 2017 Sep; 3(5):438-440.
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  14. Fakhry C, Zhang Q, Nguyen-Tân PF, Rosenthal DI, Weber RS, Lambert L, Trotti AM, Barrett WL, Thorstad WL, Jones CU, Yom SS, Wong SJ, Ridge JA, Rao SSD, Bonner JA, Vigneault E, Raben D, Kudrimoti MR, Harris J, Le QT, Gillison ML. Development and Validation of Nomograms Predictive of Overall and Progression-Free Survival in Patients With Oropharyngeal Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Dec 20; 35(36):4057-4065.
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  15. Koyfman SA, Yom SS. Clinical Research Ethics: Considerations for the Radiation Oncologist. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 10 01; 99(2):259-264.
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  16. Adelstein D, Gillison ML, Pfister DG, Spencer S, Adkins D, Brizel DM, Burtness B, Busse PM, Caudell JJ, Cmelak AJ, Colevas AD, Eisele DW, Fenton M, Foote RL, Gilbert J, Haddad RI, Hicks WL, Hitchcock YJ, Jimeno A, Leizman D, Lydiatt WM, Maghami E, Mell LK, Mittal BB, Pinto HA, Ridge JA, Rocco J, Rodriguez CP, Shah JP, Weber RS, Witek M, Worden F, Yom SS, Zhen W, Burns JL, Darlow SD. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Head and Neck Cancers, Version 2.2017. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Jun; 15(6):761-770.
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  17. Yom SS, Mallen-St Clair J, Ha PK. Controversies in Postoperative Irradiation of Oropharyngeal Cancer After Transoral Surgery. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2017 Jul; 26(3):357-370.
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  18. Kim KY, Le QT, Yom SS, Pinsky BA, Bratman SV, Ng RH, El Mubarak HS, Chan KC, Sander M, Conley BA. Current State of PCR-Based Epstein-Barr Virus DNA Testing for Nasopharyngeal Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2017 04 01; 109(4).
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  19. Ghosh P, Lazar AA, Ryan WR, Yom SS. A feasibility and efficacy trial of a hand-held humidification device in patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2017 08; 25(8):2611-2618.
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  20. Kim KY, Le QT, Yom SS, Ng RHW, Chan KCA, Bratman SV, Welch JJ, Divi RL, Petryshyn RA, Conley BA. Clinical Utility of Epstein-Barr Virus DNA Testing in the Treatment of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Patients. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 08 01; 98(5):996-1001.
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