University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Mekhail Anwar, MD, PhD

Mekhail Anwar, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor in Residence, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Breast Oncology | Prostate Cancer

Research Summary

Physician-scientist with expertise in electrical engineering focusing on integrated circuits, and micro-fabricated sensors for cancer imaging with a clinical practice in Radiation Oncology. I specialize in the multimodality treatment of malignancies with a focus on prostate cancer using focal, targeted radiation therapy. The primary focus of my laboratory is to identify where gaps in diagnostic information and therapeutic tools compromise patient care, and develop tools to solve these problems.


University of California, Berkeley, 09/98, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physics with Highest Honors
University of California, Berkeley, 06/01, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley, 06/07, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California, San Francisco, 06/09, Doctor of Medicine (MD), School of Medicine

Professional Experience

  • 2000-2001
    Graduate Student Researcher, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2001-2007
    Graduate Student Researcher, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2009-2010
    Intern, Internal Medicine, Scripps Mercy Hospital
  • 2010-2014
    Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2011-2012
    Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2012-2013
    Visiting Research Engineer, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • 07/2014- present
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2015-present
    Medical Staff, VA San Francisco Medical Center (Radiation Oncology)

Honors & Awards

  • 1998
    NSF Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation
  • 2001
    National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship, Department of Defense
  • 2004
    Whitaker Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering, Whitaker Foundation
  • 2010
    Holman Pathway for Radiation Oncology, American Board of Radiology
  • 2013
    ASTRO Basic Science Abstract Award, American Society for Radiation Oncology
  • 2013
    CTSI T1 Catalyst Award Winner, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2013
    Roentgen Resident Research Award, Radiological Society of North America
  • 2013
    Bridging the Gap Award Finalist, QB3
  • 2013
    Best of ASTRO ("Predicting Voxel Outcomes in Patients with GBM" selected as one of the mosthighly-rated abstracts from ASTRO.), American Society for Radiation Oncology
  • 2014
    ASCO Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • 2014
    CTSI T1 Catalyst Award Winner, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2015
    Prostate Cancer Research Program Award Mechanism: Physician Research Training Award, Department of Defense

Selected Publications

  1. Wahl M, Anwar M, Hess CP, Chang SM, Lupo JM. Relationship between radiation dose and microbleed formation in patients with malignant glioma. Radiat Oncol. 2017 Aug 10; 12(1):126.
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  2. Anwar M, Molinaro AM, Morin O, Chang SM, Haas-Kogan DA, Nelson SJ, Lupo JM. Identifying Voxels at Risk for Progression in Glioblastoma Based on Dosimetry, Physiologic and Metabolic MRI. Radiat Res. 2017 09; 188(3):303-313.
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  3. Paulsson AK, Yom SS, Anwar M, Pinnaduwage D, Sudhyadhom A, Gottschalk AR, Chang AJ, Descovich M. Respiration-Induced Intraorgan Deformation of the Liver. Technol Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Jan 01; 1533034616687193.
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  4. Anwar M, Yu Y, Glastonbury CM, El-Sayed IH, Yom SS. Delineation of radiation therapy target volumes for cutaneous malignancies involving the ophthalmic nerve (cranial nerve V-1) pathway. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2016 Nov - Dec; 6(6):e277-e281.
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  5. Anwar M, Weinberg V, Seymour Z, Hsu IJ, Roach M, Gottschalk AR. Outcomes of hypofractionated stereotactic body radiotherapy boost for intermediate and high-risk prostate cancer. Radiat Oncol. 2016 Jan 21; 11:8.
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  6. Fogh S, Wahl M, Anwar M, Haas-Kogan D, Clarke JL, Sneed PK. Standardization and quality assurance of radiation therapy volumes for adults with high-grade gliomas. Semin Radiat Oncol. 2014 Oct; 24(4):259-64.
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  7. Anwar M, Weinberg V, Chang AJ, Hsu IC, Roach M, Gottschalk A. Hypofractionated SBRT versus conventionally fractionated EBRT for prostate cancer: comparison of PSA slope and nadir. Radiat Oncol. 2014 Feb 02; 9:42.
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  8. Anwar M, Westphalen AC, Jung AJ, Noworolski SM, Simko JP, Kurhanewicz J, Roach M, Carroll PR, Coakley FV. Role of endorectal MR imaging and MR spectroscopic imaging in defining treatable intraprostatic tumor foci in prostate cancer: quantitative analysis of imaging contour compared to whole-mount histopathology. Radiother Oncol. 2014 Feb; 110(2):303-8.
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  9. Anwar M, Barani IJ. Role of stereotactic body radiotherapy in spinal metastasis and subsequent fracture risk: identifying and treating the at-risk patient. CNS Oncol. 2013 Sep; 2(5):437-45.
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  10. Anwar M, Gupta PB, Palaniapan R, Matsudaira P. Protein array patterning by diffusive gel stamping. PLoS One. 2012; 7(10):e46382.
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  11. Coakley FV, Anwar M, Poder L, Wang ZJ, Yeh BM, Joe BN. Magnetic resonance imaging of massive ovarian edema in pregnancy. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2010 Nov-Dec; 34(6):865-7.
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  12. Anwar, M., Aytur, T., Matsudaira, P.. Applied Physics Letters. A Wireless-Compatible CMOS-Based Optics-Free Microarray Imager. 2009; 94.
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  13. Aytur T, Foley J, Anwar M, Boser B, Harris E, Beatty PR. A novel magnetic bead bioassay platform using a microchip-based sensor for infectious disease diagnosis. J Immunol Methods. 2006 Jul 31; 314(1-2):21-9.
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  14. M Anwar, I Rousso. Applied Physics Letters. Atomic force microscopy with time resolution of microseconds. 2005; 86(1):014101-014101-3.
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