University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Steve E. Braunstein, MD, PhD

Steve E. Braunstein, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Neurologic Oncology

Research Summary

Dr. Braunstein is a radiation oncologist with a clinical interest in the treatment of pediatric, central nervous system, and soft tissue malignancies. He has expertise in modern radiation therapy techniques including stereotactic radiotherapy (Gamma Knife, Cyberknife, Linac-based SBRT), intraoperative radiotherapy, and intensity modulated radiation therapy.

Dr. Braunstein earned his M.D. at New York University School of Medicine where he also obtained a Ph.D. studying essential molecular pathways by which cancer cells mediate response to radiation. He completed residency at UCSF in 2014, during which time he continued to study cancer cell response to radiation, investigating genetic polymorphisms which yield the observed heterogeneity of tumor cell population radiosensitivity and risk of radiation-related secondary cancer.

Education

University of California, San Francisco, 06/14, Radiation Oncology
Brighman and Women's Hospital, 06/10, Internal Medicine
New York University School of Medicine, M.D., Ph.D., 06/09


Professional Experience

  • 2014-present
    Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology, UCSF
  • 2010-2014
    Resident, Radiation Oncology, UCSF
  • 2015-present
    Associate Program Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2014
    RSNA Resident Research Award, Radiological Society of North America
  • 2014
    UCSF Patient Care Fund Award, UCSF
  • 2014
    Mount Zion Fund Research Travel Award, UCSF
  • 2013
    UCSF Exceptional Physician Award, UCSF
  • 2013
    UCSF Resident QI Champion, UCSF
  • 2012
    UCSF Patient Care Fund Award, UCSF
  • 2008
    AOA Inductee, NYUSOM
  • 2008
    Honors in Doctoral Dissertation, NYUSOM
  • 2003
    NYC Urban Health Initiative Award, NYC Department of Public Health

Selected Publications

  1. McDermott MW, Sheehan J, Braunstein S. Introduction. Radiosurgery and radiotherapy for meningiomas: overview of the issue. Neurosurg Focus. 2019 Jun 01; 46(6):E1.
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  2. Singer L, Braunstein S, Klopp A, Joyner M. Development and Implementation of a Simulation-Based Educational Workshop on Gynecological Brachytherapy: Pilot Study at a National Meeting. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2019 May 22.
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  3. Braunstein SE, London WB, Kreissman SG, Villablanca JG, Davidoff AM, DeSantes K, Castleberry RP, Murray K, Diller L, Matthay K, Cohn SL, Shulkin B, von Allmen D, Parisi MT, Van Ryn C, Park JR, La Quaglia MP, Haas-Kogan DA. Role of the extent of prophylactic regional lymph node radiotherapy on survival in high-risk neuroblastoma: A report from the COG A3973 study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019 Jul; 66(7):e27736.
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  4. Hughes RT, Masters AH, McTyre ER, Farris MK, Chung C, Page BR, Kleinberg LR, Hepel J, Contessa JN, Chiang V, Ruiz J, Watabe K, Su J, Fiveash JB, Braunstein S, Chao S, Attia A, Ayala-Peacock DN, Chan MD. Initial SRS for Patients With 5 to 15 Brain Metastases: Results of a Multi-Institutional Experience. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2019 Apr 06.
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  5. Singer L, Sharee K, Boreta L, Silveira WR, Braunstein S, Fogh S. Quality Improvement Initiative to Improve Tobacco Cessation Efforts in Radiation Oncology. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Apr; 15(4):e382-e388.
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  6. Wu SY, Singer L, Boreta L, Garcia MA, Fogh SE, Braunstein SE. Palliative radiotherapy near the end of life. BMC Palliat Care. 2019 Mar 23; 18(1):29.
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  7. Sperduto PW, Fang P, Li J, Breen W, Brown PD, Cagney D, Aizer A, Yu J, Chiang V, Jain S, Gaspar LE, Myrehaug S, Sahgal A, Braunstein S, Sneed P, Cameron B, Attia A, Molitoris J, Wu CC, Wang TJC, Lockney N, Beal K, Parkhurst J, Buatti JM, Shanley R, Lou E, Tandberg DD, Kirkpatrick JP, Shi D, Shih HA, Chuong M, Saito H, Aoyama H, Masucci L, Roberge D, Mehta MP. Survival and prognostic factors in patients with gastrointestinal cancers and brain metastases: have we made progress? Transl Res. 2019 Jun; 208:63-72.
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  8. Burke JF, Sudhakar V, Braunstein S, McDermott M. In Situ Cranioplasty for Renal Cell Skull Metastasis: Technical Note. Cureus. 2019 Feb 24; 11(2):e4128.
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  9. Braunstein S, Wang L, Newhauser W, Tenenholz T, Rong Y, van der Kogel A, Dominello M, Joiner MC, Burmeister J. Three discipline collaborative radiation therapy (3DCRT) special debate: The United States should build additional proton therapy facilities. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2019 02; 20(2):7-12.
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  10. Neeley BC, Golden DW, Brower JV, Braunstein SE, Hirsch AE, Mattes MD. Student Perspectives on Oncology Curricula at United States Medical Schools. J Cancer Educ. 2019 Feb; 34(1):56-58.
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  11. FitzGerald TJ, Donaldson SS, Wharam M, Laurie F, Bishop-Jodoin M, Moni J, Tarbell N, Shulkin B, McCarville E, Merchant T, Krasin M, Wolden S, Halperin E, Constine LS, Haas-Kogan D, Marcus K, Freeman C, Wilson JF, Hoppe R, Cox J, Terezakis S, Million L, Smith MA, Mendenhall NP, Marcus RB, Cherlow J, Kalapurakal J, Breneman J, Yock T, MacDonald S, Laack N, Donahue B, Indelicato D, Michalski J, Perkins S, Kachnic L, Choy H, Braunstein S, Esiashvilli N, Roberts KB. Larry Emanuel Kun, March 10, 1946-May 27, 2018. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2019 Jan 01; 103(1):8-14.
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  12. Chiu J, Braunstein S, Nakamura J, Theodosopoulos P, Sneed P, McDermott M, Ma L. A robustness check procedure for hypofractionated Gamma Knife radiosurgery. J Neurosurg. 2018 Dec 01; 129(Suppl1):140-146.
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  13. Sperduto PW, Deegan BJ, Li J, Jethwa KR, Brown PD, Lockney N, Beal K, Rana NG, Attia A, Tseng CL, Sahgal A, Shanley R, Sperduto WA, Lou E, Zahra A, Buatti JM, Yu JB, Chiang V, Molitoris JK, Masucci L, Roberge D, Shi DD, Shih HA, Olson A, Kirkpatrick JP, Braunstein S, Sneed P, Mehta MP. Estimating survival for renal cell carcinoma patients with brain metastases: an update of the Renal Graded Prognostic Assessment tool. Neuro Oncol. 2018 Nov 12; 20(12):1652-1660.
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  14. Singer L, Braunstein S, Singer CM, Silveira WR, Fogh S. Residents' Views on Tobacco Cessation in Radiation Oncology. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Jan; 16(1):102-105.
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  15. Gennatas ED, Wu A, Braunstein SE, Morin O, Chen WC, Magill ST, Gopinath C, Villaneueva-Meyer JE, Perry A, McDermott MW, Solberg TD, Valdes G, Raleigh DR. Preoperative and postoperative prediction of long-term meningioma outcomes. PLoS One. 2018; 13(9):e0204161.
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  16. Braunstein S, Ma L. Stereotactic radiosurgery for vestibular schwannomas. Cancer Manag Res. 2018; 10:3733-3740.
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  17. Kline C, Liu SJ, Duriseti S, Banerjee A, Nicolaides T, Raber S, Gupta N, Haas-Kogan D, Braunstein S, Mueller S. Reirradiation and PD-1 inhibition with nivolumab for the treatment of recurrent diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma: a single-institution experience. J Neurooncol. 2018 Dec; 140(3):629-638.
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  18. Morin O, Vallières M, Jochems A, Woodruff HC, Valdes G, Braunstein SE, Wildberger JE, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Kearney V, Yom SS, Solberg TD, Lambin P. A Deep Look Into the Future of Quantitative Imaging in Oncology: A Statement of Working Principles and Proposal for Change. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Nov 15; 102(4):1074-1082.
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  19. Chapman CH, Braunstein SE, Pouliot J, Noworolski SM, Weinberg V, Cunha A, Kurhanewicz J, Gottschalk AR, Roach MI, Hsu IC. Phase I study of dose escalation to dominant intraprostatic lesions using high-dose-rate brachytherapy. J Contemp Brachytherapy. 2018 Jun; 10(3):193-201.
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  20. Hara JH, Wu A, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Valdes G, Daggubati V, Mueller S, Solberg TD, Braunstein SE, Morin O, Raleigh DR. Clinical Applications of Quantitative 3-Dimensional MRI Analysis for Pediatric Embryonal Brain Tumors. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Nov 15; 102(4):744-756.
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