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Jean Nakamura, M.D.

Radiation cancer specialist

Dr. Jean Nakamura is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors using techniques such as intensity modulated radiotherapy, Gamma Knife and Cyberknife radiosurgery in children and adults. In addition to caring for patients, she researches radiosurgery techniques and their use in treating complex diseases involving the brain and spinal cord. She's particularly interested in tumors located at the base of the skull, which are challenging to treat because they're close to structures critical to nervous system function.

Nakamura has received many awards including the Radiological Society of North America Roentgen Award for Resident Research and the Basic Research Fellowship Award from the American Brain Tumor Association. She is a member of the American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Society for Neuro-Oncology and American Association for Cancer Research. She earned a medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. She then came to UCSF for a residency in radiation oncology, followed by a fellowship in neuro-oncology research. She is an assistant professor at UCSF.

Clinics

Neuro-Oncology Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2966
Fax: (415) 353-2167

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

Radiation Oncology at Mount Zion
1600 Divisadero St., Basement Level
San Francisco, CA 94143-1708
Main Phone: (415) 353-7175
New Patient Appointments: (415) 353-9807
Fax: (415) 353-9884

Hours: Monday to Friday
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Radiation Oncology at Parnassus
505 Parnassus Ave, Room L-75
San Francisco, CA 94143-0226
Main Phone: (415) 353-7175
New Patient Appointments: (415) 353-8335
Fax: (415) 353-7281

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

More about Jean Nakamura

Education

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 1998

Residencies

UCSF Medical Center, Radiation Oncology 2003

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ma L, Sahgal A, Larson DA, Pinnaduwage D, Fogh S, Barani I, Nakamura J, McDermott M, Sneed P. Impact of millimeter-level margins on peripheral normal brain sparing for gamma knife radiosurgery. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014 May 1; 89(1):206-13.
  2. Fouse SD, Nakamura JL, James CD, Chang S, Costello JF. Response of primary glioblastoma cells to therapy is patient specific and independent of cancer stem cell phenotype. Neuro Oncol. 2014 Mar; 16(3):361-71.
  3. Braunstein S, Nakamura JL. Radiotherapy-induced malignancies: review of clinical features, pathobiology, and evolving approaches for mitigating risk. Front Oncol. 2013; 3:73.
  4. Wahl M, Hwang A, Nakamura J, Barani I, Fogh S, Sneed P, McDermott M, Sahgal A, Ma L. Individual beam sharpening improves composite dose fall-off near a target for non-isocentric cyberknife radiosurgery. Technol Cancer Res Treat. 2013 Aug; 12(4):341-8.
  5. Fogh S, Ma L, Gupta N, Sahgal A, Nakamura JL, Barani I, Sneed PK, McDermott M, Larson DA. High-precision volume-staged Gamma Knife surgery and equivalent hypofractionation dose schedules for treating large arteriovenous malformations. J Neurosurg. 2012 Dec; 117 Suppl:115-9.
  6. Choi G, Huang B, Pinarbasi E, Braunstein SE, Horvai AE, Kogan S, Bhatia S, Faddegon B, Nakamura JL. Genetically mediated Nf1 loss in mice promotes diverse radiation-induced tumors modeling second malignant neoplasms. Cancer Res. 2012 Dec 15; 72(24):6425-34.
  7. Caballero JA, Sneed PK, Lamborn KR, Ma L, Denduluri S, Nakamura JL, Barani IJ, McDermott MW. Prognostic factors for survival in patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery for recurrent brain metastases after prior whole brain radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 May 1; 83(1):303-9.
  8. Ma L, Lee L, Barani I, Hwang A, Fogh S, Nakamura J, McDermott M, Sneed P, Larson DA, Sahgal A. Shot sequencing based on biological equivalent dose considerations for multiple isocenter Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Phys Med Biol. 2011 Nov 21; 56(22):7247-56.
  9. Nakamura JL, Phong C, Pinarbasi E, Kogan SC, Vandenberg S, Horvai AE, Faddegon BA, Fiedler D, Shokat K, Houseman BT, Chao R, Pieper RO, Shannon K. Dose-dependent effects of focal fractionated irradiation on secondary malignant neoplasms in Nf1 mutant mice. Cancer Res. 2011 Jan 1; 71(1):106-15.
  10. Descovich M, Sneed PK, Barbaro NM, McDermott MW, Chuang CF, Barani IJ, Nakamura JL, Lijun M. A dosimetric comparison between Gamma Knife and CyberKnife treatment plans for trigeminal neuralgia. J Neurosurg. 2010 Dec; 113 Suppl:199-206.
  11. Kased N, Binder DK, McDermott MW, Nakamura JL, Huang K, Berger MS, Wara WM, Sneed PK. Gamma Knife radiosurgery for brain metastases from primary breast cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009 Nov 15; 75(4):1132-40.
  12. Golden DW, Lamborn KR, McDermott MW, Kunwar S, Wara WM, Nakamura JL, Sneed PK. Prognostic factors and grading systems for overall survival in patients treated with radiosurgery for brain metastases: variation by primary site. J Neurosurg. 2008 Dec; 109 Suppl:77-86.
  13. Nakamura JL, Garcia E, Pieper RO. S6K1 plays a key role in glial transformation. Cancer Res. 2008 Aug 15; 68(16):6516-23.
  14. Nakamura JL, Haas-Kogan DA, Pieper RO. Glioma invasiveness responds variably to irradiation in a co-culture model. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2007 Nov 1; 69(3):880-6.
  15. Kased N, Huang K, Nakamura JL, Sahgal A, Larson DA, McDermott MW, Sneed PK. Gamma knife radiosurgery for brainstem metastases: the UCSF experience. J Neurooncol. 2008 Jan; 86(2):195-205.
  16. Nakamura JL. The epidermal growth factor receptor in malignant gliomas: pathogenesis and therapeutic implications. Expert Opin Ther Targets. 2007 Apr; 11(4):463-72.
  17. Panner A, Nakamura JL, Parsa AT, Rodriguez-Viciana P, Berger MS, Stokoe D, Pieper RO. mTOR-independent translational control of the extrinsic cell death pathway by RalA. Mol Cell Biol. 2006 Oct; 26(20):7345-57.
  18. Gottschalk AR, Doan A, Nakamura JL, Stokoe D, Haas-Kogan DA. Inhibition of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase causes increased sensitivity to radiation through a PKB-dependent mechanism. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2005 Nov 15; 63(4):1221-7.
  19. Gottschalk AR, Doan A, Nakamura JL, Haas-Kogan DA, Stokoe D. Inhibition of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase causes cell death through a protein kinase B (PKB)-dependent mechanism and growth arrest through a PKB-independent mechanism. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2005 Mar 15; 61(4):1183-8.
  20. Nakamura JL, Karlsson A, Arvold ND, Gottschalk AR, Pieper RO, Stokoe D, Haas-Kogan DA. PKB/Akt mediates radiosensitization by the signaling inhibitor LY294002 in human malignant gliomas. J Neurooncol. 2005 Feb; 71(3):215-22.

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