Alan P. Venook, MD

Madden Family Distinguished Professorship in Medical Oncology and Translational Research, UCSF

Shorenstein Associate Director for Program Development, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Professor, Department of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), UCSF

Cancer Center Program Membership

Molecular Oncology

Research Summary

I am a Professor of Medicine with experience and expertise in clinical trial design in gastrointestinal malignancies. I have written, led, and then authored four clinical trials within the US Intergroup and recently presented the results of a fifth. I am Chair of the Gastrointestinal Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology; prior to that, I was the founding Chair of the NCI’s Hepatobiliary Task Force. I have served as mentor or co-mentor for NIH grants for Drs. Katherine Van Loon (KL2, UCSF), Chloe Atreya (K08,UCSF), Erin Van Blarigan (KL2, UCSF) Rebecca Miksad (K23, BI-Deaconess), and Abby Siegel (K23, Columbia). I have been a mentor or co-mentor on ASCO YIA’s for Drs. R. K. Kelley, Atreya, Van Loon, and John Gordan and have mentored / trained thought leaders in GI oncology including Emily Bergsland, Andrew Ko, Bert O’Neil, and Ghassan Abou-Alfa.

Research Funding

  • August 5, 1999 - May 31, 2023 - Cancer Center Support Grant , Co-Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: P30CA082103
  • December 1, 1974 - March 31, 2009 - General Clinical Research Center , Co-Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: M01RR000079
  • July 28, 1993 - March 31, 2003 - CANCER AND LEUKEMIA GROUP B , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: U10CA060138


Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, BA, 1976, Biological Sciences
University of California San Francisco, MD, 1980, Medicine
University of California San Francisco, Internship, 1981, Internal Medicine
University of California, Davis, Residency, 1985, Internal Medicine
University of California San Francisco, Fellowship, 1987, Hematology/Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • 2010
    Director's Service Award, National Cancer Institute
  • 2011
    Service Excellence Award, Healthnetwork Foundation
  • 2013
    NCCN Board of Producers Award, National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • 2017
    Heroes of Hope Award, Colon Cancer Alliance
  • 2019
    Giant of Cancer Care in GI Oncology

Selected Publications

  1. Katz MHG, Shi Q, Meyers J, Herman JM, Chuong M, Wolpin BM, Ahmad S, Marsh R, Schwartz L, Behr S, Frankel WL, Collisson E, Leenstra J, Williams TM, Vaccaro G, Venook A, Meyerhardt JA, O'Reilly EM. Efficacy of Preoperative mFOLFIRINOX vs mFOLFIRINOX Plus Hypofractionated Radiotherapy for Borderline Resectable Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas: The A021501 Phase 2 Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Oncol. 2022 09 01; 8(9):1263-1270.  View on PubMed
  2. Van Blarigan EL, Ma C, Ou FS, Bainter TM, Venook AP, Ng K, Niedzwiecki D, Giovannucci E, Lenz HJ, Polite BN, Hochster HS, Goldberg RM, Mayer RJ, Blanke CD, O'Reilly EM, Ciombor KK, Meyerhardt JA. Dietary fat in relation to all-cause mortality and cancer progression and death among people with metastatic colorectal cancer: Data from CALGB 80405 (Alliance)/SWOG 80405. Int J Cancer. 2022 Jul 29.  View on PubMed
  3. Nixon AB, Sibley AB, Liu Y, Hatch AJ, Jiang C, Mulkey F, Starr MD, Brady JC, Niedzwiecki D, Venook AP, Baez-Diaz L, Lenz HJ, O'Neil BH, Innocenti F, Meyerhardt JA, O'Reilly EM, Owzar K, Hurwitz HI. Plasma Protein Biomarkers in Advanced or Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy With Bevacizumab or Cetuximab: Results from CALGB 80405 (Alliance). Clin Cancer Res. 2022 07 01; 28(13):2779-2788.  View on PubMed
  4. Kulke MH, Ou FS, Niedzwiecki D, Huebner L, Kunz P, Kennecke HF, Wolin EM, Chan JA, O'Reilly EM, Meyerhardt JA, Venook A. Everolimus with or without bevacizumab in advanced pNET: CALGB 80701 (Alliance). Endocr Relat Cancer. 2022 05 09; 29(6):335-344.  View on PubMed
  5. Innocenti F, Yazdani A, Rashid N, Qu X, Ou FS, Van Buren S, Bertagnolli MM, Kabbarah O, Blanke CD, Venook AP, Lenz HJ, Vincent BG. Tumor Immunogenomic Features Determine Outcomes in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treated with Standard-of-Care Combinations of Bevacizumab and Cetuximab. Clin Cancer Res. 2022 04 14; 28(8):1690-1700.  View on PubMed
  6. Lipsyc-Sharf M, Zhang S, Ou FS, Ma C, McCleary NJ, Niedzwiecki D, Chang IW, Lenz HJ, Blanke CD, Piawah S, Van Loon K, Bainter TM, Venook AP, Mayer RJ, Fuchs CS, Innocenti F, Nixon AB, Goldberg R, O'Reilly EM, Meyerhardt JA, Ng K. Survival in Young-Onset Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: Findings From Cancer and Leukemia Group B (Alliance)/SWOG 80405. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 03 08; 114(3):427-435.  View on PubMed
  7. Venook AP. Colorectal Cancer Surveillance With Circulating Tumor DNA Assay. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 03 01; 5(3):e221100.  View on PubMed
  8. Chan H, Van Loon K, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Mitchell E, Zhang L, Paciorek A, Joseph G, Laffan A, Atreya C, Fukuoka Y, Miaskowski C, Meyerhardt JA, Venook AP, Van Blarigan EL. Quality of life of colorectal cancer survivors participating in a pilot randomized controlled trial of physical activity trackers and daily text messages. Support Care Cancer. 2022 May; 30(5):4557-4564.  View on PubMed
  9. Van Blarigan EL, Ou FS, Bainter TM, Fuchs CS, Niedzwiecki D, Zhang S, Saltz LB, Mayer RJ, Hantel A, Benson AB, Atienza D, Messino M, Kindler HL, Venook AP, Ogino S, Sanoff HK, Giovannucci EL, Ng K, Meyerhardt JA. Associations Between Unprocessed Red Meat and Processed Meat With Risk of Recurrence and Mortality in Patients With Stage III Colon Cancer. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 02 01; 5(2):e220145.  View on PubMed
  10. Yothers G, Venook AP, Oki E, Niedzwiecki D, Lin Y, Crager MR, Chao C, Baehner FL, Wolmark N, Yoshino T. Patient-specific meta-analysis of 12-gene colon cancer recurrence score validation studies for recurrence risk assessment after surgery with or without 5FU and oxaliplatin. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2022 Feb; 13(1):126-136.  View on PubMed
  11. McCleary NJ, Zhang S, Ma C, Ou FS, Bainter TM, Venook AP, Niedzwiecki D, Lenz HJ, Innocenti F, O'Neil BH, Polite BN, Hochster HS, Atkins JN, Goldberg RM, Ng K, Mayer RJ, Blanke CD, O'Reilly EM, Fuchs CS, Meyerhardt JA. Age and comorbidity association with survival outcomes in metastatic colorectal cancer: CALGB 80405 analysis. J Geriatr Oncol. 2022 05; 13(4):469-479.  View on PubMed
  12. Papamichael D, Lopes GS, Olswold CL, Douillard JY, Adams RA, Maughan TS, Van Cutsem E, Venook AP, Lenz HJ, Heinemann V, Kaplan R, Bokemeyer C, Chibaudel B, Grothey A, Yoshino T, Zalcberg J, De Gramont A, Shi Q. Efficacy of anti-epidermal growth factor receptor agents in patients with RAS wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer ≥ 70 years. Eur J Cancer. 2022 03; 163:1-15.  View on PubMed
  13. Van Blarigan EL, Dhruva A, Atreya CE, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Milloy A, Kim I, Steiding P, Laffan A, Zhang L, Piawah S, Fukuoka Y, Miaskowski C, Hecht FM, Kim MO, Venook AP, Van Loon K. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Physical Activity Tracker and Text Messages to Promote Physical Activity During Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (Smart Pace II). JMIR Cancer. 2022 Jan 11; 8(1):e31576.  View on PubMed
  14. Dragomanovich HM, Dhruva A, Ekman E, Schoenbeck KL, Kubo A, Van Blarigan EL, Borno HT, Esquivel M, Chee B, Campanella M, Philip EJ, Rettger JP, Rosenthal B, Van Loon K, Venook AP, Boscardin C, Moran P, Hecht FM, Atreya CE. Being Present 2.0: Online Mindfulness-Based Program for Metastatic Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients and Caregivers. Glob Adv Health Med. 2021; 10:21649561211044693.  View on PubMed
  15. Arai H, Elliott A, Millstein J, Xiu J, Ou FS, Innocenti F, Wang J, Battaglin F, Jayachandran P, Kawanishi N, Soni S, Zhang W, Sohal D, Goldberg RM, Hall MJ, Scott AJ, Khushman M, Hwang JJ, Lou E, Weinberg BA, Lockhart AC, Shields AF, Abraham JP, Magee D, Stafford P, Zhang J, Venook AP, Korn WM, Lenz HJ. Molecular characteristics and clinical outcomes of patients with Neurofibromin 1-altered metastatic colorectal cancer. Oncogene. 2022 01; 41(2):260-267.  View on PubMed
  16. Quintanilha JCF, Wang J, Sibley AB, Xu W, Espin-Garcia O, Jiang C, Etheridge AS, Ratain MJ, Lenz HJ, Bertagnolli M, Kindler HL, Dickler MN, Venook A, Liu G, Owzar K, Lin D, Innocenti F. Genome-wide association studies of survival in 1520 cancer patients treated with bevacizumab-containing regimens. Int J Cancer. 2022 01 15; 150(2):279-289.  View on PubMed
  17. Cohen R, Liu H, Fiskum J, Adams R, Chibaudel B, Maughan TS, Van Cutsem E, Venook A, Douillard JY, Heinemann V, Ja Punt C, Falcone A, Bokemeyer C, Kaplan R, Lenz HJ, Koopman M, Yoshino T, Zalcberg J, Grothey A, de Gramont A, Shi Q, André T. BRAF V600E Mutation in First-Line Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: An Analysis of Individual Patient Data From the ARCAD Database. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2021 10 01; 113(10):1386-1395.  View on PubMed
  18. Kelley RK, Joseph NM, Nimeiri HS, Hwang J, Kulik LM, Ngo Z, Behr SC, Onodera C, Zhang K, Bocobo AG, Benson AB, Venook AP, Gordan JD. Phase II Trial of the Combination of Temsirolimus and Sorafenib in Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Tumor Mutation Profiling. Liver Cancer. 2021 Nov; 10(6):561-571.  View on PubMed
  19. Snyder RA, He J, Le-Rademacher J, Ou FS, Dodge AB, Zemla TJ, Paskett ED, Chang GJ, Innocenti F, Blanke C, Lenz HJ, Polite BN, Venook AP. Racial differences in survival and response to therapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer: A secondary analysis of CALGB/SWOG 80405 (Alliance A151931). Cancer. 2021 10 15; 127(20):3801-3808.  View on PubMed
  20. Yin J, Dawood S, Cohen R, Meyers J, Zalcberg J, Yoshino T, Seymour M, Maughan T, Saltz L, Van Cutsem E, Venook A, Schmoll HJ, Goldberg R, Hoff P, Hecht JR, Hurwitz H, Punt C, Diaz Rubio E, Koopman M, Cremolini C, Heinemann V, Tournigard C, Bokemeyer C, Fuchs C, Tebbutt N, Souglakos J, Doulliard JY, Kabbinavar F, Chibaudel B, de Gramont A, Shi Q, Grothey A, Adams R. Impact of geography on prognostic outcomes of 21,509 patients with metastatic colorectal cancer enrolled in clinical trials: an ARCAD database analysis. Ther Adv Med Oncol. 2021; 13:17588359211020547.  View on PubMed

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