Research Summary

My research focus is on the development of novel therapies for patients, as well as the assessment of novel imaging markers of prognosis and response to therapy. As program leader for the Neuro-Oncology Program at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, my role is to provide the overall direction of the program and facilitate the interaction of the basic science and translational research programs with the clinical team to bring novel findings from the lab to the patient. I am the lead and contact PI for a P01 focused on integrating advances in physiologic and metabolic imaging with tissue biomarkers in order to optimize the management of patients with molecular subtypes of glioma. I am the overall Clinical Leader for the UCSF Brain SPORE grant as well as the Clinical Core Director and Co-PI of a SPORE project that addresses the evaluation of steady and dynamic metabolic imaging in glioblastoma.

Research Funding

  • September 20, 2002 - August 31, 2023 - Brain Tumor SPORE Grant, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: P50CA097257
  • July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2013 - Noninvasive Metabolic Signatures to Improve Management of Molecular Subtypes of Glioma, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: P01CA118816
  • March 25, 1994 - December 31, 2009 - NABTC Member Intitution Grant (UCSF Project Leader), Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: U01CA062422
  • December 1, 1974 - September 29, 2006 - General Clinical Research Center, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCRR, Sponsor Award ID: M01RR000079

Education

University of British Columbia, 1981
University of British Columbia, MD, 1985, Medicine
Pasqua Hospital, University of Saskatchewan, Regina, Internship, 1985-1986
Plains Health Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan, Residency, 1986-1987
Toronto General Hospital, U of Toronto, Ontario, Residency, 1987-1989
Princess Margaret Hospital, U of Toronto, Ontario, Residency, 1989-1991
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Canada, FRCPS, 1990, Internal Medicine
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Canada, FRCPS, 1991, Medical Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • 2014
    UCSF Voice of the Patient Pinnacle Award x 7 years, Press Ganey award for excellence in patient care per division, Hall of Fame
  • 2014
    John J. Mealey Jr. Neuro-Oncology Lectureship

Selected Publications

  1. Gupta R, Lucas CG, Wu J, Barreto J, Shah K, Simon IB, Casavilca-Zambrano S, Brathwaite C, Zhou H, Caccamo D, Gilani A, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Lee JC, Perry A, Clarke JL, Chang SM, Berger MS, Solomon DA. Low-grade glioneuronal tumors with FGFR2 fusion resolve into a single epigenetic group corresponding to 'Polymorphous low-grade neuroepithelial tumor of the young'. Acta Neuropathol. 2021 09; 142(3):595-599.  View on PubMed
  2. 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
  3. Dirven L, Vos ME, Walbert T, Armstrong TS, Arons D, van den Bent MJ, Blakeley J, Brown PD, Bulbeck H, Chang SM, Coens C, Gilbert MR, Grant R, Jalali R, Leach D, Leeper H, Mendoza T, Nayak L, Oliver K, Reijneveld JC, Le Rhun E, Rubinstein L, Weller M, Wen PY, Taphoorn MJB. Systematic review on the use of patient-reported outcome measures in brain tumor studies: part of the Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology Patient-Reported Outcome (RANO-PRO) initiative. Neurooncol Pract. 2021 Aug; 8(4):417-425.  View on PubMed
  4. Sloan EA, Chiang J, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Alexandrescu S, Eschbacher JM, Wang W, Mafra M, Ud Din N, Carr-Boyd E, Watson M, Punsoni M, Oviedo A, Gilani A, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Coss DJ, Lopes MB, Raffel C, Berger MS, Chang SM, Reddy A, Ramani B, Ferris SP, Lee JC, Hofmann JW, Cho SJ, Horvai AE, Pekmezci M, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Rodriguez FJ, Ellison DW, Perry A, Solomon DA. Intracranial mesenchymal tumor with FET-CREB fusion-A unifying diagnosis for the spectrum of intracranial myxoid mesenchymal tumors and angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma-like neoplasms. Brain Pathol. 2021 Jul; 31(4):e12918.  View on PubMed
  5. Chang SM. Neuro-Oncology Practice: Continuing to raise awareness of current practice and research opportunities in neuro-oncology. Neurooncol Pract. 2020 Dec; 7(6):581-582.  View on PubMed
  6. Mathur R, Zhang Y, Grimmer MR, Hong C, Zhang M, Bollam S, Petrecca K, Clarke J, Berger MS, Phillips JJ, Oberheim-Bush NA, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Costello JF. MGMT promoter methylation level in newly diagnosed low-grade glioma is a predictor of hypermutation at recurrence. Neuro Oncol. 2020 11 26; 22(11):1580-1590.  View on PubMed
  7. Schulte JD, Buerki RA, Lapointe S, Molinaro AM, Zhang Y, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Perry A, Phillips JJ, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Pekmezci M, Butowski N, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor JW, Chang SM, Theodosopoulos P, Aghi MK, Hervey-Jumper SL, Berger MS, Solomon DA, Clarke JL. Clinical, radiologic, and genetic characteristics of histone H3 K27M-mutant diffuse midline gliomas in adults. Neurooncol Adv. 2020 Jan-Dec; 2(1):vdaa142.  View on PubMed
  8. Wen PY, Weller M, Lee EQ, Alexander BM, Barnholtz-Sloan JS, Barthel FP, Batchelor TT, Bindra RS, Chang SM, Chiocca EA, Cloughesy TF, DeGroot JF, Galanis E, Gilbert MR, Hegi ME, Horbinski C, Huang RY, Lassman AB, Le Rhun E, Lim M, Mehta MP, Mellinghoff IK, Minniti G, Nathanson D, Platten M, Preusser M, Roth P, Sanson M, Schiff D, Short SC, Taphoorn MJB, Tonn JC, Tsang J, Verhaak RGW, von Deimling A, Wick W, Zadeh G, Reardon DA, Aldape KD, van den Bent MJ. Glioblastoma in adults: a Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) and European Society of Neuro-Oncology (EANO) consensus review on current management and future directions. Neuro Oncol. 2020 08 17; 22(8):1073-1113.  View on PubMed
  9. Jones LE, Hilz S, Grimmer MR, Mazor T, Najac C, Mukherjee J, McKinney A, Chow T, Pieper RO, Ronen SM, Chang SM, Phillips JJ, Costello JF. Patient-derived cells from recurrent tumors that model the evolution of IDH-mutant glioma. Neurooncol Adv. 2020 Jan-Dec; 2(1):vdaa088.  View on PubMed
  10. Lee EQ, Weller M, Sul J, Bagley SJ, Sahebjam S, van den Bent M, Ahluwalia M, Campian JL, Galanis E, Gilbert MR, Holdhoff M, Lesser GJ, Lieberman FS, Mehta MP, Penas-Prado M, Schreck KC, Strowd RE, Vogelbaum MA, Walbert T, Chang SM, Nabors LB, Grossman S, Reardon DA, Wen PY. Optimizing eligibility criteria and clinical trial conduct to enhance clinical trial participation for primary brain tumor patients. Neuro Oncol. 2020 05 15; 22(5):601-612.  View on PubMed
  11. Armstrong TS, Dirven L, Arons D, Bates A, Chang SM, Coens C, Espinasse C, Gilbert MR, Jenkinson D, Kluetz P, Mendoza T, Rubinstein L, Sul J, Weller M, Wen PY, van den Bent MJ, Taphoorn MJB. Glioma patient-reported outcome assessment in clinical care and research: a Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology collaborative report. Lancet Oncol. 2020 02; 21(2):e97-e103.  View on PubMed
  12. Wang L, Babikir H, Müller S, Yagnik G, Shamardani K, Catalan F, Kohanbash G, Alvarado B, Di Lullo E, Kriegstein A, Shah S, Wadhwa H, Chang SM, Phillips JJ, Aghi MK, Diaz AA. The Phenotypes of Proliferating Glioblastoma Cells Reside on a Single Axis of Variation. Cancer Discov. 2019 12; 9(12):1708-1719.  View on PubMed
  13. Lee EQ, Chukwueke UN, Hervey-Jumper SL, de Groot JF, Leone JP, Armstrong TS, Chang SM, Arons D, Oliver K, Verble K, Musella A, Willmarth N, Alexander BM, Bates A, Doherty L, Galanis E, Gaffey S, Halkin T, Friday BE, Fouladi M, Lin NU, Macdonald D, Mehta MP, Penas-Prado M, Vogelbaum MA, Sahebjam S, Sandak D, van den Bent M, Weller M, Reardon DA, Wen PY. Barriers to accrual and enrollment in brain tumor trials. Neuro Oncol. 2019 09 06; 21(9):1100-1117.  View on PubMed
  14. Lim-Fat MJ, Bi WL, Lo J, Lee EQ, Ahluwalia MS, Batchelor TT, Chang SM, Chiocca EA, Chukwueke U, Cloughesy TF, Colman H, Deangelis LM, Galanis E, Gilbert MR, De Groot JF, Lassman AB, Liau LM, Mason W, McFaline-Figueroa JR, Mehta MP, Mellinghoff IK, Nabors LB, Nayak L, Reardon DA, Wen PY. Letter: When Less is More: Dexamethasone Dosing for Brain Tumors. Neurosurgery. 2019 09 01; 85(3):E607-E608.  View on PubMed
  15. Chapman CH, Hara JH, Molinaro AM, Clarke JL, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor JW, Butowski NA, Chang SM, Fogh SE, Sneed PK, Nakamura JL, Raleigh DR, Braunstein SE. Reirradiation of recurrent high-grade glioma and development of prognostic scores for progression and survival. Neurooncol Pract. 2019 Sep; 6(5):364-374.  View on PubMed
  16. Chang SM, Messersmith H, Ahluwalia M, Andrews D, Brastianos PK, Gaspar LE, Gatson NTN, Jordan JT, Khasraw M, Lassman AB, Maues J, Mrugala M, Raizer J, Schiff D, Stevens G, Sumrall A, van den Bent M, Vogelbaum MA. Anticonvulsant Prophylaxis and Steroid Use in Adults With Metastatic Brain Tumors: ASCO and SNO Endorsement of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Guidelines. J Clin Oncol. 2019 05 01; 37(13):1130-1135.  View on PubMed
  17. Chang SM, Messersmith H, Ahluwalia M, Andrews D, Brastianos PK, Gaspar LE, Gatson NN, Jordan JT, Khasraw M, Lassman AB, Maues J, Mrugala M, Raizer J, Schiff D, Stevens G, Sumrall A, Van den Bent M, Vogelbaum MA. Anticonvulsant prophylaxis and steroid use in adults with metastatic brain tumors: summary of SNO and ASCO endorsement of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons guidelines. Neuro Oncol. 2019 03 18; 21(4):424-427.  View on PubMed
  18. Chang SM. Two new initiatives and continuing concern for patient care and quality of life. Neurooncol Pract. 2019 Jan; 6(1):1-2.  View on PubMed
  19. Morshed RA, Han SJ, Hervey-Jumper SL, Pekmezci M, Troncon I, Chang SM, Butowski NA, Berger MS. Molecular features and clinical outcomes in surgically treated low-grade diffuse gliomas in patients over the age of 60. J Neurooncol. 2019 Jan; 141(2):383-391.  View on PubMed
  20. Stiner RK, Clarke JL, Sinha N, Chan J, Letourneau JM, Niemasik EE, Rabbitt JE, Chang SM, Butowski NA, Prados MD, Rosen MP. Attitudes toward fertility and fertility preservation in women with glioma. Neurooncol Pract. 2019 May; 6(3):218-225.  View on PubMed

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