University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Susan M. Chang, MD

Susan M. Chang, MD

Professor in Residence, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF
Co-Leader, Neurologic Oncology Program, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Lai Wan Kan Endowed Chair, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Neurologic Oncology

Research Summary

My research focus is on the development of novel therapies for patients, as well as the assessment of novel imaging markers of prognosis and response to therapy. As program leader for the Neuro-Oncology Program at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, my role is to provide the overall direction of the program and facilitate the interaction of the basic science and translational research programs with the clinical team to bring novel findings from the lab to the patient. I am the lead and contact PI for a P01 focused on integrating advances in physiologic and metabolic imaging with tissue biomarkers in order to optimize the management of patients with molecular subtypes of glioma. I am the overall Clinical Leader for the UCSF Brain SPORE grant as well as the Clinical Core Director and Co-PI of a SPORE project that addresses the evaluation of steady and dynamic metabolic imaging in glioblastoma.

Education

University of British Columbia, 1981
University of British Columbia, MD, 1985, Medicine
Pasqua Hospital, University of Saskatchewan, Regina, Internship, 1985-1986
Plains Health Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan, Residency, 1986-1987
Toronto General Hospital, U of Toronto, Ontario, Residency, 1987-1989
Princess Margaret Hospital, U of Toronto, Ontario, Residency, 1989-1991
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Canada, FRCPS, 1990, Internal Medicine
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Canada, FRCPS, 1991, Medical Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • 2014
    UCSF Voice of the Patient Pinnacle Award x 7 years, Press Ganey award for excellence in patient care per division, Hall of Fame
  • 2014
    John J. Mealey Jr. Neuro-Oncology Lectureship

Selected Publications

  1. Chang SM. Neuro-Oncology Practice: Continuing to raise awareness of current practice and research opportunities in neuro-oncology. Neurooncol Pract. 2020 Dec; 7(6):581-582.
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  2. Mathur R, Zhang Y, Grimmer MR, Hong C, Zhang M, Bollam S, Petrecca K, Clarke J, Berger MS, Phillips JJ, Oberheim-Bush NA, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Costello JF. MGMT promoter methylation level in newly diagnosed low-grade glioma is a predictor of hypermutation at recurrence. Neuro Oncol. 2020 Nov 26; 22(11):1580-1590.
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  3. Schulte JD, Buerki RA, Lapointe S, Molinaro AM, Zhang Y, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Perry A, Phillips JJ, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Pekmezci M, Butowski N, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor JW, Chang SM, Theodosopoulos P, Aghi MK, Hervey-Jumper SL, Berger MS, Solomon DA, Clarke JL. Clinical, radiologic, and genetic characteristics of histone H3 K27M-mutant diffuse midline gliomas in adults. Neurooncol Adv. 2020 Jan-Dec; 2(1):vdaa142.
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  4. Wen PY, Weller M, Lee EQ, Alexander BM, Barnholtz-Sloan JS, Barthel FP, Batchelor TT, Bindra RS, Chang SM, Chiocca EA, Cloughesy TF, DeGroot JF, Galanis E, Gilbert MR, Hegi ME, Horbinski C, Huang RY, Lassman AB, Le Rhun E, Lim M, Mehta MP, Mellinghoff IK, Minniti G, Nathanson D, Platten M, Preusser M, Roth P, Sanson M, Schiff D, Short SC, Taphoorn MJB, Tonn JC, Tsang J, Verhaak RGW, von Deimling A, Wick W, Zadeh G, Reardon DA, Aldape KD, van den Bent MJ. Glioblastoma in adults: a Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) and European Society of Neuro-Oncology (EANO) consensus review on current management and future directions. Neuro Oncol. 2020 08 17; 22(8):1073-1113.
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  5. Jones LE, Hilz S, Grimmer MR, Mazor T, Najac C, Mukherjee J, McKinney A, Chow T, Pieper RO, Ronen SM, Chang SM, Phillips JJ, Costello JF. Patient-derived cells from recurrent tumors that model the evolution of IDH-mutant glioma. Neurooncol Adv. 2020 Jan-Dec; 2(1):vdaa088.
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  6. Lee EQ, Weller M, Sul J, Bagley SJ, Sahebjam S, van den Bent M, Ahluwalia M, Campian JL, Galanis E, Gilbert MR, Holdhoff M, Lesser GJ, Lieberman FS, Mehta MP, Penas-Prado M, Schreck KC, Strowd RE, Vogelbaum MA, Walbert T, Chang SM, Nabors LB, Grossman S, Reardon DA, Wen PY. Optimizing eligibility criteria and clinical trial conduct to enhance clinical trial participation for primary brain tumor patients. Neuro Oncol. 2020 05 15; 22(5):601-612.
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  7. Armstrong TS, Dirven L, Arons D, Bates A, Chang SM, Coens C, Espinasse C, Gilbert MR, Jenkinson D, Kluetz P, Mendoza T, Rubinstein L, Sul J, Weller M, Wen PY, van den Bent MJ, Taphoorn MJB. Glioma patient-reported outcome assessment in clinical care and research: a Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology collaborative report. Lancet Oncol. 2020 02; 21(2):e97-e103.
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  8. Wang L, Babikir H, Müller S, Yagnik G, Shamardani K, Catalan F, Kohanbash G, Alvarado B, Di Lullo E, Kriegstein A, Shah S, Wadhwa H, Chang SM, Phillips JJ, Aghi MK, Diaz AA. The Phenotypes of Proliferating Glioblastoma Cells Reside on a Single Axis of Variation. Cancer Discov. 2019 12; 9(12):1708-1719.
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  9. Lee EQ, Chukwueke UN, Hervey-Jumper SL, de Groot JF, Leone JP, Armstrong TS, Chang SM, Arons D, Oliver K, Verble K, Musella A, Willmarth N, Alexander BM, Bates A, Doherty L, Galanis E, Gaffey S, Halkin T, Friday BE, Fouladi M, Lin NU, Macdonald D, Mehta MP, Penas-Prado M, Vogelbaum MA, Sahebjam S, Sandak D, van den Bent M, Weller M, Reardon DA, Wen PY. Barriers to accrual and enrollment in brain tumor trials. Neuro Oncol. 2019 09 06; 21(9):1100-1117.
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  10. Lim-Fat MJ, Bi WL, Lo J, Lee EQ, Ahluwalia MS, Batchelor TT, Chang SM, Chiocca EA, Chukwueke U, Cloughesy TF, Colman H, Deangelis LM, Galanis E, Gilbert MR, De Groot JF, Lassman AB, Liau LM, Mason W, McFaline-Figueroa JR, Mehta MP, Mellinghoff IK, Nabors LB, Nayak L, Reardon DA, Wen PY. Letter: When Less is More: Dexamethasone Dosing for Brain Tumors. Neurosurgery. 2019 09 01; 85(3):E607-E608.
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  11. Chapman CH, Hara JH, Molinaro AM, Clarke JL, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor JW, Butowski NA, Chang SM, Fogh SE, Sneed PK, Nakamura JL, Raleigh DR, Braunstein SE. Reirradiation of recurrent high-grade glioma and development of prognostic scores for progression and survival. Neurooncol Pract. 2019 Sep; 6(5):364-374.
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  12. Chang SM, Messersmith H, Ahluwalia M, Andrews D, Brastianos PK, Gaspar LE, Gatson NTN, Jordan JT, Khasraw M, Lassman AB, Maues J, Mrugala M, Raizer J, Schiff D, Stevens G, Sumrall A, van den Bent M, Vogelbaum MA. Anticonvulsant Prophylaxis and Steroid Use in Adults With Metastatic Brain Tumors: ASCO and SNO Endorsement of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Guidelines. J Clin Oncol. 2019 05 01; 37(13):1130-1135.
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  13. Chang SM, Messersmith H, Ahluwalia M, Andrews D, Brastianos PK, Gaspar LE, Gatson NN, Jordan JT, Khasraw M, Lassman AB, Maues J, Mrugala M, Raizer J, Schiff D, Stevens G, Sumrall A, Van den Bent M, Vogelbaum MA. Anticonvulsant prophylaxis and steroid use in adults with metastatic brain tumors: summary of SNO and ASCO endorsement of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons guidelines. Neuro Oncol. 2019 03 18; 21(4):424-427.
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  14. Chang SM. Two new initiatives and continuing concern for patient care and quality of life. Neurooncol Pract. 2019 Jan; 6(1):1-2.
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  15. Morshed RA, Han SJ, Hervey-Jumper SL, Pekmezci M, Troncon I, Chang SM, Butowski NA, Berger MS. Molecular features and clinical outcomes in surgically treated low-grade diffuse gliomas in patients over the age of 60. J Neurooncol. 2019 Jan; 141(2):383-391.
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  16. Stiner RK, Clarke JL, Sinha N, Chan J, Letourneau JM, Niemasik EE, Rabbitt JE, Chang SM, Butowski NA, Prados MD, Rosen MP. Attitudes toward fertility and fertility preservation in women with glioma. Neurooncol Pract. 2019 May; 6(3):218-225.
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  17. Taylor JW, Parikh M, Phillips JJ, James CD, Molinaro AM, Butowski NA, Clarke JL, Oberheim-Bush NA, Chang SM, Berger MS, Prados M. Phase-2 trial of palbociclib in adult patients with recurrent RB1-positive glioblastoma. J Neurooncol. 2018 Nov; 140(2):477-483.
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  18. Arvold ND, Armstrong TS, Warren KE, Chang SM, DeAngelis LM, Blakeley J, Chamberlain MC, Dunbar E, Loong HH, Macdonald DR, Reardon DA, Vogelbaum MA, Yuan Y, Weller M, van den Bent M, Wen PY. Corticosteroid use endpoints in neuro-oncology: Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology Working Group. Neuro Oncol. 2018 06 18; 20(7):897-906.
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  19. Hayes J, Yu Y, Jalbert LE, Mazor T, Jones LE, Wood MD, Walsh KM, Bengtsson H, Hong C, Oberndorfer S, Roetzer T, Smirnov IV, Clarke JL, Aghi MK, Chang SM, Nelson SJ, Woehrer A, Phillips JJ, Solomon DA, Costello JF. Genomic analysis of the origins and evolution of multicentric diffuse lower-grade gliomas. Neuro Oncol. 2018 04 09; 20(5):632-641.
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  20. Vasudevan HN, Braunstein SE, Phillips JJ, Pekmezci M, Tomlin BA, Wu A, Reis GF, Magill ST, Zhang J, Feng FY, Nicholaides T, Chang SM, Sneed PK, McDermott MW, Berger MS, Perry A, Raleigh DR. Comprehensive Molecular Profiling Identifies FOXM1 as a Key Transcription Factor for Meningioma Proliferation. Cell Rep. 2018 03 27; 22(13):3672-3683.
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