Research Summary

I am a clinical assistant professor in Department of Hematology-Oncology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). My research focus has been on HIV oncology, and I am part of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC). As an AMC member, I am currently working on clinical trial protocols involving therapeutic HPV vaccines for treatment of anal high-grade intraepithelial lesions (HSIL) and HPV-associated cancers. I am the principal investigator (PI) of an investigator-initiated trial on intra-lesional administration of nivolumab for treatment of cutaneous Kaposi sarcoma. I am also the local PI for AMC-095, which uses nivolumab and ipilimumab for treatment of advanced/metastatic solid tumors in HIV-infected individuals. I have a panel of HIV-infected patients with cancer at ZSFG that I am actively treating and/or following. I am certified in high-resolution anoscopy (HRA) and ablative procedures for anal warts and HSIL. I practice at Mt. Zion Anal Neoplasia Clinic. I am also the director of the Anal Dysplasia Clinic at ZSFG. I have conducted clinical research in women receiving anal cancer screening, female genital tract HIV shedding, the relationship between disclosure of HIV serostatus and condom use in HIV-infected MSM in Taiwan, as well as outcomes and regional variations in practice and determinants of practice in the management of ART-naïve HIV-infected adults with KS in a national database. Through my previous research projects, I have gained experience in the ethical conduct of research, working collaboratively in teams, communication and leadership skills, and presented my research at several international meetings.

Education

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, B.S., 06/2001, Biological Sciences
SUNY-Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, M.D., 06/2005, Medicine
Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI, Internship, 06/2006, OB/Gyn
The Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI, T32, 06/2008, T32 fellowship on HIV
Alpert Medical School (Brown), Providence, RI, Residency, 06/2011, Internal medicine
UCSF, San Francisco, CA, Fellowship, 06/2015, Hematology/Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • Award for Clinical Excellence at SUNY-Stony Brook School of Medicine, 2005
  • Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Citation at SUNY-Stony Brook School of Medicine, 2005
  • Fellow Travel Grant: Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Oct 4-7, 2007
  • Finalist for Young Investigator Award: 15th Annual Hospital Research Celebration at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, Nov. 13, 2007
  • Young Investigator Award: 15th Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), Boston, MA, Feb. 3-6, 2008
  • Young Investigator Award: 16th Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), Montreal, Canada, Feb. 8-11, 2009