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. 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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  2. Zietman AL, Yom SS. The Red Journal's Outstanding Reviewer Awards for 2016. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Sep 01; 99(1):1-2.
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  3. 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 Aug 04; JCO2016720748.
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  4. Koyfman SA, Yom SS. Clinical Research Ethics: Considerations for the Radiation Oncologist. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Oct 01; 99(2):259-264.
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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 Aug; 25(8):2611-2618.
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  9. 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 Aug 01; 98(5):996-1001.
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  10. Yom SS. A Larynx Best Preserved, but by Radiation or Formalin? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Apr 01; 97(5):889-890.
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  11. Chapman CH, Parvathaneni U, Yom SS. Revisiting induction chemotherapy before radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, part II: nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Future Oncol. 2017 Mar; 13(7):581-584.
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  12. Chapman CH, Parvathaneni U, Yom SS. Revisiting induction chemotherapy before radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, part I: carcinoma of non-nasopharyngeal sites. Future Oncol. 2017 Mar; 13(6):469-475.
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  13. Boreta L, Yom SS. Is there a benefit to locally consolidative therapy for oligometastatic non-small cell lung cancer? Ann Transl Med. 2017 Mar; 5(5):108.
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  14. Manyam BV, Garsa AA, Chin RI, Reddy CA, Gastman B, Thorstad W, Yom SS, Nussenbaum B, Wang SJ, Vidimos AT, Koyfman SA. A multi-institutional comparison of outcomes of immunosuppressed and immunocompetent patients treated with surgery and radiation therapy for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Cancer. 2017 Jun 01; 123(11):2054-2060.
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  15. Paulsson AK, Yom SS, Anwar M, Pinnaduwage D, Sudhyadhom A, Gottschalk AR, Chang AJ, Descovich M. Respiration-Induced Intraorgan Deformation of the Liver. Technol Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Jan 01; 1533034616687193.
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  16. Kim H, Chen J, Phillips J, Pukala J, Yom SS, Kirby N. Validating Dose Uncertainty Estimates Produced by AUTODIRECT: An Automated Program to Evaluate Deformable Image Registration Accuracy. Technol Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Jan 01; 1533034617708076.
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  17. Palma DA, Yom SS, Bennett KE, Corry J, Zietman AL. Introducing: The Red Journal Gray Zone. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Jan 01; 97(1):1.
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  18. Yom SS. The Tonsillar Fossa Battleground. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Jan 01; 97(1):1-2.
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  19. Siddiqui F, Smith RV, Yom SS, Beitler JJ, Busse PM, Cooper JS, Hanna EY, Jones CU, Koyfman SA, Quon H, Ridge JA, Saba NF, Worden F, Yao M, Salama JK. ACR appropriateness criteria® nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers. Head Neck. 2017 Mar; 39(3):407-418.
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  20. Yom SS. Is Induction Chemotherapy Needed to Select Patients for Deintensified Treatment of Human Papillomavirus-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer? J Clin Oncol. 2016 Dec 28; JCO2016710681.
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