Research Summary

Dr. Braunstein is a radiation oncologist with a clinical interest in the treatment of pediatric, central nervous system, and soft tissue malignancies. He has expertise in modern radiation therapy techniques including stereotactic radiotherapy (Gamma Knife, Cyberknife, Linac-based SBRT), intraoperative radiotherapy, and intensity modulated radiation therapy.

Dr. Braunstein earned his M.D. at New York University School of Medicine where he also obtained a Ph.D. studying molecular pathways by which cancer cells mediate response to radiation. He currently serves as Vice Chair and Clinical Director of Radiation Oncology. His research focus includes mitigation of early and late toxicity in treatment of pediatric malignancies as well as optimizing combination of immuno- and targeted-therapies in the management of primary and metastatic central nervous system malignancies.

Education

University of California, San Francisco, 06/14, Radiation Oncology
Brighman and Women's Hospital, 06/10, Internal Medicine
New York University School of Medicine, M.D., Ph.D., 06/09

Honors & Awards

  • 2020
    UCSF Rap Award
  • 2019
    ARRO Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2018
    UCSF Rap Award
  • 2017
    UCSF Radiation Oncology-Radiology Award
  • 2016
    ARRO Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2015
    UCSF Patient Care Fund Award
  • 2014
    RSNA Roetgen Research Award
  • 2013
    UCSF Exceptional Physician Award

Selected Publications

  1. Cummins DD, Morshed RA, Chavez MM, Avalos LN, Sudhakar V, Chung JE, Gallagher A, Saggi S, Daras M, Braunstein S, Theodosopoulos PV, McDermott MW, Aghi MK. Salvage Surgery for Local Control of Brain Metastases After Previous Stereotactic Radiosurgery: A Single-Center Series. World Neurosurg. 2021 Nov 02.  View on PubMed
  2. Fishel Ben Kenan R, Polishchuk AL, Hawkins RA, Braunstein SE, Matthay KK, DuBois SG, Haas-Kogan DA. Anatomic patterns of relapse and progression following treatment with 131 I-MIBG in relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2021 Oct 18; e29396.  View on PubMed
  3. Castro MRH, Magill ST, Morshed RA, Young JS, Braunstein SE, McDermott MW, Chang EF. Facial pain and sensory outcomes following resection of tumors compressing the trigeminal nerve. J Neurosurg. 2021 Oct 08; 1-9.  View on PubMed
  4. Osorio RC, Pereira MP, Joshi RS, Donohue KC, Sneed P, Braunstein S, Theodosopoulos PV, El-Sayed IH, Gurrola J, Kunwar S, Blevins LS, Aghi MK. Socioeconomic predictors of case presentations and outcomes in 225 nonfunctional pituitary adenoma resections. J Neurosurg. 2021 Oct 01; 1-12.  View on PubMed
  5. Garcia JH, Winkler EA, Morshed RA, Lu A, Ammanuel SG, Saggi S, Wang EJ, Braunstein S, Fox CK, Fullerton HJ, Kim H, Cooke DL, Hetts SW, Lawton MT, Abla AA, Gupta N. Factors associated with seizures at initial presentation in pediatric patients with cerebral arteriovenous malformations. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2021 Sep 24; 1-6.  View on PubMed
  6. Chen WC, Boreta L, Braunstein SE, Rabow MW, Kaplan LE, Tenenbaum JD, Morin O, Park CC, Hong JC. Association of mental health diagnosis with race and all-cause mortality after a cancer diagnosis: Large-scale analysis of electronic health record data. Cancer. 2021 Sep 22.  View on PubMed
  7. Sinha S, Xu MJ, Yee E, Buckmeier T, Park C, Braunstein SE. Interprofessional Education Curriculum for Medical Assistants in Radiation Oncology: A Single Institution Pilot Program. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2021 Nov-Dec; 6(6):100800.  View on PubMed
  8. Thomas NJ, Myall NJ, Sun F, Patil T, Mushtaq R, Yu C, Sinha S, Pollom EL, Nagpal S, Camidge DR, Rusthoven CG, Braunstein SE, Wakelee HA, McCoach CE. Brain Metastases in EGFR- and ALK-Positive NSCLC: Outcomes of Central Nervous System-Penetrant Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Alone Versus in Combination With Radiation. J Thorac Oncol. 2021 Aug 26.  View on PubMed
  9. Chen WC, Baal UH, Baal JD, Pai JS, Boreta L, Braunstein SE, Raleigh DR. Efficacy and Safety of Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Brainstem Metastases: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Oncol. 2021 Jul 01; 7(7):1033-1040.  View on PubMed
  10. Wu SY, Yee E, Vasudevan HN, Fogh SE, Boreta L, Braunstein SE, Hong JC. Risk Stratification for Imminent Risk of Death at the Time of Palliative Radiotherapy Consultation. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Jul 01; 4(7):e2115641.  View on PubMed
  11. Ni L, Thomas HR, Raleigh DR, Boreta LC, Park CC, Braunstein SE. Residents-as-Teachers Curriculum for Radiation Oncology: A Targeted Needs Assessment. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 Nov 01; 111(3):638-642.  View on PubMed
  12. Susko MS, Chen WC, Vasudevan HN, Magill ST, Lucas CG, Oberheim Bush NA, Solomon DA, Theodosopoulos PV, McDermott MW, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Boreta L, Nakamura JL, Sneed PK, Braunstein SE, Raleigh DR. Letter: Patterns of Intermediate- and High-Risk Meningioma Recurrence After Treatment With Postoperative External Beam Radiotherapy. Neurosurgery. 2021 06 15; 89(1):E99-E101.  View on PubMed
  13. Bush NAO, Young JS, Zhang Y, Dalle Ore CL, Molinaro AM, Taylor J, Clarke J, Prados M, Braunstein SE, Raleigh DR, Chang SM, Berger MS, Butowski NA. A single institution retrospective analysis on survival based on treatment paradigms for patients with anaplastic oligodendroglioma. J Neurooncol. 2021 Jul; 153(3):447-454.  View on PubMed
  14. Vargas E, Lockney DT, Mummaneni PV, Haddad AF, Rivera J, Tan X, Jamieson A, Mahmoudieh Y, Berven S, Braunstein SE, Chou D. An analysis of tumor-related potential spinal column instability (Spine Instability Neoplastic Scores 7-12) eventually requiring surgery with a 1-year follow-up. Neurosurg Focus. 2021 05; 50(5):E6.  View on PubMed
  15. Avadiappan S, Morrison MA, Jakary A, Felton E, Stoller S, Hess CP, Molinaro AM, Braunstein SE, Mueller S, Lupo JM. Relationship between 7T MR-angiography features of vascular injury and cognitive decline in young brain tumor patients treated with radiation therapy. J Neurooncol. 2021 May; 153(1):143-152.  View on PubMed
  16. Feng CH, Braunstein SE, MacEwan I. Utility of Multi-institutional Pediatric Chart Rounds in the Age of Telemedicine. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 08 01; 110(5):1272-1273.  View on PubMed
  17. Rosenberg DM, Braunstein SE, Fields EC, Gillespie EF, Gunther JR, Jimenez RB, Yechieli RL, Golden DW. Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Study Group Annual Spring Symposium: Initial Impact and Feedback. J Cancer Educ. 2021 Mar 16.  View on PubMed
  18. Rudie JD, Weiss DA, Colby JB, Rauschecker AM, Laguna B, Braunstein S, Sugrue LP, Hess CP, Villanueva-Meyer JE. Three-dimensional U-Net Convolutional Neural Network for Detection and Segmentation of Intracranial Metastases. Radiol Artif Intell. 2021 May; 3(3):e200204.  View on PubMed
  19. Wu SY, Yee E, Chan JW, Chapman CH, Boreta L, Braunstein SE. Timing of Urgent Inpatient Palliative Radiation Therapy. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2021 May-Jun; 6(3):100670.  View on PubMed
  20. Zelefsky MJ, Yamada Y, Greco C, Lis E, Schöder H, Lobaugh S, Zhang Z, Braunstein S, Bilsky MH, Powell SN, Kolesnick R, Fuks Z. Phase 3 Multi-Center, Prospective, Randomized Trial Comparing Single-Dose 24 Gy Radiation Therapy to a 3-Fraction SBRT Regimen in the Treatment of Oligometastatic Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 07 01; 110(3):672-679.  View on PubMed

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