Research Summary

Dr. Michelle E. Melisko is a cancer specialist with expertise in breast cancer treatment and research. She is interested in testing new chemotherapy combinations, biological therapies and immunotherapies for breast cancer, with a particular focus on treatment of cancer that has spread to the brain. She also hopes to educate patients and encourage their participation in clinical trials to make more rapid advances in breast cancer treatment.

Melisko earned a medical degree at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at UCSF Medical Center.

Education

Duke University, B.S., Psychology / Neuroscience & Russian, 8/88-9/91
Wake Forest University School of Medicine, MD, 8/93-5/97
Resident in Internal Medicine, Stanford University Hospital, 6/97-6/00

Honors & Awards

  • 1991
    Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Grant
  • 1993
    Graylyn Scholar
  • 1997
    Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • 1997
    M. Robert Cooper Award for Excellence and Interest in Oncology
  • 2003
    ASCO Merit Award Recipient
  • 2004
    Breast Cancer Spore Career Development Award
  • 2006
    UCSF General Clinical Research Center CreFF Award

Selected Publications

  1. Abel MK, Shui AM, Chien AJ, Rugo HS, Melisko M, Baehner F, Mukhtar RA. ASO Visual Abstract: The 21-Gene Recurrence Score in Clinically High Risk Lobular and Ductal Breast Cancer-A National Cancer Database Study. Ann Surg Oncol. 2022 11; 29(12):7750.  View on PubMed
  2. Abel MK, Shui AM, Chien AJ, Rugo HS, Melisko M, Baehner F, Mukhtar RA. The 21-Gene Recurrence Score in Clinically High-Risk Lobular and Ductal Breast Cancer: A National Cancer Database Study. Ann Surg Oncol. 2022 Nov; 29(12):7739-7747.  View on PubMed
  3. Allemann-Su YY, Vetter M, Koechlin H, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Oppegaard K, Melisko M, Levine JD, Conley Y, Miaskowski C, Katapodi MC. Pre-Surgery Demographic, Clinical, and Symptom Characteristics Associated with Different Self-Reported Cognitive Processes in Patients with Breast Cancer. Cancers (Basel). 2022 Jul 05; 14(13).  View on PubMed
  4. Umashankar S, Mamounas ME, Matthys M, Hadeler EK, Wong EC, Hicks G, Hwang J, Chien AJ, Rugo HS, Hamolsky D, Esserman L, Melisko M. Evaluation of the Pathways for Survivors Program to Address Breast Cancer Survivorship-Associated Distress: Survey Study. JMIR Cancer. 2022 Feb 25; 8(1):e31756.  View on PubMed
  5. Moy S, Kober KM, Viele C, Paul SM, Hammer M, Melisko M, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Level of Exercise Influences the Severity of Fatigue, Energy Levels, and Sleep Disturbance in Oncology Outpatients Receiving Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2022 Jan-Feb 01; 45(1):3-11.  View on PubMed
  6. Abel MK, Shui AM, Melisko M, Chien AJ, Yoshida EJ, Lancaster EM, Van 't Veer L, Esserman LJ, Mukhtar RA. The incidence of discordant clinical and genomic risk in patients with invasive lobular or ductal carcinoma of the breast: a National Cancer Database Study. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Dec 21; 7(1):156.  View on PubMed
  7. Dreher N, Matthys M, Hadeler E, Shieh Y, Acerbi I, McAuley FM, Melisko M, Eklund M, Tice JA, Esserman LJ, Veer LJV. A case-case analysis of women with breast cancer: predictors of interval vs screen-detected cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2022 Feb; 191(3):623-629.  View on PubMed
  8. Clark AS, Yau C, Wolf DM, Petricoin EF, van 't Veer LJ, Yee D, Moulder SL, Wallace AM, Chien AJ, Isaacs C, Boughey JC, Albain KS, Kemmer K, Haley BB, Han HS, Forero-Torres A, Elias A, Lang JE, Ellis ED, Yung R, Tripathy D, Nanda R, Wulfkuhle JD, Brown-Swigart L, Gallagher RI, Helsten T, Roesch E, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Crane EP, Buxton M, Clennell JL, Paoloni M, Asare SM, Wilson A, Hirst GL, Singhrao R, Steeg K, Asare A, Matthews JB, Berry S, Sanil A, Melisko M, Perlmutter J, Rugo HS, Schwab RB, Symmans WF, Hylton NM, Berry DA, Esserman LJ, DeMichele AM. Neoadjuvant T-DM1/pertuzumab and paclitaxel/trastuzumab/pertuzumab for HER2+ breast cancer in the adaptively randomized I-SPY2 trial. Nat Commun. 2021 11 05; 12(1):6428.  View on PubMed
  9. Abel MK, Melisko ME, Rugo HS, Chien AJ, Diaz I, Levine JK, Griffin A, McGuire J, Esserman LJ, Borno HT, Mukhtar RA. Decreased enrollment in breast cancer trials by histologic subtype: does invasive lobular carcinoma resist RECIST? NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Oct 25; 7(1):139.  View on PubMed
  10. Yee D, Isaacs C, Wolf DM, Yau C, Haluska P, Giridhar KV, Forero-Torres A, Jo Chien A, Wallace AM, Pusztai L, Albain KS, Ellis ED, Beckwith H, Haley BB, Elias AD, Boughey JC, Kemmer K, Yung RL, Pohlmann PR, Tripathy D, Clark AS, Han HS, Nanda R, Khan QJ, Edmiston KK, Petricoin EF, Stringer-Reasor E, Falkson CI, Majure M, Mukhtar RA, Helsten TL, Moulder SL, Robinson PA, Wulfkuhle JD, Brown-Swigart L, Buxton M, Clennell JL, Paoloni M, Sanil A, Berry S, Asare SM, Wilson A, Hirst GL, Singhrao R, Asare AL, Matthews JB, Hylton NM, DeMichele A, Melisko M, Perlmutter J, Rugo HS, Fraser Symmans W, Van't Veer LJ, Berry DA, Esserman LJ. Ganitumab and metformin plus standard neoadjuvant therapy in stage 2/3 breast cancer. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Oct 05; 7(1):131.  View on PubMed
  11. Vidula N, Greenberg S, Petrillo L, Hwang J, Melisko M, Goga A, Moasser M, Magbanua M, Park JW, Rugo HS. Evaluation of disseminated tumor cells and circulating tumor cells in patients with breast cancer receiving adjuvant zoledronic acid. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Sep 06; 7(1):113.  View on PubMed
  12. Heath CL, Esserman LJ, Flavell RR, Melisko ME. Authors' Reply: To the Letter to the Editor by Groheux et al. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2021 08 01; 19(8):xxx-xxxii.  View on PubMed
  13. Tevaarwerk A, Denlinger CS, Sanft T, Ansbaugh SM, Armenian S, Baker KS, Broderick G, Day A, Demark-Wahnefried W, Dickinson K, Friedman DL, Ganz P, Goldman M, Henry NL, Hill-Kayser C, Hudson M, Khakpour N, Koura D, McDonough AL, Melisko M, Mooney K, Moore HCF, Moryl N, Moslehi JJ, O'Connor T, Overholser L, Paskett ED, Patel C, Peterson L, Pirl W, Rodriguez MA, Ruddy KJ, Schapira L, Shockney L, Smith S, Syrjala KL, Zee P, McMillian NR, Freedman-Cass DA. Survivorship, Version 1.2021. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2021 06 30; 19(6):676-685.  View on PubMed
  14. Pusztai L, Yau C, Wolf DM, Han HS, Du L, Wallace AM, String-Reasor E, Boughey JC, Chien AJ, Elias AD, Beckwith H, Nanda R, Albain KS, Clark AS, Kemmer K, Kalinsky K, Isaacs C, Thomas A, Shatsky R, Helsten TL, Forero-Torres A, Liu MC, Brown-Swigart L, Petricoin EF, Wulfkuhle JD, Asare SM, Wilson A, Singhrao R, Sit L, Hirst GL, Berry S, Sanil A, Asare AL, Matthews JB, Perlmutter J, Melisko M, Rugo HS, Schwab RB, Symmans WF, Yee D, Van't Veer LJ, Hylton NM, DeMichele AM, Berry DA, Esserman LJ. Durvalumab with olaparib and paclitaxel for high-risk HER2-negative stage II/III breast cancer: Results from the adaptively randomized I-SPY2 trial. Cancer Cell. 2021 07 12; 39(7):989-998.e5.  View on PubMed
  15. Vahdat LT, Schmid P, Forero-Torres A, Blackwell K, Telli ML, Melisko M, Möbus V, Cortes J, Montero AJ, Ma C, Nanda R, Wright GS, He Y, Hawthorne T, Bagley RG, Halim AB, Turner CD, Yardley DA. Glembatumumab vedotin for patients with metastatic, gpNMB overexpressing, triple-negative breast cancer ("METRIC"): a randomized multicenter study. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 May 20; 7(1):57.  View on PubMed
  16. Matthys MB, Dempsey AM, Melisko ME, Dreher N, Che ML, Van't Veer LJ, Esserman LJ, Basu A. Incorporation of Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System to assess quality of life among patients with breast cancer initiating care at an academic center. Cancer. 2021 07 01; 127(13):2342-2349.  View on PubMed
  17. Hyland CJ, Varghese F, Yau C, Beckwith H, Khoury K, Varnado W, Hirst GL, Flavell RR, Chien AJ, Yee D, Isaacs CJ, Forero-Torres A, Esserman LJ, Melisko ME. Use of 18F-FDG PET/CT as an Initial Staging Procedure for Stage II-III Breast Cancer: A Multicenter Value Analysis. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2020 11; 18(11):1510-1517.  View on PubMed
  18. Tung NM, Robson ME, Ventz S, Santa-Maria CA, Nanda R, Marcom PK, Shah PD, Ballinger TJ, Yang ES, Vinayak S, Melisko M, Brufsky A, DeMeo M, Jenkins C, Domchek S, D'Andrea A, Lin NU, Hughes ME, Carey LA, Wagle N, Wulf GM, Krop IE, Wolff AC, Winer EP, Garber JE. TBCRC 048: Phase II Study of Olaparib for Metastatic Breast Cancer and Mutations in Homologous Recombination-Related Genes. J Clin Oncol. 2020 12 20; 38(36):4274-4282.  View on PubMed
  19. Basu A, Philip EJ, Dewitt B, Hanmer J, Chattopadhyay A, Yau C, Melisko ME, Esserman LJ. The quality of life index: a pilot study integrating treatment efficacy and quality of life in oncology. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2020; 6:52.  View on PubMed
  20. I-SPY2 Trial Consortium, Yee D, DeMichele AM, Yau C, Isaacs C, Symmans WF, Albain KS, Chen YY, Krings G, Wei S, Harada S, Datnow B, Fadare O, Klein M, Pambuccian S, Chen B, Adamson K, Sams S, Mhawech-Fauceglia P, Magliocco A, Feldman M, Rendi M, Sattar H, Zeck J, Ocal IT, Tawfik O, LeBeau LG, Sahoo S, Vinh T, Chien AJ, Forero-Torres A, Stringer-Reasor E, Wallace AM, Pusztai L, Boughey JC, Ellis ED, Elias AD, Lu J, Lang JE, Han HS, Clark AS, Nanda R, Northfelt DW, Khan QJ, Viscusi RK, Euhus DM, Edmiston KK, Chui SY, Kemmer K, Park JW, Liu MC, Olopade O, Leyland-Jones B, Tripathy D, Moulder SL, Rugo HS, Schwab R, Lo S, Helsten T, Beckwith H, Haugen P, Hylton NM, Van't Veer LJ, Perlmutter J, Melisko ME, Wilson A, Peterson G, Asare AL, Buxton MB, Paoloni M, Clennell JL, Hirst GL, Singhrao R, Steeg K, Matthews JB, Asare SM, Sanil A, Berry SM, Esserman LJ, Berry DA. Association of Event-Free and Distant Recurrence-Free Survival With Individual-Level Pathologic Complete Response in Neoadjuvant Treatment of Stages 2 and 3 Breast Cancer: Three-Year Follow-up Analysis for the I-SPY2 Adaptively Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Oncol. 2020 09 01; 6(9):1355-1362.  View on PubMed

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