Research Summary

John W. Park, MD, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, and Director of Novel Therapeutics in Breast Oncology at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Park received his AB degree at Harvard College, and MD degree at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Park completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at UCLA Medical Center, and fellowship training in Hematology/Oncology at UCSF Medical Center. Dr. Park was also a visiting scientist at Genentech, Inc., where he worked on the development of trastuzumab (HerceptinTM).

Dr. Park has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards, including the ASCO Young Investigator Award, the Career Development Award from the US Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, and Top Doctor from US News & World Report. Dr. Park has authored over 130 published papers and authored or edited 18 books/book chapters on cancer research. Dr. Park is also an inventor with multiple US patents relating to new cancer treatments.

Dr. Park’s major research interests include novel targeted cancer therapeutics and new cancer biomarkers. Dr. Park’s research is well known for its discovery and development of targeted therapeutics using nanoparticle/liposome/immunoliposome technologies. These include nanoliposomal irinotecan (nal-IRI, OnivydeTM), which received US FDA approval in 2015, as well as novel immunoliposome drugs. Dr. Park is also a noted expert in the field of circulating tumor cell and biomarker studies.

Research Funding

  • September 20, 2002 - August 31, 2023 - Brain Tumor SPORE Grant, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: P50CA097257
  • September 26, 2001 - December 31, 2008 - Mechanism-Based Evaluations of ErbB-Targeted Agents, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: U54CA090788
  • July 1, 1999 - May 31, 2004 - ANTIERBB2 ANTIBODY INDUCED PROTEIN INTERACTIONS, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/FIC, Sponsor Award ID: R03TW000871
  • August 1, 1997 - September 29, 1995 - SPORE in Breast Cancer, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: P50CA058207

Education

Harvard College, A.B., 1982, Biochemical Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine, M.D., 1986, Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, 1996-1987, Internal Medicine
University of Calilfornia, Los Angeles, Residency, 1989, Internal Medicine
University of California San Francisco, Fellowship, 1992, Medical Oncology & Hematology

Honors & Awards

  • 1977
    National Merit Scholar
  • 1983
    cum laude in Biochemical Sciences, Harvard College
  • 1984
    Stanford Alumni Medical Student Scholar
  • 1992-1993
    Revlon-UCLA Research Fellowship
  • 1993-1994
    Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • 1994-1998
    Career Development Award, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program

Selected Publications

  1. 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
  2. Magbanua MJM, Hendrix LH, Hyslop T, Barry WT, Winer EP, Hudis C, Toppmeyer D, Carey LA, Partridge AH, Pierga JY, Fehm T, Vidal-Martínez J, Mavroudis D, Garcia-Saenz JA, Stebbing J, Gazzaniga P, Manso L, Zamarchi R, Antelo ML, Mattos-Arruda L, Generali D, Caldas C, Munzone E, Dirix L, Delson AL, Burstein HJ, Qadir M, Ma C, Scott JH, Bidard FC, Park JW, Rugo HS. Serial Analysis of Circulating Tumor Cells in Metastatic Breast Cancer Receiving First-Line Chemotherapy. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2021 Apr 06; 113(4):443-452.  View on PubMed
  3. 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
  4. Magbanua MJM, Savenkov O, Asmus EJ, Ballman KV, Scott JH, Park JW, Dickler M, Partridge A, Carey LA, Winer EP, Rugo HS. Clinical Significance of Circulating Tumor Cells in Hormone Receptor-positive Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients who Received Letrozole with or Without Bevacizumab. Clin Cancer Res. 2020 09 15; 26(18):4911-4920.  View on PubMed
  5. Melisko ME, Assefa M, Hwang J, DeLuca A, Park JW, Rugo HS. Phase II study of irinotecan and temozolomide in breast cancer patients with progressing central nervous system disease. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2019 Sep; 177(2):401-408.  View on PubMed
  6. Magbanua MJM, Yau C, Wolf DM, Lee JS, Chattopadhyay A, Scott JH, Bowlby-Yoder E, Hwang ES, Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Delson AL, Van't Veer LJ, Esserman L, Park JW. Synchronous Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells in Blood and Disseminated Tumor Cells in Bone Marrow Predicts Adverse Outcome in Early Breast Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 09 01; 25(17):5388-5397.  View on PubMed
  7. Magbanua MJM, Rugo HS, Hauranieh L, Roy R, Scott JH, Lee JC, Hsiao F, Sosa EV, Van't Veer L, Esserman LJ, Park JW. Genomic and expression profiling reveal molecular heterogeneity of disseminated tumor cells in bone marrow of early breast cancer. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2018; 4:31.  View on PubMed
  8. Wulfkuhle JD, Yau C, Wolf DM, Vis DJ, Gallagher RI, Brown-Swigart L, Hirst G, Voest EE, DeMichele A, Hylton N, Symmans F, Yee D, Esserman L, Berry D, Liu M, Park JW, Wessels LFA, Van't Veer L, Petricoin EF. Evaluation of the HER/PI3K/AKT Family Signaling Network as a Predictive Biomarker of Pathologic Complete Response for Patients With Breast Cancer Treated With Neratinib in the I-SPY 2 TRIAL. JCO Precis Oncol. 2018; 2.  View on PubMed
  9. Bidard FC, Michiels S, Riethdorf S, Mueller V, Esserman LJ, Lucci A, Naume B, Horiguchi J, Gisbert-Criado R, Sleijfer S, Toi M, Garcia-Saenz JA, Hartkopf A, Generali D, Rothé F, Smerage J, Muinelo-Romay L, Stebbing J, Viens P, Magbanua MJM, Hall CS, Engebraaten O, Takata D, Vidal-Martínez J, Onstenk W, Fujisawa N, Diaz-Rubio E, Taran FA, Cappelletti MR, Ignatiadis M, Proudhon C, Wolf DM, Bauldry JB, Borgen E, Nagaoka R, Carañana V, Kraan J, Maestro M, Brucker SY, Weber K, Reyal F, Amara D, Karhade MG, Mathiesen RR, Tokiniwa H, Llombart-Cussac A, Meddis A, Blanche P, d'Hollander K, Cottu P, Park JW, Loibl S, Latouche A, Pierga JY, Pantel K. Circulating Tumor Cells in Breast Cancer Patients Treated by Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy: A Meta-analysis. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2018 06 01; 110(6):560-567.  View on PubMed
  10. Magbanua MJM, Rugo HS, Wolf DM, Hauranieh L, Roy R, Pendyala P, Sosa EV, Scott JH, Lee JS, Pitcher B, Hyslop T, Barry WT, Isakoff SJ, Dickler M, Van't Veer L, Park JW. Expanded Genomic Profiling of Circulating Tumor Cells in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients to Assess Biomarker Status and Biology Over Time (CALGB 40502 and CALGB 40503, Alliance). Clin Cancer Res. 2018 03 15; 24(6):1486-1499.  View on PubMed
  11. Zhou Y, Zou H, Yau C, Zhao L, Hall SC, Drummond DC, Farr-Jones S, Park JW, Benz CC, Marks JD. Discovery of internalizing antibodies to basal breast cancer cells. Protein Eng Des Sel. 2018 01 01; 31(1):17-28.  View on PubMed
  12. Peters BA, Park JW, Drmanac R. Pure CTCs, advanced WGS, and precise personalized combination therapies. Oncoscience. 2017 Jul; 4(7-8):75-76.  View on PubMed
  13. Gulbahce N, Magbanua MJM, Chin R, Agarwal MR, Luo X, Liu J, Hayden DM, Mao Q, Ciotlos S, Li Z, Chen Y, Chen X, Li Y, Zhang RY, Lee K, Tearle R, Park E, Drmanac S, Rugo HS, Park JW, Drmanac R, Peters BA. Quantitative Whole Genome Sequencing of Circulating Tumor Cells Enables Personalized Combination Therapy of Metastatic Cancer. Cancer Res. 2017 08 15; 77(16):4530-4541.  View on PubMed
  14. Melisko ME, Goldman ME, Hwang J, De Luca A, Fang S, Esserman LJ, Chien AJ, Park JW, Rugo HS. Vaginal Testosterone Cream vs Estradiol Vaginal Ring for Vaginal Dryness or Decreased Libido in Women Receiving Aromatase Inhibitors for Early-Stage Breast Cancer: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Mar 01; 3(3):313-319.  View on PubMed
  15. Clarke JL, Molinaro AM, Cabrera JR, DeSilva AA, Rabbitt JE, Prey J, Drummond DC, Kim J, Noble C, Fitzgerald JB, Chang SM, Butowski NA, Taylor JW, Park JW, Prados MD. A phase 1 trial of intravenous liposomal irinotecan in patients with recurrent high-grade glioma. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2017 03; 79(3):603-610.  View on PubMed
  16. Pugia M, Magbanua MJM, Park JW. Automated Microfluidic Filtration and Immunocytochemistry Detection System for Capture and Enumeration of Circulating Tumor Cells and Other Rare Cell Populations in Blood. Methods Mol Biol. 2017; 1634:119-131.  View on PubMed
  17. Pugia M, Magbanua MJM, Park JW. Enrichment and Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells and Other Rare Cell Populations by Microfluidic Filtration. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2017; 994:119-131.  View on PubMed
  18. Magbanua MJM, Solanki TI, Ordonez AD, Hsiao F, Park JW. Enumeration of Circulating Tumor Cells and Disseminated Tumor Cells in Blood and Bone Marrow by Immunomagnetic Enrichment and Flow Cytometry (IE/FC). Methods Mol Biol. 2017; 1634:203-210.  View on PubMed
  19. Lee JS, Magbanua MJM, Park JW. Circulating tumor cells in breast cancer: applications in personalized medicine. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 12; 160(3):411-424.  View on PubMed
  20. Park JW, Liu MC, Yee D, Yau C, van 't Veer LJ, Symmans WF, Paoloni M, Perlmutter J, Hylton NM, Hogarth M, DeMichele A, Buxton MB, Chien AJ, Wallace AM, Boughey JC, Haddad TC, Chui SY, Kemmer KA, Kaplan HG, Isaacs C, Nanda R, Tripathy D, Albain KS, Edmiston KK, Elias AD, Northfelt DW, Pusztai L, Moulder SL, Lang JE, Viscusi RK, Euhus DM, Haley BB, Khan QJ, Wood WC, Melisko M, Schwab R, Helsten T, Lyandres J, Davis SE, Hirst GL, Sanil A, Esserman LJ, Berry DA, I-SPY 2 Investigators . Adaptive Randomization of Neratinib in Early Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2016 Jul 07; 375(1):11-22.  View on PubMed

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