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. 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.  View on PubMed
  2. 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.  View on PubMed
  3. 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.  View on PubMed
  4. 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.  View on PubMed
  5. Feng CH, Braunstein SE, MacEwan I Utility of Multi-institutional Pediatric Chart Rounds in the Age of Telemedicine.  View on PubMed
  6. 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.  View on PubMed
  7. Wu SY, Yee E, Chan JW, Chapman CH, Boreta L, Braunstein SE Timing of Urgent Inpatient Palliative Radiation Therapy.  View on PubMed
  8. 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 III Multi-Center, Prospective, Randomized Trial Comparing Single Dose 24 Gy Radiotherapy to a 3-Fraction SBRT Regimen in the Treatment of Oligometastatic Cancer.  View on PubMed
  9. Nelson BA, Lapen K, Schultz O, Nangachiveettil J, Braunstein SE, Fernandez C, Fields EC, Gunther JR, Jeans E, Jimenez RB, Kharofa JR, Laucis A, Yechieli RL, Gillespie EF, Golden DW The Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Study Group 2020 Spring Symposium: Is Virtual the New Reality?  View on PubMed
  10. Chen WC, Vasudevan HN, Choudhury A, Pekmezci M, Lucas CG, Phillips J, Magill ST, Susko MS, Braunstein SE, Oberheim Bush NA, Boreta L, Nakamura JL, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Sneed PK, Perry A, McDermott MW, Solomon DA, Theodosopoulos PV, Raleigh DR A Prognostic Gene-Expression Signature and Risk Score for Meningioma Recurrence After Resection.  View on PubMed
  11. Tinkle CL, Singh C, Lloyd S, Guo Y, Li Y, Pappo AS, DuBois SG, Lucas JT, Haas-Kogan DA, Terezakis SA, Braunstein SE, Krasin MJ Stereotactic body radiotherapy for metastatic and recurrent solid tumors in children and young adults.  View on PubMed
  12. Liu KX, Ioakeim-Ioannidou M, Susko MS, Rao AD, Yeap BY, Snijders AM, Ladra MM, Vogel J, Zaslowe-Dude C, Marcus KJ, Yock TI, Grassberger C, Braunstein SE, Haas-Kogan DA, Terezakis SA, MacDonald SM A Multi-institutional Comparative Analysis of Proton and Photon Therapy-Induced Hematologic Toxicity in Patients With Medulloblastoma.  View on PubMed
  13. Weyer-Jamora C, Brie MS, Luks TL, Smith EM, Braunstein SE, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Bracci PM, Chang S, Hervey-Jumper SL, Taylor JW Cognitive impact of lower-grade gliomas and strategies for rehabilitation.  View on PubMed
  14. Lavergne V, Sabnis A, Tupule A, Davidson PR, Kline C, Matthay K, Nicolaides T, Goldsby R, Braunstein S, Fogh SE, Sneed PK, Menzel P, Nakamura A, DuBois SG, Haas-Kogan DA, Nakamura JL Germline MUTYH Mutation in a Pediatric Cancer Survivor Developing a Secondary Malignancy.  View on PubMed
  15. Lucas CG, Vasudevan HN, Chen WC, Magill ST, Braunstein SE, Jacques L, Dahiya S, Rodriguez FJ, Horvai AE, Perry A, Pekmezci M, Raleigh DR Histopathologic findings in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor predict response to radiotherapy and overall survival.  View on PubMed
  16. Sperduto PW, Mesko S, Li J, Cagney D, Aizer A, Lin NU, Nesbit E, Kruser TJ, Chan J, Braunstein S, Lee J, Kirkpatrick JP, Breen W, Brown PD, Shi D, Shih HA, Soliman H, Sahgal A, Shanley R, Sperduto W, Lou E, Everett A, Boggs DH, Masucci L, Roberge D, Remick J, Plichta K, Buatti JM, Jain S, Gaspar LE, Wu CC, Wang TJC, Bryant J, Chuong M, Yu J, Chiang V, Nakano T, Aoyama H, Mehta MP Estrogen/progesterone receptor and HER2 discordance between primary tumor and brain metastases in breast cancer and its effect on treatment and survival.  View on PubMed
  17. Gonzalez-Junca A, Reiners O, Borrero-Garcia LD, Beckford-Vera D, Lazar AA, Chou W, Braunstein S, VanBrocklin H, Franc BL, Barcellos-Hoff MH Positron Emission Tomography Imaging of Functional Transforming Growth Factor ß (TGFß) Activity and Benefit of TGFß Inhibition in Irradiated Intracranial Tumors.  View on PubMed
  18. Magill ST, Vasudevan HN, Seo K, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Choudhury A, John Liu S, Pekmezci M, Findakly S, Hilz S, Lastella S, Demaree B, Braunstein SE, Bush NAO, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, Sneed PK, Abate AR, Berger MS, McDermott MW, Lim DA, Ullian EM, Costello JF, Raleigh DR Multiplatform genomic profiling and magnetic resonance imaging identify mechanisms underlying intratumor heterogeneity in meningioma.  View on PubMed
  19. Aridgides P, Janssens GO, Braunstein S, Campbell S, Poppe M, Murphy E, MacDonald S, Ladra M, Alapetite C, Haas-Kogan D Gliomas, germ cell tumors, and craniopharyngioma.  View on PubMed
  20. Morrison MA, Mueller S, Felton E, Jakary A, Stoller S, Avadiappan S, Yuan J, Molinaro AM, Braunstein S, Banerjee A, Hess CP, Lupo JM Rate of radiation-induced microbleed formation on 7T MRI relates to cognitive impairment in young patients treated with radiation therapy for a brain tumor.  View on PubMed

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