Research Summary

Hope S. Rugo, MD, FASCO, is professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she is also the director of Breast Oncology and Clinical Trials Education. Dr. Rugo joined the Breast Care Center in 1999 after a decade of experience at University of California San Francisco in malignant hematology and bone marrow transplantation for a variety of diseases, including breast cancer. She entered the field of breast cancer in order to incorporate novel therapies based on an understanding of the biology of cancer with excellent quality of care into the treatment of women with breast cancer.

Dr. Rugo is the Director of Breast Oncology and Clinical Trials Education at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is a principal investigator of multiple clinical trials focusing on combining novel targeted therapeutics with standard treatment to improve the treatment of both early and late stage breast cancer, and has published widely in this area. Her current research interests include immunotherapy and combinations of targeted agents in the treatment of breast cancer to overcome resistance. She was a member of the steering committee for the EMBRACA and ABRAZO studies that evaluated the efficacy of the PARP inhibitor talazoparib in patients with metastatic breast cancer and germline mutations in BRCA1 and 2. In addition, Dr. Rugo has conducted a number of studies focusing on reducing toxicity from therapy, resulting in approval of scalp cooling to reduce chemotherapy induced hair loss, and a steroid mouthwash to reduce targeted agent stomatitis. She is an investigator and the chair of the Safety Committee for the multicenter adaptively randomized phase II I-SPY2 trial, and serves on the Novel Agents Committee. Dr. Rugo is the co-chair of the Triple Negative Working Group and an active member of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC), and is the principal investigator of several TBCRC trials including a multi-center immunotherapy trial funded by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). She is an active member of the Alliance (formerly CALGB) Breast Committee, as well as ASCO, where she serves on the Guidelines Committee and as an editor for the Education Committee.

In addition to her research, Dr. Rugo is an active clinician, and is committed to education, regularly lecturing locally, nationally and internationally on subjects relating to the treatment of and supportive care for breast cancer. At UCSF, Dr. Rugo runs the Breast Forum, an open bimonthly evening educational session for breast cancer patients, families and friends from throughout the bay area.

Dr. Rugo graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1983. She completed a residency in internal medicine and primary care followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of California San Francisco. She was a post-doctoral fellow in immunology participating in laboratory research at Stanford University from 1988-1990. In 1990, Dr. Rugo joined the faculty at UCSF in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Rugo recognized for her excellence in both patient care and in teaching of both medical students and training physicians. She has received several awards including the Bank of America Gianini Foundation Award and a UCSF Clinical Cancer Center Investigator Research Program intra-mural award. In 2006, she received an honor for her work in Breast Cancer Research by the Friends of the Breast Care Center and received the Cancer Care physician of the year award in 2010 by the Cancer Care National Organization.

Research Funding

  • December 1, 1974 - September 29, 2006 - General Clinical Research Center, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCRR, Sponsor Award ID: M01RR000079
  • December 1, 1974 - September 29, 2006 - General Clinical Research Center, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCRR, Sponsor Award ID: M01RR000079
  • December 1, 1974 - September 29, 2006 - General Clinical Research Center, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCRR, Sponsor Award ID: M01RR000079
  • December 1, 1974 - September 29, 2006 - General Clinical Research Center, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCRR, Sponsor Award ID: M01RR000079

Education

Tufts University, BS, 1979, Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania, MD, 1984, Medicine
University of California San Francisco, 1987, Resident, Internal Medicine
University of California San Francisco, 1990, Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
Stanford University, 1988-90, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Microbiology/Immunology
DNAX Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1989-90, Visiting Scientist, Immunology

Honors & Awards

  • College
    Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi; Victor Prather Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research; Durkee Scholarship for promise and achievement in the field of chemistry; Max Tishler Prize Scholarship for outstanding achievement in the sciences
  • Medical School
    Henry Luce Scholar in the Philippines; Certificate of Commendation, Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health; National Health Service Corps Scholarship; Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
  • 1990
    Awarded Bank of America Gianini Foundation Research Fellowship

Selected Publications

  1. Rugo HS, Im SA, Cardoso F, Cortés J, Curigliano G, Musolino A, Pegram MD, Wright GS, Saura C, Escrivá-de-Romaní S, De Laurentiis M, Levy C, Brown-Glaberman U, Ferrero JM, de Boer M, Kim SB, Petráková K, Yardley DA, Freedman O, Jakobsen EH, Kaufman B, Yerushalmi R, Fasching PA, Nordstrom JL, Bonvini E, Koenig S, Edlich S, Hong S, Rock EP, Gradishar WJ Efficacy of Margetuximab vs Trastuzumab in Patients With Pretreated ERBB2-Positive Advanced Breast Cancer: A Phase 3 Randomized Clinical Trial.  View on PubMed
  2. Mayer EL, Dueck AC, Martin M, Rubovszky G, Burstein HJ, Bellet-Ezquerra M, Miller KD, Zdenkowski N, Winer EP, Pfeiler G, Goetz M, Ruiz-Borrego M, Anderson D, Nowecki Z, Loibl S, Moulder S, Ring A, Fitzal F, Traina T, Chan A, Rugo HS, Lemieux J, Henao F, Lyss A, Antolin Novoa S, Wolff AC, Vetter M, Egle D, Morris PG, Mamounas EP, Gil-Gil MJ, Prat A, Fohler H, Metzger Filho O, Schwarz M, DuFrane C, Fumagalli D, Theall KP, Lu DR, Bartlett CH, Koehler M, Fesl C, DeMichele A, Gnant M Palbociclib with adjuvant endocrine therapy in early breast cancer (PALLAS): interim analysis of a multicentre, open-label, randomised, phase 3 study.  View on PubMed
  3. Dent R, Rugo HS Most neoadjuvant chemotherapy for triple-negative breast cancer should include platinum.  View on PubMed
  4. Cortes J, Cescon DW, Rugo HS, Nowecki Z, Im SA, Yusof MM, Gallardo C, Lipatov O, Barrios CH, Holgado E, Iwata H, Masuda N, Otero MT, Gokmen E, Loi S, Guo Z, Zhao J, Aktan G, Karantza V, Schmid P Pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy versus placebo plus chemotherapy for previously untreated locally recurrent inoperable or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (KEYNOTE-355): a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind, phase 3 clinical trial.  View on PubMed
  5. Dhruva A, Wu C, Miaskowski C, Hartogensis W, Rugo HS, Adler SR, Kaptchuk TJ, Kelkar R, Agarawal S, Vadodaria A, Garris E, Hecht FM A 4-Month Whole-Systems Ayurvedic Medicine Nutrition and Lifestyle Intervention Is Feasible and Acceptable for Breast Cancer Survivors: Results of a Single-Arm Pilot Clinical Trial.  View on PubMed
  6. André F, Ciruelos EM, Juric D, Loibl S, Campone M, Mayer IA, Rubovszky G, Yamashita T, Kaufman B, Lu YS, Inoue K, Pápai Z, Takahashi M, Ghaznawi F, Mills D, Kaper M, Miller M, Conte PF, Iwata H, Rugo HS Alpelisib Plus Fulvestrant for PIK3CA-Mutated, Hormone Receptor-Positive, Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor-2-Negative Advanced Breast Cancer: Final Overall Survival Results From SOLAR-1.  View on PubMed
  7. Chan A, Moy B, Mansi J, Ejlertsen B, Holmes FA, Chia S, Iwata H, Gnant M, Loibl S, Barrios CH, Somali I, Smichkoska S, Martinez N, Alonso MG, Link JS, Mayer IA, Cold S, Murillo SM, Senecal F, Inoue K, Ruiz-Borrego M, Hui R, Denduluri N, Patt D, Rugo HS, Johnston SRD, Bryce R, Zhang B, Xu F, Wong A, Martin M Final Efficacy Results of Neratinib in HER2-positive Hormone Receptor-positive Early-stage Breast Cancer From the Phase III ExteNET Trial.  View on PubMed
  8. Cinar P, Bold R, Bosslet BA, Bota DA, Burgess D, Chew HK, Cohen JG, Elquza E, Gold KA, Kamiya E, Karlan BY, McKay RR, Patel SP, Ternavan K, Welborn J, Yamamoto M, Rugo HS Planning for post-pandemic cancer care delivery: Recovery or opportunity for redesign?  View on PubMed
  9. Cardoso F, Paluch-Shimon S, Senkus E, Curigliano G, Aapro MS, André F, Barrios CH, Bergh J, Bhattacharyya GS, Biganzoli L, Boyle F, Cardoso MJ, Carey LA, Cortés J, El Saghir NS, Elzayat M, Eniu A, Fallowfield L, Francis PA, Gelmon K, Gligorov J, Haidinger R, Harbeck N, Hu X, Kaufman B, Kaur R, Kiely BE, Kim SB, Lin NU, Mertz SA, Neciosup S, Offersen BV, Ohno S, Pagani O, Prat A, Penault-Llorca F, Rugo HS, Sledge GW, Thomssen C, Vorobiof DA, Wiseman T, Xu B, Norton L, Costa A, Winer EP 5th ESO-ESMO international consensus guidelines for advanced breast cancer (ABC 5).  View on PubMed
  10. Rugo HS, Huober J, García-Sáenz JA, Masuda N, Sohn JH, Andre VAM, Barriga S, Cox J, Goetz M Management of Abemaciclib-Associated Adverse Events in Patients with Hormone Receptor-Positive, Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2-Negative Advanced Breast Cancer: Safety Analysis of MONARCH 2 and MONARCH 3.  View on PubMed
  11. Yee D, DeMichele AM, Yau C, Isaacs C, Symmans WF, Albain KS, Chen YY, Krings G, Wei S, Harada S, Datnow B, Fadare O, Klein M, Pambuccian S, Chen B, Adamson K, Sams S, Mhawech-Fauceglia P, Magliocco A, Feldman M, Rendi M, Sattar H, Zeck J, Ocal IT, Tawfik O, LeBeau LG, Sahoo S, Vinh T, Chien AJ, Forero-Torres A, Stringer-Reasor E, Wallace AM, Pusztai L, Boughey JC, Ellis ED, Elias AD, Lu J, Lang JE, Han HS, Clark AS, Nanda R, Northfelt DW, Khan QJ, Viscusi RK, Euhus DM, Edmiston KK, Chui SY, Kemmer K, Park JW, Liu MC, Olopade O, Leyland-Jones B, Tripathy D, Moulder SL, Rugo HS, Schwab R, Lo S, Helsten T, Beckwith H, Haugen P, Hylton NM, Van't Veer LJ, Perlmutter J, Melisko ME, Wilson A, Peterson G, Asare AL, Buxton MB, Paoloni M, Clennell JL, Hirst GL, Singhrao R, Steeg K, Matthews JB, Asare SM, Sanil A, Berry SM, Esserman LJ, Berry DA Association of Event-Free and Distant Recurrence-Free Survival With Individual-Level Pathologic Complete Response in Neoadjuvant Treatment of Stages 2 and 3 Breast Cancer: Three-Year Follow-up Analysis for the I-SPY2 Adaptively Randomized Clinical Trial.  View on PubMed
  12. Griffiths EA, Alwan LM, Bachiashvili K, Brown A, Cool R, Curtin P, Geyer MB, Gojo I, Kallam A, Kidwai WZ, Kloth DD, Kraut EH, Lyman GH, Mukherjee S, Perez LE, Rosovsky RP, Roy V, Rugo HS, Vasu S, Wadleigh M, Westervelt P, Becker PS Considerations for Use of Hematopoietic Growth Factors in Patients With Cancer Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  View on PubMed
  13. Litton JK, Hurvitz SA, Mina LA, Rugo HS, Lee KH, Gonçalves A, Diab S, Woodward N, Goodwin A, Yerushalmi R, Roché H, Im YH, Eiermann W, Quek RGW, Usari T, Lanzalone S, Czibere A, Blum JL, Martin M, Ettl J Talazoparib versus chemotherapy in patients with germline BRCA1/2-mutated HER2-negative advanced breast cancer: final overall survival results from the EMBRACA trial.  View on PubMed
  14. Rugo HS, Dieras V, Cortes J, Patt D, Wildiers H, O'Shaughnessy J, Zamora E, Yardley DA, Carter GC, Sheffield KM, Li L, Andre VAM, Li XI, Frenzel M, Huang YJ, Dickler MN, Tolaney SM Real-world survival outcomes of heavily pretreated patients with refractory HR+, HER2-metastatic breast cancer receiving single-agent chemotherapy-a comparison with MONARCH 1.  View on PubMed
  15. Finn RS, Cristofanilli M, Ettl J, Gelmon KA, Colleoni M, Giorgetti C, Gauthier E, Liu Y, Lu DR, Zhang Z, Bartlett CH, Slamon DJ, Turner NC, Rugo HS Treatment effect of palbociclib plus endocrine therapy by prognostic and intrinsic subtype and biomarker analysis in patients with bone-only disease: a joint analysis of PALOMA-2 and PALOMA-3 clinical trials.  View on PubMed
  16. Magbanua MJM, Hendrix LH, Hyslop T, Barry WT, Winer EP, Hudis C, Toppmeyer D, Carey LA, Partridge AH, Pierga JY, Fehm T, Vidal-Martínez J, Mavroudis D, Garcia-Saenz JA, Stebbing J, Gazzaniga P, Manso L, Zamarchi R, Antelo ML, De Mattos-Arruda L, Generali D, Caldas C, Munzone E, Dirix L, Delson AL, Burstein H, Qadir M, Ma C, Scott JH, Bidard FC, Park JW, Rugo HS Serial analysis of circulating tumor cells in metastatic breast cancer receiving first-line chemotherapy.  View on PubMed
  17. Chua KC, Xiong C, Ho C, Mushiroda T, Jiang C, Mulkey F, Lai D, Schneider BP, Rashkin SR, Witte JS, Friedman PN, Ratain MJ, McLeod HL, Rugo HS, Shulman LN, Kubo M, Owzar K, Kroetz DL Genomewide Meta-Analysis Validates a Role for S1PR1 in Microtubule Targeting Agent-Induced Sensory Peripheral Neuropathy.  View on PubMed
  18. Onesti CE, Rugo HS, Generali D, Peeters M, Zaman K, Wildiers H, Harbeck N, Martin M, Cristofanilli M, Cortes J, Tjan-Heijnen V, Hurvitz SA, Berchem G, Tagliamento M, Campone M, Bartsch R, De Placido S, Puglisi F, Rottey S, Müller V, Ruhstaller T, Machiels JP, Conte P, Awada A, Jerusalem G Oncological care organisation during COVID-19 outbreak.  View on PubMed
  19. Terranova-Barberio M, Pawlowska N, Dhawan M, Moasser M, Chien AJ, Melisko ME, Rugo H, Rahimi R, Deal T, Daud A, Rosenblum MD, Thomas S, Munster PN Exhausted T cell signature predicts immunotherapy response in ER-positive breast cancer.  View on PubMed
  20. Huang CS, Yu AL, Tseng LM, Chow LWC, Hou MF, Hurvitz SA, Schwab RB, L Murray J, Chang HK, Chang HT, Chen SC, Kim SB, Hung JT, Ueng SH, Lee SH, Chen CC, Rugo HS Globo H-KLH vaccine adagloxad simolenin (OBI-822)/OBI-821 in patients with metastatic breast cancer: phase II randomized, placebo-controlled study.  View on PubMed

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