University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Rahul Aggarwal, MD

Rahul Aggarwal, MD

Assistant Professor of Hematology/Oncology, Director of STAND Clinic, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Prostate Cancer

Research Summary

I am a Medical Oncologist within the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of California San Francisco. My clinical practice focuses on patients with advanced solid tumor malignancies with a particular emphasis on genitourinary malignancies including prostate, kidney, bladder, and testicular cancer. I serve as the Co-Leader for the GU Medical Oncology program at UCSF.

My research focus is on developing novel therapies and imaging modalities for patients with advanced solid tumor malignancies, with a focus on patients with advanced prostate cancer.

Education

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, BA, 1999-2002, Psychology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, MD, 2002-2006, Medicine


Professional Experience

  • 2006 – 2009
    Internal Medicine Internship and Residency Training Program, UCSF
  • 2009 – 2010
    Clinical Oncology Fellowship, Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA
  • 2010 – 2013
    Clinical Fellow, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF
  • 2013 - present
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Genitourinary Medical Oncology UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Honors & Awards

  • 2001
    James Alton James Scholarship, Northwestern University
  • 2002
    James A. Patten Scholarship, Northwestern University
  • 2002
    Phi Beta Kappa Centennial Award, Northwestern University
  • 2002
    Summa Cum Laude, Northwestern University
  • 2004
    Department of Medicine Chairman’s Award, Northwestern University School of Medicine
  • 2005
    Member Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
  • 2011
    Pfizer Fellowships in Oncology Award in collaboration with UCSF Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine
  • 2012
    Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology/Conquer Cancer Foundation
  • 2012
    Inaugural Recipient, Ronald A. Rosenberg Fellowship in Genitourinary Medical Oncology, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2013
    Alliance Cooperative Group Scholar Award
  • 2014
    The Sence Foundation Award
  • 2015
    Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award
  • 2016
    Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Physician Research Training Award
  • 2016
    UCSF Helen Diller Family Early Phase Clinical Research Support Grant
  • 2016
    National Cancer Institute Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership
    Award

Selected Publications

  1. Seo Y, Khalighi MM, Wangerin KA, Deller TW, Wang YH, Jivan S, Kohi MP, Aggarwal R, Flavell RR, Behr SC, Evans MJ. Quantitative and Qualitative Improvement of Low-Count [68Ga]Citrate and [90Y]Microspheres PET Image Reconstructions Using Block Sequential Regularized Expectation Maximization Algorithm. Mol Imaging Biol. 2019 Apr 15.
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  2. Chen WS, Aggarwal R, Zhang L, Zhao SG, Thomas GV, Beer TM, Quigley DA, Foye A, Playdle D, Huang J, Lloyd P, Lu E, Sun D, Guan X, Rettig M, Gleave M, Evans CP, Youngren J, True L, Lara P, Kothari V, Xia Z, Chi KN, Reiter RE, Maher CA, Feng FY, Small EJ, Alumkal JJ. Genomic Drivers of Poor Prognosis and Enzalutamide Resistance in Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2019 Nov; 76(5):562-571.
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  3. Aggarwal RR, Quigley DA, Huang J, Zhang L, Beer TM, Rettig MB, Reiter RE, Gleave ME, Thomas GV, Foye A, Playdle D, Lloyd P, Chi KN, Evans CP, Lara PN, Feng FY, Alumkal JJ, Small EJ. Whole-Genome and Transcriptional Analysis of Treatment-Emergent Small-Cell Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer Demonstrates Intraclass Heterogeneity. Mol Cancer Res. 2019 Jun; 17(6):1235-1240.
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  4. Mehnert JM, Varga A, Brose MS, Aggarwal RR, Lin CC, Prawira A, de Braud F, Tamura K, Doi T, Piha-Paul SA, Gilbert J, Saraf S, Thanigaimani P, Cheng JD, Keam B. Safety and antitumor activity of the anti-PD-1 antibody pembrolizumab in patients with advanced, PD-L1-positive papillary or follicular thyroid cancer. BMC Cancer. 2019 Mar 04; 19(1):196.
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  5. Zhu Z, Zhu X, Ohliger MA, Tang S, Cao P, Carvajal L, Autry AW, Li Y, Kurhanewicz J, Chang S, Aggarwal R, Munster P, Xu D, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB, Gordon JW. Coil combination methods for multi-channel hyperpolarized 13C imaging data from human studies. J Magn Reson. 2019 Apr; 301:73-79.
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  6. Aggarwal R, Huang J, Alumkal J, Feng FY, Zhang L, Stuart JM, Small EJ. Reply to A. Dalla Volta et al. J Clin Oncol. 2019 Feb 01; 37(4):351-352.
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  7. Behr SC, Aggarwal R, VanBrocklin HF, Flavell RR, Gao K, Small EJ, Blecha J, Jivan S, Hope TA, Simko JP, Kurhanewicz J, Noworolski SM, Korn NJ, De Los Santos R, Cooperberg MR, Carroll PR, Nguyen HG, Greene KL, Langton-Webster B, Berkman CE, Seo Y. Phase I Study of CTT1057, an 18F-Labeled Imaging Agent with Phosphoramidate Core Targeting Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen in Prostate Cancer. J Nucl Med. 2019 Jul; 60(7):910-916.
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  8. Gordon JW, Chen HY, Autry A, Park I, Van Criekinge M, Mammoli D, Milshteyn E, Bok R, Xu D, Li Y, Aggarwal R, Chang S, Slater JB, Ferrone M, Nelson S, Kurhanewicz J, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB. Translation of Carbon-13 EPI for hyperpolarized MR molecular imaging of prostate and brain cancer patients. Magn Reson Med. 2019 04; 81(4):2702-2709.
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  9. Lee M, Hong H, Kim W, Zhang L, Friedlander TW, Fong L, Lin AM, Small EJ, Wei XX, Rodvelt TJ, Miralda B, Stocksdale B, Ryan CJ, Aggarwal R. Itraconazole as a Noncastrating Treatment for Biochemically Recurrent Prostate Cancer: A Phase 2 Study. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2019 Feb; 17(1):e92-e96.
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  10. Larson PEZ, Chen HY, Gordon JW, Korn N, Maidens J, Arcak M, Tang S, Criekinge M, Carvajal L, Mammoli D, Bok R, Aggarwal R, Ferrone M, Slater JB, Nelson SJ, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Investigation of analysis methods for hyperpolarized 13C-pyruvate metabolic MRI in prostate cancer patients. NMR Biomed. 2018 11; 31(11):e3997.
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  11. Quigley DA, Dang HX, Zhao SG, Lloyd P, Aggarwal R, Alumkal JJ, Foye A, Kothari V, Perry MD, Bailey AM, Playdle D, Barnard TJ, Zhang L, Zhang J, Youngren JF, Cieslik MP, Parolia A, Beer TM, Thomas G, Chi KN, Gleave M, Lack NA, Zoubeidi A, Reiter RE, Rettig MB, Witte O, Ryan CJ, Fong L, Kim W, Friedlander T, Chou J, Li H, Das R, Li H, Moussavi-Baygi R, Goodarzi H, Gilbert LA, Lara PN, Evans CP, Goldstein TC, Stuart JM, Tomlins SA, Spratt DE, Cheetham RK, Cheng DT, Farh K, Gehring JS, Hakenberg J, Liao A, Febbo PG, Shon J, Sickler B, Batzoglou S, Knudsen KE, He HH, Huang J, Wyatt AW, Dehm SM, Ashworth A, Chinnaiyan AM, Maher CA, Small EJ, Feng FY. Genomic Hallmarks and Structural Variation in Metastatic Prostate Cancer. Cell. 2018 07 26; 174(3):758-769.e9.
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  12. Aggarwal R, Huang J, Alumkal JJ, Zhang L, Feng FY, Thomas GV, Weinstein AS, Friedl V, Zhang C, Witte ON, Lloyd P, Gleave M, Evans CP, Youngren J, Beer TM, Rettig M, Wong CK, True L, Foye A, Playdle D, Ryan CJ, Lara P, Chi KN, Uzunangelov V, Sokolov A, Newton Y, Beltran H, Demichelis F, Rubin MA, Stuart JM, Small EJ. Clinical and Genomic Characterization of Treatment-Emergent Small-Cell Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer: A Multi-institutional Prospective Study. J Clin Oncol. 2018 08 20; 36(24):2492-2503.
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  13. Aggarwal R, Wei X, Kim W, Small EJ, Ryan CJ, Carroll P, Cooperberg M, Evans MJ, Hope T. Heterogeneous Flare in Prostate-specific Membrane Antigen Positron Emission Tomography Tracer Uptake with Initiation of Androgen Pathway Blockade in Metastatic Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol Oncol. 2018 05; 1(1):78-82.
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  14. Chen HY, Larson PEZ, Gordon JW, Bok RA, Ferrone M, van Criekinge M, Carvajal L, Cao P, Pauly JM, Kerr AB, Park I, Slater JB, Nelson SJ, Munster PN, Aggarwal R, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Technique development of 3D dynamic CS-EPSI for hyperpolarized 13 C pyruvate MR molecular imaging of human prostate cancer. Magn Reson Med. 2018 11; 80(5):2062-2072.
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  15. Wei XX, Siegel AP, Aggarwal R, Lin AM, Friedlander TW, Fong L, Kim W, Louttit M, Chang E, Zhang L, Ryan CJ. A Phase II Trial of Selinexor, an Oral Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export Compound, in Abiraterone- and/or Enzalutamide-Refractory Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer. Oncologist. 2018 06; 23(6):656-e64.
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  16. Aggarwal R. Defining the Prognostic and Predictive Impact of Germline DNA Repair Mutations in Patients with Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2018 05; 73(5):694-695.
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  17. Wyatt AW, Annala M, Aggarwal R, Beja K, Feng F, Youngren J, Foye A, Lloyd P, Nykter M, Beer TM, Alumkal JJ, Thomas GV, Reiter RE, Rettig MB, Evans CP, Gao AC, Chi KN, Small EJ, Gleave ME. Concordance of Circulating Tumor DNA and Matched Metastatic Tissue Biopsy in Prostate Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2017 Dec 01; 109(12).
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  18. Aggarwal R. Abiraterone or Docetaxel Plus Androgen Deprivation in Hormone-Sensitive Prostate Cancer: More Questions Than Answers. Eur Urol. 2018 06; 73(6):845-846.
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  19. Aggarwal R. Moving toward a precision medicine approach in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Lancet Oncol. 2017 11; 18(11):1436-1437.
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  20. Wang VE, Urisman A, Albacker L, Ali S, Miller V, Aggarwal R, Jablons D. Checkpoint inhibitor is active against large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma with high tumor mutation burden. J Immunother Cancer. 2017 09 19; 5(1):75.
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