Margaret A. Tempero, MD

Rombauer Family Distinguished Professorship in Pancreas Cancer Clinical and Translational Science, UCSF

Director, UCSF Pancreas Center; Leader, Pancreas Cancer Program; Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Membership

Molecular Oncology

Research Summary

I am Director, UCSF Pancreas Center and Leader of the UCSF Pancreas Cancer Program. My research career has focused on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, especially in the area of investigational therapeutics. I was a pioneer in the use of antibody-based therapies and helped develop the fixed dose rate concept for gemcitabine. My group has developed effective gemcitabine combinations and provided a foundation for using CA19-9 as a surrogate for survival in clinical trials, and currently is assessing molecular subtypes and molecular enrichment for selecting new drugs for clinical evaluation. I directed the first GI SPORE devoted to pancreatic cancer when I was on the faculty of the University of Nebraska and subsequently led the NCI-funded U54 Molecular Target Assessment Team at UCSF. I also organized the first Pancreas Cancer Think Tank in 1999 and co-led the NCI sponsored Progress Review Group on Pancreatic Cancer in 2000. I have served as the Chair of the NCCN Guidelines Panel on Pancreatic Cancer since 2000. I also serve as co-chair on the Pancreas Task Force Tissue Acquisition Working Group for the NCI intergroup and co-organized the State of the Science meeting on pancreatic cancer at the NCI.

I have extensive experience in scientific review and administration, training and oversight. I co-directed the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research in Vail for three years and spent nine years of service teaching this course and similar courses in Europe and Australia. I was founding Chair of the NCI Clinical Oncology Study Section (CONC) and served as a member and Chair (two-year term) of the NCI Board of Scientific Counselors Subcommittee A. I am on the External Advisory Boards of the Pancreas SPORE at the University of Alabama in Birmingham/University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.

I am, or have been, on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Lustgarten Foundation, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the V Foundation, The Alberta Canada Cancer Board and the EORTC. I have held many appointments at AACR and ASCO and served as a member of the ASCO Board of Directors and as ASCO President in 2004. I served as a member of the Oncology Drug Advisory Committee for the FDA from 2007-2011. I served as Deputy Director and Interim Director for the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center until 1999, and Chief of the Division of Medical Oncology at UCSF (2000-2007) and Deputy Director and Director of Research Programs at the HDFCCC from 2000 to 2012.

Research Funding

  • September 15, 2014 - August 31, 2016 - Perioperative Stromal Depletion Strategies in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA184429
  • August 5, 1999 - September 29, 2012 - Cancer Center Support Grant, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: P30CA082103
  • September 26, 2001 - December 31, 2008 - Mechanism-Based Evaluations of ErbB-Targeted Agents, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: U54CA090788
  • May 15, 1998 - January 31, 2005 - SPORE IN GASTOINTESTINAL CANCER, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: P50CA072712


Creighton University, Omaha, NE, B.S., 1969, Medical Technology
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, M.S., 1974, Clinical Pathology
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, M.D., 1977, Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, Residency, 1980, Internal Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, Fellowship, 1983, Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • Editor-In-Chief, Journal Nat'l Comprehensive Cancer Network, 2014-Pres
  • Rombauer Family Distinguished Professorship in Pancreas Cancer Clinical and Translational Science, UCSF, 2012-Pres
  • Doris and Don Fisher Distinguished Professor in Clinical Research, UCSF, 2000-2012

Selected Publications

  1. Evaluation of Minimal Important Difference and Responder Definition in the EORTC QLQ-PAN26 Module for Assessing Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Surgically Resected Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma.  View on PubMed
  2. Liudahl SM, Betts CB, Sivagnanam S, Morales-Oyarvide V, da Silva A, Yuan C, Hwang S, Grossblatt-Wait A, Leis KR, Larson W, Lavoie MB, Robinson P, Dias Costa A, Vayrynen SA, Clancy TE, Rubinson DA, Link J, Keith D, Horton W, Tempero MA, Vonderheide RH, Jaffee EM, Sheppard B, Goecks J, Sears RC, Park BS, Mori M, Nowak JA, Wolpin BM, Coussens LM Leukocyte Heterogeneity in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma: Phenotypic and Spatial Features Associated with Clinical Outcome.  View on PubMed
  3. Tempero M It's All About Trust!  View on PubMed
  4. Tempero M Learning From Our Mistakes.  View on PubMed
  5. Tempero M, Oh DY, Tabernero J, Reni M, Van Cutsem E, Hendifar A, Waldschmidt DT, Starling N, Bachet JB, Chang HM, Maurel J, Garcia-Carbonero R, Lonardi S, Coussens LM, Fong L, Tsao LC, Cole G, James D, Macarulla T Ibrutinib in Combination with Nab-Paclitaxel and Gemcitabine for First-Line Treatment of Patients with Metastatic Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma: Phase 3 RESOLVE Study.  View on PubMed
  6. Tempero M New Year's Resolutions - A Different Perspective.  View on PubMed
  7. Tempero M Lasting Effects of COVID-19: Reimbursement Reform?  View on PubMed
  8. Tempero M Flirting With Disaster: COVID-19 and Cancer.  View on PubMed
  9. Tempero M COVID-19 and Cancer: Unintended Consequences.  View on PubMed
  10. Jiang H, Torphy RJ, Steiger K, Hongo H, Ritchie AJ, Kriegsmann M, Horst D, Umetsu SE, Joseph NM, McGregor K, Pishvaian MJ, Blais EM, Lu B, Li M, Hollingsworth M, Stashko C, Volmar K, Yeh JJ, Weaver VM, Wang ZJ, Tempero MA, Weichert W, Collisson EA Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma progression is restrained by stromal matrix.  View on PubMed
  11. Van Cutsem E, Tempero MA, Sigal D, Oh DY, Fazio N, Macarulla T, Hitre E, Hammel P, Hendifar AE, Bates SE, Li CP, Hingorani SR, de la Fouchardiere C, Kasi A, Heinemann V, Maraveyas A, Bahary N, Layos L, Sahai V, Zheng L, Lacy J, Park JO, Portales F, Oberstein P, Wu W, Chondros D, Bullock AJ Randomized Phase III Trial of Pegvorhyaluronidase Alfa With Nab-Paclitaxel Plus Gemcitabine for Patients With Hyaluronan-High Metastatic Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma.  View on PubMed
  12. Ko AH, Jordan AC, Tooker E, Lacey SF, Chang RB, Li Y, Venook AP, Tempero M, Damon L, Fong L, O'Hara MH, Levine BL, Melenhorst JJ, Plesa G, June CH, Beatty GL Dual Targeting of Mesothelin and CD19 with Chimeric Antigen Receptor-Modified T Cells in Patients with Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer.  View on PubMed
  13. Wang ZJ, Zhang TT, An C, Ko AH, Tempero M, Collisson E, Yeh BM Estimation of Fractional Extracellular Space at CT for Predicting Chemotherapy Response and Survival in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma.  View on PubMed
  14. Tempero M I Can't Breathe!  View on PubMed
  15. Hafez N, Rugo HS, Tempero MA, Fox E, Reaman GH, Lyerly HK, Walker D, LoRusso PM Novel Therapeutic Interventions Early in the Disease Trajectory: Drug Development Beyond the Refractory Setting.  View on PubMed
  16. Tempero M My Two-Dimensional Life.  View on PubMed
  17. Tempero M Lessons From a Tiny Strand of RNA.  View on PubMed
  18. Tsujikawa T, Crocenzi T, Durham JN, Sugar EA, Wu AA, Onners B, Nauroth JM, Anders RA, Fertig EJ, Laheru DA, Reiss K, Vonderheide RH, Ko AH, Tempero MA, Fisher GA, Considine M, Danilova L, Brockstedt DG, Coussens LM, Jaffee EM, Le DT Evaluation of Cyclophosphamide/GVAX Pancreas Followed by Listeria-Mesothelin (CRS-207) with or without Nivolumab in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer.  View on PubMed
  19. Tempero M Health and the Gut Microbiome: Who Knew?  View on PubMed
  20. Macarulla T, Hendifar AE, Li CP, Reni M, Riess H, Tempero MA, Dueck AC, Botteman MF, Deshpande CG, Lucas EJ, Oh DY Landscape of Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients With Early-Stage Pancreatic Cancer Receiving Adjuvant or Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy: A Systematic Literature Review.  View on PubMed

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