University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ma Somsouk, MD, MAS

Ma Somsouk, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology), UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

1. Precision population health. Quality of care for patient populations can be enhanced by embracing health information technology paired with tailored interventions. Dr. Somsouk's research program is funded by CDC, in partnership with the SF Department of Public Health, to examine how patient panel management can be employed to improve the continuum of colorectal cancer screening as a model condition. Randomized designs test health interventions and health economic approaches quantify the value of efficacious activities.

2. Intestinal mucosal biology. The gastrointestinal tract is a major site of disease pathogenesis. One major focus is HIV, quantifying the HIV reservoir and host control. Another focus is targeted interventions to modulate the microbiota. Approaches employed: organoid models, isolation of epithelial cells, lymphocytes, microbiota, and interventional trials such as fecal transplant.

Education

Pomona College, Claremont, CA, BA, 1993-1997, Chemistry
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, MD, 1997-2002, Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA, Residency, 2002-2005, Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, CA, Fellowship, 2005-2008, Gastroenterology
University of California, San Francisco, CA, MAS, 2006-2008, Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Professional Experience

  • 2001-2002
    Research Scholar at Beijing University Health Science Center, China
  • 2002-2003
    Internship in Internal Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
  • 2003-2005
    Residency in Internal Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
  • 2005-2008
    Gastroenterology Fellowship, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2008-present
    Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009-present
    Director, Gastrointestinal Tissue Core Facility, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 1997
    Sigma Xi
  • 1997
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1997
    Magna Cum Laude
  • 2000
    China Scholarship Council Research Scholar Fellowship
  • 2000
    Paul Dudley White/Andrew Sellard Fellowship
  • 2003
    Solomon Scholar
  • 2003
    AASLD Resident Scholar Award
  • 2006
    AGA Trainee Scholarship: Methodologies in Healthcare Outcomes in Gastroenterology
  • 2008
    AGA Academic Skills Workshop Scholarship

Selected Publications

  1. Somsouk M, Rachocki C, Mannalithara A, Garcia D, Laleau V, Grimes B, Issaka RB, Chen E, Vittinghoff E, Shapiro JA, Ladabaum U. Effectiveness and cost of organized outreach for colorectal cancer screening: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Jun 12.
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  2. Vujkovic-Cvijin I, Somsouk M. HIV and the Gut Microbiota: Composition, Consequences, and Avenues for Amelioration. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2019 Jun; 16(3):204-213.
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  3. Vásquez JJ, Aguilar-Rodriguez BL, Rodriguez L, Hogan LE, Somsouk M, McCune JM, Deeks SG, Laszik ZG, Hunt PW, Henrich TJ. CD32-RNA Co-localizes with HIV-RNA in CD3+ Cells Found within Gut Tissues from Viremic and ART-Suppressed Individuals. Pathog Immun. 2019; 4(1):147-160.
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  4. Utay NS, Somasunderam A, Hinkle JE, Petschow BW, Detzel CJ, Somsouk M, Fichtenbaum CJ, Weaver EM, Shaw AL, Asmuth DM. Serum Bovine Immunoglobulins Improve Inflammation and Gut Barrier Function in Persons with HIV and Enteropathy on Suppressive ART. Pathog Immun. 2019; 4(1):124-146.
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  5. Hensley-McBain T, Wu MC, Manuzak JA, Cheu RK, Gustin A, Driscoll CB, Zevin AS, Miller CJ, Coronado E, Smith E, Chang J, Gale M, Somsouk M, Burgener AD, Hunt PW, Hope TJ, Collier AC, Klatt NR. Increased mucosal neutrophil survival is associated with altered microbiota in HIV infection. PLoS Pathog. 2019 04; 15(4):e1007672.
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  6. Maidji E, Moreno ME, Rivera JM, Joshi P, Galkina SA, Kosikova G, Somsouk M, Stoddart CA. Cellular HIV Reservoirs and Viral Rebound from the Lymphoid Compartments of 4'-Ethynyl-2-Fluoro-2'-Deoxyadenosine (EFdA)-Suppressed Humanized Mice. Viruses. 2019 Mar 13; 11(3).
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  7. Wang A, Rachocki C, Shapiro JA, Issaka RB, Somsouk M. Low Literacy Level Instructions and Reminder Calls Improve Patient Handling of Fecal Immunochemical Test Samples. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Nov 29.
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  8. Telwatte S, Lee S, Somsouk M, Hatano H, Baker C, Kaiser P, Kim P, Chen TH, Milush J, Hunt PW, Deeks SG, Wong JK, Yukl SA. Gut and blood differ in constitutive blocks to HIV transcription, suggesting tissue-specific differences in the mechanisms that govern HIV latency. PLoS Pathog. 2018 11; 14(11):e1007357.
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  9. Issaka RB, Avila P, Whitaker E, Bent S, Somsouk M. Population health interventions to improve colorectal cancer screening by fecal immunochemical tests: A systematic review. Prev Med. 2019 Jan; 118:113-121.
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  10. Lidofsky A, Holmes JA, Feeney ER, Kruger AJ, Salloum S, Zheng H, Seguin IS, Altinbas A, Masia R, Corey KE, Gustafson JL, Schaefer EA, Hunt PW, Deeks S, Somsouk M, Chew KW, Chung RT, Alatrakchi N. Macrophage Activation Marker Soluble CD163 Is a Dynamic Marker of Liver Fibrogenesis in Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Hepatitis C Virus Coinfection. J Infect Dis. 2018 Sep 22; 218(9):1394-1403.
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  11. Ellis L, Abrahão R, McKinley M, Yang J, Somsouk M, Marchand LL, Cheng I, Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S. Colorectal Cancer Incidence Trends by Age, Stage, and Racial/Ethnic Group in California, 1990-2014. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Sep; 27(9):1011-1018.
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  12. Lee B, Holt EW, Wong RJ, Sewell JL, Somsouk M, Khalili M, Maher JJ, Tana MM. Race/ethnicity is an independent risk factor for autoimmune hepatitis among the San Francisco underserved. Autoimmunity. 2018 Aug; 51(5):258-264.
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  13. Alsayid M, Singh MH, Issaka R, Laleau V, Day L, Lee J, Allison J, Somsouk M. Yield of Colonoscopy After a Positive Result From a Fecal Immunochemical Test OC-Light. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Oct; 16(10):1593-1597.e1.
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  14. Chitre AS, Kattah MG, Rosli YY, Pao M, Deswal M, Deeks SG, Hunt PW, Abdel-Mohsen M, Montaner LJ, Kim CC, Ma A, Somsouk M, McCune JM. A20 upregulation during treated HIV disease is associated with intestinal epithelial cell recovery and function. PLoS Pathog. 2018 03; 14(3):e1006806.
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  15. Hogan LE, Vasquez J, Hobbs KS, Hanhauser E, Aguilar-Rodriguez B, Hussien R, Thanh C, Gibson EA, Carvidi AB, Smith LCB, Khan S, Trapecar M, Sanjabi S, Somsouk M, Stoddart CA, Kuritzkes DR, Deeks SG, Henrich TJ. Increased HIV-1 transcriptional activity and infectious burden in peripheral blood and gut-associated CD4+ T cells expressing CD30. PLoS Pathog. 2018 02; 14(2):e1006856.
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  16. Wen JW, Kohn MA, Wong R, Somsouk M, Khalili M, Maher J, Tana MM. Hospitalizations for Autoimmune Hepatitis Disproportionately Affect Black and Latino Americans. Am J Gastroenterol. 2018 Feb; 113(2):243-253.
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  17. Kiniry BE, Hunt PW, Hecht FM, Somsouk M, Deeks SG, Shacklett BL. Differential Expression of CD8+ T Cell Cytotoxic Effector Molecules in Blood and Gastrointestinal Mucosa in HIV-1 Infection. J Immunol. 2018 03 01; 200(5):1876-1888.
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  18. Issaka RB, Singh MH, Rachocki C, Day LW, Horton C, Somsouk M. Missed Opportunities in Colorectal Cancer Prevention in Patients With Inadequate Bowel Preparations. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Sep; 16(9):1533-1534.
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  19. Ivey SL, Mukherjea A, Patel A, Kapoor N, Rau S, Kazi E, Bhatia J, Somsouk M, Tseng W. Colorectal Cancer Screening Among South Asians: Focus Group Findings on Attitudes, Knowledge, Barriers and Facilitators. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2018; 29(4):1416-1437.
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  20. Hiatt RA, Sibley A, Fejerman L, Glantz S, Nguyen T, Pasick R, Palmer N, Perkins A, Potter MB, Somsouk M, Vargas RA, van 't Veer LJ, Ashworth A. The San Francisco Cancer Initiative: A Community Effort To Reduce The Population Burden Of Cancer. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 01; 37(1):54-61.
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