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Alan Venook, M.D.

Gastrointestinal cancer specialist

Dr. Alan Venook is a nationally renowned expert in colorectal and liver cancers at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center where he leads the Gastrointestinal Oncology program. In his research, he focuses on treating liver tumors with directed approaches, including infusional chemotherapy and biological agents.

Venook earned a medical degree at UCSF in 1980. He spent two years in the Public Health Service following an internship in internal medicine at UCSF. He completed a residence in internal medicine at the University of California, Davis and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at UCSF. Venook, who has been on the medical staff at UCSF since 1988, is a professor of medicine in hematology and oncology.

Clinics

Gastrointestinal Surgery and Oncology Clinic
1600 Divisadero St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-1705
Phone: (415) 353-9888
Fax: (415) 353-9931

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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Education

UCSF School of Medicine 1980

Residencies

UC Davis Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1985

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Medical Oncology 1987
UCSF Medical Center, Hematology 1988

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Nixon AB, Pang H, Starr MD, Friedman PN, Bertagnolli MM, Kindler HL, Goldberg RM, Venook AP, Hurwitz HI. Prognostic and Predictive Blood-Based Biomarkers in Patients with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer: Results from CALGB80303 (Alliance). Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Dec 15; 19(24):6957-66.
  2. Kelley RK, Hwang J, Magbanua MJ, Watt L, Beumer JH, Christner SM, Baruchel S, Wu B, Fong L, Yeh BM, Moore AP, Ko AH, Korn WM, Rajpal S, Park JW, Tempero MA, Venook AP, Bergsland EK. A phase 1 trial of imatinib, bevacizumab, and metronomic cyclophosphamide in advanced colorectal cancer. Br J Cancer. 2013 Oct 1; 109(7):1725-34.
  3. Jeon J, Sato K, Niedzwiecki D, Ye X, Saltz LB, Mayer RJ, Mowat RB, Whittom R, Hantel A, Benson A, Wigler DS, Atienza D, Messino M, Kindler H, Venook A, Fuchs CS, Meyerhardt JA. Impact of Physical Activity After Cancer Diagnosis on Survival in Patients With Recurrent Colon Cancer: Findings From CALGB 89803/Alliance. Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2013 Dec; 12(4):233-8.
  4. Van Loon K, Venook AP. Biomarkers in colon cancer: the chasm between expectations and reality. Oncology (Williston Park). 2013 Aug; 27(8):758, 763.
  5. Abou-Alfa GK, Venook AP. The antiangiogenic ceiling in hepatocellular carcinoma: does it exist and has it been reached? Lancet Oncol. 2013 Jun; 14(7):e283-8.
  6. Benson AB, Bekaii-Saab T, Chan E, Chen YJ, Choti MA, Cooper HS, Engstrom PF, Enzinger PC, Fakih MG, Fenton MJ, Fuchs CS, Grem JL, Hunt S, Kamel A, Leong LA, Lin E, May KS, Mulcahy MF, Murphy K, Rohren E, Ryan DP, Saltz L, Sharma S, Shibata D, Skibber JM, Small W, Sofocleous CT, Venook AP, Willett CG, Gregory KM, Freedman-Cass DA. Localized colon cancer, version 3.2013: featured updates to the NCCN Guidelines. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2013 May 1; 11(5):519-28.
  7. Maru D, Venook AP, Ellis LM. Predictive biomarkers for bevacizumab: are we there yet? Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Jun 1; 19(11):2824-7.
  8. Venook AP, Niedzwiecki D, Lopatin M, Ye X, Lee M, Friedman PN, Frankel W, Clark-Langone K, Millward C, Shak S, Goldberg RM, Mahmoud NN, Warren RS, Schilsky RL, Bertagnolli MM. Biologic determinants of tumor recurrence in stage II colon cancer: validation study of the 12-gene recurrence score in cancer and leukemia group B (CALGB) 9581. J Clin Oncol. 2013 May 10; 31(14):1775-81.
  9. Kelley RK, Nimeiri HS, Munster PN, Vergo MT, Huang Y, Li CM, Hwang J, Mulcahy MF, Yeh BM, Kuhn P, Luttgen MS, Grabowsky JA, Stucky-Marshall L, Korn WM, Ko AH, Bergsland EK, Benson AB, Venook AP. Temsirolimus combined with sorafenib in hepatocellular carcinoma: a phase I dose-finding trial with pharmacokinetic and biomarker correlates. Ann Oncol. 2013 Jul; 24(7):1900-7.
  10. Katz MH, Marsh R, Herman JM, Shi Q, Collison E, Venook AP, Kindler HL, Alberts SR, Philip P, Lowy AM, Pisters PW, Posner MC, Berlin JD, Ahmad SA. Borderline resectable pancreatic cancer: need for standardization and methods for optimal clinical trial design. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Aug; 20(8):2787-95.
  11. Benson AB, Bekaii-Saab T, Chan E, Chen YJ, Choti MA, Cooper HS, Engstrom PF, Enzinger PC, Fakih MG, Fenton MJ, Fuchs CS, Grem JL, Hunt S, Kamel A, Leong LA, Lin E, May KS, Mulcahy MF, Murphy K, Rohren E, Ryan DP, Saltz L, Sharma S, Shibata D, Skibber JM, Small W, Sofocleous CT, Venook AP, Willett CG, Gregory KM, Freedman-Cass DA. Metastatic colon cancer, version 3.2013: featured updates to the NCCN Guidelines. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2013 Feb 1; 11(2):141-52; quiz 152.
  12. Van Loon K, Wigler D, Niedzwiecki D, Venook AP, Fuchs C, Blanke C, Saltz L, Goldberg RM, Meyerhardt JA. Comparison of dietary and lifestyle habits among stage III and metastatic colorectal cancer patients: findings from CALGB 89803 and CALGB 80405. Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2013 Jun; 12(2):95-102.
  13. Ang CS, Kelley RK, Choti MA, Cosgrove DP, Chou JF, Klimstra D, Torbenson MS, Ferrell L, Pawlik TM, Fong Y, O'Reilly EM, Ma J, McGuire J, Vallarapu GP, Griffin A, Stipa F, Capanu M, Dematteo RP, Venook AP, Abou-Alfa GK. Clinicopathologic characteristics and survival outcomes of patients with fibrolamellar carcinoma: data from the fibrolamellar carcinoma consortium. Gastrointest Cancer Res. 2013 Jan; 6(1):3-9.
  14. Benson AB, Bekaii-Saab T, Chan E, Chen YJ, Choti MA, Cooper HS, Engstrom PF, Enzinger PC, Fakih MG, Fuchs CS, Grem JL, Hunt S, Leong LA, Lin E, Martin MG, May KS, Mulcahy MF, Murphy K, Rohren E, Ryan DP, Saltz L, Sharma S, Shibata D, Skibber JM, Small W, Sofocleous CT, Venook AP, Willett CG, Freedman-Cass DA, Gregory KM. Rectal cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2012 Dec 1; 10(12):1528-64.
  15. Meyerhardt JA, Sato K, Niedzwiecki D, Ye C, Saltz LB, Mayer RJ, Mowat RB, Whittom R, Hantel A, Benson A, Wigler DS, Venook A, Fuchs CS. Dietary glycemic load and cancer recurrence and survival in patients with stage III colon cancer: findings from CALGB 89803. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012 Nov 21; 104(22):1702-11.
  16. Van Loon K, Venook AP. Counterpoint: Adjuvant therapy in stage II colon cancer: pain not justified by the gain. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2012 Nov 1; 10(11):1379-86.
  17. Ko AH, Espinoza AM, Jones KA, Venook AP, Bergsland EK, Kelley RK, Dito E, Ong A, Hanover CS, Coakley FV, Tempero MA. Optimizing the administration of fixed-dose rate gemcitabine plus capecitabine using an alternating-week schedule: a dose finding and early efficacy study in advanced pancreatic and biliary carcinomas. Am J Clin Oncol. 2012 Oct; 35(5):411-7.
  18. Oxnard GR, Morris MJ, Hodi FS, Baker LH, Kris MG, Venook AP, Schwartz LH. When progressive disease does not mean treatment failure: reconsidering the criteria for progression. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012 Oct 17; 104(20):1534-41.
  19. Parekh JR, Wang SC, Bergsland EK, Venook AP, Warren RS, Kim GE, Nakakura EK. Lymph node sampling rates and predictors of nodal metastasis in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor resections: the UCSF experience with 149 patients. Pancreas. 2012 Aug; 41(6):840-4.
  20. Kelley RK, Hirose R, Venook AP. Can we cure cholangiocarcinoma with neoadjuvant chemoradiation and liver transplantation? Time for a multicenter trial. Liver Transpl. 2012 May; 18(5):509-13.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.