Research Summary

Within my department, I am the vice chair of strategic advisory and hold the Jacobs Distinguished Professorship in Head and Neck Cancer Radiation Oncology. I am a full-time practicing clinician and my research draws from what I learn from my patients. My primary interests include head and neck, thoracic, and cutaneous malignancies, where I have developed and led multiple clinical trials, both within UCSF and across sites nationwide and overseas. I am interested in the development and evaluation of new therapeutic techniques, which to me include novel molecular targeted agents and immunotherapies as well as state-of-the-art technical advances in radiation therapy. I have special interests in virally driven malignancies associated with humanpapillomavirus (HPV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV). My research has entailed collaborating with laboratory-based investigators to identify patient, tumor, and technical characteristics that influence prognosis and response to specific therapies, including tissue-, blood-, and imaging-based biomarkers. I have also conducted clinical trials focused on symptom management, radioprotectants, and supporting patients' quality of life and decision making. University responsibilities include co-leading the site committee for clinical trial development in head and neck cancers at the UCSF HDFCCC and serving as the principal investigator for NRG Oncology cooperative group activities at UCSF. I previously served on the Cancer Committee which maintains our accreditation through the American College of Surgeons. Nationally, I am the co-chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) steering committee for head and neck cancers, president of the American Radium Society (ARS), writing member and imaging panel subcommittee chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines panel on head and neck cancers, and deputy editor at the International Journal for Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, the top-ranked journal in radiation oncology. Previously I served as chair of the scientific program and nominating committees of ARS, chair of the Appropriateness Committee guidelines for radiation oncology at the American College of Radiology, and member of the NCI's Head and Neck Recurrent/Metastatic Disease Task Force. I have been on the scientific program committees of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and the American Head and Neck Society, among others. I am a national boards examiner for the American Board of Radiology.


2002, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, M.D., Ph.D., Medicine/English
2003, U. T. – M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Internship, Medicine/Surgery
2007, U. T. – M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Residency, Radiation Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • 1992
    Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • 1995
    Benjamin Franklin Medical Scholar Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2004
    Thomas Barkley Award, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2004
    Clinical Biostatistics and Trial Design Workshop, Cancer Education Consortium
  • 2005
    Fellowship, Korean American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology
  • 2006
    Jesse H. Jones Fellowship in Cancer Education, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2006
    Outstanding Resident Presentation Award, Texas Radiological Society
  • 2006
    A. Lavoy Moore Endowment Fund, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2006
    Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award, American Association of Women Radiologists
  • 2007
    Vail Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)/American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • 2008
    Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship, AMA Women Physicians Congress
  • 2009
    Best Doctors in America, 2009-2014
  • 2011
    Educator of the Year Award, Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology
  • 2019
    Duke TIP Distinguished Alumni Award, Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP)
  • 2019
    Exceptional Mentor Award, American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
  • 2019
    Steven A. Leibel Memorial Award, American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and American Board of Radiology (ABR) Foundation
  • 2020
    Fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (FASTRO), American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Selected Publications

  1. Campbell SR, Bennett KE, Yom SS, Jagsi R. Promoting Gender Equity at the Red Journal: A Decade's Work. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 Dec 01; 111(5):1111-1113.  View on PubMed
  2. Thomas HR, Yom SS. Right on the Nose: A Case of Locally Invasive Extranodal Lymphoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 Dec 01; 111(5):1101-1102.  View on PubMed
  3. Radaic A, Ganther S, Kamarajan P, Grandis J, Yom SS, Kapila YL. Paradigm shift in the pathogenesis and treatment of oral cancer and other cancers focused on the oralome and antimicrobial-based therapeutics. Periodontol 2000. 2021 Oct; 87(1):76-93.  View on PubMed
  4. Mody MD, Rocco JW, Yom SS, Haddad RI, Saba NF. Head and neck cancer. Lancet. 2021 Sep 22.  View on PubMed
  5. Ahmad TR, Vasudevan HN, Lazar AA, Chan JW, George JR, Alvarado MD, Yu SS, Daud A, Yom SS. Should Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Status Guide Adjuvant Radiation Therapy in Patients With Merkel Cell Carcinoma? Adv Radiat Oncol. 2021 Nov-Dec; 6(6):100764.  View on PubMed
  6. Vasudevan HN, Yom SS. Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma and Its Association with Epstein-Barr Virus. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2021 Oct; 35(5):963-971.  View on PubMed
  7. Yom SS, Torres-Saavedra PA, Le QT. Reply to A. J. Cmelak et al and B. Kalra et al. J Clin Oncol. 2021 Aug 20; 39(24):2734-2735.  View on PubMed
  8. Lee RH, Kang H, Yom SS, Smogorzewska A, Johnson DE, Grandis JR. Treatment of Fanconi Anemia-Associated Head and Neck Cancer: Opportunities to Improve Outcomes. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 May 27.  View on PubMed
  9. Jamorabo DS, Deek MP, Yom SS, Rehman H, Zietman AL, Motwani SB, Briggs WM, Kim S, Chang DT, Jabbour SK. Can Sex and Seniority Predict the Quality of a Journal Reviewer's Manuscript Critique? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 10 01; 111(2):312-316.  View on PubMed
  10. Kober KM, Yom SS. Doc, I feel tired… oh really, so how's your mucositis? Cancer. 2021 Sep 15; 127(18):3294-3297.  View on PubMed
  11. Carsuzaa F, Lapeyre M, Gregoire V, Maingon P, Beddok A, Marcy PY, Salleron J, Coutte A, Racadot S, Pointreau Y, Graff P, Beadle B, Benezery K, Biau J, Calugaru V, Castelli J, Chua M, Di Rito A, Dore M, Ghadjar P, Huguet F, Jardel P, Johansen J, Kimple R, Krengli M, Laskar S, Mcdowell L, Nichols A, Tribius S, Valduvieco I, Hu C, Liem X, Moya-Plana A, D'onofrio I, Parvathaneni U, Takiar V, Orlandi E, Psyrri A, Shenouda G, Sher D, Steuer C, Shan Sun X, Tao Y, Thomson D, Tsai MH, Vulquin N, Gorphe P, Mehanna H, Yom SS, Bourhis J, Thariat J. Recommendations for postoperative radiotherapy in head & neck squamous cell carcinoma in the presence of flaps: A GORTEC internationally-reviewed HNCIG-endorsed consensus. Radiother Oncol. 2021 07; 160:140-147.  View on PubMed
  12. Zietman AL, Yom SS. The Red Journal's Top Reviewers from 2020. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 07 01; 110(3):629-630.  View on PubMed
  13. Zietman AL, Yom SS. The Red Journal's Top Downloaded Articles in 2020. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 07 15; 110(4):928-930.  View on PubMed
  14. Kish JA, Zhang Q, Langer CJ, Nguyen-Tân PF, Rosenthal DI, Weber RS, List MA, Wong SJ, Garden AS, Hu K, Trotti AM, Bonner JA, Jones CU, Yom SS, Thorstad W, Schultz CJ, Ridge JA, Shenouda G, Harris J, Le QT. The impact of age on outcome in phase III NRG Oncology/RTOG trials of radiotherapy (XRT) +/- systemic therapy in locally advanced head and neck cancer. J Geriatr Oncol. 2021 07; 12(6):937-944.  View on PubMed
  15. Ng WT, Soong YL, Ahn YC, AlHussain H, Choi HCW, Corry J, Grégoire V, Harrington KJ, Hu CS, Jensen K, Kwong DL, Langendijk JA, Le QT, Lee NY, Lin JC, Lu TX, Mendenhall WM, O'Sullivan B, Ozyar E, Pan JJ, Peters LJ, Poh SS, Rosenthal DI, Sanguineti G, Tao Y, Wee JT, Yom SS, Chua MLK, Lee AWM. International Recommendations on Reirradiation by Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy for Locally Recurrent Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 07 01; 110(3):682-695.  View on PubMed
  16. Yom SS, Torres-Saavedra P, Caudell JJ, Waldron JN, Gillison ML, Xia P, Truong MT, Kong C, Jordan R, Subramaniam RM, Yao M, Chung CH, Geiger JL, Chan JW, O'Sullivan B, Blakaj DM, Mell LK, Thorstad WL, Jones CU, Banerjee RN, Lominska C, Le QT. Reduced-Dose Radiation Therapy for HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Carcinoma (NRG Oncology HN002). J Clin Oncol. 2021 03 20; 39(9):956-965.  View on PubMed
  17. Chen YP, Ismaila N, Chua MLK, Colevas AD, Haddad R, Huang SH, Wee JTS, Whitley AC, Yi JL, Yom SS, Chan ATC, Hu CS, Lang JY, Le QT, Lee AWM, Lee N, Lin JC, Ma B, Morgan TJ, Shah J, Sun Y, Ma J. Chemotherapy in Combination With Radiotherapy for Definitive-Intent Treatment of Stage II-IVA Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma: CSCO and ASCO Guideline. J Clin Oncol. 2021 03 01; 39(7):840-859.  View on PubMed
  18. Margalit DN, Sacco AG, Cooper JS, Ridge JA, Bakst RL, Beadle BM, Beitler JJ, Chang SS, Chen AM, Galloway TJ, Koyfman SA, Mita C, Robbins JR, Tsai CJ, Truong MT, Yom SS, Siddiqui F. Systematic review of postoperative therapy for resected squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck: Executive summary of the American Radium Society appropriate use criteria. Head Neck. 2021 01; 43(1):367-391.  View on PubMed
  19. Lawhn-Heath C, Yom SS, Liu C, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Aslam M, Smith R, Narwal M, Juarez R, Behr SC, Pampaloni MH, Chan JW, Glastonbury CM, Hope TA, Flavell RR. Gallium-68 prostate-specific membrane antigen ([68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11) PET for imaging of thyroid cancer: a feasibility study. EJNMMI Res. 2020 Oct 22; 10(1):128.  View on PubMed
  20. Tsai CJ, Galloway TJ, Margalit DN, Bakst RL, Beadle BM, Beitler JJ, Chang S, Chen A, Cooper J, Koyfman SA, Ridge JA, Robbins J, Truong MT, Yom SS, Siddiqui F. Ipsilateral radiation for squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil: American Radium Society appropriate use criteria executive summary. Head Neck. 2021 01; 43(1):392-406.  View on PubMed

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