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. Leveraging digital health and care coordination to improve health services delivery to vulnerable populations. We embrace big data and technology to design, develop, and deliver economic and effective services for patients in the area of cancer screening and follow-up.

2. Development of intestinal organoids from humans to understand barrier function, systemic inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, HIV persistence, infection, and microbiome. 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. SahBandar IN, Chew GM, Corley MJ, Pang APS, Tsai N, Hanks N, Khadka VS, Klatt NR, Hensley-McBain T, Somsouk M, Vujkovic-Cvijin I, Chow DC, Shikuma CM, Ndhlovu LC. Changes in gastrointestinal microbial communities influence HIV-specific CD8+ T-cell responsiveness to immune checkpoint blockade. AIDS. 2020 Aug 01; 34(10):1451-1460.
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  2. Sharma AE, Lyson HC, Cherian R, Somsouk M, Schillinger D, Sarkar U. A Root Cause Analysis of Barriers to Timely Colonoscopy in California Safety-Net Health Systems. J Patient Saf. 2020 May 26.
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  3. Lee SA, Telwatte S, Hatano H, Kashuba ADM, Cottrell ML, Hoh R, Liegler TJ, Stephenson S, Somsouk M, Hunt PW, Deeks SG, Yukl S, Savic RM. Antiretroviral Therapy Concentrations Differ in Gut vs. Lymph Node Tissues and Are Associated With HIV Viral Transcription by a Novel RT-ddPCR Assay. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2020 Apr 15; 83(5):530-537.
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  4. Issaka RB, Rachocki C, Huynh MP, Chen E, Somsouk M. Standardized Workflows Improve Colonoscopy Follow-Up After Abnormal Fecal Immunochemical Tests in a Safety-Net System. Dig Dis Sci. 2020 Mar 31.
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  5. 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. 2020 Mar 01; 112(3):305-313.
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  6. Anderson JL, Khoury G, Fromentin R, Solomon A, Chomont N, Sinclair E, Milush JM, Hartogensis W, Bacchetti P, Roche M, Tumpach C, Gartner M, Pitman MC, Epling CL, Hoh R, Hecht FM, Somsouk M, Cameron PU, Deeks SG, Lewin SR. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-Infected CCR6+ Rectal CD4+ T Cells and HIV Persistence On Antiretroviral Therapy. J Infect Dis. 2020 Feb 18; 221(5):744-755.
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  7. Wang Y, Lifshitz L, Gellatly K, Vinton CL, Busman-Sahay K, McCauley S, Vangala P, Kim K, Derr A, Jaiswal S, Kucukural A, McDonel P, Hunt PW, Greenough T, Houghton J, Somsouk M, Estes JD, Brenchley JM, Garber M, Deeks SG, Luban J. HIV-1-induced cytokines deplete homeostatic innate lymphoid cells and expand TCF7-dependent memory NK cells. Nat Immunol. 2020 03; 21(3):274-286.
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  8. Lee E, von Stockenstrom S, Morcilla V, Odevall L, Hiener B, Shao W, Hartogensis W, Bacchetti P, Milush J, Liegler T, Sinclair E, Hatano H, Hoh R, Somsouk M, Hunt P, Boritz E, Douek D, Fromentin R, Chomont N, Deeks SG, Hecht FM, Palmer S. Impact of Antiretroviral Therapy Duration on HIV-1 Infection of T Cells within Anatomic Sites. J Virol. 2020 Jan 17; 94(3).
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  9. Sangaramoorthy M, Yang J, DeRouen MC, Ho C, Somsouk M, Tana MM, Thompson CA, Gibbons J, Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S. Disparities in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Incidence in California: An Update. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 01; 29(1):79-87.
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  10. Belle NM, Ji Y, Herbine K, Wei Y, Park J, Zullo K, Hung LY, Srivatsa S, Young T, Oniskey T, Pastore C, Nieves W, Somsouk M, Herbert DR. TFF3 interacts with LINGO2 to regulate EGFR activation for protection against colitis and gastrointestinal helminths. Nat Commun. 2019 09 27; 10(1):4408.
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  11. Selvig D, Piceno Y, Terdiman J, Zydek M, Umetsu SE, Balitzer D, Fadrosh D, Lynch K, Lamere B, Leith T, Kassam Z, Beck K, Lewin S, Ma A, Somsouk M, Lynch SV, El-Nachef N. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Pouchitis: Clinical, Endoscopic, Histologic, and Microbiota Results from a Pilot Study. Dig Dis Sci. 2020 Apr; 65(4):1099-1106.
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  12. Vujkovic-Cvijin I, Somsouk M. HIV and the Gut Microbiota: Composition, Consequences, and Avenues for Amelioration. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2019 06; 16(3):204-213.
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Gutin L, Piceno Y, Fadrosh D, Lynch K, Zydek M, Kassam Z, LaMere B, Terdiman J, Ma A, Somsouk M, Lynch S, El-Nachef N. Fecal microbiota transplant for Crohn disease: A study evaluating safety, efficacy, and microbiome profile. United European Gastroenterol J. 2019 07; 7(6):807-814.
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  16. 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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  17. 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 03 13; 11(3).
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  18. 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. 2019 08; 17(9):1822-1828.
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  19. 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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  20. 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 01; 118:113-121.
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